This road trip through the Australian Outback will bring you from the bustling port city of Adelaide to Yulara and the world famous Ayers Rock. The drive is approximately 18 hours and makes for a wonderful trip when broken up into smaller chunks with stops at the charming towns in between.
- Enjoy the cosmopolitan charms of Adelaide
- The beaches of Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore
- Ayers Rock
- Mount Olga
Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is one of those vibrant cities that draws tourists because of the wide variety of sights and activities it offers. For a look at the past and a dose of Adelaide culture, visit the North Terrace with its museums and galleries, and then enjoy some people watching at the chic cafes in this area. Great shopping can be found at Adelaide Central Market or Rundle Mall, while wine lovers will definitely want to check out the National Wine Centre. Take the time to explore Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens, the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon or enjoy a picnic.Of course, no trip to Adelaide would be complete without hitting the beach: Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore are popular destinations.
Day 3: Port Pirie
Leave Adelaide and drive to Port Pirie, “the City of Friendly People.” This bustling port city is perfect for lazing on the beach, fishing, boating or sampling some delicious, fresh seafood. The streets of Port Pirie are lined with historical buildings, bustling shops and great restaurants, not to mention galleries and museums. Some great stops in Port Pirie include Solomontown Beach, the National Trust Museum located in the Old Railway Station, the Regional Art Gallery and Memorial Park.
Day 4: Woomera
Leave Port Pirie and begin the approximately 3 hour drive to Woomera. Along the way you may want to stop in Port Germein to see Australia’s longest jetty or take a break in Port Augusta. The closer one gets to Woomera the deeper into the Australian Outback they are and this town is a welcome place to stop amidst the desert landscape. Golf, swim, explore the parks and gardens, or dine in one of the town’s restaurants or clubs; in Woomera what you do is really up to you.
Day 5: Coober Pedy
If you get up early you’ll be energized for the eight-hour-plus drive to Yulara and can make refueling stops for both car and body in towns like Marla. Yulara draws tons of tourists each year, eager to tour nearby Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Mount Olga (Kata Tjuta) are located. Ayers Rock is a World Heritage Site that is considered sacred ground by the Aborigionals of the area. Visitors can tour the sandstone formation, as well as its caves, waterholes and ancient wall art.
Day 6 -7: Yulara