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Binns Track Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine regions

The 10-day journey along the Binns Track is an epic four-wheel drive adventure that takes you through spectacular scenery allowing you to explore some of the lesser known sights of the Northern Territory.

Start at the South Australian border and wind your way through remote national parks, stopping overnight at incredible camping spots and visiting far-flung outback towns. The track length is 2,230 kilometres and is named after Bill Binns, a ranger who worked with NT Parks and Wildlife for 32 years. Bill’s dream was to help visitors explore more of the Central Australia region – to discover its vivid colours, native wildlife and mighty rock formations.

The desert fringe

Follow the western fringe of the Simpson Desert en route to Alice Springs and be awestruck by towering sand dunes along the way. Journey through the East MacDonnell Ranges and behold ancient rock carvings that record the Arrernte people’s history of the land.

Gold and granite

Pass through gold rush towns and fossick for semi-precious stones at Gemtree. Get off road and pass outback cattle stations and stop off for a dip in a waterhole. Move on to the Davenport Ranges National Park and set up camp beside the massive granite boulders of the Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. Spend some time getting to know Tennant Creek – a town famous for its strong Aboriginal culture, gold rush history and pioneering past.

Barra country

Continue north through expansive cattle stations and on to Judbarra/Gregory National Park, known for its Barramundi fishing, Boab trees and limestone landscapes. Finish up at Timber Creek where you can unwind on a boat cruise or fishing trip.

Binns Track top 5

  1. Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park for your chance to get up close and personal with Central Australia’s flora and fauna
  2. Explore abandoned gold mines at Arltunga and pan for your own gold
  3. Fossick for semi-precious stones in the creek beds of Gemtree
  4. Visit the large domes of Karlu Karlu, also known as Devils Marbles near Tennant Creek
  5. Continue on to explore the incredible boab landscapes of Judbarra/Gregory National Park

Remember to plan your trip with these road safety tips before starting your Northern Territory drive adventure.

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Days 1 & 2

Mt Dare to Alice Springs

527 km

Day 3 & 4

Alice Springs to Gemtree

138 km

Day 5 & 6

Gemtree to Tennant Creek

509 km

Day 7 & 8

Tennant Creek to Dunmarra

355 km

Day 9 & 10

Dunmarra to Timber Creek

431 km

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