12 Day Alice Springs to Darwin (Rock to Top)

12 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

  • Canoe in the Katherine Gorge
  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
  • Sunset at Ubirr
  • More Inclusions

Tour Info

Code TD-AARTKD
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 12 Days
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Note

This tour is for only 18 to 39 Year old passengers.

Vehicle Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle
Suitability 18-39 Years
Start Alice Springs @ 07.00 am
Finish Darwin @ 05.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.

Included today:

-Mt Conner

-Uluru Sunset

-National Park entry

Meals:

- Dinner

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise 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. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Included today:

-Sunrise over Uluru

-National Park entry

-Uluru base walks

-Anangu Visitor centre

-Guided walk by your crew

Meals:

-Breakfast

Optional activities:

-Scenic flights

-Harley Davidson rides

-Camel tours

-Sounds of Silence

-Guided astrology tour

After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time get ready for some soul 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 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.

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

And please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals:

-Breakfast

-Dinner

Included today:

-Valley of the Winds walk

-National Park entry

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: awesome). After a picnic lunch, we'll board the bus back to Alice Springs.

Included today:

-Guided hike of Kings Canyon

-Garden of Eden walk

Meals:

-Breakfast

-Lunch

Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it's an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It's back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.

Included today:

-Stanley Chasm

-Simpsons Gap

Meals:

-Breakfast

Optional activities:

-Hot air balloon ride

-Desert Park

-Alice Springs Reptile Centre

-Kangaroo Sanctuary

Today we'll take to the skies, bound for Darwin where you'll meet up with your new NT crew.

Meals:

-Breakfast

Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we'll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. Fancy getting high and mighty? You could take an optional scenic flight over the Escarpment that borders Kakadu and Arnhemland. For the next two nights you'll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, like- worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over a BBQ.

Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day and all included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed, will be.

Included today:

-Bowali Visitor Centre

-National Park entry

Meals:

-Dinner

Optional Activities:

-Kakadu scenic flight

Aboriginal Rock Art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we'll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhelmland. Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we've been given special permission to enter this part of Arnhelmland). Try your hand at spear throwing while you're there. Then we'll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include a sightseeing boat cruise (substituted when access to East Alligator River is unable).

Included today:

-Aboriginal Rock Art sites

-Kakadu river cruise

-Arnhemland (seasonal)

-National Park entry

Meals:

-Breakfast

Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We'll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT's best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world's most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club.

Included today:

-Edith Falls

-Evening Lawn Bowls

Meals:

-Breakfast

-Dinner

Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that's exactly what we have lined up. Surprise! With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. Paddling not your game - then you may wish to upgrade to an optional 3 gorge cruise (seasonal) to venture even further. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May: Canoeing in the Katherine Gorge will be replaced with a Katherine Gorge Scenic Boat Cruise included in trip price.

Included today:

-Katherine Gorge canoeing (boat cruise in wet season)

Meals:

-Breakfast

Optional Activities:

-Upgrade to Katherine Gorge boat cruise (Dry season)

National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield National Park you'll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we'll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin. Our grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure doesn't have to end.

Included today:

-Litchfield National Park entry

Meals:

-Breakfast

-Lunch

 Included

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 10 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins, 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Internal flight/s as marked on trip map
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Awesome 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
  • 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.
  • **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.
  • This trip is a combination of the 5 Day Uluru Discovery and 5 Day Top End Discovery trips. This package includes internal flights – price may vary when booked inside 42 days before departure.

What to Bring 

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