The Overlanders Way 4 day itinerary
The Overlanders Way is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This self-drive route, which stretches 1550 kilometers from the ocean to the Outback, functioned as an essential line during WWII. In only a few days, you can go from the Great Barrier Reef to Australia's Outback, so bring your flippers and hiking boots.
Day 1: Townsville to Hughenden (390km)
Begin your journey at the tropical city of Townsville, Queensland, and be sure to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Begin your journey to Charters Towers by exploring the small town's rich history. Explore the World War II bunkers, Pioneers Cemetery, and the Ghosts of Gold historical trail if you're feeling courageous. Visit the White Mountains National Park to see the unique surroundings of white sandstone cliffs and gorges, as well as the beautiful fauna and bird life. Visit the Flinders Discovery and Visitor Centre in Hughenden to witness a skeletal reproduction of a Muttaburrasaurus as well as an exhibition of local fossils.
White Mountains National ParkTorrens Creek QLD 4816, Australia
Day 2: Hughenden to Mount Isa (521km)
At Richmond, you can continue your dinosaur hunt. Take the youngsters on the Australian Dinosaur Trail for some fun with fossils. Lunch will be served at Julia Creek. Prior to the railway's expansion, Julia Creek was a major freight and passenger transportation hub. See if you can spot the Julia Creek Dunnart, an endangered but tenacious marsupial. Cloncurry, a cattle-grazing town near to the Cloncurry River, is another 137 kilometers down the road. The John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery tells the narrative of the first Royal Flying Doctor Service, which was founded in 1928. Underground mine tours are available on Mount Isa, or you can try your luck digging for fossils at the Fossil Centre.
Mount IsaMount Isa QLD 4825, Australia
Day 3: Mount Isa to Barkly Homestead (450km)
Make your journey to Camooweal, the Northern Territory's "Gateway." Make a point of visiting the Camooweal Caves National Park, which is located on the outskirts of the Barkly Tablelands. The NT border is now only a short drive away. There's lots to do once you've crossed the border before arriving at Tennant Creek. Take a side trip to Connells Lagoon to observe some of Australia's most endangered animals. If you're in town in June, pay a visit to the legendary Brunette Downs Station Rodeo, when hundreds of people dress up for the occasion.
Connells Lagoon Conservation ReserveConnells Lagoon Conservation Reserve, Nicholson NT 0862, Australia
Day 4: Barkly Homestead to Tennant Creek (212km)
After then, it's on to Tennant Creek, where there's plenty of history to be found. Visit Nyinkka Nyunyu to learn about Aboriginal history, then visit the Battery Hill Mining Centre to see the underground mines for yourself. Karlu Karlu / The Devil's Marbles is located just south of Tennant Creek. These big domed rock formations are a fun area to roam about and a nice place to have a picnic. Finish your journey with a visit to the stunning Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges. There are numerous walking trails, beautiful natural waterholes, and camping areas in this 1120-square-kilometer national park.
Tennant CreekTennant Creek NT 0860, Australia
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