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1. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 2y

Hi,

This time next year I will have to get from Laos ( or maybe Brunei ) to Sydney & my current thinking has me landing at Darwin & traveling overland to Sydney. It would be interesting to see a bit of the Australian interior but Darwin to Sydney is a very long way. So I was thinking of flying to or from Alice Springs to cut the journey somewhat.

I have about a 8 days for the trip & do not want to drive myself

I would not want to travel during the night & would overnight at hotels

So my questions are....

1. Is it preferable to go overland from Darwin to Alice Springs or Alice to Sydney?
2. Which has the more varied landscape?
3. Should I stop off in Adelaide or Melbourne or both?
4. What overnight stops should I make & for how long?
5. Is Ayers rock / Uluru a must see & for how long?
6. Is Coober Pedy worth a stop?
7. Bus or train?
8. Should I consider Darwin to Sydney by some other route?
9. Skip it all and head straight to Sydney

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

Steve

2. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 100 posts) 2y

Hi Steve
Some years ago i made the complete road trip from Darwin to Adelaide which showed pretty well the immensity of Australia :)
- Darwin
- 2 days in Kakadu NP
- One night bus from Darwing to Alice Springs
Then with a local tour operator the southern part from Alice Springs to Adelaide
- 2 days for Uluru and Kata Tjuta
- Coober Pedy
- The Flinders range
Then from Adelaide, I went to Kangaroo Island.
It took almost 2 weeks. I was very fund of Kakadu, Uluru, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

I think that in 1 week you should select only one part of the traject.
Could be the north from Darwin to Alice Springs (with Kakadu & Uluru) or the south , Alice Springs to Sydney or Adelaide (also with Uluru)
Alain

3. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 2y

Quoting Alain13

Hi Steve
Some years ago i made the complete road trip from Darwin to Adelaide which showed pretty well the immensity of Australia :)
- Darwin
- 2 days in Kakadu NP
- One night bus from Darwing to Alice Springs
Then with a local tour operator the southern part from Alice Springs to Adelaide
- 2 days for Uluru and Kata Tjuta
- Coober Pedy
- The Flinders range
Then from Adelaide, I went to Kangaroo Island.
It took almost 2 weeks. I was very fund of Kakadu, Uluru, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

I think that in 1 week you should select only one part of the traject.
Could be the north from Darwin to Alice Springs (with Kakadu & Uluru) or the south , Alice Springs to Sydney or Adelaide (also with Uluru)
Alain

Hi,

Thanks for that. So I still have the question. Knowing what you know now, what would you do, take the north or south of Alice Springs?

Steve

4. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 100 posts) 2y

Humm... difficult choice !
I would say the northern part (with Kakadu and Uluru).
But if you plan the wet season in Darwin, it could be better to choose the south as you would face difficult conditions in the Top End.
Alain

5. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 2y

Quoting Alain13

Humm... difficult choice !
I would say the northern part (with Kakadu and Uluru).
But if you plan the wet season in Darwin, it could be better to choose the south as you would face difficult conditions in the Top End.
Alain

I get off the Laos cruise on he 10th April 2015 & get on the Sydney one on the 19th April.

Going by what's currently hitting northern Australia I am assuming I will take your advise & investigate the southern route.

Thanks.

Steve