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Outback to the Top End–Adelaide to Darwin
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You cant get Down Under through a bus window. If youre going to get off the tourist track, youll have to shake things up a bit thats why weve turned to 4x4s, buses, and boats for this itinerary. Starting in charming Adelaide, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 14 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the worlds most awe-inspiring destinations.

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Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Beer Tasting Physical rating: Average
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Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133084
Starts: Adelaide, Australia Finishes: Darwin, Australia
You will visit
  • Adelaide
  • Darwin

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Adelaide

There are no planned activities during the day, so check in and explore the city.

Additional Notes:
Ever wanted to swim with wild dolphins? Now's your chance, by adding the 'Dolphin Swim and Cruise' extra to your tour. Head out from Adelaide and search for these majestic creatures, before hopping into the water and going for a swim as they play around you. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Adelaide is highly recommended as this activity starts early on Day 1.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Adelaide/Quorn (1B)

Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night.

Included Activities:
Wine Tasting

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)

03

Day 3: Quorn/Beltana (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.

Included Activities:
Wilpena Pound Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)

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Day 4: Beltana/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)

We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 5: William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)

Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Included Activities:
Guided Mine Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

06

Day 6: Coober Pedy/Uluru (1B)

Cross the border to the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night.

Included Activities:
Uluru at Sunset

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 750km)

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Day 7: Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)

The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.

Included Activities:
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit

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Day 8: Uluru/Kings Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Kings Creek. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll).

Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area.

Included Activities:
Valley of the Winds Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 450km)

09

Day 9: Kings Creek/Alice Springs (1B)

Take in the scenery or go on a 4km (2.5 mi) walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. Spend the night in a centrally-located hostel in Alice Springs.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)

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Day 10: Alice Springs

Enjoy a free day to explore Alice Springs.

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Day 11: Alice Springs/Daly Waters (1L)

Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel north via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals. Finish the day at Daly Waters and grab a drink at the local Outback pub teeming with character.

Additional Notes:
We spend approx 12 hours on the road today, stopping off in Daly Waters for the night. Make sure to grab a drink or two at the famous local pub in this small Outback town.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (12.00 hour(s), 920km)

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Day 12: Daly Waters/Darwin (1B)

Continue north, stopping at beautiful Katherine Gorge for a visit en route to Darwin. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge.

Additional Notes:
Availability of optional activities may change depending on the season.

Included Activities:
Mataranka Hot Springs Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 13: Darwin/Kakadu National Park (1L, 1D)

Continue travelling north, stopping at Edith Falls. Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included Activities:
Gunlom Falls Visit

Transport:
4x4 (3.50 hour(s), 250km)

14

Day 14: Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring Kakadu NP, stopping off at sacred rock art galleries. Head towards Litchfield National Park, stopping to spot crocs on a boat cruise.

Additional Notes:
We overnight just outside of Kakadu NP. Depending on weather, sleep in a swag under the stars or a hut if raining.

Included Activities:
Bowali Visitor Centre Visit
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Ubirr Rock Art

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 15: Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B, 1L)

Guided tour in Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening.

Included Activities:
Litchfield National Park Visit
Departure Day (Activities)
Crocodile-Spotting Boat Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Clare Valley wine tasting
    • Underground mine tour
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala walk and cultural centre visit (Uluru)
    • Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
    • Crocodile-spotting boat cruise
    • Aboriginal art and craft centre visit
    • Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (7 nts, multi-share), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, 4x4, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bed down in a swag outside under the Outback sky
  • Experience a night underground in Coober Pedy
  • Catch the sunset at Uluru
  • Hike the Red Centre
  • Explore Crocodile Dundee country at Kakadu National Park.