Travelling the more than 1,500km from Darwin to Alice Springs can seem like a daunting task. There is no doubt it’s a long way, but with so many amazing sights and experiences to be had in this beautiful part of the Red Centre, it doesn’t have to feel like a slog.
There are a number of ways to make the journey, and some travellers automatically opt for the quick, easy option of taking a flight. It is probably the most convenient way of getting from the city to the Outback, but what a waste! Making the journey by plane not only means parting with a hefty amount of your hard earned cash, but it also means missing all the sights along the way.
The world famous Ghan railway makes the journey over the course of 2 days and is pleasant, way of catching the vast horizons and dusty towns as you zoom past. You’ll be treated to 5-star service with excellent food, soft beds and all the comforts of home. But it comes at a cost. Choosing the train also means you’ll have no time to stop and explore all the beautiful natural wonders along the route.
The best option by far is to travel overland. Hitting the road means you can really embrace the Outback, get your boots dusty and fill your camera with amazing photos of this remarkable environment with its wonderful wildlife and sights.
And at a low price the affordable journey that takes in such sights as the ancient and spiritual rock formation known as the Devils Marbles, where huge granite boulders seemingly defy the laws of gravity, the therapeutic Mataranka Thermal Springs and the stunning cascading waterfalls of Edith Falls.
With so much to see and do, this journey isn’t just a trip. Make the most of your time and relax with fellow travellers and a knowledgeable guide who can really bring this magical area to life.
Stuff to Do
Mataranka Thermal Pools
Take a dip in the Mataranka Thermal Pools or Bitter Springs. These spring-fed natural pools are warm and are perfect for soothing any aches and pains, leaving you feeling refreshed for the next part of your journey.
Spend a few days in Katherine and visit Nitmiluk National Park. This sandstone gorge has been carved away by the Katherine River and is best experienced by taking a boat trip or hiring a canoe.
Arrive in Alice Springs and see Uluru! You can also tick off some other bucket-list worthy experience like Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, and the Field of Light whilst you’re here.