An outback adventure route that goes through the heart of the nation, the Explorers Highway follows the trail of legendary explorer John McDouall Stuart - the first European to travel overland from the south of the country to the north.

Crossing the border from South Australia into the Territory, you get a chance to make amazing side trips to some of the country's most iconic locations. You can see the ochre red domes of Kata Tjuta, the magnificent splendour of Uluru, and the rock formations and palm-covered watering holes of Kings Canyon.

Before heading on to the frontier gold mining settlement at Tennant Creek, it's essential to make a stop at the town that defines our notions of the lonely, romantic Australian outback - Alice Springs.

Then, as you reach the country's top end, you can take in the natural majesty of the hot springs and rainforests in Katherine, before finishing your journey at the northern capital of Darwin, which is perhaps Australia's most multicultural city.

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