Witness the Australian Outback's stupendous natural scenery on this 5-day trip

Get a taste of the real Australia on this 5-day small group adventure that travels from Darwin to Alice Springs and includes a side trip to Uluru. Plunge into the refreshing waters of Edith Falls, kick back with an ice-cold beer in the legendary Daly Waters Hotel and explore the peculiar boulder-strewn landscape of Karlu Karlu. Sample outback life in isolated Alice Springs, be captivated by an Uluru sunset and connect with one of the world's oldest surviving cultures on a cultural interpretive walk. For a short but comprehensive delving into Australia's rugged centre, look no further than this Darwin to Alice Springs Explorer trip.

Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Countries
Themes
Code
PDASU5
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 4, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Take in incredible views over Katherine Gorge from Baruwei lookout
  • Hear the Creation Time stories of the Devils Marbles
  • Trek through Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds hike
  • Join a Mala cultural intrepretive walk around Uluru

Itinerary

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.
Get the day underway with a visit to the Outback Camel Farm. Why not get a new perspective of the Australian Outback atop one of these 'ships of the desert'. Make tracks across sunburnt plains to the captivating domes of Kata Tjuta and enjoy a guided hike to uncover the legends of the Valley of the Winds. Then head to Australia’s most iconic landmark and watch the colour of the rock change during a magical desert sunset over ancient Uluru – a fitting end to a memorable day. Then choose whether to bunker down in a cosy swag (Aussie bedroll), where you can literally fall asleep under the stars, or sleep in your permanent tent.
Wake early and join a local guide for an exploration around the base of Uluru, discovering its many caves and rock art sites. View the rock from different vantage points and learn about one of the world’s oldest living cultures on an interpretive walk led by a local Indigenous guide. Browse Aboriginal arts and crafts at the cultural centre, then travel to our campsite located within Watarrka National Park for another night camped under sparkling night skies.
Grab your hiking shoes and head out on foot along the Rim Walk to discover the remarkable formations and towering rock faces that make up Kings Canyon. Wander past the park’s ochre-coloured rock walls and columns, visit the famous sites of the Lost City and the Amphitheatre and take a dip in the Garden of Eden’s shaded pool before tucking into a tasty lunch. Then watch the colours of the desert change on the trip back to Alice Springs.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Mini coach, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 5:50am and finishes in Alice Springs day 5 at approx 6pm please consider when booking flights and accommodation. 2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay here. 3. Please bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase one for AU$30. Please enquire at time of booking.

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