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Darwin to Brisbane

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Starting at the top of the Northern Territory in Darwin then staying north and close to the coast, you will travel through quaint fishing towns across to the top of Queensland all the way to Cairns.

Heading inland and closer to the outback, delve into the mining town of Mount Isa then make your way through the centre of outback Queensland finishing on the east coast in beautiful Brisbane to enjoy some city splendour.

This itinerary provides a unique journey to explore Australia through both coastal and outback areas, with a great mixture of bigger cities and quaint little towns. Travelling by National Parks, places of historic significance and many one-of-a-kind Aussie outback experiences, this trip will be one you will never forget.

Travel

10 days


Route

Darwin to Brisbane

5486km


Best Time of the Year

June to November

Highlights

  • Katherine
  • Limmen National Park
  • Yagurli Tour
  • Undara
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Mount Isa

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Tourism NT

Day 1
Darwin to Daly Waters

Distance 590km - Driving Time 6 hours

Pick up your Britz camper or 4WD from our Darwin branch and get exploring. There are many things to do in Darwin as the city enjoys all the benefits of being coastal, whether it's eating locally caught mud crab, or enjoying unique wildlife experiences like swimming with crocodiles. With a fascinating war history, Darwin has a dedicated history museum where you can learn all about the bombing that took place during World War II. The Mason Gallery is another must see, featuring stunning Aboriginal art.

A worthwhile stop as you head an hour out of the city and on your way is Litchfield National Park. With waterfalls and walkways taking you past unusual sights like the Cathedral Termite Mound, this is a perfect place to stop on the way to Katherine.

The drive inland to Katherine takes around three hours and you can experience many outdoor wonders there like the Cutta Cutta Caves , or the Katherine Hot Springs if you fancy a relaxing dip.

A three-hour drive from Katherine, your final destination for day one is Daly Waters. A must see is Daly Waters Pub, a quirky bar made famous with its unusual decor and amusing settler history. Enjoy your evening getting to know the locals, and make use of the campervan accommodation on site.

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Day 2
Daly Waters to Borroloola

Distance 390km - Driving Time 6 hours

Heading out to the coast towards Borroloola, a worthwhile stop after leaving Daly Waters is Limmen National Park. Those who fancy a spot of fishing can grab the rods from the camper and enjoy catching some Barramundi, and keen photographers must check out the beautiful sandstone formations.

A three hour drive in the camper to the fishing town of Borroloola will have you ready for something to eat, so a stop at Savannah Way Motel for some local food and a cold drink is a must. Stop by the indigenous art centre Waralungku, then park the camper up for the night at McArthur River Caravan Park.

Tourism & Events Queensland

Day 3
Borroloola to Burketown

Distance 495km - Driving Time 5 hours 30 minutes

Leaving Borroloola (and the Northern Territory), the next stop is Burketown Queensland, a five and a half hour drive away. Burketown sits on the Albert River, making it another great spot for fishing.

With Burketown sitting within Gulf country, it does present a great opportunity to see the largest area of saltpans in Australia. Join a Yagurli tour  who will take you over the salt pans in a hot air balloon - a must do on your Australia road trip! Park the campervan and power up at Burketown Caravan Park for the night, and join a stargazing experience.

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Day 4
Burketown to Mount Surprise

Distance 610km - Driving Time 6 hours 43 minutes

Making your way out of Burketown travelling East, a 6 hour and 43 minute drive will bring you to the small settlement of Mount Surprise.

Park the campervan up at the Undara Caravan Park then head to the Undara Volcanic National Park to check out the Lava tubes formed 190,000 years ago after an eruption. A wildlife tour at sunset is the perfect way to end the day, with a glass of wine in hand.

Tourism and Events Queensland

Day 5
Mount Suprise to Cairns

Distance 284km - Driving Time 3 hours 46 minutes

There are many things to do in Cairns Australia, so a detour up North is a must and well worth the short drive. After a few days travelling through smaller towns, the city of Cairns will allow you to stock up the campervan with essentials and see some amazing sites. One of the best things to do in Australia is seeing the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef.

There are so many ways to experience the Reef from glass bottom boat tours to diving or even cruising in a submarine. A hike through the tropical Daintree Forest and a wander through the local markets are more must-do experiences in Cairns.

There are many caravan parks to choose from, and some great spots to grab a coffee before you leave.

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Day 6
Cairns to Julia Creek

Distance 647km - Driving Time 7 hours

Heading back South leaving Cairns you’ve got the chance to take a longer trip along this amazing route towards Mount Isa, or keep it to a couple of days. Top places to stop along this path include Townsville, where you can visit the first ever underwater building MOUA, a museum built to educate on coral reef restoration.

A seven-hour drive to Julia Creek Caravan Park will be worth it to get a soak in their Artesian bath tubs. The Great Artesian Basin of underground water fills these baths keeping the water between 38°C- 41°C, perfect for relaxing and soothing muscles after a long drive.

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Day 7
Julia Creek to Mount Isa

Distance 256km - Driving Time 2 hours 51 minutes

Heading west on day seven for just under three hours you will reach Mount Isa, Rich in mining history, a tour through the mines to learn how the tunnels are made and to see the incredible machinery used is a must-do. A visit to the Mary Kathleen mine will give you a look at the rare beauty of the blue liquid centre of this former uranium mine.

Home to an incredible array of fossils from the Riversleigh World Heritage area, the Riversleigh Fossil Discovery Centre provides a tour so you can see how the fossils are extracted and cleaned. The Mount Isa Caravan Park has a pool and plenty of shady trees to cool off after exploring.

Tourism and Events Queensland

Day 8
Mount Isa to Winton

Distance 468km - Driving Time 5 hours

After a relaxing five hour drive heading back towards the east coast of Queensland, you will reach the town of Winton. The discovery of a fossilized footprint in 1962 led to the town being known for an intriguing dinosaur history, which you can learn all about at the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument.

A visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre will have you learning all about the history of the unofficial anthem in the world-class museum. An exhibition space and eatery are great additions to the centre which you can enjoy before parking the camper up for the night at the powered Matilda Country Tourist Park. Swim in the pool and enjoy the live music to wind down for the night.

Tourism and Events Queensland

Day 9
Winton to Morven

Distance 703km - Driving Time 7 hours 24 minutes

The town of Morven is the last stop before the final destination of Brisbane, heading towards the east coast. Morven Historical Museum showcases traditional Aboriginal tools such as boomerangs and spears and a miniature replica of the township from pioneer times.

Beautiful Ooline trees which are now vulnerable to extinction can be admired at Tregole National Park where you can park the campervan and enjoy a picnic surrounded by native birds.

Head a couple of hours closer to Brisbane to the small town of Roma to stay at Big Rig Tourist Park and experience the Big Rig Night Show to learn about the rigging history in the area.

Tourism and Events Queensland

Day 10
Morven to Brisbane

Distance 653km - Driving Time 7 hours 30 minutes

The final day of adventure takes you east to Brisbane. Take the camper 30 minutes out of the city centre to Ipswich where you can enjoy an abundance of eateries such as the Pumpyard Bar where you can enjoy their craft beer and BBQ foods.

Ipswitch is Queensland's oldest provincial city, so it has plenty of heritage delights to experience from antique shops to art galleries. Stretch your legs at White Rock where you can hike or mountain bike among the sculpted rocks.

Ready to head away on your Australia road trip to the Northern Territory and Outback Queensland? Start the journey in Darwin or visit any Britz branch for campervan hire today!

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