Experience the wonder of the Australian wilds

Rugged, wild and exceptionally picturesque, a trip through Australia's Northern Territory stands as an outback adventure just waiting to happen. Cruise through the monsoon forests and croc-filled billabongs of the Mary River Wetlands, cool off in Litchfield National Park's heavenly swimming holes and try your hand at Aboriginal arts and sports. Rumble through Kakadu by 4X4, feel the force of Twin Falls from its base and wander through the boulder-strewn terrain of Karlu Karlu. Travelling by road from Darwin down to Alice Springs, this trip affords a magnificent overview of the Australian centre.

Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Code
PDASK5
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spot exotic birdlife in the Mary River Wetlands
  • Relax in the scenic plunge pools of Barramundi Gorge
  • Learn about the sacred significance Katherine Gorge holds to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people
  • Wander amid the humungous boulders of Karlu Karlu

Itinerary

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.
Drive out to Nitmiluk National Park. Stop by Edith Falls for a quick dip before arriving in Katherine Gorge. Learn about the region's cultural significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people and continue on to the one pub town of Daly Waters.
Explore the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles), then cross the tropic of Capricorn and arrive in the town of Alice Springs.
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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), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Mary River cruise
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Twin Falls
  • Ubirr Rock

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