Whether you’re hugging the coastline or heading inland to the ochre-hued outback,
Australia offers road trips like nowhere else.
Widen your horizons driving the Eyre Highway across the vast Nullarbor Plain, four times the size of Belgium. Nullarbor means "no trees" in Latin, but in reality, the Nullarbor is covered with bluebush and mulga scrub, and even wildflowers after rain. You'll see plenty of wildlife, including wild camels, kangaroos and emus (be careful at dusk), meet eccentric outback characters and even discover space junk that fell to earth. Go whale watching on a clifftop lookout, visit vast cattle stations, and play the world's longest golf course – an unbelievable 1,365 kilometres (848 miles) long, with a hole at each town or roadhouse along the way.
The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky while being serenaded by didgeridoo, and watching the world's most famous rock change colours at dawn and dusk are just some of the Red Centre's only-in-Australia experiences.
Discover Alice Springs. Spend a few days in outback Australia's most cosmopolitan town. Delve into the town's fascinating past at the historic Telegraph Station. The Araluen Arts Centre has a great collection of Aboriginal art and you can buy a handmade souvenir at one of the many Aboriginal art galleries, such as Mbantua. You can see an ancient rock art gallery at Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Or hire a bike and ride out to Simpsons Gap, a sacred waterhole surrounded by cliffs. You could also take a tour to Standley Chasm, another spectacular red rock gorge that’s an easy day trip from town.
Many people expect the Red Centre to be flat. But the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges, west of Alice Springs, is an extraordinary landscape of weathered peaks, behind which are rocky gorges and waterholes that are great for cooling off on a hot day. Top spots include Ellery Creek Big Hole, Redbank Gorge and picturesque Glen Helen Gorge. You can explore by road on the Red Centre Way (self-drive or on a tour from Alice Springs), or hike it on the famous Larapinta Trail.
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