The Creek to Coast team joins forces with ARB for an extreme 4WD tag-a-long adventure across Queensland’s Outback and through the “Red Centre” of the Northern Territory. They traverse the Plenty Highway from Boulia to Alice Springs, then on to the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.
Tobermorey to Gemtree
Tobermorey on the Plenty Highway is the convoy’s starting point as they head west towards Alice Springs. Roughly 400 kilometres on a gravel track with some bulldust and corrugations. The Gemtree Caravan Park is a great spot to stay on the Plenty Highway where visitors can fossick for garnets.
Gemtree to West MacDonnell Ranges
Alice Springs is 150 kilometres on from Gemtree on the Plenty Highway. Anzac Hill in town is worth a stop. It’s a great vantage point to see the Outback sprawl. Straddling Alice from east to west is the MacDonnell Ranges. Ellery Creek Big Hole is worth a stop. It’s a gorge carved out over thousands of years with a nice swimming pool and sandy beach.
Glen Helen Lodge is a great place to base yourself to explore the ranges. They can also arrange scenic flights over the lodge.
MacDonnell Ranges to Kings Canyon
Turning onto Larapinta Drive, The Outback Way continues to Kings Canyon. It’s a gravel track so it’s wise to let some air out of the tyres. Big skies lead the way to Watarraka National Park best known for its most famous landmark, Kings Canyon.
Kings Creek Station is a fantastic place to stay after a big drive catering from budget to luxury travellers. A scenic flight over the canyon is a must-do.
Before setting off on your own adventure, drop into your local ARB store for advice on getting the right gear for your own Outback adventure!