Adventure Tours 14 Day Adelaide – Darwin | Cheap Az Travel

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  • Departs Every Wednesday 6Am
  • Includes A Flight From Alice To Darwin
  • Meals 10 Breakfasts 12 Lunches 10 Dinners
  • Accom 3 Nights Dorm Share 10 Nights Camping
  • 10 Kg Limit On Luggage For Top End & Kakadu
  • Good Level Of Fitness Required

This tour will take you smack bang up the middle of the country from South to North. Also available in reverse.

Starting in Adelaide, you’ll see the quirky Wilpena Pound, drive the famous Oodnadatta Track, see the sun rise and set over Uluru, and hike through the tropics in the Top End.
You’ll have the opportunity to camp, and sleep underground! We include a flight between Alice Springs and Darwin because lets’s face it, who wants to sit on a bus for 1500km straight! Join us on this adventure, tick every box along the way and see Australia’s outback and colourful Top End.

Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

DEFAULT PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am

We leave South Australia’s capital city behind and head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views of Flinders Ranges as we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one of Australia’s most magnificent natural features. We have the option of few hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges (LD)

Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track

Today we breakout from the Flinders Ranges as we head north passing the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. We are now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line but before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the renowned Oodnadatta track as we pass by Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! Tonight we temporarily increase the population as we camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 – William Creek to Coober Pedy

Desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains feature as we pass through Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today’s first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna – yes that is the longest lake name in the world. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. We take a town tour and view an underground house, and we also take mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try ‘noodling’ (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)

Day 4 – Coober Pedy to Uluru

Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, before we leave Coober Pedy and head out across the Moon Plain. We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, and take in the view of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, made famous by the movie Mad Max III. This evening we arrive at our campsite at Uluru for the first of two nights. (BLD)

Day 5 –Kata Tjuta and Uluru

We start the day by heading to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before making the journey to one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (BLD)

Day 6 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

Rise early and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh, enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you embark on 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. (BLD)

Day 7 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

There’s a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we head back to Alice Springs where we settle in for the evening at our hotel. You may like to enjoy dinner in Alice Springs with your group tonight (own expense). Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers. (BL)

Day 8 – Fly Alice Springs to Darwin

Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas airlines. Qantas was Australia’s first commercial airline, and stands for “Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services” and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.We’ll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Alice Springs on night 7 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Alice Springs and Darwin to confirm your flight time and they’ll advise what time you’ll be picked up from your Alice Springs hotel, and that somebody will be waiting to meet you in Darwin. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell in Darwin. (L)

Day 9 – Darwin

Kick back in balmy Darwin today, with time to wash your socks and jocks and perhaps relax by the rooftop pool at your hostel. If you’re game, head a few doors down and visit the scaly locals at Crocosauras Cove! (no meals included)

Day 10 – Darwin to Mary River

Pick up Melaleuca on Mitchell 06:50am

Welcome to Darwin, where your adventure begins. Leaving Darwin, travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their culture and enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which is home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to the ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. In the afternoon, head to World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Your first stop here is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Spend the night at a permanent campsite at Kakadu. (LD)

Day 11 – Kakadu National Park

Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that’s operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp. (BLD)

Day 12 – Kakadu to Nitmiluk National Park

After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night. (BLD)

Day 13 – Nitmiluk National Park

Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group. Optional activities include Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise and Katherine Gorge Canoe (own expense). (BLD)

Day 14 – Litchfield National Park to Darwin

Once you’ve had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield’s swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night. (BL)

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the activities will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to reopen. The opening and closing of ‘dry season’ activities varies from year to year.

TOP END TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (may apply in shoulder months; May, October)

Day 1 – Wildlife Cruise | Mamukala | Ubirr or Nouralangie | Overnight camp in Kakadu. (LD)

Day 2 – Gubara Pools | Nawurlandja lookout | Bowali Visitors Centre | Camp in Mary River Region (BLD)

Day 3 – Florence Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Wangi Falls | Return to Darwin (BL)

Seasonal itinerary changes

Day 1 – Wildlife Cruise | Mamukala | Ubirr or Nouralangie |Overnight camp in Kakadu. (LD)

Day 2 – Gubara Pools | Nawurlandja lookout | Bowali Visitors Centre | Camp in Mary River Region (BLD)

Day 3 – Florence Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Wangi Falls | Return to Darwin (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

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