Darwin to Uluru
One of the ultimate driving adventures in Australia
Heading into the Outback and exploring the country's untamed heart? One of the best routes to take is the 2,000 km or so from Darwin to Uluru, since this way you get to see most of the Outback's most famous attractions. Why not hire one of our air-conditioned 4WD vehicles and go on an epic trip to explore Australia's Northern Territory?
Darwin may be remote but it's definitely not a dusty one-horse town. It's a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in a lush tropical setting, with a variety of historical and natural attractions. This is crocodile country and the town with the cheery name of Humpty Doo, about 40 km from Darwin, even has a Big Boxing Crocodile. Visit the diverse landscapes and Aboriginal communities of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land before setting out on the road south.
The highway that links Darwin to Alice Springs is the Stuart Highway. After Darwin, the next significant town is Katherine, the gateway to the Katherine Gorge and many different adventure sports. Afterwards, soothe your aching muscles in the thermal pools of Elsey National Park.
Check out the Devil's Marbles, go fossicking or tackle the 4WD tracks around Tennant Creek. Spend the night stargazing tiny Wycliffe Well, the 'UFO capital of Australia'. Who knows, maybe you too will see more than mere stars.
Alice Springs, or Alice as the locals call it, is pretty much in the middle of Australia, in the region known as the Red Centre. There is plenty to see and do here, from visiting the town's many museums to exploring the MacDonnell Ranges.
From Alice it's about 500 km to Watarrka National Park and the spectacular Kings Canyon and then a further 300 km or so to the most iconic symbol of the Australian Outback: Uluru, also called Ayers Rock.
While the Stuart Highway is a sealed highway, you'll be driving through some very remote areas, so pack some extra fuel, food and especially water to be safe. You'll be covering huge distances too, so be sure to check out our specials for the most economic way to make this unforgettable trip happen.