Highlights of the Northern Territory: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Devils Marbles, Mataranka Thermal Pools, Katherine Gorge and Kakadu and Litchfield National Park
Alice Springs to Uluru
Your adventure begins with a stop at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well where you can ride a camel (own expense). After turning off the Stuart Highway a stop is made at Mount Ebenezer, which is a good place see and buy Aboriginal art and craft. As we continue our journey, don’t be tricked, the first monolith you will see is Mount Conner (Atila) - not to be confused with Uluru which is still some 100km away.
After lunch and your arrival at Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, stop by the Cultural Centre to expand your knowledge on the history of the area and its people. Your guide will then take you on an interpretive walk around the base of ‘the Rock’. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting.
(Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it). You may also opt to take a longer self-guided walk around Uluru to continue your exploration. It’s then time to watch the ever-changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some campfire stories and star gazing. (L,D)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
Get up early for an Uluru sunrise which is as dramatic as sunset and can be viewed close-by your campsite. After breakfast and a short drive to the landform known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an aboriginal word for “many heads”, you will explore the domes of which there are 36 in total. Here your guide will lead you on a hike through the dry creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness of the ‘Valley of the Winds’. After lunch, it’s time to leave Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park for the drive to your private campsite on Kings Creek Station, a working cattle farm. (B,L,D)
Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon).
Visit the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’.
After lunch, enjoy the return journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight accommodation in dorm or budget twin/double or single ensuite included. Dinner at own expense. (B,L)
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included.
Alice Springs to Banka Banka Cattle Station
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night. (L,D)
Banka Banka to Katherine (via Mataranka)
No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees before journeying to Katherine and our overnight camp. (B,L,D)
Katherine to Darwin (via Nitmiluk National Park)
Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight dorm or Budget (Twin/Single) accommodation in Darwin is included. (B,L)
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
The first stop on your Top End adventure is the Mary River Wetlands, renowned for the 250 bird species that can be found here and the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. To get the best understanding of the area you will take an informative along the Mary River where you can spot ‘crocs’ and other wildlife.
Your introduction to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River where you will also have lunch. The Bowali Visitor Centre is a good place to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. At Ubirr you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be interpreted by your guide. Here you will learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at our private campsite. (L,D)
This morning the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. After breakfast and departing camp we travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls* for a day of adventure and exploration. Travelling into Twin Falls by 4WD track, a boat shuttle and finally a rocky track and boardwalk we will be rewarded by the beauty of this remote waterfall deep within Kakadu National Park. Afterwards we stay off the beaten track where a walk through monsoon forests and over boulders lead us to Jim Jim Falls. Surrounded by 150 metre cliffs, we spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of this majestic location. This afternoon we depart Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park where we will stop along the way at our private campsite.
Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow adventurers. (BLD)
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (B,L)
Hostel (3 nights), basic camping with hot showers and toilets. Camping is in swags on Days 1/2 and tents are not provided.
*Pop-up tents can be requested (optional) for a $60 per person local payment
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Trip Name: 10 Day Red Centre and Top End `Crocodile Rock` Adventure (ASP/DRW)
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: 1127
Trip Code: 167547
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