Cloud 9 Explorer South Itinerary

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.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,395
      CAD $1,480
      AUD $1,540
      EUR €1,070
      GBP £920
      NZD $1,825
      ZAR R14,015
      CHF FR1,320
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Apr 1, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016. View later Cloud 9 Explorer South.
Kata Tjuta


Kings Canyon

Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Arrive in Darwin, the Northern Territory's balmy capital city. Head out to Litchfield National Park and escape the heat beside cascading tropical waterfalls and in refreshing swimming holes. Head west and meet the Limilngan-Wulna people, who are the traditional owners of the land. Learn about the local culture and their traditions during bush-tucker and didgeridoo playing demonstrations and perhaps by creating a hand-woven memento. End the day on a croc-spotting cruise along the spectacular Mary River Wetlands.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu

Hike through Ubirr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art that has survived thousands of 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 returning to camp.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 3 Kakadu/Darwin

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 to Darwin.

Day 4 Darwin/Katherine Gorge

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 5 Daly Waters/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Alice Springs

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.

Day 7 Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru

Journey out to a working camel farm and perhaps gain a new appreciation of the Australian bush from the hump of one of these loping creatures. Travel to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), and enjoy a guided hike to uncover the legends of the nearby Valley of the Winds. Then return to camp and witness a glorious desert sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock).
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 8 Uluru/Kings Canyon

Get a sense of Uluru's magnitude on a walk around the rock's base, then become versed in local Mala lore on a guided cultural interpretive walk. After learning more about one of the world's oldest surviving cultures at the Cultural Centre, continue on to our exclusive campsite inside the Watarrka National Park.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 9 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs

Discover a Lost City, Garden of Eden and ancient Amphitheatre on a guided hike through Kings Canyon. Be awed by the canyon's jaw-dropping beauty and peaceful atmosphere. After a tasty lunch, head back to Alice Springs where this Aussie adventure winds up.