Stuart Highway is streaching for almost 3000 km from Adelaide in the South all the way to the Darwin in the North across the Red Outback. You should plan to take it slowly as there is planty to see on the way. We started from the top end after our visit to Kakadu National Park.
Here are some of the things that you can do while travelling this amazing highway:
Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park
The first stop for us was Katherine and nerby Nitmiluk National Park. This is a great place where the river created some spectacular georges. You can either take a boat tour or kayak up the river or just take the hike to the rim. As we were there some of the trees were crowded with bats. Preatty amazing and quite noisy creatures.
Mataranka hot spring
There is nothing as relaxing after a long day drive as a bath in a hot spring. You can do it for free in Mataranka.
There are 2 springs here. One over at the camping site. This one is more organized and have some concreate stairs and walls. The other one called Bitter Springs is a stream in the middle of the forest. You can just float all the way down in cristal clear water among the palm trees. Splendid!
As we got close to the coast we could see Flinders Ranges rising on the East. There were quite a few pink lakes such as Lake Bumbunga which appered to us really extraordinary.
The highway finally made it to Port Augusta. It was a great feeling to see the sea again after experiencing so much sand in the last week.
Finally the route ended in Adelaide. The city itself has a very european flavour to us. Maybe it is because of brick, victorian style churches which remind us of England? There is also a great hike to the summit of Mount Lofty. From there, you can see the South Australia capital streaching by the sea shore and enjoy a view of the setting sun.