- Journey through the territory in an air-conditioned 4WD and mini-bus
- Take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and cool off in Twin Falls or Jim Jim Falls
- Be awed by the natural beauty of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park
- Spot crocodiles and other wildlife on an award winning Yellow Waters cruise
- Explore the red centre township of Alice Springs
- Have the opportunity to climb Uluru (weather conditions permitting)
- Professional guide
- 4 nights hostel accommodation
- All meals (as listed on itineraries)
- Camping equipment*
- Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
This 11 day package is a combination of three safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris
DAYS 1 TO 3 FOR TRAVEL FROM MAY TO OCTOBER 2016
Day 1 (Lunch and Dinner included)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 7.00am for the short journey to Litchfield National Park. Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls* and enjoy a picnic lunch.
After lunch we leave the highway behind and hit the dirt travelling along the Marrakai Road before joining the Old Jim Jim Road taking us deep into Kakadu National Park. Travelling past billabongs and traversing water crossings bringing ample opportunity for wildlife spotting. Arrive at our private campsite complete with comfortable permanent tents at Cooinda where we spend the night enjoying dinner and some stargazing. Lodge customers will stay in an air-conditioned room nearby.
* Wangi Falls may not be accessible during the wet season. During this time we will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Awake for breakfast this morning before joining an iconic Yellow Waters Cruise. A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system.
Departing camp we travel to nearby Nourlangie Rock. Here you can see how local Aboriginal people lived in this area through changing times. Environmental and social changes are reflected in the rock art and in the ground, where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.
After lunch visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a Gun-djeihmi name for the local area and creek on land owned by the Mirarr clan. See the audio-visual presentations and Marrawuddi Gallery showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from within Kakadu and the wider region.
Later this afternoon we arrive at the culturally significant Aboriginal art site of Ubirr, located within the East Alligator region of the park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. After learning about the area, it’s time to pick out a quiet spot to sit while we watch the sun set over the Kakadu escarpment before making the short journey to our private and permanent campsite for the night. Lodge customers will sleep nearby.
Day 3 (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Today the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. Departing early we travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls*. Explore Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by four-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track and boardwalk. Once there relax on the sandy banks and admire the falls. There’s more 4-wheel driving as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders takes us to the waterfall and plunge pool which are surrounded by 150 metre cliffs.
Spend the afternoon taking in the sheer beauty of your spectacular surrounds before we make our way back to Darwin and your accommodation after three magical days of adventure and wildlife, rich in cultural history and natural beauty.
* Twin and Jim Jim Falls may not be accessible between the shoulder periods of May-Jun and October. During this time we will visit Gunlom Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek
DAYS 1 TO 3 FOR TRAVEL NOVEMBER 2016 TO MARCH 2017.
Day 1 (Lunch and Dinner included)
Departing Darwin at 7am, the first stop on your adventure is Ubirr Rock, one of the main cultural sites within the park. 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. In the afternoon visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to learn about the 40,000 years of aboriginal occupation within the park. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at either our private campsite or air-conditioned accommodation at Cooinda
Ubirr Rock - Warradjan Cultural Centre - Cooinda
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Up early to enjoy a crocodile cruise on the Yellow Waters billabong. A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system. Later, enjoy a half day hike and swim at the beautiful Gubara Springs* and/or Gunlom Falls*, and walk to the top of the Nawurlandja lookout with spectacular views over Kakadu. Late afternoon we will drive to Mount Bundy, close by Litchfield National Park and spend tonight at our private permanent campsite with your fellow travellers, or in your lodge room nearby.
Day 3 (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Enjoy the short journey to Litchfield National Park. Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls* (water level dependent) as well as Buley Rockhole. Return to Darwin in the early evening.
Day 4 (Lunch and Dinner included)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00 am when our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at 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) before journeying to our nearby campsite.
Day 5 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
A great start to the day, is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. 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’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
Day 6 (Breakfast and Lunch included)
We pass through Tennant Creek and then 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. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lies south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. Two night’s dorm or Budget ensuite Twin/Single accommodation in Alice Springs is included.
A day at 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. See Departures/Pick Ups Tab for info on overnight stays for each departure.
Day 8 (Lunch and Dinner included)
It’s an early rise this morning where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock. On arrival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and discover life atop one of the regions earliest forms of transport. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb it). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
Day 9 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station where we camp for the night. Our campsite really is ‘wayoutback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station.
Day 10 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After lunch, we make our way towards the iconic outback town of Alice Springs, arriving in the early evening. This town has a vast pioneering history and will feel like the big smoke after 2 and a half days in the ‘Bush’. We’ll visit Anzac Hill for a panoramic view of ‘The Alice’ providing a great opportunity to really see the oasis in the desert.
You won’t need your swag tonight, as your hostel accommodation is included (dormitory/twin or double room) along with dinner for our last night together. Later, you’ll have the chance to wash your dusty clothes before experiencing the nightlife of this charming Outback town.
Day 11 (Breakfast included)
Today we have an early start. Following breakfast we leave Alice Springs and begin our journey to Ayers Rock. With a short stop along the way we will get you and your baggage to Ayers Rock Airport or resort before saying farewell to this magical destination.
*Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
Departs: Darwin accommodation from 6.00am
Wednesday (plus Saturday April to October) includes 1 night Darwin / 2 nights Alice Springs
Tuesday (plus Friday April to October) includes 2 nights Darwin / 1 night Alice Springs
Ayers Rock Airport: Day 11 at approximately 11:00am*
Outback Pioneer Hotel: Day 11 at approximately 1:00pm
* Our estimated drop off time for Ayers Rock Airport is 11.00am. Whilst we will do our absolute best to have you at the airport on time we will not be held liable for any flights missed due to delays. These may include, but not limited to; Traffic delays, road closures, vehicle breakdowns and accidents. Travel insurance is highly recommended. During the summer months Jetstar offer a service departing Ayers Rock to Melbourne at 11.45am. Although we strive for an 11am arrival to Ayers Rock Airport we recommend you choose a flight at a later time.
Customers are required to pay the following local payments to their guide on departure:
Travel from May to October, 2016 - $77.50 per person
Travel from November, 2016 to March, 2017 - $50 per person
What to bring:
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and fly net (if insects bother you), water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own), toiletries, towel, swimwear, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.
Luggage is restricted to 10kg for the Top End and Red Centre components with the remainder of luggage to be stored at Darwin and Alice Springs accommodation. 23kg plus a small day pack is permitted for the Darwin to Alice Springs component.
Customers travelling from April 1, 2016 will sleep in swags as standard in the Red Centre and have the option to hire a single pop-up tent for a $60 local payment. Tents will be provided for the other four camping nights. Sleeping bag hire is a $30 local payment. Both items must be pre-booked.
Note: This trip is not suitable individuals under the age of 18