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Adelaide to Alice Springs One Way Campervan Rental

Planning a road trip from Adelaide (SA) to Alice Springs (NT)? Travel the outback in a one-way campervan rental.

Use our comparison tool above to check prices and availability on campervan rentals from multiple suppliers.

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Adelaide to Alice Springs One Way Itinerary

This route from Adelaide to Alice Springs is approximately 2,070 km and will take you through the heart of the outback and Australia’s Red Centre.

It is possible to shorten the trip by skipping Uluru and heading straight into Alice springs. However, Uluru or Ayers Rock is considered a must-see by many when visiting the area.

Part 1: Adelaide

Things to see:

  • Barossa Valley
  • Cleland Wildlife Park

Part 2: Adelaide to Port Augusta

Distance: 300-320 km

Estimated driving time: 3.5-4h

Popular attractions:

  • Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
  • Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout
  • Wadlata Outback Centre

Part 3: Port Augusta to Coober Pedy

Distance: 540 km

Estimated driving time: 5.5-6h

Things to see:

  • Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
  • Faye’s Underground Home
  • Big Winch Lookout
  • Boot Hill

Part 4: Coober Pedy to Erldunda

Distance: 490km

Estimated driving time: 5h

Things to see:

  • Stopover at Erldunda Roadhouse

Part 5: Erldunda to Uluru

Distance: 270 km

Estimated driving time: 3h

Popular attractions:

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Kata Tjuta National Park
  • The Olgas

Part 6: Uluru to Alice Springs

Distance: 470 km

Estimated driving time: 5h

Things to see:

  • Desert Park
  • Reptile Centre
  • Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park

Popular Attractions Along the Way

Barossa Valley

Another of Australia's famous wine regions, the Barossa Valley is located in northeast Adelaide in South Australia. The region is home to many award-winning wineries, with tours and tastings available. There are also many opportunities for outdoor activities, including cycling and hiking through the Barossa conservation parks.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Twenty minutes outside the CBD, Cleland Wildlife Park within the Cleland Conservation Park is an oasis of natural bushland in the Adelaide Hills.

The park promotes experiences to cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos, and interact with 130 species, many of which are free-roaming. Nearby, are Mt Lofty and Waterfall Gully, both of which are convenient and rewarding getaways from the city into nature.


Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone mass in the Northern Territory of Australia. The rock is nearly 350m tall and is considered sacred to the local indigenous people.

The rock is located within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also contains hiking trails and other opportunities for outdoor activities.

Desert Park

Billed as a combination of botanic gardens, zoo, Aboriginal cultural centre, and environmental conservation institute, the Alice Springs Desert Park is often a ‘first stop’ in town and, as such, provides an excellent overview of this unique environment.

Four miles out of the town centre, the park contains three large walk-through desert habitats along a one-mile trail: Desert Rivers, Sand Country, and Woodlands. There’s also the largest Nocturnal House in the Southern Hemisphere and a nature theatre, known for interactive Birds of Prey shows.

Reptile Centre

Since the year 2000, home to the largest collection of reptiles in the Northern Territory, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre is the place to go to learn first-hand about these iconic Australian creatures, most of which are indigenous to the immediate area.

100 animals from over 30 species can be found in the Centre, including goannas, Thorny Devils, many varieties of the world’s most venomous snakes, and a cave of geckos. 3.3-metre-long Terry the saltwater crocodile is a favourite, though he’s actually from the wetter Darwin area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any one-way rental fees?

Campervan rental companies may charge a one-way rental fee. If there is such a fee we will include it in the rental price listed in our comparison tool.

Can I travel in the opposite direction - from Alice Springs to Adelaide?

Yes - simply use the search tool at the top of this page to check availability.

Is free camping allowed?

Free camping is only permitted at designated areas, and overnight parking is generally prohibited.

Some popular campsites in Adelaide include Brighton Caravan Park, Discovery Parks Adelaide Beachfront and Levi Park Caravan Park.

Adelaide is a great base for a campervan holiday, with many road trip destinations to explore in South Australia:

  • Wine regions on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley
  • Onkaparinga River National Park
  • Kangaroo Island
  • The Limestone Coast

What kind of licence do I need to hire a campervan in Darwin?

There are no special licencing requirements that you need to undertake if hiring or driving a motorhome in the Northern Territory. Your licence will need to be:

  • A current and full driver’s licence
  • Not a probationary or provisional licence
  • An international licence in English or an English translation
  • International Driving Permit (IDP)

Is campervan hire with unlimited mileage available in Darwin?

Yes, unlimited kilometres are generally included for standard vehicle rentals in Australia. However, limits are placed on some vehicles, e.g. 4x4 campers. The comparison tool will show whether your preferred vehicle has unlimited or restricted kilometres.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.