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Travel from the seaside city of Darwin through the Mary River Wetlands, the lush rainforest of Kakadu and the delights Litchfield, Kata Tjuta and Uluru to the desert town of Alice Springs.
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Set out on an expedition from Darwin to Alice Springs, via Kakadu National Park and Kings Canyon
Wild, rugged and remote even by Australian standards, the Northern Territory's Outback is a region rich in both local legends and stupendous landscapes. Suss out Darwin's quirky and cosmopolitan air, explore the verdant rainforest of Kakadu National Park and drift through the Mary River Wetlands in search of crocodiles. Then trade the Top End for the Red Centre and become acquainted with Indigenous tradition in Uluru, wander through Kata Tjuta and take in the incredible panoramas of Kings Canyon along the Rim Walk. Covering all the landmark attractions and then some, this 9-day trip serves as the perfect introduction to Australia's untamed heart.
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A cosmopolitan city in Australia's tropical Top End, Darwin has a relaxed atmosphere and a fascinating multicultural population. Litchfield National Park is famous for its beautiful rainforests, scenic waterfalls and safe swimming holes. A stunning region of freshwater billabongs and monsoon forests, Mary River National Park is an outstanding fishing and bird-watching destination where you can also spot a few saltwater crocs.
Home to colourful rock art and spectacular scenery, Kakadu National Park is a vast wilderness of rainforest, wetlands, waterfalls and amazing wildlife.
Known for its balmy weather and diverse cultural influences, Darwin has grown from a remote trading outpost into the Northern Territory's modern capital without losing its frontier charm.
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.
Spend a day checking out Alice Springs' sights and places of interest. What the town may lack in big name attractions, it more than makes up for with a charmingly small town – and slightly eccentric – vibe.
The outback town of Alice Springs is a travel hub for visitors setting off to the explore the sensational range of natural wonders the Red Centre has to offer. The ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) create an amazing landscape of spectacular domes and canyons. An iconic image of outback Australia and a sacred site for the local Aboriginal people, Uluru's remarkable colour changes are a wonder to behold.
The towering sandstone walls of Kings Canyon command breathtaking views of the gorge below and the surrounding desert landscape.
Located 1500km from the nearest major city, Alice Springs may be isolated but it still boasts decent restaurants, fascinating Aboriginal art galleries and a lively nightlife.
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