The Great Australian Outback Adventure: 4 Iconic Off-Road Trips

The beauty of the Australian Outback Adventure lies in its expansive and untamed terrains, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. With its wide-open spaces, ancient rock formations, and stunning natural beauty, the Outback offers an unparalleled sense of freedom and adventure that draws travellers from all over the world.

There’s something truly special about venturing off the beaten track and exploring the remote corners of this remarkable continent, and we fell in love with it the moment we ventured away from the city for the first time back in Melbourne.

Sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee as we guide you through an exhilarating off-road adventure itinerary that will lead you on an unforgettable journey across Australia’s Outback.

In this article, we aimed to create a comprehensive guide to exploring the Australian Outback by 4WD, while also connecting you to our existing road trip articles about Cape York, Queensland Outback, Lorella Springs, Seven Emu Station, and Simpson Desert.

By interlinking these articles, we wanted to provide you with an extensive resource to help plan your ultimate Australian Outback adventure.

It’s essential to note that our itinerary is simplified, and we do not focus on the number of days people may want to stay at each destination, as this can be subjective.

Instead, we treat every destination as a one-day stop. It’s entirely up to you to decide how many days you wish to stay at each location.

At the end of this article, we provide links to more detailed information for each place described in the itineraries, ensuring you have all the resources you need to make your adventure truly memorable.

Given the extensive length of this article, if you’re well-versed in Essential Safety and Preparation Tips, as well as Outback Driving Tips, you may prefer to skip directly to the road trip sections.

Essential Safety and Preparation Tips

Before embarking on an off-road adventure through the Australian Outback, it’s crucial to prioritise safety and be well-prepared. The remote nature of the Outback, along with its challenging terrain and unpredictable weather, demands thorough preparation and knowledge to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

In this section, we’ll discuss essential safety and preparation tips, covering vehicle choice and maintenance, packing essentials, outback driving advice, emergency preparedness, and communication equipment. For more detailed road trip preparations, please check our article 21 Best Tips to Australian off-road driving adventure for more detail road trip preparations.

Vehicle choice and maintenance

Look for a reliable 4WD vehicle with high ground clearance, suitable for navigating the rough and variable terrain of the Outback.

It’s essential to choose a vehicle with a solid off-road track record, ideally, one designed for rugged environments. Popular choices include Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol, and many other brands.

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During our 10-month trip around Australia, we saw mostly Toyota and Nissan on dirt roads!

Before setting off, thoroughly inspect your vehicle.

Check the tires, including the spare, and ensure they are properly inflated. Examine the brakes, suspension, belts, hoses, and fluid levels (engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid). Make sure all lights and indicators are functional.

Equip your vehicle with off-road essentials such as a bull bar, snorkel, and recovery gear (e.g., snatch straps, shackles, and a high-lift jack). A long-range fuel tank or extra fuel jerry cans are also recommended for extended journeys through remote areas with limited fuel stations.

Brisbane to Birdsville - Dropping tyre pressure to 25 psi

Install a GPS navigation system like Hema HX-2 with up-to-date maps and consider carrying paper maps as a backup.

A satellite phone or a high-frequency (UHF) radio can be invaluable in case of emergencies, as mobile phone coverage can be sparse or non-existent in remote areas.

During your off-road adventure, continually monitor your vehicle’s performance and fluid levels.

Regularly inspect the tires for wear or punctures and make necessary repairs. Be mindful of any unusual noises or changes in handling, as they could indicate a developing issue that needs attention.

Packing essentials and provisioning

Packing essentials and provisioning are crucial aspects of preparing for your off-road Australian Outback Adventure.

Being well-equipped and carrying the right supplies will ensure your comfort, safety, and self-sufficiency during your journey, especially in remote areas.

Water and food

The Outback can be unforgiving, and having an adequate supply of water is crucial.

Carry at least 4-5 litres of water per person per day, and pack additional water for emergencies.

Bring non-perishable food items that are easy to prepare, such as canned goods, dried fruits, nuts, and energy bars.

Also, pack a portable stove or cooking equipment for preparing hot meals.

After shopping in Katherine
After shopping in Katherine

Clothing and personal items

Pack lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for hot days and warm layers for cooler nights. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are essential for sun protection. Don’t forget insect repellent, personal medications, and a basic first-aid kit.

Carry toiletries, including biodegradable soap and toilet paper, as well as a small shovel for digging a hole when nature calls.

Camping equipment

If you plan on camping, pack a high-quality tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and camping chairs. A headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries, as well as a lantern, can be helpful during nighttime. Have a look at Tent camping checklist – print out before your trip for more details.

Bring cooking utensils, reusable plates, cups, and cutlery, and a portable cooler or fridge for perishable food items.

If you have a camper trailer or caravan, then you have a bit of luxury as you have more storage. However, don’t overload your rig as it can be unsafe.

Overloaded car
Don’t you think this is just too much?

Tools and spare parts

Carry a basic toolkit with essential tools such as a tire repair kit, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, a socket set, and duct tape (a great item for bush repairs).

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On the way to Arltunga Historial Reserve our radio antenna unscrew due to big corrugations. We used duct tape to fix it. It holds until today!

Pack spare parts, including extra belts, hoses, and fuses, as well as a spare tire or two.

A portable air compressor and tire gauge can be useful for maintaining proper tire pressure especially if you planning deep sand or rocky terrain driving.

Read: Why should I lower tyre pressure when driving off-road
Read: Why monitor tyre pressure

Recovery gear and safety equipment

Bring recovery gear such as snatch straps, shackles, a high-lift jack, and traction aids like sand ladders or recovery tracks.

A fire extinguisher, emergency flares, and a reflective triangle are essential safety items.

Pack a comprehensive first-aid kit and a satellite phone or UHF radio for emergencies.

Our satellite phone proved to be a lifesaver during one incident on the Great Central Road when fellow travellers’ trailer lost one of its wheels. The quick communication allowed them to avoid a lengthy wait for assistance.

Entertainment and relaxation

Bring books, cards, or board games for evening entertainment, as well as a camera and binoculars for capturing memorable moments and spotting wildlife.

Don’t forget to create an offline playlist of your favourite songs (no phone reception in Outback) – you thank me later.

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On Great Central Road you pass many road trains.

Outback driving tips

Outback driving in Australia presents unique challenges and requires specific skills to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Here are some essential driving tips that you can find useful:

Plan your route

Before setting off, plan your route carefully and make a note of fuel stops, rest areas, and potential camping spots.

Be aware of the distances between towns and roadhouses, as they can be few and far between. Always inform someone about your travel plans and expected arrival times.

We like to have a calendar marked with dates, places, booking details and information about where we plan to stay for the night.

Drive cautiously

Maintain a safe speed appropriate for road conditions.

Unsealed roads can be unpredictable, with corrugations, washouts, and bull dust. Slow down when approaching curves and crests, and be prepared for sudden changes in road conditions.

Be mindful of wildlife

Be extra cautious during dawn and dusk, as wildlife is more active during these times. Keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus, cows and other animals that might dart onto the road.

If you spot an animal in your path, slow down gradually but avoid swerving, as it could lead to a loss of control.

We have a rule – we don’t drive in the dark!

Australian Outback Adventure - Cows on Plenty Highway
Australian Outback Adventure – Cows on Plenty Highway

Manage fatigue

Long drives in the Outback can be tiring, so it’s essential to take regular breaks, at least every two hours.

Stay hydrated, snack on healthy foods, and share the driving with a travel companion if possible. If you feel drowsy, pull over and rest or nap for a short period.

We prepare a strong coffee in the thermos in the morning before we depart. Also, plenty of lollies in the car glove box. A bit of caffeine and a douse of sugar often works wonders.

River crossings

When approaching a river or creek crossing, stop and assess the depth, current, and surface before proceeding.

If necessary, walk through the water to check the conditions – don’t try it if you suspect saltwater crocodiles may be present. We like to take some time, relax and wait for another car to pass to learn what is ahead of us.

Drive slowly and steadily through the crossing, and avoid creating a bow wave, which could flood your engine.

Maintain a safe following distance

When driving behind another vehicle, maintain a safe distance to avoid being hit by rocks or dust, which could impair your visibility. Use your headlights during the day to increase your visibility to other drivers.

Driving to Cape York - PDR
Driving to Cape York – Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR)

During our trip to Cape York we saw many cars overtaking us in dust, even though we drove 80 km/h. This is simply unsafe, see the picture – would you see anything when overtaking this car?

Prepare for emergencies

Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit, satellite phone or UHF radio, and sufficient food and water supplies in case of an emergency or breakdown. We normally have 1 week of extra food. In our case usually it is pasta and canned food. If we don’t use it it will not go to waste.

Four Thrilling Off-Road Itineraries

After an extensive preparation stage, we’re thrilled to finally unveil our meticulously crafted Off-Road Itinerary, featuring four remarkable road trip options tailored to your adventurous spirit.

Each route highlights the awe-inspiring beauty of Australia’s diverse landscapes, with a special focus on the iconic Red Centre, the lush paradise of Tropical Queensland, and the rugged expanse of the Kimberley region.

Now is the time to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, as we guide you through these extraordinary off-road journeys that promise to leave you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the Australian Outback.

So, buckle up and get ready to explore the captivating routes we’ve put together just for you!

#1 Australian Outback Adventure – Red Centre


Alice Springs – West MacDonnell Ranges – Finke Gorge National Park – Kings Canyon – Uluru – Kata Tjuta – Coober Pedy – Adelaide

Total distance: Approximately 2100 km

Our first trip will take you on a 4WD journey through the heart of Australia, starting from the vibrant town of Alice Springs.

This incredible route takes you on a breathtaking adventure through the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges, the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, and the iconic Uluru, before culminating in the unique underground town of Coober Pedy.

Stop 1 – Red Centre: Alice Springs

East MacDonnell

Starting your journey in Alice Springs presents a great opportunity for final preparations before setting off into the Outback. The town offers a wide array of services including supermarkets for your provisioning, auto repair shops for any last-minute vehicle checks, and local outdoor shops for any camping equipment you might need.

Additionally, take advantage of the local knowledge available; the visitor information centre can provide up-to-date advice on road conditions and other essential details.

Read: Alice Springs – The Vibrant Red Centre

Stop 2 – Red Centre: West MacDonnell Ranges

On the way to Western MacDonnells

Distance: 135 km

As you set off towards the West MacDonnell Ranges, prepare to be captivated by the dramatic landscapes and ancient geological formations that await you.

This spectacular range is home to an array of natural attractions, including the iconic Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, and Ellery Creek Big Hole.

Learn about the rich Aboriginal history, unique flora and fauna, and stunning hiking trails that the West MacDonnell Ranges have to offer.

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Stay at Ormiston Gorge Campground

After a day of exploration, settle in for the night at the beautiful Ormiston Gorge Campground. This serene spot, nestled within the West MacDonnell National Park, offers well-maintained facilities and easy access to the impressive Ormiston Gorge.

Enjoy an evening under the stars as you unwind in this tranquil camping spot, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Australian Outback.

Read: Tjoritja West MacDonnel Ranges

Stop 3 – Red Centre: Finke Gorge National Park

East MacDonnell

Distance: 120 km

On the second day, make your way towards the enchanting Palm Valley, located approximately 120 km from the West MacDonnell Ranges.

This hidden gem, nestled within the Finke Gorge National Park, boasts a unique ecosystem with rare and ancient red cabbage palms.

Venture along the various walking tracks and marvel at the striking landscapes, fascinating rock formations, and abundant wildlife that call this oasis home.

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Stay at Finke Gorge National Park Campground

After a day of discovery in Palm Valley, retreat to the Finke Gorge National Park Campground for a peaceful night under the outback sky.

This remote camping spot offers basic facilities and allows you to immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the national park.

As the sun sets, relax by the campfire and share stories of your day’s adventures before resting up for another exciting day on the road.

Read: Finke Gorge National Park

Stop 4 – Red Centre: Kings Creek Station

Kings Canyon is amazing

Distance: 255 km

On the third day, set off for Kings Canyon, a breathtaking destination situated approximately 255 km from Finke Gorge National Park.

This awe-inspiring canyon, located within the Watarrka National Park, features towering sandstone walls, lush palm-filled crevices, and panoramic views that will leave you speechless.

Go on the famous Rim Walk, a 6 km circuit that rewards you with spectacular vistas of the surrounding landscape, or opt for the shorter, more accessible Kings Creek Walk, which takes you along the canyon floor.

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Stay at Kings Creek Station

After a day of exploration and adventure at Kings Canyon, retire to the Kings Creek Station for a well-deserved rest. This remote camping spot offers a range of accommodation options, from unpowered campsites to glamping tents.

Enjoy the genuine outback atmosphere, indulge in a delicious meal at the onsite café, and take advantage of the various activities available, such as camel rides or helicopter flights. As night falls, gather around the campfire and share tales of your incredible journey so far.

Read: Walking Kings Canyon with a 3 years old

Stop 5 – Red Centre: Uluru

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Uluru

Distance: 305 km

On the fourth day, set your sights on the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to the world-renowned Ayers Rock.

This sacred landmark, located approximately 305 km from Kings Creek Station, is a must-visit destination for any Australian Outback adventurer.

Be astonished by the majesty of Uluru as it changes colours with the shifting sunlight, and learn about the deep cultural and spiritual significance of the site to the Anangu people.

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Stay at Ayers Rock Campground

Stop 6 – Red Centre: Kata Tjuta

Take a Road Trip - Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga)

Distance: 56 km

After an unforgettable day at Uluru, explore the nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) rock formations.

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Stay at Ayers Rock Campground

As night falls, take in the stunning desert sky filled with stars, and reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had so far on your epic Australian Outback adventure.

Read: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Stop 7 – Red Centre: Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy Welcome Sign
Coober Pedy Welcome Sign

Distance: 750 km

On the final day of your adventure, prepare for a long but rewarding drive of approximately 750 km from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the fascinating town of Coober Pedy.

This unique underground town is renowned for its opal mining industry and distinctive “dugout” homes, which are built into the earth to escape the region’s extreme temperatures.

While in Coober Pedy, discover the town’s rich mining history, explore the underground churches and art galleries, and try your hand at “noodling” for opals in the public noodling area.

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Stay at Riba’s Underground Camping

For those wishing to extend their Outback experience, consider spending the night at Riba’s Underground Camping.

This one-of-a-kind campground offers a truly memorable stay in an underground setting, providing shelter from the elements and a cool retreat from the desert heat.

With a range of facilities and a welcoming atmosphere, Riba’s Underground Camping is the perfect place to end your epic Australian Outback adventure.

Read: Coober Pedy and Underground houses

Stop 8 – Red Centre: Adelaide

Your final destination on this adventure is Adelaide, a coastal city brimming with culture, history, and a vibrant dining scene. After traversing the rugged and remote landscapes of the Outback, Adelaide’s urban comforts and scenic coastline offer a delightful contrast.

Immerse yourself in Adelaide’s bustling Central Market, wander through the Art Gallery of South Australia, or unwind at one of the many beaches.

#2 Australian Outback Adventure – Great Outback

Adelaide – Flinders Ranges – Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary – Birdsville – Poeppel Corner – Dalhousie Springs – Alice Springs


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Total distance: estimate between 2,500 – 3,000 km

Our second trip will take you on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of the Australian Outback.

This exciting 4WD journey starts from Adelaide and leads you through the stunning Flinders Ranges, the captivating Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, the iconic Birdsville Track, and the challenging Simpson Desert, before ultimately reaching the vibrant town of Alice Springs.

Stop 1 – Great Outback: Adelaide

As your adventure begins in Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia, you’ll be gearing up for an epic journey through some of the most fascinating landscapes in Australia.

Adelaide, known for its thriving arts scene, beautiful parklands, and renowned wine regions, is the perfect starting point for your off-road adventure.

Stop 2 – Great Outback: Flinders Ranges

What is the best time to go camping in Australia - South Australia

Distance: 450 km

Begin your exciting off-road adventure in Adelaide, the vibrant capital city of South Australia.

After stocking up on supplies and fuel, set out on a scenic drive of approximately 450 km towards the Flinders Ranges, an ancient and majestic mountain range that is home to breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and rich cultural history.

Drive north from Adelaide through the picturesque Clare Valley wine region, taking in the rolling hills, vineyards, and charming towns that dot the landscape.

As you approach the Flinders Ranges, be prepared for a dramatic shift in the scenery as the rugged beauty of the Outback unfolds before your eyes.

Spend the afternoon exploring the highlights of the Flinders Ranges, such as the iconic Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of mountains, and the breathtaking Brachina Gorge.

Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including kangaroos, emus, and yellow-footed rock wallabies.

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Stay at Rawnsley Park Station

After a day of adventure and exploration, set up camp at Rawnsley Park Station, a working sheep station that offers a range of accommodation options, from unpowered campsites to luxurious eco-villas.

Enjoy the stunning views of Wilpena Pound, unwind under the vast Outback sky, and prepare for the next exciting day of your journey.

Read: Flinders Ranges National Park

Stop 3 – Great Outback: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Outback

Distance: 280 km

After a restful night at Rawnsley Park Station, continue your journey northwards for approximately 280 km towards the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.

Along the way, observe the ever-changing landscape, from the rugged Flinders Ranges to the vast plains and rolling hills of the Outback.

Explore the sanctuary’s numerous walking trails, discover the ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, and take in the breathtaking views from the ridge-top lookouts.

Don’t forget to join one of the guided 4WD tours to access the more remote and spectacular areas of the sanctuary.

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Stay at Arkaroola Village Campground

Settle in for the night at Arkaroola Village Campground, a well-equipped and picturesque camping spot within the sanctuary.

The campground offers a range of facilities, including hot showers, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool. Enjoy a peaceful evening under the vast Outback sky, with the added bonus of minimal light pollution – perfect for observing a night sky.

We always take a blanket on the roof rack of the car and spend time looking at the stars like Southern Cross (that’s easy), Mars, Alpha Centauri, or even Large Magellanic Cloud.

This is also a great activity for kids – firstly how often they can climb on the roof of the car, and then look for the stars?

Our daughter enjoyed it since she was 3 years old. And as time passes we find more and more difficult objects like the Cancer constellation which is a relatively faint one, with no particularly bright stars, making it harder to spot.

Stop 4 – Great Outback: Birdsville

Brisbane to Birdsville - Deon's Lookout

Distance: 700 km

On day three, prepare for a long drive of approximately 700 km from Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary to the famous Birdsville Track.

This legendary Outback route connects Marree in South Australia with Birdsville in Queensland, traversing vast expanses of remote landscapes and offering a true sense of adventure.

As you journey along the Birdsville Track, take in the rough beauty of the Outback, with its seemingly endless plains, rolling sand dunes, and sparse vegetation. This historic stock route is now a well-maintained gravel road, making it accessible to 4WD vehicles.

Kangaroos on the road to Windorah

Keep an eye out for wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, and an array of bird species that inhabit the region.

Make sure to stop at the ruins of the old Goyder Lagoon Homestead and the iconic Birdsville Hotel for a taste of Outback history.

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Stay at Mungerannie Hotel and Campground

After a long day of driving and exploring the Birdsville Track, rest up at the Mungerannie Hotel and Campground. This unique Outback establishment offers a range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered campsites.

Enjoy the warm hospitality, hot showers, and a cold drink at the hotel’s bar, a popular gathering spot for travellers.

Stop 5 – Great Outback: Simpson Desert, Poeppel Corner

Sunrise at Big Red
Sunrise at Big Red

Distance: 165km

Next day, continue your adventure by heading east from Birdsville to the Simpson Desert, for your night stop at Poeppel Corner.

The Simpson Desert is home to the world’s longest parallel sand dunes, with the most famous being the Big Red Sand Dune.

As you arrive at the Simpson Desert, prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience as you tackle the iconic Big Red Sand Dune.

Standing over 40 meters tall, Big Red is the highest sand dune in the desert and a challenge for any 4WD enthusiast.

Take your time to climb to the top and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Remember to deflate your tires for better traction in the soft sand.

Next, be prepared for driving over hundreds of sand dunes. It is slow driving on the low range for many kilometres. You have to be self-sufficient and have plenty of water to reach Poeppel Corner and later the end of the Simpson Desert.

It will take you almost a full day to reach Poeppel Corner where you can stay for a night.

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Stay at Poeppel Corner Campsite

Stop 6 – Great Outback: Dalhousie Springs

Arrving at the Big Red

Distance: 260 km

After an exhilarating day of driving and exploring the Simpson Desert around Poeppel Corner, head to Dalhousie Springs Campground for a well-deserved rest.

This remote campground is located near the Dalhousie Springs, a series of natural thermal springs that are perfect for a rejuvenating soak after a day in the desert.

There is only 250 km from Poeppel Corner, but you may not finish it in one day. Split the trip into two days if required. You can camp on the way for free.

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Stay at Dalhousie Springs Campground

The campground offers basic facilities, such as toilets and fire pits, but be prepared for a more rustic experience as you settle in for the night under the vast Outback sky.

Stop 7 – Great Outback: Alice Springs

Alice Springs - The Ghan
On our way back to Alice Springs we passed the famous The Ghan…

Distance: Approximately 590 km

On the final day of your thrilling off-road adventure, set out from the Dalhousie Spring for a 590 km journey to the endpoint in Alice Springs.

This vibrant Outback town is nestled at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and serves as a gateway to many of Australia’s most iconic natural attractions.

As you arrive in Alice Springs, take the opportunity to explore the stunning MacDonnell Ranges that stretch for over 600 km on both the east and west sides of the town.

Discover ancient landscapes, picturesque gorges, and crystal-clear waterholes that are perfect for a refreshing swim.

Alice Springs - Telegraph Station
Alice Springs – Telegraph Station

While in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and the Alice Springs Desert Park for a deeper understanding of the region’s unique history and culture.

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Stay at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is an award-winning holiday park that offers a variety of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered campsites, as well as modern facilities such as a swimming pool, playground, and BBQ areas.

Set against the backdrop of the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, this holiday park provides a comfortable and convenient base for exploring Alice Springs and its surrounding attractions. A few years back they were also serving pancakes every Sunday morning.

Read: What to see in Alice Springs

#3 Australian Outback Adventure – Savannah Way

Cairns – Atherton Tablelands – Undara – Cobbold Gorge – Karumba – Lawn Hill National Park – Seven Emu – Lorella Springs – Mataranka


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This time let’s start from the vibrant tropical coastal city of Cairns. This unforgettable journey will take you through diverse landscapes, including the lush Atherton Tablelands, the fascinating Undara Volcanic National Park, the breathtaking Lawn Hill National Park, and the hidden gem of Cobbold Gorge.

Next, we hit the dirt and see the Aboriginal Station Seven Emu, and remote, privately owned Lorella Springs.

We clean all dirt in the Hot Springs of Mataranka before heading to our final stop – Darwin.

Total Distance: Approximately 3000 km

Stop 1 – Savannah Way: Cairns

Cairns Esplanade

Your thrilling journey starts in Cairns, the tropical gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, known for its laid-back ambience, lush rainforests, and vibrant café scene.

As you leave the coastal city behind, you’re about to dive into an entirely different side of Queensland’s richly diverse landscapes.

Read: 7 awesome days in Cairns

Stop 2 – Savannah Way: Atherton Tablelands

Driving down to Atherton Tableland
Driving down to Atherton Tableland

Distance: 80 km

After leaving Cairns set out towards the lush Atherton Tablelands, which is approximately 80 km away. Atherton Tablelands are known for their stunning waterfalls, volcanic crater lakes, and abundant wildlife.

You can explore the Atherton Tablelands for many days. It all depends on your taste.

The Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands. This picturesque, cascading waterfall is surrounded by lush rainforest and is an ideal spot for a refreshing swim.

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Stay at Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park

Relax and unwind at Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park. This spacious campground offers a variety of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered campsites.

Enjoy the tranquil setting by the lake, where you can partake in a range of activities such as fishing, swimming, and kayaking. The holiday park also features modern facilities like BBQ areas, a camp kitchen, and a playground for children.

Stop 3 – Savannah Way: Undara Volcanic National Park

Undara Lava Tubes
Undara Lava Tubes

Distance: 200 km

Next day, continue your journey from the Atherton Tablelands to the fascinating Undara Volcanic National Park, approximately 270 km away.

This unique park is home to the world’s largest and longest lava tube system, formed over 190,000 years ago by volcanic activity.

Explore the incredible lava tubes at Undara Volcanic National Park, a geological wonder that has been drawing visitors from around the world for decades.

To fully appreciate these natural formations, join a guided tour that will take you into the tubes and provide insights into their formation, history, and significance to the local ecosystem.

Keep an eye out for wildlife, as the lava tubes provide a unique habitat for a variety of species, including bats and insects.

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Stay at Undara Experience Campground

Stay at Undara Experience Campground for a restful night’s sleep.

This campground offers a range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered campsites, set amid the park’s striking landscape.

Enjoy the on-site facilities, such as a swimming pool, camp kitchen, and BBQ areas, and take advantage of the opportunity to stargaze under the clear Outback sky.

Stop 4 – Savannah Way: Cobbold Gorge

Cobbold Gorge - View from the Glass Bridge
Cobbold Gorge – View from the Glass Bridge

Distance: 230 km

The next day, head out from Undara towards the hidden oasis of Cobbold Gorge, covering a distance of approximately 420 km. This secluded gem in Queensland’s Gulf Savannah region boasts dramatic sandstone cliffs, clear waters, and abundant wildlife.

Cobbold Gorge is an impressive, narrow gorge that has been carved into the sandstone over millions of years.

Experience the beauty of this natural wonder by joining a guided tour, which may include a leisurely boat cruise along the calm waters of the gorge, a walk across the spectacular glass bridge, or an exploration of the area’s unique geology and Indigenous history.

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Stay at Cobbold Village

After a day of exploring Cobbold Gorge, consider spending a night or two at Cobbold Village.

This tranquil, bushland retreat offers a variety of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered campsites, as well as modern facilities like a swimming pool, camp kitchen, and BBQ areas.

Surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Gulf Savannah, Cobbold Village provides a serene and picturesque setting for your overnight stay.

Read: Best mini gorge in Australia

Stop 5 – Savannah Way: Karumba

Black cokatoos in Karumba
Black cockatoos in Karumba

Distance: 460 km

Karumba is a unique seaside town situated in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where the outback meets the sea.

This small, remote community is known for its stunning sunsets, excellent fishing, and relaxed atmosphere that embodies the Australian ‘no worries’ attitude.

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Stay at Karumba Point Tourist Park

Regardless of where you stay, try to catch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria – it’s considered one of the best in Australia.

And don’t forget to try your luck fishing, another one of Karumba’s prime attractions.

Read: Karumba – the place full of wildlife

Stop 6 – Savannah Way: Lawn Hill National Park

Lawn Hill National Park
Lawn Hill National Park

Distance: 500 km

On the next day of your Savannah Way adventure, set out from Karumba towards the breathtaking Lawn Hill Gorge, located in Boodjamulla National Park.

The journey covers approximately 500 km, taking you through diverse landscapes and offering ample opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Lawn Hill Gorge is a true oasis in the heart of the Outback, with its dramatic sandstone cliffs, emerald green waters, and lush vegetation.

Take a refreshing swim, rent a canoe to explore the gorge from the water, or embark on one of the many walking trails that showcase the area’s stunning scenery and ancient rock art.

The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, wallabies, and numerous bird species.

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Stay at Adels Grove Camping Park

After a day of exploring Lawn Hill Gorge, unwind at the Adels Grove Camping Park.

Nestled among shady trees near the banks of Lawn Hill Creek, this campground offers powered and unpowered campsites, as well as a range of facilities including a camp kitchen, BBQ areas, and a small shop.

Adels Grove - Nell is enjoying swimming in the waterhole
Adels Grove – Nell is enjoying swimming in the waterhole

Surrounded by the beauty of Boodjamulla National Park, Adels Grove Camping Park provides a serene and picturesque setting for your overnight stay.

Stop 7 – Savannah Way: Seven Emu

Campfire at Seven Emu Station
Campfire at Seven Emu Station

Distance: 465 km

The next stop looks far away, but don’t worry: there is a nice stop in between – Hell’s Gate Roadhouse.

The roadhouse has a camping site, great food and a big TV screen. If you are there in the season stay for a night and watch some footy.

Whenever you are ready hit the road and aim for Seven Emu.

Seven Emu Station is a unique destination situated in the Northern Territory, along the unspoilt coastline of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

This sprawling, family-owned cattle station offers a fascinating insight into the world of Aboriginal and pastoral history.

At Seven Emu Station, you can experience an authentic Outback lifestyle. It’s not just a place to sleep, it’s a place to immerse yourself in an environment rich with Aboriginal culture, pastoral life, and an abundance of wildlife.

The station is known for its sustainable practices, integrating traditional Aboriginal land management with contemporary cattle farming.

Accommodation is rustic and uncomplicated, with options for camping near the sandy beach. Here, you can witness breathtaking sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the area.

During your stay, take advantage of the unique experiences on offer.

Explore the beautiful coastal region on a bushwalk, learn about local Aboriginal culture, try your hand at catching barramundi, or take part in the station’s daily activities. It’s a truly immersive way to appreciate the Australian Outback.

Read: Best camping at Robinson River, Seven Emu Station

Stop 8 – Savannah Way: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Nanny's Retreat
Nanny’s Retreat at Lorella Springs

Distance: 260 km

After spending a few peaceful nights at Seven Emu, travel approximately 260 km to reach the remote and stunning Lorella Springs Wilderness Park.

This expansive, one-million-acre property is a nature lover’s paradise, offering a diverse landscape that includes hot springs, waterfalls, gorges, and billabongs.

Lorella Springs is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure and solitude. Spend a week or more exploring the vast property, which offers a variety of activities such as fishing, swimming, bird watching, and hiking.

Discover hidden gems like the park’s natural hot springs, where you can relax and soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters.

Wildlife enthusiasts will also appreciate the opportunity to spot a variety of species that call the park home, including kangaroos, wallabies, and many birds.

On your arrival, you get a map where you can find waterfalls, water holes, gorges and 4WD tracks. We recommend staying at Lorella Springs for a week to fully explore it.

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Stay at Lorella Springs Campground

There is no option here – you have to spend the night at the Lorella Springs Campground, but it is worth it.

This remote campground offers basic facilities, such as showers, toilets, and a camp kitchen, allowing you to camp in comfort while enjoying the park’s unspoiled surroundings.

Fall asleep under a canopy of stars, and wake up to the sounds of nature as you reflect on your incredible Australian outback adventure.

Read: Lorella Springs – Off-Limits 4WD Paradise

Stop 9 – Savannah Way: Mataranka

Best camping spots in Australia - Mataranka Hot Springs
Mataranka Hot Springs

Distance: 450 km

Mataranka is a small community town known for its stunning thermal pools and lush surroundings.

It’s an ideal destination for anyone looking for a peaceful retreat into nature, with the added bonus of the warm, crystal-clear waters of its famous thermal springs.

Mataranka Thermal Pools, nestled within Elsey National Park, are naturally heated to a comfortable 34 degrees Celsius.

Surrounded by palm forests, these pools provide an oasis-like setting where visitors can soak and unwind while listening to the rustle of the leaves and the calls of native birds.

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Stay at Mataranka Homestead Tourist Resort

For accommodation, the Mataranka Homestead Tourist Resort offers a range of options, including campsites and cabin rentals.

During the dry season, you can spend your evenings at The Malukas Bar, enjoying live music and eating freshly-caught barramundi.

Read: Peaceful Oasis with Hot Springs at Mataranka

Stop 10 – Savannah Way: Darwin

Distance: 420 km

Your journey ends in Darwin, but don’t worry – it is also the beginning of your next trip.

#4 Australian Outback Adventure – Kimberley and NT

Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Katherine Gorge – Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – El Questro – Home Valley Station – Drysdale River Station – Mitchell Falls – Manning Gorge – Bell Gorge – Windjana Gorge – Tunnel Creek – Derby – Broome


Our final road trip will take you on an unforgettable journey from Darwin to Broome, traversing the captivating landscapes of Australia’s northern region.

What would you say about exploring the breathtaking beauty of Litchfield National Park, being amazed by the dramatic gorges of Katherine Gorge, conquering the iconic Gibb River Road in Kimberley, and finally arriving at the picturesque coastal town of Broome?

That’s just major attractions, read on to see all stops!

We have done it, and we are ready to experience it again in the future at least once more!

Total distance: 2800 km

Stop 1 – Kimberley and NT: Darwin

Best Attractions in Darwin - sunset cruise
Best Attractions in Darwin – sunset cruise

Begin your ultimate Northern Australian adventure in Darwin, the vibrant capital city of the Northern Territory.

We recommend staying at least 7 days in Darwin to explore the city’s attractions, such as the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Soak in the laid-back atmosphere of this tropical city before setting off on your off-road journey.

While in Darwin don’t forget to plan a least 3 days trip to Kakadu National Park.

Read: The Ultimate Guide of Kakadu National Park

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Stay at Tumbling Waters Holiday Park

There are many caravan parks in Darwin. Consider staying at the Tumbling Waters Holiday Park. This serene campground is located just a short drive from the city centre, providing a peaceful retreat from the urban bustle.

The park offers a range of camping options, including powered and unpowered sites for caravans and tents.

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the park features a swimming pool, BBQ facilities, and a camp kitchen, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay before you embark on your off-road adventure.

Read: 11 Best Darwin Attractions
Read: 5 Attractions Around Darwin

Stop 2 – Kimberley and NT: Litchfield National Park

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Litchfield National park

Distance: Approximately 120 km

Depart from Darwin and head towards Litchfield National Park, which is approximately a 1.5-hour drive.

The park is home to numerous natural attractions, but one of the most stunning is Florence Falls. This cascading double waterfall is surrounded by lush monsoon forests and offers a refreshing swimming hole where you can take a dip.

If you’re not in a hurry, consider taking a few days to explore Litchfield National Park and its many picturesque walking trails.

This stunning park offers lots of natural beauty and diverse landscapes, making it an ideal destination for a leisurely exploration before continuing on your off-road adventure.

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Stay at Florence Falls Campground

After a day spent exploring Florence Falls, settle in for the night at the nearby Florence Falls Campground. This peaceful camping area is set among native bushland, offering a tranquil setting for your overnight stay.

Facilities include showers, toilets, and picnic tables, making it a comfortable and convenient choice for your first night on the road.

Stop 3 – Kimberley and NT: Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge

Distance: Approximately 250 km

After leaving Litchfield National Park, head towards Nitmiluk National Park, home to the breathtaking Katherine Gorge.

This stunning destination offers opportunities for canoeing, boat cruises, and hiking along the gorge’s towering sandstone cliffs.

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Stay at Nitmiluk Caravan Park and Campground

Spend the night at the Nitmiluk Caravan Park and Campground, which offers a range of amenities including hot showers, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool.

The campground is conveniently located near the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, allowing easy access to the park’s attractions.

Read: The Majestic Katherine Gorge

Stop 4 – Kimberley and NT: Kununurra

Distance: 520 km

Continue your journey towards Kununurra, a picturesque town in the far north of Western Australia.

If you have time divert from Victoria Highway to explore Gregory National Park.

Kununurra, known as the gateway to the East Kimberley, Kununurra offers a range of attractions, including Lake Argyle, Mirima National Park, and the Ord River.

Take the time to explore the area and soak in the natural beauty of this unique region.

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Stay at Hidden Valley Caravan Park

We recommend staying at least 3 days in Kununurra to explore all its attractions.

Stay at Hidden Valley Caravan Park. This tranquil campground is set amongst lush tropical gardens, offering a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, BBQ facilities, and laundry services.

The park is ideally situated for easy access to the town’s attractions and provides a comfortable place to rest before continuing to El Questro Wilderness Park.

Read: Kununurra the gateway to Kimberley
Read: Swim in the infinite pool in Lake Argyle

Stop 5 – Kimberley and NT: Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungles
Bungle Bungles

Distance: 290 km

Nestled within Purnululu National Park, Bungle Bungle Range is an iconic Australian destination. The dome-shaped, striped rock formations, sculpted over millions of years, are an impressive sight and a testament to the power of natural forces.

They are a unique sight, especially from the air. If you have a little extra in your budget, a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Range is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Hiking is also a popular way to explore Bungle Bungle Range. The park has numerous trails that range from easy strolls to more strenuous hikes.

You’ll encounter a diverse landscape, including sandstone towers, deep gorges, and serene pools. Don’t miss Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheater with incredible acoustics, or Echidna Chasm, a narrow gorge known for its towering walls and striking light effects.

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Stay at Kurrajong Campground

After a day of exploration, set up camp for the night at one of the two designated campgrounds within the park: the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park or the Kurrajong Campground.

Both offer a comfortable stay under the stars, surrounded by the striking beauty of the Australian wilderness.

Read: 3 Best Walks in Bungle Bungles
Read: Purnululu National Park – Spectacular Sandstone Domes

Stop 6 – Kimberley and NT: El Questro

Pentecost River Crossing
Pentecost River Crossing

Distance: 300 km

Next, continue your journey towards El Questro Wilderness Park along the Gibb River Road.

If you have time stop by at Wyndham and see a Big Crocodile and 5 Rivers Lookout. Otherwise, enter Gibb River Road.

This legendary off-road track stretches over 660 km through the harsh landscapes of Western Australia.

Explore El Questro’s stunning gorges, thermal springs, and beautiful waterfalls.

El Questro offers an array of activities, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and scenic flights.

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Stay at El Questro Station Campground

Spend at least 3 days at El Questro Station, a beautiful and well-equipped campground located near the Pentecost River.

The campground offers various accommodation options, including tent sites, powered sites, and safari-style tents.

It also provides amenities such as hot showers, laundry facilities, and a general store. This is an ideal place to rest after a day of exploring the wonders of El Questro Wilderness Park.

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There are also private camping sites. Those have to be booked in advance.

Read: El Questro – The Heart of Kimberley

Stop 7 – Kimberley and NT: Home Valley Station

Pentecost Range
Pentecost Range – View from Home Valley Station Lookout

Distance: 41 km

On your way out from El Questro Wilderness Park, you will encounter the Pentecost River Crossing.

This 100-meter-long crossing was the longest one that we encountered during our trip around Australia.

The crossing is the gate to the Eastern Gibb River Road and it is an iconic part of the journey, offering stunning views of the Cockburn Range and the surrounding wilderness.

After the crossing, it is only a short drive to Home Valley Station.

Shortly after you will reach Home Valley Station, a working cattle station and tourist destination nestled at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Range in the East Kimberley region.

This picturesque location offers a unique blend of outback adventure, cultural experiences, and breathtaking landscapes, making it an ideal stop on your Gibb River Road journey.

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Stay at Home Valley Station Campground

Spend the night at Home Valley Station Campground, which offers a variety of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered campsites, as well as access to essential amenities such as hot showers, toilets, and a camp kitchen.

The station also features a restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a delicious meal and cold beverages.

While at Home Valley Station, take advantage of the numerous activities available, such as guided tours, cultural experiences, fishing, and horseback riding, to fully immerse yourself in the Australian Outback Adventure.

Stop 8 – Kimberley and NT: Drysdale River Station

Drysdale River Station
Drysdale River Station

Distance: 235 km

Next, continue your journey towards Drysdale River Station, a remote cattle station and tourist facility located in the heart of the Kimberley region.

This unique destination offers travellers a chance to experience life on an authentic Australian cattle station while providing a convenient stopover point on the way to Mitchell Falls.

The station also serves as a base for exploring the beautiful Drysdale River National Park. The distance between El Questro Wilderness Park and Drysdale River Station is approximately 235 km, with a driving time of around 4-5 hours.

Note that the driving time can vary significantly depending on road conditions (corrugations, dust) and your vehicle’s capabilities.

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Stay at Drysdale River Station Campground

Spend one night at Drysdale River Station Campground as a preparation for your corrugated trip to Mitchell Falls.

Drysdale River Campground is a well-maintained and comfortable camping facility within the station’s grounds. The campground offers both powered and unpowered sites, as well as access to essential amenities such as hot showers, toilets, a laundry, and a camp kitchen.

The station’s restaurant and bar provide a welcome opportunity to enjoy a hearty meal and cold drink after a long day of driving. Remember to refuel your vehicle and stock up on supplies at the station’s store before continuing your journey to Mitchell Falls.

It is also a good idea to leave your trailer/caravan here – you can pick it up on your return from Mitchell Falls trip.

Stop 9 – Kimberley and NT: Mitchell Falls

Mitchell Falls
Mitchell Falls

Distance: 188 km

Leave Drysdale River Station in the morning and continue your journey to the breathtaking Mitchell Falls, located in Mitchell River National Park. This remote and majestic series of waterfalls is one of the Kimberley region’s most iconic natural attractions.

To reach Mitchell Falls, you’ll need to take a challenging but rewarding Mitchell Falls 4WD track and then embark on a moderate 4-5 hour return hike through the park’s rugged terrain.

First, you drive north on the corrugated Kalumburu Road and after 100 km you turn left to continue on the Mitchell Falls track. Shortly after you can stop for a break or even spend a night at Kinds Edward River Campground.

Mitchell Falls track is not being maintained so the corrugations are even worse.

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Stay at Mitchell Falls Campground

After a long day of driving to Mitchell Falls, spend the night at Mitchell Falls Campground, a basic but charming bush camp located near the trailhead to the falls.

This remote campground offers a true outback experience, with limited facilities and no powered sites. However, it provides a serene and peaceful setting, perfect for relaxing under the stars and immersing yourself in the Australian wilderness.

If you are lucky you can spot dingo in the evening or early morning.

The next, day go for a hike to the falls. Optionally, you can book a helicopter ride on the way back. This is what we did and it was awesome.

Please note that due to its remote location, it’s essential to carry enough water, food, and other supplies for your stay.

Read: Mitchell Falls – The biggest waterfalls in Australia

Stop 10 – Kimberley and NT: Manning Gorge

Kimberley Gorges - Manning Gorge
Kimberley Gorges – Manning Gorge

Distance: 442 km

This time it is time for a long drive.

On the way to Manning Gorge, we recommend spending a night again at Drysdale River Station, and only the next day driving the remaining kilometres.

Manning Gorge is located within Mount Barnett Station. This stunning area boasts a beautiful waterfall, refreshing swimming holes, and ancient Aboriginal rock art.

The moderately challenging hike to the gorge takes you through diverse landscapes, including rocky outcrops, river crossings, and shaded woodlands.

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Stay at Mount Barnett Roadhouse Campground

Set up camp at Mount Barnett Roadhouse Campground, which offers basic facilities, including toilets, showers, and a small shop for stocking up on supplies.

The campground is conveniently located near the start of the trail to Manning Gorge, allowing you to wake up early and make the most of your day exploring this breathtaking destination.

Read: 4 Stunning Kimberley Gorges

Stop 11 – Kimberley and NT: Bell Gorge

Bell Gorge
Bell Gorge

Distance: 85 km

You can’t miss the Bell Gorge, located along the iconic Gibb River Road in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is a stunning oasis that offers a perfect retreat for adventurers.

The gorge is recognised for its cascading waterfalls that tumble over rugged cliff edges into a deep, inviting pool below.

This serene and picturesque setting is a paradise for those seeking a refreshing dip, particularly during the warm Australian summer.

Enjoy a hike along the scenic trail, which takes you through red stones and tropical vegetation, leading to the gorge’s impressive waterfall and swimming hole.

Take time to relax by the water’s edge, basking in the serene beauty of this remote location, or, if you’re up for the challenge, make your way to the top of the waterfall for a breathtaking panoramic view of the gorge and the vast Kimberley landscape beyond.

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Stay at Silent Grove Campground

Silent Grove Campground is your best bet. It’s located close to the gorge and provides basic facilities for a comfortable stay in this remote wilderness.

Remember, Bell Gorge is a popular destination, so it’s recommended to arrive early in the day to secure a spot at the campground and to enjoy the gorge at its most peaceful.

Read: 4 Stunning Kimberley Gorges

Stop 12 – Kimberley and NT: Windjana Gorge

Windjana Gorge
Windjana Gorge

Distance: 125 km

This time it is going to be a short drive.

Slowly we are reaching the end of Gibb River Road where you’ll explore two fascinating natural attractions: Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek.

Windjana Gorge is an ancient reef system with towering limestone walls, a serene oasis, and a diverse array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles.

Actually, it is almost guaranteed that you will see the freshwater crocodiles.

Go for a long walk along the river and admire the beauty of Kimberley. You will be amazed!

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Stay at Windjana Gorge Campground

Spend the night at Windjana Gorge Campground, which provides basic facilities such as toilets, picnic tables, and fire pits.

The campground is ideally situated near the entrance to Windjana Gorge, allowing you to start your day early and explore both Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek at your leisure.

Read: Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek – our experience

Stop 13 – Kimberley and NT: Tunnel Creek

Tunnel Creek
Tunnel Creek

Distance: 36km

Tunnel Creek National Park is located only 36 km from Windjana Gorge so you can do both on the same day or stay one more night at Windjana Gorge Campground.

The park is home to Western Australia’s oldest cave system, Tunnel Creek, which has a fascinating history and is filled with beautiful rock formations, subterranean pools, and an array of wildlife.

You can go for a guided walk. Make sure you take a headlamp as you will be walking through a cave system, splashing your feet in the water.

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Stay at Windjana Gorge Campground

Read: Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek – our experience

Stop 14 – Kimberley and NT: Derby

Derby wharf sunset
Derby wharf sunset

Distance: 180 km

It is now time to say ‘Good Bye’ to the majestic Gibb River Road and its attractions.

Head towards the town of Derby which is known for its Boab Prison Tree, the historic wharf, and the Horizontal Falls, which can be accessed via a scenic flight.

Derby is also home to the second-highest tide in the world (11.8 meters).

There is great fishing off the jetty – this is where we caught a 5 kg mulloway.

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Stay at Derby Lodge & Caravan Park

Derby Lodge & Caravan Park offers various accommodation options and is a convenient base for exploring Derby and its surroundings.

Read: Derby – The Highest Tide in Australia

Broome coastline
Broome coastline

Stop 14 – Kimberley and NT: Broome

Distance: 220 km

Finally, you will reach your final destination, the coastal town of Broome. This picturesque town is famous for its stunning Cable Beach, with its 22 kilometres of pristine white sand and warm turquoise waters.

Spend the day relaxing on the beach, swimming, or taking a camel ride along the shoreline. In the evening, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the breathtaking sunset over the Indian Ocean.

The major attractions of Broome are Staircase to the Moon, Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, Cable Beach, Chinatown, Manto’s Brewery, and Dinosaur Footprints

Read: Broome Best Attractions

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Stay at Cable Beach Caravan Park

Consider staying at the Cable Beach Caravan Park, which offers a range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans.

The caravan park is conveniently located within walking distance of Cable Beach, making it an ideal base for exploring Broome and its surroundings.

The Great Australian Outback Adventure – Summary

Finally, we reached the end of our Australian Outback Adventure.

We have briefly covered four fantastic off-road adventures across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Now, it’s your turn to take the wheel and create your own unforgettable Australian Outback adventure.

Whether you choose to follow one of our suggested itineraries or create your own, you’re bound to create lasting memories and uncover hidden gems along the way.

We encourage you to share your experiences, tips, and favourite moments in the comments below.

Your insights will undoubtedly inspire and assist fellow adventurers in planning their own off-road journeys.

If you’re craving even more exploration, don’t miss our other articles that dive deeper into specific regions and their unique attractions, providing you with more detailed information and insights.

Be sure to check out these interlinked road trip articles for more inspiration and helpful tips:

  • Discover the rugged beauty of Cape York Peninsula, from lush rainforests to pristine beaches and remote Indigenous communities.

  • Uncover the untamed wilderness of the Queensland Outback, where you’ll find stunning gorges, ancient dinosaur tracks, and friendly outback towns.

  • Follow the fascinating trail of dinosaur fossils and learn about the prehistoric creatures that once roamed Queensland’s ancient landscapes.

Queensland Dinosaurs Trail: Prehistoric Wonders of the Outback

  • Explore the uniqueness of Seven Emu Station, a working cattle station where you can witness traditional outback life and enjoy one of a kind camping experience

  • Tackle the challenge of crossing the iconic sand dunes of the Simpson Desert, experiencing the isolation and breathtaking beauty of Australia’s heartland.

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Happy exploring, and we can’t wait to hear about your Australian Outback adventures!

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4WD Equipment Checklist

GPS Navigator or compass

Maxtrax – if you get bogged, you can use it for additional traction

Tire Deflator – deflate tires quickly when going on dirt or 4WD

Air Compressor – inflate tires quickly after going back on bitumen (we use MM)

Tire Repair Kit – to fix the tire by yourself when you don’t have access to the tire shop (we use Oztrail)

UHF Radio – for communication with your mates and in emergency

Full Recovery Kit (with Dampener Blanket) – must-have if you are going on real off-road

High Lift Jack – useful if you do serious 4WD tracks

Shovel – useful if you get bogged, also good for campfire cooking

Fuel funnel with water filter – additional protection when fueling up in dodgy places

Additional fuel canisters

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