Another challenging track (impassable after the rain) heads north from Arltunga past Claraville station and up over the Harts Ranges through Cattlewater Pass to the Plenty Highway, 67km or three hours from Arltunga. It’s a scenic way of returning to Alice Springs from Arltunga and you’re bound to see some hopping marsupials along the way, but ensure you allow plenty of time as it’s slow-going in places. Once you reach the Plenty Highway it’s a fairly easy dirt road (in dry weather) via Gemtree to the Stuart Highway and Alice Springs, 150km away.