13 Day Adelaide to Darwin Explorer Itinerary

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.
Kakadu sunset

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Underground Multishare - 1

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

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

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

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

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

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, and witness a welcoming 'Cul Cul' greeting. Discover the local culture and their 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 alongside crocodiles on the Mary River.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 12 Mary River/Kakadu

Hike through Ubirr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art that has survived for 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 13 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 the return to Darwin marks the end of this 4x4 Kakadu and Litchfield Safari.