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10 Day Budget Darwin to Alice Springs Kakadu/Litchfield Tour

Darwin to Alice Springs Tours

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Product Info

Duration 10 Day Tour
Meals 6 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Group Size Maximum 24 People
Starts Darwin
Ends Alice Springs
Tour Style Budget
Accommodation 6 Nights Camping/3 Nights Dorms

Where You'll Sleep

A swag, often used in the outback is like a giant sleeping bag which props up off the ground to give plenty of room and head space inside. It has 2 entry points, a very tough mosquito net to ensure your sleep will be undisturbed and a dense foam mattress. The double zip vents will keep the air flowing on warm nights and you can leave one of them open if you wish to look at the stars.


Details

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as we travel between Darwin to Alice Springs to experience Kakadu, Litchfield, Katherine Gorge, Devils Marbles, Uluru, Kings Canyon and more. Enjoy 10 amazing days of action-packed outback fun! Camp beneath the stars and swim through waterholes to discover the spectacular beauty of Australia's Top End! 

  • Swim through natural infinity pools beneath cascading waterfalls in Kakadu National Park  
  • Swim, hike and explore the spectacular elements of Litchfield National Park
  • Take in the marvellous rock carvings from the river of Katherine Gorge 
  • Undertake an amazing interpretive base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock) 
  • Admire the sheer red rock faces of Kings Canyon

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - (Lunch / Dinner)

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 exclusive two hour cruise where the local wallaby population greets us on arrival. 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 away from the masses, just you and your group. 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 at Cooinda for dinner and our overnight stay. 

• Mary River Wetlands • Private Crocodile and Wildlife cruise • Bowali Visitor Centre • Ubirr

 

Day 2 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Our journey is towards the southern end of Kakadu where we spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls*. There’s a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! Relax in a natural infinity pool with a postcard backdrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. So many choices. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool we exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to our overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park.

• Gunlom Falls • Plunge pools and waterfalls

 

Day 3 - (Breakfast / Lunch)

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. Overnight dorm or Budget Ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation is included. 

• Termite mounds • Florence Falls • Wangi Falls • Buley Rockhole

 

Day 4 - (Lunch /Dinner)

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 (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). It’s a little further on to our overnight camp near Mataranka.

• Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

 

Day 5 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

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.

• Mataranka Thermal Pools • Daly Waters Pub • Banka Banka Cattle Station

 

Day 6 - (Breakfast / Lunch)

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 lies south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. Two nights dorm or Budget ensuite Twin/Single accommodation in Alice Springs is included.

• Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) • Tropic of Capricorn

 

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 - (Lunch / Dinner)

You’re on your way to the remote outback of Central Australia with its red soil, ancient geology and ghost gums. Australian pioneers originally used camels for transport and cartage and you now have the opportunity to check out the view from atop at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well (own expense). Shortly after we turn off the Stuart Highway we stop at Mount Ebenezer to check out the Aboriginal art and craft on display. The first monolith you will see is Mount Connor (Atila), an imposing mesa located on a flat salt pan – not to be confused with Uluru which is some 100km further along the track. After we arrive at the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park your guide will take you on an interpretive base walk of Uluru and those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories and star gazing at our private campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest for another active day tomorrow.

• Stuarts Well • Ebenezer Roadhouse • View Mt. Connor (Atila) • Uluru • Base Walk / Climb at Uluru • Cultural Centre • Sunset at Uluru

 

Day 9 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

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. 

• Uluru / Kata Tjuta Sunrise • Kata Tjuta • Kings Creek Station

 

Day 10 - (Breakfast / Lunch)

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.

• Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park • Alice Springs


Pickups / Departures

Departures for 01 April 2014 - 31 March 2015 and 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

Departs: Mon/Wed/Sat from Darwin at 6.30 am

Finishes: Day 10 in Alice Springs only at approximately 5.30pm


Extras

Sleeping bag hire (Optional) $20 

Katherine Gorge Canoeing or cruise (Seasonal and optional) 


Location


Testimonials

"I traveled on a 3 day Kakadu & Litchfield tour in September 2015. The tour was great...the guide was extremely knowledgable and we were able to see some amazing sites including Jim Jim Falls! The camping facilities were comfortable, and everyone on the tour had a good time. The agents at Travel Freedom were able to help me with my questions, payment was easy, and confirmed shortly after. I would recommend them to anyone looking to book tours in Australia."

Demi Thompson (UK)

"I booked the 1 Day Litchfield & Jumping Crocs tour with Travel Freedom and it was a crazy amazing day! The crocs jump right out in front of you, and then waterfalls in Litchfield were great to swim in on a hot day! Thanks to Travel Freedom for the easy booking service and cheap price. I recommend them to anyone wanting to book tours and accommodation in Darwin!"

Trude Maman (DK)

"Thanks for your organising our trip to Katherine Gorge, it was a fantastic experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it, and the tour operator was very professional, as was everyone that was involved in the various locations that we went to.

We will contact Freedom Travel when we are looking for our next adventure.

Cheers

Pete"

Peter Martin (AUS)

"We loved our two days in Kakadu. Loved opportunities to enjoy waterholes, spectacular views, landforms, rocks, trees, birds, unfortunately, no crocodiles! Tom our guide was generous with his time, effort and knowledge. Thanks to him we had an enjoyable time and learned much about Aboriginal art and history and about the environment
of Kakadu. We loved sleeping under the stars! "

Sally. C

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