Central Arnhem Road

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Central Arnhem Road

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Central Arnhem Road NT
General information
Length663 km (412 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 24
Major junctions
Southwest end Stuart Highway (National Highway 1), 51 km (32 mi) S Katherine
Northeast endMelville Bay Road, Gove Airport, 12 km (7.5 mi) S Nhulunbuy
Major suburbsBarunga, Beswick, Bulman

The Central Arnhem Road, also known as the Central Arnhem Highway and Bulman Track is a designated state route in the Northern Territory of Australia providing the main overland access to the East Arnhem Region and the mining town of Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. The route traverses Aboriginal owned land for most of its length, and road conditions vary with the vast majority being unsealed and prone to seasonal flooding. Permits from the Northern Land Council are required for non-indigenous persons to travel its length. Due to road conditions, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended and permits will not be granted to tow caravans.[1] Owing to its remoteness, only two locations along the track offer fuel - the Mainoru Store, 200 km (120 mi) from the junction with the Stuart Highway and in the town of Bulman.[2]

In 2014, a regional roads funding package was announced by the federal government which included $7.7 million for upgrades to the Donydji, Goyder and Mainoru River crossings,[3] as well as allocation from the $90 million Northern Territory Roads Productivity Package for the construction of a bridge over Rocky Bottom Creek.[4]

Australian 4WD Action ranked the Bulman Track 5th in its list of 20 "must drive" four-wheel drive tracks in Australia in 2010.[2]

See also[edit]

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal


  1. ^ "Leases and Permits". Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "20 Tracks You Must Drive". Australian 4WD Action. 30 November 2010.
  3. ^ Jamie Briggs; Warren Truss (13 May 2014). "Building Northern Territory transport infrastructure for the 21st Century".
  4. ^ "Regional NT roads to get overdue repairs". The Australian. 5 March 2014.