In the early 1860’s two expedition teams set out to cross the Australian continent from South to North. In 1860 Burke and Wills departed Melbourne to explore the unmapped and unknown interior, arriving on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1861. In that same year, John McDouall Stuart set off from Adelaide to cross the continent, arriving at the northern coastline east of Darwin in 1862.
The story of these brave explorers is fascinating. It’s even more so when you can follow in their footsteps and imagine what it would have been like all those years ago. We’ll follow parts of their legendary expeditions, but we’ll also divert off the explorer trail to show you highlights, some of which you may not have even heard of. For example the "Lost City" near Lorrella Springs, where you will stop along the way.