13 Day Adelaide to Darwin Explorer


Highlights of this tour include visiting the Opal Capital - Coober Pedy, Wilpena Pound, hiking in the Flinders Ranges and seeing the Devil's Marbles (Karlu Karlu). Say g'day to the Big Rock at Uluru National Park and hike to Kings canyon and Kata Tjuta (the olgas) as well as learning more about the history of the native people with an Uluru cultural experience. Don't forget about Kakadu National Park up north in the Top End as well as Katherine Gorge. The tour ends in Darwin.

Travel along the Stuart Highway, named after Australia's most famous explorer John McDouall Stuart.


Tour Style
Tourcode: PADE13
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1995.00EUR €1375.00GBP £1155.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 13 Day Adelaide to Darwin Explorer
4 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities and 8 nights camping (permanent and non-permanent campsites)
Tour Code PADE13
Duration 13 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Adelaide to Darwin
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1995.00EUR €1375.00GBP £1155.00
Valid 31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016

Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am

We leave South Australia’s capital city behind and head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views ofFlindersRangesas we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one ofAustralia’s most magnificent natural features. We have the option of few hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in theFlindersRanges(LD)

Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track

Today we breakout from the Flinders Ranges as we head north passing the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. We are now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line but before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the Oodnadatta track as we pass byAustralia’s largest salt lake,Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day isWilliamCreek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! Tonight we temporarily increase the population as we camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 –William Creek to Coober Pedy

Desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains feature as we pass through Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today’s first stop isLakeCadibarrawirracanna- yes that is the longest lake name in the world. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. We take a town tour and view an underground house, underground church and we also take mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try ‘noodling’ (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)

Day 4 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda

Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, before we leave Coober Pedy and head out across the Moon Plain.  We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, and take in the view of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, made famous by the movie Mad Max III.  Early afternoon we arrive at Erldunda, located almost right in the geographical centre ofAustralia. Here we can takea swim in the pool or enjoy some relaxation time at our campsite for the night. (BLD)

Day 5 – Erldunda to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

We start the day by heading to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before making the journey to one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. Get up close to this ancient geological formation during a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up ina swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (BLD)

Day 6 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

Rise early and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. 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 purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within theWatarrkaNational Park(KingsCanyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)

Day 7 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs                                                                           

Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations and towering rock faces ofKingsCanyon. You’ll really appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, and discover theLostCity, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden, and the North and South Walls. We stop for lunch before we make our way toAlice Springs. (BL)

Day 8 – Alice Springs

Enjoy a day off in Alice Springs. Relax and unwind, or join us on another adventure to the West MacDonnell Ranges on our 4WD day trip. Visit the stunning Ormiston Gorge and the tropical oasis in the middle of the desert, Palm Valley (tour code PWMDT). Overnight accommodation is included (meals at own expense).

Day 9 – Alice Springs to Daly Waters

PICK UP DAY 9: Haven Backpacker Resort, 06:10am

LeavingAlicewe 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 10 – Daly Waters to Darwin

After an early morning start as we make our way toNitmilukNational Park, home to Katherine Gorge andEdithFalls. 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 beautifulEdithFallsbefore we drive the last leg into theNorthern Territory’s capital city,Darwin.

Day 11 – Darwin to Mary River

PICK UP DAY 11: Melaleuca on Mitchell, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am

LeavingDarwin, we journey south to the beautifulLitchfieldNational Parkwhere 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 secludedMaryRivercamping spot. (LD)

Day 12 – Mary River to Kakadu

Today we head toKakaduNational 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 witha swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp inKakaduNational Park. (BLD)

Day 13 – Kakadu to Darwin

Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way toJimJimFalls, 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 toTwin 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 toDarwinin the afternoon. (BL)


TROPICAL TOP END SUMMER ITINERARY (applies from November to May)


Day 11 –LitchfieldNational Park| Cathedral Termite Mounds | Overnight camp. (LD)


Day 12 – Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal) | Wildlife Cruise | Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD)


Day 13 – Gunlom Falls or Motor Car Falls (seasonal) | Warradjan Culture Centre | Return to Darwin. (BL)

Seasonal itinerary changes

Itinerary may vary due to seasonal conditions.

TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY applies to Kakadu section (Nov/ Dec-May).

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 : Default pick up: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St) at 06:30am. Other pick up options are: Adelaide Travellers Inn (220 Hutt St) at 06:00am, Mantra Hotel (88 Frome St) at 06:15am.

Arrival location : Select Darwin accommodation early evening day 13

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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 guide
  • national park entrance fees
  • meals as indicated
  • air-conditioned vehicles
  • accommodation transfers
  • 2 Aboriginal cultural experiences*^
  • wildlife cruise
  • accommodation as below:

    Standard Accommodation: 4 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 8 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites)

    Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking; only applies to accommodated/non-camping nights): 4 nights private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), and 8 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites)

What to bring

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


  • ^^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 Alice Springs to Darwin on Days 9-10 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 4 separate tours, so you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • Upgrade accommodation is budget style and may be located on different premises to dorm.
  • 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 1-10, with a STRICT 10kg limit in a soft bag on Days 11-13 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.