Down the Stuart Highway

From the Northern Territory Back to South Australia

After five days at Yulara, bushwalking around the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we said goodbye to Australia’s Red Centre and retraced The Long Road to Uluru in reverse.  Although it was amazing to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta, was a relief to be leaving the red-hot heat and travelling back to the South Australian coast line and the cool blue of the ocean.

The heat aside, I was in awe of where we were and have struggled to find the right words to describe our experience.  I have to say, I believe every Australian should see Uluru at least once.  I know I feel so honoured that I’ve had the chance, and so glad we took this detour from our trip ‘around’ Australia.

The Road Back

The Road Back

We set out from Adelaide on Saturday October 10 and travelled 1,623 kilometres to get to Uluru (1008.8 miles).

It took us five days to get there (because we like to take our time), and after the most amazing time, we travelled 1,635 kilometres to get back (1015.1 miles).

As distances go in Australia, that’s rather insignificant, however, add a mini home to the load the car is hauling and suddenly it becomes quite a feat.  It was for us anyway.

We covered on average 700 kilometres (434.1 miles) each day, and everything looked so different and (just as) interesting travelling in the opposite direction.  There is so much to see.  So many interesting features of the landscape, and honestly, never a boring moment.

Here’s a few photos of the continually changing scenery.

On this leg of our journey we did encounter a road train with four trailers, however two of the trailers were only half-size, so I’m guessing it was no longer than the B-Triples we encountered.  We were driving into the wind on our second day (with our fuel economy almost non-existent), but I did notice this prevented the road trains from giving us a blast of wind on their way past.

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Thoughts on Location No 53 – Coober Pedy, South Australia

Once again we stayed at the Big4 Stuart Range Outback Resort, but this time it was only overnight.  Both of us were exhausted from our time at Yulara and the driving and we enjoyed a pizza from Nostimo Pizza, a little pizzeria attached to the resort.  It was so good, absolutely the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time.  Dean thinks it’s because I was tired, but I don’t know.  I think I’ll stick to my assessment – it was really good.

Thoughts on Location No 54 – Kimba, South Australia

The half way point!  Ok, Kimba is only half way across Australia IF you are a crow flying directly from Sydney to Perth.  But that doesn’t make this little township less interesting.

We stayed here because Kimba is the home town of my dear friends Yvette and Kylie.  Ladies, I thought of you the whole time we were here, but we did only stayed one night and were so unprepared for the cold air in the wee hours of the morning.

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Dean and I are now overlooking Boston Bay at Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsular, only a short drive from Kimba.  It’s quiet and cool, and we’re back in jumpers and under blankets which seems silly after the heat we experienced just a few days ago.

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  1. Kimba – lots of amazing memories in this little country town! did they have the sturt desert pea out at the roundabout?
    Boston Bay Winery does a nice wine or two…..

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    1. Hi Yvette,

      The only Sturt Desert Pea I’ve seen was at the Arid Land Botanic Gardens in Port Augusta. I’ve been on the look out, but I think I’ve missed them 😦

      Looking forward to trying some Boston Bay wine.

      Clare

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    1. They were quite scary and the storm warning covered an enormous part of South Australia. We drove into it for hours, but thankfully, the storm had dissipated and moved away long before we had even one drop of rain reach the car.

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