Cairns to Alice Springs by Campervan

Posted on 12 August 2009

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Driving from Cairns to Alice Springs is known by some as the "Priscilla" route -- a reference to the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce. Alice Springs is the nearest town to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, although it's still a drive of 450 km (280 mi) by road. I found a cool video (below) with some UK tourists taking the journey, and there's also a nice piece of travel journalism at the Bootsnall.com website. Here's an extract:

"Travelling overland sure does install a sense of distance. We all know Australia is a big place, this trip certainly helps one to comprehend just how big it is. Miles and miles of red dirt and bush, all seemingly indistinguishable. It may sound boring, in fact the sense of space is quite overwhelming, relaxing even. Every now and again we’d see a small dirt track turn off, with a makeshift letterbox, hammered into the ground. We’d look to the horizon to see the house to which it belonged… we’d see just more of the same on the horizon, the house too far to see."

Some of the places you'll pass through include:
  • George Town
  • Croydon
  • Normanton
  • Karumba
  • Quimby
  • Mt. Isa
  • Urandangi
  • The Cathedral (the handiwork of termites)

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Video: Three days driving from Cairns to Alice Springs, covering thousands of km

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