11 Day Alice Springs to Darwin (Rock to Top)

11 Day Alice Springs to Darwin (Rock to Top)

This is an amazing Australia tour that truly rocks! After a taste of the wild bush and an insight into Aboriginal culture up the 'Top End', we'll head deep into the beautiful yet formidable Outback and what's known as the 'Red Centre' and experience all the mystery and wonder of stunning Ayers Rock.

Tour Highlights

  • Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • Canoe in the Katherine Gorge
  • East Alligator River Cruise in Kakadu
  • Aboriginal guide and entry into Arnhemland
  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Swim in the fresh waters of Litchfield National Park

Tour Info

Code TD-AARTKD
Style
  • Road Trip
Duration 11 Days
Price From $1995
Departures

Selected Days

Vehicle Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle
Suitability 18-39 Years
Start Alice Springs @ 06.10 am
Finish Darwin @ Early Evening
Travel Insurance Required

We're hitting the red ground running with a visit to a camel farm and then onto Yulara. It's off to Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight, hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own grub. Welcome to the outback, mate.

Meals - (D)

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise sesh back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Do your best Attenborough narration as you keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Meals - (B)

Get ready for some sole searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.

Meals -(B, D)

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: rad).

Meals - (B, L)

Get to know Alice with a free day, smack bang in the epicentre of Australia. Jump into the joey nursery at Kangaroo Dundee's place (aka the man who should win 'mother' of the century for hand-rearing orphaned joeys) and hold a baby kangaroo while you're there. Travel through time with a historic look into the amazing services of the Royal Flying Doctors or get lost in the mystery of the Australian outback at Desert Park Gardens. Art galleries, souvenir shops and all of the supplies for your next adventures are all here in Alice.

Meals - (B)

Dust off the red Alice Springs dust... actually, never mind. You'd better get used to that for another couple of days at least. Technophiles beware! Think your old Nokia was out-dated? Wait till you see the Overland Telegraph line at the Barrow Creek Hotel! Text mum to let her know you're heading off in Morse code like they did back when this place was a Telegraph Station. To round off the afternoon, we've got some pretty epic granite boulders for you at the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles).

Meals - (B, D)

Taking this trip is thirsty work, and you'll soon be able to re-hydrate with an ice-cold beer at one of 'Straya's best-known watering holes, the Daly Waters Pub. Located 'in the middle of somewhere', this place was the site of Australia's first international airport back when flights to London took eight days. Strewth. Later, drift off into the Dreamtime in the steamy thermal springs of Mataranka in the heart of the Never Never. Never never thought you'd find this in the outback, hey? When you're done, take in a game of lawn bowls at the local Country Club and enjoy a good ol' fashioned BBQ with the locals.

Meals - (B, D)

You've got a front row seat for the wicked wildlife and scenery while canoeing along the Katherine River - the Gorge is yours to explore. But if you'd rather not be up the creek with a paddle, take your trip next level by upgrading to a three-gorge cruise and venture even further into the wilderness. We'll spend the afternoon absorbing the majestic Edith Falls - #nofilter necessary.

Meals - (B)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Canoeing replaced with Katherine Gorge Boat Cruise.

The only thing more terrifying than the plastic clog variety are the crocs that can be found in Kakadu. Luckily, the areas we're heading to today are saltwater crocodile free. If this place looks familiar, you've probably seen Crocodile Dundee one too many times. Still too freaked out to swim? Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view over the escarpment that marks the borderline of Arnhem Land.

Meals - (B, D)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Waterfalls replaced with other Kakadu site depending on road and weather conditions.

At half the size of Switzerland, there's a lot of Kakadu to see. Get ready to rock early, because we're rolling deep into the park to check out some Aboriginal Rock Art sites and cruise the East Alligator River to see how many crocs we can snap. We've also got special permission to enter Arnhem Land for a lesson in traditional Aboriginal hunting methods and a cruise down the river. Hope you've got good aim because that's how we're catching lunch today. Kidding, you'll have to buy your grub. Climb to the top of Ubirr Rock Crocodile Dundee style and take in the fiery sunset.

Meals - (B)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Today's stops visited on previous day and today's itinerary going straight to Litchfield National Park. Overnight: Batchelor Motel, Litchfield.

Seen one waterfall, seen 'em all? Well no, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that way by now. Our trip ends at - you guessed it - the refreshing waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Switch off and towel off for one last swim. Go on, you deserve it-you've got outback in your soul for good now.

Meals - (B, L)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Start at Batchelor Motel and spending more time in Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.

 Included

  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners 
  • 9 nights in hotels, lodges and cabins
  • 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Escorted services of a fully trained  Driver/Guide

Note

  • Group Size - Average 15, maximum 24
  • Transport - Modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • This trip is for active 18-39 year olds.
  • Optional Activities are available 
  • Accommodation - Quad Share
  • Group Size - Average 18 People
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers on all trips.
  • A luggage limit of 15kgs applies between Alice Springs, Uluru and Darwin and a STRICT luggage limit of 10kg in Kakadu. 
  • A sleeping bag is required for camping in the Northern Territory. Bring your own or hire one locally for AUD$30.
  • **Wet season itineraries from November to May will vary on this day beginning from Batchelor Motel and spending more time in Litchfield National Park before venturing back into Darwin.

What to Bring 

  • Sturdy Walking Shoes
  • Rainproof Jacket
  • Swimming Costume and Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch  and Travel Pillow
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera