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Drive to the limits and discover Australia's vast, untouched centre on an epic Outback journey.

Tackle the rugged Gibb River Road by 4WD, stopping to swim in cool, rocky gorges and spending the night on sprawling Outback stations. Drive from coast to coast on the Savannah Way, which links Cairns in Queensland with Broome in Western Australia. On this cross-continental journey take in historic goldfields, secret swimming holes and ancient Aboriginal rock art. Fly over the beehive-striped Bungle Bungle range or vast Lake Argyle in Kununurra. Drive the Explorers Way from Adelaide to Darwin, past Australia’s underground opal town of Cooper Pedy and the Red Centre hub of Alice Springs. Traverse Australia from top to bottom through the vast Outback on one of the world's greatest rail journeys, The Ghan.

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S SELF-DRIVE EXPERIENCES

South Australian Loop

South Australian Loop

Take in fine food and wine in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, explore the rugged Flinders Ranges and meet wildlife galore on Kangaroo Island. Taste wine made by Jesuit priests in Sevenhill, climb the huge natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound and visit the historic copper-mining town of Burra. Swim, surf, snorkel and bushwalk along the Fleurieu Peninsula before getting up close to penguins in Penneshaw and a colony of sea lion at Seal Rocks on Kangaroo Island. This scenic drive takes in South Australia's most famous attractions on two smaller loops through the elegant capital of Adelaide.

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Nature's Way

Nature's Way

Wind through the Adelaide and Mary River wetlands to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Here you can bushwalk through rugged escarpments and lush rainforest and discover a treasure trove of Aboriginal rock ark. Learn about the Territory's pioneering history in Pine Creek and swim in crystal-clear waterholes in the tarzan landscape of Litchfield National Park. You can do this dream drive on a fully sealed road in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.

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Savannah Way, Western Australia

Savannah Way, Western Australia

Cut a line between the desert and tropics on this rugged outback adventure between Darwin and Broome. You'll see palms sprouting from rust-red cliffs, crocodiles baking in gorges and boab trees bursting with fruit. Cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park and see Aboriginal rock art in Keep River National Park. Canoe down Ord River and huge, man-made Lake Argyle. Explore the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, bushwalk to Mitchell Falls and visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. See the bulbous Boab Prison Tree near Derby and swim from Broome's Cable Beach, with its warm waters and soft dreamlike sand. The Savannah Way also has many bird watching opportunities, so pack binoculars and a field guide.

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Crossing the Nullarbor

Crossing the Nullarbor

Widen your horizons driving the Eyre Highway across the vast Nullarbor Plain, four times the size of Belgium.

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Explorers Highway

Explorers Highway

Trace the trail of pioneer John McDouall Stuart as you travel from Adelaide to Darwin on the Explorers Highway. Explore the cellar doors and vine-lined chateaus of the Barossa Valley and rugged Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. Stay underground in the opal capital of Cooper Pedy and the outback town of Alice Springs. Walk around Uluṟu with an Aboriginal guide and to the rim of Kings Canyon. See ancient Aboriginal rock art in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and swim in the crystal-clear pools of Litchfield National Park. Your adventure continues in the parklands, outdoor markets and festivals and historical attractions of tropical Darwin.

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GET TO KNOW AUSTRALIA'S OUTBACK TOWNS

Guide to Alice Springs

Guide to Alice Springs

In the heart of Australia lies Alice Springs, an oasis in the true sense of the word.

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Guide to Coober Pedy

Guide to Coober Pedy

An underground town in the Outback desert, Coober Pedy is one of Australia's most unusual places. There's a relaxed and friendly vibe in Coober Pedy, where 3,500 residents from over 45 different countries have literally gone underground to avoid the searing outback heat. Most people work in the opal fields but their quirky underground community - complete with a church, hotels and a grassless golf course - has made tourism the second biggest industry.

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Guide to Flinders Ranges

Guide to Flinders Ranges

Katherine

Katherine

The Northern Territory's Katherine region stretches from Dunmarra in the south to the Daly River region in the north. In total it covers an incredible 480,000 sq kilometres. From east to west it touches both the Queensland and West Australian borders. Katherine and its surrounds are the place to go for true outback adventure and indigenous experiences.

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Guide to the Red Centre

Guide to the Red Centre

Experience Aboriginal culture, desert adventures and the changing colours of Uluru in Australia's Red Centre.

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INDULGE YOUR ADVENTUROUS SIDE

The Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail

Trek along the outback backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges to attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.

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10 day itinerary: Sydney, rock and reef

10 day itinerary: Sydney, rock and reef

Experience iconic Australia: Sydney's expansive coastline, the red sands of Uluru and the colours of the Great Barrier Reef.

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14 days top to bottom

14 days top to bottom

Traversing Australia from top to bottom is an incredible experience and is easily achieved in a fortnight. This itinerary combines two very different cities, World Heritage-Listed national parks, stunning natural scenery, beautiful wineries, and an epic train journey through the mythical outback.

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Three Great Days in Broome

Three Great Days in Broome

See it all in Broome, the remote, romantic pearling port in the north-west corner of the Kimberley. Purchase a pearl in Chinatown, where many of the buildings were built in the exciting early pearling days. Continue the nostalgia in the pearling museum or on an old pearl lugger. Hop on a camel and watch the famous, fiery sunset over Cable Beach. Catch the natural magic trick of Staircase to the Moon, bird spot in Roebuck Bay and see prehistoric dinosaur prints at Gantheaume Point. Devote your final day to a 4WD adventure along the magical Dampier Penisula, where you can extend your stay in traditional Aboriginal communities.

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