Driving the outback Part 5: Alice to Darwin

Driving the outback Part 5: Alice to Darwin

Continuing north from Alice to Darwin, there are many many kilometers interspersed with plenty of good stopping points.  First, are the Devil's Marbles – a series of huge rounded boulders, balanced in seemingly gravity­-defying formations – provide great climbing fun for kids and adults alike (alternatively just interesting scenery).

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Driving the Outback: Part 4 - Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru or Ayers Rock

Driving the Outback: Part 4 - Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru or Ayers Rock

The drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs is over eight hours and really emphasizes how huge and sparsely populated Australia really is. Nothing for 800km but the odd turn off leading to a homestead and the occasional roadkill, just to keep things exciting. 

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Driving the Outback: Part 3 - Coober Pedy (by Zofia)

Driving the Outback: Part 3 - Coober Pedy  (by Zofia)

We arrived in Coober Pedy (CP) just after dark after a stunning sunset. (Don’t start me on the night sky. I can't even describe in words how amazing the star­ strewn night sky is over the outback so I'm not going to try.) Sky cannot be appreciated until you are in a landscape as flat as the outback... you can see it forever, and during the day you can see where the horizon meets the earth so it seems as if you are driving into the clouds. An excellent exercise in one point perspective!

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Driving the Outback: Part 2 - Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy (by Zofia)

Driving the Outback: Part 2 - Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy (by Zofia)

My first target was Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges National Park, a 300km detour from the Stuart Highway. On the way I stopped to take in some aboriginal artwork sited in caves, which was simply beautiful. The artwork is completely in synch with its natural surroundings and looks stunning - the hand-prints being my favorite, created as the maker spat ink over their hand to create a silhouette. 

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