9 Day Outback to the Top End from Alice Springs or Yulara to Darwin

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9 Day Outback to the Top End from Alice Springs or Yulara to Darwin - TouringTake in the iconic Red Centre and the natural splendour of the Top End. Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs or Yulara to Darwin, taking in the region's biggest and best draws along the way. This tail-to-top adventure will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia's raw and rugged natural beauty.

Witness Uluru (Ayers Rock) during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon. Head into the bush and learn from the area’s traditional land owners, cruise the Mary River and spot crocs in the wetlands, and get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu National Park as well as Litchfield and Katherine Gorge.

A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this tail-to-top adventure through the Territory is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia's raw and rugged natural beauty.

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Melbourne might have the arts scene and Sydney the beaches, but Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand Australia proper. Approximately 70% of the Australian continent is classed as arid or semi-arid – and little old Alice Springs sits right in the middle of it all. First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you’ll have the chance to lope through the outback on a ‘ship of the desert’. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes – you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. As evening begins, enjoy a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over Uluru casting incredible colours on the Rock, and afterwards it’s time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines.

Today, driving time is approximately 4.5 hours. Walking is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
1000 Star Dinner
Uluru sunset drinks

Meals Included
Lunch
Dinner

Day 1 – Yulara to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

This afternoon we set out to boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Wandering through the site’s gullies and crevices, you’ll learn a little about the area’s geological and ecological significance from your guide. Make back to camp as the sun starts to set, arriving in time for our very special 1,000 Star Dinner

Notes: Total driving time is approximately one hour. Total walking time is around an hour.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
1000 Star Dinner
Uluru sunset drinks

Meals Included
Dinner

Day 2 – Uluru Sunrise

It’s an early rise today but seeing Australia is what you came for, right? After watching a fiery outback sun rear up over the world’s biggest rock get a real sense of the rock’s scale on an unguided walk around its base. Then learn about the cultural significance of this iconic landform on a cultural interpretative walk with an indigenous guide. In their creation-time stories, the Anangu’s ancestral beings the Mala settled here after being chased to the region by an evil dog-like creature called kurpany. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. Tonight we spend the night in an exclusive campsite in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours (or up to 4 if you do the full 8.5km base walk.)

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Mala cultural interpretative walk
Uluru Cultural Centre

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3 – Kings Canyon Rim Walk

After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before you make your way back to Alice Springs to check into tonight's accommodation.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Included Activities
Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Special Information
Flights must be booked to depart Alice Springs the day after the trip finishes.

Day 4 – Flight Travel Day

Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. 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. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell. (no meals included)

Accommodation
Hostel (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 5 – Mary River Wetlands & Ubirr

This morning, we'll pick you up from out the front of the Melaleuca at 6:50am to travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique 'Welcome to Country' by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is up to two kilometres.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Mary River cruise
Pudakul Cultural Experience

Meals Included
Lunch
Dinner

Day 6 – Kakadu National Park

Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that’s operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is just over four hours. Total walking distance is approximately one-and-a-half kilometres.

Accommodation
Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Jim Jim Falls Walk
Twin Falls Walk
Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 7 – Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park

After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is approximately an hour-and-a-half.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 8 – Nitmiluk National Park

Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours (optional walks included).

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Optional Activities
Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - AUD87
Katherine Gorge Canoe from - AUD45

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 9 – Litchfield National Park to Darwin

Once you’ve had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night. The total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours.


Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.

Included Activities
Buley Rockholes
Florence Falls
Litchfield National Park
Wangi Falls

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

What's Included on Tour:

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
1000 Star Dinner
Uluru sunset drinks
Mala cultural interpretative walk
Uluru Cultural Centre
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Mary River cruise
Pudakul Cultural Experience
Jim Jim Falls Walk
Twin Falls Walk
Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
Buley Rockholes
Florence Falls
Litchfield National Park
Wangi Falls

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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2017 - 2018 season. The 2017 - 2018 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018. The 2018 - 2019 season rates commence on the 1st April 2018.




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