The primary road access to the region is the 675 kilometre Central Arnhem Road, which runs from the Stuart Highway to Nhulunbuy and is a vital transport corridor for the region’s communities and homelands. Although large sections are unsealed, it is well-maintained. The Northern Territory Government Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics commit on average over $2 million per annum for regular upkeep and maintenance to the Central Arnhem Road. The Central Arnhem Road averages about nine days of closure per year in the peak of the wet season, which for Nhulunbuy usually begins around December and ends around May, with the height of the wet season typically being from January to March. This may vary for different subregions along the Central Arnhem Road.
Recently, a government funding allocation of $225 million was provided through a National Partnership Agreement. This commitment will further improve certain sections of the road, deliver a long-term corridor development plan, and continue to improve and support future industry development. This significant investment complements recent improvements to the road, including a $34.1 million investment in a new bridge over the Goyder River crossing and a $7.5 million investment in the Rocky Bottom bridge. Such significant budgetary commitments to improving this corridor will continue to enhance accessibility for residents, improve commercial logistics and transport, and welcome more self-drive visitors to the region.
For more information about the Central Arnhem Road, including detailed information regarding drive times, locations of interest, travel itineraries, accommodation, fuel options and general supply locations, please visit, please visit eastarnhemland.com.au/central-arnhem-road