Finally got permission and have some time and money! Here is a summary of three outback tracks/routes we discovered on our big lap.
Western Australia. The legendary “Gibb River Road”
The Gibb River Road is a 660km cattle route through the Southern Kimberley. An alternative path between Broome and Darwin (or Derby & Kununurra as closer major towns) it cuts through the best and easiest section to access, providing access to numerous amazing gorges, beautiful waterfalls, scenic ranges, Aboriginal rock art, fantastic hikes and off-road adventures and camping.
If you have the time and an even bigger sense of adventure, plan a visit to Mitchell Falls in northwest Kimberley as this is an absolute must!
Northern Territory. “Red Centre Way” & “The Mereenie Loop”
The ultimate Red Centre experience, you can fly into Alice Springs, rent a 4WD and return back to Alice. Plan on two-three weeks to complete this 1,200km circuit, a red earth outback highway alternative to taking the tarmac (you can’t avoid the black stuff completely) not a hard 4WD trip (unless it’s wet) and for us the lesser known attractions were better than we expected:
South Australia. Oodnadatta, Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks and then The Flinders Ranges all in one hit!
Combine sections of all three historic tracks to form one amazing outback adventure loop that will take two-three weeks to complete or more if you have the time.
From Adelaide you need to bomb it 800km north to Coober Pedy.
The Oodnadatta can be joined from Coober Pedy and is actually one of the easiest outback tracks to drive. You are basically following the original old Ghan Railway route that runs from Alice Springs to Adelaide.
At Maree you join the Birdsville Track which is an old stock route and takes you north up the other side of Lake Eyre into Queensland.
Heading south again you can join the Strzelecki Track at Innamincka which follows an old stock route.
The track runs near Australia’s famous dog fence and ends at Lynhurst which is essentially beside the Flinders Ranges approximately 750km later.
These are just three adventures, Australia is full of epic outback road trips that with a little bit of planning and preparation can be organised from New Zealand and turned into a trip of a life time!
These are just 3 adventures, Australia is full of epic road trips!