Follow the trail blazed in the 1860s for the Overland Telegraph and drive past striking natural attractions, historic outback pubs and towns brimming with culture and activity. Named after John McDouall Stuart, the first explorer to successfully cross Australia from south to north and return, the Explorer's Way extends from Adelaide to Darwin. On your travels you'll hit the Territory's star attractions, including World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta, spectacular Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park), and the waterfalls and waterholes of Litchfield National Park.
A well-known rock
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 take 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.
Stop in at Tennant Creek to brush up on gold rush history, see the Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles, and learn about local Aboriginal cultures. Visit the town of Katherine and use it as a base to explore the nearby gorge country of Nitmiluk National Park. Join a cruise downstream, take a helicopter flight or hit the water in a canoe.
End of the line
Camp out under starry skies and sink into the popular waterholes of Litchfield National Park before pushing north one last time to the multicultural metropolis of Darwin for a swim in the wave pool and a trip to the markets.
||Adelaide to Coober Pedy
||Coober Pedy to Uluru
||Uluru to Kings Canyon
||Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
||West MacDonnell Ranges
||Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
||Tennant Creek to Daly Waters
||Daly Waters to Mataranka
||Mataranka to Katherine
||Katherine to Litchfield National Park
||Litchfield to Darwin