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.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Apr 1, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016. View later 13 Day Adelaide to Darwin Explorer.

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Trip Validity

  • 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.

  • Sample world-class wines in the Clare Valley
  • Examine opals in Coober Pedy
  • Sleep under the stars next to Uluru
  • Hike around Kings Canyon
  • View the precariously situated Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
  • Admire the ever-changing colours of an outback sunset
  • Plunge into the rock pools dotted around Barramundi Gorge

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Adelaide, Australia
  • Finish:

    Darwin, Australia
  • Group size:

    Min 6 , Max 24
  • Ages:

    Min 8
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Camping (with shared facilities) (2 nts), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (5 nts), Underground Multishare (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    All Terrain vehicle, Mini coach
  • Included activities:

    Jim Jim Falls, Litchfield National Park, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Mary River cruise, Pudakul Cultural Experience, Twin Falls, Ubirr Rock

  • Notes:

    1. Tour commences in Adelaide on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Darwin day 13 at approx 6pm please consider when booking flights and accommodation. 2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay here. 3. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies (10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation). 4. Please bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase one for AU$30. Please enquire at time of booking. 5. Tour also runs in reverse see tour code PDAE11.

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Day 1 Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

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.

Day 2 Oodnadatta Track/William Creek

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.

Day 3 Coober Pedy

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.

Day 4 Coober Pedy/Erldunda

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.

Day 5 Kata Tjuta/Uluru

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.

Day 6 Uluru/Kings Canyon

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.

Day 7 Alice Springs

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.

Day 9 Alice Springs/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Daly Waters

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.

Day 10 Darwin

Settle in for a long day’s drive through the outback to Darwin, and watch the incredible colours of the desert roll past.

Day 11 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 12 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 13 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.
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