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ADELAIDE TO DARWIN TOUR OVERLAND

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Tour Code: AT-2AD
Duration:  14 Days / 13 nights
Operates: Select Wednesdays
(Wednesdays until October 18th 2017)

Departs: Adelaide 6.30 am
Returns: Darwin 6:00 pm
Vehicle: Air Conditioned Mini-bus
Max Passengers: 24

$2845

Terms & Conditions

  • Pickup Adelaide to Darwin Tour
  • Meals as Indicated – 10B, 13L, 10D
  • 2 Nights Camping (shared facilities)
  • 2 Nights Camping (with basic facilities)
  • 3 Nights Permanent tented camp (shared facilities)
  • 3 Nights furnished tented camp (shared facilities)
  • 1 Night Underground Multishare
  • 2 Nights Hostel multishare
  • All National Park Entrance Fees
  • Coober Pedy mine tour
  • Josephines Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Guided Mala indigenous interpretive walk
  • Uluru Culture Centre
  • Flight from Alice Springs to Darwin
  • Mary River cruise
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise
  • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
  • Highly Experienced Driver / Guide
  • Informative Tour Commentary

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ADELAIDE TO DARWIN TOUR OVERLAND

14 DAY TOUR

$2845 Adults

 

Get set for a rugged outback adventure on our 14 day Adelaide to Darwin Tour overland. Watch the landscapes change as you leave Adelaide, passing through one of their finest wine regions and then on to the stunning Flinders Ranges. Take the road less travelled along the Oodnadatta Track, passing by the epic Lake Eyre salt lake along the way. Try your luck at finding some opals in the strange underground town of Coober Pedy. Then immerse yourself in the natural and cultural wonders of the Red Centre by hiking through the domes of Kata Tjuta, watching the colours change over Uluru and hiking around the magical Kings Canyon. Fly to Darwin for some free time before heading into Kakadu National Park for crocodile spotting, indigenous culture and rock art and some magnificent waterfalls. Finish it all off with a visit to Litchfield National Park where you can cool off in the pools and view the huge termite mounds.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • HIKE THE BEAUTIFUL FLINDERS RANGES

  • EXPLORE PART OF THE OODNADATTA TRACK

  • GET CREATIVE AT LAKE EYRE

  • STAY UNDERGROUND IN COOBER PEDY & MINE FOR OPALS

  • SLEEP UNDER THE STARS IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

  • INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND CREATION STORIES

  • OPTIONAL HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER ULURU ($150 EACH)

  • WORLD HERITAGE LISTED ULURU-KATA TJUTA & KAKADU NATIONAL PARKS.

  • HIKE KINGS CANYON

  • CROCODILE SPOTTING ALONG THE MARY RIVER

  • ROCK ART IN KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

  • MAGNIFICENT KATHERINE GORGE

  • SWIMMING IN THE WATERFALL POOLS OF KAKADU

  • LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK

Adelaide to Darwin Tours

Adult Fares

$2845
  • 14 day Adelaide to Darwin Tour

  • Adult fare prices apply to +18yrs old

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14 Day / 13 Nights Adelaide to Darwin Tour Overland 

Travel from top to bottom through the centre of Australia on our 14 Day Adelaide to Darwin Tour Overland Adventure, with spectacular outback highlights.  Explore the wilderness of the Flinders Ranges. Experience some of its finest scenery during the drive through the ranges and spend the night there camped under the stars. Enjoy a real Australian outback adventure with a journey down part of the Oodnadatta Track. Along the way we stop by at Lake Eyre, the country’s largest salt lake. Have your cameras handy! The salty background makes for some funny and creative photos which trick the eyes!
Experience an underground town when we visit Coober Pedy. Temperatures can get so hot here, the townspeople decided it was more comfortable to move underground! We’ll take a town tour and stay in an underground bunkhouse. Try your luck here ‘noodling’ for opals, a truly unique souvenir if you can find one!
Feel connected to the land during your visit to Uluru. The Anangu have a deeply spiritual connection here and you can get an appreciation for this at the Culture Centre and on the Anangu guided Mala Walk at the base. Be swept away by the beauty of the rock on the base walk and the sunset viewing, where you can literally see the colours changing over the rock as the sun fades. Explore the Kata Tjuta domes. They may be lesser known than Uluru, but they are no less impressive. We’ll take a hike through the Valley of the Winds, winding through among the formations with views over the landscape.
Be surprised by Kings Canyon. The first part may be challenging, but once you have reached the top you’ll be rewarded with the most impressive canyon and landscape views. Peer into the Canyon itself, look out over the surrounding landscape, discover the Lost City and Garden of Eden and look out for bush foods.

Enjoy Darwin at your own pace with a free day to explore. If you feel adventurous, head over to Crocosaurus Cove and come face to face with a 5m salty in their Cage of Death experience. Learn about the Royal Flying Doctor Service in their museum which will have you stepping back in time. Or relax for the day at your hostel pool before heading over to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.
Get to know Kakadu National Park! Be welcomed to the region by the traditional owners, swim in waterholes, view waterfalls and camp outside in this remote part of the country. We’ll even have a look at some ancient rock art and spot some crocodiles on a river cruise. Explore Litchfield National Park and view the huge termite mounds. No visit is complete without a photo next to one of these! We’ll have a look at some waterfalls and refresh ourselves with a swim in the pools there too.

** This tour is operated by Adventure Tours Australia in partnership with Autopia Tours.

Day 1 - Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges

We leave behind the bustle of Adelaide early and head into the beautiful wine country of Clare for a coffee stop, as we make our way to Wilpena Pound in the stunning Flinders Ranges. The views on the drive in to the ranges will have you excited for our afternoon hike! You’ll be amazed at the colours of the rocks here and we’ll spend our first night as a group camping in the ranges. Around 5 hours travel time. (L,D)

Day 2 - Oodnadatta Track and Lake Eyre

 Today we make our way along the famous Oodnadatta Track, an outback road which follows almost the same path as one of the earliest explores in the region, John McDouall Stuart, on his quest to reach the northern shoreline from Adelaide. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre, where you can get creative for some funny and interesting photos! We’ll spend the night camped out in William Creek. Around 8 hours travel time. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Outback and Coober Pedy

 Today we pass through the world’s largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station. At 24,000km2, this is some 7 times larger than the biggest ranch in Texas and almost the size of some countries like Israel and Belgium! In the afternoon, we’ll explore the unusual opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, where the temperatures get so high people have decided to live underground! We’ll take a guided tour of this unique town and then the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Have a go at finding some opals or visit a kangaroo orphanage before spending the night in an underground bunkhouse. Around 6.5 hours travelled. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Coober Pedy to Yulara

 A day to get to know your fellow travellers and sit back and watch the scenery. There’s a fair bit of distance to cover today, but you’ll get a real appreciation for the sheer size of this country and the remoteness of the Red Centre along the way. We’ll make a stop at the dingo fence, used to protect sheep in the south from dingoes found further north. Around 8.5 hours travelled. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Kata Tjuta and Uluru 

 First up we head to Kata Tjuta, a striking formation of red conglomerate domes rising out of the desert. Here we’ll walk the Valley of the Winds and take in the rugged beauty of the landscape. Enjoy a Red Centre sunset, viewing the colours change on Uluru and then spend the evening relaxed in your swag under the brilliant central sky or in a permanent tent. Around 2.5 hours travelled. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Uluru to Kings Canyon

Next up is Uluru! Another early start for sunrise viewing and then really appreciate the size of this rock with a base walk around the bottom. We’ll join an Anangu guide for the Mala section of the walk to learn about indigenous culture and some of the Anangu creation stories. This area is highly significant to the Anangu people and understanding their culture will give you a new appreciation of the land here. We also make a stop at the Cultural Centre where you can learn more about the traditional indigenous lifestyle once lived here and view indigenous artworks. Take the option for a helicopter flight over Uluru if you wish, (own expense) and then after lunch we head over to Kings Canyon campground for the night. Around 4 hours travel time. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

This morning we get to explore the wonders of Kings Canyon on a 6km hike around the rim. The steps at the beginning may seem tough, but once you reach the top be prepared for some spectacular views over the surrounding landscape! You’ll also come across bush foods, the hidden waterhole known as the Garden of Eden and the strange formations nicknamed the Lost City. If 6km sounds a bit too much, you can take the easier Creek Walk through the bottom instead and enjoy the natural bushland at your leisure. After lunch, we make our way into Alice Springs where you’ll stay overnight before your flight to Darwin tomorrow. Around 5 hours travelled. (B,L)

Day 8 - Flight to Darwin

Journey from Alice Springs to Darwin via plane, cutting a 24-hour bus journey into a 1.5 hour flight! We’ll organise a Qantas flight for you and someone to meet you at Darwin airport to take you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to explore Alice Springs and Darwin at your leisure. Be sure to check out the Mindil Beach Sunset Market! Around 2 hours travelled. (L)

Day 9 - Darwin

Today is a free day to enjoy Darwin at your own pace. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to Crocosaurus Cove where you can come face to face with a 5m saltwater crocodile! Known as the Cage of Death, this isn’t for the faint hearted! Otherwise try a harbour cruise or catch a film at the deck chair cinema. (No meals included today)

Day 10 - Kakadu National Park - Mary River Wetlands and Ubirr

It’s an early start this morning at 6.50am. We’ll travel straight out into Kakadu National Park. This is Wulna Country and we’ll engage in their local traditional culture through bush foods, a demonstration of the didgeridoo, basket weaving and stories. Then it’s off to find some saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat by taking a cruise through the Mary River Wetlands system to spot these ancient wild animals basking on the shores. We’ll be sure to spot them, as this region has the largest population density of saltwater crocodiles! We then head deeper into Kakadu, arriving into Ubirr in the late afternoon. Before the sun goes down, we’ll have a look at some ancient indigenous rock art and then settle into our campsite for the night. Around 6 hours travelled. (L,D)

Day 11 - Kakadu National Park

Get up early for an exhilarating 4WD adventure out to Twin Falls. The road can be rough and sometimes it will be slow going, but the journey is rewarded with views of Twin Falls at the end. We’ll take a boat cruise through the gorge and then a short walk over to the base of the falls where we’ll spend some time relaxing and taking in the scenery. After refuelling with some lunch, we’ll head over to view Jim Jim Falls. If you’re up for a challenge, we’ll walk up to the base of the falls where you can relax on the beach, take in the natural beauty or go for a swim. The evening will be spent in a bush camp. Around 4 hours travelled. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park

We’ll start the day with a visit to either Barramundi Gorge or Gunlom Falls where you can relax and enjoy a swim in the cool waters of the pools. Upon leaving Kakadu National Park, we’ll make a stop in Pine Creek, an old gold mining town full of historical buildings, where we have a look at the Gold-Mining Centre. Then we’ll journey for the afternoon towards our campsite nearby to Nitmiluk National Park. Around 5.5 hours travelled. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Nitmiluk National Park

We’ll spend the morning enjoying the beauty of Katherine Gorge. For those wanting to see a bit more, you could opt to join a scenic cruise through the gorge ($94) or rent a canoe ($45) and explore it yourself ( both at own expense). After lunch, we head to Edith Falls where you’re able to relax and have another swim in some of its pools. It’s another night of camping enjoying the night sky. Around 4.5 hours travelled. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Litchfield National Park to Darwin

After breakfast, we make our way into the famous Litchfield National Park. You’ll be amazed exploring the scenery of the park. We’ll make stops at Florence and Wangi Falls, as well as a swim stop at the Buley Rockholes. Marvel at the giant termite mounds found throughout the park and the beautiful rainforests also before we head back to Darwin. Around 3.5 hours travelled. (B,L) Although there are no formal activities booked for the evening in Darwin, groups usually organise a get together for a final meal and drinks together (at your own expense).
Adelaide to Darwin Tour Packing Tips
  • 1.5 Litre Water Bottle
  • Sleeping Bag, not available for purchase onboard
  • 15kg soft luggage and small day bag
  • Any medications you usually take
  • Please ensure you pack appropriately, all weather conditions
  • Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes with tread
  • Hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Swimmers, towel & toilettes 
  • Camp torch/headlamp
  • Camera

Uluru helicopter flight – $150 per person, minimum of 2 people per flight.

 https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences/detail/professional-heli-services

14 Day Adelaide to Darwin Tour

Departure Point: Adelaide Central YHA, 135 Waymouth St, Adelaide @ 6:30 am (view Map)
Please arrive 15mins prior to the departure time.

Departs Adelaide

  • Please bring your own sleeping bag on Adelaide to Darwin Tours, as they are not available for purchase or hire.
  • This tour and vehicle is not suitable for children or infants. Minimum age is 18 years old.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required to complete the walks, you will need to be prepared for walk between 3-9 km on some days.
  • This tour covers long distances and there is often little or no phone signal, a satellite phone is carried your guide encase of emergencies.
  • We recommend pre-booking any optional activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • We also recommend all guests have travel insurance organised prior to departure.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation each night is basic, with most nights camping in an Aussie swag or dome tents. Facilities can be quite basic most nights with showers not available every evening. You may not be able to charge devices most evenings.
  • Please have Darwin accommodation arranged prior to departure, as accommodation there can get busy and there will be limited opportunity to book along the way.

Food & Dietary Requirements

  • Your guide will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour, but you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. 
  • Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they notify their travel agents or us at the time of booking.
  • Food is purchased prior to the commencement of this tour and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing.

Reconfirming Your Booking

  • Please reconfirm at least 48-hours prior to departure and notify us of any dietary requirements, medical conditions.
  • This will give you the opportunity to reconfirm your pickup location and departure time too.
  • Providing a travelling contact phone number prior to departure, makes it easier for us to find you during morning pickups

Arriving into Perth

  • Please avoid arranging flights out of Darwin until the following day after the tour finishes, in case of any delays due to traffic.
  • Guests can’t be dropped off at Darwin airport.
 

 

 

 

 

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