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1. Posted by Adinda (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hiya everyone,

I'm in Melbourne right now. I'd like to travel from Melbourne to Darwin, it may take up to weeks, maybe the longer the better! Anybody have any idea whether I can do it on the Greyhound? I wanna do it at my own pace and not hurry hurry with a booked tour. Would like to see all the sights as long as I want to. Would there be accomodation along the way all the time? I'm not gonna go camping.

Thanks a lot guys,

2. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well you can certainly get to Darwin by Greyhound but the route it takes varies. I would imagine you could go to South Australia then up to Alice Springs then on to Darwin. Or there may be a service from Melbourne to Alice Springs...not sure. There will be plenty of accomodation on the way so I am assuming you want to get off and spend some time in some of those places and then catch a Greyhound again. You would need to confirm you can do that with Greyhound. Alice Springs is a town of 24-26,000 people so no worries about accomodation there. You could then stop at Tennant Creek although not a lot to see or do there on the way to Darwin. My guess would be to stop at Katherine about 310km from Darwin. Katherine has about 10,000 people...plenty of accomodation and some great sightseeing at the Katherine Gorge and some caves not far from Katherine. Then on up to Darwin where you will have a ball. Trust you are going soon because once September comes around (late Sept) the wet season humidity starts to occur. Plenty of air conditioning in everything in Darwin but unless you are used to stifling weather it can be very warm. Up to the end of September the weather is generally better than anywhere in Australia. Beautiful warm but not hot days, beautiful nights, no rain, very little humidity and make sure you visit the Mindil Beach markets on Thursday nights. have fun :)

3. Posted by Adinda (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers Buckra, thanks a lot for your long message. I found out by now there's a hop-on-hop-off tour without accomodation being paid for but it seems just as expensive as all the tours that do include accomodation. I'll decide within a few days. Thanks again. Adinda