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.

Darwin, Australia
Alice Springs, Australia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 4 Max 24
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  • Be welcomed to Wulna country with a traditional 'Cul Cul' greeting
  • See ancient rock paintings that date back thousands of years
  • Take a cruise through Kakadu's stunning gorges
  • Savour remarkable views over escarpment country from a waterhole in Maguk
  • Mingle with friendly locals in the famous Daly Waters Pub
  • Witness a spellbinding Red Centre sunset
  • Peruse Indigenous arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre


Kick off this Kakadu adventure with a traditional welcome from the Limilngan–Wulna people. Learn about the culture and ancient history of this Indigenous tribe, 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 the often startling realisation 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.
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. Here you can feel free to enjoy Alice Springs on Day 6 of your trip.
Welcome to rough and ready, but decidedly charming, Alice Springs. Get the adventure underway with a visit to a working camel farm (and perhaps with a ride on one of these iconic creatures). Hop to it exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds hike, then watch the sun set over ginormous Uluru.
Shake off the brisk morning air with a walk around the base of the world's biggest rock. Learn about the sacred significance of Uluru to the local Aboriginal people and admire their traditional arts and craft work at the Cultural Centre. Spend a night camped under the stars in Watarrka National Park.
Trek along the crater rim of Kings Canyon, savouring the incredible views over the Amphitheatre, then descend into the canyon and discover the park's Lost City and Garden of Eden. The adventure winds up upon arrival back in Alice Springs.
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4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
All Terrain vehicle, Mini coach, Minibus
Camping (with shared facilities) (4 nights), Hostel (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)


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