Discover the stunning landscapes, varied wildlife and indigenous culture of Central Australia

Journey through Central Australia's ruggedly beautiful interior on this small group adventure from rustic Alice Springs to rollicking Darwin. Trek through the imposing rock canyons of Kings Canyon, encounter the myths of the Aboriginal Creation Time in Uluru and take in the bizarre boulder-strewn landscape of Karlu Karlu. Soak up stunning views of Katherine Gorge from Baruwei Lookout, spy saltwater crocodiles in the Mary River Wetlands and cool off in the pristine waters of Jim Jim Falls. Encompassing wildlife-spotting, Indigenous interactions and some truly fantastical natural landscapes, this trip makes for an excellent introduction to Australia's legendary Outback.

Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Overland
Code
PTUN9
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Trot through the Outback's desert atop of a camel
  • Watch the sun rise over Uluru
  • Discover the rocky crevices and gullies of Kings Canyon
  • Share a beer with locals at the Daly Waters Outback Hotel
  • Learn about the sacred significance of the Devils Marbles
  • Spot gigantic saltwater crocodiles on a billabong cruise through the Mary River Wetlands
  • Take a swim at the base of Jim Jim Falls

Itinerary

Welcome to rough and ready, but decidedly charming, Alice Springs. Get the adventure underway with a visit to a working camel farm (and perhaps with a ride on one of these iconic creatures). Hop to it exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds hike, then watch the sun set over ginormous Uluru.
Shake off the brisk morning air with a walk around the base of the world's biggest rock. Learn about the sacred significance of Uluru to the local Aboriginal people and admire their traditional arts and craft work at the Cultural Centre. Spend a night camped under the stars in Watarrka National Park.
Trek along the crater rim of Kings Canyon, savouring the incredible views over the Amphitheatre, then descend into the canyon and discover the park's Lost City and Garden of Eden. The adventure winds up upon arrival back in Alice Springs.
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.
Enjoy a free day in Darwin to relax and soak up the atmosphere in this quirky Territory town.
Kick off this Kakadu adventure with a traditional welcome from the Limilngan–Wulna people. Learn about the culture and ancient history of this Indigenous tribe, then journey to the Mary River Wetlands, where saltwater crocodiles rule the waters. Arrive in Ubirr for a spectacular sunset and the chance to see Aboriginal rock art that’s thousands of years old.
Take a boat cruise with a national park ranger through the chasm of a gorge to witness Twin Falls up close – the dwarfing magnitude of this chasm invokes the often startling realisation of just how small we really are. After lunch, hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls, where a swim or laze on the beach is an excellent way to wile away the afternoon.
Plunge into the refreshing waters of Maguk Gorge before working up a sweat hiking to the top of Gunlom Falls, where a series of swimming holes await your arrival. In the afternoon, head back to lively Darwin.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle, Mini coach, Minibus
Accommodation
Camping (with shared facilities) (4 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

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