Considered as one of the best outback tours in Australia, the tour from Cairns to Alice Springs depicts the raw scenic beauty of nature without any human interference. The journey spans over 2000 km through Australia. There are mainly 3 options you can use to reach Alice Springs from Cairns. The first option is to use the National Route 83 and National Route 1 with a total distance of 2263 km. The second option is to use State Route 62 with a total distance of 2117 km and the third option is to travel via the Plenty Hwy/State Route 12 spanning over a distance of 2836 km.
When touring by bus, the second option is the best way to take as it is the shortest way to reach Alice Springs. Being the shortest way, it will save you time as well as money. Although it is the shortest and the quickest route to take, you won’t miss anything. In fact, you will be able to experience the true Australian outback firsthand.
Places to Visit on Your Way
Townsville, famed for tourist attractions like Reef HQ Aquarium, the largest living coral reef aquarium in the world with a large number of coral species and marine animals, Paluma Ranging National Park with its numerous waterholes with crystal clear cool water, unspoiled inland beaches, adventurous hiking, and mountain-biking trails and S.S. Yongala, the Australia’s largest and most intact historic shipwreck is about 350 km away from Cairns. And it will be the first stop that you can take on this journey.
The next stop in our journey will be Hughenden, which is about 380 km away from Townsville. Having a lot to offer to travelers, with four national parks, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains, and rich fossil and dinosaur areas, it is home to more than 20 heritage-listed sites. The fossil collection at Flinders Discovery Centre including the famous “Hughie”, the 7-meter-tall Muttaburrasaurus, a herbivorous dinosaur is another tourist attraction at Hughenden.
Winton, situated 213 km away from Hughenden is famed as the dinosaur capital in Australia, Winton is the world’s only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede – the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. It is the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda, Australia’s best-known bush ballad which has been described as the country’s “unofficial national anthem” as well as Queensland’s Boulder Opal.
Our next stop is Boulia, which is 362 km from Winton. It is the capital of the Channel Country and features a lot of myths like the Min Min Light.
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