Northern Territory 4x4 Safaris
4x4 Outback Safari © Ron Bennetts
One of the most memorable ways to experience the remote Northern
Territory is to take to the road in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Roads in the vast state include sealed, unsealed and rough 4x4
adventure routes, and the Northern Territory Tourism Commission has
some exciting recommended itineraries for those wishing to explore.
The main tourist attractions, like Alice Springs, Uluru, Tennant
Creek and the national parks, are accessible by good sealed roads,
such as 'Explorer's Way', which follows the path of John McDouall
Stuart, the famous explorer who was first to traverse the continent
in 1862. A shorter journey, called 'Nature's Way', winds from
Darwin through a wetland wilderness steeped in Aboriginal culture
and pioneering history.
While exploring this route, a must is the unsealed 'Jim Jim'
four-wheel-drive track, which is 27 miles (43km) south of Jabiru in
Kakadu National Park and is 37 miles (60km) long. This track is
only open during the dry season, from May to October, and
travellers will require a high suspension four-wheel-drive vehicle.
It's advisable if hiring a vehicle to check with the company if the
vehicle is allowed on the track. The 'Twin Falls' track lies a
further six miles (10km) from Jim Jim Falls and features a few
river crossings which the vehicle may require a snorkel to cross.
Another favourite is the 'Red Centre Way' which takes travellers
west from Alice Springs along the Namatjira Drive to view the West
MacDonnell Ranges before meeting the Mereenie Loop at Glen Helen
Gorge. From here the Kings Canyon and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National
Park can be reached.