Sunday, July 5, 2015

Melbourne to Alice Springs Roadtrip: Preparation and Planning

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 It must have been two years ago that we first raised the idea of a trip to Central Australia, possibly meeting up with friends to travel to Uluru and Kings Canyon. They were flying but we decided to drive and give the kids an idea of the large distances involved in opening up the outback and also the changing scenery on the way. I did a similar trip with my family when I was in high school but back then a large section of the Stuart Highway was unsealed but passable in a conventional car. Now the Stuart Highway is sealed all the way and we have no intention of subjecting the car to kilometres of unsealed outback roads so we limited our sights to those easily accessed by conventional car.

Our first step was to work out travel times, sights we wanted to see and from there plan an itinerary. Since we are a family of five and accommodation choices can sometimes be limited, if like us you like to stay in a single room or apartment, we pre-booked all our accommodation last year. Then three weeks out we booked a 4WD tour in Coober Pedy and in the last week I finalised our proposed sight seeing and possible stops for snacks and lunch. The day before leaving we stocked up on breakfast and lunch supplies and with dad's car fridge that can plug into the car and also the mains power supply our plan was to self-cater breakfast and lunches and eat out for dinner.

I will be linking back to this post as I blog through the trip (although with sporadic internet access and long days a lot of the blogging will be done post-trip).

Our itinerary:

Day 1: Melbourne to Murray Bridge
Day 2: Murray Bridge to Wilpena via Burra
Day 3: Around Wilpena
Day 4: Wilpena to Coober Pedy
Day 5: Around Coober Pedy
Day 6: Coober Pedy to Alice Springs
Day 7: Around Alice Springs
Day 8: West MacDonnells
Day 9: Alice Springs and West MacDonnells
Day 10: Alice Spring to Kings Canyon
Day 11: Kings Canyon
Day 12: Kings Canyon to Yulara
Day 13: Uluru and Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and The Olgas)
Day 14: Uluru to Coober Pedy
Day 15: Coober Pedy to Murray Bridge
Day 16: Murray Bridge to Home

1 comment:

Cate Brickell said...

Ooh, sounds like a great trip! Looking forward to the recap and photos!