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The Northern Territory is an exciting and adventurous two-wheel and four-wheel
drive destination. From the authentic outback of the Red Centre to the tropical
                                                                                                                       2.   Exploring the Territory
paradise of the Top End, the Northern Territory is many holiday destinations rolled
                                                                                                                       3.   Driving Distances in the N.T.
into one. It is the land of contrasts, and once you’ve seen it you will understand why
                                                                                                                       4.   2WD Highlights
it is such a popular place to visit.
                                                                                                                       5.   4WD Highlights
The journey from the southern border to the northern tip winds through a gradually unfolding landscape.                6.   Parks & Reserves Facilities Guide
It begins in the vast desert landscapes of the Red Centre, then passes through the grassy savannah plains              8.   Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka
and ends at the frangipani-scented, palm fringed shores of Darwin. With its World Heritage-listed national                  National Parks
parks, incredible fishing and waterways, its famous crocodiles, magnificent sunsets and the world’s most
                                                                                                                       9. Uluru Region
iconic monolith, the NT is crammed with all the right ingredients for a perfect holiday.
                                                                                                                       18. Alice Springs & Surrounds
The road trip is one of the most popular ways to explore the Northern Territory, be it caravanning,
                                                                                                                       21. West MacDonnell Ranges
camping or four-wheel-driving. The Territory’s roads take you through some of the most memorable
scenery in Australia. Roads include sealed, unsealed and four-wheel-drive adventure routes that allow                  28. East MacDonnell Ranges
you to explore the landscape and attractions at your own pace, with freedom and flexibility.                           38. Simpson Region
The Territory’s main highways are sealed, enabling two-wheel-drive access to 95per cent of the major                   44. Tanami Desert
tourist spots, including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Kakadu               46. Plenty/Sandover Regions
National Park, and Darwin.                                                                                             48. Tennant Creek & Barkly Region
However if you are looking for an off road adventure, there are a number of challenging four-wheel-drive               56. Katherine & Surrounds
routes that allow you to fully experience the region’s rugged beauty. The independence and adventure of                58. The Gulf Region
four-wheel-drive travel through the Territory is not limited to those who own four-wheel-drives. There are             62. Victoria River, Gregory (Jutpurra) &
several car hire companies from Uluru to Darwin that stock a variety of four-wheel-drives.
                                                                                                                            Keep River National Parks
This guide introduces the very best two-wheel and four-wheel-drive experiences in the Northern Territory               68. Douglas Daly & Pine Creek Region
and has all the important safety information you need when travelling in the Territory. You’ll also find
                                                                                                                       76. Kakadu National Park
maps of all six regions of the NT; these are basic guides only. It is strongly advised that you pack a reliable
and detailed road atlas or GPS.                                                                                        85. Arnhem Land
                                                                                                                       89. Darwin & Surrounds
Before setting off, be sure to read the safety and travelling tips in the back of this guide and prepare
thoroughly. Once on the road, be sure to leave the landscape as you found it. Other guides you might find              90. Litchfield National Park
useful to plan your Northern Territory Holiday are the Central Australian Holiday & Visitor Guide, the Top             95. Mary River
End Holiday Guide, Essential Drive Map, and Fishing the Territory.                                                     99. Darwin
Credits: This guide has been produced by Tourism Central Australia and Tourism Top End in collaboration with           104. Safety & Travelling Tips
Tourism NT. It is an informative guide for those planning to travel within the Northern Territory in a two-wheel or    110. Natural Hazards
four-wheel-drive vehicle. It highlights the multitude of drive routes and the associated attractions and experiences
available in the Northern Territory. PRINTED: FEB 2011
                                                                                                                       112. Fishing in the NT
                                                                                               1                       113. Useful Contacts
 Exploring the Northern Territory
 The Northern Territory is home       earth. You could holiday in the
 to some of the world’s most          Northern Territory annually
 extraordinary destinations.          and have a completely new
 Equivalent in size to France,        experience each time. With an
 Italy and Spain combined it has      enormous range of places and
 a population of just 200,000         adventures to choose from,
 people. From lush wetlands           your biggest obstacle will be
 in the Top End to the desert         deciding where to start.
 scape of Central Australia, the      This guide will give you an
 Territory is best known around       understanding of the two-
 the world for its diverse range      wheel drive and four-wheel
 of natural treasures and ancient     driving options available in the
 Aboriginal culture.                  Northern Territory, with more
 The Territory story unfolds          than 50 sealed and unsealed
 through six main destinations        drives described in detail.
 starting with the iconic
                                       ‘The display of this symbol indicates
 splendour of Uluru (Ayers
                                       an Accredited Tourism Business.
 Rock) and the relaxed outback         Accredited operators have made a
 charm of Alice Springs, to the        commitment to professionalism and
 golden grass fields surrounding       ethical conduct in all areas of their
 Tennant Creek, Katherine’s            business. In this edition of the EsseNTial
                                       Drive Guide to the Northern Territory,
 majestic gorge, Kakadu’s wildlife     Accredited Tourism Businesses
 and Darwin’s famous sunsets.          are listed exclusively in the caravan,
                                       camping and accommodation guides
 This place is for travellers who      throughout the publication. For more
 think differently. It’s for people    information on accommodation
 who enjoy their freedom,              options, please contact the nearest NT
 welcome choice, have a sense of       visitor information centre. The contact
                                       details are listed on page 113.
 adventure and who appreciate
                                       For more details on Tourism
 one of the oldest cultures on         NT’s accreditation policy, visit
                          Exploring the Northern Territory
Shown in Kilometres
* Approximate
distances only

Exploring the Northern Territory

                                   2WD Highlights
                                    ExPLORER’S WAY                      The entire journey along            can dramatically effect fuel        from the air on a scenic flight.
                                                                        Explorer’s Way is via sealed        consumption.                        Call into the Mary River
                                   Explorer’s Way follows the
                                                                        highway, with a range of                                                Wetlands, a great spot for
                                   route of John McDouall Stuart,                                            NATURE’S WAY
                                                                        accommodation options along                                             fishing and bird watching.
                                   a famous Australian explorer
                                                                        the way.                            Nature’s way winds 550
                                   who was the first to traverse                                                                                In four to seven days you
                                                                                                            kilometres through a region
                                   the continent in 1862. The            OVERLANDER’S WAY                                                       can have an abundance
                                                                                                            steeped in Aboriginal culture
                                   3000 kilometres route along                                                                                  of natural and cultural
                                                                        The Overlander’s Way is a 1550      and pioneering history.
                                   the Stuart Highway connects                                                                                  experiences. Pack your
                                   Australia’s north to south – from    kilometres journey along the        The journey can begin in either     binoculars and you’re away.
                                   Port Augusta in South Australia      Barkly and Flinders Highways        Darwin or Katherine. The whole
                                   to Darwin in the Northern            from Townsville on the              trip takes in the Adelaide and      A conventional vehicle is fine
                                   Territory.                           Queensland coast, to Tennant        Mary River wetlands, World          as the entire drive is via sealed
                                                                        Creek in the heart of the           Heritage-listed Kakadu National     roads, however there are
                                   This drive links many of             Northern Territory, linking the                                         many four-wheel drive detours
                                                                                                            Park and the historic gold
                                   Australia’s best-known                                                                                       available for off-road fanatics
                                                                        rugged Aussie outback to the        mining town of Pine Creek.
                                   attractions, including Uluru Kata                                                                            along the way.
                                                                        Barrier Reef.                       Kakadu’s ancient rock art
                                   Tjuta National Park (as a detour),
                                                                        The drive takes travellers          galleries are a must see and
                                   Alice Springs, Kakadu National
                                                                        through Central Australia’s         provide an insight into the rich
                                   Park (as another detour) and
                                                                        Barkly Tableland, an area           Aboriginal culture of the region.
                                   Darwin. This trip gives you
                                   the opportunity to discover          steeped in classic droving          For wildlife enthusiasts,
                                   the lesser-known natural and         history and still best known        birdwatchers and all round
                                   cultural wonders                     as the heart of the Northern        nature lovers, this is a dream
                                   of the Territory.                    Territory’s cattle country.         drive and well worth taking
                                                                        Overlander’s Way offers sealed      some time to fully appreciate all
                                   On this trip of contrasts, you’ll
                                                                        roads all the way and is suitable   it has to offer.
                                   pass the desert landscapes of
                                   the south and drive through arid     for conventional vehicles. Please   A must do in the region is to
                                   cattle grazing lands and ancient     note there are long distances       take a boat cruise or canoe up
                                   mountain ranges to the lush          between fuel outlets and high       the Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk
                                   wetlands of the northern tropics.    winds across the Barkly Highway     National Park) or see the gorge
                                                                                                                                                    Exploring the Northern Territory
4WD Highlights
 BINNS TRACK                        Karlu (Devils Marbles). The              most of the year, the climate is    quarter, taking in some
                                    detour to this incredible sight is       pleasant, but it can be freezing    amazing natural attractions.
The Binns Track, named after
                                    well worth it.                           at night and extremely hot
Territory identity Bill Binns, is                                                                                Sense the enormity of the
                                    The Binns Track deviates to              during the day. There is a string
the ultimate four-wheel drive                                                                                    Outback visiting remote cattle
                                    Gregory (Jutpurra) National              of national parks along the Red
adventure. It starts at Mt Dare,                                                                                 stations, share a beer with
                                    Park via the Buchanan Highway.           Centre Way, each with an array
10 kilometres south of the                                                                                       the locals in tiny townships or
                                    The Park has many four-                  of special places that enrich the
NT border in South Australia                                                                                     try fishing one of Australia’s
                                    wheel drive tracks including             soul unlike anywhere else in
and snakes north, parallel to                                                                                    most picturesque waterways.
                                    the Humbert River, Wickham               the world.
the Stuart Highway, into the                                                                                     In the west, the Keep River
Territory’s tropics, finishing at   and Gibbie Tracks. Check with            This is a road trip of four or      and Gregory National Parks
Timber Creek.                       the Parks and Wildlife Service           five days and a great way           offer spectacular scenery,
                                    about access due to seasonal             to discover the Red Centre          fascinating Aboriginal rock art,
The first section of the track
traverses through the Simpson       flooding from November to                of Australia. Choose to stay        and fishing adventures.
Desert to Old Andado Station.       May.                                     overnight along the way in one
                                                                             of many campgrounds.                In the east, a visit to the
This is sand dune country with       RED CENTRE WAY                                                              sublime Poppy’s Pool is a
ridges up to 8 metres high. It                                               Find out more about the
                                    The Red Centre Way is a                                                      must. Borroloola has fantastic
tails into the East MacDonnell                                               four-wheel driving adventures
                                    collection of linked roads and                                               Barramundi and blue-water
Ranges where petroglyphs                                                     not to be missed along the
                                    tracks connecting visitors to                                                fishing options.
(rock carvings) are prolific and                                             Red Centre Way by calling
continues to pick up pace along     many of Central Australia’s              (08) 8952 5800                      The Savannah Way in the
the Pinnacles Road.                 iconic attractions, including                                                Northern Territory has
                                    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park            SAVANNAH WAY                       alternative routes, sealed or
The track is well signposted
                                    (Ayers Rock and the Olgas),              The Savannah Way is Australia’s     gravel. Follow the Buchanan
and passes through several
                                    Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, the           greatest adventure drive, linking   Highway via Victoria River
cattle stations to link to the
                                    MacDonnell Ranges and Alice              national parks, historic drives     Downs Station to Top Springs
Davenport Ranges. Exit via
                                    Springs.                                 and outback towns from Cairns,      and the Daly Waters Pub,
Whistle Duck Creek and
Kurundi Station. It intercepts      The desert landscape is far              through the Northern Territory      or take the bitumen road to
the highway roughly 17              more varied and beautiful                to Broome. In the Territory it      Katherine and magnificent
kilometres north of the Karlu       than you would expect and for            slices through the northern         Katherine Gorge.
Exploring the Northern Territory

                                   Parks & Reserves Facilities Guide

    bles Conservation Reserve


                                Exploring the Northern Territory
                                                          For travellers to the Northern Territory’s Red Centre, their
       Uluru - Kata Tjuta &                               first glimpse of the iconic rock as they drive towards Uluru-
                                                          Kata Tjuta National Park is something they will never forget.
       Watarrka National Parks                            To many Australians, this World Heritage-listed National
                                                          Park is the heart of Australia.

Aboriginal Culture, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
                                                          It is hard to make it through a       West 300 kilometres north
                                                                                                Just MacDonnell Ranges - Map pg 7
                                                                                                • Red Centre Way
                                                          day in Australia without seeing       east of Uluru is Kings Canyon
                                                                                                • Redbank Gorge Track
                                                          an image of Uluru / Ayers Rock        in Watarrka National Park,
                                                                                                • Finke Gorge 4x4 Track
                                                          somewhere. But if you think you       another spellbinding destination,
                                                                                                • Palm Valley Track
                                                          have reached saturation point         • Owen the Rim Walk
                                                                                                where Springs Track reveals the
                                                          when it comes to The Rock, rest       innermost secrets of the Canyon’s
                                                                                                • Ernest Giles Road
                                                          assured, you haven’t. Nothing can     red sandstone walls. Highlights 13
                                                                                                East MacDonnell Ranges – Map pg
                                                          compare to your first real sighting   include the Lost City and the
                                                                                                • John Hayes Rockhole Track
                                                          of the rock formation and you         • N’Dhala Gorge Track
                                                                                                Garden of Eden.
                                                          will not leave unaffected by the      • Arltunga Road
                                                          spiritual presence of the place.      • Ruby north-east
                                                                                                To theGap Track of Uluru-Kata
                                                                                                • Gardens Watarrka National
                                                                                                Tjuta andRoad
                                                          From here, the incredible Kata        • Cattlewater are Track
                                                                                                Parks, therePass numerous four-
                                                          Tjuta / The Olgas is just a stone’s   • Pinnacle Road
                                                                                                wheel driving adventures that are
                                                          throw away, a highlight being the     Simpson Desert Centre Way
                                                                                                part of the Red – Map pg 21 (see
                                                          Valley of the Winds walk, which       • Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail
                                                                                                pages 21-26).
  Cultural Experience, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park   meanders through the massive          • Old Andado Track
                                                          pile of spectacular rock domes.
                                                                                                • Old South Road pages you will find
                                                                                                In the following (Chambers Pillar)
                                                                                                • Rainbow Valley the
                                                                                                information onTrackgreat driving
                                                                                                • Bookie Track
                                                                                                experiences in the Uluru Kata
                                                                                                Tanami Desert - Map pg 29
                                                                                                Tjuta and Watarrka Region.
                                                                                                • Tanami Track
                                                                                                Uluru and Surrounds - Map
                                                                                                Plenty / Sandover - Map pg 33
                                                                                                • 2WD Information — Pages 10–13
                                                                                                • Plenty Highway
                                                                                                • 4WD Information — Pages 14–16
                                                                                                • Sandover Highway

                                                                                                                                     Red Centre Way

                                                                                                                                                               Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks
                                                                                                                                     Major Highway

Uluru Region                                                                                                                         4x4 Track
                                                                                                                                     Walking Track
4 x 4 TIPS                                                                                                                           Park/Reserve
                                                                                                                                     State Border
Uluru region                                                                                                                         Rail Line
1. Great Central Highway:                                                                                                            Large Town
   A thoroughfare for those                                                                                                          Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                                                                     Aboriginal Community
   travelling from Western                                                                                                           Petrol Station, Food,
   Australia to Central Australia via                                                                                                Reststop
   the Western Deserts.                                                                                                         To West Macdonnell
                                                                                                                                National Park
2. Red Centre Way: Connecting
   visitors to many of Central                                                             RE W T R
                                                                                         NT PERMI EQUI
   Australia’s iconic attractions.


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   details. Note: Permit is required    3                       M
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                                                                                                                                             To Hermannsburg
   for the Mereenie loop Road.
   Please see page 113 for contact
3. Sandy Blight Junction Rd.:
   A challenging but very scenic
   drive between Kintore and
                                                                                                            ERNEST GILES ROAD
   Docker River, Crossing between
   the NT & WA border. Permits
                                            GREAT CENTR
                                            (TJUKARURU AL HWY

UlURU REGION 2WD                      ULURU-KATA TJUTA
                                      NATIONAL PARK
                                                                          known as The Olgas, a massive
                                                                          pile of 36 weathered rock
                                                                          domes, estimated to be around
                                                                                                             Centre provides information on
                                                                                                             the history, geology, flora, fauna
                                                                                                             and culture.
                                     Located 461 kilometres south-        500 million years old.             There are many ways to explore
                                     west of Alice Springs, the iconic    Until recently, Uluru was known    and unlock the mysteries of
                                     park is a must-do for visitors.      to Europeans as Ayers Rock.        Uluru Kata-Tjuta in the area.
                                     Uluru is one of the great natural    It was named after former          Uluru-Kata Tjuta
                                     wonders of the world and is          premier Sir Henry Ayers by         Cultural Centre
                                     accessible from Alice Springs,       European explorer William          To truly appreciate this incredible
                                     via fully sealed roads off the       Gosse, who first sighted the       park and its features, a visit to
                                     Lasseter and Stuart Highways.        rock in 1873.                      the cultural centre is a must.
                                     Alternatively, if you have a         Uluru was returned to the          Here you will receive an
                                     four-wheel drive vehicle you         care and ownership of the          introduction to Tjukurpa
                                     can access the park via The Red      Anangu people in 1985, who         (law, knowledge, religion and
                                     Centre Way. It is also accessible    now jointly manage the park
                                                                                                             philosophy), Anangu way of life
                                     on the Great Central Road,           with Parks Australia.
                                                                                                             (traditional and current), history,
                                     which is unsealed from Western
                                                                              YULARA                         languages, wildlife and joint
                                                                                                             management of the park.
                                     Standing 348 metre high,             Yulara is a small township
                                                                                                             The Centre displays photo
                                     Uluru’s mass is like an iceberg,     that has been purpose-built to
                                                                                                             collages, oral history sound
                                     with most of the rock’s bulk         service travellers to Uluru-Kata
                                                                                                             panels, Pitjantjatjara language
    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park   hidden beneath the earth.            Tjuta National Park.
                                                                                                             learning interactivities,
                                     Archaeological research              There is a range of                soundscapes, videos and
                                     suggests that Aboriginal people      accommodation available,           artefacts.
                                     have been in the area for at         from campsites and budget          There are also occasional
                                     least 22,000 years.                  rooms to 5 star hotel rooms at     opportunities to meet some of
                                     The Anangu people are Uluru’s        the Ayers Rock Resort complex,     the local artists at work in the
                                     traditional custodians.              which is made up of six hotels.    retail outlet, located in the
                                     About 50 kilometres to the           The town is serviced by an         same building facility as the
                                     west of Uluru is Kata Tjuta. Also    airport, and the Yulara Visitors   Cultural Centre.
                                                                                                                                                        Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks
                                                                                                                                           Kata Tjuta

Sunrise                                fiery red, slowly fading as the sun        It is perfectly located for your   It is located 100km east of
Experience the remarkable              disappears beyond the horizon.             day trips to Uluru, Watarrka       Uluru on the western fringe
changing colours of Uluru and          If there is a cloud in the sky, the        National Park (Kings Canyon)       of Curtin Springs Station.
Kata Tjuta as the morning sun          colours on the cloud formations            and Mt Conner.                     Great views of Mt Conner,
comes over the horizon.                can be as equally stunning as on                                              which is often mistaken for
                                                                                  Curtin Springs is a working
There are many ways to                 Uluru itself.                                                                 Uluru, can be seen from a
                                                                                  cattle station owned and
experience sunrise. Take a drive       There is a sunset viewing area                                                lookout just 11 kilometres east
                                                                                  operated by the Severin
to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku          and it’s good to get there early in                                           of Curtin Springs.
                                                                                  family, extending a unique
viewing area and watch the rock        the busy season (April – Oct) so                                              Watarrka National Park
                                                                                  hospitality that has made
light up from a distance.              you don’t miss out on a parking                                               (Kings Canyon)
                                                                                  them legendary in the NT.
Take a guided tour or complete         spot.                                                                         Watarrka National Park is
the Uluru base walk yourself and                                                  Mt Conner                          best known for its famous
see the colours change.                 ULURU AND SURROUNDS                       The third of the great rock        landmark, Kings Canyon.
Sunset                                 Curtin Springs Station                     formations of the Red Centre       The Park is located 300
At sunset you can see Kata Tjuta       Curtin Springs Station is located          is Mt Conner (or Atila) – a        kilometres from Uluru-Kata
begin to fade to darkness, and         on the Lasseter Highway just 85            700-million-year-old sand and      Tjuta National Park and 450
on a clear evening when you            kilometres east of the entrance            rock table-top mountain or         kilometres south-west of Alice
turn to face Uluru, it is a blaze of   to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.         mesa.                              Springs
Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks

                                               Kings Canyon

                                               via fully sealed roads.             the last 20,000 years. Kings            most difficult part is the climb   2 kilometres and an hour
                                               Alternatively, if you have a        Canyon itself has 270 metres            at the beginning of the walk       in duration. This walk offers
                                               four-wheel-drive vehicle you        high walls that rise above Kings        which is a steep ascent to the     stunning
                                               can access the Canyon via the       Creek and its sheer magnitude           top of the rim. The walk offers    views of the Canyon walls
                                               West MacDonnell Ranges on           is breath taking.                       spectacular views over the         looking upwards.
                                               the Red Centre Way. The park        There are a number of walks             Canyon, passing through the
                                                                                                                                                              Kings Creek Station
                                               encompasses the western end         that you can do in the National         tropical pools of the Garden of
                                                                                                                                                              Situated 36 kilometres from
                                               of the George Gill Range and        Park that vary in length and            Eden.
                                                                                                                                                              Kings Canyon among majestic
                                               is an important conservation        difficulty.                             It is best to do the rim walk in   desert oaks, this is a working
                                               area. Rock holes and gorges                                                 the morning, however take          cattle/camel station with
                                                                                   The Rim Walk is the most
                                               provide refuge for more than                                                caution from Sept- Apr when        facilities for camping. If you
                                                                                   popular and takes you along
                                               600 species of plants and many                                              daytime temperatures can           are after a bit of adventure
                                                                                   the rim of the Canyon itself.
                                               native animals.                                                             become very hot.                   there is also the opportunity to
                                                                                   It’s a three to four hour walk,
                                               The area has been home to           6 kilometres long (with a               An easier alternative is the       experience the outback either
                                               the Luritja Aboriginal people for   moderate to difficult rating). The      Kings Creek walk. It is about      by quad bike, a helicopter ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                 INFORMATION CENTRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 WALKING TRACK/S
                                                               DISABLED ACCESS

                                                                                                                                               DRINKING WATER

                                                                                                                                                                                                 SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                      POWERED SITES

                                                                                                                                                                BBQ FACILITIES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PETS ALLOWED

                                                                                                                                                                                 PICNIC TABLES


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ICE & LPG

  luritja Rd, Watarrka National Park                          ✓                  ✓                    ✓                ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8956 7442

  luritja Rd, via Alice Springs NT 0872                       ✓                                       ✓                ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓                                                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓                                            ✓
  Phone 08 8956 7474

  Yulara Dr, Yulara NT                                        ✓                  ✓                    ✓                ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓         ✓                     ✓
  Phone 08 8957 7001

* For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation options, please call the visitor information centre on 08 8952 5800



                                                                                                                    Sandy Blight Junction Road

                              GREAT CENTRAL HIGHWAY/            life changing adventure. The         The Outback Way is also a
                              THE OUTBACK WAY                   roads are predominantly              Geocache Trail, with 34 “hidden”
                                                                unsealed, varying from good          caches each branded with a
                             The Great Central Highway          gravel to sandy sections and         distinctive Way-Finder label.
                             is part of The Outback Way,        corrugations, making it best         Locations (coordinates) of
                             linking Western Australia to       travelled with four wheel drives.    each cache can be found at
                             the Northern Territory via the     The optimum time to travel The       www.geocaching.com and
                             Western Deserts Region. This       Outback Way is April to October.     the details printed off before
                             road offers an awe inspiring       Extreme high temperatures or         driving. At most cache sites,
                             journey through some of the        torrential rain during November      visitors are encouraged to take
                             most attractive and remote         to March can sometimes make          short walks focusing on local
                             desert areas.                      travelling uncomfortable or          flora, wildflowers, woodlands,
                             The route is fast becoming         the roads impassable. Always         geographical features,
                             one of the must see and            check road conditions when           waterholes, historical sites and
                             do touring routes. It can be       stopping at roadhouses and           vantage points.
                             challenging but the landscapes,    never proceed if the road ahead      You will be travelling through
                             colours and night skies are        is closed. Travellers should avoid   two Aboriginal communities and
        Road to Kata Tjuta   legendary making it a truly        driving at night.                    two sets of Transit Permits are
                                                                                                                                                      Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks
required. Each state has its own   Travellers should be                        ancient mountain ranges.           (contact details on page 113).
Aboriginal Lands office and        well prepared and it is                     Permits are required and can       Allow approximately two
issues its own permits which can   recommended for their own                   be obtained through the Central    weeks to receive your permit.
be applied for online for travel   safety they carry 2 spare tyres/            Land Council and Nyangatjatjara
between Kata Tjuta and the NT      wheels and other appropriate                Council offices in Alice Springs
Border and the NT Border and       equipment. You can find
Laverton. Please visit www.clc.    information on safety and
org.au and www.dia.wa.gov.au       travelling tips on pages 104 to
for your permit applications.      113 and for more information
                                   on The Outback Way ‘Australia’s
Kaltukatjara (Docker River)        Longest Shortcut’ please visit
campground, managed by the         www.outbackway.org.au
local Anangu Corporation, is
the only site between Yulara        SANDY BLIGHT
and Giles Weather Station           JUNCTION ROAD
where camping is allowed. In
                                   This often challenging and
most of the Western Australian     remote track should only be
section, camping, caravan          attempted by experienced
park and limited motel style       and well equipped four-wheel
accommodation is available at      drivers. This road connects
the roadhouses.                    Kintore and Docker River
The Outback Way passes             (Kaltukatjara) with the road
                                   crossing between the Northern
through remote regions with
                                   Territory and Western Australia.
limited communications, repair
                                   It is becoming a popular addition
services and supplies. There is
                                   to those tackling the Canning
a very comprehensive Outback       Stock Route. The route traverses
Way Atlas and Guide available      some of the Northern Territory’s
from Hema Maps or through          most dramatic landscapes,
map bookshops or online, the       ranging from red sand dunes,
perfect travelling companion for   sweeping grassy plains, desert
                                             Directions on Gunbarrel Highway
                                                                                                                                     lasseters Cave

undertaking this trip.             rivers (normally dry) and
Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks

                                               ULURU & SURROUNDS                      Kings Canyon Resort
                                                                                      Tel: 08 8956 7442
                                               Drive Contacts
                                                                                      Open: 7am-7pm
                                               Ayers Rock Resort                      Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, O, S
                                               Visitor Information Centre
                                                                                      Kings Creek Station
                                               Tel: 08 8957 7377
                                                                                      Luritja Road
                                               Open: 9.30am-4.30pm
                                                                                      Tel: 08 8956 7474
                                               Facilities: AR, AV, CC, D, E, O,
                                                                                      Open: 8am-6.30pm
                                               PU, S
                                                                                      Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                                               Curtain Springs
                                               Lasseter Highway
                                                                                      (BP Service Station)
                                               Tel: 08 8956 2906
                                                                                      Tel: 08 9031 1210
                                               Open: 7am-9.30pm
                                                                                      Open: Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm,
                                               Facilities: CC, E, G, D, S,U
                                                                                      Sun & P/Hols 9am-3pm
                                               Docker River Store                     Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S
                                               Tel: 08 8956 7373
                                                                                      Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse
                                               Open: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm &
                                                                                      Lasseter Highway
                                               2pm-4.45pm, Sat 9am-12pm
                                                                                      Tel: 08 8956 2904
                                               Facilities: CC, D, E, O, S
                                                                                      Open: 8am-8pm
                                               Giles/Warakurna Roadhouse              Facilities: CC, E, U, S, D
                                               Tel: 08 8956 7344
                                                                                      Tjukayirla Roadhouse
                                               Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm,
                                                                                      Tel: 08 9037 1108
                                               Sat-Sun 9am-3pm (CST)
                                                                                      Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm,
                                               Public Hol’s 9am-12pm (WA)
                                                                                      Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
                                               Facilities: CC, D, E, LR, O, S
                                                                                      Facilities: AR, CC,
                                               * Refer to page 109 for                D, E, O, S
                                                 facilities key                       Warburton
                                               ** Refer to page 113 for               Tel: 08 8956 7656
                                                  remote area permits                 Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm,
                                               *** Facilities are correct at time     Sat-Sun 9am-3pm (WA time)
                                                  of printing. Please call directly   Public Hol’s 9am-12pm                 Kings Canyon
                                                  for further facility information.   Facilities: D, O, S              16
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Uluru - Kata Tjuta & Watarrka National Parks
              Explore the Watarrka National Park
                  from Kings Canyon Resort.                                                                The perfect base camp.
                                                                                                           Ayers Rock Campground offers a range of facilities and shaded grass sites,
                                                                                                           making it the perfect base to explore the wonders of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

                                                                                                           +   Unpowered sites from $36* per night
                                                                                                           +   Powered sites from $41* per night
                                                                                                           +   Cabins from $150* per night
                                                                                                           +   A range of accommodation is also available within Ayers Rock Resort
                                                                                                           Call (08) 8957 7001
                                                                                                           Visit www.ayersrockresort.com.au
                                                                                                           Email campground.reception@ayers.voyages.com.au
                                                                                                       * Conditions apply, subject to availability. Unpowered and powered site rates are quoted
                                                                                                         per site (1-2 people). Additional person rate applies for more than 2 people. Cabin rate
                                                                                                         is per room per night, for up to 6 people. Rates are valid for bookings and travel until
                                                                                                         31 March 2012. Voyages Hotels & Resorts Pty Ltd ABN 24 079 925 036.

                                                                                                      AUDIO TRAVEL GUIDES
           Kings Canyon Resort is ideally located between Ayers Rock (Uluru) and
                                                                                                      Take your own tour guide with you!
           Alice Springs, just seven kilometres from the magical sandstone formation                  •	 Alice	Springs	to	Uluru	(160	min)	$26.95
           of Kings Canyon and the eerie formations of weathered rock known as                        •	 West	MacDonnell	Ranges	(80	min)	$21.95
           ‘The Lost City’. The Resort is the perfect place to stop and explore the
                                                                                                      Includes	history,	geology,	flora,	fauna,	
           natural wonders of Kings Canyon.
                                                                                                      Aboriginal	culture,	stories	by	local	outback	
           Kings Canyon Resort offers campground and caravan park facilities as
                                                                                                      characters	and	experts.
           well as standard and deluxe spa rooms. For reservations just click or call.

           1300 233 432 kingscanyonresort.com.au
                                                                                                      Available	as	a	CD	or	MP3	download	–	online	
           A private audience with an ancient land.                                                   or	at	selected	retail	outlets.	CDs	available	at	
                                                                                                      Alice	Springs	Visitor	Info	Centre.
                     Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872, AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                      Ph:	(08)	8952	9412		www.diytourguide.com.au
IN17296 Kings HP Drive Guide.indd 1                                             7/10/10 12:17:57 PM
Alice Springs & Surrounds                                   Alice Springs is the grand dame of the Northern Territory’s
                                                            Red Centre, with world class art galleries and a proactive
                                                            community known for its innovation and initiative. Leave
                                                            yourself plenty of time to meet the local characters and
                                                            explore the town’s surrounding natural wonders.

                                                            Your unforgettable Northern            Camp under a blanket of a million
                                                            Territory road trip begins in the      stars, soak in the refreshing
                                                            Red Centre.                            waterholes or challenge
                                                            The Red Centre provides an             yourself mentally and physically
                                                            opportunity to embark on a             experiencing the Red Centre’s
                                                            journey of discovery – to reawaken     world-renowned hiking and
                                                            your senses, warm the heart and        driving tracks.
                                                            enrich the spirit.                     The following pages break the
                                                            Situated in the heart of Australia’s   destination into sub-regions and
                                                            outback, the region is home to the     describe the drive experiences
                                                            legendary town of Alice Springs,       that can be had within.
                                                            Kings Canyon in Watarrka National      Alice Springs & Surrounds
                                                            Park, and World Heritage-listed        • 2WD Information — Pages 18–20
                                                            Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.        West MacDonnell Ranges – Map
                                                                                                   • 2WD Information — Pages 21–23
                                                            The Magnificent MacDonnell
                   View of Alice Springs from ANZAC Hill                                           • 4WD Information — Pages 24–27
                                                            Ranges surround Alice Springs
                                                                                             East MacDonnell Ranges – Map
                                                            and extend east and west,
                                                                                             • 2WD Information — Pages 28–31
                                                            encompassing attractions like    • 4WD Information — Pages 32–36
                                                            Simpsons Gap and Ormiston Gorge.
                                                                                                   Simpson Desert – Map
                                                            Share the stories of the local         • 4WD Information — Pages 38–42
                                                            Aboriginal people and learn more       Tanami Desert – Map
                                                            about the world’s oldest               • 4WD Information — Pages 44–45
                                                            culture through the region’s           Plenty/Sandover Region – Map
                                                            celebrated artworks.                   • 4WD Information — Pages 46–47
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alice Springs & Surrounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                 INFORMATION CENTRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 WALKING TRACK/S
                                                               DISABLED ACCESS

                                                                                                                                               DRINKING WATER

                                                                                                                                                                                                 SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                      POWERED SITES

                                                                                                                                                                BBQ FACILITIES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PETS ALLOWED

                                                                                                                                                                                 PICNIC TABLES



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ICE & LPG

  Ragonesi Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870                           ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓            ✓                                 ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8953 1418

  Stuart Hwy, Alice Springs NT 0870                            ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓         ✓                     ✓
  Phone 08 8950 4444

  Palm Circuit, Alice Springs NT 0870                                            ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8952 9589

  Palm Circuit, Alice Springs NT 0870                          ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓                                 ✓            ✓         ✓                     ✓
  Phone 08 8952 6111

  larrapinta Drv, Alice Springs NT 0870                        ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8952 2547

  Cnr Stuart Hwy & Head St, Alice Springs NT 0870                                ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                                                                ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8952 4080

* For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation options, please call the visitor information centre on 08 8952 5800

Alice Springs & Surrounds

                                                                                                                                 The premier location to experience Central Australian Art and Culture.
                            Discover the                                                                                            The Araluen Cultural Precinct includes the Museum of Central Australia, the
                                                                                                                                       Strehlow Research Centre, the Central Australian Aviation Museum,
                               secrets of the desert                                                                                                Central Craft and the Araluen Arts Centre.
                                      www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au                                                          The Araluen Arts Centre displays Aboriginal and Contemporary Art, is home to the
                                                                                                                                        Albert Namatjira Gallery, and presents Aboriginal Cultural Art Tours,
                                                                                         See the animals, plants                                        Arthouse Cinema and live theatre.
                                                                                       and Aboriginal culture of                      Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs (5 minute drive from the centre of town)
                                                                                     Central Australia come alive                                 www.araluen.nt.gov.au • Ph: (08) 8951 1120
                                                                                               before your eyes.

                                                   Open 7.30am to 6pm daily • Entry fee • (08) 8951 8788
                                                   Larapinta Drive, 10 minutes drive from Alice Springs

                                                                                                                                 Araluen Arts Centre Galleries               Central Australian Aviation Museum

                                   Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs • Ph: 8952 2547 • Fax: 8952 4088 • Mob: 0418 847 818
                            TOLL FREE: 1300 823 404 • Email: info@stuartcaravanpark.com.au • www.stuartcaravanpark.com.au        Central Craft                                       Museum of Central Australia

                                                                                                                                             Alice Springs & Surrounds
                                                                                                                     Red Centre Way

 West MacDonnell Ranges
                                                                                                                     Major Highway
                                                                       To Tilmouth Well                              Road
                                                                                                                     4x4 Track
                                              To Kintore and Papunya
                                                                                                                     Walking Track
                                                                                                                     State Border
                                                                                                                     Rail Line
                                                                                                                     Large Town
                                                                                                                     Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                                                     Aboriginal Community
                                                                                                                     Petrol Station, Food,

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                                                                                          4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                                          West MacDonnell Ranges
                                                                                          1. Red Centre Way: A side trip into Roma
                                                                                             Gorge provides an opportunity to see an
                                                                                             important Rock Art site
                                                                                          2. Redbank Gorge Track: At the end of the
                                                                                             track is a rewarding place to camp and
                                                                                          3. Finke Gorge 4x4 Route: A challenging
                                                                                             track for experienced four-wheel-drivers
                                                                                          4. Palm Valley Track: A high clearance 4X4
                                                                                             vehicle is required for this track
                                                                                          5. Owen Springs Track: Main access track
                                                                                             closely follows the route of explorer John
                                                                                             McDouall Stuart through the MacDonnell
                                                                                          6. Ernest Giles Road: The Henbury
                                                                                             Meteorite Craters can be accessed
                                                                                             from this route
                                    The West MacDonnell National
                                    Park encloses a vast and
                                    spectacular section of the
                                                                         opportunities. Open from
                                                                                                              waterhole, which provides a
                                                                                                              refreshing finale to a day’s
                                                                                                              exploring. Camping fees apply.
                                    MacDonnell Ranges, located               ELLERY CREEK BIG HOLE
                                    west of Alice Springs.                                                     GLEN HELEN GORGE
                                                                         High red cliffs, a large waterhole
                                    This panoramic landscape is          and a sandy creek fringed by         Glen Helen Gorge is located
                                    an outstanding example of an         gums make this one of the            132 kilometres west of Alice
                                    ancient landscape sculptured         most popular and picturesque         Springs on Namatjira Drive,
                                    over time.                           picnicking and swimming spots        where the West MacDonnell
                                                                         in the West Mac’s. 92 kilometres     Ranges appear to have parted
                                    Each of the West MacDonnell’s        west of Alice Springs on             briefly at Glen Helen to make
                                    chasms and gorges has their          Namatjira Drive, camping fees        way for the Finke River, as
                                    own character and scenery.           do apply and are payable to an       it continues relentlessly on
                                    The following chasms and             honesty box.                         towards the Simpson Desert.
                                    gorges are accessible by two-                                             Glen Helen Gorge is one of
                                    wheel-drive. Some of them                OCHRE PITS                       six permanent waterholes
                                    contain campgrounds and have         For generations, the desert          along the Finke River and is a
                                    basic facilities such as, running    Aboriginal people have used          beautiful spot for swimming,
                                    water, toilets & car parking.        this place as a mine for the         with the towering gorge walls
                                    Shower facilities and gas            rich mineral Ochre. View this        set as a striking backdrop. Meals,
                                    barbeques are available in some      stunning rock formation that         accommodation & camping are
                                    locations. See the Parks and         looks almost like a painting with    available from the resort.
   Driving West MacDonnell Ranges   Reserves guide on Page 7.            the earthy colours of the ochre
                                                                         spilling out of it.
                                     SIMPSON’S GAP
                                    Only 18 kilometres west of Alice         ORMISTON GORGE
                                    Springs on Larapinta Drive.          Located 135 kilometres west
                                    Visit early morning or late          of Alice Springs on Namatjira
                                    afternoon to see the rare Black-     Drive, you will find the towering
                                    footed rock wallabies, there         red walls of Ormiston Gorge.
                                    are also numerous walking            Within the gorge is a permanent
                                                                                                                                         Ormiston Gorge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Alice Springs & Surrounds
Located 126 kilometres west
of Alice Springs on Namatjira
Drive, The Hermannsburg
Lutheran Mission was one
of the early towns in Central
Australia established in 1877.
The mission and the land were
handed back to the Aboriginal
people in 1982. Hermannsburg
was also the home of famous
Aboriginal artist, Albert
Namatjira. Today you will find
the old mission’s buildings have
been fully restored to their
19th century condition and
showcase a museum, tearooms
and art gallery housing some of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Namatjira Drive

Namatjira’s original work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                INFORMATION CENTRE


                                                                                                                                                                                                                WALKING TRACK/S
                                                              DISABLED ACCESS

                                                                                                                                              DRINKING WATER

                                                                                                                                                                                                SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                     POWERED SITES

                                                                                                                                                               BBQ FACILITIES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               PETS ALLOWED

                                                                                                                                                                                PICNIC TABLES



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ICE & LPG

  Namatjira Drive                                             ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓                                 ✓
  Phone 08 8956 7489

* For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation options, please call the visitor information centre on 08 8952 5800

                          RED CENTRE WAY

                         The Red Centre Way is a journey
                                                             Parts of the Red Centre Way are
                                                             for four-wheel drive vehicles
                                                                                                   REDBANK GORGE TRACK

                                                                                                  The turn-off to Redbank Gorge
                                                             only. Towing caravans and
                         through red desert country,         standard trailers is not advised     is 20 kilometres past Glen Helen
                         navigating this area’s most         on unsealed sections. Rental         Gorge and the car park is a
                                                             vehicle companies do not allow       further five kilometres from the
                         famous attractions. Travel
                                                             conventional vehicles to travel      turn-off. It is then a 20-minute
                         west from Alice Springs along
                                                             this road.                           walk to the gorge. The turn-off is
                         Namatjira Drive to absorb the                                            on a gravel section of Namatjira
                         spectacular West MacDonnell         If travelling the Mereenie Loop      Drive and a four-wheel drive
                         Ranges and meet the Mereenie        Road section of the Red Centre       vehicle is recommended.
                         Loop Road at Glen Helen Gorge.      Way it traverses Aboriginal land
                                                             and requires a permit. This costs    The gorge is fantastic to swim or
                         From this resort outpost, the                                            float through on an air-mattress.
                                                             from $2.20 per vehicle and
                         track snakes south to Watarrka                                           The water is deep and cold due to
                                                             comes with a souvenir booklet
                         National Park, home of the                                               the rock walls towering above, so
                                                             that provides general information
                         spectacular Kings Canyon, and                                            swimmers should use a floatation
                                                             about the trip. It is available
                         further to Uluru-Kata Tjuta                                              device and wear a wetsuit.
                                                             from the Central Australian
                         National Park.                      Visitor Information Centre in
                         Alternatively, travel west          Alice Springs, Glen Helen Resort,      Mereenie loop Road

                                                             Hermannsburg Petrol Station and
                         along Larapinta Drive to
                                                             Kings Canyon Resort.
                         Hermannsburg, 130 kilometres
         Redbank Gorge
                         west of Alice Springs, before       The Haasts Bluff Road,
                         joining the Meerenie Loop and       connecting Namatjira Drive
                                                             and the Tanami Road, offers
                         continuing the Red Centre
                                                             another alternative for a loop
                         Way. Hermannsburg is the
                                                             trip through Central Australia. No
                         home of famous Aboriginal           permit is required, but travellers
                         painter Albert Namatjira and the    cannot venture more than 50
                         historic Lutheran Mission where     metres from the roadside on
                         he learned to paint.                some sections.

                                                                                                                                                      Alice Springs & Surrounds
 ROMA GORGE                          the Mereenie Loop is the quicker        for several relict aquatic plant     be impassable after rain.
                                     route. The Finke Gorge 4x4              species, and also protects the       Check road conditions prior to
Roma Gorge is accessed from          track is an eight-hour drive from       ruins of the IIIamurta Springs       travelling.
the Namatjira Drive, west of         Hermannsburg to Watarrka                Police Camp that was operation
Glen Helen. The turn-off is 5        National Park, passing through          between 1893 and 1912.               Palm Valley is home to a
kilometres past the Redbank          the permanent waterhole at                                                   diverse range of plant species,
                                                                             Due to the remote nature of          many of which are rare and
Gorge turnoff. The road to Roma      Boggy Hole. The drive amongst           the Finke Gorge 4x4 Track            unique to the area, including
Gorge follows a sandy and stony      the River Red Gums is an                and infrequent traffic, there is
river bed for about 8 kilometres;    excellent opportunity to observe                                             the Red Cabbage Palm.
                                                                             a high risk of becoming stuck
a high clearance 4WD drive is        wildlife, especially the waterbirds     or suffering vehicle damage,         In Palm Valley, the Arankaia Walk
required. The Gorge itself has       of Central Australia.                   making travelling with another       (2 kilometres, one hour return)
beautiful scenery and features       The track is mostly sandy, so           vehicle essential. Road conditions   and the longer Mpulungkinya
ancient Aboriginal petroglyphs       ensure your hubs are locked in,         are variable, subject to severe      Walk (five kilometres, two hour
(rock engravings) which make         the four-wheel drive is engaged         flooding and should always be        return) meander among a lush
a side trip into the Gorge           and your tyres are deflated             checked prior to departure.          oasis of slender palms and
worthwhile.                          to 30psi (200kpa) to increase           Obtain current road conditions by
                                                                                                                  return to the car park across the
                                     their surface area. Further             calling 1800 246 199.
 FINKE GORGE 4x4 TRACK               deflation may be required in
                                                                                 PALM VALLEY TRACK
The Finke Gorge 4x4 track            softer sections. Drive in the                                                 Palm Valley
through Boggy Hole (this route is    existing wheel ruts to avoid            Palm Valley Track is located
recommended for experienced          getting bogged or causing               in Finke Gorge National Park,
4WD’ers only) is an alternative      erosion. A side trip into IIIamurta     133 kilometres west of Alice
route between Finke Gorge            Springs Conservation Reserve            Springs. Access to Palm Valley
National Park and Watarrka           is worthwhile as this reserve is        is just beyond the Finke River
National Park. From Larapinta        one of the most peaceful and            causeway from Hermannsburg.
Drive to Ernest Giles Road it        isolated reserves in the Parks &
is 120 kilometres long. The          Wildlife Service estate. Its natural    The road is gravel with sandy
Illamurta Springs Conservation       values are due to the impressive        and rocky sections. A high
Reserve can be accessed from         southern foothills of the James         clearance four-wheel drive
the southern section of the track.   Range and the presence of a             vehicle is required. The slow,
Although this track appears to       permanent natural spring. The           rocky and sandy track follows
be a shortcut between the Parks,     Reserve provides a moist habitat        the Finke riverbed and may

Alice Springs & Surrounds

                             OWEN SPRINGS TRACK                The main access track through
                                                               the reserve closely follows
                            Owen Springs Reserve, south-       explorer John McDouall
                            west of Alice Springs, can be      Stuart’s route through the
                            accessed via two routes. It is     MacDonnell Ranges.
                            a 40-minute drive to the                                                   The Alice Springs Golf Club is a True Jewel in the desert.
                                                                ERNEST GILES ROAD                      Open 7 days a week, the Club welcomes all visitors and Alice Springs
                            entrance of each route;
                                                                                                       residents. Come & enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere set at
                            Larapinta Drive, 50 kilometres                                             the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges.
                                                               This track is an alternative
                            west of Alice Springs or the
                                                               route to Kings Canyon from
                            Stuart Highway, 66 kilometres                                                   18 Hole Championship Course
                                                               Alice Springs and travels for 99
                            south of Alice Springs.
                                                               kilometres between the Stuart                Bunkers Restaurant serving Contemporary Cuisine
                            The track covers 50 kilometres     Highway and Luritja Road.                    Golf Club Bar with 3 big screen TVs
                            from the Larapinta Drive                                                        BBQ Area with Children’s playground
                                                               Along the way you can visit
                            entrance to the Stuart Highway
                                                               the Henbury Meteorite Craters                Balcony area with Stunning views of the MacDonnell Ranges
                            and takes about 1.5 hours.                                                      Fully Stocked Pro Shop
                                                               that were formed when a
                            A four-wheel drive is essential.                                                Resident Australian PGA AAA Rated Golf Professional
                                                               meteor hit the Earth’s surface
                            Some sections of the track                                                        (Mr. Stephen Tieck)
                                                               4,700 years ago.
                            follow the sandy bed of the                                                     Functions, Events and Catering
                            river and can be impassable        Henbury Meteorites Conservation
                                                                                                            Fantastic Club atmosphere for all
                            after rain.                        Reserve can be reached by
                                                               conventional two-wheel drive,
                            Vehicles must keep to the
                                                               however care should be taken
                            main track, except to access
                                                               after heavy rains as gravel roads
                            camp sites.
                                                               can become impassable. Four-
                            Owen Springs Reserve was           wheel drive is recommended
                            formerly a cattle station and      if planning to continue on the
                            the area is steeped in Territory   Ernest Giles Road to Watarrka
                            history. It is possible to walk    National Park.
                            around the historic Old Owen
                            Springs Homestead ruins.

                                                                                                                                                             Owen Springs Track

                                                                                                                                                                                           Alice Springs & Surrounds
  Drive Contacts
  Glen Helen Resort
  Namatjira Drive
  Tel: 08 8956 7489                                                      Bookings (08) 8956 7489
  Open: 7.00am-11.00pm, 7 Days
  Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U             * Refer to page 109 for          At the end of the
                                           facilities key
                                                                          Western Macs,

                                                                                                          www.glenhelen.com.au • res@glenhelen.com.au
  Hermannsburg/Ntaria Store
  Larapinta Drive                        ** Refer to page 113 for         the Jewel of the
                                            remote area permits
  Tel: 08 8956 7480                                                       Centre.
  Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm,           *** Facilities are correct at                                                                                  • Glen Helen Gorge Swimming Hole
  Sat 8.30am-5pm,                           time of printing. Please                                                                                    • Mt Sonder
  Sun 10.30am-5pm                           call directly for further     A unique historic                                                             • Accommodation - Motel Rooms,
  Facilities: D, O, S                       facility information.         oasis surrounded by                                                             Bunkhouses, Camping
                                                                          magnificent ranges.                                                           • Licenced Restaurant & Bar
                                                                                                                                                        • Only fuel stop for 100km
                                                                          Closest access to western
Alice Springs Brake and Clutch
                                                                                                                                                        • Tours operating from Resort
                                                                          end of Larapinta Trail!                                                       • Regular live entertainment
                                                                                                                                                        • Helicopter Scenic Flights
                                                                                                                                                                        Mt Sonder
                                                                                          Glen Helen Resort
• Brake - Disc Pads, Shoes, Hydraulic Parts
• Clutch - New & Remanufactured
                                              8952 1223
• Service - Garage Fitting, Drum & Disc       A/H 0414 52 1223
  Machining, Flywheel Machining               Fax: 8953 1346
• Suppliers of NEW & RECONDITIONED            13 Elder Street,
  DRIVESHAFTS                                 Alice Springs.
• BRAKE HOSES Manufactured On-site            alice_brake@iinet.net.au

     Parts Repair • Domestic Commercial Industrial Vehicles

Alice Springs & Surrounds

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                                                                                                                             experience of staying in the Centralian bush by taking a
                                                                                                                      trip to Old Ambalindum Homestead. Old Ambalindum offers
                                                  website: www.outbackballooning.com.au                               a true outback experience with a host of options, whether
                                                                                                                      you’re staying for a couple of days or longer. Choose from
                                       TRAVEL THE BINNS TRACK                                                         camping sites, budget bunkhouse accommodation or the
                              FOR A 4WD FRONTIER ADVENTURE AND STAY AT                                                comfort of the Old Ambalindum homestead itself.

                            • Spacious, clean caravan park, Plenty Highway - 140kms NE Alice Springs
                                                                                                                          Within the expanse of Ambalindum there are literally
                                                                                                                      hundreds of kilometres of private roads and tracks, passing
                                                                                                                      through spectacu-
                            • Daily tag-along fossicking tours to the gemfields in the cooler months                                                                               WE
                                                                                                                      lar scenery, from
                            • Witness the living legacy of outback pioneers                                                                                                        ARE
                            • Dine weekends with a 4th generation Territorian at ‘Kate’s Campoven Kitchen’            rugged ranges to                                            HERE
                            • Winner of New Tourism Innovation 2010 at Centralian Tourism Awards                      rolling plains.
                            • Light-hearted family history movie, commentary, Q & A session                               It’s all just
                            • Weekend campfire karaoke/singalong, occasional bar, school holiday fun                  waiting for you…
                              Bookings Essential PH: 08 8956 9855 www.gemtree.com.au                                  come and discover
                                                                                                                      it for yourself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alice Springs & Surrounds
                                                                                                                                                                         Major Highway

East MacDonnell Ranges
                                                                                                                                                                         4x4 Track
                                                                                                                                                                         Walking Track
                                                                                                                                                                         State Border
                                                    8                                                              20                                                    Rail Line
                                                             7                                                               26
                                          24                                                                                                                             Large Town
                                                                                                         29                                                              Place, Cattle Station
     27                                                                20                                                                                                Aboriginal Community
                                                                                                                                                                         Petrol Station, Food,
                                                                                                                                            51                           Reststop


19                                                                                                                                               4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                                                                                                 East MacDonnell Ranges
                                                                                                                                                 1. John Hayes Rock Hole Track:
                                                                                                                                                    This 4X4 track leads to a cool
                                                                                                                                                    waterhole, respite on a hot day
                                                             Old Ambalindum Homestead              20
          29                                                                                                                                     2. N’Dhala Gorge Track: Fascinating
                                                                                                                                                    Petroglyphs (rock carvings) can
                                                                                      35                                                            be found at N’Dhala Gorge
                                                                                                                                                 3. Alice Springs to Arltunga:
                                                                 5                                                                                  Arltunga was officially Central
                                                                          7                                                                         Australia’s first town, born out of
                                                    23                        8                                                                     a gold rush.
                                                                                                                                                 4. Ruby Gap Track: Accessed by
                     5                         13                                                                                                   4X4 only, this remote spot is a
                                                        27                                              47                                          scenic Central Australian bush
                     6 9        8
                                                                                                                                                    camping experience
                                                                                                                                                 5. Gardens Road: Joins the
                                                                                                                                                    Stuart Highway and Arltunga
                                                                                                                                                    Historical Reserve
                                                                                                                                                 6. Cattlewater Pass:
                                     70                                                                                                             This challenging 4X4 track
                                                                                                                                                    affords picturesque views over
                                                                                                                                                    the Harts Ranges
                                                                                                                                                 7. Pinnacle Road: Forms part of the
                                                                                                                                                    Binns Track which can continue
                                                                                   To Old Andado                                                    on to the Davenport Ranges

      RANGES 2WD
                        In the East MacDonnell Ranges,
                        Arltunga became the site of
                        Central Australia’ s first town
                                                                                EMILY AND JESSIE GAPS
                                                                            Only 10 kilometres east of Alice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CORROBOREE ROCK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NATURE PARK

                        in 1887, after alluvial gold was                    Springs on the Ross Highway,                                                                                                              Located 47kilometres east of Alice
                        discovered in the area. There are                   these gaps are home to a range                                                                                                            Springs on the Ross Highway.
                        a number of gaps, gorges and                        of Aboriginal paintings and hold                                                                                                          This is a sacred site to the Eastern
                        historic sites to explore. Many                     great significance to the Eastern                                                                                                         Arrernte Aboriginal people. The
                        of the natural attractions are                      Arrernte Aboriginal People.                                                                                                               significance of the area is not
                        accessible by two-wheel-drive but                   There are picnic facilities at                                                                                                            well known, it was probably not
                        a four-wheel drive is required for                  Jessie Gap.                                                                                                                               used as a corroboree site, due
                        some tracks.                                                                                                                                                                                  to the lack of water in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Corroboree Rock is an easy stop-
                        * For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      off for your trip through the East
                        options, please call the visitor information centre on 08 8952 5800

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                                       INFORMATION CENTRE
                         EAST MACDONNEll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WALKING TRACK/S
                                                                                     DISABLED ACCESS

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                                            POWERED SITES

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Emily Gap Rock Art

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                             JOHN HAYES ROCKHOLE
                                                                        N’DHALA GORGE TRACK
                                                                    Just 90 kilometres east of Alice
                            The John Hayes Rockhole Track,          Springs on the fully sealed Ross
                            located within Trephina Gorge           Highway, you’ll reach the turn off
                            Nature Park, is recommended             to N’Dhala Gorge, 500 metres
                            for four-wheel drive vehicles           before Ross River Resort. Eleven
                            only. Infrequent heavy rains            kilometres of four-wheel drive
                            may cause all roads to become           track follows, crossing the Ross
                            impassable.                             riverbed several times. The route
                            Trephina Gorge intersects               can be impassable after rain.
                            the East MacDonnell Ranges,             The Park can also be accessed
                            85 kilometres east of Alice             via the Binns Track. This route
                            Springs and is notable for its          enters N’Dhala Gorge from the
                            sheer quartzite cliffs, River           south via Numery Road. This
                            Red Gums and sandy creek                road turns south off the Ross
                            bed. The rockhole is a popular          Highway 35 kilometres from
                            swimming location during                Alice Springs.
                            warmer months, however during
                            prolonged dry periods the               N’Dhala Gorge features
                            waterholes can evaporate.               fascinating petroglyphs, (rock
                                                                    carvings) the oldest of which
                            Once part of Garden Station,
N’Dhala Gorge Nature Park                                           are believed to date back
                            Trephina Gorge Nature Park has
                                                                    10,000 years.
                            strong historic links with the early
                            settlement of Central Australia.        A small, simple bush camping
                            Experienced walkers can take the        area is located at the entrance
                            Trephina Ridge Top Walk through         to the Park. No water is provided
                            to John Hayes Rockhole, which           and you should bring your own
                            features panoramic views of the         supplies. Camping fees are
                            surrounding ranges.                     payable at the site.

                                                                                                         East MacDonnell Ranges
                                                                                                                                                Alice Springs & Surrounds
 ARLTUNGA HISTORICAL                numerous old buildings that take     Fossicking, including the use of    Permits are available from
 RESERVE                            you back in time. The Reserve’s      metal detectors, is not permitted   the Department of Primary
                                    Visitor Centre, open 8am to          in Arltunga Historical Reserve.     Industries, Fisheries and Mines.
After 70 kilometres of fully        5pm, displays artefacts and          However, it is permitted in the
sealed road along the Ross          details the history of the area.     adjoining Fossicking Reserve.
Highway from Alice Springs,
there is a gravel road that leads
north-east for 33 kilometres to
Arltunga. Gravel roads provide
access to the major attractions
within the reserve.
110 kilometres east of Alice
Springs, the reserve can be
reached in a two-wheel drive
vehicle and is accessible year-
round, however, gravel road
surface conditions do vary and
roads may be impassable when
Arltunga was officially Central
Australia’s first town, born out
of a gold rush in 1887. At the
time, Alice Springs was little
more than an outpost used as a
supply base.
Now a ghost town, there are
many reminders of its prime,
including two old mines you
can explore with a torch and

                                       Trephina Gorge
Alice Springs & Surrounds

                             RUBY GAP TRACK                       The Hale River is susceptible to
                                                                  flash flooding after heavy rain.
                            Ruby Gap Nature Park is 150           If it begins to rain heavily, leave
                            kilometres east of Alice Springs.     the Park immediately. Do not
                            Access to this spectacular            attempt to cross flooded creeks.
                            destination is via the Arltunga       Wait on high ground.
                            Historical Reserve.
                                                                  Ruby Gap is linked to the first
                            A high clearance four-wheel           mining rush in Central Australia.
                            drive vehicle is essential. Heavy     In March 1886, explorer David
                            rains can cause the roads to          Lindsay found what he thought
                            become impassable. From the           were rubies in the bed of the
                            park entrance there is a five         Hale River. But in June 1888, it
                            kilometre drive along the riverbed    was found that the stones were
                            and then a two kilometre walk to      merely high grade garnets and
                            Glen Annie Gorge.                     Central Australia’s ruby boom
                            There are no facilities available     quickly collapsed.
                            but camping is permitted along        Today Ruby Gap Nature Park
                            the river. Camping fees apply and     retains its remoteness, providing
                            should be deposited in the box at     an excellent bush camping
                            the Park’s entrance.                  experience in Central Australia’s
                            The Park is generally accessible      scenic rugged terrain.
                            all year round, however the cooler
                            months (April to September) are
                            more pleasant.
                            Do not drive into the Hale River
                            if the sand is soft and wet. In the
                            event of a mishap or breakdown,
                            stay with your vehicle. Do not
                            attempt to walk back to Arltunga.
                                                                                                        Ruby Gap Nature Park

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                             GARDENS ROAD                        You can even spend a few days          Taking this road it is possible    (Gemtree offers guided tagalong
                                                                 in this region and explore the         to call into Gemtree Caravan       fossicking tours to the zircon
                            Located north-east of Alice          surrounding East MacDonnell            Park for an overnight stay, just   and garnet fields from April to
                            Springs, this 104 kilometre road     Ranges. Old Ambalindum                 west of the Plenty Highway/        September departing at 9am
                            connects the Stuart Highway          Homestead is located on                Pinnacle Track junction at         sharp). Alternatively, continue
                            to Arltunga Historical Reserve.      the Binns Track approx 135             Mud Tank, and complete the         along the Binns Track to the
                            A four-wheel drive vehicle is        kilometres north east of Alice         loop back into Alice Springs.      Davenport Ranges.
                            recommended.                         Springs.
                            The road’s main use is as access     This historical homestead,
                            for stations and it creates a loop   originally dating back to the                                                                 Cattlewater Pass

                            drive from Alice Springs through     early 1900’s, and recently
                            the East MacDonnell Ranges and       renovated, provides comfortable
                            back to the Stuart Highway.          air conditioned accommodation.
                                                                 Camping sites, van sites and
                             CATTLEWATER PASS                    bunkhouse quarters are also
                                                                 available. Old Ambalindum
                            This 55 kilometre track north-       Homestead is the focal point
                            east of Alice connects the           of local tourism activities with
                            Gardens Road with the Plenty         hundreds of kilometres of private
                            Highway. It is a good track for      roads and tracks making it a
                            those seeking a challenging          four-wheel driver’s heaven!
                            four-wheel drive adventure.
                            It takes approximately three          PINNACLE ROAD
                            hours for an experienced
                                                                 This road is another connection
                            four-wheel driver to travel from
                                                                 between Gardens Road and the
                            Arltunga to the Plenty Highway,
                                                                 Plenty Highway, covering 39
                            but it is not advisable if towing    kilometres. It also forms part of
                            trailers or vans. The track          the Binns Track. Four-wheel drive
                            includes steep climbs.               is recommended. Care should
                            Once on the Plenty Highway,          be taken if pulling vans or trailers
                            the views of the rugged Harts        and preferably only tough, off-
                            Ranges are breathtaking.             road types should be used.
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Alice Springs & Surrounds                                                                Binns Track
                                                                                         Major Highway

                            Simpson Region                                               Road
                                                                                         4x4 Track
                                                                                         Walking Track
                                         Ambalindum                                      River
                                         Homestead                                       Coastline
                                                                                         State Border
                                                                                         Rail Line
                                                                                         Large Town
                                                                                         Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                         Aboriginal Community
                                                                                         Petrol Station, Food,

                                                                  4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                  Simpson Desert
                                                                  1. Old Ghan Heritage Trail: The Old
                                                                     Ghan route was closed in 1980, it’s
                                                                     now a heritage trail suitable for
                                                                     4WD vehicles
                                                                  2. Old Andado Track: Stop by the
                                                                     historic Old Andado Homestead
                                                                     within the Simpson Desert,
                                                                     preserved as it was left by pioneer
                                                                     Molly Clark
                                                                  3. Chambers Pillar Track: Read
                                                                     inscriptions from last century’s
                                                                     explorers at Chambers Pillar, a
                                                                     sandstone column that towers
                                                                     50m above the desert floor
                                                                  4. Rainbow Valley Track: Sunset at
                                                                     Rainbow Valley is the best time
                                                                     to see the colourful bands of
                                                                     sandstone ablaze in the fading
                                                                  5. Bookie Track: The northern
                                                                     Simpson Desert has only recently
                                                                     been open to visitors welcomed
                                             To Oodnadatta           by traditional owner Lindsay
                                                                     Bookie. A permit is essential.


                                                                                                                                      Alice Springs & Surrounds
                            OLD GHAN RAILWAY                  The track is narrow in places      Desert on Andado Station. It is
          SIMPSON DESERT    HERITAGE TRAIL                    with dense vegetation              a significant historical site that
          4WD                                                 concealing oncoming traffic,       has been preserved the way
                           The Old Ghan Railway Heritage
                                                              making passing and driving         Central Australian pioneer Molly
                           Trail is a four-wheel drive
                                                              difficult.                         Clark left it.
                           alternative to the Stuart
                           Highway, travelling through        Alice Well and the old police
                                                                                                  SIMPSON DESERT
                           outback South Australia into       station make a pleasant respite
                                                                                                  TO BIRDSVILLE
                           the Territory. It begins at Port   just three kilometres west of
                           Augusta, South Australia           Bundooma on the banks of the       The journey across the Simpson
                           and passes Lake Eyre and           Hugh River.                        Desert to Birdsville starts
                           Oodnadatta.                                                           south of Andado at Mt Dare,
                                                              The Oodnadatta Track is the
                                                              stretch of dirt road between       just over the South Australian
                           In the Territory, the track is
                                                              Marree and Oodnadatta.             border. The remoteness of the
                           largely sandy with dune ridges
                                                                                                 Simpson Desert makes this
                           five to eight metres high.
                                                                   OLD ANDADO TRACK              770 kilometre journey one
                           There are many well preserved
                                                                                                 of the most arduous outback
                           railway sidings worthy of a        Travellers on the Old Andado
                                                                                                 routes. It is more difficult
                           stop. At Charlotte Waters the      track, which borders the
                                                                                                 when taken east to west, due
                           well, stockyards and old police    Simpson Desert, can expect to
                                                                                                 to the steeper sand dunes on
                           station ruins are located close    drive through sand dunes up
                                                                                                 the eastern approach. It takes
                           to the roadside, with pioneer      to eight metres high. This route
                                                                                                 approximately three to
                           graves just a short walk away.     is part of the challenging
                                                              Binns Track.                       four days.
                           From Finke to Alice Springs, the
                           track follows the same course      From Alice Springs, head           There are no designated camps,
Old Andado Track
                           as the Finke Desert Race, which    south-east along the Old           but it is possible to camp
                           is reputed to be one of the most   Andado Track to Santa Teresa,      anywhere on the side of the
                           difficult off-road races in the    an Aboriginal community            track. A Desert Parks Pass is
                           world. The road is subject to      established at its current site    required to travel in this region
                           seasonal flooding, pot holes and   in 1953. The original Andado       of South Australia.
                           rutting. During the dry season,    Homestead is situated              For more information contact:
                           bulldust is a common hazard.       20 kilometres into the Simpson     Mt Dare on 08 8670 7835
Alice Springs & Surrounds

                                                                                                                                                 Sunset over Chambers Pillar

                            Please Note:                       OLD SOUTH ROAD                     sand drifts and steep jump ups.   path at the base of Chambers
                                                               (CHAMBERS PILLAR)                  Use extreme caution when          Pillar and nearby Castle Rock.
                            If you intend to travel in the
                                                                                                  driving over single lane sand
                            Simpson Desert area during                                                                              The Hugh River Stock Route,
                                                              The road to Chambers                dunes. It is recommended
                            the summer months, please be                                                                            33 kilometres north of Maryvale,
                                                              Pillar Historical Reserve, 164      to have someone check for
                            aware that parts of the Simpson                                                                         provides access to the Stuart
                            Desert will be closed December    kilometres south of Alice           oncoming traffic or to attach
                                                              Springs, is gravel and can close                                      Highway and is 62 kilometres
                            to March. For more information                                        a flag to your vehicle to
                            on access to the Simpson Desert   after rain. Good tyres are a        warn other motorists of your      in length. Upon reaching the
                            during the summer, please         must on this track due to the       approach.                         highway, head 25 kilometres
                            contact either South Australian   coarseness of the gravel.                                             north to the turn off to Rainbow
                            Parks Desert Parks Hotline on                                         Chambers Pillar, a 50 metre       Valley Conservation Reserve.
                            1800 816 078 or Queensland        Drive along the Old South Road      high red and yellow sandstone
                            EPA Longreach Office on           and turn west off Maryvale          column, rises out of the vast
                            (07) 4652 7333.                   Station. After the Maryvale         red plains and is carved with
                                                              turn off, a four-wheel drive is     the names of 19th Century
                                                              required to negotiate the deep      explorers. There is a walking
                                                                                                                                                  Alice Springs & Surrounds
Turn off the Stuart Highway         Until recently, part of the
75 kilometres south of Alice        northern Simpson Desert was
Springs, to access Rainbow Valley   closed to the public. Aboriginal
Conservation Reserve. The Valley    custodian Lindsay Bookie now
track is gravel and sandy in        welcomes visitors to his land.
patches and is recommended for      A permit is required and visitor
four-wheel drive vehicles only.     activity is highly scrutinised, so
                                    all who travel here must respect
The only access is from the
                                    the tracks and facilities.
Stuart Highway.
                                    It is extremely improper for
Late afternoon is the best time     anyone to use the track without
to view the rainbow bands           first arranging a permit with
embedded within the Valley          Jol Fleming on (08) 8952 3359
ridge. The bands glow vibrantly     or at www.direct4WD.com.au
when struck by the golden rays      For access to Witjara National
of the sun.                         Park you will also require
Rainbow Valley’s free-standing      the Desert Parks Pass and to
cliffs form part of the James       access the Simpson Desert
Range. A marked walking trail       National Park, you will need a
takes you to Mushroom Rock, an      Queensland National Parks and               Bookie Track, Simpson Desert
interesting sandstone formation     Wildlife Service camping permit.
with Fairy Martin nests attached    Permits can take several                  border junction of the Northern   Take plenty of fuel, food and
to the upper walls.                 weeks to process, so prepare              Territory, South Australia and    water as there are no supplies
Camping is permitted in the         well in advance.                          Queensland. It is suitable only   available between Birdsville
designated area only. Facilities    The Bookie Track runs for 350             for four-wheel drivers with       and Jervois Station. Minimum
include gas and wood barbecues,     kilometres between the Plenty             experience in remote desert       communication requirements
picnic tables and a pit toilet.     Highway and the Northern                  travel. The track is largely      are a HF Radio and/or satellite
Camping fees are payable            part of the Simpson Desert                unmarked so good map-reading      phone and a GPS. An EPIRB is
on site.                            at Poeppels Corner at the                 skills are essential.             also recommended.
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                            SIMPSON DESERT                       Mt Dare Hotel                        * Refer to page 109 for
                            REGION                               Oodnadatta Track                       facilities key
                                                                 Tel: 08 8670 7835                    ** Refer to page 113 for
                            Drive Contacts
                                                                 Open: 8am-9pm                           remote area permits
                            Erldunda Roadhouse                   Facilities: AR, AV, CC,
                            Cnr Stuart & Lasseter Hwy            D, E, S, U                           *** Facilities are correct at
                            Tel: 08 8956 0984                                                            time of printing. Please
                                                                 Oodnadatta                              call directly for further
                            Open: 7am-9.30pm
                                                                 (Pink Roadhouse)                        facility information.
                            Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                                                                 Oodnadatta Track
                            Finke                                Tel: 08 8670 7822
                            Old South Road                       Open: 8am-8pm (winter)
                            Tel: 08 8956 0966                    Facilities: AR, AV, CC, D, E, S, U
                            Open: 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
                                                                 Santa Teresa
                            Facilities: CC, D, E, O, S
                                                                 Santa Teresa Road
                            Kulgera Roadhouse                    Tel: 08 8956 0805
                            South Stuart Hwy                     Open: Mon-Fri 8am-12pm,
                            Tel: 08 8956 0973                    1pm-5pm,
                            Open: 7am-10pm                       Sat 8am-12pm
                            Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, PU, S, U   Facilities: D, S, U, O
                            Marree Roadhouse                     Stuarts Well
                            Oodnadatta Track                     Stuart Hwy
                            Tel: 08 8675 8360                    Tel: 08 8956 0808
                            Open: 7.30am-6pm                     Open: 6am-8pm
                            Facilities: AV, CC, D,               Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U
                            E, S, U
                                                                 William Creek Hotel
                            Maryvale Station                     Oodnadatta Track
                            Old South Road                       Tel: 08 8670 7880
                            Tel: 08 8956 0989                    Open: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm,
                            Open: 9am-5pm                        Sun 8am-8pm
                            Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S          Facilities: AV, CC, D, E, U
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                                                                                                         Major Highway

                            Tanami Desert
                                                                                                         4x4 Track
                                                                                                         Walking Track
                                   79                                                                    Park/Reserve
                                                                                                         State Border
                                                                                                         Rail Line
                                                                                                         Large Town
                                                                                                         Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                                         Aboriginal Community
                                                                                                         Petrol Station, Food,

                                                                                  4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                                  Tanami Region
                                                                                  1. Tanami Track: A dirt highway
                                                                                     short cut between the Kimberley
                                                                                     and the Red Centre. The Tilmouth
                                                                                     Well Gallery showcases local
                                                                                     Aboriginal Art and is well worth
                                                                                     the stop.
                                                                                  *Note: The section of track from
                                                                                     Yuendumu to Balgo Community
                                                                                     (34km off track) has no petrol
                                                                                     facilities. Ensure you have enough
                                                                                     fuel for approx 560km.

                                                                 RED N T R
                                                                    CE     EW

                                   Sandy Blight Junction Road

                                                                                                                                                  Alice Springs & Surrounds
                            TANAMI TRACK                           TANAMI REGION                        Yuendumu
TANAMI DESERT                                                                                           Tel: 08 8956 4006
                                                                   Drive Contacts
4WD                        Traversing the Tanami Desert, this                                           Open: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm &
                           track is a great short-cut linking      Aileron Roadhouse                    2pm-5pm, Sat/Sun 9am-12pm,
                           the Red Centre to the Kimberley.        Tel: 08 8956 9703                    Facilities: CC, D, E, O, S
                                                                   Open: 6am-9.30pm
                           It runs over 1075 kilometres from
                                                                   Facilities: AV, CC, D, E, O, S, U
                           Alice Springs to Halls Creek.
                                                                   Billiluna                            * Refer to page 109 for
                           Once a notorious four-wheel                                                    facilities key
                                                                   Tel: 08 9168 8988
                           drive track, it is now a graded
                                                                   Open: Mon-Fri 8am-12am               ** Refer to page 113 for
                           dirt highway and is a relatively        & 2pm-4pm
                           easy and comparatively safe                                                     remote area permits
                                                                   Facilities: CC, D, E, O, S
                           introduction to remote, arid                                                 *** Facilities are correct at
                           area travel.                            Halls Creek (Shell)                     time of printing. Please
                                                                   Tel: 08 9168 6060                       call directly for further
                           The Aboriginal dot paintings            Open 5am-9pm                            facility information.
                           from the local communities and          Facilities: AV, CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                           at Tilmouth Well are some of
                                                                   Tilmouth Well Roadhouse
                           the best examples in Australia.
                                                                   Tel: 08 8956 8777
                           Detours can be made to Old
                                                                   Open: 7am-9pm
                           Hamilton Downs Homestead and            Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U
                           Vaughan Springs. Bird watchers
                           should make a detour to enjoy           Ti-Tree Roadhouse
                           what is on offer at Newhaven            Stuart Hwy Ti Tree
                           Station, owned by Birds Australia.      Tel: 08 8956 9741
                                                                   Open: 6am-10pm
                           The Tanami and Granites Mines           Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, PU,
                           found just off the track are among      S, U
                           the largest gold producing mines
                           in Australia.

Driving the Tanami Track
                                                                                                                 Road train on the Tanami Track
Alice Springs & Surrounds
                                                                                                               Binns Track
                                                             4 x 4 TIPS
                            Plenty / Sandover Regions
                                                                                                               Major Highway
                                                             Plenty Region                                     Road
                                                             1. Plenty Highway: Try your luck fossicking       4x4 Track
                                                                                                               Walking Track
                                                                for zircon at Mud Tank or take a guided tour   River
                                                                from Gemtree.                                  Coastline
                                                             2. Sandover Highway: A gravel highway,            State Border
                                                                the Sandover is another route to north         Rail Line
                                                                western Queensland from Central Australia      Large Town
                                                                                                               Place, Cattle Station
                                                                for 4x4 vehicles.                              Aboriginal Community
                                                                                                               Petrol Station, Food,


                                                                                                                                       Alice Springs & Surrounds
                       PLENTY HIGHWAY                        in this area. The terrain is      Arlpara Store
PlENTY /                                                     completely flat, the Spinifex     Tel: 08 8956 9910
SANDOVER 4WD          This is the most direct route from     grass a vibrant green, and        Open: Mon-Fri 9am-12.30pm
                      Boulia in western Queensland                                             & 2pm-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm
                                                             various species of wildflowers
                      across to Alice Springs. It is sandy                                     Facilities: CC, D, E, O, S
                                                             line the roadsides after rain
                      in parts and can be impassable                                           Boulia Roadhouse (Shell)
                      when wet. It is recommended for         SANDOVER HIGHWAY                 Donohue Hwy, Tel: 07 4746 3131
                      four-wheel drive vehicles only.                                          Open: Mon-Sun 7am-8pm,
                                                             The Sandover is another route     Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S
                      The Plenty Highway is bitumen          to north-west Queensland from
                                                                                               Harts Range Store
                      to just past Gemtree and is then       Central Australia. Access is 27   Plenty Hwy, Tel: 08 8956 9773
                      a gravel road to the Queensland        kilometres along the Plenty       Open: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm &
                      border where it changes to             Highway. It is 691 kilometres     2pm-4pm, Sat 8.30am-11.30am
                      the Donohue Highway. This              from the Plenty Highway           Facilities: AR, CC, D, O, S
                      section is a mixture of gravel,        turn-off to the Barkly Highway    Jervois Station
                      black soil and a short distance        turn-off.                         Plenty Hwy, Tel: 08 8956 6307
                      is now bitumen. The Georgina                                             Open: 7:30am - 6pm
                      River provides some wonderful          The highway is gravel and can
                                                                                               Facilities: D, PU - Cash only.
                      campsites, but the whole road          become impassable after rain.
                                                             Bulldust is a common hazard,      Mt Isa (Shell 24hr Service Station)
                      becomes impassable in the wet.                                           Tel: 07 4749 1263
                      There are sections of extreme          particularly when encountering
                                                                                               Open 24 hours 7 days a week
                      bulldust and corrugations              road trains. Carry plenty of      Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U
           Gemtree    along the way which alter              water and spare fuel, as the
            garnets                                                                            Urandangi Hotel
                      regularly depending on the             distance between fuel stops is
                                                                                               Tel: 07 4748 4988
                      traffic and if the graders have        quite long.                       Open: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm,
                      been through. Caravans,                                                  Sun 11pm-7pm
                      conventional vehicles and               PLENTY REGION                    Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U
                      trailers are not recommended            Drive Contacts                   *   Refer to page 109 for
                      to travel this road.                                                         facilities key
                                                              Alpurrurulam                     ** Refer to page 113 for
                      Despite the conditions of the           Tel: 07 4748 4800                   remote area permits
                      road, this is one of the more           Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.45pm
                                                                                               *** Facilities are correct at time of
                      picturesque shortcut tracks             Facilities: D, E, O, S, U            printing. Please call directly
                                                              47                                   for further facility information.
Tennant Creek &                                 A long, straight highway stretching out across the grassy plains,
                                                topped by azure-blue skies, makes the Barkly Region road trip
                                                heaven. The scattered granite boulders of the Karlu Karlu/Devils
Barkly Region                                   Marbles, along with the cultural attractions of the regional centre,
                                                Tennant Creek, are major drawcards.

                                                Located just south of the junction    A day spent anywhere in the
                                                of the Overlander’s Way and the       Barkly is perfectly capped off
                                                Explorer’s Way, Tennant Creek         by sitting back and watching the
                                                is 500 kilometres north of Alice      transformation of the landscape
                                                Springs and 1000 kilometres           through a series of pinks, reds and
                                                south of Darwin.                      rich golds as the sun sets on a
                                                It is the perfect place to stop,      vast horizon.
                                                refresh and enjoy the attractions     To the north of Tennant Creek,
                                                and chat with the friendly locals.    you will find Elliott home to Lake
                                                Named after a colleague of the        Woods a spectacular lake for
                                                explorer, John McDouall Stuart,       recreational activities. Longreach
                                                Tennant Creek is a small township     Waterhole forms part of this lake
                                                with a population of about 3000.      and is an important breeding
                                                                                      ground for a great number of
                                                Tennant Creek grew on the back
                                                                                      inland birdlife. Take some time out
                  Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles    of Australia’s last great gold rush
                                                                                      and enjoy the facilities available.
                                                in the 1930’s. Before the discovery
                                                of gold, the only thing that stood    The adventure drives of the
                                                in the landscape was the Overland     Barkly are described in the
                                                Telegraph Repeater Station.           following pages.
                                                Since the gold rush, five and a       Davenport Ranges &
                                                half million ounces of gold have      Barkly Tablelands – Map
                                                been mined, making it one of          • 2WD Information — Pages 51–53
                                                the most productive gold fields       • 4WD Information — Pages 54–55
                                                in Australia.

                                                                                                  Tennant Creek & Barkly Region
                                                                          Binns Track
                                                                          Major Highway

Barkly & Davenport Ranges                                                 Road
                                                                          4x4 Track
                                                                          Walking Track
                                                                          State Border
                                                                          Rail Line
                                                                          Large Town
                                                                          Place, Cattle Station
                                                                          Aboriginal Community
                                                                          Petrol Station, Food,


                                                    4 x 4 TIPS
                                                    Barkly Region
                                                    1. The Davenport Ranges 4X4
                                                        Route: The Davenport Ranges
                                                        is jointly managed by Parks
                                                        & Wildlife Service Rangers &
                                                        Traditional Aboriginal Owners.
                                                    2. Barkly Stock Route: The Barkly
                                                       Tablelands are home to some
                                                       of Australia’s premier cattle
                EXTREME CAUTION
              Area Contains Open Mineshafts
                                                       stations, including Brunette
                                                       Downs Station, which covers an
                                                       area of 259 square kilometres.
                                                    3. Calvert Road: This track can be
                                                       used when the Savannah Way is
                                                       cut due to floodwaters.

                                                       Discover Tennant Creek’s
                                                       MAIN ATTRACTIONS
                                   Centres open daily - After hours by appointment
                              • Underground Mine Tours
                              • McLaughlin Minerals Collection
                              • Freedom, Fortitude & Flies
                              • Gold Stamp Battery
Battery Hill Mining Centre    • Panning for Gold
Peko Road Tennant Creek       • Machinery & Nature Walks
Ph: 08 8962 1281              www.barklytourism.com.au

                              • Aboriginal Culture Centre
                              • Warumungu Guides
                              • Bush Tucker & Medicines
                              • Gallery
                              • Local Art & Exhibitions
                                                                    Nyinkka Nyunyu Art
                              • Retail Shop                             & Culture Centre
                              • Jajjikari Café               Paterson Street Tennant Creek
   www.nyinkkanyunyu.com.au                                              Ph: 08 8962 2221

                                                                                                                                                        Tennant Creek & Barkly Region

                                                                                                                         Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)

                                  ALI CURUNG                           artefacts. The centre promotes      confine their visit to public
                                                                       the artistic works of local         areas such as the art centre and
                                 Turn east off the Stuart Highway      artisans, in an effort to provide   gallery.
                                 just north of the railway overpass    a method of telling traditional
                                 (350 kilometres north of Alice        stories through the artwork,         KARLU KARLU (DEVILS
                                 Springs, 150 kilometres south of      and in particular, keeping the       MARBLES) CONSERVATION
                                 Tennant Creek) and travel just        culture of the region alive for      RESERVE
     Swimming at lake Mary Ann   22 kilometres on an all-weather       future generations. There are
                                                                                                           Located 106 kilometres South
                                 bitumen road to reach the Ali         four main language groups
                                 Curung community. Visit the                                               of Tennant Creek along the
                                                                       here, Kaytetye, Warumungu,
                                 Arlpwe Aboriginal Art & Culture       Alyawarra and Warlpiri. Ancient     Explorers Way. Impressive
                                 Centre operated by the Arlpwe         social order and customs are        boulders lay scattered,
                                 Artists Aboriginal Corporation,       maintained, men and women           precariously balanced on top
                                 to meet local Indigenous artists      still go hunting and gathering      of one another, throughout the
                                 and craftsmen, hear their stories     bush foods and medicines.           reserve. The turnoff is sign-
                                 and view their paintings and          Visitors are welcome, and asked     posted and they are well worth
                                 traditionally crafted wooden          to respect local customs and        the visit. The site of Karlu Karlu
Tennant Creek & Barkly Region

                                is of great significance to a         Monday night during the dry                                                             which are perfect for a picnic                                                                             telegraph station. Collect a free
                                number of Aboriginal language         season - check at the Visitor                                                           beside the lake. Non-powered                                                                               fact sheet when you visit and
                                groups in the area. It represents     Centre (Battery Hill) for times.                                                        watercraft are permitted here.                                                                             read the tales which bring the
                                the boundary area for Kaytete                                                                                                                                                                                                            site to life. Keys to either of these
                                and Warumungu people with             TINGKKARLI (LAKE MARY                                                                   TENNANT CREEK
                                                                      ANN)                                                                                                                                                                                               buildings are available from the
                                Warlpiri and Alyawarra also                                                                                                   OVERLAND TELEGRAPH
                                having traditional associations                                                                                                                                                                                                          Visitor Information Centre
                                                                      Situated 7 kilometres north of                                                          STATION
                                here. Made of granite, these          Tennant Creek, just beyond the                                                          The Station is situated 11km                                                                                KUNJARRA (THE PEBBLES)
                                massive boulders change colour
                                                                      Honeymoon Ranges, this lake                                                             north of Tennant Creek.
                                throughout the day glowing at                                                                                                                                                                                                            The turn-off to Kunjarra is just
                                their most spectacular at early       can be accessed by a sealed                                                             The 3600 kilometres route                                                                                  past the Overland Telegraph
                                sunrise or sunset.                    road that is clearly marked off
                                                                                                                                                              from Adelaide to Darwin was                                                                                Station on the left. About 6
                                                                      the Stuart Hwy.
                                Overnight camping is available                                                                                                completed in 1872, making it                                                                               kilometres of well maintained
                                and fees apply (honesty box).         Lake Mary Ann is home to large                                                          Australia’s first telegraphic link                                                                         unsealed road leads to the
                                Ranger talks are held each            shady trees and green lawns,                                                            to Britain through the colonial                                                                            picturesque granite outcrop,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                                          INFORMATION CENTRE
                                  TENNANT CREEK &

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WALKING TRACK/S
                                                                                        DISABLED ACCESS

                                                                                                                                                                        DRINKING WATER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                                               POWERED SITES

                                                                                                                                                                                         BBQ FACILITIES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PETS ALLOWED

                                                                                                                                                                                                          PICNIC TABLES
                                  BARKlY REGION



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ICE &LPG
                                  CARAVAN & CAMPING GUIDE

                                  DESERT SANDS MOTEl
                                  780 Stuart Highway, Tennant Creek NT 0860                               ✓                                    ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                                 ✓                                 ✓
                                  Phone 08 8962 1346

                                  ElDORADO MOTOR INN
                                  195 Paterson St, Tennant Creek NT 0860               ✓                                                       ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                                 ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓
                                  Phone 08 8962 2402

                                  TENNANT CREEK CARAVAN PARK
                                  208 Paterson St, Tennant Creek NT 0860                                  ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓               ✓                                 ✓         ✓                     ✓
                                  Phone 08 8962 2325

                                * For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation options, please call the visitor information centre on 08 8962 1281

                                                                                                                                                   Tennant Creek & Barkly Region
which is a sacred site to the        the township of Elliott was born.    of birdlife and a cooling swim in   “came across a splendid reach
Warumumgu people. It is a            There are still relics leftover      the sparkling water. (Note the      of water about 150 yards wide.”
significant women’s dancing place    from the war era, when the           road into Longreach Waterhole       Part of a 10,353sq kilometres
for the Munga Munga Dreaming.        site was a lunch stopover for        is unsealed and a four-wheel        cattle station, the historic
Look out for the Muru-Warinyi        northbound convoys and an            drive vehicle is recommended)       buildings of Newcastle Waters
Ankkul rangers who maintain the      overnight stopover camp for                                              are a delight to visit and make
site, they will be happy to chat                                              NEWCASTLE WATERS
                                     southbound troops.                                                       for great outback photography.
with you.                                                                 Just 25 kilometres north of         Explore abandoned remnants
                                     Enjoy the surrounds Elliott
 ELLIOTT                                                                  Elliott and 3 kilometres off the    of the township that are open
                                     has to offer. The rocks found        highway you will find Newcastle     for inspection and stand as a
Traditionally known as               here are amongst the oldest          Waters. It was named in 1861        museum and memorial to the
Kulumindini, Elliott is home of      in Central Australia, some over      by explorer John McDouall           life of the outback drovers.
the Jingili desert people and is     1900 million years old.              Stuart. Records show that he
located 252 kilometres north of       LAKE WOODS
Tennant Creek.
                                     Nearby Elliott is Lake Woods,
Elliott is the second largest town
                                     the spectacular lake which was
of the Barkly and was host to the
                                     once part of a huge freshwater
great droving legends along the
                                     basin, which dried up in the last
Barkly, Murranji and North-South
                                     Ice Age, around 23,000 years
Stock Routes. In 1917, thirteen
                                     ago! During this period, the
water bores were sunk to provide
a stable water supply, effectively   lake reduced in size from 5000
increasing the number of cattle      sq kilometres to its current
that could be moved through the      420 sq kilometres Longreach
area at any time. During WWII,       Waterhole forms part of
the Australian Army, with the        this lake and is an important
assistance of the Jingili people,    breeding ground for a great
established a personnel staging      number of inland birdlife. Visit
camp at Number 8 bore of the         Longreach Waterhole for your
                                                                                                                             longreach Waterhole
Newcastle Waters Station and         chance to view an abundance

                                    DAVENPORT RANGES TRACK

                                    This track takes you through the
                                                                        through the Davenport and
                                                                        Murchison ranges head to
                                                                                                              BARKLY STOCK ROUTE

                                                                                                             The Stock Route runs for
                                                                        Whistle Duck Creek. This route
TABlElANDS 4WD                      rocky and tranquil Davenport        is part of the challenging Binns     233 kilometres between the
                                    and Murchison ranges. The           Track and is a great spot to         Tablelands Highway and the
                                    southern entrance to the                                                 Stuart Highway. This gravel
                                                                        refresh. Its waterhole provides
                                    Track from the Stuart Highway                                            road provides the best
                                                                        an important refuge for wildlife,
                                    is 44 kilometres north of                                                opportunity to experience the
                                                                        particularly a large variety         vast open grasslands of the
                                    Barrow Creek.
                                                                        of bird species. Restock your        Barkly Tablelands.
                                    It is a 138 kilometre drive to      supplies at Kurundi Station and
                                    Old Police Station Waterhole,                                            This route was used extensively
                                                                        join the Stuart Highway just
                                    where a gravel road takes                                                by famous drovers, such as Nat
                                                                        north of the Devils Marbles.
                                    you all the way through to the                                           Buchanan in the late 1800s and
                                    Loop Road turn off. This road       Alternatively, this loop can be      early to mid 1900s, to move stock
                                                                        done in reverse by taking the        from the large cattle stations of
                                    is a four-wheel drive track with
                                                                        northern entrance into the Park,     the Territory and the Kimberley
                                    numerous rocky creek and river
                                                                        turning off the Stuart Highway,      into Queensland.
                                    crossings. All crossings must
                                    be approached with caution as       87 kilometres south of Tennant       The road should be avoided
                                    the water can rise quickly after    Creek. Travel 90 kilometres          during and after rain. There are
                                    heavy rain.                         to Whistleduck Creek, where          no fuel stops on this route, so
                                                                        camping facilities and pit toilets   be sure to carry plenty. Watch
                                    The 17 kilometre Frew River                                              out for livestock while you enjoy
      Whistle Duck Creek turn off
                                    Loop Road to Old Police             are provided. This road is
                                                                        picturesque but is winding and       the views of the sweeping plains
                                    Station Waterhole is suitable                                            often without even a single tree
                                    for experienced four-wheel          slow going in parts.
                                                                                                             in sight!
                                    drivers only and is not suitable    Aboriginal connections to the
                                    for towing. Allow one-and-a-half    Davenport Ranges are strong.
                                    hours to complete this section.     Many local language groups
                                    There is an alternative gravel      retain traditional associations
                                    route into the waterhole.           with the land through their
                                    To continue your adventure          stories and songs.
                                                                                                                                                            Tennant Creek & Barkly Region
 CALVERT ROAD                                                                        Barrow Creek                         Renner Springs
                                                                                     Stuart Hwy                           Stuart Hwy
A 257 kilometre stretch of gravel                                                    Tel: 8956 9753                       Tel: 08 8964 4505
road links the Savannah Way                                                          Open: 7am-10pm                       Open: 6am-11pm
with the Tablelands Highway in a                                                     Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U       Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, O, S
south-west direction. The Barkly                                                     Dunmarra Wayside Inn                 Threeways Roadhouse
Stock Route is 18 kilometres                                                         Stuart Hwy                           Stuart Hwy
north of the junction between                                                        Tel: 08 8975 9922
                                                                                                                          Tel: 08 8962 2744
Calvert Road and the Tablelands                                                      Open: 6.am-12pm 7days
                                                                                                                          Open: 6am - 11pm
                                                                                     Facilities: AG, AR, CC, D, E, O,
Highway.                                                                                                                  Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, O,PU,
                                                                                     PU, S, U
This road is used regularly                                                                                               S, U
                                                                                     Elliott United Fuels
when the Savannah Way is                                                             Stuart Highway                       Wauchope Hotel
cut due to floodwaters. Prior                                                        Tel: 08 8969 2025                    Stuart Hwy
planning is required as there is                                                     Open: Mon–Sat 7am-7pm,               Tel: 08 8964 1963
no fuel available. If you intend to                                                  Sun & P/Hols 7am-5pm                 Open: 6am-10pm
travel the Calvert Road and the                              Frew River Waterholes   Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, PU, S, U   Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U
Barkly Stock Route, make sure                                                        Epenarra                             Wycliffe Well
you carry adequate supplies.          Barkly Region                                  Epenarra Station                     Stuart Hwy
Hells Gate and Wollogorang no         Drive Contacts                                 Tel: 08 8964 1511                    Tel: 89641966
longer operate, so Doomadgee                                                         Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am - 1pm           Open: 6.30am -8.30pm
in the west, Borroloola to the        Banka Banka                                                                         Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                                                                                     2.30pm - 5pm
north and Elliott on the Stuart       Stuart Hwy
                                      Tel: 08 8964 4511                              Sun 8.30am - 12pm
Highway are your only pit-stops.                                                     Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U
                                      Open: 24hrs a day                                                                   * Refer to page 109 for
Travellers will be amazed by          Facilities: CC, E, S                           Kurundi                                facilities key
the fertile black soil plains of      Barkly Homestead                               Kurundi Road
the Barkly Tablelands with            Junction Barkly &                              Tel: 08 8964 1964                    ** Refer to page 113 for
very few undulations and even         Tablelands Highways                            Open: 9am - 5pm                         remote area permits
fewer people. Enjoy the               Tel: 08 8964 4549                              Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U           *** Facilities are correct at
uninterrupted horizon.                Open: 6.30am-12am                                                                      time of printing. Please
                                      Facilities: AV, CC, D, E, PU,                                                          call directly for further
                                      S, U                                                                                   facility information.
The Katherine Region
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                         Visit accommodation and forbookingsinformation on current
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                        Katherine Visitor Information Centre
                       Katherine Visitor Information Centre
                        Cnr Stuart Highway and Lindsay Street
                       Cnr Stuart Highway and Lindsay Street
                         Email: visitor@ktc.nt.gov.au • Freecall: 1800 653 142
                       Email: visitor@ktc.nt.gov.au • Freecall: 1800 653 142
                         Phone: (08) 8972 2650 • Freecall: 1800 653 142
                       Phone: (08) 8972 2650 • Freecall: 1800 653 142
Katherine & Surrounds                                         Best known for Nitmiluk National Park, the Katherine region is
                                                              paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. To fully appreciate the
                                                              magnitude and diversity of this region plan a trip that explores its
                                                              furthest corners, from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian
                                                              border. Four-wheel drive, fish, canoe and bushwalk your way around.

                                                              Don’t miss the famous Katherine      The town is the hub of the
                                                              Gorge in Nitmiluk National           Katherine Region, which covers
                                                              Park followed by a trip north to     an area the size of Victoria and
                                                              Leliyn (Edith Falls) or south to     welcomes more than 250,000
                                                              Mataranka’s thermal pools.           visitors each year.
                                                              The Victoria River region is         Remember to pack your rod
                                                              premier fishing territory with       & reel as this region has some
                                                              excellent hiking and camping,        of the best fishing spots in
                                                              and the Daly River region also       the Territory!
                                                              provides great fishing and
                                                              camping with hot springs, gorges     The following pages break
                                                              and rivers.                          this vast destination into sub-
                                                                                                   regions describing the driving
                  Boat cruise, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge     Renowned for its strong              experiences within.
                                                              Aboriginal Culture, the region
                                                              is a must do on your Territory       The Gulf Region – Map
                                                              Driving Holiday.                     • 4WD Information — Pages 58–61
                                                                                                   Victoria River, Gregory & Keep
                                                              Katherine is often referred to       River National Parks - Map
                                                              as the ‘crossroads of the north’,    • 2WD Information — Pages 62–64
                                                              because Natures’ Way, Explorers      • 4WD Information — Pages 65–67
                                                              Way and Savannah Way lead            Douglas Daly & Pine Creek - Map
                                                              north, south, east and west from     • 2WD Information — Pages 68–72
                                                              this point.                          • 4WD Information — Pages 73–75

Katherine & Surrounds

                             The Gulf Region                               Binns Track
                                                                           Major Highway
                        To Stuart Highway
                           (Mataranka)                                     4x4 Track
                                                                           Walking Track
                                                                           State Border
                                                                           Rail Line
                                                                           Large Town
                                                                           Place, Cattle Station
                                                                           Aboriginal Community
                                                                           Petrol Station, Food,

                                                    4 x 4 TIPS
                                                    The Gulf of Carpentaria
                                                    1. Savannah Way: An iconic
                                                       adventure drive from Cairns
                                                       to Broome passing through
                                                       the Katherine Region of the
                                                       Northern Territory.
                                                    2. Queensland border to
                                                       Borroloola: Enjoy the feeling of
                        To Stuart Highway              splendid isolation on this section
                                                       of the Savannah Way when
                                                       camping at a number of remote
                                                       bush sites.
                                                    3. Borroloola to Mataranka:
                                                       Pack your fishing gear for
                                                       fantastic barramundi and blue
                                                       water fishing.
                                                    4. Borroloola to Dunmarra:
                                                       Visit the old aviation hanger
                                                       at Daly Waters, Australia’s first
                                                       international airport.


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                              SAVANNAH WAY                       Borroloola is situated on the    Borroloola to Mataranka
THE GUlF REGION                                                  McArthur River and is a fully    The 549 kilometre journey from
4WD                          The Savannah Way is an iconic       serviced town with motel         Borroloola to Mataranka largely
                             Australian adventure drive that     accommodation to suit all        meanders through Limmen
                             links Cairns to Broome across       budgets. The area is a Mecca     National Park, where the fishing
                             Australia’s north – stretching a    for fishing enthusiasts with     on the Limmen and Roper
                             total of 3699 kilometres. The       excellent estuary and open       Rivers is outstanding.
                             drive begins in the east near       water fishing. King Ash Bay is
                             Borroloola and then traverses       only 42 kilometres away.
                             either the four-wheel drive
                             only Nathan River Road or the
                             sealed Carpentaria Highway
                             to the Stuart Highway. It then
                             continues to the Western
                             Australia border via either the
                             sealed Victoria Highway or the
                             gravel Buchanan Highway.

                             Queensland border
                             to Borroloola
                             The 245 kilometre drive from
                             the Queensland border to
        Roper Bar Crossing
                             Borroloola is challenging and
                             remote and only accessible
                             in a four-wheel drive vehicle.
                             Borroloola and Doomadgee
                             (QLD) are the only towns with
                             service facilities.
                             Bush camps are available at
                             the Calvert River Crossing and                                                              lorella Springs

                             Robinson and Wearyan Rivers.
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                        Before turning onto the Nathan        Mataranka to Katherine                  Borroloola to Dunmarra            Drive into Daly Waters to
                        River Road, stop at Caranbarini       Mataranka is a beautiful place to       The road from Borroloola to the   visit the famous Daly Waters
                        Conservation Reserve, home to         stop and relax, with swimming           Stuart Highway meanders along     Historic Pub, where unique
                        a semi-permanent waterhole            available at Mataranka and                                                memorabilia adorns the
                                                                                                      the Carpentaria Highway, which
                        surrounded by 25 metre-high           Bitter Springs thermal pools.                                             walls and ceiling. It is well
                                                                                                      is a one-lane development road.
                        sandstone spires and Cape             The town is also fully serviced to                                        worth seeing and offers live
                                                                                                      This 390 kilometre stretch can    entertainment most evenings.
                        Crawford.                             ensure you are well equipped to
                                                              continue your journey.                  easily be travelled in a two-     Accommodation and camping
                        The Nathan River Road to                                                      wheel drive vehicle.              is also available.
                        Roper Bar is a gravel road            A visit to Cutta Cutta Caves
                        and can be very rugged in             Nature Park is a must.
                        places, depending on seasonal         27 kilometres south of
                        Helicopter flightIt is recommended
                        conditions. over the lost City        Katherine, it features limestone
                        that you bring two spare tyres        formations of stalactites and
                        along this leg of the journey.        stalagmites. Camping and pets
                                                              are prohibited.
                        Lorella Springs is a four-            Katherine is a modern town,
                        wheel drive only 29 kilometre         with a population of around
                        detour from the Nathan River          9,000. It boasts a complete
                        Road with relaxing thermal            range of services and facilities
                        pools, hunting, fishing and           and is home to the spectacular
                        bushwalking. Within Limmen            Nitmiluk National Park.
                        National Park, the Southern           In the Park, the Katherine
                        Lost City is easily accessible, but   River has carved through
                        the Western Lost City can only        the sandstone escarpment
                        be reached by a challenging           to form the 13 gorges of
                        four-wheel drive track. You will      Katherine Gorge. Explore the
                        need to call the Ranger Station       Park on walking trails, canoes,
                        in advance to organise a key to       guided boat cruises or scenic
                        the gate to venture here.             helicopter flights.                                                                     lost City, Cape Crawford

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KATHERINE &                      limmen River National Park
SURROUNDS                        Ranger Station
                                 Nathan River Road
Drive Contacts                   Tel: 08 8975 9940
Borroloola Bulk Discounts        Open: 7am-9pm
Lot 768 Robinson Road            Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, U
Tel: 08 8975 8875
                                  Malandirri Store
Open: 7.30am-5.30pm
                                  Lot 768 Robinson Road
Facilities: CC, D, E, U
                                  Tel: 08 8975 8875
Daly Waters Highway Inn (BP) Open: 7.30am–5.30pm
Stuart Hwy, (cnr Carpentaria Hwy) Facilities: CC, D, E, U
Tel: 08 8975 9925
                                  Mataranka Roadhouse
Open: 6am-11pm
                                  Tel: 08 8975 4571
Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, U
                                  Open: 7am-10pm
Gulf Mini Mart (BP)               Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, U
                                  Pine Creek Service Station
Lot 394 Robinson Road
                                  40 Moule Street
Tel: 08 8975 8790
                                  Tel: 08 8976 1217
Open: 7am–7pm
                                  Open: 5.30am-7pm
Facilities: CC, D, E, U, S
                                  Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, U
Hayes Creek Wayside Inn
                                  United Fuels Oil Aust ltd,
4555 Stuart, Hwy.
                                  Mataranka. Stuart Hwy,
Tel: 08 8978 2528
                                  Tel: 08 8975 4761
Open: 7am-11pm
                                  Open: 7am-9pm
Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, S,
                                  Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, U
                                 *   Refer to page 109 for
Heartbreak Hotel                     facilities key
Savannah Way
                                 ** Refer to page 113 for
Tel: 08 8975 9928
                                    remote area permits
Open: 7am-7pm
                                 *** Facilities are correct at time of        Katherine Gorge
Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U
                                    printing. Please call directly for
                                    further facility information.        61
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                                                                                           Major Highway

                        Victoria River, Gregory (Jutpurra)                                 Road
                                                                                           4x4 Track

                        & Keep River National Parks
                                                                                           Walking Track
                                                                                           State Border
                                                                                           Rail Line
                                                                                           Large Town
                                                                                           Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                           Aboriginal Community
                                                                                           Petrol Station, Food,

                                                                  4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                  Victoria River
                                                                  1. Buchanan Highway: This dirt road
                                                                     passes through Victoria River
                                                                     Downs, arguably the Territory’s
                                                                     most famous cattle station.
                                                                  2. Buntine Highway: Visit Kalkarindji,
                                                                     home of Vincent Lingari, a
                                                                     stockman who led protests against
                                                                     unequal wages in the 1960s.
                                                                  3. Bullita Access Road:
                                                                     Leads to the Bullita Homestead
                                             GREGORY                 which is a reminder of the area’s
                                           (JUTPURRA)                pastoral history.
                                              PARK                4. limestone Gorge Track:
                                                                     A challenging drive into a lovely
                                                                     campground and swimming spot.
                                                                  5. Bullita Stock Route: This is a one
                                                                     way track that was once part of a
                                                                     remote stock route.
                                                                  6. Broadarrow Track: A moderately
                                                                     difficult track that is the least used
                                                                     track in Gregory National Park.
                                                                  7. Humbert Track: Access Fig Tree
                                                                     Valley Lookout and Police Creek
                                                                     Waterhole on this scenic track.


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      PARKS 2WD

                                                                                                           Keep River National Park

                          The Victoria River region is       The region offers a range of      GREGORY (JUTPURRA)
                          south-west of Katherine via        experiences including nature      NATIONAL PARK
                          the Victoria Highway. The          watching, fishing and river      Covering about 13000sq.
                          region is a Mecca for fishing
Victoria Highway                                             cruising, hiking, bushwalking    kilometres, the park features
                          enthusiasts and produces
                                                             and scenic flights. During the   beautiful gorge scenery, rare
                          some of the Territory’s best                                        wildlife species, as well as
                          and biggest barramundi.            tropical summer (December to
                                                                                              significant traces of Aboriginal
                          It has a diverse landscape         March) there are spectacular
                                                                                              culture, European exploration
                          supporting an abundance of         thunderstorm and lightning
                                                                                              and pastoral history. Visit the
                          wildlife and features grassy       displays.                        old cattle property outstation,
                          plains, boab trees and majestic                                     Bullita Homestead, with its
                          gorges carved by rivers out                                         traditional timber stockyards.
                          of sandstone escarpments.
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                         GREGORY’S TREE                       featuring barbecues, picnic tables      Victoria River Roadhouse. 3        Lookout and returning to the
                                                              and pit toilets. Keep River National    kilometres return Time: 90         carpark from there (1 kilometre,
                        Entry to this park is 3 kilometres    Park is unique for its Aboriginal       minutes Grade: moderate walk       40 minutes return).
                        east north-west of Timber             sites, spectacular geology and          with some steep sections.
                        Creek. Access is via a 3              many different habitats. The            Follow stories of the Nungali       KUWANG LOOKOUT
                        kilometres unsealed road. The                                                 and Wardaman people as you
                                                              geological formations are similar
                        tree stands at the campsite of                                                meander up this rocky path         57 kilometres west of the
                                                              to the Bungle Bungles and walks
                        the early explorer Augustus                                                   with spectacular views of the      Victoria River Homestead,
                        Charles Gregory’s north               from both campgrounds offer
                                                                                                      Victoria River and surrounding     provides a panoramic view
                        Australian expedition, which was      opportunities to explore this
                                                              spectacular landscape. Sandstone        escarpment. The walk is steep      of the northern face of the
                        undertaken between October
                                                              habitats host notable species like      in places, but you can avoid the   Stokes Range. Interpretive
                        1855 and July 1856.
                        The expedition dates were             the Short-eared Rock-wallaby,           more strenuous sections by         material tells of the Aboriginal
                        inscribed in the tree by              White-quilled Rock-pigeon and           stopping at the Garrarnawun        association with the area.
                        Gregory. Camping areas are            Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Please
                        provided within the park. The         note roads within the park are
                        tree is significant to the local      unsealed and are subject to
                        Ngaringman Aboriginal people          weather conditions.
                        and is registered as a sacred site.
                                                               POLICEMAN’S POINT
                         KEEP RIVER NATIONAL PARK              LOOKOUT
                        Experience Keep River National
                                                              A short drive west from Timber
                        Park, it may be small but
                        there is lots to see and do.          Creek, this lookout offers views
                        Located 468 kilometres from           of the Victoria River winding
                        Katherine, it sits right on the       through rugged hills and ranges.
                        Territory’s border with Western       Policeman’s Point offers a good
                        Australia. The Park entrance is       spot to fish from the bank, or take
                        3 kilometres east of the NT/WA        in the majesty of the Victoria River.
                        border. The 2WD gravel roads
                                                               ESCARPMENT WALK
                        to the main attractions may be
                        corrugated. Two camping areas         Situated on the Victoria
                        are provided within the park,         Highway, 2 kilometres west of                                                                   Gregory’s Tree


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                                                                                                                  Buchanan Highway

                        BUCHANAN HIGHWAY                    termite mounds and scrub           Kalkarindji is an Aboriginal
                                                            that locals refer to as ‘big sky   community famous for its
                       The Buchanan Highway runs            country.’                          connection to Vincent Lingiari,
                       west from Dunmarra on the                                               the Aboriginal stockman who led
                       Stuart Highway, crossing the         Jasper Gorge, part of the Stokes
                                                                                               the walk off at Wave Hill Station
                       Buntine Highway at Top Springs       Range on the fringe of Gregory
                                                                                               in protest of unequal wages. It
                       and eventually connecting            National Park is very pretty
                                                                                               eventually led to the introduction
                       with the Victoria Highway 27         in the early morning and late
                                                                                               of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act
                       kilometres east of Timber Creek.     afternoon light. It features a
                                                                                               in the Northern Territory.
                       It is a gravel road for the entire   small, secluded campground but
                       398 kilometres. This route is        has no facilities.                 The Buntine Highway runs almost
                       part of the iconic Savannah Way                                         parallel to the Victoria Highway
                                                             BUNTINE HIGHWAY                   and offers an alternative route
Rock art at Nganalam
                       and challenging Binns Track.
                                                            The Buntine, named after           into Western Australia. It is 571
                       Good tyres are a necessity on                                           kilometres from the start of the
                       this route, due to the roughness     road-train pioneer Noel Buntine,
                                                            leaves the Victoria Highway        Victoria Highway to the Western
                       of the gravel. The road passes
                                                            126 kilometres south-west of       Australian border.
                       through Victoria River Downs
                       cattle station, which is one of      Katherine and is a fully sealed    Good tyres are a must on this
                       the Northern Territory’s largest,    single lane road all the way to    road due to the coarseness of the
                       so also beware of wandering          Kalkarindji. From here, a gravel   gravel and drivers should keep an
                       stock. Travellers will enjoy the     section continues to Halls Creek   eye out for wandering livestock
                       vast expanses dotted with            in Western Australia.              and wildlife.
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                         BULLITA ACCESS ROAD               seasonal flooding (from late           the sunshine, wander around the       be very boggy after tropical
                                                           November to May).                      nearby stockyards, built and still    summer rains. The road is rocky,
                        The gravel Bullita Access Road,    Bullita Campground is on the           maintained with local Lancewood       with low clearance and requires
                        which heads south off the          banks of the East Baines River,        and Bloodwood timber.                 a four-wheel drive vehicle. Good
                        Victoria Highway 10 kilometres     60 kilometres south of Timber                                                tyres are always recommended.
                                                                                                   LIMESTONE GORGE TRACK
                        east of Timber Creek, leads to     Creek near the historic Bullita                                              Limestone Gorge Campground
                        campgrounds, walks and historic    Homestead and stockyard.               This 8 kilometre track follows        is located at the junction of
                        sites. While a four-wheel drive    From the campground it is a            Limestone Creek through an            Limestone Creek and the
                        is not necessary, high clearance   short walk to the East Baines          impressive landscape dominated        East Baines River. From this
                        is recommended and access is       River where you can catch              by limestone features and Boabs,      campground you can easily
                        unsuitable for most caravans.      your dinner.                           to the East Baines River. It passes   access Limestone Creek
                        The Bullita Access Road leads to   The old Bullita Homestead is           the Calcite Flow Walk, Tufa Dams      Billabong for a swim, fish the
                        Gregory National Park’s network    a reminder of the Park’s pastoral      and the Limestone Ridge Loop          East Baines River or enjoy a walk
                        of four-wheel drive tracks, all    history and is an interesting          Walk. The track is a challenging      with spectacular views along the
                        of which are closed due to         place to beat the heat. Back in        drive and some sections may           Limestone Ridge Loop Walk.
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  BULLITA STOCK ROUTE                 BROADARROW TRACK                     HUMBERT TRACK                               VICTORIA RIVER
This one-way track follows a        This track is only open late in      Running between Humbert River                 Drive Contacts
section of the stock route to       the dry season (May-Oct) and is      Station and Bullita Homestead                 Kalkarindji Service Station
Wyndham used by Bullita and         the least used of the four-wheel     this track follows the valleys of Fig         Buntine Highway
Humbert River Stations. It runs     drive tracks. It crosses a broad,    Tree Creek and Humbert River.                 Tel: 08 8975 0788
for 92.6 kilometres, including a    relatively flat plateau, rugged      Pastoralist Charlie Schultz used              Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm,
23 kilometre return trip to the     hilly country and alluvial plains.   the 62.5 kilometre track to cart              Sat 9am-12pm
Drover’s Rest campground.           Two days should be allowed to        supplies between Bullita Outstation           Facilities: CC, D, E, U
                                    cover the 230 kilometre track,       and Humbert River Station.
The steep jump up and the two                                                                                          lajamanu Service Station
East Baines River crossings are     which starts 38 kilometres off       The track, which takes six hours              Tel: 08 8975 0644
moderately difficult, but the       the Buntine Highway.                 to complete, is mostly moderate,              Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm
remainder of the track is flatter   Two of the campsites along           with rugged sections mid way.                 & 1pm-5pm, Sat 8.30am-12pm
and easier. The track is rocky      the track are on the edge of         The road is rocky, with low                   Facilities: AR, D, O, S
and good tyres are required.        the plateau with spectacular         clearance and requires a four-
                                                                                                                       Timber Creek, (BP)
Be sure to enjoy a swim at          views across vast, uninhabited       wheel drive vehicle, good tyres               Victoria Highway
Spring Creek Yard.                  landscapes. This track is            are always recommended.                       Tel: 08 8975 0722
                                    moderately difficult and notorious   The short walk to Fig Tree Valley             Open: 7am-9pm
                                    for puncturing tyres, therefore      Lookout is well worth it, as is the           Facilities: AV, CC, D, E, PU, U
                                    good tyres are required.             walk to Police Creek Waterhole.
                                                                                                                       Victoria River Roadhouse
                                                                                                                       Victoria Highway
                                                                                  Od Stock Yard, Bullita Stock Route   Tel: 08 8975 0744
                                                                                                                       Open: 7am-9pm
                                                                                                                       Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, U

                                                                                                                       * Refer to page 109 for
                                                                                                                         facilities key
                                                                                                                       ** Refer to page 113 for
                                                                                                                          remote area permits
                                                                                                                       *** Facilities are correct at time
                                                                                                                          of printing. Please call directly
                                                                                                                          for further facility information.
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                        Douglas Daly & Pine Creek Regions                                                               Binns Track
                                                                                                                        Major Highway
                                                                                                                        4x4 Track
                                                                                                                        Walking Track
                                                                                                                        State Border
                                                                                                                        Rail Line
                                                                                                                        Large Town
                                             Emerald Springs                                                            Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                                                        Aboriginal Community
                                                                                                                        Petrol Station, Food,

                                                                                                  4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                                                  Douglas, Daly & Pine Creek
                                                                                                  1. Butterfly Gorge 4 x 4 Track:
                                                                                                     Thousands of butterflies make
                                                                                                     the walls of this Gorge home.
                                                                                                  2. Northern Goldfields loop: Learn
                                                                                                     about the area’s goldmining
                                                                                                     history as you pass old ruins and
                                                                                      ROPER HWY   3. Umbrawarra Gorge Track: This
                                                                                                     track leads to a beautiful gorge
                                                                                                     and swimming spot.
                                                                        Daly Waters


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                                                                                                                               Douglas River Esplanade

                                      The Douglas & Daly River Region,      degrees Celsius and swimming is     Highway, along Daly River Road.
                                      200 kilometres north-west             recommended in the cooler pools     It is only accessible during the
                                      of Katherine, encompasses             downstream. These streams           dry season, swimming is not
                                      many unique ecosystems. The           attract a variety of wildlife and   permitted because of crocodiles.
                                      region is a popular fishing and       camping is available but pets
                                      camping area renowned for its         are not permitted. Access is via     PINE CREEK
                                      plentiful supply of barramundi.       an unsealed road. Please check      Pine Creek is 90 kilometres north
                                      The Douglas Daly includes             access to the hot springs during    of Katherine, at the junction of
    Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs   hot springs, gorges and an            the wet season (Oct-Mar).           the Stuart and Kakadu Hwy’s.
                                      abundance of wildlife, making it a                                        Upon the discovery of gold, Pine
                                      fantastic spot to camp and bush           DALY RIVER
                                                                                                                Creek became a busy mining
                                      walk                                  The River is famous for its         town. Today Pine Creek has a
                                                                            large barramundi and is one of      number of historic buildings
                                       TJUWALIYN PARK
                                                                            the most popular waterways          and sites from the mining days,
                                       (DOUGLAS HOT SPRINGS)
                                                                            in the Top End for recreational     as well as swimming holes and
                                      Situated 47 kilometres from           fishing and boating. The Daly       gorges in the surrounding area. It
                                      the Stuart Highway via Oolloo         River crossing is about 110         is also an ideal spot for some of
                                      Rd, these springs can be 60           kilometres from the Stuart          the best bird watching in the N.T.!
                                 Mataranka is known as the
                                                                     original hand-hewn cypress
                                                                     pine homestead, situated at the
                                                                     Mataranka Homestead Resort.
                                 capital of the Never Never          The best time to visit the park is
                                 because it was home to Jeannie      between May & September.
                                 Gunn, author of the classic         Please refer to map on page 85.
                                 Australian novel We of the
                                 Never Never. Today Mataranka            CUTTA CUTTA CAVES
                                 is a modern town with all the           NATURE PARK
                                 services a visitor expects. The
                                                                     This park covers 1499ha of
                                 thermal pool at Mataranka
                                                                     limestone landscape and is 27
                                 Homestead is surrounded by
                                                                     kilometres south of Katherine.
                                 lush palms and has crystal clear
                                 (34°C) warm waters offering a       The caves are a limestone
                                 beautiful swimming retreat. The     formation of stalactites and
                                 free barramundi feeding at the      stalagmites and home to five
                                 Territory Manor is a must-see.      species of bats, including the
                                                                     rare ghost and horseshoe bats.
                                  ELSEY NATIONAL PARK                Guided tours conducted daily.
                                 The Little Roper and the                DALY WATERS
                                 Waterhouse Rivers join and
                                 become the Roper River              Daly Waters was the site of
                                 within the boundaries of this       Australia’s first international
                                 13,840ha park. Bitter Springs,      airport. Built in 1930, the airfield
                                 Rainbow Spring and Mataranka        was a strategic destination for
                                 Thermal Pool are some of            planes that had a limited fuel
                                 the park’s major attractions.       range. The well-known Daly
                                 Other attractions include           Waters pub is a favourite stop-
                                 Elsey Cemetery situated 21          over for travellers to enjoy an
                                 kilometres south of Mataranka.      ice-cold beer in the oldest living
                                 The Elsey Homestead replica         pub in the Territory.
       Swimming Bitter Springs   is an authentic copy of the                                                Cutta Cutta Caves

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                INFORMATION CENTRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                               WALKING TRACK/S
                                                              DISABLED ACCESS

                                                                                                                                             DRINKING WATER

                                                                                                                                                                                               SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                     POWERED SITES

                                                                                                                                                              BBQ FACILITIES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PETS ALLOWED

                                                                                                                                                                               PICNIC TABLES



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ICE & LPG

  Shadforth Rd, Katherine NT 0850                             ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                                             ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8972 3962
  Woolianna Road, Daly River NT 0822                                                                 ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                                                                ✓
  Phone 08 8978 1193
  Stuart Hwy, Pine Creek NT 0847                              ✓                                      ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓
  Phone 08 8976 1169
  Cnr Giles & Cameron Sts, Katherine NT 0850                  ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8972 2511
  Millar Terrace, Pine Creek NT 0847                          ✓                 ✓                    ✓                              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓                      ✓                     ✓
  Phone 08 8976 1019
  Murnburlu Road, Katherine NT 0850                                             ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓                               ✓                              ✓                                 ✓
  Phone 08 8972 1559
  Martin Rd, Bitter Springs, Mataranka NT 0852                                  ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓                               ✓                 ✓            ✓                                 ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8975 4838
  Victoria Hwy, Katherine NT 0850                             ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓            ✓                    ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8972 1011
  Gorge Rd, Katherine NT 0850                                 ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8971 0491
  Shadforth Rd, Katherine NT 0850                                               ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8972 1355
  Martins Rd, Mataranka NT 0852                                                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓         ✓                     ✓
  Phone 08 8975 4516

* For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation options, please call the visitor information centre on 08 8972 2650
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                                                                                                                  TERRITORY MANOR
                                                                                                                     MOTEL & CARAVAN PARK
                        Barramundi feeding, Territory Manor

                                                              •	 Quiet	family	owned	property	a	short	
                                                                 walk	from	Bitter	Springs	Thermal	Pools
                                                              •	 Stylish	self-contained,	air-conditioned	
                                                                 ensuite	cabins                                     Clean, air-conditioned motel rooms with en suites, TV, fridge & tea/
                                                                                                                 coffee making facilities. Large shady, grassed sites for caravans & camp-
                                                              •	 Powered	sites	in	natural	bush		
                                                                 setting	underneath	large	shady	                 ers. A swimming pool, spa, camp kitchen & laundry make your stay com-
                                                                 paperbark	trees                                 fortable. Enjoy a meal overlooking the billabong in our open air licensed
                                                              •	 Campgrounds	on	the	Little	Roper	River
                                                                                                                       café / restaurant. A short drive to the beautiful thermal pools.
                                                                                                                  See the Barramundi Feeding at the billabong twice daily 9.30am &1pm
                                                              •	 Toilets,	showers,	laundry	and	kitchen
                                                              •	 Pets	welcome                                    MARTINS RD, MATARANKA
                                                              255 Martin Rd, Bitter Springs
                                                              T: 08 8975 4838 F: 08	8975	4814                     Call       (08) 8975 4516
                                                              E:	info@matarankacabins.com.au                          territorymanor@bigpond.com.au
                                                              www.matarankacabins.com.au                                www.matarankamotel.com


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                      Butterfly Gorge Nature Park

                       BUTTERFLY GORGE TRACK               Road) from Adelaide River or       camping is not permitted. Drive
                                                           Hayes Creek.                       a further 17 kilometres along
                      Butterfly Gorge Nature Park                                             a four-wheel drive track to
                                                           Take the partially sealed Oolloo
                      is located approximately 130         Road into Tjuwaliyn (Douglas)      Butterfly Gorge.
                      kilometres north of Katherine        Hot Springs Nature Park.           In Butterfly Gorge, a swim
                      and 200 kilometres south             Caravans can usually be towed      across the main pool and
                      of Darwin. For an off-road           to this point and camping is       through the narrowest of gorges
                      adventure take the Old Stuart        available. Caravans can not        will get you to the picturesque
Daly River Crossing   Highway scenic route (Dorat          be taken into the Gorge and        upper pools.
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                                                                                                  Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park
                         NORTHERN GOLDFIELDS                a four-wheel drive vehicle is
                         LOOP                               recommended to complete
                                                            the entire loop.
                        This heritage trail takes you
                        from Pine Creek to just north of    UMBRAWARRA GORGE TRACK
                        Hayes Creek and is an alternative
                                                            The Umbrawarra Gorge Nature
                        to the Stuart Highway. Explore
                        the abandoned townships of          Park is 115 kilometres north
                        Burrundie, Brocks Creek and         of Katherine, where a gravel
                        Grove Hill and the remains of       road turns west approximately
                        mines and settlements.              three kilometres south of Pine
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                        approximately 65 kilometres         22 kilometre drive from the Stuart
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                                                            Rocky pools and sandy beaches
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                        The loop covers 75 kilometres of
                                                            (May-Sept), but the creek stops
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                        and takes two to three hours to
                        complete. Two-wheel drive access    A leisurely one kilometre walk
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                        Highway to Grove Hill Heritage      further along the creek you will
                        Hotel and Museum, located in the    have to swim and rock-hop. There
                        heart of the Northern Goldfields.
                                                            are magnificent views from the
                        Camping and accommodation           cliff tops and camping is available
                        are available.                      a short distance from the Gorge
                        South of here, the road can         entrance.
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Kakadu & Arnhem Land                              The landscapes of Kakadu and Arnhem Land change so
                                                  dramatically with the seasons that more than one visit to this
                                                  area is perfectly justified. From the rocky escarpments to the
                                                  low-lying wetlands, the prolific wildlife and ancient cultures add
                                                  depth and dimension to this ever-changing tropical environment.

                                                  The landscapes of Kakadu and         areas in the world, its small
                                                  Arnhem Land are diverse and set      population is predominantly
                                                  the scene for outback adventure      Aboriginal people, whose
                                                  travel, Aboriginal culture and       traditional culture remains
                                                  nature activities. Kakadu is the     largely intact. Arnhem Land
                                                  largest National Park in Australia   has special status and visitors
                                                  and is one of few world heritage
                                                                                       require a permit to enter.
                                                  sites to be listed for both its
                                                  natural and cultural wonders.        The following pages delve into
                                                                                       the exciting drive experiences
                                                  Kakadu contains one of the
                                                  highest concentrated areas of        available in this destination.
                                                  Aboriginal rock and art sites in     NOTE: Entry into Kakadu National
                                                  the world. The most famous           Park will incur an entry fee of
                   Ubirr, Kakadu National Park
                                                  examples are at Nourlangie and       $25pp. Please contact Tourism
                                                  Ubirr. Kakadu is located 3 hours’
                                                                                       Top End for more information on
                                                  drive from Darwin on the Arnhem
                                                                                       08 8980 6000
                                                                                       Kakadu National Park – Map
                                                  East of Kakadu National Park is
                                                  Arnhem Land, which comprises          • 2WD Information — Pages 76–81
                                                  91,000sq kilometres of               • 4WD Information — Pages 82–84
                                                  undeveloped natural landscapes.      Arnhem land – Map
                                                  One of the last great unspoiled      • 4WD Information — Pages 85–87

                                                                                                                   Kakadu & Arnhem Land
                                                                                           Binns Track
                                                                                           Major Highway

Kakadu National Park                                                                       Road
                                                                                           4x4 Track
                                                                                           Walking Track
                                                                                           State Border
                                                                                           Rail Line
                                                                                           Large Town
                                                                                           Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                           Aboriginal Community
                                                                                           Petrol Station, Food,
                                            Swim Creek

                                                                4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                Kakadu National Park
                                                                1. West Alligator Heads Track: Good
                                                                   fishing is accessible at either Two Mile
                                                                   or Four Mile Hole along this dirt track.
                                                                2. Old Jim Jim Road: The South
                          Mary River Park                          Alligator River crossing and Black
                                                                   Jungle Spring are highlights along
                                                                   this gravel road.
                                                                3. Jim Jim Falls Track: A challenging
                                                                   track that leads to a beautiful gorge
                                                                   and scenic bushwalks.
                                                                4. Twin Falls Track: The Jim Jim Creek
                                                                   crossing into Twin Falls can be over
                                                                   one metre deep so you may need a
                                                                   snorkel on your four-wheel drive.
                                                                5. Gunlom Falls Track: A gravel road
             Grove Hill
                                                                   that leads to Yurmikmik, a series
                                                                   of connected walks, and Gunlom, a
                                                                   waterfall and plunge pool.
                                                                6. Koolpin Gorge Track: A rough track
                                                                   that leads to what some refer to as
                                                                   the Jewel of Kakadu. A permit is


                                                                                                                Yellow Water Billabong

                      JABIRU                              relationship of Aboriginal people     unforgettable Top End sunset
                                                          to their country and beliefs. The     from the boardwalk. A trip to
                     At the centre of Kakadu
                                                          Gunwarddehwardde lookout              Kakadu is not complete without
                     National Park is the small mining
                                                          provides impressive views of the      a visit to Yellow Water.
                     township of Jabiru, which offers
                                                          Arnhem Land escarpment.
                     a range of accommodation                                                    UBIRR
                     and serves as a touring centre.          YELLOW WATER
                                                                                                Aboriginal people have lived in
                     There are a wide variety of
                                                          A land-locked wetland,                the Ubirr area for thousands of
                     services located in Jabiru
                                                          brimming with native flora and        years and it is one of Kakadu’s
                     including a service station,
                                                          fauna, Yellow Water Billabong         most famous rock art galleries.
                     supermarket, newsagent and
                                                          is one of Kakadu’s best known         The galleries can be viewed by
                     library with internet access.
                                                          landmarks. Located near the           following an easy 1km circular
                      NOURLANGIE ROCK                     small settlement of Cooinda, it is    walking track. A moderately
                                                          home to crocodiles, wild horses,      steep 250 metre climb takes
                     The walls of the Nourlangie rock     buffalo and other wildlife.           you to a rocky outlook with
                     art site have served as a shelter    Numerous bird species, some           views across the floodplains. A
                     and canvas for thousands             in huge numbers, congregate           spectacular sunset from the top
                     of years, providing windows          here, and co-exist with the large     of Ubirr should not be missed!
                     to a rich spiritual tradition.       saltwater crocodile population.       Roads are subject to seasonal
                     Paintings such as Namarrgon          Explore the area by taking a          closures. Be sure to check road
                     (the lighting man) explore the       cruise, a fishing trip, or enjoy an   conditions prior to departure.
                                                          4WD Adventure Safaris
                                                          to the edge of the impressive
                                                          Arnhemland escarpment.
                                                          Explore stunning waterfalls, observe
                                                          Kakadu’s diverse flora & fauna and
                                                          learn about Aboriginal culture in this                               Ph: (08) 8979 3615
        Experience the                                    World-Heritage listed national park.                            www.kakadutours.net.au
                                                               Tours depart daily from April to November, from Jabiru and Cooinda

       Spirit of Kakadu                                   Join an Aboriginal guide on this unique Kakadu boat tour of the East Alligator River. Take in the wonderful
                                                          pristine wilderness as we cruise upstream. Your guide provides an insight into their culture – local
                                                          mythology, the rivers abundant food chain, and traditional survival skills. Limited to just 25 guests
  The essential Kakadu experience                         ensures an intimate and personalised cultural experience. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

  For further information, including tours, wetland
        cruises and cultural experiences visit
  gagudju-dreaming.com or CALL 1800 500 401

The Gagudju Dreaming family
                                                          Cultural Cruise
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn   Gagudju Lodge Cooinda     Reservations Essential
Gagudju Adventure Tours         Yellow Water Cruises      Free call: 1800 895 179
Warradjan Cultural Centre       Gagudju Camping Cooinda   Email: info@kakaduculturaltours.com.au
                                                          Website: www.kakduculturaltours.com.au
Kakadu & Arnhem Land

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RECREATION BUILDING
                                                                                                        INFORMATION CENTRE
                         KAKADU & ARNHEM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       WALKING TRACK/S
                                                                                      DISABLED ACCESS

                                                                                                                                                                     DRINKING WATER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SWIMMING POOL
                                                                                                                             POWERED SITES

                                                                                                                                                                                      BBQ FACILITIES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PETS ALLOWED

                                                                                                                                                                                                       PICNIC TABLES
                         lAND REGION



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ICE & LPG
                         CARAVAN & CAMPING GUIDE

                         AURORA KAKADU
                         Arnhem Hwy, South Alligator NT 0866                          ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
                         Phone 08 8979 0166

                         AURORA KAKADU lODGE AND CARAVAN PARK
                         Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, Kakadu National Park NT                ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
                         Phone 08 8979 2422

                         GAGUDJU lODGE COOINDA
                         Kakadu Hwy, Cooinda, Kakadu National Park NT                 ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
                         Phone 08 8979 0145

                         GOYMARR TOURIST PARK
                         Kakadu Hwy, via Pine Creek NT 0847                           ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓            ✓              ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
                         Phone 08 8975 4564

                         lAKEVIEW PARK KAKADU
                         27 lakeside Drv, Jabiru NT                                                     ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓                                                                                                ✓
                         Phone 08 8979 3144

                       * For more booking information on caravan, camping and accommodation options, please call the visitor information centre on 1300 138 886

                                                                             Kakadu & Arnhem Land
   Discover the hidden Kakadu
For further information, including general Kakadu
itinerary ideas: visit www.gagudju-dreaming.com
                                                    Gagudju Adventure
or CALL 1800 500 401                                      Tours

      Journey on Kakadu’s
      most famous wetland
For further information, including general Kakadu
itinerary ideas: visit www.gagudju-dreaming.com
                                                       Yellow Water
or CALL 1800 500 401                                      Cruises


                              Gunlom Waterfall Top Pool

                                WEST ALLIGATOR                   The track continues 40              tropical summer months (Nov-
                                HEADS TRACK                      kilometres on to the Pocock         Apr) due to heavy rainfall. A
                                                                 Beach campground at West            number of river crossings along
                              Running for 80 kilometres north
                                                                 Alligator Head, but the track can   the way may require four-wheel
                              from the Arnhem Highway
                                                                 be rough where it crosses the       drive, particularly the South
                              to the Van Diemen Gulf, West
                                                                 Manassie Floodplain. At times       Alligator River. This crossing is
                              Alligator Head Road is a                                               a highlight of the drive, along
                                                                 hundreds of Brolgas can be
                              relatively easy but slow four-                                         with Giyamungkurr (Black
                              wheel drive track. The surface     seen dancing on this floodplain.
                                                                                                     Jungle Spring).
                              can be chopped up and have         Access to this road is only
                              sandy patches.                     possible during the dry season      Old Jim Jim Road is intercepted
                                                                 with the track opening in June      by Red Lily track about 90
        Jim Jim Falls Track
                              There is a shaded camp site,                                           kilometres after leaving the
                              limited boat access and good       until around October.
                                                                                                     Arnhem Highway. Take a detour
                              fishing at Two Mile Hole,                                              to access Alligator Billabong,
                                                                     OLD JIM JIM ROAD
                              12 kilometres down the track.                                          Bucket Billabong and Red Lily
                              Four Mile Hole also has fishing    The turn-off to Old Jim Jim         Billabong. You’ll see a multitude
                              access a further 26 kilometres     Road is located 18 kilometres       of bird species and may be lucky
                              on. A magnificent sight along      east of the Bark Hut Inn on the     enough to spot a dingo, wallaby
                              the track is the fresh water       Arnhem Highway. Old Jim Jim         or water monitor. Don’t forget
                              billabongs and the many birds      Road is 125 kilometres of gravel    the crocodiles lurking beneath
                              that congregate there.             which can close during the          the water lilies!
                                                                                                                               Kakadu & Arnhem Land

Turn east off the Kakadu             Twin Falls carpark is a further
Highway 43 kilometres south          10 kilometres on from Jim
of Jabiru. The track is 60           Jim Falls. The track includes a
kilometres long and travellers       crossing of Jim Jim Creek which
should allow one and a half          can be up to one metre deep
hours each way. Access is by         so your vehicle may require a
four-wheel drive only and            snorkle to cross. You should
caravans are not allowed on this     allow 30 minutes each way.
track. It is only open during the    At Twin Falls take a guided
dry season (approx May-Oct).         boat cruise (cruise fees apply),
Many hired four-wheel drive          followed by a bushwalk and a
vehicles are not permitted to        scenic stroll along a boardwalk
drive this track, so check with      to the waterfall. This spectacular
the hire company. Trailers are       waterfall is equally matched by
not permitted past Garnamarr         the impressive gorge, which
Campground.                          visitors travel through to get to
                                     the Falls. Although the water
Jim Jim Falls plunge pool is set
                                     may look inviting, no swimming
in a magnifent gorge cut into
                                     is permitted due to the presence
the Arnhem Land escarpment.
                                     of crocodiles. These falls can
It is a single drop waterfall that
                                     also dry to a small trickle during
is stunning during the rains of
                                     the dry season.
the tropical summer (Nov-Apr),
but access is via a scenic flight
only during these months. Be
aware that the falls can dry out
completely by the end of the dry
season (May-Oct).

                                                                           Arial view of Jim Jim Falls During the Wet season
Kakadu & Arnhem Land

                         GUNLOM TRACK                     To get to Gunlom, continue          KOOLPIN GORGE TRACK                KAKADU NATIONAL
                                                          past Yurmikmik to the Gunlom                                           PARK
                       This track starts two kilometres   Y junction, turn left and travel   Turn right at the Gunlom ‘Y’        Drive Contacts
                       from the Mary River Ranger         a further 11 kilometres. The       junction. From here it is a rough
                       Station and Information Bay in                                        45 kilometre, four-wheel drive      Bowali Visitor Centre
                                                          Gunlom Track is unsealed,
                       the southern area of Kakadu                                           track that can take more than       Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru
                                                          subject to flooding and sandy in
                       National Park.                                                        two hours to complete.              Tel: 08 8938 1120
                                                          some areas. It is impassable in
                                                                                                                                 Open: 8am-5pm
                       Turn east off the Kakadu           the wet season (Open around        Only 40 people are allowed
                       Highway onto the Gunlom            May until October). Gunlom         into this area at one time and      Corroboree Park Inn
                       Track and travel 21 kilometres     is part of Waterfall Creek, one    only a few tour companies           Arnhem Hwy
                       on a gravel road to Yurmikmik.     of the major tributaries of the    are permitted.                      Tel: 08 8978 8920
                       This is an area of separate but    upper South Alligator River.                                           Open: 5.30am-til late
                                                                                             This track is only open during      Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                       interconnected walking tracks      Swimming is permitted both in
                                                                                             the dry season (May-Oct) and a
                       that are an excellent tropical     the plunge pool and in the rock    permit and entry key to Koolpin     Goymarr Tourist Park
                       summer (Nov-Apr) experience.       pools above the waterfall.         Gorge must be organised in          Kakadu Highway
                                                                                             advance with the Permits            Tel: 08 8975 4564
                                                                                             Officer at the Bowali Visitor       Open: 7.30am-7.30pm
                                                                                             Centre.                             Facilities: CC, D, E, S, D
                                                                                             Allow seven days for your           The Bark Hut Inn
                                                                                             application to be processed.        Arnhem Hwy
                                                                                                                                 Tel: 08 8978 8988
                                                                                             Koolpin is an extremely sensitive
                                                                                                                                 Open: Dry 6am-10pm
                                                                                             area consisting of beautiful
                                                                                                                                 Wet 6.30am-9pm
                                                                                             waterfalls, plunge pools and
                                                                                                                                 Facilities: CC, D, E, O, PU, S, U
                                                                                             magnificent lookouts.
                                                                                             Known by some as the jewel          *   Refer to page 109 for
                                                                                             in Kakadu’s crown, Koolpin is           facilities key
                                                                                             a spectacular gorge with great      ** Refer to page 113 for
                                                                                             views from the top of its              remote area permits
                       Jim Jim Falls lookout
                                                                                             upper reaches.                      *** Facilities are correct at time
                                                                                                                                    of printing. Please call directly
                                                                                                                                    for further facility information.
                                                                                                           Kakadu & Arnhem Land
                                                                                   Binns Track
                                                                                   Major Highway

Arnhem Land                                                                        Road
                                                                                   4x4 Track
                                                                                   Walking Track
                                                                                   State Border
                                                                                   Rail Line
                                                                                   Large Town
                                                                                   Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                   Aboriginal Community
                                                                                   Petrol Station, Food,
                          Mt Borradaile

                                                             4 x 4 TIPS
                                                             Arnhem land
                                                             1. Central Arnhem Road:
                                                                A 750 kilometre gravel road that
                                        Elsey                   travels through the Aboriginal-
                                        National Park
                                                                owned Arnhem Land. A permit
                                                                is required.
                                                             2. Kakadu to Cobourg Road:
      To Kununurra   To Alice Springs                           A scenic track that traverses
                                                                wetland and savannah country
                                                                to the coastal splendour of
                                                                Garig Gunak Barlu National
                                                                Park. A permit is required
                           CENTRAL ARNHEM ROAD
                          The Central Arnhem Road
                                                                 and have fuel available. After this
                                                                 there is no fuel until Nhulunbuy,
                                                                 so carry adequate supplies.
                                                                                                       Permit holders must complete
                                                                                                       the road within 24 hours and
                                                                                                       must not go off the track.
                          leaves the Stuart Highway                                                    Diversions are not allowed under
                          52 kilometres north east of            It is not recommended to travel
                                                                                                       any circumstances other than in
                          Katherine and continues east for       faster than 80 kilometres an
                                                                                                       the case of a serious emergency.
                          750 kilometres. From Katherine         hour on the Central Arnhem
                                                                                                       This road is not suitable for
                          to Bulman is 312 kilometres and        Road. Most roads in the East
                                                                                                       caravans, campervans and
                          from Bulman to Nhulunbuy               Arnhem region are gravel              motorbikes. Heavy-duty or 4WD
                          420 kilometres.                        and conditions vary greatly           style caravans and camper
                                                                 throughout the year.                  trailers may be an exception.
                          The first 30 kilometres is fully
                          sealed but from then on it is a        Arnhem Land is one of                 There are regulations regarding
                          gravel road, with some sections        Australia’s last strongholds of       the consumption of alcohol on
                          of loose gravel and heavy              traditional Aboriginal culture.       Aboriginal land. Contact the
                          bulldust. Access is possible only      The Yolngu people are one             Northern Land Council or the
                          during the dry season and the          of many language groups in            Dhimurru Land Management
                          track from Bulman is often             Arnhem Land. There are at             Aboriginal Corporation to
                          closed from October to April.          least 15 languages spoken.            ensure you are permitted to
                          There are two major river              They continue to practice their       bring alcohol into the region you
                          crossings; the Wilton River near       culture, living a complex mix of      are visiting.
                          Bulman and the Goyder River,           modern and traditional life.          The overnight campsite in the
                          400 kilometres from Nhulunbuy.         Permission to enter Arnhem            Doindji area is Rocky Bottom
Rock Art, Mt Borradaile   Check road conditions with the         Land can be applied for at the        Creek. No camping is permitted
                          Department of Planning and             Northern Land Council. You            at Goyder River, but you may
                          Infrastructure prior to departure.     may also require a recreational       stay overnight at the first creek
                          Fuel is available at The Outback       or special permit from the            west of the Goyder.
                          Store, about 250 kilometres            Dhimurru Land Management
                          from Katherine at the Mainoru          Aboriginal Corporation for
                          River, also Gulin Gulin Store at       areas outside Nhulunbuy
                          Bulman sells fuel, but it is best to   town when sightseeing in East
                          check that both places are open        Arnhem Land.
                                                                                                                                                          Kakadu & Arnhem Land
Bawaka, Arnhemland

KAKADU TO COBOURG ROAD             Caravan and motorbikes are               associated coastal grasslands,     ARNHEM LAND REGION
                                   not permitted. Check tide                mangroves, monsoon forest          Drive Contacts
The road into Garig Gunak          charts before setting out, as you        patches, swamps, lagoons, coral    Black Point Ranger Station
Barlu National Park on the         may not be able to cross the             reefs, sea grass meadows and       Black Point, Garig Gunak
Cobourg Peninsula is a stunning    East Alligator River at Cahill’s         ocean rich in marine life. It is   National Park
journey through wetlands,          Crossing on a full and high tide.        also a great spot for fishing      Tel: 08 8979 0244
monsoon forest and savannah        The tides here are about six             enthusiasts with excellent blue    Fax: 08 8979 0246
woodland. The road is, however,    hours later than Darwin tides.           water and barramundi fishing.      (Bulman Store) Gulin
punctuated with blind corners
                                                                            Swimming in the ocean is not       Gulin Store
and dangerous bends. It tends      You need a permit to travel by
                                                                            permitted as crocodiles are        Central Arnhem Rd
to be dusty and narrow, so         road into and stay overnight
                                                                            frequently spotted in this area.   Tel: 08 8975 4711
drivers should be cautious about   in the Park whether you arrive                                              Open: 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm,
oncoming traffic – particularly    by road, air or sea. Contact             Keep to designated tracks and      Sat 9am-12am
between Murgenella and Black       the Permit Officer, Cobourg              camp grounds. Rubbish bins are     Facilities: CC, D, E, S, U
Point. Access is only during the   Peninsula Sanctuary and Marine           only available for Smith Point
dry season (May-Oct).              Park Board and book well in              campers. Be prepared to burn       *   Refer to page 109 for facilities key
                                   advance.                                 paper and carry out recyclable     ** Refer to page 113 for remote
This track is four-wheel                                                    materials.                            area permits
drive only. Off-road vans are      The park consists of a mosaic
                                                                                                               *** Facilities are correct at time of
permitted at their own risk.       of sandy beaches, dunes and                                                    printing. Please call directly
                                                                       87                                         for further facility information.
Darwin & Surrounds                     The Northern Territory’s tropical capital is a vibrant city of
                                       multicultural influences that shape all aspects of its lifestyle.
                                       Visit during the dry when each day is more perfect than the
                                       last, or come for the drama of the wet season storms.

                                       This harbour city is a great        If you are keen to get back on
                                       short-break destination and also    the road after a few days of
                                       the gateway to the Top End’s        relaxation, Litchfield National
                                       nature and cultural experiences.    Park and its many natural
                                       These include Litchfield National   wonders can easily be visited in a
                                       Park, the Tiwi Islands and World    day or two (year round), and the
                                       Heritage-listed Kakadu              spectacular Mary River Wetlands
                                       National Park.                      are just a short drive away.
                                       The city’s many exotic markets      The following pages give you all
                                       are a great starting point for      the information you need for a
                                       your explorations. The sunset       driving adventure from Darwin
                                       markets at Mindil Beach on          litchfield National Park - Map
                                       Thursday and Sunday (from           • 2WD Information — Pages 90–93
                                       May-Oct) provide the perfect        • 4WD Information — Page 94
                                       opportunity for souvenir            Mary River - Map
                     Darwin aerial     shopping and a refreshing meal      • 2WD Information — Pages 95–96
                                       on the beach.                       • 4WD Information — Page 97

                                       Darwin has a rich World             Darwin
                                                                           • 2WD Information — Pages 98–103
                                       War II history, so explore the
                                       attractions in the city or cruise
                                       the harbour at sunset.

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                                                                                        Litchfield Safari   We have powered and un-powered sites on grass
                                                                                   Camp is situated on      under large shady trees, with sites to accommodate all
                                                                                   the western edge of      sizes and configurations of vehicles.Toilet block with hot
                                                                                     Litchfield National    showers, disabled room, washing machines & family
                     Family owned & operated. Only 4 km from Wangi Falls,           Park, we are open       rooms. Safari cabins, backpacker beds, BBQs, licenced
                       Litchfield National Park via Batchelor. Latitude1308        all year with access     Kiosk, shop, above ground swimming pool, social area,
                                                                                    through Batchelor.      walking tracks. Controlled pets allowed.
                      is small & quiet unlike the usual overcrowded tourist
                       parks. Find out why more people come to Litchfield                                   www.litchfieldsafaricamp.com.au
                       than Kakadu. Great food is available at the adjacent        P 08 8978 2185 F 08 8978 2195 E don@litchfieldsafaricamp.com.au
                             Litchfield Café. Check out our reviews at
                         20% discount on 2 or more nights
                                    Ph:08 8978 2077

                                                                                                                                 Buley Rockhole, litchfield National Park

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                                                                                                      Major Highway

  Litchfield National Park                                                                            4x4 Track
                                                                                                      Walking Track
                                                                                                      State Border
                                                                                                      Rail Line
                                         Information Booth                                            Large Town
                                                                                                      Place, Cattle Station
                                                                                                      Aboriginal Community
                                                                                                      Petrol Station, Food,

Litchfield Safari Camp
                                                                                4 x 4 TIPS
                                                                                litchfield National Park
                                                                                1. Reynolds River 4WD Track:
                                                                                   Running through Litchfield
                                                                                   National Park, this is a scenic
                                                                                   and enjoyable drive, accessing
                                                                                   uncrowded waterfalls and a
                                                                                   magnetic termite field.

                                                                  Robin Falls

                         To Port Keats

                                        LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
                                       A 90-minute drive from Darwin,
                                                                                MAGENTIC TERMITE

2WD                                    Litchfield National Park features    One of the fascinating sights
                                       a myriad of diverse natural          in the park is a field of termite
                                       environments. Accessible during      mounds that stand up to 2metres
                                       the Wet and Dry season, the          high with the mounds thin edges
                                       park offers rugged sandstone         pointing north-south, minimising
                                       escarpments, perennial spring-       their exposure to the sun. You
                                       fed streams, monsoonal forest,       can also see impressive termite
                                       termite mounds, beautiful            mounds up to six metres tall.
                                       waterfalls and historic ruins.
                                                                                TOLMER FALLS
                                        BULEY ROCKHOLE
                                                                            A viewing platform takes in the
                                       This is a popular swimming spot.     best of the falls and surrounding
                                       Wade through the pools, absorb       area from a distance. This is to
                                       the scenic bush surrounds or         protect the habitat of the Ghost
                                       sit and relax as the cool water      Bat and Orange Horseshoe Bat.
                                       cascades over you.                   Enjoy the rocky outcrops and
                                                                            views beyond on the walk down.
                                        FLORENCE FALLS
                                                                                WANGI FALLS
                                       These spectacular falls cascade
                                       into a plunge pool and are           Litchfield’s most popular
    Driving litchfield National Park   surrounded by monsoon forest.        attraction, Wangi Falls forms a
                                       Take a refreshing swim or            large, easily accessible, swimming
                                       walk to the viewing platform         hole at its base. Surrounded by
                                       high above the falls, which has      lush monsoonal rainforest, there
                                       panoramic views of the open          are several walking tracks to
                                       valley and waterhole below.          explore. The falls can be closed to
                                                                            swimming periodically, especially
                                                                            during the tropical summer from
                                                                            December to March, however are
                                                                            spectacular viewing all year round.
                                                                                                                  Termite Mounds, litchfield National Park

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     37-49 Rum Jungle Rd, Batchelor NT 0845          ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓         ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓         ✓                     ✓
     Phone 08 8976 0123
     Barramundi Drive, Dundee Beach                  ✓                                                      ✓              ✓         ✓                ✓                                                ✓                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
     Phone 08 8978 2900
     litchfield Park Rd, Rakula - via Batchelor      ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓              ✓         ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓            ✓              ✓                  ✓                               ✓
     litchfield NT 0822 - Phone 08 8978 2185

     litchfield Park Rd, litchfield Park NT 0831                                                            ✓              ✓                                                                                             ✓                           ✓     ✓
     Phone 08 8978 2077

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lost City, litchfield National Park

NATIONAl PARK                     There are three entry points to          First stop from Litchfield Park        Surprise Creek Falls stop
4WD                               Litchfield National Park, two of         Road on the Reynolds River track       flowing early in the dry season
                                  these are approx. 120 kilometres         is Blyth Homestead, which was          (May-Oct), but a series of rock
                                  south west of Darwin, the other          built by the Sargent family in 1929    pools make it a pleasant place
                                  is via Daly River. During the dry        and abandoned in the early 1960s.      to relax and swim.
                                  season (May-Oct) it is possible to       The Homestead, also the location
                                  get to the Park via Cox Peninsula        of an old tin mine, stands as a
                                  Road, which includes some gravel         reminder of the tough conditions        LITCHFIELD NATIONAL
                                  sections, or via the Batchelor Road      faced by the pioneers in remote         PARK
                                  all year round, which is fully sealed.   areas. The road is subject to           Drive Contacts
                                                                           closure during tropical summer
                                                                                                                   Batchelor General Store
                                   REYNOLDS RIVER TRACK                    (Nov-May). The remaining 15
                                                                                                                   22 Tarkarri Road Batchelor
                                                                           kilometres is slow going with
                                  The Reynolds River Track is                                                      Tel: 08 8976 0045
                                                                           patches of bulldust before the          Open: Mon-Sat 6am-6pm &
                                  approximately 44 kilometres in           intersection at Daly River Road.
                                  length and features a number                                                     Sun 8am-5am
                                                                           The track provides access to            Facilities: CC, D, E, S, PU, U
                                  of creek and river crossings.
                                                                           campgrounds and attractive,
                                  When planning to travel this road,       uncrowded waterfalls such as
                                  check if a snorkel is required           Tjaynera and Surprise Creek Falls.
                                  for the Reynolds River crossing.         It also passes a magnetic termite
       litchfield National Park   Impassable in the tropical summer        field that lasts for many kilometres
                                  (Nov-Apr), the original crossing         and creates an eerie, cemetery-
                                  was replaced by a new crossing,          like landscape. Tjaynera Falls and      *   Refer to page 109 for facilities key
                                  200 metres to the west. Travel           plunge pool is accessible by a 1.7      ** Refer to page 113 for remote
                                  time is three-and-a-half hours one       kilometre walk from the camping            area permits
                                  way. Access is only during the dry       and parking area. The escarpment        *** Facilities are correct at time of
                                  season, when conditions permit.          contains a number of cascades,             printing. Please call directly
                                                                                                                      for further facility information.
                                  Opening dates vary from year to          waterfalls and small pockets of
                                  year (approximately May-Oct).            monsoon forest.

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                                                                              Binns Track
                                                                              Major Highway

Mary River Region                                                             Road
                                                                              4x4 Track
                                                                              Walking Track
                                                                              State Border
                                                                              Rail Line
                                                                              Large Town
                                                                              Place, Cattle Station
                                                                              Aboriginal Community
                                        Point Stuart                          Petrol Station, Food,
                                        Day Use Area                          Reststop

                                        Swim Creek

                    Bark Hut Inn                       4 x 4 TIPS
                                                       Mary River
                                                       1. Wildman Track: This track passes
                                                          by wetlands full of birds and
                                                          wildlife. Watch out for salt water
                                                          crocodiles on the edge of the
                                                       2. Hardies Track: This area is well
                                                          known for both its fishing and its
                                                          wildlife. Try your luck hooking up
                                                          the elusive barramundi.

                          Airboating, Mary River

                             MARY RIVER                                 largest populations of saltwater                                                                                                     visitor centre boasts a large
                             NATIONAL PARK                              crocodiles. Well-known fishing                                                                                                       viewing platform overlooking
                                                                        spots include Corroboree                                                                                                             the Adelaide River floodplains.
                           The Mary River National Park                 Billabong, Hardies Lagoon, Shady                                                                                                     The centre includes interactive
                           is located 150 kilometres east               Camp, the Rockhole, Mary River                                                                                                       displays and information
                           of Darwin and is an unspoiled                Bridge and Wildman River.                                                                                                            explaining the ecological
                           landscape with wetlands full of                                                                                                                                                   processes occurring in the
                                                                          WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS
                           birds and wildlife. The park is                                                                                                                                                   wetlands.
                           easily accessible all year-round             Perched on Beatrice Hill, off
                           and has one of the Territory’s               the Arnhem Highway, the

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                              MARY RIVER PARK
                              Mary River Crossing, Arnhem Hwy NT 0886                      ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓                                                                                                                        ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
                              Phone 8978 8877

                              THE BARK HUT INN
                              Arnhem Hwy, Annaburroo NT 0886                                                  ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
                              Phone 8978 8988
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                                                                                                        DARWIN REGION
                                                                                                        Drive Contacts
                                                                                                        Caltex Humpty Doo
                              Mary River National Park is        of water. Drive in the existing
            MARY RIVER        150 kilometres east of Darwin      wheel ruts to avoid getting
                                                                                                        600 Arnhem Hwy,
            REGION 4WD                                                                                  Humpty Doo
                              along the Arnhem Highway.          bogged or causing erosion.
                                                                                                        Tel: 08 8988 1780
                              Most areas are accessible to all
                                                                  HARDIES TRACK                         Open: 5am-8.30pm
                              vehicles via gravel roads during
                                                                                                        Facilities: CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                              the dry season (May-Oct) and a
                                                                 Hardies four-wheel drive track
                              number of places, such as Shady                                           Noonamah Service Station
                                                                 is five kilometres east of the
                              Camp, are usually accessible all                                          Stuart Hwy, Noonamah
                                                                 Mary River from Rockhole
                              year round with a four-wheel                                              Tel: 08 8988 1444Open:
                                                                 Road or from Arnhem Highway,
                              drive.                                                                    Mon-Sat 5.30am-8pm
                                                                 appromimately 2.5 kilometres
                                                                                                        Sun 6.30am-7pm
                              Access is during the dry season    east of the Mary River Bridge.
                                                                                                        Facilities: AG, CC, D, PU, S, U
                              (May-Oct), when conditions
                                                                Both Wildman and Hardies
                              permit. Opening dates vary from                                           United Service Station
                                                                four-wheel drive tracks are well
                              year to year.                                                             Coolalinga
                                                                signposted and marked with
                                WILDMAN TRACK                   blue arrows. Please stay on the         Lot2/420 Stuart Hwy,
                                                                designated track. Information           Howard Springs
                              The 32 kilometre Wildman          sheets are usually available from       Tel: 08 8983 3764
                              four-wheel drive track links the  brochure boxes at the beginning         Open: 24 Hrs
                              Rockhole and Wildman roads,       of both tracks to assist with           Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, LR, PU,
                              which run parallel across this    your trip.                              S, U
                              section of the Park. Highlights
                              along the track include; the      Highlights in the Park include          United Humpty Doo
                                                                                                        340 Arnhem Hwy,
Cruise, Mary River Wetlands   Bamboo Walk (worth stretching the Mary River Crossing, Bird
                                                                Billabong, Couzens lookout,             Humpty Doo
                              your legs for), Olga’s Waterhole
                                                                Jimmy Creek Monsoon Forest,             Tel: 08 8988 2344
                              and Connellan Lagoon. If you
                                                                                                        Open: 6am-8pm
                              are lucky you will spot the nests and Shady Camp,
                                                                                                        Facilities: AG, CC, D, E, PU, S, U
                              of the White-Bellied Sea Eagle.
                              During the wet season the track                                       *     Refer to page 109 for facilities key
                              is closed as sections become                                          ** Refer to page 113 for remote
                              flooded with more than a metre                                           area permits
                                                                                                    *** Facilities are correct at time of
                                                                                                       printing. Please call directly
                                                            97                                         for further facility information.
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DARWIN 2WD                        DARWIN CITY                          HOWARD SPRINGS                         ADELAIDE RIVER
                                                                       NATURE PARK
                                 Darwin has a relaxed outdoor                                                Adelaide River township was
                                 lifestyle and enjoys warm            Located 23 kilometres south of         established in 1888 as a station
                                 weather all year round – it is       Darwin, Howard Springs Nature          on the North Australian Railway
                                 a city never visited by winter.      Park has walking trails through        between Darwin and Pine Creek.
                                 Discover this fun, youthful          the rainforest and lush park lands.    It is located 114 kilometres south
                                 and cosmopolitan tropical            The park offers shaded picnic          of Darwin along the Explorers
                                 city through its great outdoor       areas and barbecue facilities and      way. During World War II, the
                                 festivals. Even movie-goers          you can view the barramundi and        town was a hive of activity and
                                 can enjoy independent and            turtles in the spring-fed pool.        the site of a major military
                                 art-house films under the stars                                             hospital and supply depot. An
                                 at the iconic Deckchair Cinema.       LAKE BENNETT                          enlightening reminder of the
                                 Darwin made world news when                                                 impact that WWII had on this
                                                                      Lake Bennett, situated 87
                                 the city was rebuilt in the wake                                            part of Australia is found at the
                                                                      kilometres south of Darwin, is
                                 of Cyclone Tracy in 1974 – an                                               Adelaide River War Cemetery.
                                                                      a man-made lake stocked with
                                 event well documented at the
                                                                      barramundi. It is ideal for safe        BERRY SPRINGS
                                 Museum and Art Gallery of the
                                                                      swimming, canoeing, bushwalking         NATURE PARK
                                 Northern Territory. The Tropical
                                                                      and bird watching. It also has a golf
                                 summer, from (Dec to early                                                 Berry Springs Nature Park
                                                                      driving range and mini-golf course.
                                 Mar), provides a daily ritual                                              has two large spring-fed pools
                                 of sunshine with afternoon             MANTON DAM                          and a small waterfall, fringed
                                 showers of refreshing rain,            RECREATION AREA                     by pandanus and monsoon
     Fannie Bay Sunset, Darwin
                                 which bring the landscape to life.                                         rainforest.
                                 The tropical summer is famous        Located 76 kilometres south of        It is an ideal spot for leisurely
                                 for its spectacular lightning, and   Darwin, Manton Dam is a popular       barbecues, swimming and
                                 breathtaking thunderstorms           recreation area, particularly for     walking, and from May to
                                 that provide a free show over        water skiing and power boating.       November, is a favourite
                                 the picturesque harbour. Many        Picnic and barbecue facilities are    relaxation spot for locals and
                                 repeat visitors consider this to     set among shady trees and areas       visitors.
                                 be the region’s most beautiful       are set aside for both swimming
                                 time of the year.                    and fishing.
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  Whitewood Rd, Howard Springs NT 0828                         ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                                              ✓         ✓                     ✓
  Phone 1800 831 169

  115 Oxford Rd, Berry Springs NT 0838                                                                ✓                               ✓        ✓                                 ✓                                                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8988 6070

  lot 2, Virginia Rd, Virginia NT 0822                         ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8983 1202

  901 Stuart Hwy, Berrimah NT 0828                             ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                                             ✓     ✓            ✓         ✓
  Phone 08 8935 0888

  Hidden Valley Rd, Berrimah NT 0828                           ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8947 1422

  Chinner Road, lake Bennett NT 0822                           ✓                 ✓                                    ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓               ✓                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8976 0960

  Stuart Hwy, Noonamah NT 0837                                 ✓                                      ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                           ✓     ✓            ✓
  Phone 0407 567 899

  Cnr Stuart Hwy & Farrell Cres, Winnellie NT 0820             ✓                 ✓                    ✓               ✓               ✓        ✓                ✓                ✓               ✓                                 ✓                                              ✓                               ✓
  Phone 08 8984 3330

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                                                                                                            Buchanan Highway

                  SAFETY TIPS                         You will also need to take        details and the name of every
                  Whether you are heading off         sufficient food and water         person travelling in the vehicle.
                  on your driving adventure for a     supplies.                         The scheme takes a $50 deposit
                                                      Always be sure to check road      per person, which is refunded
                  week or just a day, preparation
                                                      conditions and let someone        when you deregister before
                  and planning is the key to a
                                                      know your travel plans. The       midday the following day of
                  safe drive experience in the
                                                      NT Government has a 24-hour       your nominated date of return.
                  Territory. Ninety-five percent of                                     If you do not deregister, the
                  the NT’s highways are sealed,       recorded message service on
                                                                                        scheme will pass your details on
                  but the more challenging off-       1800 246 199 or visit
                                                                                        to emergency services and have
                  road routes traverse red desert     www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport
                                                                                        them start looking for you.
                  sands, rocky watercourses and       You can use the 4WD
                                                      Registration Scheme when          You can contact the
                  escarpment country.
                                                      travelling the following tracks   Bowali Visitor Centre on
                  It is important for your vehicle    - Ruby Gap Nature Park, Finke     08 8938 1120 for current road
                  to be well equipped with                                              conditions in Kakadu National
                                                      River 4WD Route, Bullita Stock
                  recovery gear, a first aid kit,                                       Park. The centre is open from
                                                      Route, Humbert, Broadarrow,
                  spare parts and tools. Have your                                      8am to 5pm daily.
                                                      Wickham and Gibbie.
                  vehicle serviced before you take    Call 1300 650 730 to register     Did you know?
                  off and carry extra fuel when       with your contact details,        There are six themed drives in
                  driving into remote areas.          emergency contacts, vehicle       the Territory: the Explorer’s Way,
                                                                                                                                                     Safety & Travelling Tips
                                                                            A ’four-wheel drive track’ is a road   Your load will dictate what
                                                                            that is only suitable for cars with    pressure to apply, but a normal
                                                                            four-wheel drive capability. These     range for general touring is
                                                                            roads traverse grounds that are        between 210 and 280 kPa
                                                                            unsuitable for two-wheel drive         (30 and 40 psi). If you require
                                                                            vehicles and can be rocky, sandy,      more traction driving in
                                                                            muddy and steep.                       escarpment country, decrease
                                                                                                                   the pressure between 175 and
                                                                            DRIVING                                210 kPa (25-30 psi). In soft
                                                   Frew River 4WD Track
                                                                            TECHNIQUES                             sand, the tyre pressure can
                                                                            Four-wheel driving involves            be as low as 70 kPa (10 psi).
Way, Savannah Way, Red Centre       Know your roads                         more than simply loading up and        Reinflate tyres with a good-
Way, Overlander’s Way, Nature’s     A fully sealed road refers                                                     quality 12-volt compressor.
                                                                            taking the road less travelled. It
Way and the Binns Track. Each       to a road that is sealed and
                                                                            is imperative you know how to          Did you know?
makes a great Australian road       maintained with bitumen and
                                                                            handle your vehicle and operate        The best way to get to know
trip and has four-wheel drive       tar. A ‘gravel road’ is not sealed
                                                                            its functions.                         your four-wheel drive vehicle
detours into the heart of           and surface conditions can
                                                                                                                   and have a safe adventure is
the Outback.                        vary. Usually these roads are           Four-wheel drive vehicles have
                                                                                                                   to take a four-wheel drive
                                    graded once or twice a year, but        a high centre of gravity and can
Fast fact                                                                                                          training course. These are
                                    bulldust and corrugations are           be affected by strong winds. It is
The default speed limit on                                                                                         operated by most four-wheel
                                    common hazards.                         recommended you engage four-
rural roads in the Territory                                                                                       drive clubs and associations in
                                                                            wheel drive when travelling on         Australia. Check with the local
roads is 110 kilometres per hour,   A ‘one-lane development
                                                                            all unsealed roads regardless of       Visitor Information Centre
but on the Stuart, Arnhem,          road’ is a gravel road with a
                                                                            the condition.                         for details.
Barkly and Victoria highways        strip of bitumen running down
have a maximum speed of 130         its centre. Road trains travel          Tyre pressure plays a significant      Fast fact
kilometres per hour where           along the bitumen for quick             role in safety and comfort. Too        It is Territory law that longer
signposted. Take care and           transportation. If you are driving      soft and it will destroy your tyres.   vehicles such as caravans
maintain a sensible speed that      on a one-lane development               Too hard and not only will it be       must leave at least 200 metres
suits the road, vehicle, weather    road, pull to the side to allow the     a rough ride, but it will increase     between vehicles to allow
conditions and your driving         truck to keep all tyres on the          your chances of getting bogged         other motor vehicles, including
capability.                         bitumen and overtake safely.            in sandy conditions.                   road trains, to overtake.
Safety & Travelling Tips

                           TOOLS AND SPARE PARTS
                           Spare parts and tools are         • Screwdrivers – blade and
                           essential for outback touring       Phillips head
                           and it is recommended that the
                                                             • Spanner – ring and open
                           following items be carried in
                           your vehicle.                     • Spare fuel
                           • Air Compressor                  • Spare tyre/s
                           • Battery jumper leads            • Tow rope
                           • Detailed touring map            • Tyre tubes and puncture
                           • Distributor points                repair kit
                           • Electric wire                   • Tyre pressure gauge
                           • Emergency food/water            • Wheel-bearing kit
                           • Emergency Position-Indicating   • WD40 or similar
                             Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
                                                             Did you know?
                           • Engine oil
                                                             The legal blood alcohol
                           • Fan belts                       concentration (BAC) limit for
                           • Filters – fuel, air and oil     drivers holding a standard
                           • First aid kit                   license in the NT is 0.05;
                                                             however zero is the safest level.
                           • GPS system
                           • Hammer                          Fast fact
                                                             Drivers are responsible for
                           • Jack
                                                             ensuring everyone in the vehicle
                           • Jacking plate                   is wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts
                           • Radiator hoses                  save lives and reduce injury to
                           • Satellite phone and/or High     you and others in the event of
                             Frequency (HF) Radio            an accident.                              Binns Track

                                                                                                                                                       Safety & Travelling Tips
RECOVERY KIT                           Fast fact                               commonly used CB setting among       There are a number of cycle
                                       Towing a van or trailer demands         four-wheel drivers, although it      routes across the Northern
Traversing the uneven terrain of
                                       slow and steady driving. It can         will only transmit over a short      Territory available to all
the NT outback requires a basic
                                       restrict what roads you travel and      distance.
recovery kit to be carried in your                                                                                  members of the public. For
                                       in some circumstances, you will         A HF radio is a good alternative.
vehicle at all times. Not only could                                                                                more information please
                                       be forced to leave the van behind
it save your life, but it can make                                             Did you know?                        contact the regional Visitor
                                       and take swags or pitch a tent.
jobs like getting out of a bog                                                 One of the best ways to see          Information Centres. (Contact
                                       The increased load also increases
almost hassle-free.                                                            the remote areas of the NT in
                                       fuel usage, so plan your fuel stops                                          Details are listed on page 113)
• Axe                                                                          complete safety is to join a tag-
• Bow shackles (two)
                                                                               along safari or escorted convoy.     POTENTIAL
                                       REMOTE AREAS                            Most charge a joining fee on         HAZARDS
• Jack and jacking plate               Getting off the beaten track            top of a daily rate. Check the
• Shovel                                                                       local Visitor Information Centre     Bulldust is a fine dust that
                                       and driving into the remote NT
                                       outback requires extra equipment        for details.                         carpets many outback roads.
• Snatch strap
                                       for the adventure. Along major                                               It is slippery and can conceal
Additional equipment
                                                                               Fast fact
                                       highways, food and fuel stops           Standard road tyres are more         wash outs and potholes. The
• Extra shackles                       are generally every 200-300             susceptible to damage when           dust can obscure a driver’s
                                       kilometres, but in more remote          travelling on harsh outback          vision, so do not take any risks
• Winch
                                       areas distances can be much             terrain. In remote areas, choose
• Winch extension straps                                                                                            and take care if overtaking.
                                       greater.                                all-terrain tyres and always carry
                                                                                                                    It is a good idea to drive with
Did you know?                          Carry additional fuel                   two spares.
The VKS-737 radio network is a                                                                                      your headlights on if driving
                                       containers and sufficient food and      CYCLING IN
contact for help to assist with        water for the trip. Plan where to                                            in sand dunes. Four-wheel
                                                                               THE NORTHERN
four-wheel drive vehicle repairs,      re-supply.                                                                   drivers need to be aware that
recoveries and four-wheel drive                                                                                     traction and braking time is
supplies. It operates on a High        Mobile phone coverage is limited        Drivers need to be mindful
                                       outside major regional centres          of cyclists when travelling on       reduced on dirt roads. Slow
Frequency (HF) network and can
                                       in the NT. A satellite phone or CB      Northern Territory roads. In the     down before making a turn to
be picked up on channels one to
five or simply call                    radio is a good alternative. Ultra-     NT cyclists have right of way to     avoid slipping out and be wary
08 8952 3479.                          high frequency (UHF) is the most        use the public roads and highways.   of soft edges on some roads.

Safety & Travelling Tips

                           DUMP POINTS                           Mataranka                                     25 Hidden Valley Rd                    Did you know?
                           The NT has designated                 Town Park – Cnr Stuart Hwy & Martin Rd        Shady Glen Caravan Park –              Dangerous saltwater (estuarine)
                           effluent dump points at the           Katherine                                     Cnr Stuart Hwy & Farrell Crs           crocodiles are present in all
                           following locations. Empty            BIG4 Katherine Low Level Caravan Park -       Greyhound Club Grounds – Hook Rd       Territory tidal rivers, some fresh
                           your effluent waste here                                                                                                   water, inland billabongs and
                                                                 3649 Shadforth Rd
                                                                                                               ROAD ACCESS
                           and protect the Territory’s           Public Dump Point -                                                                  along the coast. They have been
                                                                                                               Travelling in Aboriginal land in the   found up to 300 kilometres
                           impressive environment. Visit         Lindsay St off Stuart Hwy
                                                                                                               Northern Territory may require         inland.
                           www.sanidumps.com for more            Shady Lane Caravan Park -
                                                                                                               a permit. For details regarding
                           information.                          1828 Gorge Rd
                                                                 Pine Creek
                                                                                                               permits to enter Aboriginal land       VEHICLE HIRE
                           Yulara                                                                              contact: Department of Families,       Four-wheel drive and two-wheel
                                                                 Pine Creek Council Yard – 27 Ward St
                           RV Dump Point                                                                       Housing, Community Services
                                                                 Hayes Creek                                                                          drive vehicles can be hired
                           Cnt Tuit Crs & Berry Rd (Industrial                                                 and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA);
                                                                 BIG4 Hayes Creek Holiday Park -                                                      from Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine,
                           Area)                                                                               Northern Land Council and
                                                                 455 Stuart Hwy                                                                       Tennant Creek, Alice Springs,
                           Alice Springs                                                                       Central Land Council.                  Gove and Yulara.
                           Heavitree Gap Outback Resort -        Douglas Daly
                                                                 Douglas Daly Tourist Park – Oolloo Rd         Restrictions apply to the
                           Palm Circuit                                                                                                               Restrictions may apply to the
                                                                 Jabiru                                        consumption and transportation         hire of your vehicle and
                           MacDonnell Range Holiday Park -
                                                                 Tourist Information Board – Jabiru Drive      of alcohol on Aboriginal land.         insurance policies can vary.
                           Palm Place
                                                                 Howard Springs                                For further information visit          Some plans do not offer
                           Public Waste Transfer Station -
                                                                 BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park -            www.nt.gov.au/justice/alcohol.shtml    roadside assistance in remote
                           Commonage Rd
                           Wintersun Caravan Park -              170 Whitewood Rd                              Fast fact                              areas or coverage for travel
                           North Stuart Hwy & Head St            Batchelor                                     Most flash floods recede within        on ungazetted roads. Please
                           Wycliffe Well                         Batchelor Resort Caravillage -                24 hours. Do not attempt to cross      note, many car hire companies
                           BIG4 Wycliffe Well Holiday Park -     Rum Jungle Rd                                 flooded bridges or causeways           require a deposit at the time of
                           Stuart Hwy                            Berry Springs                                 unless absolutely sure of the          hire.
                           Tennant Creek                         Lakes Resort Caravan Park – Cox               depth and any road damage.             Companies rarely insure single
                           Public Dump Point -                   Peninsula Rd                                  Always be aware of floating            vehicle accidents at night, so
                           82 Ambrose St                         Darwin                                        debris and consider that you will      drive cautiously as native
                           Borroloola                            FreeSpirit Resort Darwin – 901 Stuart Hwy     not know the condition of the          animals and stock often wander
                           Tamarind Park                         Hidden Valley Tourist Park -                  road under the water.                  close to roads at this time.

                                                                                                                                            Safety & Travelling Tips
Check the conditions of your        temperatures can significantly             and medical traffic. You can
insurance policy at the time of     increase driver fatigue.                   register your callsign with the      DRIVE CONTACTS
booking and ensure the hire         Stop at least every two hours              RFDS and receive operating           FACIlITIES KEY
car company explains how to         and avoid driving for more than            procedures or simply call
use your vehicle, including how     eight to ten hours a day or night.
                                                                               08 8951 6688 for help.
to engage the four-wheel drive      Along most routes, there are                                                    AG = Autogas
function.                           designated rest areas to pull up           MOBILE PHONE
                                    and stretch your legs.                     COVERAGE                             AR = Auto Repairs
Fast fact
Road trains are extremely           To avoid dehydration, drink at             Large areas of the outback are       AV = Avgas
common on Northern Territory        least eight glasses of water a             without mobile (cell) phone
roads. Always give plenty of        day and two litres per hour if             coverage, but all significant        CC = Credit Card
room and if overtaking, allow       you are doing an activity such             population centres throughout
at least one kilometre of clear     as walking or climbing.                                                         D = Diesel
                                                                               the Northern Territory are
road ahead. It can take up to 2.5
                                    Fast fact                                  served by a mobile network.          E = EFTPOS
kilometres to overtake a road
                                    Many roads in the Territory                There are two types of mobile
train at 100 kilometres per hour.                                                                                   LR = Lead Replacement
                                    are unfenced so beware                     phone service available: GSM
Did you know?                       of wandering stock and                     and 3G.
A missing vehicle is easier to      wildlife including birds, cattle,                                               O = Opal
locate than a missing person. If    kangaroos, donkeys and camels.             GSM is the largest network
                                                                                                                    PU = Premium Unleaded
your vehicle breaks down, never     Never swerve to miss wildlife,             operating in Australia and
leave your vehicle under any        sound your horn and slow down              services 96 per cent of the          S = Store
circumstance. Economise water       carefully.                                 population.
and wait for help to arrive.                                                                                        U = Unleaded
                                    EMERGENCIES                                The 3G network works
FATIGUE                             When things go wrong out                   everywhere that GSM does but
Fatigue is one of the most          on the road, the Royal Flying              has a larger footprint (or range).
common causes of serious            Doctor Service is your best port
accidents. The NT has vast          of call. It also provides a high           For further information, please
distances between towns and         frequency (HF) radio network               contact your mobile telephone
driving long distances in high      that controls its aeronautical             provider before your departure.



                         Estuarine (Saltwater) Crocodile

                        NATURAL HAZARDS                        precautions, you can share their       and with their current rise in
                                                               environment without danger.            population, it should never be
                        Saltwater Crocodiles
                                                               • NEVER stand on riverbanks            assumed that an area is free
                        Saltwater crocodiles are
                                                                 or clean fish by the waters          of them.
                        protected by law and abound in
                        most NT waterways, including             edge and always be aware of       Freshwater Crocodiles
                        Darwin Harbour and its                   your surroundings while near      Freshwater crocodiles are
                        surrounding creeks and estuaries.        the water.                        recognised by their smaller,
                        These creatures, which can grow        • HEED all warning signs and        narrower snout and are also
                        to more than six metres in length,       take care when swimming           common in the NT.
                        are incredibly territorial and have,     or wading in any Territory        While they are not usually
                        at times, been known to attack           waterways, especially at night.   dangerous to humans, they
                        people.                                • CROCS can make their way          are known to bite if they are
                        However, by taking a few                 inland a surprising distance,     threatened.
                                                                                                                                                           Natural Hazards
Box Jellyfish                         Lightning strikes in the Top End           For more information, phone       water across roads with
Box jellyfish are a dangerous         are both frequent and spectacular          the NT Tropical Cyclone           caution to gauge whether
hazard in NT waters from              and seeking cover, other than              Warning Service on 1300 659       your vehicle will be able to
October to May.                       heading for the trees, is advised.         211 or visit www.bom.gov.au/      cross it and never stop in
It is recommended that you            Cyclones can occur in the                  weather/cyclone.                  the middle of a flowing river
do not swim in the sea during         Top End from November to                   Flood Waters and River            for any period of time. If you
these times.                          May each year.                             Crossings                         would like a road update on
The jellyfish delivers an             It is very important to pay                Sudden heavy rains in the         an area you are travelling to
excruciatingly painful, and           attention to weather forecasts and         Northern Territory can see        or are currently in please call
sometimes fatal, sting and            heed all warnings issued by the            normally dry rivers, flood very   the NT Road Report on
is particularly dangerous to          local authorities.                         quickly. Please approach rising   1800 246 199.
children and older people.
Vinegar neutralises tentacles still
attached to the stung victim and
should be carried at all times if
swimming, or wading, where box
jellyfish can be encountered.
Mosquitoes, Spiders
and Snakes
As with many tropical areas,
the NT also has its fair share of
insects and reptiles.
A good insect repellent and
wearing long clothing at dawn
and dusk is recommended.
Stick to clearly marked paths
as much as possible and wear
protective clothing and solid                                                                                      Kakadu National Park during Wetseason
footwear when walking.

The Northern Territory
is an angler’s paradise
with a wealth of fishing             Fishing, Cobourg
options all year-round.

The fishing is unmatched in the      There are more than 3000                 well worth targeting.               with Barramundi and other fish
Northern Territory – with reefs,     kilometres of remote coastline                                               species.
                                                                              Black Jewfish, Spanish Mackerel,
shoals, rivers, creeks, inland       along the Timor and Arafura
                                                                              Giant Trevally, Tuna, Golden        Further Information
lagoons and estuaries offering a     seas and the Gulf of Carpentaria
                                                                              Snapper, Mangrove Jack, Billfish,   For more details on the range
range of options for every angler    for active blue-water and sport
                                                                              Marlin, Mud Crabs and Bream are     of fishing opportunities
to reel in fish.                     fishing year round.
                                                                              just a few of the species caught    available in the Territory, local
The tropical summer, from            Offshore, there are unblemished          in the waters surrounding the       boat ramp locations, the NT’s
December to March, is excellent      coastal islands with thriving inlets     Top End.                            fishing and boating regulations
for billabong and estuary fishing.   and creeks, while inland, the NT’s                                           and bag limits, visit www.nt.gov.
                                                                              South of Darwin are the Daly,
                                     mighty tidal rivers are home                                                 au/dpifm/fisheries/ and click
The run-off between March and                                                 Roper and Victoria rivers. The
                                     to both the saltwater crocodile                                              on Recreational Fishing.
May offers the greatest chance                                                East Alligator, Adelaide and
                                     and the equally famous silver
of catching the region’s iconic                                               Mary River systems are located      The Essential Fishing the
barramundi, while the cooler mid-                                             east of the city. These wetlands,   Territory guide is available
year months are perfect for reef     In addition to Barramundi, there         tidal rivers, billabongs and        from Tourism Top End and
and fly fishing.                     are also plenty of other species         freshwater rivers are brimming      Visitor Information Centres.

                                                                                                                                                 Useful Contacts
NT VISITOR CENTRES                    PARKS AND WILDLIFE                 Northern land Council             FOSSICKING
                                      SERVICE OF THE NT                  5 Katherine Tce                   PERMITS
        TOURISM CENTRAL               www.nt.gov.au/parks                Katherine NT 0850                 Department of Mines
        AUSTRALIA                     Alice Springs                      Tel: 08 8975 8883                 and Energy
                                      Tel: 08 8951 8250                  Fax: 08 8975 8877                 www.minerals.nt.gov.au
Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs        Katherine                          Open: Mon-Fri 8am - 4.30pm        search under ‘useful
Ph: 08 8952 5800 • F: 08 8953 0295    Tel: 08 8973 8888                                                    resources’
Email: visinfo@tourismca.asn.au       Darwin                             Cobourg Peninsula Sanctuary
www.centralaustraliantourism.com      Tel: 08 8999 4555                  and Marine Park Board             TOURISM NT
                                                                         PO Box 496, Palmerston NT 0831    Visit travelnt.com or
         TENNANT CREEK VISITOR        PERMITS                            Tel: 08 8999 4814                 call 136 768 for all you
         INFORMATION CENTRE           Central land Council               Fax: 08 8999 4524                 information on the
                                      27 North Stuart Highway            Open: Mon-Fri 8am - 4pm           Northern Territory
Peko Road, Tennant Creek              PO Box 3321
Ph: 08 8962 1281 • F: 08 8962 2022    Alice Springs NT 0871              Dhimurru land Corporation
                                                                         Arnhem Road, Nhulunbuy            Disclaimer
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Street, Katherine                                                                                          expressly disclaim any liability or
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                                                  • Caravan and camping, deluxe cabins,                                      Be
                                                                                                                           • Best powered camping sites in Kakadu
Waters                                              villas and bunk house                                                  •CCamp kitchen and laundry facilities
                                                  • Shady powered and un-powered sites                                     •CCabins and lodge rooms
                                                  • Sites suitable for 5th wheeler and large                                 BBQ
                                                                                                                           • BB facilities, bar and bistro
                                                                                                                             Lagoon style swimming pool
                                                                                                                           • La
                                                    motor homes                                                              Ba
                                                                                                                           • Bank, post office and shops nearby
                                                  • BBQ facilities and swimming pool                                       •OOpen all year
                                                  • Laundry facilities and camp kitchen                                    Ge
                                                                                                                           General Enquiries
                                                  • Internet available, tour bookings & information                        Ph: 08 8979 2422 • Toll Free: 1800 811 154
                                                  • Clean bathroom facilities, disabled
                                                                                                          Kakadu Lodge     klodge@kl.auroraresorts.com.au
                            Shady Glen, Darwin      access and porta potty disposal                                        Jab
                                                                                                                           Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, Kakadu National Park
                                                  • Public transport • Open all year

                                                  General Enquiries
                                                  Ph: 08 8984 3330 • Toll Free: 1800 662 253
                                                                                                                           Aurora Kakadu
                                                                                                                             Wilderness accommodation experience
                                                                                                                           • Wi
 Creek                                            Cnr Stuart Highway & Farrell Crescent, Winnellie                           Bush
                                                                                                                           • Bu camping; laundry facilities
                                                                                                                           • Sign-posted billabong nature walk
                                                                                                                             Restaurant & bars, BBQ facilities & pool
                                                                                                                           • Re

                                                  Heavitree Gap                                                              On-site petrol station and kiosk
                                                                                                                           • On
                                                                                                                           • Clo to famous Barra ‘Hot Spot’ South
                                                                                                                             Alligator River • Open all year
                                                    Nestled into the base of the MacDonnell Ranges
                                                  • Ne                                            ges
                                                                                                                           General Enquiries
                                                  • Ha feed the wild Black-Footed Rock Wallabies
                                                    Hand                                          bies
                                                  •CCaravan and camping; lodge rooms; dormitories  ries                    Ph: 08 8979 0166 • Toll Free: 1800 818 845
                                                    an kitchenettes available; laundry facilities
                                                    and                                                                    kak
                                                  • Ta
                                                    Tavern and bistro with gaming and                                      Arnhem Highway, South Alligator,
 Red Ochre Grill                                    gr
                                                    great atmosphere                                       Aurora Kakadu   Kaka
                                                                                                                           Kakadu National Park
  Alice Springs             Heavitree Gap Lodge   •OOn-site supermarket and petrol station
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Ayers               Alice                         Ph: 08 8950 4444 • Toll Free: 1800 896 119
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                                                  Palm Circuit, Alice Springs

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