The Stuart Highway, between Port Augusta and Darwin, is known as Explorer's Way. Spanning 3,200 kilometres, it covers a vast magnificent country of arid lands in the south through Central Australia to the tropical Top End. The Highway is named after Explorer John McDouall Stuart who in 1862 was first to cross the continent.
The Stuart Highway is bitumen all the way and intersects interesting towns like Woomera, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Katherine. The cities Adelaide and Darwin at either end of Highway provide lots to see and do.
The Oodnadatta Track is a dirt road through the outback for the more adventurouss. It accesses the Stuart Highway at several points and may be closed after rain.
Today's explorers have the same fascination for the vast expanses without the risks and privations of the past. Take lots of photos, leave nothing but footprints. Chat to the locals and fellow travellers and take time to go exploring off the beaten track on walks and tours. Use common sense if "going bush" in the Outback.