Australia Self Drive Explorer Highway Adelaide to Alice Springs via Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy Recommended Driving Time: 16 hours over 3 or 4 days - Want to see the real Australia? Driving is one of the best ways to see Australia. From short trips to epic self-drive holidays and 4WD adventures, Australian road trips cover every length and landscape.
Day 1 Adelaide to Port Augusta (300km) Travel throough the Clare Valley, one of Australia's oldest wine regions, and enjoy the sight as you pass by natures splendor. Journey into the Southern Flinders Ranges and witness the native flora and fauna of the area and spectacular colours and scenery.
Hike up Dutchmans Stern and observe the stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and the ranges and plains that surround you.
Stay overnight in Port Augusta
Day 2 Drive to Coober Pedy (537km) Travel onwards to the opal capital city of the world, Coober Pedy; witness the stunning landscapes that have been featured as the backdrop for many movies. The sides of the road are littered with signs warning of the large open shafts, and the occasional abandoned car, now rusty. It is a typical local story, people running out of petrol on the way to or from Coober Pedy, with many choosing to abandon their car, and walk. This is the last thing to do, with too many stories of people not making it through the intense heat and shimmering light, and the fast approaching dusk. It is another stark reminder of the importance of bringing plenty of drinking water and food, wherever you go. Explore what lies beneath the surface of Coober Pedy as you discover the unique sights of the opal industry. Traverse an underground mine and find out more about the industry. Stay 2 nights in Coober Pedy
Day 3 Coober Pedy Coober Pedy’s landscape is constantly being altered, with piles of red soil from a renewed opal frenzy, gleaming in the distance. Explore Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest where Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was filmed; tour Tom's Working Underground Mine, and the Old Timer's Mine and Museum; check out the Painted Desert, the Moon Plain and variety of other anomalies such as the golf course with no green.Coober Pedy has a giant winch, a popular attraction (and great photo opportunity). Not to mention the numerous opal stores, most with a section where you can look for your own opals. With some luck, you may find some small fragments of an opal, I did! It is a beautiful place in its simplicity, the long stretching desert all around, and it is no wonder why it is has attracted so many visitors, from all over the world.
Day 4 Cross into the Northern Territory. Drive to Alice Springs (684km) or Uluru (680km approx) Take the opportunity to spot kangaroos, emus, eagles and other native wildlife as you make your way to Alice Springs.
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