The Explorer’s Drive

Read all about the exciting destinations on this Trip of a Lifetime

Fannie Bay trailer boat club Darwin - ©Tourism NT

Starting in tropical Darwin, enjoy a trip to the multicultural mix at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Soak up some culture at one of the many Aboriginal art galleries showcasing both emerging and established artists. Take cruise along the Adelaide River spotting the native crocs performing acrobatics in the water.

Make your way south towards the town of Katherine and use it as a base to explore the nearby gorge country of Nitmiluk National Park. Here you can join a cruise downstream, take a helicopter flight or hit the water in a canoe. Relax under starry skies and sink into the popular waterholes of Litchfield National Park before pushing further to Tennant Creek.

Jim Jim Falls Kakadu National Park - ©Tourism NT

At this friendly hamlet you can brush up on gold rush history at the Tuxworth-Fullwood Museum, while trying your hand at finding your own treasure to take home. Across the valley south of Tennant Creek, the Devils Marbles are a collection of massive granite boulders. Standing at up to 6 metres high and formed over millions of years, they continue to crack and change. Find out about the ancient Aboriginal mythology surrounding this geological marvel on a short self-guided walk around the reserve.

After a good night’s rest, move on to Alice Springs, the Aboriginal art capital of Australia before losing yourself in the chasms and gorges of the West Macdonnell Ranges. Hit the highway the next day for sandstone wonder Kings Canyon and enjoy spectacular views across the desert. Take a slight detour from the road to visit the world’s most iconic monolith, Uluru, and catch a sunset over the mighty red rock and take a walk through Kata Tjuta National Park.

Skillogalee vineyards Clare Valley South Australia

Crossing the border into South Australia your first stop should be the frontier town of Coober Pedy, grandly known as the world’s opal capital. You can try your luck noodling (fossicking) or sleepover in an underground hotel if you want a break from your Britz. While there make sure to branch off to William Creek which is named by Stuart himself. This archetypal outback town with a population of only six is a great place from which to take in the beauty of Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest lake which most of the time is dry.

Continue on your journey along Explorer’s Way stopping off at The Flinders Ranges. This is not only one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges; it is also recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding national landscapes with Wilpena Pound the diamond on the crown. The Ranges are not only stunning to look at and explore on foot, but they are also home to some incredible 600 million year fossils.

Adelaide - Victoria Square

On your final stretch towards Adelaide, stop off at the Clare Valley one of Australia’s the award-winning wine regions. Revel in the finer things in life with delicious gourmet food and world class wines. Discover more than 40 cellar doors or cycle along the region’s famous Riesling Trail, taking in the natural beauty of the vineyard covered hills and historic stone ruins. The Valley’s rich cultural heritage dates back 160 years and historic towns such as Burra,Watervale, Sevenhill and Mintaro have been preserved in tribute to the 19th century copper miners and early settlers.

Your final destination is laid-back Adelaide, which is renowned for its alfresco lifestyle, year round festivals & events and boasts some 700 restaurants. Within 20 minutes you can go from exploring the museums and galleries of North Terrace to walking on soft white sand and swimming with dolphins from the beachside suburb of Glenelg.

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