5 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Explorer Including Kakadu


This five day tour will take your from the Red Centre of Alice Springs up to the capital of the Northern territory, Darwin. If you're after a 4WD adventure and a Top End Cultural Experience, this is the tour for you! Jam packed with adventure you'll be able to take a swim at the beautiful Jim Jim Falls and journey into Kakadu National Park. Go crocodile searching on the water on a wildlife boat trip and spend your nights sleeping under the stars and sharing stories around a campfire. We'll drop you off in Darwin on the last day in the early afternoon. 


Tour Style
Tourcode: PASDK5
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1050.00EUR €725.00GBP £605.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 5 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Explorer Including Kakadu
3 nights camping fees and equipment and 1 night dorm accommodation with share facilities
Tour Code PASDK5
Duration 5 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Alice Springs to Darwin
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1050.00EUR €725.00GBP £605.00
Valid 31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016

Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Daly Waters

DEFAULT PICK UP LOCATION: Haven Backpacker Resort, 06:10am

Leaving Alice we pass by the Tropic of Capricorn and make our way to Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) where we explore the well-known marble shaped granite boulders, a site sacred to its traditional owners. Continuing north we makea stop at Tennant Creek for your chance to purchase some lunch and stretch your legs before we continue to Daly Waters for our overnight camp located right near the NT’s famous Daly Waters Outback Hotel. Here you have an opportunity to check out this famous pub, enjoya swim in the pool, have a cool drink and purchase some of the local fare for Dinner. Overnight at our camp at Daly Waters.

Day 2 –Daly Waters to Darwin

After an early morning start as we make our way to Nitmiluk National Park, home to Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. Your guide will leada short return walk to Baruwei Lookout, allowing you to get a postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this stunning area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we have one final stop fora swim at the beautiful Edith Falls before we drive the last leg into the Northern Territory’s capital city, Darwin. Overnight dorm accommodation included.

Day 3 – Darwin to Mary River

PICK UP LOCATION: Melaleuca on Mitchell, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am

Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we visit the stunning waterfalls that flow all year round. Take a refreshing swim and enjoy lunch before we 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. They’ll share with us their local Aboriginal culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations, basket weaving and spear throwing^. We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River region, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon wildlife cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well-earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)

Day 4 – Mary River to Kakadu

Today we head to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed for its stunning natural features and for being the centre of the world's oldest living culture. Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu and certain to be one of our trip highlights. Once we get there, we’ll take in the stunning views of this 200m natural wonder before continuing on to Twin Falls. (Twin and Jim Jim Falls not available year round; subject to seasonal availability^^). See the beauty of the gorge and admire the breathtaking waterfalls from a national park operated boat before your guide takes you to on a boardwalk experience. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp at Kakadu National Park. (BLD)

Day 5 – Kakadu to Darwin

Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. On the way back home, the scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)

TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (applies from November to May)

Day 3 – Litchfield National Park | Cathedral Termite Mounds | Wildlife cruise |Overnight camp. (LD)

Day 4 – Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal)| Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD)

Day 5 – Gunlom Falls or Motor Car Falls (seasonal) | Warradjan Culture Centre | Return to Darwin. (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.


Departure location : Select Alice Springs accommodation from 5:40am. Default pick up: Haven Backpackers at 06:10am.

Arrival location : Darwin accommodation early evening day 5.

Departure dates for this tour are currently not available online. We apologise for this inconvenience.

For more information on your tour's departure dates please consult our pdf brochure here,
or call us on 1300 654 604 (within Australia) or +61 (03) 8102 7800 (international).



  • Experienced tour guides
  • National Park entry fee
  • Aboriginal cultural experience*  
  • Meals as indicated
  • Accommodation transfers
  • 3 nights camping fees and equipment, and 1 night dorm accommodation (no upgrade available)

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)



Pick up on departure day 1 is from Haven Backpackers at 06:10am.
Darwin multishare accommodation is at The Melaleuca on Mitchell.
Pick up on departure day 3 is from the Melaleuca on Mitchell Street at 06:50am.

• ^^Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Twin and Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening of Twin and Jim Jim Falls and other attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. Day 4 and 5 of this itinerary are subject to change order without notice. Some areas in Nitmiluk National Park are seasonal and may not be available during the wet season. See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• ^The Aboriginal Wulna-Limilngan cultural experience is only available during the dry season (approximately Apr-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our Reservations team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Adventure Tours Australia reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.

• Please note the journey between Alice Springs and Darwin is designed to be express and has a limited itinerary. The distance travelled is some 1,500km and involves a substantial amount of time on the vehicle.

• This package is made up of 2 separate tours, so you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.

• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.

• A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies for Days 1-2, with a STRICT 10kg limit in a soft bag on Days 3-5 in Kakadu. Excess should remain in storage at your Darwin accommodation for this section of the tour.

• This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us for $30.

• It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We are able to cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets, but not for vegan diets due to the difficulty in sourcing this food remotely. Please bring your own staples such as bread and cereal if you require specific foods.

• From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.