CENTRAL AUSTRALIA &
THE TOP END
Awe Inspiring Road Trips
The Northern Territory has some of the most unique, spectacular and amazing travel experiences in the world. And we reckon the best way to experience Central Australia and the Top End, and everything in between, is on an epic road trip.
Explore the world-renowned Uluru and the iconic outback town of Alice Springs in the Red Centre; Australia’s “Golden Heart” of Tennant Creek and the Barkly; and the stunning Katherine Gorge, world-heritage-listed Kakadu, and the capital of the tropical Top End, Darwin. These places are just the start. Take the time to immerse yourself in this timeless land, so you can take unforgettable memories home with you, to keep until you return.
Look out for the Drive the NT comprehensive Map out in February 2002, available at all the Caravanning and Camping shows and Visitor Information Centres nation-wide.
Don’t miss these Epic Drives
ADELAIDE TO DARWIN
If you love adventure, you can’t beat a trip along Explorers Way, one of the great Australian road trips. Explorers Way passes some of Australia’s favourite natural icons, including Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Watarrka/ Kings Canyon, the MacDonnell Ranges, Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles, Nitmiluk National Park and the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. The Explorers Way journey is recommended to be done over a minimum 14 days on a sealed highway following the route of the 1862 explorer John McDouall Stuart.
Day 1-4: Adelaide to Coober Pedy (846kms)
Along the journey from South Australia to Coober Pedy, why not stop into Port Augusta, a great base to explore the Southern and Central Flinders Ranges? Spend the night in an underground hotel in Coober Pedy, visit an underground church, fossick for your own opals and visit the breathtaking Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park.
Day 5: Coober Pedy to Uluru (734km)
Once you have arrived at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park discover the spiritual heart of the Australian Outback. Home to the great icons of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this desert region is blessed with natural wonders, world-class dining experiences and rugged beauty.
Day 6: Uluru to Kings Canyon (300kms)
Leave the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and drive 300km back along the Lasseter and Luritja highways to Watarrka/Kings Canyon. This majestic destination features 100m high sandstone walls, walking trails and views that will leave you speechless.
Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs (474km)
For an unforgettable view of the canyon, rise before dawn and follow the 6km trail around its rim. Once you get back on the road, head to the NTís second largest city, Alice Springs. If travelling by four-wheel drive, head via Mereenie Loop, or travel along the sealed Luritja and Lasseter highways, before turning north onto the Stuart Highway.
Day 8: West Macs, Alice & Glen Helen (130km)
The West MacDonnell Ranges are an easy day trip from Alice Springs along a sealed road. There are many stops along the way to enjoy Walk along the trail at Simpsons Gap or stand between the sheer walls of Standley Chasm. To cool off why not enjoy a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge or Redbank Gorge.
Day 9: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek (510km)
On your journey from Alice to Tennant, why not stop in at the Devils Marbles, a sacred site known as Karlu Karlu to the Warumungu people? These massive ancient granite boulders are strewn across a wide, shallow valley and continue to crack and change.
Heading further to Darwin…
Stay overnight at the world-famous Larrimah Hotel, 492kms from Tennant Creek, the highest bar in the Northern Territory. The historic hotel is known for its down-to-earth hospitality, pink panthers, giant stubby and an eclectic collection of bits and pieces from all over. With a range of accommodation and a restaurant, this is a fair dinkum outback pub experience ranked in the Top Ten Outback Pubs.
We are busy working on all the drives so watch this space for more to come…
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Drive the NT Map is published by Australian Tourist Publications.
Printed annually this detailed map of the Northern Territory showcasing the best of the NT and it’s Epic drives is distributed nation wide.
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Driving to Kata Tjuta
Couple on Red Centre Road Trip: Credit: TourismNT/Jake Appleby
Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park: Credit: TourismNT/Taylah Nilsson
Daly Waters Pub: TourismNT/Kate Flowers
Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve.: Credit: TourismNT/Ant Geernhert
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