14 Day Adelaide to Darwin Tour

Start in Adelaide


Description

Travel straight up through the middle of Australia with our amazing package tour and see incredible sights such as Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Coober Pedy and so much more!


Details

The great Australian Outback awaits you on this incredible budget tour from Adelaide to Darwin. See the bizarre and unique mining town of Coober Pedy where everyone lives underground. Visit the Red Centre and see sunset and sunrise at Uluru. Swim in incredible waterfalls and learn about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. This tour covers all of these and much more!

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the Flinders Ranges National Park
  • Sleep Underground in the Opal Mining Town of Coober Pedy
  • Visit Uluru and see sunrise and sunset at this incredible location
  • Hike amongst Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
  • Swim in Waterfalls in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks
  • See ancient Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about their culture
  • Look for Crocodiles from your own river cruise
  • Finish in the Frontier city of Darwin

 

This tour is a combination of three separate tours with overnight accommodation included between them - please note that guides and other travelers may change on each tour.

 

This Incredible Package Includes:

  • 6 days / 5 nights Adelaide to Alice Springs tour, including the Red Centre
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation Alice Springs
  • 3 days / 2 nights Alice Springs to Darwin tour
  • 3 days / 2 nights Kakadu and Litchfield tour
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation in Darwin
  • All national park fees
  • Most meals

Itinerary

Day 1

With an early start, we head north through one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Clare Valley. We enter the Southern Flinders Ranges and after lunch hike Dutchman’s Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding ranges and plains. Tonight we camp, amongst the redgum trees of Stony Creek. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2

After breakfast we head to Coober Pedy, home to 80% of the world’s opal and a landscape a lot like Mars. We take a tour of an opal mine and check out some of the town’s unique underground attractions. We also make some new friends at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight we sleep like the locals– underground, in bunkhouse accommodation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

We head towards Uluru. On arrival we set up camp and go out for our first Uluru sunset. Nothing really prepares you for The Rock– it’s awesome! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4

After another fantastic breakfast we enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru and spend time learning about the Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. We return to the campground for lunch and spend the rest of day soaking up the magic of Uluru. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Up with the birds for breakfast, today it’s at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). We hike the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredibly ancient rock formations. Lunch is at the campground, with a departure for the bar and swimming pool at Kings Creek Station‘just down the road’. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

We walk Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to experience the fantastic views of the gorge, huge sandstone walls and the immense canyon floor. The cool water hole in the Garden of Eden is just so special. After lunch we cruise into Alice Springs to arrive at approximately 6:30pm. You can then check in to your dorm accommodation in a nice and secure hostel for two nights. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 7

Free day to relax and explore Alice Springs

Day 8

You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn. Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

No trip to the‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and nearby where we camp overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight in Darwin in a central hostel in a dorm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our exclusive two hour cruise where the local wallaby population greets us on arrival. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife away from the masses, just you and your group. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and our overnight stay. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Our journey is towards the southern end of Kakadu where we spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls*. There’s a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! Relax in a natural infinity pool with a postcard backdrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. So many choices. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool we exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to our overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13

Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin where you will check back into the hostel for 1 more night. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 14

Check out of the hostel to finish your trip.


Extras

Accommodation upgrades are available: singles, twins or doubles
 
Sleeping bags are not included for the Camping nights. Although you can hire them, we recommend you buy your own in advance as it works out cheaper over the multiple tours.
 
Some meals are not included.


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