Traveller Information

Travelling on the Great Central Road

Many people are travelling on the Great Central Road to get around the Nullarbor Road Block due to fires. We want you to be safe. Please take note of the following to ensure you have the best possible outcome.

  • A permit is required. You can get one online and it is free.
  • Most of the Great Central Road is unsealed Ensure you have spare tyres, you really need two through here.
  • Low profile tyres are NOT suitable.
  • You must have a working Jack, twice as much water as you think you will need and some cash, as eftpos machines do go down and then you will have to wait for it to be back up.
  • Be aware there are many camels on the road.
  • Phone ahead for accommodation.
  • All roadhouses close at 5pm weekdays and are only open 9am – 3pm weekends.

Tjukayirla Roadhouse 90371108

Warburton Roadhouse 8956 7656

Warakurna Roadhouse 89567344

Enjoy your unexpected adventure and stay safe

Current Conditions

Information Updated 03/04/2020

Road Condition

ROAD CLOSED .......................................... TRAVEL THROUGH NGAANYATJARRA LANDS NOT PERMITTED (AS AT 18TH MARCH 2020) ............................................ COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS) PERMIT STATUS AS AT WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2020..... For the protection of Remote Community Members and Visitors, there will be no permits issued for non-essential travel to or through the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. If you require further clarification please contact Ngaanyatjarra Council Office on 08 8950 1711 or refer to /McGowan/2020/03/COVID-19-caution-for-remote- communities.aspx

Weather Information

DO NOT DRIVE ON CLOSED ROADS! We rely on these roads for food and fuel for our generators and driving on them can cause them to be shut longer than necessary. Cyclonic rains will impact throughout this area and you may get stranded when this happens Please be prepared with extra water and supplies

Fuel Price

Our current fuel prices are as follows:
- Diesel -   $2.25 per litre
- Opal* -   $2.25 per litre

* Opal is replacement for unleaded petrol. Read more about Opal fuel by clicking here

Permit Information

To enter the Ngaanyatjarra Lands visitors require an entry permit. It is also necessary to have a transit permit when travelling through the Lands by road.
The application process is simple and free. You can download a permit information and application pack (PDF format) by clicking here

Welcome to Tjukayirla Roadhouse

The Tjukayirla Roadhouse - [Click for a Larger Image]
The Tjukayirla Roadhouse

The Tjukayirla Roadhouse is located deep within the Great Victoria Desert on the Great Central Road.
We are extremely pleased to offer travellers to this unique part of Australia a wide range of products and services.

Carol and Ross look forward to welcoming all intrepid travellers bold enough to journey across the The Great Central Road (GCR) - looking to explore what is a “bucket list” trip for many.
The longest shortcut in Australia is the “Outback Way”, a shortcut from Winton, Qld to Laverton, WA. Tjukayirla Roadhouse is located 300kms EAST of Laverton and is a welcome respite for weary travellers.
Stop in just to say g’day, have a look at the wonderful collection of photos on the walls or to sample some of the roadhouse tucker (not to mention the best burgers in all of WA – and maybe the world!)
Or, even better still, pull up and stay for the night. There is nothing quite like a cold beer or a refreshing glass of wine at the end of a dusty day, sitting around a campfire and gazing up at the most amazing displays of stars. Don’t forget to BYO!

We, the managers and staff of Tjukayirla Roadhouse, are committed to providing the best service, the cleanest facilities, and the most AWESOME food on the whole of the GCR.

We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Our Facilities

The Roadhouse is pleased to offer the following services:

  • Diesel and Opal* fuel
    (* Opal is a replacement for unleaded petrol. Read more about Opal fuel by clicking here)
  • A range of accommodation options to suit everyone from the budget back-packer to the discerning.  Click here to learn more about our accommodation options.


The famous Tjuka Burger - [Click for a Larger Image]
The Famous Tjuka (Chooka) Works Burger $18 ($20 with chips)

  • A well stocked store offering basic food and personal items.
  • Full roadhouse takeaway menu including burgers, hot chips, toasted sandwiches, fish & chips and much more. We cook 7 days a week from Opening to 30 minutes before close – food is tasty, fresh and prepared to order.
    Have you tried the famous Tjuka Burger yet?
  • Self Service tyre changing equipment and air compressor (no gauge).
  • 24 hour power provided by Genset.
  • An after-hours service from close until 7pm - $20 opening fee per vehicle . No early opening, sorry!
  • Very reasonably priced camping facilities.

Trading Hours

Regular Trading Hours

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 5:00pm (WST)
  • Saturday and Sunday - 9:00am to 3:00pm (WST)
  • Public Holidays - 9:00am to 12:00 noon (WST)*

* Please note that none of the roadhouses across the Great Central Rd are open in the evenings. We advise checking the opening hours of each roadhouse prior to travel, especially if travelling on a public holiday.

2019/20 Public Holiday Hours

  • Christmas Day 25/12/2019 - Closed – No after hours
  • Boxing Day 26/12/2019 – Closed – No after hours
  • New Years Day 01/01/2020 - 9am to 12 noon
  • Anzac Day - 9am to 12 noon
  • After hours fee is $20 per car (fuel only)
  • Good Friday CLOSED - No After Hours Service