Darwin to Alice Springs Tours
|Prices From||$1,000 |
$975 + $25 levy
|Duration||6 Day Tour|
|Meals||5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners|
|Group Size||Maximum 24 People|
Experience a camping safari through Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks over 6 amazing days, spend a night in Darwin soaking up the atmosphere before travelling down 'The Track' visiting the icons of the Katherine Gorge, Mataranka and the Devils Marbles. Have a beer at the Daly Waters Pub and finish in Alice Springs, the heart of Australia where Indigenous art galleries, a cool vibe and history abounds on this incredible 6 day tour.
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 where art galleries and pioneering history abounds.
• Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) • Tropic of Capricorn
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.
Sleeping bag hire is a $30 local payment though you are most welcome to bring your own.
01 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
Darwin only 6.30 am
Finishes Day 6
Alice Springs only Approximately 5.30pm
What you need to bring: Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and fly net (if insects bother you), water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own), toiletries, towel, swimwear, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.
• Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
• This 6 day package is a combination of two 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.
• Please be dressed in comfortable walking clothing and footwear, have a water bottle, hat and sunscreen in easy reach.
• Luggage is restricted to 10kg for the Top End component with the remainder of luggage to be stored at Darwin accommodation. 23kg plus a small day pack is permitted for the Darwin to Alice Springs component.
• Participants should have a good to moderate fitness level for this tour and be aware that walks often take place over uneven ground. Customers need to prepare for hot to very hot temperatures in summer and temperatures sometimes below zero of a night time in winter.
• * For customers travelling until March 31, 2016, sleeping bag hire is a $20 local payment and must be pre-booked. Customers travelling from April 1, 2016, sleeping bag hire is a $30 local payment.
• * Twin and Jim Jim Falls may not be accessible between the shoulder periods of May-Jun and October. During this time we will visit Gunlom Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
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