Planning to drive from Melbourne to Uluru
my husband and I are planning to go on a holiday driving from Melbourne to Uluru with our camping stuff in 13 days.
I know it is gonna be a long long trip, but since we've decided and I need to make a fully prepared plan before we set off. I did lots of readings on your site and other sites as well as use Google map helps me work out how to get there and what to see.
I've made a Itinerary, I'd love you to give me some advice after reading, our destination is Ayers Rock area and kings canyon, so other than that,we'd love to travel other attractions if we have spare time.
The car we driving is Toyota sedan, the date we set off, let's say on Sunday 23th Oct to 4th Nov.
1. leaving in Melbourne about 6am
2. arrive in Adelaide or even further somewhere（please suggest）before sunset and stay over night in a motel or caravan park.
3. starts off early driving to Coober Pedy, and stay over night at coober pedy（suggest？should we explore coober pedy in another day? or explore it on our way back?）
4. arrive in Uluru on 25th tue. at 3pm－4pm from coober pedy(early start),have a rest at resort
5. start to explore Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon (from 25th to 30th in 5 days? is it enough?)
we were thinking to stay in Voyages Ayers Rock Resort for 6 nights and only take one day trip to kings canyon and return to the ayers rock resort on the same day (starts very early), is it possible? The reason for me is setting up a tent takes time. :P
6. leaving on 31st from uluru back to coober peedy............... back home in Melbourne on 4th Nov.
The rest of the days are driving back, any suggested places if the time are allowed?
We do want to go to Lake Eyre via the Oodnadatta Track, but do we need a 4WD to get there? Do they provide 4wd tour service anywhere near there and do we need to stay one night there too?
Please feel free for any advice, I've love to hear from you very much.
You have been really good planning your trip. You have 3 long days of driving, but then you can relax when you get there.
Now here are a few suggestions.
1.) I think it is good to get north of Adelaide for the first night, that would give you a good start for the long drive to Coober Pedy
There is certainly a motel north of Adelaide along the freeway (Port Wakefield Road).
The Highway 1 Caravan & Tourist Park
is on Port Wakefield Rd, Bolivar, about 18km north of the CBD.
2.) In my opinion it is worth to stay a day in Coober Pedy to explore this unique town. When you do it on the way to Uluru, you can take the Oodnadatta Track on the way back.
3.) So you would arrive at Ayers Rock resort on the 26th. I think three nights / 2 days are good here. You have a full day to explore Uluru and one day for the Olgas. You can even join a a guided Aboriginal tour
if you want.
4.) I would stay a night at Kings Canyon or Kings Creek Station
. Doing Kings Canyon from the Ayers Rock Resort means you have to drive 600km on that day, so there won't be much time for walking around.
5.) So on the 30th you would leave Kings Canyon for say, Marla on the Stuart Highway.
Next day (31th) you could go to Cadney Park and via the Painted Desert to Oodnadatta.
6.) Next day (1st) you drive along the Oodnadatta Track
No, I don't think there are tours from Marree, or William Creek to Lake Eyre, but you could take a short flight.
7.) From Marree you drive down through the Flinders Ranges, perhaps stay the night at Rawnsley Park
Then you have still 2 days to drive to Melbourne (perhaps stay in Mildura which is very nice).
This sounds like an exiting trip, and you are going to see great places in the Australian Outback.
Of course, you need to check the weather and road conditions ahead before you leave Marla and go on the Oodnadatta Track and the Painted Desert. The route can be done in a normal car if its dry.
Just ask at the roadhouses and fellow travellers what the road conditions are like.
Have a great trip, and let us know how it was.
Jessica's report after her tripwe made it driving our little sedan
Hi, Rita, we had a fantastic trip last year driving from Melbourne to Uluru and driving back through not only Oodnadata Track to Marree in our little toyota yaris sedan and we also went to Arkaroola which is located in northern Flinders Ranges. they are all dirt roads.even though Arkaroola was not in our part of plan.
before we were going through oodnadata track, we asked a few locals on the way and in coober pedy. people are all very kind and quite supportive and encourage us to go ahead. and the weather was perfect, the road was open. and we checked our tires and all the parts regularly at petrol station. so we went ahead and made it. it is bumpy and slow in sedan, drove between 20km-60km, so we camped overnight at coward springs, it was a lovely night, had hotspring in the pool watching stars ;). next day we started early and drove to lake eyre south and ended our day at Arkaroola about 4pm. after that, we camped at wilpena pond for 2 days.and drove back along south australia coast line a few days, anyway we had a great trip , and went to so many places.;), i think it is a road trip supposed to be. having fun and adventure.
we don't have many road trip experience, so we did lots of homework, searching where to go what to see and booked accommodations(most of camping sites). food, water. lots of preparations before we go. also a good condition car is very essential, check the engin, tires , spare tire and tools and even on your trip whenever you are in the petrol station. after the trip, we send our car to do a big service. the car condition is still good ;).
anyway. that's all i can share with you and my trip experience. i'd like to hear about other people's experience too and look forward to more road trips!!