14 Day Adelaide to Darwin

 


Day One
We depart Adelaide at 7:00 am for Wilpena Pound Resort, travelling via Port Augusta where we visit Wadlata Outback Centre. Discover the vast Outback of South Australia, learn about Aboriginal culture, travel  through unique and breathtaking scenery and experience life on an Outback Station.

After lunch we travel via Quorn and Hawker, and visit Kanyaka Ruins

We stay at Wilpena Pound Resort overnight.


Day Two

After breakfast we have a peaceful bushwalk to Wangarra Lookout. We also visit Sacred Canyon and Brachina Gorge. We have lunch at Prairie Hotel, Parachilna. We then travel to Blinman via Parachilna Gorge.

We stay at Wilpena Pound Resort overnight.


Day Three and Four

Depart Wilpena Resort for Arkaroola  via Wirrealpa, Wearing Gorge, and Balcanoona arriving at Arkaroola Wilderness Resort for lunch. You now join the heart pumping world famous Ridge Top tour, the ultimate 4wd experience across the steep ridges of the ancient Flinders Ranges. Overnight Arkaroola Wilderness Resort.

Day Five

After breakfast we head to William Creek via Marree and the Oodnadatta Track. At William Creek: the worlds most isolated pub, you can indulge in a well-deserved Australian beer. The most important claim to fame for William Creek is that it is the smallest town in Australia and that it is located on the world’s largest cattle station (Anna Creek Station) which is 32,500 square kilometres. We can walk along the old Ghan Railway Line to the bridge at Breakfast Time Creek This is a land of contrasts. There’s red gibber plains stretching to the horizon, mound springs (we visit Bubbler Springs and Blanche Cup Springs) which create bush oases and wetlands, red gum lined creeks and vast areas of grey salt bush and spiky spinifex. Remnants of the old Ghan Railway are abundant along the Oodnadatta Track. Overnight William Creek Hotel.


Day Six

On this day we head to Coober Pedy, an opal wonderland in the heart of South Australia's vast outback. We spend some time visiting mines and interpretive centres, which offer great insight into the town and it's mining operations. If you would like to purchase some opal, there are more than 30 opal shops to choose from in the town. Coober Pedy takes it's name from the Aboriginal word Kupa (meaning 'uninitiated man' or white man), and Piti (hole). We also visit the Breakaway's Reserve and Moon Plain.

We spend the night in an underground motel.




Day Seven

We travel to Uluru/Ayers Rock along the Explorer Highway, passing through Kulgera and Erldunda. From Erldunda we follow the Lassetter Highway to Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park arriving just in time to see the magical sunset.

We camp in Yulara overnight.


Day Seven and Day Eight

We stay at Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. You have the opportunity to appreciate the Aboriginal culture and environment on a 2 hour tour with an Aboriginal Guide.
Optional tours include a Harley Davidson Motorcycle tour of Uluru/Ayers Rock or a helicopter flight over Uluru/Ayers Rock. These are at your own expense.

We camp at Yulara both nights.

 A number of optional tours are available from Yulara, including:

  • Harley Davidson Tour of Uluru,
  • Camel rides to Uluru,
  • Helicopter flights over the Rock and Olgas,
  • And many more!

N.B. These optional tours are at your own expense.



Day Nine

After breakfast we head to Kings Canyon. A breath-taking walk around the rim of the canyon allows you to gaze down in awe at the sandstone chasm, which plunges 270 metres to the canyon floor. Otherwise, you can venture down into the chasm and discover luxuriant cycads around the permanent waterhole in the exotic Garden of Eden.

You can also discover traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Culture on a journey through an area of sacred caves and paintings, with Lilla Aboriginal Tours. Learn about traditional medicine and bush tucker and try your hand at spear, and boomerang throwing.

We stay at Kings Creek Station overnight.


Day Ten


We travel to Alice Springs via the Explorer Highway and arrive at your accommodation at approximately 6.00 pm.

Day Eleven

On this day we travel to Tennant Creek via the Stuart Highway. On the way, we visit the historic town of Mataranka (Land of the Never Never). The town is in the heart of Never Never country, so called as it is said that those who live in the area can never never leave. We visit Mataranka thermal pool, which is a constant 34 degrees Celcius, and flows from Rainbow Springs at an amazing 30.5 million litres per day! We then take the Stuart Highway to Daly Waters for lunch.

We stay in Tennant Creek overnight.

Day Twelve

After breakfast we take Stuart Highway (named after explorer John McDouall Stuart, on our way to Katherine. We then visit Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and the hot springs on the banks of the Katherine River. The shady, spring-fed thermal creek is an ideal swimming area.

On arrival in Katherine we visit the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, which is a great opportunity to experience aboriginal culture and discover more about Katherine's unique environment. You then have the choice of either a 2 hour relaxing cruise or a canoeing adventure in Katherine Gorge.
We spend the night in Nitmiluk.

Day Thirteen

After breakfast we head to Kakadu National Park. We then take the Arnhem Highway to Ubirr, passing some enormous termite mounds along the way. At Ubirr we look at aboriginal paintings and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding Kakadu wetlands.

Bowali Visitor Centre is our next stop before heading to Nourlangie Rock art sites. A 1.5 kilometre walk takes you past an ancient aboriginal shelter and several art sites. Cooinda Lodge and Yellow Waters are our last stop for the day. Yellow Waters is a pristine environment that supports a truly wonderful variety of wildlife, including crocodiles.

We stay at Cooinda Lodge overnight.

Day Fourteen

On the way to Darwin we join the Adelaide River Queen for a jumping crocodile cruise. Arriving in Darwin  mid-afternoon.

 COST PER PERSON; AU$7290:00 INCLUDING GST

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Operates: On demand approximately 7:00 am day one to 6:00 pm day ten.

Includes:

  • 13 nights twin share accommodation camping,
  • All breakfasts,
  • All dinners,
  • Lunch on day three,
  • Morning and afternoon teas,
  • Entry to Wadlata Outback Centre,
  • Park entry fees,
  • Pick up / drop off at your accommodation by arrangement.

Excludes:

  • All other meals, unless specified in itinerary,
  • Mobile phone calls, souvenirs, optional tours and personal items,
  • Admission to attractions, unless specified in itinerary.


* It is suggested that appropriate sickness, accident & personal liability insurance be taken out. *


TOUR CONDITIONS: “JUST CRUISIN” reserve the right to alter or modify itinerary if prevailing weather, road conditions or adverse conditions require such change. Tour costs do not include additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses incurred from flooding, natural delays, unavailable connections or other unforseen circumstances. It is suggested travel insurance is purchased to cover additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses resulting from flooding, natural delays unavailable connections or other unforeseen expenses prior to departure. Due to the nature and remoteness of outback travel it is suggested anyone with health problems should seek advice from their doctor if necessary.


BOOKING CONDITIONS: A deposit of 20% is required to confirm your reservation. Balance is payable 21 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be made 14 days prior to departure or full deposit is forfeited.

DON'T FORGET: Your camera, good walking shoes and hats. Please limit luggage to a small bag.

MOST OF ALL: Don't forget your sense of adventure!!!

 

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