Visiting Melbourne

Plenty of newcomers to Melbourne are excited by the multicultural capital in Australia, its natural landscape, unique flora and fauna and the iconic Australian accent, people and their customs.

But perhaps the biggest shock to tourists embarking on their first visit to Melbourne is the enormity of the Australian land and how far it can stretch.  Given the sheer size of our country the only means to explore the real Australia like a local is via car and for many that represents a cultural roadblock – pun intended.

For many travellers, the only way to explore this sunburnt country is to get behind the wheel and drive. People new to Melbourne often opt for a rental car to start exploring. But, as is the nature of discovering the other side of the world, it can be quite daunting having to get accustomed to different ways of doing things.

Many foreigners are floored by the challenge of getting into their rental car where they discover the steering wheel is on the other side. Imagine the added horror of having to drive on the other side of the road that they are used to!

It makes sense then that newcomers to Australia enrol in driving school. While travellers might already have their licence, learning to drive on the other side of the world is much like when you first learn how to drive.

Do you remember the first time you got behind the steering wheel, that daunting, nervous, apprehensive experience? You may laugh and imagine that taking driving lessons overseas when you already hold a driver’s licence is a waste of money. However, having a driving instructor helping you along as you navigate through foreign Melbourne roads can be a calming, reassuring safety net when you first arrive in Melbourne.

Plus, an experienced Melbourne-based driving instructor can teach you the ins and outs of the city’s geography so you can do better explore once on your own in a car. Confusing road rules like hook turns in the CBD are less overwhelming with an expert by your passenger side.

Having the foundations of the city will build your confidence driving on the other side of the car and on the other side of the road that you’re used to. Your chances of uncovering hidden gems tucked away in Melbourne and beyond and your independence from public transport and other commuting measures will be enhanced when driving a rental car or seeking out your own.

With the help of a seasoned driver local to Melbourne and the newfound confidence instilled within you to explore and discover new parts of the earth, your adventures are no longer limited by a bus timetable, only limited by your imagination.

Travelling from Darwin to Alice Springs

Are you considering to take the epic journey from Darwin to Alice Springs and experience the Australian outback? Explore the heart of Australia via the 1500km trek to the iconic outback town of Alice Springs.

Fulfill your outback experience as told in Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a sunburnt country’. Explore the outback at your own pace by doing a self-drive down the 1500km trek. See the magnificent views that the Australian outback has to offer including a 300 million year old mountain range and the opportunity to visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

Driving route

The roads are excellent and very straight. We recommend that you take the following route.

Darwin > Katherine >Tennant Creek > Wauchope > Renner Springs> Ti Tree> Alice Springs.

Once you get outside of the main areas, there shouldn’t be a speed limit, but expect to travel for up to 5 hours on each depending on the driving conditions.

Make sure you check out the interesting places along the way and glimpse the history of yesteryear.

Darwin

Capital to the Northern Territory, enjoy the warm relaxed streets of Darwin, find action on the waterfront, eat at the night markets and explore galleries that depict the city’s history.

Wauchope (pronounced Walkup)

An interesting place to stop for lunch. You will need to beware of the Cockatoo, as it has picked up swear words from the truck drivers that stop by.

Tennant creek

The traditional homeland of the Warumungu people and their culture, as well as the host to many cattle stations. Historically, it was the last place for Australia’s gold rush.

Wycliffe Well

Known as the UFO capital of Australia and is an interesting place to stay off the Stuart highway. Whilst visiting Wycliffe Well, you can also venture down to the ‘Devils Marbles’.

Katherine

Also known as the crossroads of the north, the region is located hours away from Kakadu, Litchfield and Gregory National Parks.

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

The most iconic natural wonder that Australia has to offer! You can visit Uluru by taking a 5 hour drive from Alice Springs.

These are a few ideas for you to break up the journey. Enjoy the driving experience in The Outback!

7 tips for avid adventurers to get the full experience of the Kakadu

Tour in Kakadu and discover the World Heritage culture and natural landscapes in Australia’s largest national park.  The Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s most incredible wonders. As Ernie Dingo would say “Experience the Never Never.” We want travellers to get the full experience of the Kakadu. Below we have provided a list of ‘must try’ experiences for the Kakadu traveller.

Participate in nature and bushwalking tours

There are numerous cultural bushwalking tours in the area. Whether you are looking to see the daily art site walks, talks and cultural activities that provide the experience of Aboriginal rock art and allows you to see the Kakadu through Aboriginal eyes. You can take a group tour or decide to go with a local ranger, or a local from the community.

Discover the wildlife in Kakadu National Park

If you are someone who wants to experience the wild in Australia, the Kakadu is the experience that you are looking for. You can enjoy bird watching and nature walkabout tours where you can take in the natural wonders of gorges, waterfalls, the serenity of the wetlands and Aboriginal art sites.

Go off the beaten track with a 4WD camping tour

If you are feeling really adventurous, hire a 4WD and explore the Kakadu off the beaten track.  The area offers a large abundance of wildlife and photo opportunities. Take the opportunity to go camping out in the bush and experience the lifestyle of the locals and historical Australian swagmen.

Meet the locals

There is no better way to experience the area than to befriend a local who can take you off the beaten track, share their stories, experiences and provide you with the local experience of the Kakadu.

Participate in an animal tracks safari

Make the most of a true ‘bush tucker’ experience by taking part in a ‘hands on’ animal tracking safari with a local guide. In the experience, you can search for bush foods (fruits and vegetables) and learn the tradition of cooking bush meats over a sunset dinner.

Before you head off, don’t forget to bring!

  • Water
  • A hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Binoculars
  • A camera

Make the most of the true blue Aussie adventure. Enjoy!