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.
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 tourism drive starts 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.
Today, this the Explorer's Way is followed by many travellers, from young back
packers to grey nomads. Whilst the route can be done in seven days, more
pleasure can be derived by taking at least two weeks, doing overnight stays
or longer at some of the destinations and side detours along the route.
Whilst cyclist, campervans, caravans, 4 wheel drives all make this route, another unique holiday experience, is on board The Legendary Ghan, as it travels
through the heart of Australia on one of Australia's and the world's great train