Adventure Tours Northern Territory Encompassed Northbound

Adventure Tours
Northern Territory Encompassed Northbound

$3,185.00

From the Red Centre to the tropical Top End, this is a classic Aussie adventure.



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Starts: Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia
Ends: Darwin NT, Australia

Meet two very different faces of Australia – the vast, dust-cloaked expanses of the Red Centre and lush wetlands of the Top End – on a one-week journey up through the guts of the Northern Territory. Kicking off the journey in Alice Springs, tread a trail between the striped rock domes of Kata Tjuta, catch an Uluru sunrise and enter a Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park). Then fly north to Darwin and enjoy three days exploring the waterfalls of Kakadu, monsoon rainforests of Litchfield and wildlife-rich Mary River Wetlands.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Starting in Alice Springs, we make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes. We then head to Australia’s most iconic landmark – Uluru. As the sun begins to set below the horizon, enjoy some tasty snacks and watch the rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.

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 Entrance

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will 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 the art and craft of the First Peoples of Australia for you to browse.

This afternoon travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

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 – Uluru Cultural Centre – Uluru Base Walk – Maruku Arts cultural experience

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3: Kings Canyon rim walk
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, Then it’s lunch, rest, and off we head toward Glen Helen where we camp this evening.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Accommodation – Hotel (1 Night)

Included Activities – Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4: The Western MacDonnell Ranges
This morning, 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. See the colours of the ranges change as the sun starts its descent, perhaps from atop a camel during an optional sunset ride. This evening check into your Alice Springs Motel.

The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km.

Accommodation – Hotel (1 Night)

Included Activities – Western MacDonnell Ranges

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch

Day 5: Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin
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 air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Darwin, please look for the Darwin City airport shuttle (green bus) to transfer you to The Cavenagh Hotel 12 Cavenagh St, Darwin.

Accommodation – Hotel (1 Night)

Included Activities

Optional Activities

Day 6: Darwin – Mary River, via Litchfield National Park
Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.

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

Included Activities – Litchfield National Park – Mary River cruise

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7: Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three and- a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.

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

Included Activities – Ubirr Rock – Kakadu National Park Fee

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 8: Kakadu – Katherine
Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in either Gunlom or Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour-and-a-half.

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

Included Activities – Bowali Visitor Centre – Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre – Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Optional Activities – Flight (Fixed Wing Aircraft) over – Kakadu – from – AUD150

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9: Katherine Gorge – Darwin
Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 metres high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch experience an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interpretive display to learn about the local culture of the First Peoples of Australia. You’ll have the chance to get involved in some great hands-on activities, such as fire-making, boomerang and spear throwing and painting your own artwork to take home as a souvenir. Afterwards hit the road back to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end on arrival. Perhaps enjoy one final group dinner in town and toast to your adventure with your new friends.

Note: Total driving time is about five hours (approximately 400kms)
Total walking time is approximately one hour

Included Activities – Edith Falls

Optional Activities – Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise – AUD94

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch

 

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