Australia North to South – Darwin to Adelaide

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Darwin to Adelaide

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Between Darwin and Adelaide there’s a lot to see, so be prepared to pack a whole lot into this 13-day 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

  • Recharge: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit Hands-on: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley
  • 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Darwin/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Additional Notes: The itinerary for this day varies depending on seasonal/weekly weather. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Included Activities: Litchfield National Park Visit Crocodile-Spotting Boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 3 Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Embark early on a full day of exploring. Travel to our overnight camp near Kakadu NP, where swags or tents await. End the day with a group barbecue. Included Activities: Ubirr Rock Art Gunlom Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 4 Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge (1B, 1D) Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 5 Katherine/Daly Waters (1B, 1L) 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. Additional Notes: We end the day in Daly Waters, a small Outback town. It may seem quiet at first glance, but end the day at the famous local pub for a true Outback experience. Included Activities: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 6 Daly Waters/Alice Springs (1B, 1L) 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 Aboriginals. Transport: Private Vehicle (12.00 hour(s), 920km)
Day 7 Alice Springs Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.
Day 8 Alice Springs/Uluru Depart early for the Red Centre. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park. Continue on to the Yulara campground for the night. Additional Notes: From late October - early March, if the temperature is forecasted to be 35°C or above we will be following the summer itinerary and visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges instead of Kings Canyon. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Uluru (1B, 1D) Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru at Sunset
Day 10 Uluru/Coober Pedy (1B) Travel across the Outback to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area. Additional Notes: This is one of a few long travel days on this itinerary. The vast expanses of the Outback make long drives necessary to travel between towns – so strap in and enjoy the desert scenery, get to know a fellow traveller, and chill out on this epic Outback roadtrip! Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-9.50 hours, 780km)
Day 11 Coober Pedy/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D) Prepare for an early morning start for the travel day to Flinders Ranges. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 590km)
Day 12 Flinders Ranges/Adelaide (1B) Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (7.50-9.00 hours, 380km)
Day 13 Adelaide Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Want one final adventure before heading home? Spend an extra day in Adelaide and add the 'Dolphin Swim and Cruise' extra to your tour. Head out in search of wild dolphins, before hopping into the water and going for a swim as they play around you. Available mid-Sept to June. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a post-night in Adelaide is highly recommended as this activity will be on the final day of your tour. Included Activities: Departure Day
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