13 Days - Cairns to Darwin
This tour is an adventure based trip including all the highlights of the red centre and Kakadu National Park and includes and incredible outback adventure from Cairns through to Alice Spings to experience all that is Australia on a true outback adventure tour.
- Alice Springs
- Kata Tjuta
- Kings Canyon
- Katherin Gorge National Park
- Materanka Thermal Pools
- Daly Waters Pub
- Banka Banka Cattle Station
- Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles
- Mary River Wetlands
- Litchfield National Park
- Kakadu national Park
- Twin and Jim Jim falls
- All accommodation in dorm share or swag accommodation
- All meals as specified in the itinerary
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13 day Tour - Cairns to Darwin$2375.00
All the highlights of the Red Centre, Kakadu National Park and the outback!
Day 1: Cairns to Hughenden. You will be collected from your Cairns accommodation for an early start and drive to Hughenden. Visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and go for a swim at Millstream Falls. Stop at the smallest pub in Australia at Lynd Junction. Visit the cliffs of coloured sandstone, vine forest and deep permanent waterholes along Porcupine Creek contrast strikingly with the savanna plains surrounding Porcupine Gorge. Accommodation at Hughenden. (L,D)
Day 2: Hughenden to Boulia. Early start, Hughenden to Boulia. Travel through Winton (Home of Waltzing Matilda) then on through the remote country towards Boulia. This is truly a very special part of the world. Experience the ever-changing scenery from the tropical north to the dry desert country in South Western Queensland. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Boulia to Alice Springs. This is the longest day on the road! Enjoy spectacular scenery as we make our way through some of the most remote country in the world! Crossing from Queensland into the Northern Territory, our track is mostly dirt road between Boulia and Alice Springs and is one of the most remote tracks in the world! (B,L)
Day 4: Alice Springs. A day off to relax in Central Australia’s most iconic town, Alice Springs, following the previous day’s long journey from Boulia. A great opportunity to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Reptile Centre and many other attractions.
Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru. Starting in Alice Springs, we set off to experience the wonder of the iconic Uluru. We make a stop at an authentic outback camel farm and for those that are keen there is the option to go for a short ride on the back of one of these desert animals (at your own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara for lunch before embarking to explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation. As the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock’s rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your tour host will have dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp. (L,D)
Day 6: Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon. An early start is rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people during a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter). It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. Discover the Lost City and the Garden of Eden on a 6km hike in Kings Canyon. Admire and explore the towering walls and crevices of Watarrka National Park. The photo opportunities are endless in Kings Canyon so be sure to bring your camera. At the end of the trek it’s time to refuel with a bite to eat before making the journey back to the remote centre of Alice Springs. (B,L)
Day 8: You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00 am 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)
Day 9: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 10: 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 where the friendly locals and magical sunsets await and your trip sadly comes to an end. (B,L)
Day 11: 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. (L,D)
Day 12: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 13 -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. (B,L)
Please note: Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes and operational logistics.
ADD ON - Cage of Death
Crocodile Adventure Experience$165.00
Perfect for the serious adrenaline junkies maximum of 2 persons at a time - The Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove. The purpose built acrylic cage is lowered from an overhead monorail into any of the four separate croc enclosures for your up close and personal dive encounter with Croc Coves massive salt water crocodiles.
Price also includes entry into Crocosaurus Cove
UPGRADE - Arnhem Land Tour
Must be booked with 13 day package$500.00
Experience an upgrade to your Kakadu National Park Tour (normally three days spent in the Kakadu National Park) so you can spend an extra day in the Kakadu National Park in the normally 'off limits' area call Arnhem land.
Select this amazing experience if you would like an authentic and raw indigenous / aboriginal experience. get up close and personal to a crocodile on the Yellow Waters Cruise and spend a day on remote Arnhem Land tour and experience rock art with an Indigenous / Aboriginal guide.
This upgrade will take 1 day and 1 night longer than the 13 day tour. So please allow 14 days
UPGRADE - 5 Star Backpacker Kakadu
Must be purchased with a 13 day package$235.00
This is one upgrade worth adding! This ill give you a much higher standard of accommodation in the Kakadu National park with permanent and private tent sites in the Kakadu. That means no sharing with other groups and sleep soundly in safari style tents. The tents allow the bugs out but the cool breeze and view of the stunning night stars in. This tour also experiences more remotes parts of the Kakadu as the 4x4 vehicles are able to access tracks accessible by other tour groups. Lodge accommodation also available upon request
Hostel Accommodation - Darwin
6 Bed Dorm$30.00
Melaleuca On Mitchell is located in the city centre, in the heart of Darwin's tourist precinct, pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops are at your doorstep
Melaleuca On Mitchel backpackers has rooms to suit all; twin, double and 4 share bunks rooms or dormitory accommodation with a maximum of 6 people per room
2 swimming pools, waterfall spa, huge sun deck, pool bar provide the perfect recipe for meeting fellow travelers and having a great time.
All rooms feature air-conditioning and private locker.
Hostel Accommodation - Alice Springs
6 bed dorm$31.00
Alice Springs YHA is built within the grounds of an historic outdoor movie theatre, in a great location in the centre of this atmospheric outback town.
The hostel has a big outdoor movie screen showing movies nightly under the stars.
All hostel rooms are air conditioned, and there is a BBQ and swimming pool.
Free Wifi hot spot