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Cycle Tour Central Australia - 2021

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With all the international travel restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19, we decided to undertake a long-overdue long distance cycle tour closer to home.

This tour was undertaken between April and June 2021 and took in the route as presented in the map below. Leaving Adelaide, we cycled north mostly along the 900 km long Mawson Trail to Blinman. We used the trail as a guide rather than following it to the letter as it is not really suitable for self reliant/heavily loaded touring bikes. We then made our way towards the Oodnadatta Track, and on to the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs (NT). From Alice Springs we followed the Red Centre Way loop through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Kings Canyon, before arriving at Yulara and Uluru. The second half of the trip followed the Great Central Road to Laverton (WA) and Kalgoorlie/Coolgardie. We left the Great Eastern Highway at Southern Cross to do a section of The Wheatbelt Way. The final leg from Northam to our home in Perth was mostly along the Kep Track which we have cycled before in 2008.

Due to the length of the tour, the trip report has been split into a number of separate pages as follows:

South Australia: Adelaide to SA/NT Border, via the Mawson Trail, Oodnadatta Track, and Stuart Hwy Northern Territory: SA/NT Border to Kaltukatjara (WA/NT Border) via Alice Springs, Red Centre Way and Kings Canyon, Uluru, and Great Central Road Western Australia: Kaltukatjara to Perth via Great Central Road, Goldfields Hwy, Great Eastern Hwy, Wheatbelt Way, and the Kep Track