Connecting Adelaide to Darwin, crossing the state/territory
border of South Australia and the Northern Territory, is one of the great drives
through the heart of Australia, promoted as the Explorer's Way.
In essence, the Explorer's Way is the Stuart
Highway, a sealed highway, that follows the route of the intrepid explorer John
McDouall Stuart who in 1862 became the first person to traverse the continent
from south to north.
Whilst the Explorer's Way is promoted as starting in Adelaide, the Stuart Highway actually starts
in Port Augusta. From Adelaide, the Main North Road is the more scenic route,
allowing you to explore the Clare Valley and the country towns of Gladstone,
Melrose and Wilmington, among others.
The quicker route from Adelaide is the Port Wakefield Road, as it bypasses most
of the country towns.
For those who only want to do a section of the Explorer's Way tourism drive, there are a number
of wonderful alternative detours along the route, on the southern side of the South Australia / Northern
Additional information on
Australia Touring Routes -
For accommodation information, just follow the links to our various listed towns
and destinations. More information can be had from the local visitor information
centres along the various touring and drive routes.