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Keep an Eye  on the Weather and Road Conditions!


Although a desert we can get severe weather events from time to time. These can make travel impossible so it pays to check what is happening before you leave Laverton or Coober Pedy.


You can also phone Ilkurlka on 08 9037 1147 - we will be happy to pass on what we know.


We use the following sources of information:


The Australian Meteorological Bureau


Click here for WA Goldfields forecast


Click here for WA Interior forecast


Click here for SA North-West Pastoral forecast


Click here for Landgate bush fire observations


The best time to travel is in winter - it does get cold at night but the days are pleasant. In summer, temperatures are usually around 40°c and sometimes higher. Generally the weather is also a little more predictable as well!






Call (08) 90371147

Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation
Welcome to Ilkurlka Visitor Centre!



Welcome to Ilkurlka!

Urgent travel update 20 April 2024 

There was very high rainfall between Ilkurlka and Laverton in the first half of March.

The latest advice is that the Anne Beadell and Connie Sue Highways west of Ilkurlka will remain closed until at least the end of May. The estimated regional damage is between $20 to $100 million within Laverton shire, only about 30% of roads in the area have been assessed so far as there is a lot of water still around. A possible timeframe is late May for the reopening of the Great Central Road and it is very unlikely that the Anne Beadell will open before that. 

We do not know if the track through Serpentine Lakes on the Anne Beadell Highway on the SA/WA border is passable.

Please check Laverton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder shire road reports for road closures. These closures are for public safety!

Laverton road reports can be found at

We are located approximately 770km west of Coober Pedy and 550km east of Laverton on the Anne Beadell Highway.

As well as offering roadhouse facilities (diesel, limited supplies of opal/petrol, basic groceries and a campground) we have an excellent display of artwork created by the Spinifex people.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Please feel free to contact us for travel updates.


If you need opal/petrol, please call in advance to check availability. Diesel is always available. 





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