12 Day Adelaide to Darwin Overland

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12 Day Adelaide to Darwin Overland - TouringThis tour will take you smack bang up the middle of the country from South to North. Starting in Darwin, you'll see the quirky Wilpena Pound, drive the famous Oodnadatta Track, see the sun rise and set over Uluru, and hike through the tropics in the Top End. You'll have the opportunity to camp, and sleep underground!

We include a flight between Alice Springs and Darwin because lets's face it, who wants to sit on a bus for 1500km straight! Join us on this adventure, tick every box along the way and see Australia's outback and colourful Top End.

Tour highlights include Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges, Kakadu National Park, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Katherine Gorge, Kings Canyon, Litchfield National Park, Mary River Wetlands, Top End Cultural Experience, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru Cultural Experience and Wilpena Pound

Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

We leave South Australia's capital city behind and head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views of Flinders Ranges as we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one of Australia's most magnificent natural features. We have the option of few hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges (LD)

Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track

Today we breakout from the Flinders Ranges as we head north passing the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. We are now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line but before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the renowned Oodnadatta track as we pass by Australia's largest salt lake, Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! Tonight we temporarily increase the population as we camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 – William Creek to Coober Pedy

Desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains feature as we pass through Anna Creek Station, the world's largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today's first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna - yes that is the longest lake name in the world. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the 'Opal capital of the world'. We take a town tour and view an underground house, and we also take mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try 'noodling' (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)

Day 4 – Coober Pedy to Uluru

Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, before we leave Coober Pedy and head out across the Moon Plain. We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, and take in the view of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, made famous by the movie Mad Max III. This evening we arrive at our campsite at Uluru for the first of two nights. (BLD)

Day 5 – Kata Tjuta and Uluru

We start the day by heading to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before making the journey to one of the Red Centre's greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (BLD)

Day 6 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

Rise early and be rewarded with a glorious 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 as you embark 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 7 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

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. (BL)

Day 8 – West MacDonnell Ranges

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. 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). Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers. (L)

Day 9 – 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 7 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 Melaleuca on Mitchell in Darwin. (no meals included)

Day 10 – Darwin to Mary River

Welcome to Darwin, where your adventure begins. Leaving Darwin, 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 culture and enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which is home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to the 'salties' and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. In the afternoon, head to World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Your first stop here is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Spend the night at a permanent campsite at Kakadu. (LD)

Day 11 – Mary River to Kakadu

Today is a long day of driving. Get ready for some 4WD action as you make your way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu. Once there, take in stunning views of this natural wonder and enjoy some time for a swim or a rest on the sandy beach. After lunch, discover the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries, before you climb to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Tonight we camp in twin-share permanent tents in the Mary River region. (BLD)

Day 12 – Kakadu to Darwin

Filled with waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is well deserving of all its hype. Exploring Litchfield is the perfect way to complete this trip. Today visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. After a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picturesque swimming holes. As with all good things, this Top End adventure must come to an end. Hit the road and head back to Darwin. After you've arrived, you might like to head out for a night on the town with your new friends. Total driving time today is around four hours. (BL)

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the activities will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to reopen. The opening and closing of 'dry season' activities varies from year to year.

TOP END TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (may apply in shoulder months; May, October)

Day 1 – Wildlife Cruise | Mamukala | Ubirr or Nouralangie |Overnight camp in Kakadu. (LD)

Day 2 – Gubara Pools | Nawurlandja lookout | Bowali Visitors Centre | Camp in Mary River Region (BLD)

Day 3 – Florence Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Wangi Falls | Return to Darwin (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Tour Includes

Experienced guide
National park entrance fees
2 Aboriginal cultural experiences*^
Meals as indicated
Flight from Alice Springs to Darwin
Airport transfers
4 nights multishare accommodation with shared facilities
7 nights standard camping

Accommodation

4 nights multishare accommodation with shared facilities, 7 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites). Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, and Darwin is in mixed gender multishare accommodation, the minimum age is 18. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.

Night 1: Wilpena Pound - Simple permanent tents
Night 2: William Creek - Simple permanent tents
Night 3: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse
Nights 4 & 5: Yulara - Simple permanent tents
Night 6: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents
Nights 7 & 8: Alice Lodge Backpackers – multishare
Night 9: Melaleuca on Mitchell – multishare
Night 10: Kakadu – simple permanent tents
Night 11: Mary River – simple permanent tents

Departs

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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2018 - 2019 season. The 2018 - 2019 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019. The 2019 - 2020 season rates commence on the 1st April 2019.






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