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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      USD $1,970
      CAD $2,035
      AUD $1,995
      EUR €1,375
      GBP £1,155
      NZD $2,220
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Kakadu sunset

Day 1 Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

Head into the Clare Valley, one of Adelaide's premier wine regions, to sample some of the local tipple. After lunch, weave through the Flinders Ranges toward Wilpena Pound. Admire knotted gumtrees, old farm stations and myriad other natural features dotting the landscape on a hike before settling in at camp in the evening.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 2 Oodnadatta Track/William Creek

Visit the outback gallery of Talc Alf, a self-taught artist whose impressionist sculptures are a major drawcard for folk passing through Lyndhurst. Continue along the route of the old Ghan railway and take a brief break at Lake Eyre to admire Australia's largest lake. In the evening, set up camp in the tiny town of William Creek for an evening spent under the stars.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 3 Coober Pedy

Travel past Anna Creek Station, the world's largest cattle ranch, which stretches across 24 000 sq km of South Australia. Continue travelling towards Lake Cadibarrawirracanna - the longest lake name in the world - before arriving at Coober Pedy, the 'opal capital of the world'. Take a tour around town and learn why it is necessary for patrons of the city to live underground. Perhaps even spend some time 'noodling' (fossicking) for rare gems before spending the night in an underground bunkhouse.
ACCOM: Underground Multishare - 1

Day 4 Coober Pedy/Erldunda

Meet some furry locals at Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Wander through an Aboriginal art gallery, trial a didgeridoo and feed a kangaroo before travelling to Erldunda.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 5 Kata Tjuta/Uluru

Journey across the Red Centre towards Australia's most impressive natural gems. Snack on lunch in the imposing shadow of Uluru before hiking through Kata Tjuta's Valley of the Winds. Also known as the Olgas, these bizarrely bulging landforms are a sacred sight for local Aboriginals.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 6 Uluru/Kings Canyon

Rise with the sun and watch an incredible sunrise over Uluru before getting a little closer to the action on a short walk around the rock's base. Later, join a knowledgeable guide for an informative tour around a local town. Learn about the Mala Aborigines of the area before perusing traditional artworks in a local gallery. Head back to camp for a final evening camping out under the stars.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 7 Alice Springs

Venture into the natural wonderland of Kings Canyon. With blushing rock faces, crumbling sandstone walls and a maze of weathered rock domes, trekking through this region is sure to be the perfect finale to this journey. Hike through the Amphitheatre to discover the Lost City and the lush Garden of Eden before travelling back to Alice Springs.

Day 8 Alice Springs

Enjoy a day off in Alice Springs. Relax and unwind, or join us on another adventure to the West MacDonnell Ranges on our 4WD day trip (Tour Code PWMDT). Accommodation in dormshare is included (meals at own expense).

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

Kick off this two-day adventure with a visit to the iconic Karlu Karlu, or 'Devils Marbles'. Hear the story behind the formation of these gigantic boulders before continuing on to Tennant Creek for lunch. In the evening visit a true blue Aussie pub, perhaps sharing a couple of beers with the friendly locals before camping out beneath the stars for an evening of peaceful outback solitude.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 10 Katherine Gorge/Darwin

Start the day with an exploration of Nitmiluk National Park. Meaning the 'Place of the Cicada Dreaming' in the Jawoyn language, it’s a stunning place to explore. Take a short walk to Barrawei Lookout for an incredible view of Katherine Gorge before learning about the significance of this area to the Jawoyn people. Stop for a swim in the refreshing waters of Edith Falls before journeying to tropical Darwin, the Territory’s culture-rich capital city.

Day 11 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Welcome to Darwin, the Northern Territory’s balmy, laidback, slightly kooky capital city. Trade the urban heat for the cool swimming holes of Litchfield National Park. Get a special welcome to the Wulna Country from the Limilngan-Wulna people, and gain an insight into local Indigenous culture with lessons in bush tucker, didgeridoo playing, spear throwing and basket weaving. Then try keeping count of the crocs floating by on a boat trip through the Mary River Wetlands.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 12 Mary River/Kakadu

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 our campsite to relax for the evening.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 13 Kakadu/Darwin

Hike through Ubirr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art that has survived almost 1500 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 heading back to Darwin this evening.