Camper27 wrote:Hey Guys, Great site!
My partner and I have hired a 2WD camper and are planning our trip we pick our camper up from Darwin and want to see Ayers Rock before heading up and west.
Could I make the suggestion that you collect your camper from Alice Springs if possible or at least arrange to drop it off there at the conclusion? It would save you a considerable amount of time, distance and money if you did.
Reason being that Darwin to Alice is about 1500km. If you want to head west after Alice Springs, remember the rock (450km from Alice), the canyon (sort of on the way back to Alice), the ranges (also on the way back) etc rack up your time and kms as well whilst in the red centre. You will then be driving over 1000km to get back to Katherine from Alice Springs to head into WA.
Its just a tip. I remember once an office clerk in Darwin rang me in Alice Springs to ask if I could drop something off to Ayers Rock in my meal break. She didn't believe me when I told her it was a 900km round trip and that I wasn't sure I would make it back in 30 minutes. The lesson - until you have lived there or spent a lot of time there you will underestimate the distances between places.
As for safe places to stop on the road, just go for places where there are other people stopped is my advice. Safety in numbers.
Don't be too worried, we caught the last psycho that picked on the tourists.