13 Day Darwin to Adelaide Combo Tour

13 Day Darwin to Adelaide Combo Tour

This 13 day Explorer offers a value for money over the cross border experience. A camping safari through Kakadu and Litchfield over 3 days, spend a night in Darwin soaking up the atmosphere before travelling down. In the Red Centre, camping under the outback stars and exploring the spectacular sights of this area. We cross the border and visit the town of Coober Pedy, unique in its opal mining history and underground dwellings. Experience the scenic Flinders Ranges before arriving at our destination

Tour Highlights

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
  • Banka Banka Cattle Station
  • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
  • Watarrka
  • Ayers Rock Kings Creek
  • Uluru Sunrise
  • Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Cruise to Coober Pedy
  • Stony Creek Bush Camp

Tour Info

Code AI-WDGP66
Style
  • Explorer Tour
  • Adventure Tour
  • Camping
Duration 13 Days
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Note

Accommodation upgrades available on request.

May to October - Saturday 14 day tour available on request

Vehicle Coach / 4WD
Suitability 10+ Years
Start Darwin @ 06.00 am
Finish Adelaide @ 06.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There's the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and our overnight stay. Tonight choose to sleep under the stars or sleep in our basic permanent tents.

Meals- (Lunch / Dinner)

Mary River Wetlands

Kakadu National Park

Private Crocodile and Wildlife cruise

Bowali Visitor Centre

Ubirr

Our journey is towards the southern end of Kakadu where we spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls*. There's a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! Relax in a natural infinity pool with a postcard backdrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. So many choices. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool we exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to our private campsite near Litchfield National Park complete with basic permanent tents.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Gunlom Falls, Plunge pools and waterfalls

Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin. (Overnight dorm or Budget Ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation is included).

Meals- (Breakfast / Lunch)

Litchfield National Park

Termite mounds

Florence Falls

Wangi Falls

Buley Rockhole

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00 am when our adventure through the 'Territory' to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost) before retiring at our nearby campsite.

Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Meals (Lunch /Dinner)

A great start to the day, is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. No trip to the 'Territory' is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a 'fair dinkum outback experience'! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.

Mataranka Thermal Pools

Daly Waters Pub

Banka Banka Cattle Station

Meals - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

We pass through Tennant Creek and then further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lies south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs where art galleries and pioneering history abounds.

Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)

Tropic of Capricorn

Meals - (Breakfast / Lunch)

Relax for the day or you can do the day tour (optional). Multi shared accommodation will be provided.

We depart Alice Springs and head towards Kings Creek Station, Australia's largest exporter of wild camels and our camp site for tonight. We hike Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to experience the fantastic views of the gorge, huge sandstone walls and an immense canyon floor. Here we trek through the Garden of Eden and take a dip in the waterhole to cool down. There is time for you to swim in the pool or take up on any of the optional extra activities they have on offer.

Today we head for Uluru. Nothing really prepares you for The Rock - it's awesome! After lunch we visit the Cultural Centre to learn about the Aboriginal people of the region and walk around the base of Uluru. We end our first day with a spectacular sunset over Uluru. Tonight we camp at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground in comfy swags under the desert stars, our home for the next two nights.
A fantastic Uluru sunrise and breakfast before we head to sunrise and breakfast at The Rock, before we hike Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredibly ancient rock formations before returning to the campsite for relaxing afternoon and another Uluru sunset.
Today we cruise to Coober Pedy, opal capital of the world. Incredible changing landscape, kangaroos, emus, eagles and road trains all unfold before us and a view of the striking sandstone colours of the Breakaways on the way. On arrival we visit the local kangaroo orphanage and later enjoy dinner, lots of stories and an overnight stay in an underground bunkhouse.
We spend the morning in Coober Pedy and take a tour of the town and an opal mine. We also have the opportunity to "noodle" for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. We continue our journey south in the afternoon as we travel on down to the foothills of the Flinders Ranges where we sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush camp.
This morning we hike Dutchman's Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding ranges and plains. We stop at a winery in the Clare Valley before cruising to Adelaide arriving at around 6pm.

Tour Price Includes

  • Day one to 6 - Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned minibus, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, pillow, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) Note after 31 March 2016, the first three days are in an air-conditioned 4WD. 4 nights camping (3 nights Permanent Tent and 1 night popup tent) and 1 night dorm-share ( or twin or Single upgrade)
  • Day 7 Free day - explore yourself. Dorm share accommodation is included . ( or twin or Single upgrade)
  • Day 8 to 13 - All meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners), 4 nights camping under the stars in swags + 1 night underground bunkhouse accommodation & National Park entry fees  ( accommodation upgrades  3 nights cabins and 2 night double swags)

Kakadu national park Fee

It is payable on boarding 

Kakadu National Park Wet Season     November to March       Adult    $25      Child 5-15        $12.50

 

Kakadu National Park Dry Season      April to October          Adult    $40      Child 5-15        $20.00

 

What to Bring

  • Torch, 
  • Wide brimmed hat, 
  • Sunscreen, 
  • Insect repellent, 
  • Water bottle (1.5 litres), 
  • Walking shoes/boots, 
  • Sleeping bag (or can be hired for $80 - 3 different bags) 
  • Toiletries, 
  • Swim wear, 
  • Towel, 
  • Camera, 
  • Comfortable and casual clothing.

ASK US ABOUT…

  • Adrenalin Plus Options
  • Mountain bike ride through Parachilna Gorge
  • Scenic flights at William Creek
  • Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Safaris at Kings Creek station
  • Accommodation Upgrades

Note

  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • ^Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Darwin however you will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger while on tour.
  • * Twin and Jim Falls may not be accessible between the tropical summer months. During this time we will visit Gunlom Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
  • This first 6 day package is a combination of two safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the tours.
  • During the months of November 2016 –April 2017 inclusive, please be advised that the first 3 days of your itinerary will be upgraded to our 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Wet Season itinerary. This is to take advantage of the areas only accessible via 4WD during this time. There is no additional charge for this upgrade. 
  • Tour is not suitable for children under 15 years of age.
  • Please call our operation Team  during business hours at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
  • Due to limited space on the vehicle, please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg). 
  • Please note that tent fees and sleeping bag fees are non-refundable, even if you choose to sleep out under the stars or don't use your sleeping bag.
  • National Park Fees are not included in the tour price and must be paid direct to operation in advance of travel when booking your tour through an agency. When booking direct on our website, fees are paid at the time of booking.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory and evidence of cover is required to be sighted on morning of departure.
  • We recommend to bring own sleeping bag
  • 14 day tour is available on request on Saturdays from April to October 2017.\
  • The Ayers Rock Resort has a swimming pool, wi-fi, shopping centre, bank and laundry facilities.
  • We may adapt our hikes in Watarrka (King’s Canyon) if it’s too hot.         
  • Some hikes involve steep climbs and requires a reasonable level of fitness.
  • The drop off at the Ayers Rock Resort after lunch on Day 6 is available.

Accommodation Upgrade

  • Where ever dorm share accommodation is included you can upgrade twin or single hostel or motel ensuite room. 
  • Plus 3 nights accommodation is possible out of last 5 nights. 
  • First 3 nights you can swap Classic permanent camping tour instead of 1 night permanent and 1 night popup camp.