Feeling those back-to-work blues? Thinking about your next holiday adventure already? Layne Beachley might be able to help. The surfing superstar recently went on a Red Centre road trip in the Northern Territory with husband Kirk Pengilly (of INXS fame); here are her top five tips for getting the most out of your NT experience.
Layne Beachley’s top five tips for the ultimate Northern Territory road trip
1. Comfy walking shoes are a must
Don’t expect to spend too much time indoors when you’re in the Northern Territory because the best it has to offer is out in the great outdoors! When you visit Uluru, you’ll want to be able to admire its breath-taking beauty from every angle. Whether it’s walking around the base or riding, you’ll need comfy walking shoes with a very durable sole.
2. Be sun smart
Bring an ample supply of sunscreen, an akubra and sunglasses when you embark on your NT roadie. Whether you’re exploring Kings Canyon or riding mountain bikes around Alice Springs it’s important to make sure you’re protected by the sun.
3. Don’t forget your swimmers
If you’re like me and can’t live without the water like me, the NT has amazing swimming holes that won’t disappoint. Make sure you pack your swimmers because there’s nothing worse than driving all the way to beautiful swimming spots like Glen Helen Gorge or Ormiston Gorge, then realising you’ve left your gear at home. A quick dip in the gorge is just what you need to refresh yourself for the rest of your drive!
4. Prep your playlist
Kirk and I made sure we had the ultimate road trip playlist for our trip to the Red Centre. Road trips aren’t the same without a tune to sing along to as you take in awe-inspiring surroundings like Kata Juta (The Olgas). A personal favourite of mine during the trip was Great Southern Land. Now every time I hear that song, I remember driving along the Sturt Highway — absolute bliss!
5. Pack a sense of adventure!
This is definitely something you can’t afford to leave at home. The NT has something for everyone. If you’re like Kirk and love your food, have a sunset dinner under the outback sky at Tali Wiru. If you love to get the pulse racing like me, hop on a quad bike at Kings Canyon. Any road trip is an adventure, but driving through the NT was special – it’s uniquely different to everywhere else in Australia.
For more information on road trips in the Northern Territory visit travelnt.com!