9 Day Northern Territory Encompassed Northbound to Darwin

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9 Day Northern Territory Encompassed Northbound to Darwin - AdventuresFrom the Red Centre to the tropical Top End, this is a classic Aussie adventure. Meet two very different faces of Australia – the vast, dust-cloaked expanses of the Red Centre and lush wetlands of the Top End – on a one-week journey up through the guts of the Northern Territory. Departs from Alice Springs or Yulara and finishes in Darwin.

Kicking off the journey in Alice Springs or Yulara, tread a trail between the striped rock domes of Kata Tjuta (finishing off with a 1,000 Star Dinner), catch an Uluru sunrise and enter a Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park). Then fly north to Darwin and enjoy three days exploring the waterfalls of Kakadu, monsoon rainforests of Litchfield and wildlife-rich Mary River Wetlands.

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. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you watch the Rock's colours change as the sun sets behind it, throwing magnificent colours into the sky. Then, as evening begins, it’s time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines.

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

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

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

Meals Included
Lunch
Dinner

Day 1 Yulara and Uluru (Ayers Rock)

After you land in this Red Centre of the country, it’s on to the 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 sunset drinks
1000 Star Dinner
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee

Meals Included
Dinner

Day 2 Uluru Sunrise

There’s no better way to start today than an early morning walk around the world’s biggest rock. With the cool night air still lingering and day-trippers not yet arrived, this is Uluru at its most atmospheric. It might be hard to believe when gazing up this 600 million year old monolith from the ground, but the bulk of this rock is believed to lie below the surface. A local indigenous guide will explain a little about the mythology surrounding the area during a guided interpretive cultural walk. There’ll be time to see the traditional arts and crafts on display at the nearby Cultural Centre before travelling to our campsite in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

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

Included Activities
Uluru Cultural Centre
Mala cultural interpretative walk
Uluru Base Walk

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3 Kings Canyon Rim Walk

While Kings Canyon is only one of the many attractions within Watarrka National Park, Kings is so impressive that more people know it than the park. After a quick breakfast, we’ll venture into the canyon and start the Rim Walk. Beginning in the vast natural Amphitheatre (where you’re free to test out the acoustics), we’ll enter upon the Lost City and descend down into the fern-shaded rock pools of the Garden of Eden. A visit to the imposing North and South Walls is another must before lunch. Then we drive on to Glen Helen in the Western MacDonnell ranges where we camp for the night.

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

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

Included Activities
Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 4 Western MacDonnell Ranges

Watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive in The West MacDonnell Ranges. We’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. See the colours of the ranges change as the sun starts its descent, perhaps from the back of a camel on an optional sunset ride. Head back to Alice Springs to check into your Motel for the night.

Note: The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km.

Optional Activities
Sunset Camel Ride (Child) - AUD40
Sunset Camel Ride (Adult) - AUD70

Included Activities
Western MacDonnell Ranges

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Day 5 Flight Travel Day 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 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 Value Inn. (no meals included)

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 6 Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park

This morning, we'll pick you up from out the front of the Melaleuca at 6:50am. Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.

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

Included Activities
Litchfield National Park
Mary River cruise
Kakadu National Park Fee

Meals Included
Lunch
Dinner

Day 7 Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge

In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three and- a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.

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

Included Activities
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Ubirr Rock

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 8 Kakadu to Katherine

Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park.

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

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

Optional Activities
Flight (Fixed Wing Aircraft) over - Kakadu - from - AUD150

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 9 Katherine Gorge to Darwin

Overnight Back in the day (ok, it was 23 million years ago), the Katherine River flowed all the way from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. These days, the waters have subsided significantly: the Katherine River now flows along hemmed in on both sides by cliffs 70 metres high. It’s the highlight attraction of Nitmiluk National Park though, and you’ll have the opportunity to cruise through it by canoe or boat. Following lunch, we visit a private property next to an indigenous art gallery for some coaching in the ancient arts of boomerang throwing, fire making and traditional painting. Then it’s back to Darwin where the adventure winds up.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities.


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

Included Activities
Top Didj Indigenous Experience

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Included Activities

Uluru sunset drinks
1000 Star Dinner
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Uluru Cultural Centre
Mala cultural interpretative walk
Uluru Base Walk
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Western MacDonnell Ranges
Litchfield National Park
Mary River cruise
Kakadu National Park Fee
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Ubirr Rock
Top Didj Indigenous Experience

Departs

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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.




2017-2018 Season Rates

Rates valid from Saturday 1 April 2017 to Saturday 31 March 2018:


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Rockhole Billabong Kakadu
Rockhole Billabong Kakadu
Uluru Sunset
Uluru Sunset

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