The Explorer's Way is a cross country drive which follows the route
of John McDouall Stuart, a famous Australian explorer who was the first
to traverse the continent in 1862. This drive, along the Stuart
Highway, connects Australia's south and north, from Adelaide in South
Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and takes in many of
Australia's best-known icons.
These include the Flinders Ranges, the opal mining town of Coober
Pedy, The Painted Desert, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock) (as a
detour), Tennant Creek, The Devil's Marbles, Wycliffe Well - reputed to
be Australia's UFO capital, Mataranka, Katherine and Darwin. It is a
sealed bitumen road all the way, so you don't need a 4-wheel drive
vehicle to discover and explore the beauty and uniqueness of Central
The journey is straight foward, easy to follow and on good sealed
highway all the way. It starts in Adelaide and ends in Darwin, leave
Adelaide via Main North Road, then Princes Highway to Augusta, when you
take Stuart Highway, following the signs to Darwin.
Make your way north from Adelaide through the subterranean mining
town of Coober Pedy to the world's most famous monolith, Uluru. Catch a
sunset over the mighty red rock and talk a walk through Kata Tjuta. Hit
the highway the next day for sandstone wonder Kings Canyon and enjoy
spectacular views across the desert.
Stay a while in Alice Springs, the NT's second largest city and the
Aboriginal art capital of Australia, before losing yourself in the
chasms and gorges of the West Macdonnell Ranges.