Travel Route: Explorer's Way

Explorer's Way

Get ready for one of Australia’s greatest road trips, and experience the astounding diversity of the Northern Territory on the Explorer’s Way. Spanning 3,000 kilometres from Adelaide through to Darwin in the north, this drive is an absolute must for the adventurous drive enthusiast or for a leisurely holidaymaker.

Top 5 Things to Do

Jump into the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove located in Darwin City
Go canoeing in Nitmiluk National Park down the amazing Katherine Gorge
Soothe your sore muscles after a long day’s drive at the Mataranka Thermal Pools
Stopover at the Daly Waters Historic Pub and meet quirky yet lovable outback characters
Learn about the spiritual history of Indigenous Australians by stopping by at Tennant Creek and Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles
Title: Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles | Copyright: Northern Territory Tourism

Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles

Title: Daly Waters Historic Pub | Copyright: Northern Territory Tourism

Daly Waters Historic Pub


Day 1-4: Adelaide to Coober Pedy

Travel: 846km

Start your driving adventure at Adelaide and make your way to Coober Pedy where along the way you can stop off at Port Augusta and check out the Southern and Central Flinders Ranges.

Day 5: Coober Pedy to Uluru

Travel: 734km

Make your way to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and drop in to the spiritual heart of Australia where you can hop on a camel, take part in Indigenous dancing and cultural shows as well as go on one of many guided and self-guided walking tours that take you up close and personal with both Uluru and the stunning surrounds.

Day 6: Uluru to Kings Canyon

Travel: 300km

Once you’ve had your fill of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park make the 300km drive to Kings Canyon and explore the 100m sandstone walls that make up Kings Canyon. Take a short hike to the top and take in amazing desert views.

Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Travel: 474km

Hit the road to Alice Springs, the spiritual heart of Australia. You’ll discover stunning landscapes and a fascinating pioneering history. Take time to learn about the ancient Aboriginal culture through its art and stories in galleries in the town and nearby communities.

Day 8: Alice Springs, West Macs, and Glen Helen

Travel: 130km

During your stay in Alice Springs take a drive to the West MacDonnell Ranges where you can explore the many spectacular chasms and gorges. Visit the beautiful waterholes too such as Ellery Creek Big Hole and Glen Helen Gorge that are a perfect treat after a long day’s drive.

Day 9: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Travel: 510km

While making your way to Tennant Creek stop by the Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles and get up close to these ancient granite boulders. Make sure you stop over in Tennant Creek to meet the outback characters, and learn about life during the gold rush.

Day 10: Tennant Creek to Daly Waters

Travel: 400km

For those wanting to experience real outback hospitality stop over at The Daly Waters Historic Pub where you can get lost in the massive collection of memorabilia that reflects the pub’s colourful history. Stay a night at the pub and mingle with the locals or set up camp for the night at the nearby camping grounds.

Day 11: Daly Waters to Mataranka

Travel: 167km

Take part in nature’s day spa at the Mataranka Thermal Pools where fresh constant 34 degrees water and soft sand will soothe even the sorest of muscles. Enjoy the surrounding palm forest too and keep an eye out for native birds.

Day 12: Mataranka to Katherine

Travel: 106km

Katherine has a huge range of activities to keep you busy. Make your way to Nitmiluk National Park and take a canoe down the Katherine Gorge or take a break from driving and hop on one of the many relaxing guided cruises and more!

Day 13: Katherine to Litchfield

Travel: 265km

Only a short distance from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is a must-see stopover on your journey through the Top End. Take on a range of walking tracks as well as fantastic waterholes and camping facilities. For the more adventurous take on the four-wheel drive tracks and create unforgettable memories.

Day 14: Litchfield to Darwin

Travel: 130km

Darwin offers a range of memorable activities in a stunning tropical and urban setting. Drop by the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for an array of Asian inspired food or cool off in luxury at the Darwin Wave Pool. Take in the night air at the Deckchair Cinemas, visit the Darwin War Museum or just stroll through its many bustling streets and restaurant precincts.

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