Wayoutback Desert Safaris from Alice Springs, 10 Day Red Centre to Top End Crocodile Rock Adv
Day 1 (Lunch*/Dinner)
It’s an early rise if you are joining us in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock and meet our fellow travellers joining us there. This afternoonembark on an interpretive walkat the baseof Uluru. The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
• Uluru • Cultural Centre • Sunset at Uluru • Ayers Rock private campsite•Field of Light (optional extra)
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Your guide will wake you brightand early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness.After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru –Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station where we camp for the night.
• Uluru / Kata Tjuta Sunrise •Kata Tjuta •Kings Creek Station
Day 3 (Breakfast /Lunch)
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park,home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6kmround trip walk. You will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After our final meal together webegin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Two nightsdorm accommodation in Alice Springs is included(For passengers on 2 nights Alice Springs Option only).Dinner at own expense.
• Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park• Alice Springs
Day 4 A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dormaccommodation in Alice Springs is included.Note this package can be taken with 1 night Alice Springs and 2 nights Darwin OR 2 nights Alice Springs and 1 night Darwin in between packages. See pricing for departure days.
Day 5 (Lunch /Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00amand then our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory laysnorth of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
• Tropic of Capricorn • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) •Banka Banka Cattle Station
Day 6 (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and nearby where we camp overnight.
• Daly Waters Pub • Mataranka Thermal Pools
Day 7 (Breakfast/Lunch)
Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise, paddle a canoe (all optional, seasonaland at additional cost) through the peaceful water or enjoy a breathtaking hike. In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight dorm accommodation in Darwin is included.
• Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park • Darwin
Day 8 (Lunch, Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation bright and early where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land.As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite for dinner and our overnight stay.
• Crocodile and Wildlife cruise • Bowali Visitor Centre • Ubirrart site
Day 9 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. After breakfast and departing camp we travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls* for a day of adventure and exploration. Travelling into Twin Falls by 4WD track, a boat shuttle and finally a rocky track and boardwalk we will be rewarded by the beauty of this remote waterfall deep within Kakadu National Park. Afterwards we stay off the beaten track where a walk through monsoon forests and over boulders lead us to Jim Jim Falls. Surrounded by 150 metre cliffs, we spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of this majestic location. This afternoon we depart Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park where we will stop along the way at our private campsite. Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow adventurers.
• Twin and Jim Jim Falls
Day 10 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin.
• Termite mounds • Florence Falls • Wangi Falls • Buley Rockhole
Tour Price Includes:
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned minibus, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment,drinking water (please provide your own bottle)and Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park entry feeWhat you need to bring:Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (or can be hired for $50), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
Camping is a mixture of swags and basic tents with mattresses on this package. Guests can hire a tent on days 1-3 and there is a $60 per person hire fee. Tents can sleep up to two passengers and must be requested prior to departure.
* Twin and Jim Jim Falls may not be accessible between the shoulder periods of May-Jun and October. During this time we will visit Gunlom Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
Waterfalls may be closed by Park Authorities at any time and itineraries may be amended to reflect this
TwinFalls Boat Shuttle Fee ($12.50) is not included and is payable direct on day of cruise.
During the months of November to April inclusive please note on days 8-10 you will be upgraded to our 3 Day Dragonfly Dreaming Wet Season itinerary. There is no charge for this upgrade. Camping will be in permanent tents over these days.
This 10 day package is a combination of three safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.
*Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore is not included. Please ensure you have had lunch prior to your collection as we will be travelling straight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to start the afternoon’s sightseeing.
Field of Light is an optional extra on night 1. We strongly recommend pre-booking prior to arrival as spaces are limitedand sell out quickly. The cost is $42 per adult and $30 per child payable direct to Wayoutback Australian Safaris upon booking.
Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack. Excess luggageshould be stored at your Alice Springs accommodation on days 1-3. If commencing at Ayers Rock please ensure you have your day pack and overnight bag with the items you require for the 3 days packed inside as your large luggage will be stored in the vehicle and not accessible during this time. If spending 1 night in Alice Springs between safaris on days 4-6 you will travel from Alice Springs to Darwin and