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10 Days

Darwin to Ayers Rock Adventure- Wayoutback

Darwin

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Why You'll Love It

  • Spend 11 days exploring this stunning region and it's ancient past 
  • Explore Darwin City 
  • Get in touch with local Aboriginal culture 
  • Go on a croc spotting cruise

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle (17 pax minimum) and mini-bus vehicle (24 pax maximum)
  • All meals (as listed on itineraries)
  • Camping equipment*
  • Four nights hostel accommodation
  • Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu via Mary River region

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.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Kakadu to Litchfield National Park via Twin and Jim Jim Falls

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 leads 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.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Litchfield National Park to Darwin

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 where overnight hostel accommodation is included.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Darwin to Katherine Gorge National Park

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then 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 (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost) before retiring to our campsite nearby.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Katherine Gorge to Banka Banka via Mataranka

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 in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum Outback experience’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Banka Banka to Alice Springs

We pass through Tennant Creek and then 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. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. Overnight hostel accommodation is included.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 7: Leisure time

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. Hostel accommodation in Alice Springs is included.  

Meal(s) included: None

 

Day 8: Uluru to Kings Creek Station via Kata Tjuta

Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise, 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 to spend the night at our private camp.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

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 lunch, we make our way towards the iconic outback town of Alice Springs, arriving in the early evening. This town has a vast pioneering history and will feel like the big smoke after 2 and a half days in the ‘Bush’. You won’t need your swag tonight, as your hostel accommodation is included (dormitory/twin or double room) along with dinner for our last night together. Later, you’ll have the chance to wash your dusty clothes before experiencing the nightlife of this charming Outback town.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Alice Springs to Uluru

Today we have another early start. Following breakfast, we leave Alice Springs and begin our journey to Ayers Rock. With a short stop along the way we will get you and your baggage to Ayers Rock Airport or resort before saying farewell to this magical destination.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast


Pickups / Departures

Departs                                             
Darwin                                              accommodation from 6.00am
Wednesday (plus Saturday April to October) includes 1 night Darwin / 2 nights Alice Springs between safaris
Tuesday (plus Friday April to October) includes 2 nights Darwin / 1 night Alice Springs between safaris

Finishes                                            

Ayers Rock Airport at approximately 11am***

Outback Pioneer Hotel                        at approximately 1.00pm

*** Our estimated drop off time for Ayers Rock Airport is 11.00am. Whilst we will do our absolute best to have you at the airport on time we will not be held liable for any flights missed due to delays. These may include, but not limited to; Traffic delays, road closures, vehicle breakdowns and accidents. Travel insurance is highly recommended. During the summer months Jetstar offer a service departing Ayers Rock to Melbourne at 11.45am. Although we strive for an 11am arrival to Ayers Rock Airport we recommend you choose a flight at a later time.

Departure Day(s)
Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday
 
Special circumstances: Friday and Saturday from April to October only. Doesn't depart January 1

Extras

Twin Falls boat shuttle fee of $12.50 is collected on day of travel and not included in price.

Boat cruise or canoe at Katherine Gorge is an optional activity and not included in price. Camel ride is optional and at own expense.

Sleeping bag hire is a $50 local payment or you can bring your own. Must be pre-booked


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