This 10 day Outback tour offers a value for money Northern Territory travel experience with tonnes of inclusions. Enjoy 9 days of guided touring, 21 meals, park entry fees, 6 nights camping, and 3 nights budget accommodation while travelling with other fun loving and active travellers from all over the world. Hike, swim and explore Australia from the Red Centre to the Top End, on this immersive, Australian travel experience offering so much more than most other Outback tours.
10 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Dreaming
It’s an early rise if you are joining us in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock and meet our fellow travellers joining us there. On arrival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and discover life atop one of the regions earliest forms of transport. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow. (L/D)
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness.After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru –Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station where we camp for the night. Our campsite really is ‘wayoutback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station. (B/L/D)
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park,home of almighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk. You will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden.After our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Two nights dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included (dinner is at own expense). (B/L)
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dormitory or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single)accommodation in Alice Springs is included.
Note this package can be taken with 1 night Alice Springs and 2 nights Darwin OR 2 nights Alice Springs and 1 night Darwin in between packages. See pricing for departure days.
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. (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. (B/L/D)
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. Overnight dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Darwin is included. (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. (L/D)
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. (B/L/D)
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. (B/L)
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
10 days / 9 nights
From Alice Springs at 4:45am or Outback Pioneer Hotel at 1:00pm or Ayers Rock Airport – flight must arrive prior to 2:00pm
Darwin City at approximately 5:30pm
Swags & Backpacker Hostels
Option 2 – Twin Share Room in Backpacker Hostel for 3 nights (two people travelling together) $1,610/person
$65 National Park Entry Fees payable on morning of departure
Maximum of 24 Guests
6 Breakfasts / 9 Lunches / 6 Dinners
Due to limited space on the vehicle, please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag or backpack to a maximum 15 kilogrammes.
Excess luggage should be stored at your Alice Springs accommodation on days 1-3. If starting the tour at Ayers Rock, please ensure you have your day pack and overnight bag with the items you require for the 3 days packed inside as your large luggage will be stored in the vehicle and not accessible during this time. Days 5 to 7, you will travel from Alice Springs to Darwin and all luggage should accompany you with excess luggage being stored in the vehicle and unavailable during this time. On Days 8-10 please store your excess luggage at your Darwin accommodation.
Moderate level of fitness required. Walks can extend to 4 hours duration in warm to hot conditions, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
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This tour is ‘Participatory’ which means the groups rally together and assist the guide – our program is designed to foster a ’group of friends’ dynamic as everyone works together to make it all happen, alongside the leadership of an experienced Tour Guide. This not only makes for a fun adventure shared with like-minded travellers, but also enables us to provide affordable travel options in the Northern Territory.
It is important that travellers participate in setting up camp, though the Tour Guide will also be on hand to help – it is a team effort! Your Guide will always appreciate the assistance of one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals.
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility. 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)
During the months of November to April inclusive please note on days 8-10 you will be upgraded to our 3 Day Dragonfly Dreaming Wet Season itinerary. There is no charge for this upgrade. Camping will be in permanent tents over these days.
This 10 day package is a combination of three 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.
Clients joining the tour at Ayers Rock Airport or Resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is not included. Please ensure you have had lunch prior to your collection as we will be travelling straight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to start the afternoon’s sightseeing.
Twin Falls Boat Shuttle Fee ($12.50) is not included and is payable direct on day of cruise.
Travel insurance is definitely recommended for all tours reserved through Travel Forever. As we are travelling in a remote area, you should ensure you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation at a minimum. We recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Finally, to ensure you are covered in the event of unseasonal weather and conditions that may cause road and national park closures, please make sure your policy considers costs incurred by any unforeseeable tour cancellations. Travel Forever can assist you with the purchase of Travel Insurance or, if you are coming from Overseas, we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through an Insurance Company in your home country.
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