Self-drive touring, Northern Territory, Australia

Binns Track

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The Binns Track is an epic four-wheel drive adventure that takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery allowing you to explore some of the lesser known sights of Central Australia.

Start at the South Australian border and wind your way through remote national parks, remarkable terrain and far-flung outback towns. 

The track is 2,191 kilometers and is named after Bill Binns, a ranger with NT Parks and Wildlife for 32 years. Bill's dream was to create a track that allowed tourists to explore a region bursting with 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 Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. Spend some time getting to know Tennant Creek – a town known for its proud Aboriginal heritage, gold rushes and pioneering past.

Barra country

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

Top 5 must do's for Binns Track

1) Visit the Alice Springs desert park for your chance to get up close and personal with Central Australia's flora and fauna

2) Join a mountain biking tour around the old Telegraph Station of Alice Springs

3) Explore abandoned gold mines at Arltunga and pan for your own gold

4) Fossick for semi-precious stones in the creek beds of Gemtree

5) Visit the large domes of Karlu Karlu, also known as Devils Marbles near Tennant Creek


Suggested itinerary

Day  Destination Distance
Day 1 Mt Dare to Alice Springs  421km 
Day 2  Alice Springs to Ruby Gap  186km 
Day 3  Ruby Gap to Gemtree  101km 
Day 4  Gemtree to Davenport Ranges  422km 
Day 5  Davenport Ranges to Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles  180km 
Day 6 Devils Marbles to Tennant Creek  90km 
Day 7  Tennant Creek to Dunmarra  287km 
Day 8 Dunmarra to Humbert River Track  345km 
Day 9  Humbert River Track to Bullita Homestead  48km 
Day 10  Bullita Homestead to Timber Creek 78km 

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