Best way to visit ayers rock and alice springs

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1. Posted by ryan.mcc (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

was just wondering if it's easier to go from Darwin down to alice springs/ayers rock and then back up to cairns or leave darwin, go right down the east coast and then to adelaide and go up to ayers rock from there?!

I'm really just looking at it from a transport point of view i.e. the most accessable option and costs. In all I hope to visit darwin, cairns, brisbane, sydney, melbourne, adelaide, ayers rock and alice springs over 6 months travel.

Thanks in advance!


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

Okay well I am not sure what time of the year your six months travel will encompass but if it were very soon I would suggest you start in Darwin because that city will be in its "build up to the wet season'' time when it can be very humid and not a lot of rain and obviously high temperatures both day and night. However most places up there have air conditioning and pools so it is not quite as bad as it might appear. However you could travel by bus to Alice Springs and then either bus it or fly from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock. Back then to Alice Springs and you can bus/fly it from there down to Melbourne or Adelaide. If you go to Adelaide you can then bus/fly to WA and Perth. Then fly/bus Perth to Melbourne then go up to Sydney, then on to Brisbane and Cairns. Assuming you are not going to Tasmania but if you wanted to you can go across from Melbourne and then back again. All the places will be very warm/hot in November, December, January, February, primarily January/February. Have fun:)

3. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You really, really don't want to be anywhere in the North come December - February. It is unpleasant even for the locals.

4. Posted by ryan.mcc (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

in what way do you mean unpleasant? We are arriving into Darwin at the start of Dec....would you recommend only staying there for a week or two and heading over to the east coast? I'm over for 6 months so have plenty of time and not restricted to any plans so far.

Thanks again, Ryan

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5434 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Unpleasant as in having insane humidity and endless torrential rains. Up north in Australia they don't have the regular four seasons, but only two: the wet season and the dry season. (With the worst of the wet running from December through March, although I wouldn't like to be in the far north during late November or early April either.)
I'd flee Darwin as soon as you arrive. Fly straight down to Adelaide (skip Uluru and come back there six months later, when winter temperatures will make it bearable), and then follow the coast past Sydney to Brisbane. Time it so you'll arrive in Brisbane around March, and then you can head further north from there on.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3967 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you are in Darwin in the wet season it will make visits to kakadu and lichfield national parks difficult as some roads become impassable, and these parks are the main reason to be in this area. So I would agree that you should do Darwin at a different time of year, aswell as Uluru and Alice. Temperatures can be unbearable in the summer in the centre - I was there in October and it was pretty hot even then.
if you have time i would recommend tasmania - i thought it was the most beautiful part of the country and there is so much to see. it's also less touristy than other parts of Oz. you can fly there cheaply with (between Melbourne and Hobart).
For transport, you could get a greyhound pass - various different types of pass available - and maybe flights if your budget allows it - try jetstar as above or