Adventure Tours Adelaide to Darwin Overland

Adventure Tours
Adelaide to Darwin Overland

$3,175.00

Travel through Australia’s Flinders Ranges and the famous Oodnadatta Track to the dusty Red Centre and tropical Top End



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Starts: Adelaide SA, Australia
Ends: Darwin NT, Australia

Embark on a South Australia to Northern Territory adventure, from Adelaide to Darwin, taking in the region’s biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Drive the famous Oodnadatta Track, stroll around Wilpena Pound, witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon. Get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu National Park. A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this tail-to-top adventure of the Territory is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia’s raw and rugged natural beauty.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges
Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you’ll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state’s biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there’ll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag.

Total driving time takes around five hours.

Accommodation – Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Wilpena Pound

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 2: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek
Leaving the flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims ‘Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)’. Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, we’ll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek – base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours

Accommodation – Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3: Coober Pedy
Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid afternoon we’ll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life’s better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals, or finish the day at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage to see what’s hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours

Accommodation – Underground Multishare (1 Night)

Included Activities – Anna Creek Station – Coober Pedy Mine tour – Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4: Coober Pedy / Yulara
We’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Dingo Fence

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5: Yulara – Uluru
Rise early this morning and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the day is still fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru, which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. We walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru where you wiill be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of art and craft of the First Peoples of Australia for you to browse. Head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, see the landscape from a different angle, perhaps from a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is optional and come at an additional cost.

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)

Included Activities – Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance – Uluru Base Walk – Uluru Cultural Centre – Kata Tjuta – Maruku Arts cultural experience

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6: Uluru/Kings Canyon
Today, explore one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. The Olgas, as they’re also known, are a group of domed red rocks rising spectacularly out of the desert. Like Uluru, they’re sacred to the Anangu people and are believed to be 500 million years old. Return to camp for lunch before travelling to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Spend the night in an exclusive campsite inside the park.

Driving time is about six hours today, and you will walk approximately 2km.

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Put your hiking shoes on this morning and head out to explore the impressive formations and rock faces of Kings Canyon. Trek for 6 km along the Rim Walk, which takes you through a natural amphitheatre, past the striped sandstone domes of the ‘lost city’ and into the green oasis of the Garden of Eden. Enjoy a last lunch before making your way to the outback hub of Alice Springs (approximately five hours), where we spend the night.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

Accommodation – Hostel (1 Night)

Included Activities – Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch

Day 8: Alice Springs – Darwin flight
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas (QF). Qantas is Australia’s first commercial airline and is now recognised as one of the world’s best International airlines.

We’ll arrange your e-tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure.

The rest of the day is free to explore Darwin.

Accommodation – Hostel (1 Night)

Included Activities

Optional Activities

Day 9: Darwin
Enjoy a free day in Darwin today. Maybe start with a stroll through the lovely Botanical Gardens before heading to the MAGNT for excellent collections of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art.

Head for some great local food, watch the sunset into the sea at Mindil Beach before heading out for a tropical evening’s adventure.

Accommodation – Hostel (1 Night)

Included Activities

Optional Activities

Day 10: Darwin – Arnhem Land
We leave Darwin with a bright and early start, and head to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Firstly, we make our way to see the stunning rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a lookout to see the sprawling Nardab Floodplain. Next stop, head to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience a Guluyumbi cruise along the East Alligator River. Travelling with a Bininj guide, understand more about the cultural importance of the East Alligator River to the region’s traditional custodians. Once the cruise wraps up, jump in a vehicle and cross straight into Arnhem Land for an unforgettable afternoon of exploration at an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art complex known as Mawurndaddja. This complex has a spectacular series of galleries with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age. Your guide will explain the importance of this art, the methods used to perform this expressionism and the anthropological system used to date the art as you are guided through the site. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic ancient site before heading back to Kakadu and settling into this evening’s campsite.

Note: Total driving time is about six hours (approximately 350kms) Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours (including stops for informative talks)

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 11: Kakadu National Park
Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that’s operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time is about four hours (approximately 120kms)
Total walking time is approximately two and a half hours

Accommodation – Camping (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Jim Jim Falls Walk

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 12: Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Stop off at the Lazy Lizard Hotel and shop at Pine Creek before heading further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

Note: Total driving time is about five and a half hours (approximately 340kms)
Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours
Note: Total driving time is about five and a half hours (approximately 340kms)
Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 13: Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Continue on to the edge of Litchfield National Park. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

Note: Total driving time is about four and a half hours (approximately 350kms)
Total walking time is approximately three and a half hours

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Edith Falls

Optional Activities – Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise – AUD94 – Katherine Gorge Canoe from – AUD45

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 14: Litchfield National Park / Darwin
Once you’ve had breakfast, head into Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield’s swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night.

Note: Total driving time is about three and a half hours (approximately 250kms)
Total walking time is approximately one hour

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’.

  • Florence Falls
  • Wangi Falls
  • Bluey Rockholes

Included Activities – Buley Rockholes – Florence Falls – Litchfield National Park – Wangi Falls

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch

 

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