Wayoutback Safaris from Darwin, 10 Day Top End to Red Centre Crocodile Rock Adv, Dormitory Bed/Camping
This Wayoutback 10 day adventure offers a value for money Northern Territory experience with loads and loads of inclusions... 9 days of guided touring, 21 meals, park entry fees, 6 nights camping, 3 nights budget accommodation and all of this while travelling with other fun loving and active travellers from all over the world... and of course there is also plenty of hiking, swimming and exploring from the Red Centre to the Top End!
Highlights: Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
Inclusions: Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for 6 days & minibus for 3 days, all meals (as listed on itineraries), two-hour private crocodile and wildlife cruise, camping equipment and fees, all bedding, reference books, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
Day 1 (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 where the local wallaby population greets you 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 away from the masses, just you and your group. 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 head to your private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Your journey is 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. So many choices. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool you exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to your overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park.
Day 3 - (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 your early evening arrival back in Darwin. Overnight dorm or Budget Ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation is included.
Day 4 (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00 am when our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at 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). It’s a little further on to your overnight camp near Mataranka.
Day 5 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
A great start to the day, is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. 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’! Your day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where you camp for the night.
Day 6 (Breakfast / Lunch)
You pass through Tennant Creek and then 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. Later in the day you cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lies south of this point) then a short time later you arrive into Alice Springs. Two nights dorm or Budget ensuite Twin/Single accommodation in Alice Springs is included.
A day at 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.
Day 8 (Lunch / Dinner)
You’re on your way to 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 at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well (own expense). Shortly after you turn off the Stuart Highway you 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.
After you arrive at the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park your 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 watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories and star gazing at your private campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest for another active day tomorrow.
Day 9 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Your guide will wake you bright and 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 you travel to Kings Creek Station where you camp for the night. The campsite really is ‘wayoutback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station.
Day 10 (Breakfast / Lunch)
This morning you 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 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After a final meal together you begin your journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon.