Suggested route from Sydney to Alice Springs

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 07:49
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Wondering if anyone has any suggestions on the best way to go from Sydney to Alice Springs (ps we have three young kids coming with us - so I know by plane). Time frame would be 3-4 weeks one way - we are heading up to Darwin after Alice.

Was thinking of going to Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Cameron Corner, Strzelecki Track (south), Lyndhurst, Marree then up the Oodnadatta.

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Reply By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 08:09

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 08:09
Hi Grego,
The route you suggested sounds good. When you get to Ood, a suggestion would be to head north to Mt Dare then back onto the the old finke track into Alice.
Dont forget to do the West (& east) Macdonnell ranges out of Alice & if you have time, spend a night at Rainbow Valley (very pretty).
Cheers
Jason
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 08:50

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 08:50
What vehicle are you driving? Are you towing? When are you traveling?
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Follow Up By: Grego - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:10

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:10
Hi John,

I will be driving a LC 200 and towing a Camprite Camper.
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:40

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:40
In which case none of your route will pose any problems at all. From Oodnadatta, follow the Old Ghan route and don't forget to drop in on Chambers Pillar.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 14:32

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 14:32
Painted Desert is nice.William Creek - Coober Pedy - Mt Barry - Arckaringa - Painted Desert - Oodnadata, or back out from Oodnadatta.
I was running at close to 100 k's on the Mt Barry road a few months ago.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 15:51

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 15:51
If you have 3 or 4 weeks for the trip, it would be worth going into the Flinders after you come halfway down the Strzelecki Track. Turn off just north of Mt Hopeless I think - go into Chambers Gorge, Arkaroola etc, and head west through Brachina Gorge, then up to Leigh Creek.
When you have done the Oodnadatta Track as far as Oodnadatta, possibly take a southern detour into the Painted Desert. The Ood Track west from Oodnadatta can be pretty much all the same. So from Oodnadatta head north to Hamilton and Dalhousie Springs (magic place for a warm swim) then head towards Alice via Mt Dare and the Old Andado Track. This is not a difficult drive but takes you into some spectacular and varied desert country.
Stay overnight at the Old Andado campground, have a look at the homestead there and have a hot shower courtesy of the honesty box - wonderful place.

Cheers,

Val
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg O (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 20:21

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 20:21
Hi Val,

Thanks for this - sounds great. We intended to do Flinders on the way back as we are heading of to do WA after NT and then head back to Sydney.
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