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10 Day Red Centre and Top End Adventure Safari

Alice Springs or Ayres Rock

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Visit the Northern Territory from the bottom to the top! Incorporating 3 three-day safaris plus three nights hostel accommodation between safaris, this package offers you the best value NT escape around!

  • Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Uluru and Kata Tjuta Sunrise
  • Kings Creek Station
  • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) 
  • Mataranka Thermal Pools
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
  • Kakadu National Park 
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Professional guide
  • Travel in an air-conditioned mini-bus and 4WD
  • Camping equipment
  • Three nights hostel accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru

It’s an early rise if you are joining us in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock where we will meet our fellow travellers joining us there. 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. *Lunch on Day 1 is only included for passengers beginning their tour in Alice Springs. Passengers starting in Ayers Rock will need to have eaten prior to pick up.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Uluru to Kings Creek Station via Kata Tjuta

Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise, 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 to spend the night at our private camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

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 together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the early evening. Hostel accommodation included.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Leisure Day

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.

 

Day 5: 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 is 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 in swags for the night.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Banka Banka to 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 and nearby where we camp overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Katherine Gorge to Darwin

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 (not available all year due to seasonal conditions) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin and arrive in the early evening. Overnight hostel accommodation included.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 8: Darwin to Kakadu via Mary River region

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. 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. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite for dinner and our overnight stay.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Kakadu to Litchfield National Park via Twin and Jim Jim Falls*  BLD

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 leads 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Litchfield National Park to Darwin

Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Pickups / Departures

Departs:

  • Alice Springs from central accommodation from 4:50am                                             
  • Ayers Rock Airport at 12.55 / 13.55 depending on season.
  • Those arriving into AYQ in the morning can catch the free shuttle bus to Ayers Rock Resort for pick up from Outback Pioneer
  • Outback Pioneer (AYQ Resort) at 12.55
  • Saturday (plus Wednesday from April to October) - includes 1 night Alice Springs and 2 nights Darwin between safaris
  • Friday (plus Tuesday from April to October) - includes 2 nights Alice Springs and 1 night Darwin between safaris


Finishes:      

  • Darwin at approximately 5.30pm

Extras

  • Customers are required to pay their $50 per person National Park Fee via credit card when reconfirming their tour for all tours departing until 31 March 2019. National Park Entry Fees included for all tours departing after 01 April 2019
  • Travel from 1 November to March 31 - $50 per person
  • Seasonal Twin Falls boat shuttle fee of $12.50 is collected on day of travel and not included in price
  • Boat cruise or canoe at Katherine Gorge is an optional activity and not included in price
  • Those with specific dietary requirements may need to bring food supplements and snacks. Please inform us of dietary requirements at time of booking and confirm details with reservations when reconfirming tour
  • Tents are available to hire on days 1-3 for $60 per person
  • Sleeping bag hire is a $50 local payment or you can bring your own (must be pre-booked)

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