Cloud 9 Explorer South Trip Notes

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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      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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Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014
Cloud 9 Explorer South
Trip code: PC9DA
Validity: 01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015
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StyleImportant notesJoining point
MapGroup sizeJoining point instructions
ItineraryAccommodationFinish point
Culture shock rating MealsFinish point instructions
Physical ratingTransportEmergency contact
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Map
Cloud 9 Explorer South
Itinerary
Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River
Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we visit the stunning waterfalls that flow all year round. Take a refreshing swim and enjoy lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan –Wulna people. They’ll share with us their local Aboriginal culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo lessons, basket weaving and spear throwing.
We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well-earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee & Twin Falls
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu
Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and clamber to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next we travel on to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools.
Tonight we stay at our permanent camp within Kakadu National Park. (BLD)
Included Activities
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 3 Kakadu/Darwin
Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu and certain to be one of our trip highlights. Once we get there, we’ll take in the stunning views of this 200m natural wonder before continuing on to Twin Falls. See the beauty of the gorge and feel the powerful force of the waterfalls from a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. On the way back home, the scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)
TROPICAL TOP END SUMMER ITINERARY (Nov/ Dec-May)
**Please note in the tropical wet season Twin and Jim Jim Falls are inaccessible
Day 1 – Litchfield National Park | Cathedral Termite Mounds | Overnight camp. (LD)
Day 2 – Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal) | Wildlife Cruise | Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD)
Day 3 – Gunlom Falls or Motor Car Falls (seasonal) | Warradjan Culture Centre | Return to Darwin. (BL)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Twin Falls
Day 4 Darwin/Katherine Gorge
PICK UP LOCATION: Adventure Tours Australia Shop, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am.
We depart from Darwin early and make our way to Nitmiluk National Park. Our first stop is the beautiful Edith Falls for a swim before heading to Katherine Gorge where your guide will take you on a short return walk to Baruwei lookout. You can get a postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this stunning area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we continue our journey south to Daly Waters arriving in time for dinner and a beer at the historic Daly Waters Hotel - the territory’s oldest pub (own expense). Overnight in our camp at Daly Waters.
Accommodation
Camping (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 5 Daly Waters/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Alice Springs
We continue our journey south passing through Tennant Creek and onto Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) where we have some time to explore the well-known marble shaped boulders, a site sacred to its traditional owners. There is also one last photo stop as we cross the tropic of Capricorn before finishing in the heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs.
Day 6 Itinerary
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs (overnight dorm accommodation included; meals and activities at own expense).
Day 7 Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
PICK UP LOCATION: YHA Alice Springs, 06:05am
Kick off your adventure on top of a camel! Our first stop is the Outback Camel Farm where you can choose to ride atop one of these desert giants (at own expense). From here it’s off to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch. Kata Tjuta will fascinate you, and you will get up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during the Valley of the Winds hike. You’ll be mesmerised as the desert sun sets over Uluru, and as the night grows darker, curl up in your permanent tent or choose to swag (Aussie bedroll) under millions of stars. (LD)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 8 Uluru/Kings Canyon
An early start is rewarded with the sunrise over Uluru. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you embark on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to see more Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 9 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before we make our way back to Alice Springs. (BL)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • PC9DA Single Supplement (PC9DA)
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
    Important notes
    ITINERARY CHANGES:
    Please note that some of our planned activities are contingent on seasonal conditions. We will arrange alternative activities if this is the case. This is a flexible itinerary and may be altered to allow for better times to view certain inclusions depending on sunset/sunrise and weather conditions.
    WET SEASON & WEATHER:
    Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel in the tropics, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after commencement of you trip. In this event, your Tour Leader/Driver has full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
    Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Twin and Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening of Twin and Jim Jim Falls and other attractions at any time.
    All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's day to day care. Please note families/adults travelling with people under 18 must upgrade from dorm-share accommodation to private rooms; accompanying adults may be required to share with others in the group on a twin share basis.
    AGE RESTRICTIONS:
    Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 8 for all Original trips and 12 for all Basix trips.
    Day 4-5 of this trip is designed to be an express between Alice Springs and Darwin and has a limited itinerary. The distance travelled is some 1,500km and involves a substantial amount of time on the vehicle.
    Group size
    Maximum of 24 travellers per group.
    Accommodation
    Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (4 nts), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
    Meals
    4 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
    Transport
    All Terrain vehicle, Mini coach, Private vehicle
    Joining point
    Default pick up point Adventure Tours Shop @6:50am (52 Mitchell St)
    Darwin
    Darwin
    Northern Territory
    AUSTRALIA
    Joining point instructions
    Meet at the Adventure Tours Australia shop (52 Mitchell St) or select Darwin accomodation. Pick up times and locations will be advised by our customer service team when booking.
    Finish point
    Select Alice Springs accommodation
    Alice Springs
    Alice Springs
    NT
    AUSTRALIA
    Finish point instructions
    This tour finishes on arrival in Alice Springs at around 6pm. Finishing times may be earlier during the summer months. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward travel out of Alice Springs. We cannot guarantee arriving in time to board the Ghan or any flight on this day.
    We strongly recommend you book an extra night of accommodation to extend your stay here. Please contact our sales staff if you would like to arrange accommodation in Alice Springs after your tour.
    Emergency contact
    In the event of an emergency, or missed pick up on the day of departure, please call Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel on 1300 654 604.