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Melbourne might have the arts scene and Sydney the beaches, but Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand Australia proper. Approximately 70% of the Australian continent is classed as arid or semi-arid – and little old Alice Springs sits right in the middle of it all. First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you’ll have the chance to lope through the outback on a ‘ship of the desert’. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes – you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sky cast glorious colours over The Rock and then as evening begins, it’s time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • 1000 Star Dinner
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
It’s an early rise today but seeing Australia is what you came for, right? After watching a fiery outback sun rear up over the world’s biggest rock get a real sense of the rock’s scale on an unguided walk around its base. Then learn about the cultural significance of this iconic landform on a cultural interpretative walk with an indigenous guide. In their creation time stories, the Anangu’s ancestral beings the Mala settled here after being chased to the region by an evil dog-like creature called kurpany. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. Tonight we spend the night in an exclusive campsite in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The centrepiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site’s deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous sites – the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls. Then it’s lunch, rest, and back to Alice for the night where we will drop you at your accommodation, Alice Lodge Backpackers.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leave Alice Springs at 7am from your accommodation, watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Reaching this national park, we’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. If it takes your fancy, see the colours of the ranges change during sunset from atop a camel on an optional sunset ride.

The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km.
Optional Activities
  • Sunset Camel Ride (Adult) - AUD70
  • Sunset Camel Ride (Child) - AUD40
Meals Included
  • Lunch

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Important notes

1. Trip commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6:00am and finishes in Alice Springs day 4 at approx 6pm.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
3. You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on Day 1; see tour code PAR4Y-B.
4. This trip is available in Original and Basix styles.
5. Please arrange Sunset Camel Ride in advance (day 4 of trip)

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This afternoon, make your way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). A rambling sprawl of colossal rock domes and gaping ravines, you’ll get to know Kata Tjuta pretty well on guided hike before returning to camp in time for an Uluru sunset. Final highlight of the day is our famous 1,000 Star Dinner, where you’ll get to enjoy a candlelit spread of Australian food and wines beneath a blanket of stars.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately one hour. Total walking time is around an hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • 1000 Star Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
348 m tall at its highest point and nearly 10 kms in circumference, Uluru qualifies as Australia’s second largest monolith (Mount Augustus is the first). Gazing up at this behemoth from the ground, it’s hard to believe that this is all one solid slab of rock you’re looking at – and harder still to believe that 7/8s of it is believed to lie underground. Rise and shine early, we’ve factored in some free time so you can take a walk around the rock while the day’s still cool (and relatively crowd-free). You’ll get an insight into the rock’s significance by those who know it best – the Mutitjulu people – on a cultural interpretative walk led by an indigenous guide. The nearby Cultural Centre is also a good place to pick up authentic souvenirs of indigenous artwork and read up on the history of Uluru and it's people. Come afternoon, it’s on to our night’s camp in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Traditional home of the Luritja people, Watarrka (also known as Kings Canyon), is an ancient sandstone canyon flourishing with native vegetation and mottled with freshwater springs. Entering the rock-strewn arena of the Amphitheatre, we’ll trek through the Lost City into the verdant Garden of Eden. Next stage of the Rim Walk brings us to the North and South Walls, two sharply soaring sandstone walls that reveal various layers of sediment. Then it’s lunch and back to Alice Springs for the night. Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Alice Springs on night 3 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Alice Springs and in Darwin and confirm your flight time. They will advise what time you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the airport. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell. (no meals included)
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Qantas Flight
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Meet your Guide out the front of the Melaleuca at 6:50am. Today you’ll get to see a very different version of the Australian bush. Where the Red Centre’s attractions are mostly deserts, canyons and boulders, the Top End is all lush rainforest, waterfall-fed swimming holes and lily-padded wetlands. Arriving in Wulna Country, we’ll receive a traditional ‘Cul-Cul’ welcome from the Limilngan-Wulna people, who’ll introduce you to their culture through a series of educational presentations. From here we venture into the Mary River Wetlands, an enormous tract of floodplain teeming with crocodiles and birdlife. Jabirus, egrets, kingfishers and magpie geese are some of the birds you should get to see here during a mid-morning cruise through this untouched ecosystem. Continuing into Kakadu National Park, we’ll hike to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) and finish the day with a dip in some plunge pools.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Tumbling over a precipice more than 200 m above ground level, Jim Jim Falls is a sight to behold. We’ll rumble in by 4WD (the drive’s bumpy in parts), then spend some lazy hours swimming about in the waters below and basking on the sandy shoreline. After lunch it’s on to Ubirr, where your guide will lead a cultural interpretative walk explaining the ancient indigenous art adorning the rock walls. The walk ends atop a rocky escarpment overlooking the lush expanse of the Nardab floodplain. Tonight we spend camped out at a permanent campsite in the Mary River region.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres, some of which is along challenging terrain.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Dense monsoon rainforest, secluded swimming holes, gigantic termite mounds – Litchfield boasts all the natural splendours of the Top End. Spread over approximately 1,500 sq km, this national park boasts a wide variety of native flora and provides a natural habitat to dingoes, roos, wallabies, quolls and the iconic frill-neck lizard (amongst other critters). With a full day dedicated to exploring, your time here will include visits to the Florence Falls, Buley Rockholes and Wangi falls, a picnic lunch, and guided walk through monsoon forest. Then it’s back to Darwin, where the adventure wraps up.

Total driving time today is around four hours.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Yulara and finishes in Darwin day 7 at approx 6pm
2. Your pick up may be from the Yulara Airport or the Desert Gardens Hotel, this will depend on your flight arrival time.
3.You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on day 1; please see tour code POBOC.
4. Trip also runs in reverse; see tour code PKBTC
5. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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Leaving Darwin, 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. Learn about their culture and enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which is home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to the ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. In the afternoon, head to World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Your first stop here is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Spend the night at a permanent campsite at Kakadu.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a long day of driving. Get ready for some 4WD action as you make your way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu. Once there, take in stunning views of this natural wonder and enjoy some time for a swim or a rest on the sandy beach. After lunch, discover the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries, before you climb to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Tonight, camp in twin-share permanent tents in the Mary River region.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres, some of which is along challenging terrain.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
It may be near to Darwin but you’ll feel like you're in the heart of the wilderness in Litchfield National Park. The park is named after a Top End explorer but has long been important to the Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat, Kungarkan and Warai Indigenous language groups. A collection of top-notch waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield is somewhere you definitely want to have you swimming gear on hand for. Get ready for a dip under the double-plunge cascade of Florence Falls, a splash in the series of plunge pools of Buley Rockhole, and swim at Wangi Falls before hitting the road back to Darwin for tomorrow’s flight to the Red Centre. Accommodation is at the Melaleuca on Mitchell.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.
Included Activities
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Darwin on night 3 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Darwin and Alice Springs and confirm your flight time. They will advise what time you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the airport. On arrival in Alice Springs, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Alice Lodge Backpackers. (no meals included)
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Qantas Flight
  • Airport Transfers
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Camels might be better associated with North Africa and Arabia, but these days Australia has the largest population of wild camels in the world. They were introduced in the mid-19th century for inland explorers to ride, then release into the wild when motorised transport came along. Meet some of their more domesticated cousins this morning with a visit to an Outback camel farm. Maybe get into the desert spirit with a ride on one of these arid-land specialists. Fuel up with lunch at our Yulara campsite, then take a short drive to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Meaning ‘many heads’, the formation is 36 rock domes that jut out of the ground, part of a huge slab of rock that’s been eroded over hundred of millions of years. When you take a walk through the domes you’re sure to gain some appreciation of the sacredness of this area to the local Indigenous Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. End another unforgettable day with an unforgettable meal – the 1,000 Star Dinner. With red earth beneath the feet and light provided by candles and huge expanse of stars, sit down to a spread of locally sourced food and wines for dinner. Spend the night in a permanent tent or sleep under the stars, literally, in a cosy swag (Aussie bedroll).

Today driving is about five and a half hours, and walking is about one hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • 1000 Star Dinner
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
From sunset to sunrise, the light show is always fantastic at Uluru – you’ll get to watch the sun peak over the monolith this morning after an early start. The size of the rock is staggering, and even more amazing is that majority of it actually lies underground. Take in the refreshing morning air with an unguided walk around the massive dome’s base, before learning more about the Indigenous connection with this land with an interpretative walk led by an Indigenous guide. Hear about how Uluru was created by the Anangu people’s ancestral beings, who formed the land as they travelled across it and whose journeys persist in the form of songlines. This culture is captured in the Indigenous arts and crafts of the Cultural Centre and you can browse the works on display here. Travel to tonight’s campsite in the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) for another night spent dreaming beneath the stars.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Hidden inside the 100 metre high walls of Kings Canyon is the largest range of plants in an Australia arid zone. Today we discover this desert oasis as we head into Watarrka National Park. Look down from up high on a Rim Walk around the gorge, then head down to discover weathered rock formations that look to some like the remains of Aztec settlement, so they’ve aptly been named The Lost City. Then we discover the exotic plants that surround a natural spring waterhole – gums, prehistoric ferns and wildlife fill the spot – creating such an inviting refuge that it’s called The Garden of Eden. The story of the canyon can been seen in the changing rock of the North and South Walls, and this chapter ends with a welcome lunch. Then it’s time to appreciate the desert colours one last time as we return to Alice Springs and this Northern Territory adventure comes to an end.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Alice Springs day 7 at approx 6pm.
2. This trip also runs in reverse; see code POBOC
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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Alice Springs certainly has its charms – we’d recommend arriving here a day or two early if you have the time – but the Red Centre’s wilds are what you’re really here to see, right?

Heading into the outback by 4WD, first stop is a working camel farm where you’ll have the opportunity to hop aboard one of these desert ships for a quick ride across the scrublands. By lunchtime we will have arrived at our permanent campsite in Yulara, from where it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta. A rambling sprawl of colossal rock domes and gaping ravines, you’ll get to know Kata Tjuta pretty well on guided hike before returning to camp in time for an Uluru sunset. Final highlight of the day is our famous 1,000 Star Dinner, where you’ll get to enjoy a candlelit spread of Australian food and wines beneath a blanket of stars.

Driving time today is about six hours, walking time is about one.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • 1000 Star Dinner
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
348 m tall at its highest point and nearly 10 kms in circumference, Uluru qualifies as Australia’s second largest monolith (Mount Augustus is the first). Gazing up at this behemoth from the ground, it’s hard to believe that this is all one solid slab of rock you’re looking at – and harder still to believe that 7/8s of it is believed to lie underground. Rise and shine early, we’ve factored in some free time so you can take a walk around the rock while the day’s still cool (and relatively crowd-free). You’ll get an insight into the rock’s significance by those who know it best – the Mutitjulu people – on a cultural interpretative walk led by an indigenous guide. The nearby Cultural Centre is also a good place to pick up authentic souvenirs of indigenous artwork and read up on the history of Uluru and it's people. Come afternoon, it’s on to our night’s camp in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Traditional home of the Luritja people, Watarrka (also known as Kings Canyon), is an ancient sandstone canyon flourishing with native vegetation and mottled with freshwater springs. Entering the rock-strewn arena of the Amphitheatre, we’ll trek through the Lost City into the verdant Garden of Eden. Next stage of the Rim Walk brings us to the North and South Walls, two sharply soaring sandstone walls that reveal various layers of sediment. Then it’s lunch and back to Alice Springs for the night. Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Alice Springs on night 3 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Alice Springs and in Darwin and confirm your flight time. They will advise what time you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the airport. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell. (no meals included)
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Qantas Flight
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning, we'll pick you up from out the front of the Melaleuca at 6:50am. Today you’ll get to see a very different version of the Australian bush. Where the Red Centre’s attractions are mostly deserts, canyons and boulders, the Top End is all lush rainforest, waterfall-fed swimming holes and lily-padded wetlands. Arriving in Wulna Country, we’ll receive a traditional ‘Cul-Cul’ welcome from the Limilngan-Wulna people, who’ll introduce you to their culture through a series of educational presentations. From here we venture into the Mary River Wetlands, an enormous tract of floodplain teeming with crocodiles and birdlife. Jabirus, egrets, kingfishers and magpie geese are some of the birds you should get to see here during a mid-morning cruise through this untouched ecosystem. Continuing into Kakadu National Park, we’ll hike to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) and finish the day with a dip in some plunge pools.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Tumbling over a precipice more than 200 m above ground level, Jim Jim Falls is a sight to behold. We’ll rumble in by 4WD (the drive’s bumpy in parts), then spend some lazy hours swimming about in the waters below and basking on the sandy shoreline. After lunch it’s on to Ubirr, where your guide will lead a cultural interpretative walk explaining the ancient indigenous art adorning the rock walls. The walk ends atop a rocky escarpment overlooking the lush expanse of the Nardab floodplain. Tonight we spend camped out at a permanent campsite in the Mary River region.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres, some of which is along challenging terrain.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Dense monsoon rainforest, secluded swimming holes, gigantic termite mounds – Litchfield boasts all the natural splendours of the Top End. Spread over approximately 1,500 sq km, this national park boasts a wide variety of native flora and provides a natural habitat to dingoes, roos, wallabies, quolls and the iconic frill-neck lizard (amongst other critters). With a full day dedicated to exploring, your time here will include visits to the Florence Falls, Buley Rockholes and Wangi falls, a picnic lunch, and guided walk through monsoon forest. Then it’s back to Darwin, where the adventure wraps up. Total driving time today is around four hours.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Accommodation

Included Activities

Dates & availability

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Darwin day 7 at approx 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day.
2.You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on day 1; please see tour code POBOCY.
3. Trip also runs in reverse; see tour code PKBTC
4. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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South Australia’s capital city has seen rapid transformation over the past few years into a vibrant and quirky city – maybe touch down a few days early to get a feel for Adelaide. We’ll head off from the city early today and strike out into wine country. The Clare Valley is full of prime pastures and premium vineyards; its rolling hills topped with stone farm buildings give it the feel of southern France (albeit with gum trees). Pass through classic country towns, take a break for lunch, and then continue on to the Flinders Ranges. This 800 million year old landscape is the largest mountain range in the state and features prominently in the Dreaming stories of the local Adnyamathanha people, who have lived here for tens of thousands of years. We’re headed for the stand-out feature at the heart of the national park – Wilpena Pound. A huge natural amphitheatre of rock that thrusts high out of the ground, the area is great for bushwalking, so that’s exactly what we’ll do this afternoon. Tonight we spend camped out in the Flinders Ranges.

Total driving time takes around five hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Following a quick stop in the mining town of Leigh Creek (hometown of local artist Talc Alf), we follow the route of the old Ghan railway and overland telegraph line to the tiny former railway town of Marree. After lunching near the old station, we join the Oodnadatta track, one of the best Outback drives in the country. In times past this track was a lifeline through this harsh environment; a trading route used by Indigenous people who’d follow the underground spring that would bubble up to the surface along the way. Pass by the salt flats of Lake Eyre, which is in fact Australia’s largest lake when full, then stay at the smallest town in Outback Australia. With a regular population of six (plus one dog), we’ll bump the numbers up a bit in bedding down here for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
At six million acres in size (which is slightly larger than Israel), Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest working cattle station. We’ll cross some of it today on the way to the unique town of Coober Pedy. Miners came here in droves, looking for the ‘fire in the stone’, but soon found they had to find a way to adapt to the harsh, hot environment. Rather than try and beat the heat above ground, they headed beneath it, carving out homes from the earth. We’ll explore this subterranean settlement on a guided tour, taking in the opal mine and an underground house. In the afternoon you might like to try your hand at ‘noodling' for opals, or hop down to Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage to say g’day to the furry critters and check out some art work by Indigenous artists. Tonight you’ll be enjoying the cooling space of an underground bunkhouse for the night.
Accommodation
  • Underground Multishare (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
There’s some long driving today (this is the Outback after all), but along the way you’ll be seeing some top-notch scenery like the Moon Plains, Breakaways Reserve and Dingo Fence (the longest man-made construction in the world). Late this afternoon we’ll arrive in Yulara, the town established near Uluru in the 1970s, and witness a Red Centre sunset.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Try and take in the sheer height and width of Uluru, much of which is actually hidden deep underground, on an early morning walk around its base. This entire area is of profound spiritual significance to the local Indigenous people, something you’ll learn a bit about during an interpretative walk taken in the company of an Indigenous guide. There’ll also be an opportunity to drop in and see the art and crafts on display in the nearby Cultural Centre. Following lunch, the afternoon is free to take in the region from an angle altogether different: a helicopter over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is definitely something worth factoring into your trip budget.

There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5km.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In 1872, in exploring the area around Watarrka, the Australia explorer Ernest Giles named the largest of many giant sandstone domes he came across Mt Olga. This was at the request of his benefactor Baron von Mueller, after the Russian Princess who’d given him his title. Appreciate the lumpy terrain of this site on a guided walk that circles through some of the domes. Fuel up with lunch back at camp, then continue north to Watarrka National Park, home to the famed Kings Canyon.

Driving time is about six hours today, and you will walk approximately 2km.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Despite being at the centre of the driest continent on earth, Watarrka National Park (also known as Kings Canyon) has a green secret. After ascending to top of the canyon for the Rim Walk and getting 360-degree views of red rocks and blue sky, descend down the hundred metre high walls for a hidden surprise. The Garden of Eden is an oasis in this arid environment; flourishes of palms and ferns crowding in around the deep blues of a shaded waterhole. Enter the ‘Amphitheatre’, explore the ancient ruin-like formations of ‘The Lost City’ and look down on everything from the North and South Walls, then enjoy lunch before returning to Alice Springs in the afternoon. This evening is free to spend as you please, accommodation for the night is at Alice Lodge Backpackers.

Today we drive about 5 hours to Alice Springs. The rim walk is about 6 hours on flat ground with a short, slightly steep climb to the base.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Meet your Guide outside Alice Lodge Backpackers at 07:00am this morning With Alice Springs in the rear-view mirror, head towards the Tjoritja area and Ormiston Gorge, the top of many people’s list of most spectacular natural features. Beside high rocks walls and red river gums, waterholes dot a wide natural amphitheatre and rock wallabies hop about in the sun. Continue on to Ellery Creek, where the river cuts though the West MacDonnell Ranges to create a towering gorge and perfect Outback swimming hole. After lunch we’ll look through Simpsons Gap, a permanent waterhole that’s a sacred site to the local Arrernte people. If you fancy, you can finish in true Outback style: watching the sunset from atop a camel in the West MacDonnell Ranges (own expense). Once more, we stay at Alice Lodge Backpackers.

We drive about half an hour, and walk around 5km.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Alice Springs on night 7 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Alice Springs and in Darwin and confirm your flight time. They will advise what time you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the airport. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell. (no meals included)
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Qantas Flight
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we’ll head south towards Kakadu National Park and into the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people. Indigenous custom dictates that people are welcomed when entering and learning about Country, so we’ll receive a ‘Cul Cul’ or ‘Welcome to Country’ from the traditional landowners. As simple as a few words or as elaborate as a ceremony of song and dance, Cul Culs are a way of honouring the past and go some way in explaining indigenous people’s connection to their land. Through a series of bush tucker talks, basket-weaving demonstrations and didgeridoo performances, you’ll gain a deeper insight into traditional indigenous culture. Next on the agenda, join some saltwater crocs on an afternoon cruise through the Mary River wetlands. In the afternoon it’s on to Kakadu, the largest national park in the whole country. Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) is more than just a waterfall and a great place for swim. Take some time to soak up the atmosphere before pulling into our Kakadu campsite for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
For many, a 4WD journey in Kakadu National Park is pretty much the epitome of an Aussie Outback adventure, and we’ll be tributing that today with trips to Jim Jim Falls and important Indigenous rock art sites. Cascading down 200 metres, Jim Jim are said to be the jewel in Kakadu’s crown – and they’re surely one of this trip’s highlights. Laze on the white sand beach, swim in the creek below and get an idea of how Indigenous people have lived in this area for over 40,000 years during a cultural interpretive tour through the ancient rock art site of Ubirr. After gazing out across the Nardab floodplain from a site perched on a rocky outcrop, camp overnight in the Mary River region.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres, some of which is along challenging terrain.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’d dedicated to exploring Litchfield National Park. Visit the monsoon forest double-plunge Florence Falls, the multiple rock pools of Buley Rockhole, and the large falls and sunbathing rocks of Wangi Falls. Litchfield, though named after a Top End explorer, has long been important to the Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat, Kungarkan and Warai Indigenous people. After snacking on a picnic lunch and strolling through steamy monsoon forest we’re back on the road towards Darwin. Maybe celebrate on your return – you’ve just traversed Australia tail to top! Driving time is about 4 hours today.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the activities will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to reopen. The opening and closing of ‘dry season’ activities varies from year to year.
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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Originally established as a pioneer outpost, the Darwin of today – flourishing with outdoor markets, out-there festivals and a prize-winning waterfront wavepool – has a contemporary and cosmopolitan feel to it. Even so, it’s the attractions surrounding the city that generally inspire a visit. Setting off by 4WD, we’ll travel into Wulna country: traditional home of the Limilngan–Wulna people. Following a traditional ‘welcome to country’ (known as a ‘Cul-Cul’), our hosts will introduce us to their culture through a series of educational workshops and presentations. By the end you’ll know where to find bush tucker, how to weave a basket and have mastered the didgeridoo (ok, probably not). Next stop is the Mary River Wetlands, a swathe of interflowing waterways home to more than 250 species of bird and the southern hemisphere’s densest population of saltwater crocodiles. Following an afternoon boat cruise through these lily-padded floodplains it’s on and into World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Final activity for the day is a short hike up to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) for a dip in its natural plunge pool.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you’ll see why we drive 4WDs, not mini-coopers. Heading off-road, we’ll roll our way through Kakadu to Jim Jim Falls – the falls so nice they named them twice. A few hundred million years ago, the Arnhem Land escarpment was a shelf beneath a huge shallow sea. Today it’s where the Jim Jim Falls plunge 200 m down stepped cliffs into a tree-shaded pool. We’ll break for lunch here, perhaps have a swim, and then press on to Ubirr for a guided cultural interpretative walk through one of the world’s oldest art galleries. After taking in expansive views across the Nardab floodplain, we turn in at our permanent campsite in Mary River National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres, some of which is along challenging terrain.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A rambling sprawl of woodlands, rock holes and waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is one of the Top End’s greatest natural treasures. While named after Frederick Henry Litchfield (the first European to visit the region), the area is the traditional homeland of the Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat, Kungarkan and Warai Indigenous language groups. A network of roads interweave the park, crossing creeks, passing through pockets of monsoon rainforest, and occasionally being interrupted by massive termite mounds. We’ll stop in for swims in Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then enjoy a picnic lunch before driving back to Darwin for a night. Hit the road and head back to Darwin. After you've arrived, you might like to head out for a night on the town with your new friends after checking into your hostel, the Melaleuca on Mitchell.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Darwin on night 3 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Darwin and in Alice Springs and confirm your flight time. They will advise what time you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the airport. On arrival in Alice Springs, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Alice Lodge Backpackers. (no meals included)
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Qantas Flight
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It may not be the comfiest mode of transport in the world, but hopping on a camel for a saunter through the sands gives a great insight into how outback Australia would have appeared to its early explorers. Camels were the vehicles best suited to traversing Australia’s inhospitable interior in those days; you’ll come to understand why during a visit to an outback camel farm. Back on the road, prepare for a pretty remarkable drive to Uluru (Ayers Rock). It’s really quite incredible to think that this dry, barren and relatively featureless landscape extends for hundreds and hundreds of kilometers in any direction. Following lunch, it’s on to Kata Tjuta – the many-headed rock formation more commonly known as The Olgas. Returning to Uluru, enjoy a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over Uluru before settling in back at camp.

Note: Total driving time today is around five and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Provided that you rise early enough, watching the sun rear up over Australia’s biggest natural attraction makes for a pretty memorable start to the day. Following a bit of free time set aside for exploring Uluru’s base at your own pace, join an indigenous guide for a cultural interpretative walk that explains this sacred rock’s significance to the local Mala people. There’s more opportunity for learning about the traditions of one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures at the on site Cultural Centre. Then we drive on to our night’s camp in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Deep within the craggy, torn-up terrain of Watarrka National Park lies Kings Canyon, a lush gully flourishing with native flora and natural springs. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the highlight attraction here. Starting off as an easy stroll along the canyon’s edge, we’ll trek down into the chasm itself, enter the lushly vegetated Garden of Eden and wander through the strange rock domes that populate the Lost City. Tonight’s accommodation is at a permanent campsite in Erldunda.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking time is approximately two and half hours hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A bit of road-time and we’re over the Northern Territory border into South Australia and the underground opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. Aside from producing the majority of the world’s opals, Coober Pedy is where much of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was filmed. Serious fans of the film can even venture down into Jebediah’s dugout house (for a small charge). If you just want to see how Coober Pedy’s residents actually live, we’ve arranged a tour of the town’s major underground attractions. In free time you might like to try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals or go visit the rescued joeys of Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. At day’s end you’ll be bunking down in an underground bunkhouse.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.
Accommodation
  • Underground Multishare (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
We have some distance to cover today – 580 km to be exact – but we’ll break the drive up with some interesting little stop offs along the way. First is the tiny town of Glendambo, home to 22,500 sheep and 30 human beings, followed by the salt lakes of Central Australia. Sticking to the Stuart Highway we’ll pass the government weapons testing range of Woomera, which covers roughly one-seventh of the South Australian state. After stopping for lunch, we pass through Port Augusta and over the Pichi Richi Pass into the historical railway township of Quorn, where our night’s accommodation is in the historical ‘Mill’.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.
Accommodation
  • Dormitory (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Naturally spectacular, archaeologically significance and of great cultural importance to the Adnyamathanha people, the Flinders Ranges is one of Australia’s premier national landscapes. We’ll begin the day with a short hike through the park’s rocky ridges, hopefully being able to spy Quorn and Spencer’s Gulf from the top of Dutchman’s Stern. Back on the road, watch the arid, craggy terrain morph into the soft, vineyard-draped hills of the Clare Valley – one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – before finishing the journey up in Adelaide.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
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  • Breakfast

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From its unpromising beginning as a penal colony, Hobart has developed into an attractive portside town famous for its mellow pace, superb eats and one pretty out-there art gallery. MONA is her name, and we’ll head there following an early morning drive to the top of Mt Wellington. After lunch it’s time to hit the road for Lake Augusta. The drive, which passes through the Great Lake and Central Plateau, is a pretty one – so save your napping hours for later.

Notes: Total driving time today will take around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Central Plateau
  • MONA Museum
  • Mount Wellington
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Start the day with a scenic stroll through Bronte Park and the Lake St Clair area. Not far west is the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, where you’ll get another chance for a walk – this time up to the views on offer from Donaghy’s Lookout. Continuing on through the old mining town of Queenstown, keep an eye out for the legendary local footy ground. It won’t be the prettiest thing you’ll see on this trip, but the field’s gravel surface gives a pretty good indication of how tough they breed the locals down here. Enjoy a stop off at Ocean Beach, where the winds that gust in come courtesy of Antarctica. Tonight you’ll be snuggling down in the quiet seaside town of Strahan

Notes: Total driving time takes around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Play; The Ship that never was - AUD10
Included Activities
  • Hogarth Falls
  • Lake St Clair
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning pass through the Henty Sand Dunes, the historic town of Zeehan and onto Corinna, the southern gateway to the Tarkine. Among the Tasmanian wilderness, the Tarkine is an untouched network of rivers and rainforest. Enjoy this World Heritage site from multiple perspectives, whether it be an optional Pieman River Cruise, exploring from the water on a kayak adventure (both at own expense), or taking a stroll along the rainforest walking tracks. As you continue your journey you pass by Savage River and Philosopher Falls, en route Travel through the gigantic Henty Sand Dunes, past the one-time silver-mining town of Zeehan and into the world of the Tarkine. Scientists have identified this area as containing Australia’s largest tract of Gondwanan rainforest, and its home to a fair bunch of endangered animals too. Companies keep wanting to mine and log it… but we reckon it’s pretty ace as is. While here, you’ll have the option of appreciating this thick tangle of rainforest and river by foot, kayak or river cruise. There’ll also be included stop-offs at Savage River and Philosopher Falls before reaching our night’s destination, Cradle Mountain National Park.

Notes: Total driving time will take around three and a half hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.


Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayak Hire - Pieman River - AUD40
  • Pieman River Cruise - AUD80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Undulating or flat? Long or short? Easy or hard? Whatever the walk you’re after, Cradle Valley (Cradle Mountain) – and your guide – are here to help. This is one of Australia’s greatest hiking grounds after all, so you shouldn’t have to miss out. Opt for a leisurely stroll around Dove Lake, take on Marion’s Lookout or ask about other options. Next up is a short drive to Mole Creek, where you’ll have the chance to delve into its underground caves. Then pay a visit to the furry residents of the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary before arriving in Launceston.

Notes: Total driving time is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Mole Creek and Tassie Tiger Bar
  • Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cheese and beaches in the one day? Yep, never say we don’t treat you good. After stop-ins at Scottsdale and Columbia Falls, we carry on to the Pyengana cheese makers and taste some local goodness. Strangely enough, Bay of Fires wasn’t named after the bright orange rocks that light up the bay, but after the fires of the local Aboriginal people that Captain Tobias Furneaux spied when sailing past on the Adventure. Despite its chilly latitude, the beach here has a tropical Queensland look about it – so don’t be surprised if you end up heading in for a splash. You’ll have plenty of time to warm up on the drive to Bicheno anyway. Come evening, venture out to watch Little Penguins waddling ashore.

Notes: Total driving time is around four hours today. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bicheno Penguin Tour - AUD30
Included Activities
  • Bay of Fires
  • St Columba Falls
  • Pyengana Cheese Makers
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
An early start means you'll be first to the lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo of Wineglass Bay. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mt. Amos or Hazards Beach Circuit for your morning Freycinet experience. This afternoon, make a quick stop at Kate’s Berry Farm before you cross the unique and bizarre Spikey Bridge. Pass through the historic village of Richmond before arriving back into Hobart. Your Taste of Tasmania adventure ends on arrival into Hobart, as there are no more activities planned.

Notes: Total driving time takes around three and a half hours today. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kate's Berry Farm
  • Spikey Bridge
  • Wineglass Bay
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

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Perth’s one of those places that’s practically impossible to dislike. The weather’s great year-round, the vibe’s decidedly easygoing and there’s a good beach never too far away. If you have the time, book in a few days here before the trip starts. You’ll be happy you did. Two-hours north by road, on the edge of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region, is Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles Desert is the highlight attraction here, with giant shards of limestone thrusting up from the earth to create an atmosphere that some find kinda spooky. The local emus don’t though – you’ll probably see them strutting about, wondering what all the fuss is about. From here it’s on to the dunes of Jurien Bay, where you might like to give sandboarding a shot. Then it’s back on the road Kalbarri, our base for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is about four-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we drive to Kalbarri National Park for a hike through its diverse scenery. Following the Loop Walk, we arrive at Nature’s Window, which frames impressive views of the Murchison River Gorge below, before walking down for a dip in Z-Bend Gorge (at extra cost, there’s also the option to abseil down). After lunch we drive on to Shell Beach, supposedly one of only two beaches in the world composed completely of shells. We finish up the day in Shark Bay.

Note: Total driving time today is about four hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Abseiling in Kalbarri National Park - AUD30
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Monkey Mia, on the other side of the Peron Peninsula, is a pretty little headland of white sands and turquoise waters. Better yet, it’s a place where, every day for the last 40 years, a pod of local dolphins has swum into shore for a free feed. This morning we’ll be there to welcome them, and then we’ll continue on to Carnarvon to see the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool. While not as visually impressive as their cousins, stalagmites, these rocky clumps are some of the oldest living things in the world. The day’s final driving will bring us to Coral Bay.

Note: Total driving time today is about five-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
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  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
World Heritage-listed and one of the largest fringing coral reefs in the world, Ningaloo Reef is a right national treasure. More than 500 species of fish and 200 species of coral are said to live here, along with turtles, dugongs, manta rays and whale sharks, so strap on a snorkel, head out, and see what’s swimming about. If you’re the type who prefers keeping dry, there’s also the option of cruising out to sea in a glass-bottom boat or flying over it all in a light plane. Today’s a free day and what you spend it doing is entirely up to you. If you’re sea-shy, snub the beach altogether and head out on a quad bike ride. Tonight we make camp at our exclusive tent site in Yardie Creek.

Note: Total driving time today is about one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Yardi Creek Camp (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with Manta Rays - half day trip - AUD165
  • Whale Watching (seasonal) from - AUD85
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from - AUD37
Included Activities
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s a free day, so do whatever you feel. Head out on a dive trip in search of whale sharks (seasonal dependent and at extra cost) or wander up to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse with your guide and stake out your own little slice of tranquility in Turquoise Bay.

Note: Total driving time today is about one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Yardi Creek Camp (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from - AUD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leaving the coast behind, we head into the Pilbara – a region famous for its wild, rust-coloured terrain and underground riches. Mining is big business here, which you’ll come to see when we pass through the iron-ore outpost of Tom Price on the drive to Karijini. Our campsite tonight overlooks the Hamersley Range. How many 5 Star resorts can boast that?

Today’s travel will take around six-and-a-half hours in total.
Accommodation
  • Karijini National Park Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Were it not slap-bang in the middle of nowhere, Karijini National Park would likely attract visitor numbers that would rival Kakadu and the Daintree. Fortunately though, it is. So it doesn’t. Which means the two days you’ll be spending exploring Karijini should be relatively crowd-free. Today you’ll visit Dales Gorge, Weano Gorge, Circular Pool, Fern Pool and Fortescue Falls – lovely places to swim, each and all.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 40 minutes, but you could be walking up to six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Karijini National Park Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
There’s a whole lot more exploring scheduled in for today, but the highlight attraction is a navigation of Hancock Gorge. This isn’t the easiest walk around – it includes clambering down a ladder – but your reward is a swim in the emerald waters of Kermit’s Pool.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 30 minutes, but you could be walking up to six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Karijini National Park Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Prepare for a bit of driving today; we’ve got a fair distance to cover. On the plus side, the scenery is pretty captivating and you’ll get a good sense of the region’s immense scale. The major stop for the day is lunch in Port Hedland, and we spend the night at a working cattle station.

Today we drive for about five hours
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, the drive to your next destination of Broome will take around five hours. En route, enjoy a leisurely break and stroll on the white shores of 80 Mile Beach, made entirely of tiny seashells. On arrival into Broome enjoy an idyllic sunset, which the town is famous for. Tonight, check into your accommodation ahead of two free days in this beautiful city.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Located at what often feels like the ends of the earth, with the ocean on one side and desert the other, Broome is a great place to chill out in for a few days. And that’s exactly what we do. With no scheduled activities for the next two days, how you spend your time here is completely up to you. Potter down to Chinatown, check out the Staircase Night Market, bask yourself on Roebuck Bay and perhaps sign up for a sunset camel safari along Cable Beach.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Broome may well be beautiful, but it has a pretty dark side too. The pearling industry, which made the town its fortune, was one largely built on the practice of ‘blackbirding’, in which enslaved indigenous people were forced to dive for the shells. When slavery was abolished, the Japanese took up the work, and the town’s Japanese cemetery contains more than 900 headstones commemorating the lives lost. In 2010 a memorial was also established in honour of the Indigenous Female Pearl Divers. Learn more about the town’s history at the Broome Historical Museum, then perhaps catch a flick at the world’s longest-running outdoor cinema.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
PICK UP DAY 13: Kimberley Klub, 06:30am

Today we’re back on the road. First stop is the Willare Bridge at Fitzroy River, then it’s on to Tunnel Creek. Extending 750 metres under the Napier Range, this vast subterranean cave system houses 5 species of bat and contains freshwater pools in which freshwater crocs are sometimes found wallowing. It was also the hide-out for the indigenous freedom-fighter Jandamarra; a character you’ll learn more about during a tour led by a local Bunuba guide.


Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek Walk
  • Bunuba Indigenous Experience
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If you didn’t spy any freshwater crocs in Tunnell Creek, don’t despair – you’re more than a little likely to in Windjana Gorge. More a series of shallow pools than one continuous river, this is widely considered the best place in Australia to spot them. The iconic Gibb River Road then takes us on to our campsite at Manning Gorge. Along the way, and depending on the time of year, we’ll have stop offs at either Galvans or Adcock Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend the morning exploring the bushland of Manning Gorge and splashing about in its cascade-fed swimming hole. Getting back on the Gibb River Road, we cross the Pentecost River and drive into El Questro Station.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
El Questro, which doesn’t actually translate to anything, is a sprawling swathe of wilderness more than a million acres in size. It was originally established as a cattle station by a fella named Thomas McMicking, but in 1991 new owners – evidently thinking the place too pretty to waste on cows – opened it up as a private wilderness park. Good thing they did, too. This place is spectacular. We’ll spend the day exploring the region, cooling off with soaks in Zebedee Springs and a shower in Emma Gorge’s waterfall. A beer or two at the Swinging Arm Bar is the only way to see out the day.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Departing El Questro, we make for the Bungle Bungles of World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. With their alternating horizontal orange and black bands, these massive sandstone domes are quite a sight. How they came to be still isn’t completely understood… but that only adds to their timelessness. You’ll get to know the site – it’s gorges, gullies and indigenous rock art – pretty well on a guided hike. Then it’s time to watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges and settle in for a night camped out under star-cluttered skies.

Note: Total driving time today is approximately three hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s dedicated to exploring Purnululu further. We’ll enter Echidna Chasm, where two ochre-coloured rock walls 200 metres tall have hemmed in a long, narrow walkway, and visit the natural rock amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. If you want to take in the Bungle Bungles from another angle altogether, there’s also the opportunity to fly over the park by helicopter. A bit of an extravagance, yes, but one well worth the dough.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD269
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
It’s a bit of a bumpy drive today out of Purnululu, but that’s what 4WDs are for. Our campsite tonight is by the shores of Lake Argyle, where there’s the option of finishing the day with a sunset cruise.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately three hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
At over 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest man-made lake by quite a stretch. It was created as part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, which was built to develop agriculture in the Kimberley. After taking a tour of the lake we continue on across the state border for a final night camped out in the Katherine region.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Nitmiluk National Park, previously called Katherine Gorge National Park, is a vast expanse of escarpment country carved through with gorges, rivers, gullies and cataracts. Enjoy a swim in Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls, then hop back in the car for the final leg to Darwin. Your adventure ends upon arrival in this, the Northern Territory’s capital city.

Note: Total driving today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

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1. Tour commences in Perth on day 1 at 7:00am and finishes in Darwin day 21 at approx 6pm. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. This trip is for FIT AND ACTIVE people and involves very basic camping and challenging hikes.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
4. Minimum Age on this trip is 18 years old.
5. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PDP21.

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This overland adventure kicks off from the Northern Territory’s tropical capital with a drive down to Nitmiluk National Park or swim in the natural pool at the base of Edith Falls. After lunch it’s on to our private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk, where you’ll have the option of spending the night in a permanent tent or snuggled up in a swag (an Aussie bedroll).

Notes: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spreading right out across the Northern Territory and into Western Australia, the Kimberley’s outback is rarely as flat, dry or barren as many first expect. Today we’ll visit enormous Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely man-made. Native fauna have settled here in huge numbers – try to spy crocs, wallabies and rare birds on a walk along the lake’s shores. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands, then turn into camp under some seriously starry skies.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD30
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range only became known to wide Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in 1982. Travelling by both foot and vehicle, we’ll take you through the craggy gorges, past unique rock formations, and to hidden waterholes. The day closes with a stunning Kimberley sunset witnessed from this evening’s bush camp.

Note: Total driving today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s all about getting to know the Bungle Bungles proper. First stop for the day is the ever-narrowing gap of Echidna Chasm. Formed over millions of years by water flowing through an opening in the sandstone, the path winds through palm-filled gorges up to 200 metres high though in parts only 1-2 metres wide. Next, trade the tight spaces of Echidna Chasm for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. From feeling dwarfed by these giant rock structures, get a very different perspective with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Though an optional activity at extra cost, this is definitely an experience worth shelling out for.

Note: Total driving time today is around one hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD269
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Hit the road again, this time passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro. Not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro. Thankfully for the rest of us, the owners recognised the beauty they had on their hands and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. Arriving at our campsite, there’ll be time for a beer or two at the Swinging Arm Bar before dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore in El Questro. On the drive in you will have got some clue as to the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges, but now you’ll be exploring them on foot. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal springs of Zebedee.

Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. We’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight’s camp is at Mt Barnett.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately eight kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depending on the season, a post-breakfast exploration of Adcock or Galvans gorges could be on the cards this morning. Then it’s on and into Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel Creek, a vast limestone cave system that extends 750 m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamurra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for Cable Beach’s famously beautiful sunset.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek Walk
  • Bunuba Indigenous Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The next two days are completely free for you to enjoy Broome. Relax on famous Cable Beach, named after the undersea telegraph cable that connected Broome to Singapore in the 19th century. Camel safaris operate up and down the beach at sunset. Town Beach in Roebuck Bay is another great place to swim and soak up the sun. From March to October, witness the optical illusion of the Staircase to the Moon, as the moon rises over the mudflats of Roebuck Bay at low tide. The Staircase Night Market takes place during this period in the Town Beach Reserve, and is an ideal opportunity to pick up some local handicrafts and try the cuisine.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
For a town 2,000 clicks from any city capital, there’s plenty here to see and do. Verse up on regional history with a visit to the Broome Historical Society Museum, see 120 million year-old dinosaur tracks at Gantheaume Point, keep watch for Dampier’s ghost at Buccaneer Rock or inspect the pearls on display in Chinatown’s showrooms. Alternatively, play a round on the Kimberley’s only 18-hole golf course, book onto a fishing charter or pop into Broome Brewery for a sampling of the local ales. Broome’s much more than just a pretty sunset.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving Broome in our dust, we kick-start this adventure with a 4X4 drive across Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. At an area of roughly 285,000 sq km, this is Australia’s second largest desert. And while certainly very sandy, the terrain also consists of dune fields, spinifex grasslands and salt lakes. After a bit of driving we’ll make a stop at Eighty Mile Beach. Aside from being a pretty lovely spot for a beach stroll, this coast is a major nesting area for flatback turtles – a species found only in Australia. Tonight we set up camp in the Pilbara.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Welcome to Karijini National Park. This, without any doubt, is one of Australia’s most magnificent national parks (and it’s not like Australia has any shortage of them). Freshwater springs trickle through chasms to form translucent rock pools, walking trails weave between dramatic rock ravines. A visit to the Karijini Cultural Centre will introduce you to the many sights you can expect to see here over the three days. Then it’s on to Fortescue Falls for a swim.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend a full day exploring the gorges, gullies and secluded swimming spots of Karijini. Weano Gorge, Hancock Gorge, Dales Gorge and Oxers Lookout are just some of the better-known sites we’ll get to.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy another day searching out Karijini’s natural treasures or head back for more time spent at your favourite spots.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Jump back in the 4WD for a drive through classic outback terrain to Cape Range National Park. Extending inland from the Indian Ocean across the North West Cape peninsula, this protected landmass feels like a patch of the outback relocated seaside. In a place called Yardi Creek we have our own exclusive campsite, so it’s here that we stay the night.

Today is a long drive, approximately six and a half hours with rest stops.
Accommodation
  • Yardi Creek Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s yours to spend how you wish. Become acquainted with the region’s underwater inhabitants on a snorkelling or diving excursion, set out by boat tour in search of whale sharks or just while a day away on the flawless sands of Turquoise Bay. In the afternoon we travel on to Coral Bay.

Note: Total driving time today is around one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from - AUD37
  • Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from - AUD350
Included Activities
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If you didn’t squeeze a snorkel in yesterday, today you get to. If you did, you get another one. Everyone wins. Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, meaning that it starts practically from the water’s edge. You just swim out from shore and suddenly you’re in a world of coral, fish, turtles and manta rays. Not much of a swimmer? There’s also the option of taking in the scene on a glass bottom boat tour or going quad biking (both at own expense).

Note: Total driving time today is around one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with Manta Rays - half day trip - AUD165
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn. You probably won’t notice it, but what crossing this latitude means is that from here on south the sun will never be directly above you. You should still wear a hat though. Main stop for the day is Shell Beach, which, much as the name would suggest, is a beach made of shells. What’s quite incredible about the place however is the sheer amount of shells there are. Locals have been using them in various industries for years, yet they still cover a stretch 60 km long and up to 7 metres deep.

Moving on, we arrive in Monkey Mia, where bottlenose dolphins have been showing up every day for a free feed going on forty years. These are very probably the tamest wild dolphins you’ll ever meet.

Note: Total driving time today is around one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sunset Sailing cruise - AUD54
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Following another visit to your new dolphin friends this morning, get to work exploring the Shark Bay World Heritage area. See stromatolites, the oldest living organisms in the world, then continue south for Kalbarri. Time permitting, there’ll be a stop-off along the way at Murchison Gorge, where there’s the opportunity to admire the landscape through Nature’s Window.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours.Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Abseiling in Kalbarri National Park - AUD30
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
It’s a driving day today, but a spectacular one. Cruising through the coastal gorges of Kalbarri National Park, we come to the quaint coastal town of Dongara, which sits at the head of the Irwin River. Any keen to give sandboarding a shot will get the chance at Nambung National Park, a vast sand desert peopled by the strange limestone structures of the Pinnacles. After a walk around here it’s on to Perth, where this adventure winds up.

Today’s driving will take approximately 4-5 hours (with about two kilometres of walking). There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to head off to your accommodation for this evening.
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:50am and finishes in Perth on day 21 at approx 6pm. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. This trip is for FIT AND ACTIVE people and involves very basic camping and challenging hikes.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
4. Minimum Age on this trip is 18 years old.
5. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PD21.

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Say a quick G’day to Alice, then board a bus for a journey into the Red Centre. First stop for the day is a working camel farm. Here you’ll have the chance to hop atop one of these iconic Arabian creatures for a glimpse of how Australia would have looked through the eyes of early explorers. Yep, much of Australia’s interior was first chartered with the use of camels. Enjoy lunch, then drive on to the giant red rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Late afternoon we head to Uluru, where dinner, sunset and a glass of bubbles await.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise and shine folks, you won’t want to miss this sunrise. After watching the world’s biggest rock gain its colour, set out for a walk around its base. When you get back there’ll be the opportunity to learn about Uluru’s local legendry on a cultural interpretative walk led by an indigenous guide. You might also want to check out the traditional arts and crafts on display in the on-site Cultural Centre. Tonight we camp out in Watarrka National Park – in an exclusive campsite, no less.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If one were to build a canyon fit for a king, Kings Canyon would be it. As Ernest Giles, the first European to enter the place asserted, if Kings were transported to any civilized land its ‘springs, glens, gorges, ferns, zamias and flowers would charm the eyes and hearts of toil-worn men who are condemned to live and die in crowded towns.’ During your time here we’ll get you to the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the Garden of Eden and the North and South walls. Then it’s on to Erldunda for another night’s camping.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking time is approximately two and half hours hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Southbound we go, over the state border and into South Australia. Lunch today is in the tiny town of Marla – population 72 – and then it’s on to Coober Pedy. While outwardly a little nondescript, this dusty desert outpost is the world’s opal capital. It’s also where Max Max: Beyond Thunderdome was filmed. Cool. Due to the region’s intense heat, most of the town here is underground. You’ll be taken through the main attractions on a guided tour and then meet the world’s cutest orphans at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. In keeping with the local way of doing things, we’ll be spending tonight underground. Also cool. And cooling.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Accommodation
  • Underground Multishare (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Underground Mine & Opal Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The populations just keep getting smaller as we make our way south along the Sturt Highway: Glendambo, the day’s first stop, has 30 residents (and 22,500 sheep). Central Australia’s salt lakes make for another interesting pass-by, as does the military weapons testing site of Woomera. We’re not allowed to visit here – presumably because it harbours top-secret military hardware or something – but this is your best chance of seeing Australia launch a satellite. Following lunch, we arrive in Port Augusta and carry on over the Pichi Richi Pass into Quorn, a sweet little historical railway township at the entrance to Richman Valley.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.
Accommodation
  • Dormitory (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Get the day underway with a morning hike up the Flinders Ranges. Roos, wallabies, emus, goannas, wedge-tailed eagles and more call these Ranges home, so keep your eyes peeled and be vewy, vewy quiet… The final leg of the journey rolls through the lush, rolling hills of Clare Valley. This is wine country. And it’s mighty pretty. The adventure wraps up on arrival in Adelaide.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
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  • Breakfast

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Alice Springs at approximately 06:00am and finishes in Adelaide day 6 at approx 6pm
2. Onward Travel must be booked the following day
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag
4. You can also join this trip in Yulara on Day 1; please see tour code PASAE6Y.

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