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Stuart Highway Road Trip

Alice Springs - Tennant Creek - Elliott - Mataranka - Pine Creek - Jabiru - Darwin

Expect on your Stuart Highway Road Trip Itinerary

Security Security
Landscape Landscape
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Wildlife Wildlife
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
ACTIVATE MAP Stages6 km1,758 h/stage3.1

Best months to drive Stuart Highway Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Stuart Highway Road Trip in Northern Territory?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 360EUR drive & more 200EUR sleep & more 484EUR eat & more 576EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,260EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,620EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 480EUR drive & more 263EUR sleep & more 880EUR eat & more 768EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,911EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,391EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 840EUR drive & more 325EUR sleep & more 1,540EUR eat & more 1,152EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,017EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,857EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,800EUR drive & more 400EUR sleep & more 220EUR eat & more 576EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,196EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,996EUR
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Stuart Highway Road Trip Itinerary

If you are searching for an interesting tour around Northern Territory, Stuart Highway Road Trip will surely live up to your expectations. The target travellers for this adventure are explorer. Alice Springs, Elliott, and Mataranka are places that you will be passing while behind the wheel. The route described in this article takes 8 days to complete, but travellers can definitely complete it in 6. Of course, if you are tempted with the beauty of what Northern Territory has to offer, you can always extend your trip. The itinerary takes 1,758km and there are around 3.1 hours each day on the road. If you are ready to start your journey, let’s get on the road!
number of days 8 number of days
route length 1,758 km route length
budget fair budget
good for explorer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
The accommodation on the way is not that comfortable, yet it is still value for money. When it comes to road conditions in Northern Territory, the road traffic in Northern Territory is characterised by a moderate number of accidents. Remember to always be driving on the left. The period between May and September is thought to be the best for taking the road trip.

START Alice Springs

Distance 1,758 km Driving time 18.7 h Pace: fast Airports ASP
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1 Alice Springs - Tennant Creek

Distance 523 km Driving time 4.7 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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2 Tennant Creek - Elliott

Distance 255 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
accommodation options
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3 Elliott - Mataranka

Distance 315 km Driving time 3.1 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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4 Mataranka - Pine Creek

Distance 199 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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5 Pine Creek - Jabiru

Distance 212 km Driving time 3.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
junction of road trips accommodation options UNESCO World Heritage Site attractive landscape
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6 Jabiru - Darwin

Distance 255 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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  Darwin

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Stuart Highway Road Trip Summary

Hopefully, our Stuart Highway Road Trip has become a superb inspiration for your future holidays.
The plan we’ve prepared can be used as a template that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with diverse highlights of your choice.
If travelling by car is your plan when exploring highlights around Northern Territory, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a list of elements to be mindful of to make your journey smooth. These tips will surely become useful for tourists who are considering renting a car or camper hire in Northern Territory.
When you’re on a tour around Northern Territory, you should be mindful of the local road rules. In Northern Territory, if you are planning to drive, try to stay away from alcohol at all. Tourists should remember that the amount of alcohol that can be consumed is not that high and is only 0.5‰. In order to avoid a speeding ticket, it is best to never exceed 60km/h, which is the maximum permissible speed when travelling around the build-up areas. Never exceed the maximum allowed speed of 110km/h when travelling around non-build-up-areas. When travelling on motorways, you can drive at the permissible speed of 110km/h. In order to stay safe, we recommend equipping your car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher and driving with your headlights on at daytime.
One of the decisive factors when scheduling an itinerary is costs. Of course, depending on the needs of the holidaymakers, the money that you have to pay may vary. A wide range of budget possibilities is described below.
We estimate that the budget option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 1,758km across Northern Territory will amount to 200 EUR. Holidaymakers will have to pay the average of up to 484 EUR for budget overnight stays. Tourists should also remember about the fact that they will spend about 576 EUR for food and restaurants in this option. If your aim is also the budget car rental option, you will pay around 360 EUR. Thus, going for car rental will increase the expenses of the road trip from roughly 1,260 EUR to more or less 1,620 EUR.
Travellers who seek greater comfort and the standard option will pay approximately 263 EUR for the fuel needed to cover the itinerary. Cost amounting to 880 EUR can be expected by all travellers who are looking for standard hotels. Travellers can expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost around 768 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire car can expect a cost of about 480 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay more or less 2,391 EUR for the whole itinerary, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend approximately 1,911 EUR.
The most demanding drivers will be surely pleased with the premium option. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay more or less 3,857 EUR for the whole tour, whereas those who are not interested in car hire will spend approximately 3,017 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium rental car can expect a cost of more or less 840 EUR. In the premium version of the road trip, you have to spend the maximum of 325 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the itinerary. Drivers should expect to pay roughly 1,152 EUR for restaurants and food and approximately 1,540 EUR for hotels if they opt for the exclusive standard of services.
Stuart Highway Road Trip is also an exciting opportunity for all camper lovers. If you choose this transport option, the expenses are roughly 1,800 EUR. Camper fans will spend roughly 400 EUR on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the road trip. Drivers who choose camper rental should expect to pay around 220 EUR for accommodation and about 576 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs presents all the above details in a straightforward way.
The period between May and September is great to visit the part of Northern Territory described in our adventure idea. There are countless picturesque road trips and scenic drives that we offer on our website if Stuart Highway Road Trip has sparked your creativity. Even the most demanding of travellers will definitely be surprised by the great versatility of travel opportunities available on our website.

Facts for safer driving in Northern Territory

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 110 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 110 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher yes
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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