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10 Days Adelaide to Darwin Adventure Tour

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ADELAIDE to Darwin - A 10 day combination tour consisting of camping and bunk house accommodation. Travel via the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon and see all the Red Centre icons with an overnight tour experience of Alice Springs to Darwin

10 Days Adelaide to Darwin Adventure Tour
From$1550 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Aboriginal Art
  • Clare Valley
  • Coober Pedy
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Kings Canyon
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
  • Katherine Gorge
  • Nitmiluk National Park

Tour Info

Code AI-AD72
Style
  • Adventure Tour
Duration 10 Days
Price From $1550
Departures

April to September selected Tuesdays as shown below and October to March : every Tuesdays

Month Dates of Departue
April 30
May 14, 28
June 11, 25
July 09, 23
August 06, 20
September 03, 17

October to March : every Tuesdays

Vehicle Bus / 4WD
Suitability Open Age
Start Adelaide @ 06.00am
Finish Darwin @ 05.30 pm

Leaving the city behind, we travel through the Clare Valley to Quorn, a quaint and historical railway township nestled at the entrance to the Richman Valley. Eat a hearty lunch, because this afternoon we hike to the summit of Dutchman's Stern for stunning 360° views of Quorn, Spencer Gulf and the Flinders Ranges! We return to Quorn where we stay two nights in private accommodation at the historical 'Mill'. Get ready for tonight's BBQ dinner - it doesn't get any more Aussie than this!

Meals: L, D

& Wilpena Pound

The Flinders Ranges has been recognised as one of Australia's National Landscapes and today you'll get to experience and explore this magical region! Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre located in a huge stone crater and you will spend the morning hiking and exploring its wonder! After lunch, it's a short walk to Yourambulla Caves to view Aboriginal rock paintings. Learn about the hardships of sheep farming in the mid 1800's as you view the ruins of Kanyaka Homestead. As we travel back to Quorn, there's an opportunity to spot the shy and elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby on a quiet stroll through peaceful Warren Gorge. Overnight at the Quorn 'Mill'.

Meals: B, L, D

We travel north through Port Augusta and the small township of Glendambo (population 30!) passing ancient salt lakes which are the remnants of an inland sea. The Opal Capital of the World is our destination and our bunkhouse for tonight is - you guessed it - underground.

Meals: B, L, D

After breakfast we check out the sites of Coober Pedy on a town tour which includes an opal cutting demonstration and mine tour with the opportunity to try your luck 'noodling' for opals! We continue our drive north and you will see the flat topped mesas, 'The Breakaways'. During the afternoon we drive through the rugged desert country to the small outback township of Marla.

Meals: B, L, D

From Marla, we cross the Northern Territory border and arrive at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) will fascinate you, and you will discover some of the secrets of this ancient landform during the Valley of the Winds hike. You'll be mesmerised as the desert sun sets over Uluru, and as the night grows darker, curl up in your swag (Aussie bedroll) under millions of stars.

Meals: B, L, D

It's an early start this morning, but you'll be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning's fresh (and your legs are too!) enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter). Explore the many caves of the Mala people, learning how they lived and prepared for ceremonies. Your Aboriginal guide will also share the sensitive story of the Mala people who lived at Uluru with their friend the Itjaritjari (marsupial mole). There is also a visit to sacred Kantju Gorge, a quiet water hole at the base of a dramatic rock face. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You'll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before we make our way to Alice Springs.

Meals: B, L

You are free to have a sightseeing or you may opt to go on an afternoon sightseeing tour including Alice Springs reptile Park

Accommodation will be provided, meals are in your own expenses.

DEFAULT PICK UP LOCATION: Haven Backpacker Resort, 06:10am

Leaving Alice we pass by the Tropic of Capricorn and make our way to Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) where we explore the well-known marble shaped granite boulders, a site sacred to its traditional owners. Continuing north we make a stop at Tennant Creek for your chance to purchase some lunch and stretch your legs before we continue to Daly Waters for our overnight camp located right near the NT's famous Daly Waters Outback Hotel. Here you have an opportunity to check out this famous pub, enjoy a swim in the pool, have a cool drink and purchase some of the local fare for Dinner. Overnight at our camp at Daly Waters.

After an early morning start as we make our way to Nitmiluk National Park, home to Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. Your guide will lead a short return walk to Baruwei Lookout, allowing you to get a postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this stunning area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we have one final stop for a swim at the beautiful Edith Falls before we drive the last leg into the Northern Territory's capital city, Darwin.

Included

  • Experienced guide, national park entrance fees, meals as indicated
  • Accommodation transfers, 3 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 6 nights camping 
  • Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk( Optional)

Tour upgrades

  • Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 3night private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), 6 nights camping

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • Water bottle
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)

Notes

  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable Our guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.
  • Package is made up of two separate tours, therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • Upgrade accommodation is budget style and may be located on a different premises to dorm.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme outside 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. Conversely, in July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Operation if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Operation with your preferred accommodation pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.

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