Encounter incredible beauty, rugged landscapes and Indigenous cultures in the Outback

Journey from Alice Springs up through the Red Centre's rugged interior to delightfully eccentric Darwin. Become acquainted with Aboriginal customs and culture in Karlu Karlu, Nitmiluk National Park and Litchfield National Park. Behold stunning panoramas over Katherine Gorge, Jim Jim Falls and the Nardab floodplain. Spot huge crocodiles in the Mary River Wetlands, myriad birdlife in Kakadu National Park and ancient rock art in Ubirr. Replete in both cultural interests and natural attractions, this trip is a brilliant introduction to the region regularly touted as 'the real Australia.'

Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
PASDK5
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Hear the Aboriginal Creation Time story behind Karlu Karlu
  • Enjoy a counter meal at the Daly Waters Pub
  • Cool off in the waterfalls and swimming holes of Nitmiluk National Park
  • Absorb Darwin's eclectic city feel
  • Meet the traditional owners of Wulna Country
  • Get croc-counting on an afternoon cruise through the Mary River Wetlands

Itinerary

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle, Mini coach
Accommodation
Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Hostel (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Mary River cruise
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Twin Falls
  • Ubirr Rock

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