13 Day Adelaide to Darwin Explorer Overview
Take in the history, culture and stunning red landscapes of the Australian Outback on this trip that takes you from Adelaide through the Red Centre up to Darwin.
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Dive into Australia's Red Centre on a trip from Adelaide to Darwin
Rugged coastlines, dusty plains and secret Edens – Australia has it all. Travelling from Adelaide to Darwin, cross through the Flinders Ranges, admire opals in Coober Pedy, revel in the enormity of Uluru and take a nature hike through Australia's largest national park – Kakadu. Rich in both culture and adventure, travelling through South Australia and the Northern Territory is an unforgettable, true-blue Aussie experience.
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Head for the hills to the vineyards of the Clare Valley. Pass through a string of classic country towns and perhaps stop to sample a few drops at one of the local cellar doors. After lunch, soak up the views of the Flinders Ranges and weave through the countryside to Wilpena Pound. Wander among the river red gums and native pines, keeping an eye out for wildlife.
Follow the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph Line. Pass through the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. Then continue along the Oodnadatta Track and discover the natural beauty of Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake, before arriving at William Creek and setting up camp for the night.
Take in surreal desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains as you pass through Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station. Stop at the serene Lake Cadibarrawirracanna – yes, that is the longest lake name in the world – before arriving in the town of Coober Pedy. Known as the 'opal capital of the world', this scorching outback town is the perfect place to pick up a few precious gifts, or try your hand at 'noodling' for them yourself. There are also incredible 'dugout' underground houses and churches to explore. Spend the night in an underground bunker.
Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Then wave goodbye to Coober Pedy and head out across the vast, lunar-like expanse of Moon Plain. See the twisting and turning Dingo Fence – at three times the length of the Great Wall of China, it’s the longest fence in the world – and take in the breathtaking views of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve. Arrive at the homestead of Erldunda, which is at almost the exact geographical centre of Australia, in the early afternoon. Cool off with a dip in the pool before setting up camp for the night.
Set out for one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures, Kata Tjuta. Hike through the gorgeous Valley of the Winds and get up close to the ancient geological formations. In the evening, watch the desert sun set over Uluru and curl up in a swag for a night under the stars.
Wake early and be rewarded by the brilliant colours of an Uluru sunrise. Develop a deeper appreciation for the land and the culture of the Mala people on a walk around the rock's base with a local Aboriginal guide and interpreter. This is a unique opportunity to share experiences and connect with the oldest culture on earth. Browse Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre, then head to a new campsite at Watarrka National Park to set up for the night.
Explore the unspoiled bush and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. Trek through the incredible Amphitheatre, pass through a labyrinth of wheat, view the gorge from the steep height of Heartbreak Hill and descend into the Garden of Eden, a lush waterhole teeming with plant life.
Be enchanted by the spherical granite boulders of Karlu Karlu, the Devils Marbles, a sacred site to its traditional owners. Continue north and stop by the tranquil town of Tennant Creek for lunch, then arrive for camp at Daly Waters. Unwind with a pint at the famous Daly Waters Pub or take a refreshing swim in the pool.
Settle in for a long day’s drive through the outback to Darwin, and watch the incredible colours of the desert roll past.
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.
Home to colourful rock art and spectacular scenery, Kakadu National Park is a vast wilderness of rainforest, wetlands, waterfalls and amazing wildlife.
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.
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