Fuel, Food and Accommodation on The Great Central Road

Welcome to Tjukayirla Roadhouse

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


We 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.
  • A well stocked store offering basic food and personal items.
  • A takeaway food service available and provision of breakfast and dinner if reserved in advance.
  • Self Service tyre changing equipment and air compressor (no gauge).
  • 24 hour power provided by Genset.
  • An after-hours service for fuel only from close to 7pm (Monday to Friday) & close to 5pm (Weekends) – $20 call out fee per vehicle (cash sales only). No early opening.
  • Very reasonable price camping facilities (We do not book caravans or camping in advance, first in best dressed on the day).
  • EV (Electric Vehicle) charging available, 15AMP (charges will apply)
  • Optus mobile service available (public telephone box also available).

Traveller Information

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.

Contact Details

Tjukayirla Roadhouse (08) 9037 1108

Warburton Roadhouse (08) 8956 7656

Warakurna Roadhouse (08) 8956 7344

Enjoy your adventure and stay safe

Trading Hours

Regular Trading Hours

  • Monday to Friday - 9:00am 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.


Public Holiday Hours

  • Good Friday 29/3/2024 – Closed – No After Hours
  • Christmas Day – Closed – No After Hours
  • New Years Day – Closed – No After Hours
  • All Other Public Holidays 9am to Noon – No After Hours

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 on the image below.

Permit Pack for Great Central Road

Current Conditions

Information Updated : 15/07/2024

Road Conditions : Open both ways, Exercise extreme caution Caravan Parked Booked Out Thursday 8th August

Weather Information : Clear skies, temps reaching high 20's during the day.

Fuel Prices :

Diesel - $ 3.30 per litre

Opal* - $ 3.30 per litre

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

Map of The Great Central Road

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