Highlights from the Explorer's Way

Highlights from the Explorer's Way

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The Explorer's Way bisects Australia between Darwin in the north and Adelaide in the South, covering the vast wilderness of the Outback in between. We created the itinerary of German blogger Katrin Lehr of the travel blog Viel Unterwegs. You can fully customize this plan, including entering your own travel dates, destinations, and activities. On the Explorer’s Way you will experience bizarre rock formations, quirky towns and roadhouses and some of the best wine-producing areas.

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Route & dates

Highlights from the Explorer's Way

Start: Darwin
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Darwin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Mataranka
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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Daly Waters
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
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Wauchope
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
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Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
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Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
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Flinders Ranges National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Clare
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Rowland Flat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
15
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
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Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
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Adelaide
— 1 night
End: Adelaide

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Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mindil Beach. On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Darwin day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Darwin International Airport. In October in Darwin, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tjaetaba Falls as well as Tolmer Falls. On the 18th (Thu), make a trip to Magnetic Termite Mounds, then admire the sheer force of Tolmer Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wangi Falls. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Tjaetaba Falls and then admire the sheer force of Buley Rockhole.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Litchfield National Park tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Darwin to Litchfield National Park with the Route module. October in Litchfield National Park sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural Tour, Nourlangie Rock and Warradjan Cultural Centre. There's more to do: make a trip to Ubirr.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Litchfield National Park to Jabiru. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural Tour ©
Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural Tour
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre

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Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nitmiluk National Park, Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours and Katherine Gorge. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gear up at Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nitmiluk National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Katherine trip planner.

Drive from Jabiru to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Katherine can reach 100°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours ©
Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge

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Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bitter Springs.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mataranka trip planner .

You can drive from Katherine to Mataranka in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Daly Waters.

Things to do in Mataranka

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs

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Daly Waters

Daly Waters ©
Daly Waters is a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin at the intersection of the Savannah Way and the Stuart Highway.The area's traditional owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.HistoryThe name Daly Waters was given to a series of natural springs by John McDouall Stuart during his third attempt to cross Australia from south to north, in 1861-2. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daly Waters Pub.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Daly Waters tour planning website .

You can drive from Mataranka to Daly Waters in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wauchope.

Things to do in Daly Waters

Nightlife
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Daly Waters Pub ©
Daly Waters Pub

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Wauchope

Wauchope ©
Wauchope is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Karlu Karlu-Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Karlu Karlu-Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wauchope trip website .

Getting from Daly Waters to Wauchope by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Wauchope

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You've added Outback Ballooning, Todd Mall Markets, The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Iranti Art Gallery and then get great views at Anzac Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): soar above the sights with Outback Ballooning, pick up some local products at Todd Mall Markets, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

Before you visit Alice Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Wauchope to Alice Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Outback Ballooning ©
Outback Ballooning
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Watarrka National Park as well as Kings Canyon Walk. On the 29th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Watarrka National Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kings Canyon day trip tool .

You can drive from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Red Centre
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Field of Light. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4 hours. In October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Winch, Serbian Orthodox Church and Tom's Working Opal Mine. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): make a trip to Big Winch.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Coober Pedy itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Coober Pedy in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for Flinders Ranges National Park.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church
Tom's Working Opal Mine ©
Tom's Working Opal Mine
Big Winch ©
Big Winch

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Flinders Ranges National Park

Flinders Ranges National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wangara Lookout as well as Wilpena Pound. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Wilpena Pound and then take some stellar pictures from Wangara Lookout.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Flinders Ranges National Park online route builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coober Pedy to Flinders Ranges National Park. In November, daily temperatures in Flinders Ranges National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Flinders Ranges National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Wangara Lookout
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Wilpena Pound ©
Wilpena Pound
Wangara Lookout ©
Wangara Lookout

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Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. On the 3rd (Sat), appreciate the views at Clare Valley and then stroll through Riesling Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Clare trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Flinders Ranges National Park to Clare takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Rowland Flat.

Things to do in Clare

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Clare Valley
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Clare Valley ©
Clare Valley

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Rowland Flat

Rowland Flat ©
Rowland Flat is a small South Australian town in the Barossa Valley, located on the Barossa Valley Highway between Lyndoch and Tanunda. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau Tanunda as well as Mengler's Hill Lookout Sculpture Park. On the 4th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Mengler's Hill Lookout Sculpture Park and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Tanunda.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rowland Flat trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Clare to Rowland Flat by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rowland Flat can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Adelaide.

Things to do in Rowland Flat

Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Tanunda ©
Chateau Tanunda
Barossa Sculpture Park ©
Barossa Sculpture Park

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adelaide Botanic Garden as well as Adelaide Central Market. On the 5th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rowland Flat to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Adelaide are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seal Bay Conservation Park as well as Flinders Chase National Park. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip website .

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. You will leave for Adelaide on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Adelaide

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Torrens Linear Park Trail
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
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River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail

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