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Stuart Highway

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Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory

The Stuart Highway known as "the Explorer's Way" is a highway running north to south through the middle of Australia, linking Darwin (Northern Territory) with Port Augusta (South Australia). It spans 3,200 kilometres, a vast magnificent country of arid lands in the south via Central Australia to the tropical Top End.

From there, the Princes Highway connects it with Adelaide and the Eyre Highway will lead you to Western Australia. In the north of South Australia, the Stuart Highway also provides an entry and exit point for the more adventurous "Oodnadatta Track", a dirt road that takes you to some old outback towns the newer Stuart Highway now bypasses. This track may be closed after heavy rains, but the Stuart Highway is much more reliable in bad weather.

Along the highway, you will encounter towns such as Katherine(Northern Territory), Tennant Creek(Northern Territory), Alice Springs (Northern Territory), Coober Pedy (South Australia), and Woomera (South Australia)

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.


Precautions

Be wary of your fuel

When outside of towns, services are limited so make sure you are well prepared for the distances you have to travel. A good idea is to get fuel at every truck stop you see - this will ensure that you have enough to get to your next stop. Though as always plan ahead.


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