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Exploring Australia with a North-South Roadtrip

21 Feb Posted by in Australia, Road Trip | Comments
Exploring Australia with a North-South Roadtrip

One of the greatest things about Australia is how vast the country is, which means that there are dozens of amazing routes that can be driven the length and breadth of the land to take in some of the best sights and sounds the country has to offer.

The North to South drive from Darwin to Adelaide – you can even continue onto Melbourne – is one of the most popular and well-trodden, with some of Australia’s best places to be seen on the way.  Businesses such as Transfercar are helping more Australians and tourists to use this route than ever before, owing to their model of providing free hire vehicles on behalf of rental companies. We looked at the must see sights for anyone who takes this trip.


Despite having a population of only 6,000, the town of Katherine is a beautiful outpost situated around 200 miles out of Darwin, making it the perfect stop-off point for an afternoon and overnight stay.

The small parks are among the most beautiful anywhere in Australia, while the Katherine River has a rich population of fish for keen anglers looking to catch a bite.

Tennant Creek

Although a quiet town, the famous Devils Marbles are to be found near to Tennant Creek, and its position between Katherine and Alice Springs makes it another ideal candidate for an overnight stop-off.

Alice Springs

Situated in the centre of the country, Alice Springs offers much for tourists of all tastes. Guided excursions to Aboriginal camps are popular, as are tours of the towns historical mines and cultural attractions, such as art galleries and theatres.

One of the features of Alice Springs is that it is a ‘transition town’ for many who are moving across the country, so expect to find many residents that have only lived there for a short period, or are likely to be moving soon.


There is no question that Uluru is the main attraction on the drive south to Adelaide, and the last notable point before heading through the outback and on towards the more built up areas of the south.

Uluru is best experienced with a local guide, especially when you stay through the night and enjoy a barbecue and champagne while watching the Australian sunset. Ensure you explore the whole of the park, too, as there is so much to see in addition to Uluru itself.

Final Steps

Should you be able to carry on to Melbourne from Adelaide, stick to the coast where you will pick up the famous Great Ocean Road from Warrnambool. After a journey through remote desert and outback, this will expose you to the other side of Australia, with amazing beaches, thick forests, and views that will take your breath away.


This article is written by Transfercar, a car hire Australia service, providing travellers free transport for major cities in Australia.

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