Wayoutback Desert Safaris from Alice Springs, 10 Day Red Centre to Top End Crocodile Rock Adv
Day 1 - (Lunch / Dinner)
Start your Red Centre tour in the remote outback of Central Australia with its red soil, ancient geology and ghost gums. Australian pioneers originally used camels for transport and cartage and you now have the opportunity to check out the view from atop a camel at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well (own expense). Shortly after you turn off the Stuart Highway and stop at Mount Ebenezer to check out the Aboriginal art and craft on display. The first monolith you will see is Mount Connor (Atila), an imposing mesa located on a flat salt pan – not to be confused with Uluru which is some 100km further along the track.
Travel to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park where your tour guide will take you on an interpretive base walk of Uluru and those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before we watch the ever changing colours of a spectacular Uluru sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories and star gazing at their private campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest for another active Outback tour day tomorrow.
Day 2 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Wake early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite - early mornings are such a magical time in the Australian desert. Then, travel 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 you travel to Kings Creek Station where you camp for the night. Their campsite really is ‘wayoutback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station. Spending a night on a working cattle station is a true Outback travel experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Day 3 - (Breakfast / Lunch)
Travel to 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 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After a meal together, we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving in the late afternoon. Two nights dorm or budget ensuite (twin/single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included, although dinner is at your own expense.
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. Dorm or budget ensuite (twin/single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included. With some adventurous Top End travel experiences on the horizon, why not use this rest day to relax and regroup before the rest of this Outback tour begins?
Day 5 - (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00 am, then our adventure tour through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north 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. Your day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where you camp for the night.
Day 6 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
No tour of the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers, travellers 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, soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees located near where you camp overnight.
Day 7 - (Breakfast / Lunch)
Wake early and travel 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 or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as you travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Darwin is included.
Day 8 - (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where your Top End adventure begins as you travel to the Mary River Wetlands for your exclusive two hour cruise. Expect the local wallaby population to greet the tour group on arrival! 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. Your 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 your 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 you travel to their private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 9 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Travel towards the southern end of Kakadu where you spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls. There’s a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! Relax in a natural infinity pool with a postcard backdrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool we exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to your overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park.
Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park and see why Litchfield is one of the ultimate Top End travel experiences. 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 where this incredible Central Australia and Top End tour concludes.