7 day Rock to Top Adventure operating in reverse, i.e 3 Day /2 night Darwin to Alice Springs camping safari, 2 nights in Alice Springs (means a day off the tour in Alice) and the 3 Day / 2 night Uluru camping safari.
Day 1 – Darwin to Nitmiluk National Park
(Lunch, Dinner) You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the ‚ÄòTerritory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at 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 waters (both optional and additional cost). It’s a little further on to our overnight camp near Mataranka. Tonight, we camp close to Katherine.
Day 2 – Nitmiluk National Park to Banka Banka Cattle Station
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) A great start to the day is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. No trip to the ‚ÄòTerritory’ 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 ‚Äòfair dinkum outback experience’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
Day 3 – Banka Banka Cattle Station to Alice Springs
(Breakfast, Lunch) We pass through Tennant Creek and then further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu), a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs.
Day 4 – Free Day in Alice Springs
Day 5 – Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
(Lunch / Dinner) It’s an early rise in Alice Springs where you will depart at 4:45am to make the journey to Ayers Rock and meet our fellow travellers joining us there. On arrival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and discover life atop one of the regions earliest forms of transport. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
After dinner this evening, you may choose to view the Field of Light art installation (optional and additional expense).
After being collected from a location close to your campsite you will be transferred to the Field of Light. Enjoy a walk through this incredible light display at your own pace before being transferred back to our campsite. The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‚Äòlooking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is Bruce Munro’s largest work to date. Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.
We highly recommend booking your Field of Light experience in advance as this does book out in advance. This can be done at the same time as placing your reservation with us. If booking on-line choose the ‚ÄòBook now’ button on this page, select your date of travel and number of passengers to display the Field of Light option under ‚ÄòOPTIONAL EXTRAS’. All Field of Light bookings are on request and will be confirmed within 24 hours of placing booking. Our reservations team will be in touch if there is no availability on your departure date, otherwise you are ready to experience this magical once in a lifetime experience.
Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Kata Tjuta
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an aboriginal word for ‚Äúmany heads‚Äù, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station to spend the night at our private camp.
Day 7 – Watarrka Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
(Breakfast / Lunch) This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon.
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