Sydney to Ayers Rock, where to stop

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Hi Looking to drive from Sydney to Ayers rock/Alice springs... Probably over 4 legs, one being coober pedy... What are other good spots along the way to stop at ?
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:20

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:20
Not enough info... what are you driving / towing... when... how long for... camping... motels etc...?
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Reply By: Member - Sheepie (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:44

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:44
By 4 legs, do you mean four days? If so - I hope you've got more than one driver :)

As Fred said, we probably need a bit more info to give any worthwhile advice.
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:49

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:49
I have a daughter at Yulara and make this trip on a regular basis (not towing)

Easy run is

Cobar.

Either Broken Hill (if you want to take it real easy) or Port Augusta.

Glendambo is ok if you do Broken Hill otherwise Coober Pedy.
You can do Yulara in one hit, but Erldunda is ok, not a bad meal their either.


Plan it on Google maps and you can set your stops to distance or time.
Google tends to say that Central Coast to Broken Hill is 14 or so hours. It can be done in 12 without any stress.

Now if you are towing..... thats a different story.


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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:50

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:50
We usually go Nyngan (The Riverside Caravan park lets you have a fire in the camping section in established fireplaces), then Broken Hill, Port Augusta (Big 4 park on the way out of town to the north, Coles open nearly 24 hrs so you can buy fruit and veges), the Coober Pedy, then Alice Springs. That was with kids in June/July usually so cold at night and we would usually get a cabin at PA and Alice.
These days distances are roughly the same but freecamp out of town.
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Follow Up By: Tricky Dicky - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 19:06

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 19:06
hi we are planing the same trip from sydney to darwin along this route in June/july and know it gets cold at night in those areas but just how cold? were you camping or in a caravan? we have a van and only intended to take extra blankets for night, no electric fire what do you think? we have a generator for fire if needed
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 06:35

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 06:35
Tricky
It can get cold
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Reply By: ss--ss - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 19:29

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 19:29
Thanks for replies...
I have a new kluger awd with jayco outback camper trailer.. 2 kids under 10yo & the 4 legs I meant 4 stops, each stop a couple of days or so..
'Tony V' your suggestion of cobar , broken hill , port augusta , coober pedy , alice.. is about what I'm looking at, I've never been to any of these towns but sounds like a plan. I also like Ozhumvee nyngan suggestion as I like an open fire..

Cheers ss
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Follow Up By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft,NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 20:28

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 20:28
Make sure you have a meal at the Greek restaurant in Coober Pedy. Need to book though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 07:33

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 07:33
ss--ss
If you want to teach the kids about nature in the desert take them toArid Lands Botanic Garden on the Stuart Highway just out of Port Augusta.
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Follow Up By: bockstar1 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 08:03

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 08:03
Did this trip in 2008 with a Mazda Tribute towing a C/T.

Assuming that that the Kluger is an auto. I'd strongly advise that you to install a secondary transmission cooler. We nearly cooked ours on the first day out of Sydney, driving the thing a bit too hard. At the slightest whiff of a hill, the Tribute would hunt down the gears and then back up again and so on.

Suggest you drive it with the O/D off as well. This will save on the frequency of gear changes.

It's absolutely beautiful country out there and I will certainly recommend the trip.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 11:08

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 11:08
Grab a road atlas and create your own adventure....It is fun.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:51

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 16:51
Put a bit more adventure into the trip....Nyngan....Broken Hill, Burra, Maree, Oodnadatta, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop to Alice. Not difficult in your rig & much more interesting than the all tar trip. You wont miss Coober Pedy much, although some
may disagree. Places are route, not necessarily stopovers. Camp for free at Parachilna Gorge, & at Algebukkina Bridge...wonderful spots. Go to www.
goseeaustralia.com.au & play with the trip planner.. cheers...oldbaz.
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