9 Day Territory Unleashed South (Darwin to Alice Springs)

 

Three top experiences in one, this tour will give you a great taste of the Territory at a great price. Enjoy sleeping under the stars in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as we head South from Darwin in the Top End to the Red Centre. Along the way you'll be exposed to plenty of Aboriginal culture as well as the Devil's Marbles(Karlu Karlu), Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park , Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park. Jump on the back of a camel for a quick outback ride before stretching your legs with a hike through Kings Canyon and in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the sunrise over Uluru before the tour concludes in Alice Springs.


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Tour Style
Tourcode: PTUS9
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1325.00EUR €910.00GBP £765.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 9 Day Territory Unleashed South (Darwin to Alice Springs)
 
Fitness
Moderate 
Vehicles
4WD
Minibus
Accommodation
5 nights camping and 3 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities
Tour Code PTUS9
Duration 9 days
Tour Style Unleashed 18-39
Route Darwin to Alice Springs
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1325.00EUR €910.00GBP £765.00
Valid 31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Darwin to Mary River

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

Leaving Darwin, 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^. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, with the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. We arrive at Ubirr in time for sunset where you’ll see vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. We then we head to our overnight camp in Kakadu. (LD)

Day 2 – Kakadu

It’s an early start this morning as we take some 4WD action to Twin Falls. Experience a gorge onboard a National Park operated boat cruise and a walk along the boardwalk. Unwind and relax for a bit on the sandy banks before we explore the awesome wonder that is Jim Jim Falls. (Twin and Jim Jim Falls not available year round; subject to seasonal availability^^). First we have a quick lunch break and then take in the views of this 200m natural wonder before taking the challenging walk to the base where you can choose to swim or relax on the beautiful beach. We spend the whole afternoon enjoying the scenery and waterholes before making the short drive to our overnight bush camp. (BLD)

Day 3 – Kakadu to Darwin

With more amazing waterfalls to experience we either head to Maguk and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools, or hike to the top of Gunlom Falls for a swim and the breathtaking view of the escarpment country. Continue to enjoy the scenery as we make our way back to Darwin before enjoying a night out on the town with your new mates. (BL)

Day 4 – 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 ona short return walk to Baruwei lookout. You can 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 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). We stay overnight in our camp at Daly Waters.

Day 5 – 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 6 – Alice Springs

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

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 take a ride on a camel’s back (at own expense). From here it’s off to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch. Take a close look at the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta as you get up close to this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Get your camera ready as the desert sun sets over Uluru. Tonight you can curl up ina swag (Aussie bedroll) and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (LD)

Day 8 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

An early start is rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru before gaining an insight to the local Aboriginal culture from your guide. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase 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 9 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. Discover the size and beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, discover the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. After lunch we make our way back to Alice Springs. (BL)

 

SHOULDER SEASON ITINERARY (may apply in the months of April/May and Sep/Oct)*
Day 1 – Mamakala wetlands | Ubirr or Nourlangie |Overnight camp at Jabiru. (LD)
Day 2 – Gubara| Nawalundja lookout | Bowali Culture centre | Waradjan Culture centre | Camp at Cooinda (BLD)
Day 3 – Motorcar Falls and Boulder Creek Falls | Return to Darwin. (BL)
*Should any attractions be closed as a result of National Park decisions due to accessibility and safety, the above listed activities will be substituted. The standard itinerary attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to open. The opening and closing of 'dry season' activities varies from year to year. 

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 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 guide
  • national park entrance fees
  • Aboriginal cultural experience^
  • meals as indicated
  • accommodation transfers
  • 5 nights camping, and 3 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities (no upgrade available)

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • hat & sunscreen
  • water bottle
  • towel & toiletries
  • torch/flashlight
  • warm clothing in winter
  • 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, dependant on local conditions. 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.
  • SHOULDER SEASON ITINERARY (may apply in the months of April/May and Sep/Oct)*
    Day 1 – Mamakala wetlands | Ubirr or Nourlangie |Overnight camp at Jabiru. (LD)
    Day 2 – Gubara| Nawalundja lookout | Bowali Culture centre | Waradjan Culture centre | Camp at Cooinda (BLD)
    Day 3 – Motorcar Falls and Boulder Creek Falls | Return to Darwin. (BL)
    *Should any attractions be closed as a result of National Park decisions due to accessibility and safety, the above listed activities will be substituted. The standard itinerary attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to open. The opening and closing of 'dry season' activities varies from year to year. 
  • ^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.
  • 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.