Tjukayirla Warburton and Warakurna

Tjukayirla Roadhouse, Warburton (Ngaanyatjarra) and Warakurna in Western Australia are extremely popular among visitors interested in Indigenous art, history and culture and can be accessed along the Outback Way, north of Laverton, or from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.


The Tjukayirla Roadhouse lies 315 kilometres north of Laverton and 250 kilometres south-west of Warburton, and takes its name from the Tjukayirla rockholes located nearby.

Join a tour of the local Indigenous caves, operated by the knowledgeable roadhouse staff, and view rock art dating back some 5,000 years. Visit Empress Springs, which saved the life of explorer David Carnegie in 1896. Check out the Royal Flying Doctor Service airstrip, which forms part of the Outback Way, just 500 metres from the roadhouse. Keep a look out for dingoes, emus and kangaroos and a large variety of birds that are often sighted here. And in May, witness the stunning spectacle of the Western Australian wildflowers.

Meals, fuel, motel-style accommodation, and caravan and camping facilities (including powered sites) are available at the Tjukayirla Roadhouse.

Warburton (Ngaanyatjarra)

Right in the heart of Australia, on the Outback Way (950 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie and 1000 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs), lies the Warburton (Ngaanyatjarra) community. It’s home to the largest of the Ngaanyatjarra Indigenous communities,  the magnificent Warburton Ranges and the red sandy plains of the Gibson Desert.

A must-see is the Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre, which features the Tjulyuru Regional Art Gallery and the Warta Shop. This Centre reflects the vivid colours of their homelands and exhibits an extensive collection of Indigenous art, including beautiful paintings, artefacts, spinifex paper, baskets, art and glassware.

Accommodation options include cabins at the Warburton Roadhouse and caravan park where meals and a general store are also available.


Warakurna community is located in the spectacular Rawlinson Ranges near the Western Australian/Northern Territory border, approximately 310 kilometres west of Uluru. 

The nearby Giles Weather Station is fully operational and welcomes visitors to view the daily release of weather balloons at 9.30am and 2.30pm (CST). Named after Ernest Giles, an explorer of the area during the 1870s, the station includes the remains of the first Blue Streak Rocket, launched from Woomera on June 5 1964, and the grader that was used to build the Gunbarrel Highway.

The surveyor of the Gunbarrel Highway, Len Beadell, who was also a talented artist and author, provided the Giles Weather Station with interesting wall murals, which often become a talking point among visitors. Accommodation is available at the Warakurna Roadhouse.

For more information contact the Laverton Visitor Centre by emailing 

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