Adelaide to Port Augusta (320km)
Get an introduction to the Flinders Ranges at Port Augusta’s Wadlata Outback Centre. Experience the Tunnel of Time and discover how the region evolved, where to go and what to do. Stay at Port Augusta BIG4 Caravan Park from $34/night. southaustralia.com; wadlata.sa.gov.au; port-augusta-holiday-park.sa.big4.com.au
Port Augusta to Coober Pedy (540km)
Experience living underground – or even go to church underground. Half of Coober Pedy’s population live under the surface to escape the scorching heat. Try your luck noodling for opals in the world’s opal capital, and stay at Radeka’s Down Under Coober Pedy from $64/night. southaustralia.com; radekadownunder.com.au
Coober Pedy to Marree via William Creek (375km)
Marree Man is a 4km-long geoglyph of an Aboriginal man, best seen from the air. On the way, stop in at William Creek Hotel on the biggest cattle station in Australia; it’s a great base for exploring Lake Eyre. Stay at Marree’s Oasis Caravan Park and Motel, camping from $10/night. marreelakeeyreflights.com.au; williamcreekhotel.net.au
Marree to Wilpena via Arkaroola (453km)
After exploring the beautiful Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, head south back towards Adelaide, stopping in at Wilpena to check out the spectacular Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre. Stay at Wilpena Pound Resort, camping from $12/night. southaustralia.com; arkaroola.com.au; wilpenapound.com.au
Wilpena to Port Augusta (160km)
Stop in at the historic town of Quorn after leaving Wilpena. See the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre and South Australia’s first sound and light show. Stay at Port Augusta BIG4 Caravan Park from $34/night.
southaustralia.com; steamtown.com.au; port-augusta-holiday-park.sa.big4.com.au
Port Augusta to Adelaide (320km)
Less than an hour’s drive south of Port Augusta is Alligator Gorge in the Mount Remarkable National Park, which visitors can walk to, surrounded by stunning scenery. Afterwards, stop at the historic town of Laura and check out local landmarks like the war memorial, and walking trails through Wirrabara Forrest. Then, before reaching Adelaide, make time to explore the premier food and wine region, Clare Valley. southaustraliantrails.com; southaustralia.com.