There’s several ways to get to Darwin in the Northern Territory, but only one direct route by road – straight up the Stewart Highway from Adelaide to Alice Springs, to Darwin. This is the heart of our travel – a road trip that keeps us close to the ground where we get to meet people and learn about how they live.
It’s 1,100 miles from the border with South Australia to Darwin, through a sparsely populated countryside with small towns and cattle stations (ranches) scattered across the 522,000 square miles of the Northern Territory.
There are long distances between fuel stops and you’re not absolutely sure that there’s going to be fuel at the next roadhouse, though there usually is. And it’s hot out here, but the funky little roadhouses offer a place where you can stretch your legs, fuel up, get a cold drink, and enjoy the character(s!). Many are old historic bars where drovers and sheep shearers stopped for a cold one before moving on down the road.