Australia North to South – Darwin to Adelaide

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Darwin to Adelaide
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Tour description

Between Darwin and Adelaide there’s a lot to see, so be prepared to pack a whole lot into this two-week itinerary. Heading south from the Northern Territory, you’ll be making stops at two of Australia’s great National Parks – Kakadu and Litchfield – checking out wildlife, waterfalls, and more. Experience just how vast the Outback is while driving towards Alice Springs, then make your way to the Red Centre and witness the magic of Uluru. From there head over to Coober Pedy, where you’ll see what a small town does to beat the extreme heat (hint: look down), as well as a few historical sites before you reach Adelaide.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Your Discover Moment: Adelaide
  • Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory
  • Aboriginal art and craft centre visit
  • Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs
  • Underground mine tour
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and visit to the cultural centre
  • Hike at Kings Canyon (seasonal)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore kakadu national park
  • Spot crocs on a river cruise
  • Clink glasses at an outback pub
  • Awe at majestic uluru
  • Sleep underground in coober pedy.

Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin Arrive at any time. It’s time to experience Darwin nightlife! Get ready to hang out, have fun, meet some cool locals, and get to know who you’ll be travelling with. Hangout and mingle at the rooftop hostel bar where you’ll be staying before making your way to a backpackers nightclub/bar with a lively atmosphere to enjoy as the night gets into full swing.

Day 2: Darwin/Litchfield National Park Set off early from Darwin and head to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds. Later, go on a wetland nature cruise to try and spot crocs. Stretch out in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) and sleep under the stars.

Day 3: Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 4: Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way.

Day 5: Katherine/Daly Waters Enjoy a free morning. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. Stop off at nearby hot springs, then travel to the small town of Daly Waters. Hit up the local watering hole for a true Outback experience.

Day 6: Daly Waters/Alice Springs Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel south to Alice Springs via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to the Indigenous people in the area.

Day 7: Alice Springs Spend your free day journeying through the heart of Australia. Simply enjoy the delights of this Outback town from quirky bars to lively cafes, and restaurants with stunning views; there’s plenty to choose from.

Day 8: Alice Springs/Uluru Depart early and travel to the Red Centre. Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon (seasonal) before continuing on to Uluru.

Day 9: Uluru Visit an Aboriginal culture centre and enjoy the informative Mala Walk at Uluru. Catch the sunset over Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.

Day 10: Uluru/Coober Pedy Travel to the town of Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.

Day 11: Coober Pedy/Ikara-Flinders Ranges Admire the Outback while travelling to the Flinders Ranges for the night.

Day 12: Ikara-Flinders Ranges/Adelaide Explore the Flinders Ranges before travelling to Adelaide. Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley along the way.

Day 13: Adelaide Enjoy a free day to discover Adelaide. Opt to check out more wineries.

Day 14: Adelaide Depart at any time.