Travel through Australia's dusty Red Centre and tropical Top End

Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Countries
Themes
Overland
Code
POBACXX
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1 Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit a working Outback Camel Farm
  • Explore the base of Uluru with a local Aboriginal guide
  • Wander the red rock ravines of the famous Kings Canyon
  • Try crusty fresh damper at the famous Daly Waters Pub
  • Cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls
  • Discover the history of the Limilngan–Wulna people

Itinerary

Meet your group in Adelaide and set off early for the Flinders Ranges. Pass through winery country along the way, stopping in Wilpena Pound for lunch, then enjoy an easy hike through the natural amphitheatre of rocky mountains. Spend the night sleeping under the stars.
Pass through the mining town of Leigh Creek towards Lyndhurst, stopping in to admire the modernist sculptures at Talc Alf’s quirky outdoor gallery. Travel along the historic route of the old Ghan railway, taking in sights of scrubby landscapes and desolate sandy plains. Pass by Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest lake, before stopping in William Creek – population: six (plus one dog) – for the night.
Red sand dunes, salt pans and gibber plains are common sights today passing Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station, en route to Coober Pedy. Take a guided tour of the town and learn why most of the residents here live underground. Watch an opal cutting demonstration then visit a kangaroo orphanage to meet some of the furry locals.
After leaving Coober Pedy, drive across the incredible landscape of Moon Plains, which, unsurprisingly, has a lunar-like appearance. Pass the Dingo Fence – at 5,614 kilometres, it’s the longest fence in the world – to Breakaways Reserve, one of the shooting locations in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Get up early this morning in time to watch a glorious sunrise over Uluru. Enjoy a walk around the base of ‘the rock’ and deepen your understanding of the area on a Mala interpretative walk with an Aboriginal guide.
Explore one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures, Kata Tjuta. These domed red rocks, also known as The Olgas, rise spectacularly out of the desert and are believed to be 500 million years old. Hike the trails of the stunning Valley of the Winds, then travel to Kings Canyon for the evening.
Lace up your hiking boots and head out into Kings Canyon to explore the impressive formations and crumbling sandstone walls on a six kilometre trek along the Rim Walk. Head into the rocky ‘lost city’ and lush Garden of Eden before travelling into the outback hub of Alice Springs.
Leave Alice Springs this morning and journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. An optional, hour-long sunset camel ride is also available. Head back to Alice Springs, where your trip comes to an end.
Kick off this bush adventure in the Northern Territory’s capital of Darwin. Enjoy the sights and relaxed atmosphere here before travelling into Wulna Country where you will receive a welcome from the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Enjoy learning about parts of traditional Aboriginal Australian culture through bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and traditional basket weaving. Head on to the Mary River for a look at the tremendous ‘salties’ that populate the waters here, and then continue to Kakadu National Park this afternoon. Hike Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) and take a refreshing plunge in the pools before camping overnight in the national park.
Enjoy the thrill of 4WD action today as you head on to the stunning plunge of Jim Jim Falls. Take a swim or simply relax on the sandy beach. After some lunch take a journey into the past and visit the quiet majesty of Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Take an interpretive cultural walk through various rock art sites before reaching a lookout where you can stand atop the Nardab floodplains. Spend the evening in the Mary River region.
Pay a visit to the stunning natural beauty of Litchfield National Park and explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a cooling dip in some croc-free waters and then motor on back to Darwin where you can toast to the end of your top end adventure with new friends.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Hostel (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (5 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)
Included activities
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Mary River cruise
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Ubirr Rock

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Darwin day 9 at approx 6pm; please consider when booking flights and accommodation. 2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay. 3. Single and twin/double upgrade accommodation also available. 4.You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on day 1; please see tour code PC9ADY.

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