Cloud 9 Explorer - Alice Springs to Darwin

 

This adventure combines three of our popular tours and will leave you on Cloud 9. Starting in the Red Centre, you’ll get the full Uluru experience watching the sun rise and set and sleeping in bush sleeping bags under the stars (swag). Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon where you’ll wear in your walking shoes. From here we’ll head North towards The Devil's Marbles and camp the night at Daly Waters, enjoy a meal at Australias oldest and quirkiest Pubs. Croc-spot at Mary River before visiting the beautiful Litchfield National Park. Brace yourself for the jewel of the Top End, Kakadu National Park, where you’ll see the beautiful Jim Jim Falls. Relax and take a swim at the Maguk plungs pools and see the sun set over the stunning floodplains. Made up of three separate tours, the Cloud 9 will ensure you don’t miss a beat. The tour finishes in Darwin in the early evening.


Highlights

Tour Style
Tourcode: PC9AD
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1540.00EUR €1070.00GBP £920.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: Cloud 9 Explorer - Alice Springs to Darwin
 
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Fitness
Moderate 
Vehicles
4WD
Minibus
Accommodation
5 nights camping, 3 nights dorm accommodation with share facilities
Tour Code PC9AD
Duration 9 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Alice Springs to Darwin
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1540.00EUR €1070.00GBP £920.00
Valid 31 March 2014 - 30 March 2015
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

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

Kick off your adventure on top of a camel! Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm where you can choose to take a ride and experience the best in desert transport (at own expense). From here it is off to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch. Explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta as you get up close to this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Fall in love with the desert sun as it sets over Uluru. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) and enjoy a night under the stars. (LD)

Day 2 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

An early start is rewarded with the sunrise over Uluru. 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 great opportunity to share experiences and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to see more 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 3 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the formations and rock faces of King’s Canyon. You will be left breathless by the size and beauty of the canyon, as we trek through the Amphitheatre and discover the Lost City, the lush Garden of Eden, and the North and South Walls. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch before we make our way back to Alice Springs. (BL)

Day 4 – Alice Springs

Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs (overnight dorm accommodation included; meals and activities at own expense).

Day 5 – Alice Springs to Daly Waters

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 make a 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, enjoy a swim in the pool, have a cool drink and purchase some of the local fare for Dinner. We stay overnight at our camp at Daly Waters.

Day 6 –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 lead a 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 for a swim at the beautiful Edith Falls before we drive the last leg into the Northern Territory’s capital city, Darwin.

Day 7 – Darwin to Mary River

PICK UP LOCATION: Adventure Tours Australia Shop, 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 lessons, basket weaving and spear throwing.We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well-earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)

Day 8 – 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. 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. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp in Kakadu National Park. (BLD)

Day 9 – Kakadu to Darwin

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 feel the powerful force of the waterfalls from a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. On the way back home, the scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)

TROPICAL TOP END SUMMER ITINERARY (Nov/ Dec-May)

Day 7 – Litchfield National Park | Cathedral Termite Mounds | Overnight camp. (LD)

Day 8 – Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal) | Wildlife Cruise | Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD)

Day 9 – 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.

Departures

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

Arrival location : Darwin accommodation early evening on day 9.

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Included

  • Experienced guides
  • National park entrance fees
  • Two Aboriginal cultural experiences*^
  • Meals as indicated
  • Accommodation transfers
  • accommodation as below:

    Standard Accommodation: 3 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 5 nights camping

    Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 3 nights private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), 5 nights camping

Tour upgrades

Accommodation Upgrade

Double/Twin: AUD $1760 per person

Single: AUD $1830 per person



Optional Activities

  • Camel ride
  • Kings Canyon Helicopter flight

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • swimming gear
  • hat and sunscreen
  • toiletries
  • towel
  • warm clothing in winter
  • water bottle
  • torch
  • insect repellent
  • camera
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30). 

Notes

  • ^^Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and 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, or contact our Reservations team: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ 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, dependant on local conditions. See terms and conditions for full details.
  • Day 5-6 of this trip is designed to be an express between Alice Springs and Darwin and has a limiteditinerary. The distance travelled is some 1,500km and involves a substantial amount of time on the vehicle.
  • A tropical summer itinerary applies in Kakadu Nov/Dec-May.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable at Uluru, an Adventure Tours guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.
  • ^The Aboriginal Wulna-Limilngan cultural experience is only available during the dry season (Apr-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service 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.
  • Package is made up of three separate tours therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • 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 outside 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. Conversely, in July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag.  You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Adventure Tours Australia if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Adventure Tours with your preferred accommodation pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies (10kg in Kakadu). Excess luggage can be stored in Darwin.