Australia's Outback - Northern Territory
Start: Alice Springs Finish: Darwin
Total Distance: 2000 km
Duration: 14-18 Days
Pick up your motorhome and discover "The Alice" as it is locally known. Alice Springs has enough to offer for a few days' stay. Stroll around the city centre with its many shops and art galleries and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, have a look at the School of the Air or make a trip to Telegraph Station.
Overnight: Heavitree Gap Caravan Park
Alice Springs To >>> Tennant Creek -510 km
Today you will spend your first day in the vast outback. On your way north you pass a few typical outback towns, which will give you a good impression of what life in the outback is like.You will also come past Devil's Marbles, a haphazard pile of giant spherical boulders scattered on both sides of the road. Make a stop before you continue to Tennant Creek.
Overnight: Outback Caravan Park
Tennant Creek To >>> Mataranka -547 km
Today it is a long drive to Mataranka. Leave Tennant Creek early in the morning and travel to Lake Woods. Have a break and drive north through a vast outback terrain. From time to time you will pass a little outback town where you can have a few refreshments. In the evening you will be rewarded for the long day of travel. The area around Mataranka is famous for its thermal pools set in a tropical forest of tall palms and Eucalyptus trees. Spend some time taking a relaxing bath and stay overnight.
Overnight: Mataranka Shell Roadhouse Caravan Park
Mataranka To >>> Katherine Gorge - 143 km
Spend the day in Katherine Gorge to do some gorgeous bushwalks or hire a canoe and paddle through the gorge. If you are interested in bushwalking you should allow a few more days for this area.
Overnight: Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Caravan Park
Katherine Gorge To >>> Cooinda - 200 km
Travel back to Katherine and north along Stuart Highway and stay for a while in Pine Creek, an old goldmining township. Turn right to the Kakadu Highway and enter Kakadu Nationalpark. Head further north to Cooinda where you can expect one of the highlights of Kakadu Nationalpark.- The Yellow Water Wetlands. It is well worth spending some time in this area watching wildlife. Especially in the early morning and late afternoon hours you will find hundreds of bird species and crocodiles.
Please note: If you are travelling by 4WD, it is well worth making a detour to Jim Jim & Twin Falls. Please check if the area is open to the public. Allow another day for this trip.
Overnight: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda Caravan Park
Cooinda via Nourlangie and Ubirr To >>> Jabiru - 200 km
Drive along Kakadu Highway to Jabiru and spend some time in the Kakadu Park Information Center just before Jabiru. You will get some excellent information on the park, its fauna and flora and its Aboriginal culture.
Take the detour to visit Nourlangie Rock, one of the popular Aboriginal sites in the park. You can join a guided tour to learn more about the Aboriginal culture.
Drive back north and visit Ubirr Rock, another stunning Aboriginal site with lots of Aboriginal paintings. If you have enough time it is well worth watching the sunset over the wetlands from Ubirr Rock.
Overnight: Frontier Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park
Jabiru To >>> Litchfield Nationalpark - 270 km
Drive along the Arnhem Highway out of Kakadu Nationalpark and down the Stuart Highway via Batchelor to Litchfield Nationalpark. This region is a protected area of rocky escarpments, clean running streams and tumbling waterfalls. It offers a true taste of the Top End with rainforests, winding roads and glimpses of local Aboriginal history.
Overnight: Batchelor Caravillage
Spend the day in the magnificent Litchfield Nationalpark. The park's main attractions are four waterfalls, which drop off the edge of a wide sandstone plateau.
Please note: Most of the tracks in Litchfield Nationalpark are unsealed, so that a 4 WD is required. Only Florence Falls is an area which is accessible without 4 WD.
Overnight: Batchelor Caravillage
Litchfield Nationalpark To >>> Howard Springs -110 km
On your way to Darwin you will pass Darwin Crocodile Farm, a little south of the Arnhem Highway turn-off. The farm has about 7000 saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
Another nice spot a few km off the road is Howard Springs Nationalpark 30 km out of Darwin. Enjoy swimming in a safe freshwater hole.
Please note: If you are travelling in a 4 WD you can also drive via Berry Springs to Darwin. Berry Springs offers safe swimming in pleasantly warm water and a lot of birdlife. Nearby Territory Wildlife Park comprises 400 ha of bushland, which is home to animals native to the Northern Territory. There is also a rainforest aviary and a huge nocturnal house.
Overnight: Howard Springs Caravan Park
Howard Springs To >>> Darwin -30 km
Drop off your motorhome at our Darwin depot and spend the day back in civilisation. You will enjoy a nice shopping mall and a few inviting coffee shops.