Explorer's Way

For a true outback adventure, follow the Explorer’s Way

Embark on an unforgettable journey through South Australia's most striking outback landscapes and historic towns.

The Heart of Australia’s Outback

Embark on an unforgettable journey through South Australia’s outback landscapes and historic towns. Explorer’s Way is one of the great long-distance drives of the world.


The breathtaking scenery of the outback is beautifully entwined with the history of our State along the Explorer’s Way. The 1851mi journey from Adelaide to Darwin takes you through one of South Australia’s famous wine regions, the Clare Valley, before making its way to the spectacular Flinders Ranges. From there, follow it to some of the most important historic townships that have chronicled cultural and social change in South Australia.


Hike trails blanketed with native wildflowers; wind your way through dramatic natural rock formations; visit towns and museums that have shaped part of South Australia’s identity.


Explorer’s Way is an epic journey highlighting the spectacular Australian outback. Get back to nature and experience the wonder of the Explorer’s Way.


Map and Itinerary

Visit South Australian Roadtrips for an easy-to-follow touring route, area map and list of walks, wineries, landmarks and highlights. If you’re looking for a pre-planned route, download our itinerary suggestions. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to experience it all.


Itinerary Teaser

Adelaide to Clare Valley - 2 hours

Cellar doors, Martindale Hall, Skillogalee, Annie’s Lane, Burra


Clare Valley to Flinders Ranges - 3 hours 30 minutes

Alligator Gorge and Mt Remarkable, Hawker, Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station


Flinders Ranges

Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Gorge, Brachina Gorge, yellow-footed rock wallabies, Blinman, Stokes Hill Lookout


Flinders Ranges to Port Augusta - 1 hour 40 minutes

Via Hawker, Pichi Rich Railway, Wadlata Outback Centre


Port Augusta to Coober Pedy - 6 hours

Woomera Heritage Centre, salt lakes, Lake Hart, outback landscapes


Coober Pedy

Umoona Opal Mine, Old Timer’s Mine, noodling, underground churches, the golf club, opal shopping, sunset at The Breakaways


Coober Pedy to Uluru - 9hrs; or Alice Springs - 8 hours

Marla, Erldunda, border crossing into the Northern Territory



Flinders Ranges and outback - an unforgettable experience

Escape to true Australian outback in the Flinders Ranges. See an abundance of native wildlife, and landscapes that will take your breath away.