10 Days Darwin to Alice Springs Dreaming

//10 Days Darwin to Alice Springs Dreaming

10 Days Darwin to Alice Springs Dreaming

$1,395.00

This 10 day adventure offers a value for money Northern Territory experience with loads and loads of inclusions… 9 days of guided touring, 21 meals, park entry fees, 6 nights camping, 3 nights budget accommodation and all of this while travelling with other fun loving and active travellers from all over the world… and of course there is also plenty of hiking, swimming and exploring from the Red Centre to the Top End!

 

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DAY 1

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 and spot 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)

DAY 2
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. (B/L/D)

DAY 3 
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)

Note: This package can be taken with 1 night Darwin and 2 nights Alice Springs (with a full, free day in Alice Springs) OR 2 nights Darwin and 1 night Alice Springs (with a full, free day in Darwin instead) in between safaris.  If you choose the 2 nights Darwin option you will enjoy a full day in the city tomorrow and begin your journey toward Alice Springs on Day 5.  See pricing for departure days.

DAY 4

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 through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost) before journeying to our nearby campsite. (L/D)

DAY 5

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. Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night. (B/L/D)

DAY 6 
We pass through Tennant Creek and then further along the track are the Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) 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. Two nights’ dormitory or budget ensuite Twin/Single accommodation in Alice Springs is included. (B/L)

DAY 7

A day at leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dorm or budget ensuite Twin/Single accommodation in Alice Springs is included.

DAY 8

It’s a very early rise this morning as we make the journey to Ayers Rock. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. 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)

DAY 9

Wake early to enjoy an incredible Uluru sunrise, then take a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an aboriginal word for ‘many heads’. Enjoy a hike through the Valley of the Winds to experience this unique site. After lunch it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station to spend the night in your swag. (B/L/D)

DAY 10

This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty 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 and 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. (B/L)

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Additional information

Duration:

10 days / 9 nights

Departs:

From Darwin City at 6:00am
1 April 2018 – 31 October 2018 – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
1 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 – Tuesday, Wednesday

Arrives:

Alice Springs approximately 5:30pm

Accommodation:

Swags & Backpacker Hostels

Upgrades:

Option 2 – Twin Share Room in Backpacker Hostel for 3 nights (two people travelling together) $1,525/person
Option 3 – Single Room in Backpacker Hostel for 3 nights $1,655/person
Optional Tent for 2 nights – $60/person

Additional Levies:

$65 National Park Entry Fees payable on morning of departure

Optional Activities:

Day 4
Katherine Gorge Cruise – $90/person

Day 7
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Tour – $99/person
Half day "A Town Like Alice" Tour – $99/person

Group Size:

Maximum of 24 Guests
(This tour is not available for Children under 15 years of age)

Vehicle:

Air-conditioned Minibus

Luggage Restrictions:

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 Darwin accommodation on days 1-3. Days 4 to 6, you will travel from Darwin to Alice Springs 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 Alice Springs accommodation to collect at the end of your tour.

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts / 9 Lunches / 6 Dinners
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they inform Travel Forever 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.

Fitness Level:

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.

What to bring:

On all tours we recommend you bring…
A broad-brimmed sun hat
Good walking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking over rocky terrain
Fitted shoes for walking in water
Torch / Flashlight (a head torch is ideal)
Swimmers & towel
Personal water bottle (1 Litre recommended)
Sunscreen

On short breaks and extended adventures we recommend you also bring…
Long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection) and loose-fitting pants (warmth and insect protection for evenings)
Towels – shower and swimming
Personal toiletries* & medication
Insect Repellent*
Ear Plugs – you never know when you might need these!
Sleeping bag (available for purchase $50 from office prior to tour – can be kept or donated to local communities after your tour)
A pillow (if you have your favourite)
*Please choose environmentally-friendly toiletries so as to minimise chemical residue in waterways!

General Information:

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 may be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.

Twin Falls Boat Shuttle Fee ($12.50) is not included and is payable direct on day of cruise.

Insurance:

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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