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10 Day Budget Darwin to Alice Springs Tour

Darwin to Alice Springs Tours

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Product Info

Duration 10 Days
Meals 9 Lunchs, 6 Dinners and 6 Breakfasts
Group Size 24 People
Starts Darwin
Ends Alice Springs
Tour Style Budget
Accommodation 6 nights camping and 3 nights hostels

Details

There's nothing you won't see on this amazing 10 day tour of the pristine Australian outback. Embark on a base walk around Uluru and learn about the significance of the area for Aboriginal Australians. Swim through the waters of Mataranka thermal pools before exploring the magnificent Valley of the Winds, Wangi and Gunlom Falls to experience beautiful infinity pools which boast spectacular views.

  • Study the bizarre of formations Olgas and Devils Marbles
  • Relax in the scenery of Mataranka thermal pools, Gunlom falls and plunge pools
  • Submerge yourself in the natural heavens of Litchfield National Park
  • Enjoy a guided walk around Uluru and admire the sunset

Itinerary

Day 1: 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.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Kakadu to Litchfield National Park via Twin and Jim Jim Falls*

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.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: 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 where overnignt hostel accommodation is included.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Darwin to Katherine Gorge National Park

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then 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 retiring to our campsite nearby.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Katherine Gorge to Banka Banka via Mataranka

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 Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Banka Banka to Alice Springs

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 lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. Overnight hostel accommodation is included.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 7: Leisure Day

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.   

Meal(s) included: None

 

Day 8: Alice Springs to Uluru

It’s an early rise when you will make the journey to Ayers Rock. 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.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: 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.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: 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 our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the early evening.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch


Departures / Pickups

Departs                                              

Darwin                                               accommodation from 6.00am

Wednesday (plus Saturday April to October) includes 1 night Darwin / 2 nights Alice Springs between safaris
Tuesday (plus Friday April to October) includes 2 nights Darwin / 1 night Alice Springs between safaris

Finishes                                            
Alice Springs                                      at approximately 5.30pm

Departure Day(s)
Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday

Extras

Customers are required to pay their National Park Fee via credit card when reconfirming their tour. 
Travel from April 1 to 31 October - $65 per person
Travel from 1 November to March 31 - $50 per person
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. Camel ride is optional and at own expense.

Sleeping bag hire is a $50 local payment or you can bring your own. Must be pre-booked


Additional Information

Is this tour right for you? 

Budget Adventure tours are designed for those on a budget and aimed at youthful, fun loving travellers These safaris are restricted to the 18-40 age group and travel in air conditioned minibuses in the Red Centre / Uluru. While more basic in nature, these safaris offer some private camps and in the Red Centre you will swag under the stars, with tents available for hire for an additional fee.

Accommodation:

A swag, often used in the outback is like a giant sleeping bag which props up off the ground to give plenty of room and head space inside. It has 2 entry points, a very tough mosquito net to ensure your sleep will be undisturbed and a dense foam mattress. The double zip vents will keep the air flowing on warm nights and you can leave one of them open if you wish to look at the stars.

You have the option to hire a single pop-up tent for a $60 local payment. Sleeping bag hire is a $50 local payment. If this sounds like you, Contact Us and we will organize this. Both items must be pre-booked.

swag camping

What to bring: 

Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (or can be hired for $50), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing. 


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