Centre for Continuing Education

Classic Journeys Course: Alice Spring to Darwin, Overland

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The Kimberley – is one of the oldest parts of the most ancient continent on earth, with a continuous population from not long after the dawn of humankind, David McGonigal. Our journey takes us through some of Australia’s iconic areas. Crocodiles, burning deserts and cool pools make this a once in a lifetime journey.


At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Have a greater understanding of travel in Australia’s northern regions.
  2. Have a better understanding of the northern regions of Australia.


This course covers the following topics:


  • Alice Springs.
  • Tanami Track.
  • Wolfe Creek Crater.
  • Halls Creek.
  • Purnululu National Park.
  • Cathedral Gorge & Echidna Chasm.


  • Fitzroy Crossing.
  • Geike Gorge.
  • Broome.
  • Derby.
  • Windjana Gorge National Park.
  • Tunnel Creek National Park.


  • Manning Gorge.
  • Drysdale Station.
  • Mitchell River National Park.
  • Emma Gorge.
  • El Questro Wilderness Park.
  • Wyndham.
  • Kununurra.
  • Ord River Cruise.


  • Timber Creek.
  • Katherine.
  • Jabiru.
  • Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise.
  • East Alligator Cruise.

Intended Audience

This history course is suitable for personal interest adult learners, university students and active retirees who are planning to visit Northern Territory of Australia, or those who have a general interest in those lands.

Delivery Style

The course is structured using a mixture of visual powerpoint presentations, readings by participants, discussion and a class quiz to assist with personal retention of the course material.

Recommended Reading

  • Kings in Grass Castles, Mary Durack, Constable & Co, 1985.
  • The Kimberley, David McGonigal, Australian Geographic, 2003.
  • The White Divers of Broome, John Bailey, Pan Macmillan, 2011.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion