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Outback to the Top End–Adelaide to Darwin

If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit — that’s why we’ve created an itinerary that gives you an authentic taste of the Aussie outback with just the right amount of included activities and free time. Starting in charming Adelaide, fly to the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru before heading into Kakadu National Park. What are you waiting for? Come and experience for yourself the unique places and natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAAT/257506
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Adelaide, Australia
  • Finishes: Darwin, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Adelaide
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges
  • Alice Springs
  • Kings Creek
  • Uluru
  • Darwin
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Katherine Gorge

Itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities during the day, so check in and explore the city. Opt to go for a cruise to swim with dolphins (seasonal), take the tram to Glenelg beach, visit a nearby winery, grab lunch at the Central Market, or enjoy time getting lost in the city.

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Day 2: Adelaide/Ikara-Flinders Ranges

Hit the road in the morning. Admire scenic views across the Clare Valley and enjoy a local food experience featuring some of South Australia's best regional produce. Travel to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, an ancient mountain range and your base for two nights.

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Day 3: Ikara-Flinders Ranges

Head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history.

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Day 4: Ikara-Flinders Ranges/Adelaide

Journey back to Adelaide via the historic township of Quorn. Stop for a waterside lunch at Port Pirie.

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Day 5: Adelaide/Alice Springs

Board your flight to Alice Springs, gateway to the Red Centre of Australia. Relax this afternoon, or opt to visit the Royal Flying Doctors Museum or hike up ANZAC Hill.

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Day 6: Alice Springs/Kings Creek

Opt to get up early for a hot air balloon flight, before departing Alice Springs to journey to Kings Canyon. Spend your first night under the stars in a true Aussie desert swag (padded canvas bedroll).

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Day 7: Kings Creek/Uluru

Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon. Drive to Uluru, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly.
Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 6km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park.

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Day 8: Uluru

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aboriginal Australians.
This morning, awake before the sun so you can watch it rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then, do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru while learning its significance to the local Aboriginals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.

Opt to pre-book the "Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 9: Uluru/Alice Springs

Discover more of the Red Centre with a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, then transfer to Alice Springs.
Take in the scenery around Uluru. Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, temperature permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area. Travel to Alice Springs, where you will spend the next two nights.

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Day 10: Alice Springs

Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.

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Day 11: Alice Springs/Darwin

Board your flight bound for Darwin. Spend the afternoon exploring Australia's northernmost city.

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Day 12: Darwin/Litchfield National Park

Set off early from Darwin and head to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds. Later, go on a wetland nature cruise to try and spot crocs. Stretch out in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) and sleep under the stars.

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Day 13: Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park

Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Embark early on a full day of exploring. Travel to our overnight camp near Kakadu NP, where swags or tents await. End the day with a group barbecue.

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Day 14: Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge

Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way.

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Day 15: Katherine Gorge/Darwin

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day in Katherine Gorge. Opt to go kayaking through the gorge or enjoy a leisurely boat cruise. Make your way back to Darwin, with the tour finishing on arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Foodie Moment: Local Food Experience, Clare Valley
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk and cultural centre visit (Uluru)
    • Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
    • Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory
    • Aboriginal art and craft centre visit
    • Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (8 nts), swag camping (6 nts). All nts multi-share
    • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, boat, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bed down in a swag under the Outback sky
  • Catch the sunset at Uluru
  • Hike the Red Centre
  • Explore Crocodile Dundee country at Kakadu National Park