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From Kalgoorlie we headed for Laverton and the Great Central Rd 1100kms of dirt road to Ayres Rock. Its part of the Outback Way Australia’s Longest Shortcut from Winton in QLD to Laverton in WA the Outback Way is 2,750 kms . Along the way we stopped at Lake Ballard a massive salt lake to see the metal sculptures, there are 51 in total spread all over the lake.
We called into Kookynie which is known as a living ghost town we didn’t see any ghosts but we did meet a very friendly horse who kept coming up to the car and followed us around. Miss Elly was not sure what to make of it.
Overnight at Laverton with a stop to the Information Centre to get our permits to be able to cross through the aboriginal lands on our way across. Fuel is not cheap out here and we payed from $2.00 up to 2.80 a litre they have locked cages on the fuel . Halfway across we stayed overnight at Warburton the campground is behind a huge fence and they lock you in of a night. There are so many peacocks here they roam around the campground freely. We stopped at the Giles Weather station but we missed the weather balloon going up. We saw wild camels and lots of old burnt out cars.
The road was excellent and very smooth better than some bitumen roads I had been on and it wasn’t until we got closer to the NT border that the road got a bit rough as well as some water to go through. The last 100 kms was the best for me the scenery was really beautiful with the mountains blue sky and red dirt. Then The Olgas came into view breathtaking we had made it. I really enjoyed this drive I might just try the rest of the outback highway next time.