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Explorer's Way - South Australia Touring Routes - Tourism Drives
• Adelaide
• Clare
• Coober Pedy
• Marla
• Melrose
• Port Augusta
• Woomera

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 Territory border.


Additional information on Australia Touring Routes - Explorer's Way.

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.

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Explorer's Way Distance

Distance to the Explorer's Way
• Following are some approximate distances by road along the Explorer's Way:
• Adelaide, SA to Clare 139
• Clare to Melrose 130
• Melrose to Port Augusta 66
• Port Augusta to Woomera 181
• Woomera to Coober Pedy 375
• Coober Pedy to Marla 234
• Marla to Kulgera, NT 192
The distance from Marla to the South Australia border is approximately 158
• Kulgera to Alice Springs 286
• Alice Springs to Aileron Roadhouse 134
• Aileron Roadhouse to Tennant Creek 374
• Tennant Creek to Elliott 253
• Elliot to Daly Waters 152
• Daly Waters to Larrimah 90
• Larrimah to Mataranka 76
• Mataranka to Katherine 106
• Katherine to Pine Creek 90
• Pine Creek to Hayes Creek 61
• Hayes Creek to Adelaide River 52
• Adelaide River to Darwin 114
Sub-Total: 3,105
Total: 3,105
(distances are approx. and can vary depending on stopovers, detours & maps)  
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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• Explorer's Way Maps
Bing Maps - Adelaide to Marla, via Clare, Melrose, Port Augusta, Woomera, Coober Pedy
Google Maps - Adelaide to Marla, via Clare, Melrose, Port Augusta, Woomera, Coober Pedy


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