Get­ting to the Painted Desert

Australian Geographic - - Travel With Us -

If you’re com­ing from the north-west, the turn-off for the Stu­art High­way is at Cad­ney Park and then it’s an 80km drive to the Ar­ckaringa home­stead. From the north-east, ac­cess is from Ood­na­datta, which is 90km away. Fol­low the Kempe Road south for 50km and then turn right onto Painted Desert Road. The home­stead site is 40km down this road.

From the south, the log­i­cal route is up the Stu­art High­way to Coober Pedy, then fol­low the signs through town towards Ood­na­datta. Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 100km it’s a left turn on to Ar­ckaringa Road. Then it’s an­other 45km to the home­stead and only 11km or so from there to the Painted Desert.

Be sure to know where you’re go­ing. Here, out­back ex­pert and for­mer ge­ol­o­gist Nick Crase checks on his route.

Spare fuel and tyres are essen­tial for out­back travel.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.