Cloud 9 - Darwin to Alice Springs Explorer

 

This adventure combines three of our popular tours and will leave you on Cloud 9. Starting in Darwin in the Top End, the tours will take you into the jewel of the Top End, Kakadu National Park, where you'll see the beautiful Jim Jim Falls. Relax and take a swim before checking out Litchfield National Park, another unforgettable experience. From here we'll take you down the Centre to Alice Springs, camp at Daly Waters and enjoy a meal at one of Australia's quirkiest outback Pubs. You'll get the full Uluru experience watching the sun rise and set over the rock. Close your eyes at night in bush sleeping bags under the stars (swag). Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon and dust off your walking shoes. Made up of three separate tours, the Cloud 9 will ensure you don't miss a beat. The tour finishes in Alice Springs in the early evening.


 

Highlights

Tour Style
Tourcode: PC9DA
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1625.00EUR €1120.00GBP £940.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: Cloud 9 - Darwin to Alice Springs Explorer
 
Fitness
Moderate 
Vehicles
4WD
Minibus
Accommodation
5 nights camping, 3 nights dorm-share with shared facilities
Tour Code PC9DA
Duration 9 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Darwin to Alice Springs
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1625.00EUR €1120.00GBP £940.00
Valid 31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Darwin to Mary River

DEFAULT PICK UP: 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 2 – 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 3 – 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)

Day 4 – Darwin

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

Day 5 – Darwin to Daly Waters

PICK UP LOCATION: Melaleuca on Mitchell, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 05:50am

We depart from Darwin early and make our way to Nitmiluk National Park. Our first stop is the beautiful Edith Falls for a swim before heading to Katherine Gorge where your guide will take you on a short return walk to Baruwei lookout where you can get a postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this beautiful area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we continue our journey south to Daly Waters arriving in time for dinner and a beer at the historic Daly Waters Hotel - the territory’s oldest pub (own expense). Overnight in our camp at Daly Waters.

Day 6 – Daly Waters to Alice Springs

We continue our journey south passing through Tennant Creek and onto Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) where we have some time to explore the well-known marble shaped boulders, a site sacred to its traditional owners. There is also one last photo stop as we cross the Tropic of Capricorn before finishing in the heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs.

Day 7 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

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

Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm where you can choose to start the day with 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 8 – 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 unique 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 Watarrk aNational Park(KingsCanyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)

Day 9 – 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. Experience the 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. After lunch we make our way back to Alice Springs where our tour concludes. (BL)

Seasonal itinerary changes

TROPICAL TOP END SUMMER ITINERARY (applies from November to May)Day 1 – Litchfield National Park | Cathedral Termite Mounds | Wildlife cruise |Overnight camp. (LD)Day 2 – Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal)| Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD)Day 3 – 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 Darwin accommodation from 06:20am. Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell at 06:50am (52 Mitchell St, Darwin)

Arrival location : Alice Springs accommodation early evening on day 9

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).

 

Included

  • Experienced guides
  • national park entrance fees
  • meals as indicated
  • accommodation transfers
  • 2 Aboriginal cultural experiences*^
  • 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 standard camping (twin share tents only).

Tour upgrades

Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking; only applies to accommodated/non-camping nights): 3 nights private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), 5 nights standard camping (twin share tents only).



Optional Activities

  • Camel ride
  • Helicopter flight at Kings Canyon
  • Canoe at Katherine Gorge

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, 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 2 and 3 of this itinerary are subject to change order without notice. See terms and conditions of travel for full details. Some areas in Nitmiluk National Park are seasonal and may not be available during the wet season.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable at Uluru, an Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.
  • ^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 Darwin and Alice Springs 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 3 separate tours, so you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section. Sections can also be combined with passengers travelling on a Safari style trip, the only difference being the tent style.
  • 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 4-9, with a STRICT 10kg limit in a soft bag on Days 1-3 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.
  • It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure.
  • 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.