Central Desert does not provide permits
However to try and assist travellers, please find information below about the areas that people most commonly contact us about:
Canning Stock Route
A permit is required to travel the Canning Stock Route. Permits and route information are available for Wells 5 – 15 and Wells 40 – 51 exclusively at this website: http://canningstockroute.org.au/ The permit includes an information pack that contains advice on preparing for your journey, requirements for permits, information on cultural and natural heritage and advice on looking after the Canning Stock Route. For Wells 16 – 39, a permit is available exclusively at this website: http://www.anfwdc.asn.au/canning_stock_route.php
The Gunbarrel Highway only requires a permit to travel through the closed area within the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Travellers need to call the Ngaanyatjarra Council at their Alice Springs head office on: (08) 8950 1711 for travel permits for the Gunbarrel Highway. See also ‘Permit Information’ at this website: http://tjukayirlaroadhouse.com.au/
Great Central Highway
The Great Central Road forms part of several Aboriginal Use and Benefit Reserves and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Permits are required from the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) for any travel on the Great Central Road, and from the Ngaanyatjarra Council for those parts within the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Travellers should visit the Aboriginal Reserves section below for information on ALT permit requirements, and contact the Ngaanyatjarra Council at their Alice Springs head office on: (08) 8950 1711 or visit: http://www.ngaanyatjarra.org.au/permits/getting-permit
There are a number of Aboriginal Reserves in the Central Desert Region. The majority of these are held by the Aboriginal Lands Trust and have a range of lease arrangements over them, which provides for a range of rights and interests over the reserves. For more information on accessing these reserves see http://www.daa.wa.gov.au/en/Land/Entry-Permits/
Other Tracks and Locations Within Native Title Determined Lands
Large areas of the Central Desert Region are held by native title holders for their exclusive use, occupation, possession and enjoyment. This means that the majority of tracks within these areas are not accessible to the public without the express permission of the native title holders. As the majority of this country is of high cultural significance, requests for permission to enter these areas are often not approved by the native title holders. See Claim Determinations for information on the status of native title determinations and contact details for native title holding bodies.
The Calvert Ranges are located within the Martu native title determination. The determination recognises exclusive use, occupation, possession and enjoyment to Martu native title holders. Access to the Calvert Ranges is currently closed to the public. For additional information click here.
The Carnarvon Range is located within the Birriliburu native title determination. The determination recognises exclusive use, occupation, possession and enjoyment to Birriliburu native title holders.
The Carnarvon Range was open to tourism for the month of July 2014 with Birriliburu traditional owners and Rangers being stationed at their base camp performing a range of management activities. This enabled visitors to engage directly with traditional owners and Rangers, providing insight into their important work and the impressive values of the area. After exploring every possible angle Mungarlu Ngurrarankatja Rirraunkaja (Aboriginal Corporation) (MNR) has been unable to secure financial support for the opening of the Carnarvon Ranges in 2015. Therefore, public access to the Carnarvon Range is closed.