#4. Adelaide to Uluru itinerary when driving
Here’s a suggestion of locations you can visit while on the road. Note there are many other wonderful options not covered here.
1. Port Augusta, South Australia:
Distance from Adelaide to Port Augusta: 308 km (3 hours and 38 minutes)
You’ve been on the road for a few hours, so why not head to the Flinders Ranges and stretch your legs on the Red Cliff Walk? A short stroll is pleasing enough, but the full 4.5km track will reveal the dappled woodlands and sand dunes in all their glory. This takes around two hours, so take plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes.
If you want to give your body a rest while fuelling your brain, check out the Wadlata Outback Centre – a popular attraction that’s won multiple state awards. This is a wonderful way to learn about the rich history of the region, stretching back millions of years. The hands-on exhibits are perfect for time travellers of all ages. That’s not all: Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories give us a glimpse into sacred knowledge that’s been passed down through generations.
Accommodation: The self-contained Majestic Oasis Apartments are 7 minutes away from the Wadlata Outback Centre, with water views. There’s an outdoor pool, BBQs, free Wi-Fi and parking.
2. Woomera, South Australia:
Distance from Port Augusta to Woomera: 181 km (2 hours)
In the 1940s, certain parts of this small town were subjected to rocket tests. Learn about planes, rockets and drones at the Woomera Missile Park, which also features a satellite that crashed in the Simpson Desert.
If you’re around on a Friday night, the volunteer-run Woomera Baker Observatory may be open to visitors. You can check their facebook group to find out if your timing is right. Take advantage of the fact there’s no light pollution here. Learn about the cosmos as you observe the planets and stars. The volunteers are knowledgeable and passionate!
Accommodation: Spuds Roadhouse Motel is located in nearby Pimba. This iconic roadhouse has a rustic outback vibe. There’s a restaurant, service station, bar and supermarket. You can spend the night in a deluxe motel room, or use the caravan and camping facilities.
3. Coober Pedy, South Australia:
Distance from Woomera to Coober Pedy: 374.3km (3 hours and 51 minutes)
Do you want to know what it’s like to live underground? You’ll find out in this old opal mining town. The majority of locals live in “dugouts” below the ground, to escape the scorching daytime temperatures. The Umoona Opal Mine and Museum will teach you all about mining, and you’ll even get up close and personal to the underground homes in a guided tour.
If you love nature, you must check out the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, on the land of the Antakirinja Matuntjara Yankunytjatjara people. Here you’ll find 60 native flora species, kangaroos, echidnas, native birds and other wildlife.
Accommodation: There’s a variety of unassuming rooms at the Desert Cave Hotel, including underground options. Nothing like sleeping in a comfortable sandstone cave with modern amenities! There’s also a pool, restaurant, cafe, bar, free Wi-Fi and plenty of parking.
4. Erldunda, Northern Territory:
Distance from Coober Pedy to Erldunda: 487 km (4 hours and 53 minutes)
Welcome to the Northern Territory, you’re close to your final destination now.
Erldunda is a homestead located in the centre of Australia, only a few hours’ drive from Uluru. If you don’t want to pay higher prices for the closest accommodation to Uluru, this is a more affordable alternative (but you’ll need to leave super early if you’re hoping to see the sunrise over the rock). The Erldunda Roadhouse features a kangaroo farm, emu enclosure, restaurant, pool, country-style motel units and caravan sites.
5. Uluru, Northern Territory
Distance from Erldunda to Uluru: 267 km (2 hours and 50 minutes)
The Desert Gardens Hotel is the perfect spot to rest between your Uluru adventures. There are a range of accommodation options, including luxury rooms that reveal the majestic rock in all its glory. There’s also a pool, shopping centre, bar and delicious food at the Arnguli Grill Restaurant. You’re a short walk away from many lookouts – a real treat for the eyes!