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  • Departs Melbourne 7 Am Finish Darwin Day 16 Approx 6 Pm
  • Meals 11 Breakfasts 12 Lunches 11 Dinners
  • Accommodation ( Camping With Shared Facilities 9 Nights) (Dorm 6 Nights) ( Underground Bunkhouse 1 Night)
  • 15 Kilo Luggage Limit
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Travel through Australia’s amazing Great Ocean Road, through the Flinders Ranges and the famous Oodnadatta Track to the dusty Red Centre and tropical Top End

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Melbourne to Darwin, taking in the region’s biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Drive the famous Oodnadatta Track, stroll around Wilpena Pound, witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon. Head out croc spotting in the Mary River Wetlands and get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu National Park. A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this tail-to-top adventure of the Territory is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia’s raw and rugged natural beauty.

Itinerary:

Day 1: The Great Ocean Road
Departing Melbourne, hit the road west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. From there, begin the journey along one of Australia’s most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.

Note: Total driving time today is about six and a half hours (approximately 450kms)
Total walking time will be about two hours (approximately 2kms)

Included Activities
– 12 Apostles & London Bridge
– Koala spotting – Great Ocean Road
– Melba Gully Walk – Otway Ranges
– Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
– Loch Ard Gorge

Meals
– Lunch

Day 2: The Grampians
Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road’s wonders, then drive into the Grampians National Park – an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes. We’ll visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap.

Note: Total driving time today is about six hours (approximately 400kms)
Total walking time will be about four hours (approximately 5kms)

Included Activities
– Brambuk Culture Centre
– Mackenzie Falls – Grampians
– Pinnacles Walk – Grampians

Meals
– Breakfast
– Dinner

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sights such as The Balconies and Reeds Lookout. Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide.

Note: Total driving time today is about seven and a half hours (approximately 550kms) Estimated time of arrival into Adelaide is 7.30pm.
Total walking time will be about two and a half hours (approximately 3.5kms)

Included Activities
– Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

Meals
– Breakfast

Day 4: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges
Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you’ll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state’s biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there’ll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag.

Total driving time takes around five hours.

Accommodation
– Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Wilpena Pound

Meals
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 5: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek
Leaving the flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims ‚ÄòWelcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)’. Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, we’ll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek – base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours

Accommodation
– Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 6: Coober Pedy
Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid afternoon we’ll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life’s better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck ‚Äònoodling’ for opals, or finish the day at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage to see what’s hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours

Accommodation
– Underground Multishare (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Anna Creek Station
– Coober Pedy Mine tour
– Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 7: Coober Pedy / Yulara
We’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Dingo Fence

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 8: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Rise early this morning and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the day is still fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of ‘the rock’, which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. We walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru where you wiill be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. . Head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, see the landscape from a different angle, perhaps from a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is optional and come at an additional cost.

There isn’t much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5km.

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
– Uluru Base Walk
– Uluru Cultural Centre
– Kata Tjuta
– Maruku Arts interactive Indigenous experience

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 9: Uluru/Kings Canyon
Today, explore one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. The Olgas, as they’re also known, are a group of domed red rocks rising spectacularly out of the desert. Like Uluru, they’re sacred to the Anangu people and are believed to be 500 million years old. Return to camp for lunch before travelling to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Spend the night in an exclusive campsite inside the park.

Driving time is about six hours today, and you will walk approximately 2km.

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 10: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia’s answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City – all sites you’ll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch it’s back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

Included Activities
– Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch

Day 11: Flight Travel Day
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. 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. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation
– Camping (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Day 12: Free day in Darwin
Chill out on a free day in Darwin, perhaps chill by the rooftop pool at the Melaleuca or head next door and say hi to the locals at Crocosauras Cove!

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Day 13: Pudakul ‘Welcome to Country’ and Arnhem Land
Welcome to tropical Darwin, where your adventure begins. As this trip spends very little time in the Northern Territory’s capital, consider arriving a few days early to explore the city. After meeting your group and leader this morning, leave Darwin and travel into Wulna Country, where you’ll receive a Cul Cul (‘Welcome to Country’) by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience the Guluyumbi cruise. Enjoy your Binninj guide explain to you the importance of the East Alligator River. After the cruise we will enter Arnhem Land and go to an exclusive art site called Mawurndaddja. This site allows you to see first hand the history and culture of this region. Find used ochre and spear tips on the ground. See artwork that is over 8000 years old. This site is unique in the Top End and you will have it all to youself. After a cool drink and some nibbles in Arnhem Land we will head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.

Note: Total driving time is about six hours (approximately 350kms) Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours (including stops for informative talks)

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
– Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex
– Ubirr Rock

Meals
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 14: 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.

Note: Total driving time is about four hours (approximately 120kms)
Total walking time is approximately two and a half hours

Accommodation
– Camping (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Jim Jim Falls Walk
– Twin Falls Walk
– Twin Falls Gorge River shuttle

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 15: Kakadu National Park 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.

Note: Total driving time is about five and a half hours (approximately 340kms)
Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 16: 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. Continue on to the edge of Litchfield National Park. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

Note: Total driving time is about four and a half hours (approximately 350kms)
Total walking time is approximately three and a half hours

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Edith Falls

Optional Activities
– Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise – AUD94
– Katherine Gorge Canoe from – AUD45

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 17: Litchfield National Park / Darwin
Once you’ve had breakfast, head into 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.

Note: Total driving time is about three and a half hours (approximately 250kms)
Total walking time is approximately one hour

Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see ‘climate and seasonal information’.

– Florence Falls
– Wangi Falls
– Bluey Rockholes

Included Activities
– Buley Rockholes
– Florence Falls
– Litchfield National Park
– Wangi Falls

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch

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