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3 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Tour

Alice Springs to Darwin Tours

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Duration 3 Days
Meals 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners and 2 Breakfasts
Group Size 24 People
Starts Alice Springs
Ends Darwin
Tour Style Budget
Accommodation Camping


Discover the spectacular Australian outback on this relaxing 2 day tour from Alice Springs to Darwin. Be left awestruck by the stunning Katherine Gorge, the Devils Marbles and the beautiful landscapes that make up the Tropic of Capricorn. Get a taste of real Outback Australian lifestyle when we stay at the impressive Banka Banka cattle station before stopping in at the Mataranka thermal pools to relax amid some of the worlds most beautiful scenery. 

  • Admire the spectacular regions of the Katherine Gorge 
  • Marvel at the unique natural structure of the Devils Marbles
  • Relax and take in the scenic bliss of the Mataranka Thermal Pools
  • Stay overnight at an authentic outback cattle station


Day 1: 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.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner


Day 2: 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.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: 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.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups / Departures

Alice Springs  From central accommodation from 6:00am

Darwin 5.30 pm approximately

Departure Day(s)


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.

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, or 4WD vehicles in the Top End. 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. In the Top End we provide a mix of permanent tents and swags. 


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. 

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 $30), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing for 3 days.