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Stuart Highway Adelaide to Darwin – the Stats

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For those planning a driving holiday along the Stuart Highway which runs from south to north of Australia, here are a few facts and figures as they stacked up for us on a 4 week (25 day) getaway. Our travelling β€˜rig’ is a Toyota Landcruiser 200 series V8 diesel, and our caravan is a 22ft Jayco Silverline.

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Visit Alice Springs

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The amount of things to see and do in Alice Springs is only limited by the time you have to stay. If you’ve never been, then plan to spend a lot of time discovering the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. The East Macs stretch for 150 kilometres and the West Macs 160 kilometres and in both directions you have gorges, waterholes and chasms that need to be seen and experienced.

There are walking tracks, ancient indigenous art sites, wildlife and birdlife and the best way to really enjoy these areas is to stay amongst it all in a campground out there. The next best thing is to base yourself in Alice Springs at one of the caravan parks, and make day trips to the landmarks.

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Visit Katherine NT

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One of the bigger and more well known areas to visit on a trip through the Northern Territory is the town of Katherine.

It is 320 kilometres south east of Darwin and is most popularly known for Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and various places where you can swim in natural hot springs. This is another region where you could easily spend a week or more enjoying these aspects alone.

When we have visited previously we’ve toured through Katherine Gorge and it’s always a spectacular natural landscape to see but on our last holiday, we spent time discovering some new to us experiences and revisited some other favourite places.

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Being a Lazy Lizard at Pine Creek

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Every destination has a story to tell. We’ve been guilty of bypassing lots of small towns and localities when travelling in Australia, but to be fair, it’s a huge country to discover.

I’ve been surprised so many times though, by the off the beaten track places and I can now add Pine Creek in the Northern Territory to that list.

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Daly Waters Pub

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No journey up or down the Stuart Highway through the centre of Australia is complete without visiting the Daly Waters Historic Pub. You will see a few Aussie pubs with some similarities to the Daly Waters, where travellers leave their mark. And by leave their mark, I mean the walls, bar and ceiling and in fact any space available is covered in business cards, hats, bras…you name it, it’s probably hanging there!

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Hahndorf Resort – Caravan Park in the Adelaide Hills

This is one caravan park that is very aptly named, it is all resort without the resort price that other parks sometimes charge. Hahndorf is only half an hour from Adelaide on the south eastern freeway and that is the direction I would urge people to come into the town from, with a caravan in tow. Β To come in from any other direction means driving through the main street of Hahndorf which takes nerves of steel, due to the narrowness of the road combined with parked cars on both sides of the road, continual flowing traffic and pedestrians crossing the road. Believe me I lived in this area for many many years and the popularity of this town is always like this, any time of the day, week and year.

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