See the highlights of the Red Centre in 6 Days! Travel from Alice Springs to Darwin and visit Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon along the way as well as small outback towns, water holes and strange rock formations. This tour is a great way to experience the Northern Territory with family, friends or individually! Included in the tour is an experienced tour guide, 5 nights camping, 1 night hostel dorm accommodation and most meals.
Day 1 Alice Springs – Kata Tjuta – Uluru
We travel to the Outback Camel Farm for an optional camel ride (at own expense), then enjoy the sights of the ancient Hugh and Finke River systems, Mt Connor and the unique scenery on our journey on to Uluru (Ayers Rock). After lunch at Yulara, we explore the Valley of the Winds in the majestic Kata Tjuta (Olgas) then return to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with the sun setting over Uluru. Camp at our permanent campsite in tents or view the brilliance of the outback night sky while sleeping in an authentic Aussie bedroll (swag). (LD)
Day 2 Uluru to Kings Canyon
We are up before sunrise for an optional climb or base walk at Uluru to explore the mysterious rock formations and Aboriginal art sites. Visit the Cultural Centre for a greater insight into Aboriginal art and beliefs with the opportunity to purchase arts & crafts. After lunch we head to Kings Canyon for our overnight camp. (BLD)
Day 3 Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Climb and explore spectacular Kings Canyon, view the 'Amphitheatre', the 'Lost City', the picturesque 'Garden of Eden' and the breathtaking North and South Walls. After lunch, we return to Alice Springs viewing the rugged desert scenery along the way. Overnight dorm accommodation. (BL)
Day 4 Alice Springs to Banka Banka
We cross the Tropic of Capricorn then pull over at Ti Tree for the opportunity to purchase authentic Aboriginal art. Next stop is the Barrow Creek Pub where we view the historic Telegraph Station. Further ‘up the track’ we explore the Devils Marbles; precariously balanced granite boulders sacred to the traditional owners’, before arriving at Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp overnight. Weather permitting - take a dip in the picturesque waterhole. (LD)
Day 5 Banka Banka to Katherine Gorge
We head further north to the famous outback pub at Daly Waters, the oldest pub in the Northern Territory and first international airport in Australia! After lunch we travel to Mataranka to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the crystal clear thermal springs. Late afternoon we travel towards the magnificent Katherine Gorge for our overnight camp. (BLD)
Day 6 Katherine Gorge to Darwin
Spend half a day canoeing or cruising (at own expense) the spectacular gorge. There is also the chance for a scenic helicopter flight (at own expense) to appreciate the vastness of the gorge system. After lunch we head into Darwin via Edith Falls and Adelaide River. (BL)
What's Included on Tour:
Experienced Tour Guide
Camping 5 nights
Hostel dorm accommodation 1 night
Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
NOTE: The 2012 - 2013 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2012 to the 31st March 2013. The 2013 - 2014 season rates commence on the 1st April 2013.
This tour departs Alice Springs accommodation pickup commences at 6.30am. Your exact pickup location will be confirmed when you receive confirmation of your booking.
Apr 01 - Jun 30: Mon Thu Sat
Jul 01 - 28: Mon Tue Thu Fri Sat
Jul 29 - Oct: 31 Mon Tue Thu Sat
Nov 01 - Mar 31: Mon Thu Sat
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
The price quoted is for one person. We operate with a minimum of four and we travel with a group of up to 24 passangers.
You must call us before 16.00 hours (4.00pm) the day prior to travel with the name of your accommodation and room number.
Tours can be rescheduled free of charge, subject to availability. If you cancel 30 days before your travel date, no cancellation fees apply. If you cancel within 30 days of your travel date you will be charged 25% of your booking cost. If you cancel with 24 hours of your travel dates, you will charged 100% of your booking cost. Cancellations must be made through Australian Explorer.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
Sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing, water bottle, torch, insect repellent / net, pillow, camera and film, money for optional snacks you might want to buy and/or meals not included on the specific tour you might be doing.
Please Note : The price quoted does not include park entry fees, you will be required to pay National Park entry fee of AUD $25.00.
If you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, please discuss this at time of booking. For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is usually a self-serve sandwich and salads; in the evening we have a cooked dinner. We always carry water in the vehicle and you will often have the chance to buy your own drinks, ice-creams etc at stops.
You will need to sign an indemnity form before departing on this tour. This tour is not suitable for children 7 years and under. The vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15 kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, film, sunblock etc.
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Especially enjoyed Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur and Wineglass bay. If your looking for a compact 6 day tour to explore Tasmania then this is it." Mick (Gold Coast, Australia.)
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