Great Australian Road Trips
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Natures Way: Despite its fearsome reputation as the last frontier, the Top End, and Kakadu, is surprisingly easy to get around, even without a 4WD.  The main route through Kakadu, known as the Nature’s Way, is fully sealed.  It begins at the turn off to the Arnhem Highway, just south of Darwin and roughly forms two sides of a triangle, with the mining town of Jabiru at the apex, joining up with the Kakadu Highway running south to the Stuart Highway near historic Pine Creek.

How long? 460 km

KIngs Canyon from the air

Pioneers’ Path: All the icons of the Australian outback in one three-day trip: Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru.  From the Alice, head west through the ancient purple West Macdonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, home of Albert Namatjira, then on to The Mereenie Loop Road.  This dirt road will take you to Kings Canyon, where you can hook up with the bitumen road to Uluru. Highlights along the way include Glen Helen Gorge, the Gardner Range, Finke Gorge, Mount Connor and Palm Valley. Four-wheel drive is recommended on the Meerenie, although conventional cars have been known to survive the trip.

How long? around 630 km


Watch the video: East of Alice: the East Macs

Watch the video: Finke Gorge & Palm Valley

The Savannah Way: The Savannah Way, stretching across the top of the country from Cairns to Broome, is one of the world’s best trans-continental journeys. Most of the trip is sealed, apart from the stretch between Normanton and Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and it’s a dry season road only with some of the sections impassable November to April. You’ll need to be willing to camp most nights, but it is one of the most beautiful outback drives in the country. Highlights are forests of boab trees, remote gorges, outback cattle stations, crocodiles, waterfalls and the spectacular Bungle Bungles.

How long? 3500 km

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