9-day round trip drive Melbourne to Uluru/Ayers Rock
Drive to Uluru/Ayers Rock
My friend and I are planning to rent a car and drive from Melbourne (leaving March 21 at 8 or 9am) to Uluru/Ayers Rock, returning to Melbourne by the end of the day on March 29th. We're both 21-year old females, so here are the questions:
1. Is 9 days enough time for us to do this? The travel time estimates I found were 3 days from Melbourne to Ayers Rock, and vice versa, but if anyone knows differently, let me know.
2. How safe is the drive? It looks like we'll be mainly driving through western Southern Australia (the highways on the map are A-8 till Adelaide, and Stuart Highway from there).
3. We're on an extremely tight (college student) budget, so we were thinking about sleeping in the car in the parking lot of some town or other each night. Would it actually be safe to do that/camp out, or should we really be trying to stay in road houses, etc?
Any other advice would also be welcome.
Response to: 9-day round trip drive Melbourne to Uluru/Ayers Rock
It will be a long and boring drive, especially the drive back, but apart from that you should be fine.
1. Three days one way is correct.
2. Not sure what kind of safety you mean. It's as safe or unsafe as anywhere else in Australia. It's a long drive so fatigue will be your main problem unless you are used to driving long distances. At dawn and dusk you also risk hitting a 'roo or something else on the road. It's better to just pull up instead.
3. That's also fine. I wouldn't stay at any roadhouses. Camping out somewhere in the bush is a lot more attractive to me and there are plenty of opportunities once you are on the Stuart Highway.
(There are no "some towns or other", but there are parking bays and rest areas and they can be nice. Otherwise any track where you can get off the main highway will be fine.)
As far as other advice goes, check out the page with budget tips for Ayers Rock
. Other than that I can only say that it sounds like you are spending an awful lot of money and time, just to get there and back. It seems a shame that all you want to look at is Ayers Rock when there is so much more to see and do
But then again, for some people the road is the destination and I'm sure you have your reasons.
Hope you'll enjoy the trip!
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