The Outback Way is known as "Australia’s longest shortcut", and is an adventure track you'll never forget. You'll pass through many different climates, landscapes and Australian scenery so make sure you have your camera ready.
The Outback Way is made up of seven interconnecting roads that take you from Winton, Queensland through to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and finishes in Laverton, Western Australia. The track cuts right through the middle of Australia and totals 2,800km.
You'll need a four-wheel drive to complete this track as you mainly travel along unsealed roads. This route almost halves the trip time if you were to travel via sealed roads, and who doesn’t love a shortcut?
Day 1: Winton to Boulia (370km)
Your 4WD outback adventure begins in the town of Winton, Queensland, the birthplace of the famous Australian folk song ‘Waltzing Matilda’. A must do before you leave is to join a fossicking tour and dig for dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum – home to the largest preparation laboratory and collection of Australian dinosaur fossils.
Day 2: Boulia to Jervois Station (470km)
The next morning, get ready to cross into the Northern Territory and stop at Jervois Station. This working cattle station has a simple camping area, which is ideal for a short overnight stay. Stock up on firewood and camp under the stars.
Day 3: Jervois Station to Alice Springs (350km)
Wake up bright and early and hit the road again. Travel 350km down the track to Alice Springs, the small town in the heart of Australia, filled with so much life and vibrant atmosphere. You’ll need at least one full day here to enjoy all the unexpected experiences this town has to offer.
Day 4: Alice Springs
Alice Springs offers a wide range of accommodation and dining experiences, and hosts a jam-packed calendar of festivals, celebrations and quirky events.
Taste your way through Indigenous culture on a bush tucker tour and try some emu sausage, kangaroo, wattleseed bread, quondong cake and other local bush foods, or visit the nearby West MacDonnell Ranges for beautiful gorges and waterholes.