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9 Day Territory Unleashed South Overview
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Journey from Darwin down to Alice Springs and discover the natural beauty of the Australian Outback
Journey through Central Australia's ruggedly beautiful interior on this small group adventure from rollicking Darwin to rustic Alice Springs. Take a dip in the pristine waters of Jim Jim Falls, spy saltwater crocodiles in the Mary River Wetlands and soak up stunning views of Katherine Gorge from Baruwei Lookout. Take in the bizarre boulder-strewn landscape of Karlu Karlu, encounter the myths of the Aboriginal Creation Time in Uluru and trek through the imposing rock canyons of Kings Canyon. Encompassing wildlife-spotting, Indigenous interactions and some truly fantastical natural landscapes, this trip makes for an excellent introduction to Australia's legendary Outback.
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Kick off this Northern Territory adventure with a traditional welcome from the Limilngan–Wulna people. Learn about the culture and ancient history of this Indigenous group, 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 a sense 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.
Set off from Darwin for Nitmiluk National Park. Take a refreshing splash in Edith Falls, explore Katherine Gorge and spend a night in 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.
Spend a free day exploring the city of Alice Springs. Why not learn about the region's particular ecology on a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park, drop into the Alice Springs Reptile Centre or check out the Old Timer's Traeger Museum.
Leave Alice Springs behind and set out into the rich red hues of the surrounding desert landscape. Perhaps choose to get a more elevated perspective from atop a camel on a visit to a working camel farm – this is how some of the first Afghan explorers navigated the country. Explore the peculiar gullies and mounds of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds walk, then behold a mesmerising Uluru sunset and snuggle up for a night under infinite outback stars.
Get a sense of Uluru's size on a morning walk around the rock's base. Learn about the local Aboriginal culture and what this sacred site means to the people who live here while visiting the Cultural Centre.
Hike down into Kings Canyon and discover the park's spectacular natural features. Wander through the Amphitheatre, discover the Lost City, take a dip in the Garden of Eden's swimming holes and peer up at the soaring North and South walls. Return to the outback town of Alice Springs, where the adventure ends.
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