Prepare for an epic Australian road trip through the heart of the Outback on the Explorers Way.
Journey through the heart of Australia's outback
The breathtaking scenery of the outback is beautifully entwined with the history of our state along the Explorers Way. The 3000 kilometre 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 and into the outback.
See walking trails blanketed with native orchids and wildflowers, dramatic natural rock formations and old railway lines that detail the importance and growth of the mining industry. The vast open space is unlike anything else in the world. Download the Explorers Way road trip map with suggested stops and journey through the heart of Australia's outback.
Explorers Way road trip highlights:
Adelaide to Clare Valley - 2 hours. Stop for lunch in Auburn. Visit some of the many wineries and cellar doors including Skillogalee, Annie's Lane and Sevenhill. Step back in time at the gorgeous Georgian mansion, Martindale Hall, and unlock the region's history. Visit the copper mining town of Burra with a Burra Heritage Passport.
Clare Valley to Flinders Ranges - 3 hours 30 minutes. Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park is a highlight. Stay at Rawnsley Park Station in a basic tent or a luxury eco-villa at Wilpena Pound Resort.
Flinders Ranges. Walk into Wilpena Pound or take a scenic flight to truly appreciate its magnitude and beauty. Other highlights include Rawnsley Bluff, Razorback Lookout in Bunyeroo Gorge and Stokes Hill Lookout. See Yellow-footed rock wallabies at Brachina Gorge.
Flinders Ranges to Port Augusta - 1 hour 40 minutes. North of Wilpena is the historic mining town of Blinman. Pass through Parachilna Gorge towards the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna: an oasis in the desert. Travel to Port Augusta via Hawker, Quorn and the Pichi Richi Pass. The Wadlata Outback Centre is a major attraction and an accredited visitor information centre. Activities include the G’day Mate Theatre and Tunnel of Time.
Port Augusta to Coober Pedy - 6 hours. The Woomera Heritage Centre and Interactive Rocket Range Museum is fascinating. Travel along the Stuart Highway to see the huge inland salt lakes. Take-in the unique mining landscapes on the drive to Coober Pedy.
Coober Pedy. Stay underground, go opal shopping or try your luck at noodling (fossicking) for opals at various working mines. Take an opal mine tour at The Old Timer’s Mine Museum and Umoona Opal Mine and Museum. Play a round of golf on a course with no grass and experience sunset at The Breakaways, one of South Australia's outback gems.
Coober Pedy to Uluru - 9 hours; or Alice Springs - 8 hours. Last stop in South Australia is Marla, population 70, give or take. It’s primarily a service town and is visited twice a week by The Ghan passenger train. Border crossing into the Northern Territory, stop at Erldunda Roadhouse before travelling west to Uluru or north to Alice Springs and Darwin.
Please note that all driving times and approximate and do not include breaks which are a necessity. Plan ahead before you set off with our outback driving safety tips.