The price quoted on the departure date for ''more than a day'' tours covers all days of the tour.
Duration Nine days
Operates Mondays (Apr - Oct)
Destinations Alice Springs, Darwin, Devils Marbles, Edith falls, Kakadu, Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas), Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk N P), Kings Canyon, Litchfield National Park, Mataranka, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Departs from Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Departure/Pickup Instructions Departs Alice Springs from 5.40am DEFAULT PICK UP (begin Alice Springs): Haven Backpacker Resort, 06:10am or Uluru
Departure Time From 5.40am
Returns/Ends At 6:30pm
Suitable for Recommended 18-39s
Our tours are active so a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability is needed. If you enjoy hiking through gorges, swimming in waterfalls and directly experiencing the environment then our tours are perfect for you. They are not suitable for children.
Itinerary ITINERARY:Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru
DEFAULT PICK UP (begin Alice Springs): Alice Motor Inn at 06:00am
DEFAULT PICK UP (begin Ayers Rock): Desert Gardens Hotel, 1:45pm^^
From busy Alice Springs, set off to experience the wonder of ancient Uluru. Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm and there is the option to go for a short ride on one of these desert animals (at own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara and enjoy a tasty lunch before exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. Finally, as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, grab a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp – our famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines, and soak up the vastness of outback skies during a hosted dinner you'll never forget. (LD)
Day 2 – Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
An early start is rewarded with a beautiful Uluru sunrise. While the morning's fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter)^ It is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kings Canyon
There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we head back to Alice Springs where we settle in for the evening at our hotel. You may like to enjoy dinner in Alice Springs with your group tonight (own expense). Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers for those booked on the Basix Level, or the Alice Motor Inn in Alice Springs for those who have booked Original. (BL)
Day 4 – Alice Springs to Western MacDonnell National Park
Pick up from your accommodation at approximately 7:00am
The Red Centre's best kept secret, the Western MacDonnell Ranges will leave you awed at unsuspecting beauty that this part of the country holds. Leave Alice Springs this morning and journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. To finish off your outback experience, what better cherry on top than enjoying the breathtaking colours of the Western Macdonnell Ranges transform under the setting sun on an optional hour-long sunset camel ride (own expense). (L)
Day 5 – Flight Travel day from Alice Springs to Darwin
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas airlines. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines. We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Alice Springs on night 3 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Alice Springs and Darwin to confirm your flight time and they'll advise what time you'll be picked up from your Alice Springs hotel, and that somebody will be waiting to meet you in Darwin. Tonight, you'll be staying at the Value Inn in Darwin. (no meals included)
Day 6 – Darwin, Litchfield and Mary River
DEFAULT PICK UP: Melaleuca on Mitchell Street 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am
Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we visit waterfalls that flow all year round. Litchfield National Park is well deserving of all its hype and the perfect place to soak up the tranquility of the tropics. We explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picture perfect swimming holes. We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon wildlife cruise. Enjoy an outback Aussie pub meal before climbing into your bed for a well-earned rest at our Mary River region camping spot. (LD)
Day 7 –Kakadu National Park
Today we head to Kakadu National Park where we discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Here you guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries before we climb to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the in the beautiful clear plunge pools. Tonight we relax poolside and enjoy a group dinner at the Bistro at our Jabiru campground. (BLD)
Day 8 – Kakadu to Katherine
This morning you have the option of a scenic flight over Kakadu (price from $150 pp) the sheer size of Kakadu means the only way to truly appreciate it is from the sky. The flight takes in views over the stunning Arnhem Land escarpment, vast flood plains and billabongs and gives you a true sense of the amazing diversity of the Kakadu ecosystems. We then spend time exploring Kakadu's other major Aboriginal rock art site Nourlangie or Burrungi as it is known to its local traditional owners. Here your guide will give you a snapshot of how the local Aboriginal people have lived in an area with 20 000 years of documented occupation which is reflected in some of the rock art. After lunch we head south stopping to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek before travelling further on for a quick stop and swim at Edith Falls before continuing on to Katherine and settling in for the night at our private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park. Fall asleep listening to the chatter of the outback night. (BLD)
Day 9 –Katherine Gorge to Darwin
Depending on the season, this morning we'll embark on a cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge or take the chance to head out by canoe between red rock walls up to 70 m high (both activities are optional at own expense). Formed by the Katherine River flowing from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea, this 23 million-year-old natural marvel is one of the Top End's true wonders. After lunch we experience a truly authentic indigenous cultural experience. This interpretive display will not only teach you about local indigenous culture but will also provide hands on experiences including fire making, boomerang and spear throwing and the chance to try painting your own indigenous artwork to take home as a unique souvenir. We then hit the open road and head back to Darwin to enjoy a night on the town toasting your adventure with new friends. (BL)
TOP END SHOULDER SEASON ITINERARY (may apply in the months of April/May and Sep/Oct)*
Day 1 – Florence Falls | Wangi Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Wildlife Cruise |Overnight camp in Mary River Region. (LD)
Day 2 – Ubirr or Nouralangie |Gubara pools| Nawurlandja lookout | Bowali Visitors Centre | Camp in Jabiru (BLD)
Day 3 –Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight | Edith Falls | Overnight camp at Katherine (BLD)
Day 4 – Katherine Gorge (optional activities subject to seasonal conditions) | Return to Darwin (BL)
* Should any of the attractions on days 1-3 of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the above listed activities will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to open. The opening and closing of 'dry season' activities varies from year to year.
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Inclusions Experienced guides
National park entrance fees
Two Aboriginal cultural experiences*^
Meals as indicated
Accommodation/ Ayers Rock transfers
Accommodation:3 nights motel, 5 nights permanent twin share tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. Passengers will be paired with a traveller of the same gender. A single supplement is available at Original level, EXCLUDING the Top End due to capacity restrictions.
Exclusions Sleeping Bag (available for purchase $45)
Sunset Camel ride
Kings Canyon Helicopter flight
Top End Helicopter flight
Note Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. See terms and conditions for full details.
This tour is limited to active 18-39 year olds only.
A tropical summer itinerary applies for Kakadu section Nov/Dec-May and is available upon request.
Package is made up of 3 tours therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
A STRICT luggage limit of 10kg applies.
Tour must be reconfirmed 24-48 hours prior to departure.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Fitness Level Reasonable level of fitness recommended
What To Bring Sturdy walking shoes, hat & sunscreen, water bottle, towel & toiletries, torch, warm clothing in winter months, flynet, camera & film, pillow, Sleeping Bag (available for purchase $45).
*10kg luggage limit
Child Policies This tour is not suitable for children