13 Day Adelade to Darwin Combo-Adventure Tour

13 Day Adelade to Darwin Combo-Adventure Tour

Your Adventure starts with hiking in Flinders ranges, Experience an underground sleep over at Opal Capital - Coober pedy, learn more about the Uluru Culture & the history and witness the sunset. Experience the thrill of exploring the Kings canyon and Kata Tjuta (the olgas). Witness the attractions along Alice Springs to Darwin (There is a lot to see). Your adventure ends with discovering the iconic Kakadu & Litchfield natinal park at the Top-End. Enjoy the different accommodations camp fire and swag camping, permanent camping, self erected camping and dorrm share accommodations. Accommodation upgrades are available on request.

Tour Highlights

  • Flinders Ranges
  • Coober Pedy
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Uluru Sunset
  • Parachilna Gorge
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Kings Canyon
  • Devils Marble
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Mataranka Thermal Pools
  • Kathrine Gorge
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield Park

Tour Info

Code AI-GP6WD6
Style
  • Adventure Tour
  • Explorer Tour
  • Camping
Duration 13 Days
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Note

Twin or single Accommodation upgrade available on request.

Kakadu national park fee excluded payable on boarding or when you book or reconfirm the tour.

Vehicle Mini Bus,4WD
Suitability Open Age
Start Adelaide @ 06.30 am
Finish Darwin @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we're heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. We'll head to Quorn where we'll settle in our dormitory style accommodation for the night before taking a dip in the swimming poolor walking around town.

(LD)

Along the way to Coober Pedy - the Opal Capital of the World - you'll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles, will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum you'll learn about the history of Coober Pedy, and hear about the local indigenous people at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre. There'll also be time to explore this remarkable town above and below the ground; try your luck fossicking or "noodling" for opals or just browse one of the many opal shops. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight we sleep like the locals do - underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.

(BLD)

It's a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach Uluru -nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.

(BLD)

We start the day by learning about the region's indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you'll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock's geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. We relax back at our campground and witness another brilliant Uluru sunset.

(BLD)

After experiencing another glorious sunrise over Uluru while devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast, we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times, with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. After the walk we hit the road to reach Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we'll camp for the night.

(BLD)

Our last day is spent exploring Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you'll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk %2{???^?????Gt??K?B???K1??? ???ol experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch we begin our journey into Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.

(BL)

Rest day, you have plenty of options, and day tours ( Macdonnell Ranges etc) are available on request.

You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the 'Territory' to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). 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. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.

Tropic of Capricorn, Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu), Banka Banka Cattle Station

Meal - (L D)

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'! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and nearby where we camp overnight.

Meal - (B,L,D)

(Katherine Gorge) National Park

Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the 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). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin.

Meal - (B, L)

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 for dinner and our overnight stay.

(Lunch, Dinner)

• Crocodile and Wildlife cruise • Bowali Visitor Centre • Ubirr

This morning the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. After breakfast and departing camp we travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls* for a day of adventure and exploration. Travelling into Twin Falls by 4WD track, a boat shuttle and finally a rocky track and boardwalk we will be rewarded by the beauty of this remote waterfall deep within Kakadu National Park. Afterwards we stay off the beaten track where a walk through monsoon forests and over boulders lead us to Jim Jim Falls. Surrounded by 150 metre cliffs, we spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of this majestic location. This afternoon we depart Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park where we will stop along the way at our private campsite. Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow adventurers.

(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.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Includes

  • Day 1 to 6 - All meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners), 3 nights camping under the stars in swags + 2 nights in dorm style accomodation & National Park entry fees
  • Day 6 Night  & 7 - Dorm share accommodation and no meals
  • Day 8 to 13 - 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 Darwin three days are in an air-conditioned 4WD. 

Note

  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility. 
  • December to March last 3 day would be Permanent camping Darwin tour due to the wet season- free upgrade with out charge. worth as $150
  • See the 3 day Darwin  Itinerary for December to March on http://www.travelaust.com.au/adventure/nt/drw027.html
  • This 13 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 8 years of age. 
  • Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg) on Darwin part. 
  • 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.
  • Kakadu National park fee is payable on boarding. 

Accommodation 

  • First 5 Nights  - 4 nights camping under the stars in swags + 1 night underground bunkhouse accommodation
  • 6th, 7 th and 10 th  Night  - Dorm share accommodation in a Hostel
  • Rest of the Nights self erected and Permanent camping 

Accommodation Upgrade

  • 1st night Double/Twin shared facilities
  • 2nd night Twin en-suite
  • 3rd and 4th nights no upgrade swag camping
  • 5th night twin permanent tent with proper bedding or cabin upgrade 
  • 6 and 7 night Twin  en-suite  room 
  • 10 th night Twin hostel room and 11th and 12 th night permanent twin camping with proper bedding     

Pick up 

  • We will pick up the passengers form selected motel and Hotel with in the City CBD or with in the walking distance from your City CBD hotel.
  • Central pick up Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin St OR YHA Adelaide

     

Optional Activities 

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

National park Fee

Kakadu National park fee is payable on boarding. 

Wet season [ Nov to Mar]Adult - $25  &  Child ( 5 - 15 Yr) 12.50 

Dry season  [Apr to Oct ] Adult - $40 &  Child ( 5 - 15 Yr) $20 

This is an additional compulsory government charge and is subject to change without notice. 

You must carry your entry ticket with you every time you enter the National Parks or you will be required to purchase another.

 

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 $50), 
  • Toiletries, 
  • Swim wear, 
  • Towel, 
  • Camera, 
  • Comfortable and casual clothing for 3 days.