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DESTINATIONS – TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

We love travelling in the Outback and visiting remote places in Australia. In this section we tell you about some of the amazing places we’ve visited: Cape York, Arnhem Land, The Simpson Desert, The Kimberley, The Red Centre, Len Beadell Tracks, Canning Stock Route, Kakadu, Savannah Way, The Channel Country, The High Country, Flinders Ranges, Aboriginal Art Sites…. 

Yanga National Park

Yanga National Park

For years we’ve driven past NSW’s Yanga National Park en route to more distant places, but our OTA Team members Sheree and Simon Martin spent five days there in 2020. It’s a Park that’s well worth a visit.

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Border Ranges National Park

Border Ranges National Park

This World Heritage listed area offers spectacular views of the Mount Warning volcanic site, along with drives and walks through dense rainforest.

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Tasmanian Odyssey

Tasmanian Odyssey

Kirsten and Angus are Outback Travel Australia team members and keen off-roaders, hikers and climbers. Here’s their well researched Tasmanian itinerary.

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Finke River Gorge by ATV

Finke River Gorge by ATV

This unique travel experience is a drive-yourself, or passenger trip from Hermannsburg, down the ancient Finke River Gorge to Palm Valley and return. Doing the trip in an ATV is a much more fresh-air excursion than in a 4WD.

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Balgo to Kiwirrkurra Track

Balgo to Kiwirrkurra Track

This unnamed track connects two of the most remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Outback Travel Australia drove it in 2019, in the company of Alice Springs Expeditions, who organised permits.

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Arnhem Land – Mount Borradaile

Arnhem Land – Mount Borradaile

This stunning image of the Rainbow Serpent painted under a rock overhang near Mr Borradaile in Arnhem Land is thought to be the largest ever discovered in northern Australia. For Ros and Tim Bowden it was the precursor to three days of joyous discoveries with Davidsons Arnhemland Safaris.

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Orara Escarpment to Yuraygir National Park

Orara Escarpment to Yuraygir National Park

Just half an hour from Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast, this challenging track is perfect for the 4WD explorer, as it climbs along the ridges of rocky plateaus and winds through lush rainforest. This journey can take one day or one week depending on how much you’d like to explore the diversity around the National Parks.

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The Kimberley – western section

The Kimberley – western section

We’ve separated the Kimberley into two destinations – east and west – because it’s such a large area and you’ll need more than the customary four weeks to get there from the east, tour the region and then get back home.

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Karijini and Mt Augustus NPs

Karijini and Mt Augustus NPs

Two of the must-visit sites in Western Australia are Karijini National Park and Mount Augustus National Park, although neither place requires a tough 4WD. The access roads to both areas are gravel and that’s the extent of the driving adventure.

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Rudall River National Park

Rudall River National Park

Rudall River National Park is one of the most remote national parks in Australia and is strictly for experienced and well equipped 4WD travellers

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Burdekin River Romp

Burdekin River Romp

There’s great scenery and history on this North Queensland trek that weaves along the watercourse of the mighty Burdekin River.

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Blue Mountains NSW

Blue Mountains NSW

There are plenty of 4WD tracks in the NSW Blue Mountains region. We’ve picked out some of the highlights.

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Tanami Road

Tanami Road

The main purpose of the Tanami Road for 4WD travellers is a short cut between Alice Springs and The Kimberley, but there’s plenty to see along the way.

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Gulf Trek

Gulf Trek

This suggested itinerary around the Gulf of Carpentaria takes in part of the Savannah Way and the old Gulf Track. It’s a great way to travel between North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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Goog’s Track

Goog’s Track

This north-south dune track in South Australia never achieved its original aim to connect arid-region pastoral properties with coastal shipping ports. However, thanks to the persistence of the Denton Family in the 1970s it’s a great 4WD recreational route today.

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Hay River to Bedourie

Hay River to Bedourie

This track was pioneered by Jol Fleming, from Direct 4WD Awareness in Alice Springs. His company is also the contact point for people wishing to follow this route.

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Sandy Blight Junction Road

Sandy Blight Junction Road

If you travel on only one of Len Beadell’s desert tracks the Sandy Blight Junction Road is the one to do. It runs through beautiful, interesting country and was justifiably his favourite.

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Connie Sue Highway

Connie Sue Highway

Len Beadell named this ‘highway’ after his baby daughter, who accompanied him and his wife, Anne, when he drove across country, planning this track that was later finished off by his Gunbarrel Road Construction Party.

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The Madigan Line

The Madigan Line

In 1929 Dr Cecil (CT) Madigan undertook a series of aerial reconnaissances of central Australia and in 1939 followed this up with a scientific expedition into the Simpson Desert.  It’s now a popular, but demanding desert expedition.

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Monga National Park

Monga National Park

This 25,000ha National Park was gazetted in 2001 and contains a mixture of rainforest and regrowth and old growth forest. Easy tracks make this an interesting one-day excursion for softroaders.

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Queensland’s pastoral national parks

Queensland’s pastoral national parks

Queensland has gazetted a number of former grazing properties as national parks, to conserve significant geography, flora and fauna, as well as for pastoral historical value. We’ve picked out three parks that lie north-south between the Savannah Way and the Diamantina.

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Back ‘o’ Bourke

Back ‘o’ Bourke

Here are two routes through Outback NSW that give visitors an excellent impression of this river country that has supported Aboriginal tribes and white pastoralists for eons.

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Arnhem Land investigation

Arnhem Land investigation

OTA was asked to consult with some Arnhem Land elders about the prospect of limited tag-along tourism in this heavily restricted area. Nothing has materialised yet, but we’re hopeful.

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Mitchell River Odyssey

Mitchell River Odyssey

The normal approach to Cape York is via the east coast tracks and the Peninsula Developmental Road, but this route starts on the western side of the Peninsula, for those coming from the Gulf.

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Geosurveys Hill

Geosurveys Hill

The first trek was two years in the planning. The aim was to escort two senior archaeologists into this remote region, to search for evidence of ancient Aboriginal occupation in what is today an arid, desert region, with no surface water. The second trek is a round-trip journey from Birdsville, recounted by an OTA Supporter.

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Following Warburton’s Footsteps – Part Two

Following Warburton’s Footsteps – Part Two

In Part Two of following Colonel Peter Warburton’s desert footsteps the team, headed by Jol Fleming, spent a great deal of time locating a native well area that has remained hidden for many decades. Originally we thought that we could retrace Warburton’s footsteps in two desert trips, but it will take three – at least.

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Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

The best way to appreciate this relatively unspoilt National Park is to enter at the southern end and drive on interesting and sometimes challenging tracks to the more popular and easily visited northern sections.

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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Located 240 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s tropical north, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. Kakadu covers almost 20,000 square kilometres and is a place of enormous ecological and biological diversity.

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Limmen National Park

Limmen National Park

Limmen National Park is a recently gazetted area that preserves beautfiul savannah country at the base of Arnhem Land. Highlights are riverside campsites and fantastic ‘lost city’ sandstone hills.

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Otway Ranges

Otway Ranges

Our suggested route takes in some of The Otways highlights, but it’s possible to spend a lifetime exploring this mountainous region.

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Oodnadatta Track

Oodnadatta Track

The Oodnadatta Track is one of the most scenic and interesting drives in Australia. The country is flat to gently undulating for the most part and the gravel road is generally kept in good condition.

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Yuraygir National Park

Yuraygir National Park

Yuraygir National Park was created in 1980 and embraces more than 30,000 hectares of coastal land that’s largely unspoilt.

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Robe Beach Run

Robe Beach Run

The Beach Run is a fun pursuit today, but Robe’s situation made it an important port in the days when most freight went around the coast by ship. The Beach Run is great 4WD adventure, but there’s plenty more to do in the Robe area.

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Idalia National Park

Idalia National Park

Idalia National Park is a resumed grazing property in central-west Queensland. The Park protects mulga woodlands, the headwaters of the Bulloo River and tributaries of the Barcoo River. It’s home to 15 native fuchsia species and the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.

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Victoria’s Mallee National Parks

Victoria’s Mallee National Parks

Victoria’s Mallee National Parks capture arid and river-front landscapes, and flora and fauna that seem quite ‘un-Victorian’ to people accustomed to High Country destinations.

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Laura to Maytown Coach Road

Laura to Maytown Coach Road

It’s tempting on a Cape York trip to bypass many of the interesting sites along the way in a headlong rush to get to The Tip. One such significant area is Maytown, the centre of the Palmer River Goldfields.

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Binn’s Track

Binn’s Track

The 2200-kilometre-long Binn’s Track runs from Mount Dare in South Australia to Timber Creek in the Northern Territory sub-tropics.

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Gregory National Park

Gregory National Park

Gregory National Park doesn’t have the scenic attractions of the wetland NT Parks, but is sited in unique country with great historical significance and offers good off-road driving.

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Great Central Road

Great Central Road

The great east-west challenge is the Gunbarrel ‘Highway’, but years of neglect make it a severe 4WD vehicle test. The Great Central Road used to be an easier run from Uluru to The West, but the NT section was in very bad shape in 2019.

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Hay River Track

Hay River Track

When we turned left up the Hay River valley it wasn’t immediately apparent that we were travelling up anything other than another swale, but after a few kilometres we started to see signs of water flows and obvious flood erosion.

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Canning Stock Route

Canning Stock Route

There are drives that are rougher, sand dunes that are taller and floodways that are stickier, but no track compares with the CSR in terms of sheer distance and the mechanical and physical endurance required.

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