The 11 day Alice Springs to Darwin package has the best of what the Red Centre and Top End has to offer and time to enjoy it. Package includes 4 Day 4WD Red Centre Safari, 3 day Alice Springs to Darwin and 3 Day 4WD Kakadu Litchfield Safari and 1 night of hostel dorm accommodation before each tour. Save $440 booking these tours as a package!
Day 1 Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru
Our first stop is the Outback Camel Farm where you can see the world from the top of a camel if you choose to take a ride (at own expense). Next it¡¯s to Uluru, in the heart of the Red Centre. After lunch, we explore fascinating Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a guided interpretive walk through the Valley of the Winds. We make it back to camp in time for an enthralling desert sunset over Uluru. After dinner, curl up in your swag (Aussie bedroll) and watch the stars come out to play in the darkening sky. (LD)
Day 2 Uluru to Kings Canyon
Sunrise over UIuru is magical! It's an early start to catch it. While the morning's fresh (and your legs are too!) take a walk around Uluru's base, or climb to the top if you choose - however, the Anangu traditional owners prefer it if you don't. Gain a further insight into the land, its stories and the people who inhabit it at the Cultural Centre, where you'll also have the opportunity to invest in original arts and crafts by Indigenous artists. We'll have some lunch before heading over to Kings Canyon. Tonight's dinner is cooked in a camp oven and the result is delicious! We spend the night at our permanent campsite at Kings Canyon Resort. (BLD)
Day 3 Kings Canyon to Glen Helen
There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon and 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 travel along the well-known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way) where we check out the 140 million year old meteorite crater, Gosse Bluff. We pass by the home of acclaimed Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira as we travel towards Glen Helen, where we spend the night in our permanent campsite nestled in the western end of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. (BLD)
Day 4 Glen Helen to Alice Springs
Discover the spectacular geological features of Ormiston Gorge, before we jump back into the vehicle for some 4WD action through the ancient track of the Finke River. Most of today is spent at Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. The spectacular Western MacDonnell Ranges will continue to impress you all the way back to Alice Springs. Overnight dorm accommodation included. (BL)
Day 5 Alice Springs
Relax and explore Alice Springs. Overnight dorm accommodation included (meals at own expense).
Day 6 Alice Springs to Banka Banka
We pass by 23' 26' 22' south of the equator (otherwise known as the Tropic of Capricorn) before stopping at Ti Tree for the chance to buy original works of art by Indigenous artists. Learn about the early struggles of bush telecommunications at Barrow Creek's historic Telegraph Station - it'll make your mobile phone seem like the space age! Precariously balanced on their rocky perch are the Devils Marbles, a site sacred to its traditional owners. Last stop for today is our camp at Banka Banka Cattle Station and if the weather's good, you can take a dip in the pretty waterhole. (LD)
Day 7 Banka Banka to Katherine Gorge
No visit to the Top End would be complete without a visit to the famed Daly Waters pub, a quintessential outback roadhouse and watering hole for travellers from far and wide. The tiny town is also home to Australia's first international airport (but you wouldn't guess it!). Mataranka lies in the heart of the never-never, and you¡'l feel a million miles from anywhere as you soak in the steamy thermal springs. As the day draws to a close, we reach our overnight camp at stunning Katherine Gorge. (BLD)
Day 8 Katherine Gorge to Darwin
The gorge is all yours this morning, with a half day to spend canoeing or cruising (at own expense) the spectacular waters. Want to see more Jump aboard a helicopter flight (at own expense) which will take you high above the vast gorge system. We'll head to Darwin after a bite to eat, with stops at idyllic Edith Falls and the croc-filled Adelaide River (both a town and a river). Overnight dorm accommodation included. (BL)
Day 9 Darwin to Mary River
A refreshing start to your day: the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, followed by the spectacular Mary River Wetlands. Birds aren't the only wildlife abundant around here; keep your eyes out for lurking crocodiles on our private river cruise! A secluded campsite at Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge is where we'll stay tonight. (LD)
Day 10 Mary River to Kakadu
Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr, our first stop this morning. Clamber to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next it's on to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp within Kakadu National Park. (BLD)
Day 11 Kakadu to Darwin
Get ready for some 4WD action today on our way to Jim Jim Falls! Once we get there, we'll hike to the base of the falls before continuing on to Twin Falls. Feel the beauty of the stunning gorge and powerful falls from the National Park operated boat and boardwalk experience. The impressive scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)
What's Included on Tour:
Pre-tour overnight dorm accommodation in Alice Springs
Experienced Tour Guide
Camping 7 nights, multishare accommodation 4 nights
Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
NOTE: The 2013 - 2014 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014. The 2014 - 2015 season rates commence on the 1st April 2014.
This tour departs Alice Springs accommodation pickup commences at 6.30am. This tour runs on selected dates throughout the year. Your exact pickup time will be confirmed when you receive confirmation of your booking.
Apr 01 - Jun 27: Tue Thu Sat
Jun 28 - Jul 31: Tue Wed Thu Sat Sun
Aug 01 - Oct 30: Tue Thu Sat Sun
Oct 31 - Mar 31: Tue 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 16/24 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 $62.50. From April to May and November to March the fee is $50.
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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