11 Day Darwin to Adelaide Explorer Itinerary

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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Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Visit the Litchfield National Park and escape the heat beside cascading tropical waterfalls and in refreshing swimming holes. Head west and meet the Limilngan-Wulna People, traditional owners of the land. This is an immensely sacred area for their people so the welcoming 'Cul Cul' is a humbling greeting. Discover more of the day-to-day culture and traditions by learning about some bush-tucker, mastering your didgeridoo technique or perhaps creating a hand-woven treasure to take home. Wind down the day with a cruise along the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the local crocodiles are often kind enough to join us.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu

Hike through Ubirr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art that has survived thousands of years. Clamber up to a rocky lookout where the Nardab Floodplain and aptly named East Alligator River make for an astonishing view. This hike is rewarded with a splash in the plunge pools at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) before returning to camp.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 3 Kakadu/Darwin

Put the 4x4 through its paces on the way to Jim Jim Falls. Often raging; sometimes a mere trickle, the falls are an epic feature of the landscape. Hike to the base before continuing to Twin Falls, where the Kakadu National Park operates a boat and boardwalk adventure to explore the stunning gorge and surrounding falls. Enjoy the tranquillity of this scenic gem before returning to Darwin.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

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.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 10 Coober Pedy

Visit an underground opal mine and see how the locals live in this scorching part of the desert.
ACCOM: Underground Multishare - 1

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.