Ilkurlka Community, Western Australia

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Coordinates: 28°22′35″S 127°30′05″E / 28.3764°S 127.5014°E / -28.3764; 127.5014

Ilkurlka Roadhouse

Ilkurlka Community (sometimes spelt Ilkulka) is a small community and roadhouse on the Anne Beadell Highway in Western Australia.[1]

Located 165 kilometres (103 mi) west of the South Australia border, it is the only fuel and supplies depot on the 1,340-kilometre (830 mi) desert track between Laverton and Coober Pedy.

Opened in 2003, the roadhouse is managed by Ilkurlka Aboriginal Corporation. Located at the intersection of Madura Loongana Track (Aboriginal Business Road) and the Anne Beadell Highway, it mainly caters to local Aboriginal communities.

Ilkurlka Roadhouse was built, is owned and is operated by the Spinifex people who hold native title over the Spinifex native title determination area. Ilkurlka is located in the centre of these lands. Ilkurlka is named after a major rockhole nearby.

It is 600 kilometres (370 mi) east of Laverton and 750 kilometres (470 mi) west of Coober Pedy. The nearest community is Cosmo Newberry, 200 kilometres (120 mi) to the west, making this the most isolated roadhouse in Australia.[2]

As the roadhouse is on the land of the Spinifex people, no alcohol is available.[3]


  1. ^ Hema, Maps (2005). Australia's Great Desert Tracks SC Sheet (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. ISBN 978-1-86500-164-7.
  2. ^ "Tjukayirla Roadhouse - FAQ". Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  3. ^ Underwood, Gus (12 October 2011). "Thriving on Isolation". Kyabram Free Press. Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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