Road Trip | Adelaide to Darwin

The drive to Darwin doesn't have to be a boring one! In fact the drive actually offers a great deal of adventure and intrigue if you're driving from Adelaide or simply passing through from Victoria!

The most direct route from VIC or Adelaide to Darwin is Via the Princess Hwy so I'll make that my starting point

I'm a huge Art fanatic so I'll show you my BIG Things, Roadside Attractions, Street Art & Public Art stops I'd found through through-out my travels. For those wishing to add more natural or cultural stops other than the main touristy drawcards you will have to complete further research.

Click each photo for Location and Artist Information. If it's known to me it'll be within the post


Edit: This page was created 13/04/2021 and is still under construction.
Individual posts haven't been made for all photographs yet. Feel free to leave me a message if you need locations pronto otherwise creating posts for this guide will take me a few weeks.


Lets begin at Lower Light

Lower Light I home to these Protest Statues. They were created and displayed along the Princess Highway to challenge the Governments proposal to build a waste management facility. The original statues one also hosted Lou the BIG Blowfly but he's since disappeared.

BIG Things South Australia | BIG Cockroach
Lower Light | Cockroach
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Rat
Lower Light | Rat
BIG Things South Australia | Space Ship
Lower Light | Spaceship











Further North you'll have a few touristy roadside items and if you have time for a short detour to you can photograph the Goanna sculpture in Crystal Brook.

BIG Things South Australia | Turbine Blade in Snowtown
Snowtown | Turbine Blade
BIG Things South Australia | Painted Water Tower in Snowtown
Snowtown | Painted Tower
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Goanna in Crystal Brook
Crystal Brook | Goanna
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Tin Man in Napperby
Napperby | Tin Man
BIG Things South Australia | Longest Wooden Jetty in Port Germein
Port Germein | Wooden Jetty
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Jandle in Port Germein
Port Germein | BIG Jandle



The next three photographs are time sensitive items. The BIG Keys are fairly Kitchy (Tacky) and are located within school grounds, the blowflys are at the Botanic Gardens and the BIG Snakes head is located inside the Port Augusta Visitors Center so you need to time your visit and check trading hours for these photo's if you'd like to photograph them.


BIG Things South Australia | BIG Keys in Port Ausgusta
Port Augusta | BIG Keys
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Snakes Head in Port Ausgusta
Port Augusta | Snakes Head
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Blowfles in Port Ausgusta
Port Augusta | Blow Flies















The next stop is Rocket Park in Wommera. It's a 15 min detour off the highway but it's not something you see everyday and is a nice way to break up the drive with something interesting. I have a ton more photos but I'll only post six, haha

Woomera's Rocket Park | South Australian Tourist Attractions
Rocket Park
Woomera's Rocket Park | South Australian Tourist Attractions
Rocket Park
Woomera's Rocket Park | South Australian Tourist Attractions
Rocket Park

Woomera's Rocket Park | South Australian Tourist Attractions
Rocket Park
Woomera's Rocket Park | South Australian Tourist Attractions
Rocket Park
Woomera's Rocket Park | South Australian Tourist Attractions
Rocket Park






















Once you're back on the Highway your next stop is Coober Pedy

BIG Things South Australia | BIG Winch in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | BIG Winch
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Boomerang in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | BIG Boomerang
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Fruit Bowl in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | Fruit Bowl

Coober Pedy Mural | Tyre Art
Coober Pedy | Tyre Art
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Ice Cream Sunday in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | Icecream Sunday
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Lizard in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | Lizard
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Opal Beetle in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | Opal Beetle
BIG Things South Australia | BIG Miner in Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy | BIG Miner
Coober Pedy Public Art | Miner Sculpture
Coober Pedy | Small Miner

Coober Pedy BIG Thing | Space Ship
Coober Pedy | Spaceship







































From the South Australia border to Darwin!

Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG XXXX Can in Ghan
Ghan | BIG XXXX Can
Erldunda | BIG Hedgehog
Erldunda | BIG Lizard


⏸ Pam Armstrong has a mural at the Erldunda Roadhouse!

From Erldunda Roadhouse you have a choice of going
◾ West to Uluru; OR
◾ North and heading towards Rainbow Valley / Alice Springs


West to Uluru

Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG Spears in Petermann
Petermann | BIG Spear
Northern Territory | Uluru
Uluru
Northern Territory | Valley of the Four Winds
Valley of the Winds











If you have time head North and complete the Kings Canyon walk. It can be a strenuous walk but there are short and longs walks to cater to people of differing fitness levels and abilities

Northern Territory | Kings Canyon Walk
Kings Canyon Walk
Kings Canyon Walk
Northern Territory | Kings Canyon Walk
Kings Canyon Walk













North towards Rainbow Valley / Alice Springs

Remember to check the road and weather conditions prior to going to Rainbow Valley. It's a good 15-30kms of thick bull dust when I went. My Jackaroo slid around something shocking doing a mere 40kms an hour. 

Northern Territory | Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley
Northern Territory | Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley
Northern Territory | Rainbow Valley
Bear Shaped Rock












If you've taken your time It'll take you a week to get to Alice Springs
Here's a few Roadside, Public & Street Art items to grab while you're in town!


Alice Springs BIG Things | BIG Books
Alice Springs | BIG Books
Alice Springs BIG Things | BIG Hand
Alice Springs | BIG Hand
Alice Springs Public Art | Dirt Camels
Alice Springs | Dirt Camels



Public Art

Alice Springs Public Art | Yellow Bunny
Alice Springs | Yellow Bunny
Alice Springs Public Art | Caterpillar
Alice Springs | Caterpillar












Street Art

Alice Springs Street Art | Bob & Kay Kessing
Alice Springs | Bob & Kay Kessing
Alice Springs Street Art | CHNG
Alice Springs | CHNG
Alice Springs Street Art | Chris Scott
Alice Springs | Chris Scott

Alice Springs Street Art | Craig Saunders
Alice Springs | Craig Saunders

Alice Springs Street Art | CTO
Alice Springs | CTO







Alice Springs Street Art | Dvate
Alice Springs | Dvate










Alice Springs Street Art | KaRine TRemblay
Alice Springs | KaRine TRemblay
Alice Springs Street Art | Kim Donald
Alice Springs | Kim Donald
Alice Springs Street Art | Lrocka750
Alice Springs | Lrocka750

Alice Springs Street Art | Mike Makatron
Alice Springs | Mike Makatron
Alice Springs Street Art | Unknown
Alice Springs | Unknown
Alice Springs Street Art | Unknown
Alice Springs | Unknown

Alice Springs Street Art | Jam Ally
Alice Springs | Jam Ally
Alice Springs Street Art | Unknown
Alice Springs | Unknown
Alice Springs Street Art | Unknown
Alice Springs | Unknown

Alice Springs Street Art | Unknown
Alice Springs | Unknown











It's been some time since I've been through Alice Springs. (2018) I'm aware they've had a second Street Art festival and while I hope this page helps it's quite incomplete. Make sure you research prior to leaving Alice Springs if you desire to visit everything

Northern Territory Roadside Attraction | Burt Plain Tropic of Capricorn
Burt Plain | Tropic of Capricorn
Northern Territory BIG Things | Anmatjere Man
Anmatjere | Anmatjere Man 
Northern Territory BIG Things | Anmatjere Woman & Child
Anmatjere | Woman & Child













Wycliffe Wells - UFO capital of Australia


We spent Xmas eve here and whether it was the stories of the atmosphere I had trouble sleeping. I've never seen a themed caravan park before so this was a real treat for me. There's nothing stopping you from walking in, taking these photos and leaving without staying the night and all items are found within the Caravan park itself or the attached Service Station.

Davenport Street Art | Pam Armstrong
Davenport | Pam Armstrong
Davenport Street Art | Pam Armstrong
Davenport | Pam Armstrong

Davenport Street Art | Pam Armstrong
Davenport | Pam Armstrong


Davenport Street Art | Pam Armstrong
Davenport | Pam Armstrong
Davenport Street Art | Pam Armstrong
Davenport | Pam Armstrong
Davenport Street Art | Pam Armstrong
Davenport | Pam Armstrong




















Davenport Roadside Attraction | Elvis
Davenport | Elvis
Davenport Roadside Attraction | Hulk
Davenport | Hulk
















A few minutes up the road will see you at The Devils Marbles If you haven't been I strongly recommend you make time. Sometimes we look at something like this after being somewhere similar and see 'just more rocks' but the atmosphere and experience, as well as bragging rights, all make it worthwhile. 

The Devil's Marbles
The Devil's Marbles
The Devil's Marbles
The Devil's Marbles
The Devil's Marbles









It's a bit of a drive to the next roadside item. There are likely things to see and do along the way I simply hadn't found any myself. 

Northern Territory's most remote Traffic Light in Daly Waters
Daly Waters | Traffic Light
Northern Territory BIG Things | Daly water's BIG Wine Bottle
Daly Waters | BIG Bottle
Daly Waters | ROFLCoptor









Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG Stubbie Larrimah
Larrimah | BIG Stubbie
Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG Banyan Tree in Mataranka
Mataranka | Banyan Tree
Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG Postman in Mataranka
Mataranka | Postman
Northern Territory Public Art | Kangaroo Sculpture in Katherine
Katherine | Kangaroo
Northern Territory BIG Things |  BIG Barramundi in Katherine
Katherine | BIG Barramundi


⏸ Katherine's newspaper boasts 20 murals around town. I've heard of a few

▪ KRA (Katherine Regional Arts) on an external stairwell.
▪ Railway Terrace - 'Jet Planes' by Jesse Bell
▪ Railway Terrace - Portrait of 'Neighbor' by Jesse Bell
▪ Salvation Army - 'Bats' by Chloe Forscutt
 Katherine Doorways Hub building 'The Man from Snowy River 

When I visited Hayes Creek to check out the new sculptures I believed were going to be a new BIG Thing I decided to dip my toes in the nearby hot springs. The 'Douglas Daly Hot Springs' is in Hayes Creek and it's a popular tourist stop. I found the spring too hot for me but who needs a thermal spring when the temp seldom drops below 20 degrees


Douglas Daly | Thermal Hot Springs
Hayes Creek | Hot Springs
Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG Gold Nugget in Douglas Daly
Douglas Daly | BIG Nugget
Northern Territory BIG Things | Charlie the Buffalo
Adelaide River | Charlie









Northern Territory BIG Things |  BIG Stock Whip in Fly Creek
Fly Creek - BIG Whip
Northern Territory BIG Things | BIG Boxing Crocodile in Humpty Doo
Humpty Doo - Boxing Croc












This pretty much lands you on the doorstep to Darwin!
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