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Crossing Australia

Preparing for Crossing

Day 1: Port Pirie

Port Pirie or Port Augusta are not particularly interesting places, but they are good places to prepare your car for the big crossing.
Further on there are many fantastic wine regions in the area like Coonawarra, the McLaren vale, Hunter valley or Clare valley where you can taste and stock up on wine for the long drive.

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Opal Mining & Underground

Day 2: Glendambo
Day 3: Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is an old mining city where they are still mining for Opal. But as it can get fairly hot in this city in summer, some of the places are actually built underground.

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Red Heart of Australia

Day 4-6: Uluru & Katja-Tjuta NP

Everyone knows the Uluru. This landmark has been used so many times by Australian marketing experts that you immediately know the real thing when you see it for the first time.

Kata Tjuta or “The Olgas” are a bit less known but not less spectacular and significant for the Aborigines. They look like Uluru had been cut in several pieces and put together again.

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Devils Playground

Day 7: Devils Marbles

As the name Devil’s Marbles indicates, they look like someone had played with giant marbles and then didn’t tidy up his playground afterwards. They are fun to stroll around but be aware of the flies, because they are terrible.

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Warm Thermal Springs

Day 8-9: Bitter Springs

The Bitter Springs close to Mataranka are an absolute highlight on the way up. The water is crystal clear, warm and crocodile free. And because of a slight current, you can simply lie in the warm water and drift through beautiful rain forest. Unfortunately you will not be alone, as it is a popular spot for Australians and tourists.

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Waterfalls & endless Views

Day 10: Katherine Gorge
Day 11: Edith Falls

The two main attractions of Nitmiluk NP are Kathrin Gorge and Edith Falls.

Kathrin Gorge consists of thirteen gorges with rapids and falls and they can either be explored by canoe, on a boat cruise or also parts of it by walking.

Edith Falls are a great place for a swim. The lower pool is super refreshing and there is even a stretch of grass to relax on. After relaxing a short but steep walk can be taken to reach the upper pool. And this hike is so worth it, as the upper section is like an adventure pool. You can easily swim to and under the falls, jump from the rocks and slide over them.

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Crocs, waterfalls & plunge pools

Day 12-16: Kakadu NP

Kakadu NP is more than 20’000 km^2 in size, which is about half the size of Switzerland. And because of its immense size and the many possible activities we present you our top picks:

– Swim at the Gunlom Falls
– Educate yourself at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
– Search for Saltwater Crocodiles on a Yellow Water Cruise
– Get filled with wonder from the rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr
– Observe the waterbirds at the Mamukala Wetlands

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Relax & lots of Live-Music

Day 17-18: Darwin

Even though Darwin is the biggest city in the Northern Territory it feels more like a big village. For most travelers it is only the starting or end point of their Australia trip, but it has some pretty cool things to offer:

– Cool down at the Waterfront
– Shop and eat at the Sunset Market
– Watch a movie at the Deckchair Cinema
– Dance to Live Music
– Visit the Sailing Club and the Darwin Museum
– Explore Kakadu NP and Litchfield NP

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