Binns Track10-day itinerary
The Binns Track is an epic four-wheel drive adventure that takes you through spectacular scenery allowing you to explore some of the lesser-known sights of Central Australia and the grandeur of big rivers in northern NT.
Starting from the SA/NT border up to Timber Creek, this track is 2,230km and was named after Bill Binns, a ranger with NT Parks and Wildlife for 32 years. Bill’s dream was to create a track that allowed tourists to explore regions bursting with colours, native wildlife and mighty rock formations.
Days 1 & 2: Mt Dare to Alice Springs (421km)
Starting at the SA/NT border, the track begins at Mt Dare. Watch the sunrise here before setting off on the 421km journey along Old Andado Track to Alice Springs. Flanking the western fringe of the Simpson Desert, the track passes sand ridges 5–8m high and meanders through the Finke River flood-out. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Molly Clark’s Old Andado Homestead and unwind in its old-world charm.
Take a night or two to enjoy Alice Springs. This small town has unexpected experiences and all levels of accommodation, from camping sites to 4-star hotels. Rise early and watch the sun rise from a hot air balloon or take in sunset from the back of a camel. Visit Alice Springs Desert Park and get up close to the native flora and fauna, including the Wedge-tailed eagle or the endangered bilby.
Spend a few extra days and check out the gorges, waterholes and world-class hiking trails in the West MacDonnell Ranges just next to Alice Springs.
Days 3 & 4: Alice Springs to Gemtree (287km)
Continue on to Ruby Gap Nature Park (4WD access only) and take in the sights including native birds and wildlife. If you’re staying the night, set up camp along the river bed.
Follow the Pinnacles Track to Gemtree on the Plenty Highway, through the breathtaking scenery of the rugged Harts Ranges. Camp overnight at a powered or unpowered caravan and camping site, or in a cabin. Try your luck fossicking for semi-precious stones such as Zircons and red garnets.
Days 5 & 6: Gemtree to Tennant Creek (692km)
Continue on 422km to Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park. Take in the serenity or jump in and cool down in the water.
Travelling from the ranges to Tennant Creek, take a short detour to Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles which is home to the massive granite boulders and a must-do on your Binns Track itinerary. Walk amongst these ancient boulders that stand up to 6m high. Best to visit at sunrise or sunset when they glow red and change colour. Be sure to bring your camera for this truly beautiful sight.
Days 7 & 8: Tenant Creek to Dunmarra (358km)
Stopover in Tennant Creek to explore its many fascinating historical attractions. Continue north driving past expansive cattle stations and limestone landscapes. Soak up the history of the Frews Pond Overland Telegraph Line Memorial Reserve. Created as a tribute to Sir Charles Todd, this heritage attraction pays homage to the building of the Overland Telegraph Station.
Stretch your legs with an easy walk along the 1.5km track that includes 52 of the original Oppenhiemer poles, allowing you to witness some of NT’s earliest history.
Days 9 & 10: Dunmarra to Timber Creek (471km)
You’ll drive along an unsealed road passing through Bullita Homestead (also a great place to set up camp). Explore the houses and original timber stockyards of the regions pioneers.
Continuing along the track, you’ll pass by interesting rock formations along Limestone Creek and then arrive at your final destination, Timber Creek. Here you can catch a glimpse of the early life in the NT at the Police Station Precinct. Or join in the festivities of the Timber Creek Festival and try your luck at whip cracking or spear throwing.
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