If you're driving to Alice Springs from the Top End, or looking to extend your trip, check out the below drive routes and itineraries to make your time on the road an unforgettable experience!
Travel through red desert sands, lush valleys, towering gorges and a number of waterholes, on this iconic journey. The 1135km Red Centre Way loop from Alice Springs makes its way to the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell Ranges, Watarrka/Kings Canyon, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Considered one of Australia’s last unspoilt areas, Arnhem Land is just waiting to be discovered. The Central Arnhem Road starts 50km south of Katherine and finishes in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. This route will take you on an adventure through open Savannah woodlands as you cross creeks and spot a variety of wildlife.
Pack up the 4WD with camping and fishing gear, and hit the Savannah Way. This journey of a lifetime will take you from Cairns in QLD through the Savannah landscapes of the NT and onto Broome in the West. The route follows a mostly sealed highway although there are some long stretches of gravel and 4WD trails to take.
Explorer’s Way passes some of Australia’s favourite natural icons, including Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Watarrka/Kings Canyon, the MacDonnell Ranges, Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles, Nitmiluk National Park and the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. The Explorer’s Way journey is recommended to be done over a minimum 14 days on a sealed highway following the route of the 1862 explorer John McDouall Stuart.
For a drive that highlights the best of the Top End, look no further than Nature’s Way. In five to ten days you can have an amazing adventure that links Darwin, Australia’s vibrant tropical capital city with the ancient cultural and natural wonders of Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks. This easy drive is completely on sealed roads with some great 4WD side-trips to take you to special spots in the lush Northern tropics.