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Northern Territory in 1 month

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Part one: 31 days travelling the outback

Northern Territory to Kununurra, WA


Australia. Until you travel it on the road (not plane) you start to realise how big it REALLY is! Roads span for kilometres to reach iconic destinations that truly are magnificent.

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When you are planning, it is overwhelming with information and absolutely saturated with blogs with plenty of ideas. The fear of missing out on visiting places to do on your 'once in a lifetime trip around Australia' is STRESSFUL! … Sounds all familiar?!


Below, is the first 31 days of our 4-month journey in our 4WD, Triton and rooftop tent straight through the centre of Northern Territory, across Western Australia, following the coastline homebound to South Australia. Part one gives you simple details on kilometres driven between destinations, and locations we stopped at.


So, If you are researching your next big adventure in 2022 or even 2023. Itineraries, kilometres and length of stays are important to know, however, do not let this spoil your own travelling adventure, you also need to create your own path.




Regrets are something we don't want to live with. But, we have a saying “you have to leave something to come back too”




Natural disasters, life changes, and COVID-19 regarding the ongoing change in borders can all change your path. Always have a PLAN B. After all, adventures are not the same without challenges!


Snapshot of kilometres travelled.

Provided below is a snapshot of how many kilometres travelled in between destinations.

Personally, I was stunned in reflecting on these figures! to think 58% of our time was driving to destinations, this does not include driving at destinations etc. just A to B! Australia is a massive country!



Total KM travelled

4320.40km

Average km travelled per day to destinations *does not include driving onces arrived

139.37km

% of time on the road to destination

58%

Total nights

31

Total days on the road driving to destinations

18

Itinerary of Travelling between destinations

Below is the detailed itinerary of km travelling between getting to destinations.

  • Travelling day - does not count in how many nights stayed at a destination

  • KM - Approximate depending on which location on the map chosen

  • From - The destination we left from

  • To - The destination we arrived at

  • Nights stayed - The number of nights stayed at this location



Most accommodation was booked through booking.com - found it to be great savings and easy to use.

Short cut to the destination of interest:


Travel Day One - Adelaide to Pimba

FINALLY, we are heading off on our 4-month travelling

adventure, there is a lot of preparation required, which will be

a separate blog post. BUT, it was thrilling and to be honest...I didn't really care how far we drove, all that mattered was we were on the road and travelling!


We stopped only once for fuel and a quick bite to eat before hitting the road again, Landing ourselves at a free camp found on Wiki Camp - GET IT! - it is $7.00 and worth it, even works where there is NO RECEPTION.



 

Travel Day Two - Pimba to Coober Pedy

Wowsers, the sunrise was beautiful! and one of the benefits of a rooftop tent being your home, one - you are high off the ground and two - unzip the canvas and boom, there is a sunrise!

Admittingly, we sucked at packing up the rooftop tent in the morning and took us a good 20 minutes, however, we nailed it after a week with only taking 3 minutes! You just need to find what works for you through trial and error.

Coober Pedy - Welcome to Mars! was just a stop through and stayed around 1.5 hours. The town itself is small however, make sure to check out Umoona opal mine and Museum, Spaceship from Pitch Black and the quirky Shell petrol station on Old Water Tank Road off the main street, which was the cheapest in town!

 

Travel Day Three - Coober Pedy to Kulgera

Today was all about crossing that border and it was easy! We did, however, plan ahead that we would miss school holidays when crossing the border and it paid off to listen and read the news and live updates on traffic.


Now, Kulgera is one of MANY places you will find bras and undies hanging in the pub and thought it was worth celebrating

crossing the border, so decided to stay at the Kulgera Roadhouse campsite; By the way, it was freezing at night so we were very happy to see a shower that was warm before we jumped into bed!

It's quirky and the owner is the first one into the Northern Territory to bring that true outback ozzie persona, language and all.

Grab yourself a meal, drink and hot shower and celebrate crossing the border!


 

Travel Day Four - Kulgera to Curtin Springs Station

On our way to Australia's most iconic destination, Uluru (formally known as Ayers Rock) we heard about a station called Curtin Springs and thought we better stop here for a night as we were keen to do a Sunrise at Uluru and then head to Kata Tjuta - so needed a good nights sleep and not too much driving.

Overall, The station vibe is great and has a kitchen serving its very own beef. Here is a link for you to check it out: https://www.curtinsprings.com/


 

Travel Day Five - Curtin Springs to Yalara

One of our earliest mornings rises as we left at 5:00 am to drive 100km to catch the sunrise of Uluru! TIP: early July nights and mornings are freezing, so make sure to grab some warm gear and bring your head torch!

The feeling watching a sunrise on one of Australia's most iconic destination is extraordinary!

After buying our national park ticket online, we had a QR code to pass through the boom gate when we arrived. It was easy enough and made our way to one of the sunrise platforms.

Here is a link for more information:

https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/do/sunrise-sunset/talinguru-nyakunytjaku/


We even managed afterwards to find another viewpoint and enjoy our morning coffee and chocolate oats for breakfast!

After our energy hit, it was time for some walking, so off we went to Kata Tjuta - meaning 'Many heads' and formally known as The Olgas.


Both the Karingaga Lookout (2.5hours, 5.4km return) and Karu lookout ( 1 hour, 2.2km) were fabulous! however, be prepared! some areas are a little steep and do require you to wear proper footwear. It is classed in grade 4.