11 Day Darwin to Adelaide Explorer Overview

Embark on an overland journey from Darwin down through Australia's Red Centre to Adelaide. Visit Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Kings Canyon and Coober Pedy and finish up in South Australia's capital city.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31

Travel from Darwin through Australia's legendary Outback to Adelaide

Get acquainted with the Australian Outback's enchanting natural landscapes, wide array of wildlife and famously laidback culture on a small group adventure from Darwin down through Alice Springs and into Adelaide. Keep an eye out for some of the world's biggest crocodiles on an evening boat cruise through the Mary River Wetlands, take a natural shower in the falls of Litchfield National Park and check out Alice Springs' somewhat off-beat nightlife. Watch as sunrise bedecks Uluru in colour, hike the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and get a taste of life underground on an overnight stay in Coober Pedy. Traversing the country top-to-tail, this Darwin to Adelaide Explorer trip provides an illuminating insight into the classic Australian spirit.

  • Get acquainted with Darwin's lively city vibe
  • Receive a traditional 'cul cul' welcome from the Limilngan-Wulna people
  • Knock back a frosty pint at the Daly Waters Hotel
  • Learn about the sacred significance Uluru holds to the local Mala people
  • Discover Australia's own Lost City in Kings Canyon
  • Spend a night underground in Coober Pedy

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Darwin, Australia
  • Finish:

    Adelaide, Australia
  • Group size:

    Min 6 , Max 24
  • Ages:

    Min 8
  • Meals:

    5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with shared facilities) (1 nt), Hostel (3 nts), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (5 nts), Underground Multishare (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    All Terrain vehicle, Mini coach, Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Jim Jim Falls, Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Litchfield National Park, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Mala cultural intrepretive walk, Mary River cruise, Pudakul Cultural Experience, Twin Falls, Ubirr Rock

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11 Day Darwin to Adelaide Explorer Summary

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Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

A cosmopolitan city in Australia's tropical Top End, Darwin has a relaxed atmosphere and a fascinating multicultural population. Litchfield National Park is famous for its beautiful rainforests, scenic waterfalls and safe swimming holes. A stunning region of freshwater billabongs and monsoon forests, Mary River National Park is an outstanding fishing and bird-watching destination where you can also spot a few saltwater crocs.

Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu

Home to colourful rock art and spectacular scenery, Kakadu National Park is a vast wilderness of rainforest, wetlands, waterfalls and amazing wildlife.

Day 3 Kakadu/Darwin

Known for its balmy weather and diverse cultural influences, Darwin has grown from a remote trading outpost into the Northern Territory's modern capital without losing its frontier charm.

Day 4 Darwin/Katherine Gorge

Leave Darwin for the lush serenity of Nitmiluk National Park. Cool off with a dip in Edith Falls, gaze out over Katherine Gorge from Baruwei lookout and learn of the region's significance to its traditional Aboriginal owners, the Jawoyn people.

Days 5-6 Alice Springs

Amble among the massive boulders known as the 'Devils Marbles', or 'Karlu Karlu' in the local indigenous language. A traditional meeting spot considered sacred to many of the Aboriginal clans of the area, a multitude of myths and legends exist as to how these boulders came to be. You'll hear some of them on a guided exploration of this site, but most are governed by secrecy; only shared between initiated clan members.

Day 7 Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru

Flanked by rugged hills and spindly ridges, Alice Springs is the archetypal gateway to Central Australia’s vast Outback. Hike past the Valley of the Winds’ gargantuan rock formations, then be treated to a mesmerising Uluru sunset.

Day 8 Uluru/Kings Canyon

Admire the morning colours that break over the world’s biggest rock face, then venture in for a closer perspective. Join a local Aboriginal guide on a cultural walk to learn more about the sacred importance of this hallowed site.

Day 9 Kings Canyon/Erldunda

Although the hike may be challenging, the sights to be savoured in Kings Canyon are magnificent. Admire the Garden of Eden oasis before returning for another relaxing evening gathered around a campfire.

Day 10 Coober Pedy

Visit an underground opal mine and see how the locals live in this scorching part of the desert.

Day 11 Adelaide

Take a scenic drive from Coober Pedy to Adelaide, stopping at salt lakes, the infamous Woomera and oceanside ports along the way. On the home stretch, bask in the beauty of Australia's bushscapes before wrapping up this trip in Adelaide.
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