14 Day Adelaide to Darwin Adventure Tour

14 Day Adelaide to Darwin Adventure Tour

Highlights of this tour include visiting the Opal Capital - Coober Pedy, Wilpena Pound, hiking in the Flinders Ranges and seeing the Devil's Marbles (Karlu Karlu). Say g'day to the Big Rock at Uluru National Park and hike to Kings canyon and Kata Tjuta (the olgas) as well as learning more about the history of the native people with an Uluru cultural experience. Don't forget about Kakadu National Park up north in the Top End as well as Katherine Gorge. The tour ends in Darwin.

Tour Highlights

  • Wilpena Pound
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Dingo Fence
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Mary River cruise
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
  • Buley Rockholes
  • Florence Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Wangi Falls

Tour Info

Code AD-POBAC
Style
  • Adventure Tour
  • Camping
Duration 14 Days
Price From $0
Departures
Vehicle 4WD/Minibus
Suitability 18+ Years
Start Adelaide @ 06.00am
Finish Darwin @ 5.00pm
Travel Insurance Required

Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia's oldest wine regions - and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you'll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state's biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there'll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag.

Total driving time takes around five hours.

Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Wilpena Pound

Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

Leaving the flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims 'Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)'. Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, we'll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia's largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek - base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world's largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid afternoon we'll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life's better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you'll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck 'noodling' for opals, or finish the day at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage to see what's hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours

Accommodation

Underground Multishare (1 night)

Included Activities

Anna Creek Station

Coober Pedy Mine tour

Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

We'll be honest, there's a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Dingo Fence

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for 'Many Heads', the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually. Rising 546 m above the surrounding plain, Mt. Olga's tip is the highest point for miles around, while the site's ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you'll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land, on a guided walk.

Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars.

There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5-9km, depending on how much of Uluru's base you would like to walk.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Mala cultural interpretative walk

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee

Uluru Base Walk

Uluru Cultural Centre

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Uluru isn't Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you're keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock's base, we recommend an early rise. Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which there's the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day there's also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before we hit the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Today, driving time is about four hrs and walking is up to ten kilometres.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia's answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City - all sites you'll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch it's back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where you'll check into your hostel before flying to Darwin tomorrow.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

Included Activities

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you'll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell. (no meals included)

Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)

Meals Included

Lunch

Kick back in balmy Darwin today, with time to wash your socks and jocks and perhaps relax by the rooftop pool at your hostel. If you're game, head a few doors down and visit the scaly locals at Crocosauras Cove!

Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)

Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

This morning, we'll pick you up from out the front of the Melaleuca at 6:50am to travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique 'Welcome to Country' by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these 'salties' and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is up to two kilometres.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Mary River cruise

Pudakul Cultural Experience

Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that's operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is just over four hours. Total walking distance is approximately one-and-a-half kilometres.

Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Jim Jim Falls Walk

Twin Falls Walk

Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is approximately an hour-and-a-half.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours (optional walks included).

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Optional Activities

Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - AUD87

Katherine Gorge Canoe from - AUD45

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Once you've had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it's the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night. The total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.

Included Activities

Buley Rockholes

Florence Falls

Litchfield National Park

Wangi Falls

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Included

  • Meals - 10 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Transport -All Terrain vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • (default): Camping (with basic facilities) (2 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night) Hostel multishare (2 nights)

 Accommodation

Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, and Darwin is in mixed gender multishare accommodation. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.

Night 1: Wilpena Pound - Swag Camping

Night 2: William Creek - Swag Camping

Night 3: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse

Nights 4 & 5: Yulara - Simple permanent tents

Night 6: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents

Nights 7 & 8: Alice Lodge Backpackers – multishare

Night 9: Melaleuca on Mitchell – multishare

Night 10: Kakadu - simple permanent tents

Night 11: Mary River - simple permanent tents

Night 12: Nitmiluk - simple permanent tents

Night 13: Katherine - simple permanent tents

MULTISHARE ACCOMMODATION:

For BASIX travellers, when not camping the standard accommodation is multishare, and may be in mixed-sex dorms. The minimum age for this trip is 18.

 

Dietary Requirements

Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Operation of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

  • No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
  • No Dairy (soy milk provided)
  • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
  • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
  • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
  • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Notes

  • Moderate fitness required , Maximum 24 passengers in the group.
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening of Jim Jim Falls and other attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. Day 2 and 3 of this itinerary are subject to change order without notice. See terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • The Oodnadatta Track is an unsealed dirt road, and conditions of the track depend heavily on weather. In the case that the road is deemed unsafe to drive on, or there is a possibility that sections of the track will close after we have commenced driving on the track, our Operations team reserves the right to alter the itinerary and take a different route. If, for safety reasons, the decision is made not to travel on the track, days 2 and 3 will be a variation of the below:
  • Day 2 – Parachina Gorge | Hawker | Flinders Ranges Hike | overnight Quorn multishare (BLD)
  • Day 3 – Port Augusta | Coober Pedy via Stuart Highway | Josephine's Gallery | Coober Pedy town and underground tour, noodling for opals, opal cutting demonstration | overnight underground bunkhouse multishare (BLD)
  • Due to nights spent in multishare mixed-gender accommodation, the minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.
  • This trip is made of two separate tours, so you may be traveling with a different guide and passengers on each leg.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 10kg in a soft bag applies. Excess should remain in storage at your Darwin accommodation.
  • It is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.