From the tropics of Cairns to the headlands of Victoria, this trip takes in the best of the Australian Outback. With Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Coober Pedy and the endless salt lakes of South Australia – there’s nowhere in the world that will make you feel so free and distant.
Cutting inland from Cairns, check out the Atherton Tablelands. Keep on going towards Mt Isa and watch the landscape change from tropical green to martian red. Mt Isa is known for mining – and that’s pretty much it. But as you’ll see all along this trip, the view and the land is unique and ever changing.
Alice Springs is an interesting town – hop into Bojangles and have a beer. Get some groceries and prepare for more desert!
Get up early and get on the road. If you camped out in the Macdonnell Ranges then you’re gonna need to move ass. Once you’re on the Stuart Hwy you can’t really get lost. It’s 200km to the next gas station in Erldunda from Alice Springs - a good place for a break. Chuck a right onto the Lasseter Hwy / Red Centre Way and cruise through Mt Ebenezer and on towards Curtain Springs. There’s some freakin’ randy emus wandering the petrol station here so watch yo ass! It’s a nice place for lunch and overlooks Mt Conner - that bastard mountain that everyone mistakes for Uluru. After lunch keep going another 102km to Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch out for dumb ass camels walking this stretch of highway. Once here, pay the nice ladies your $25 entry fee to the park and get on in - you’re here!
Reserve a spot in the campgrounds at Ayers Rock Resort, then get on out to view the amazing sunset at Uluru! Cook up some dinner and watch the stars - you’ll probably never see as many stars anywhere else. Make out for a little while, then go to sleep.
Get up before dawn and get down to the viewing area at Uluru. Watch the sunrise - it’s truly amazing watching the colours of the Rock change through the day.
If the wind is light, you’ll be able to climb Ayers Rock. So get your shoes on baby! It is a sacred area, so respect the locals and the land! After your climb (if you wanna do it!), head on out to the Olgas - a rock formation easily as impressive and big as Ayers Rock, but without the rockstar reputation. Hike around the area - it really is massive!
Continue on through towards South Australia and into Coober Pedy. There is no town, anywhere like this one. Most of the houses are dug into the sides of dirt hills here. Awesome.
Further south of Coober Pedy are the Salt Pans. Massive dried up lakes in this area have left enormous deposits of salt on the land. It looks like snow, but it don’t taste like snow!
Keep going – I’m tired so I’m gonna stop writing now. I did this trip a few years ago, and I’ll never forget it.
Hire Length:17 Days / 16 Nights to Adelaide or 21 Days / 20 Nights to Melbourne
Pickup: Cairns Depot
Dropoff: Melbourne or Adelaide Depot
Driving on unsealed roads is prohibited unless in 4WD Vehicle. Valid Credit Card Required for Security Imprint. Extra Days are available. Tour valid for 12 months from date of purchase. May be transferred to a friend or fellow traveller if you can’t get to your trip. No refunds for unused trip. All prices shown do not include National Park Fees.