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Stuart Highway
Northern TerritorySouth Australia
Sunset along Hwy A87 N into the Red Centre - (13113070625).jpg
The highway in the far north of South Australia
Map of Australia (except Tasmania), with Stuart Highway highlighted in red
General information
Type Highway
Length 2,834 km (1,761 mi)
Route number(s)
  • National Highway 1
  • National Highway 87
  • National Highway A87
Former
route number
National Route 87 (NT/SA border – Port Augusta)
Major junctions
North end Daly Street, Darwin, Northern Territory
 
  • Victoria Highway (National Highway 1)
  • Carpentaria Highway (National Route 1)
  • Buchanan Highway (National Route 80)
  • Barkly Highway (National Highway 66)
South end Princes Highway / Eyre Highway (National Highway A1), Port Augusta, South Australia
Location(s)
Major settlements Katherine, Daly Waters, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National Highway • Freeways in Australia
Highways in the Northern Territory
Highways in South Australia

The Stuart Highway is one of Australia's major roads. It links Port Augusta, South Australia, with Darwin in the Northern Territory a distance of 2,834 km. It is named after the explorer John McDouall Stuart, and much of the road follows the route he took on his epic journey in 1862. The highway is promoted as a tourist attraction, called the "Explorer's Way". For many years in Australia it was simply known as "The Track". Towns on the highway include Marla, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine.

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