6 Day Top End To Red Centre Northern Exposure Adventure (Darwin to Alice)

6 Day Top End To Red Centre Northern Exposure Adventure (Darwin to Alice)

This 6 day adventure offers a value for money Northern Territory experience. Experience a camping safari through Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks over 3 days and 2 nights, spend a night in Darwin soaking up the atmosphere before travelling down 'The Track' visiting the icons of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) Mataranka and Kurlu Kurlu (Devils Marbles). Have a beer at the Daly Waters Pub and finish in Alice Springs, the heart of Australia where Indigenous art galleries, a cool vibe and history abounds.

Tour Highlights

  • Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Termite mounds
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
  • Banka Banka Cattle Station
  • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
  • Tropic of Capricorn

Tour Info

Code WD-WP05
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 6 Days
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Vehicle Mini Bus
Suitability 8+ Years
Start Darwin @ 06.00 am
Finish Alice Springs @ 05.30 pm

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.

Mary River Wetlands

Kakadu National Park

Private Crocodile and Wildlife cruise

Bowali Visitor Centre

Ubirr

Meals - (Lunch / Dinner)

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.

Gunlom Falls

Plunge pools and waterfalls

Meals- (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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).

Litchfield National Park

Termite mounds

Florence Falls

Wangi Falls

Buley Rockhole

Meals - (Breakfast / Lunch)

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

Melas- (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)

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned minibus, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, reference books, pillow, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee( excluded from 1st of April 2016). 

Note

  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • Park entry fee is excluded from 1 st of April 2016.
  • ^Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Darwin however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari.
  • *During the wet season Gunlom Falls may not be accessible and during this time we will visit the Yurmikmik region (either Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek).
  • * Wangi Falls may not be accessible during the wet season. During this time we will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited.
  • This 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 safaris.
  • Safari is not suitable for children under 15 years of age.
  • Please call our Operation 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). 

Kakadu national park Fee

It is payable on boarding directly to Tour guide by cash. 

  • 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

Pick up 

  • We will pick up and drop off the passengers form selected motel and Hotel with in the City CBD or with in the walking distance from your hotel.

What you need to bring

  • Torch, 
  • Wide brimmed hat, 
  • Sunscreen, 
  • Insect repellent, 
  • Water bottle (1.5 litres), 
  • Walking shoes/boots, 
  • Sleeping bag (or can be hired for $30), 
  • Toiletries, 
  • Swim wear, 
  • Towel, 
  • Camera, 
  • Comfortable and casual clothings