The Rock, Rail and Kakadu

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Alice Springs to Darwin

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

For rugged natural splendour, the Australian Outback is where it’s at. This journey into the remote regions of northern and central Australia brings you face-to-face with the land and the intriguing characters and wildlife that call it home. Majestic Uluru, sprawling Kings Canyon and the out-there landscapes of Kakadu National Park await your hiking boots, while the crocodiles and the mysteries of Indigenous Australian culture—as told by the locals themselves—are primed to fascinate. Adventure doesn’t get much more adventurous than this.

What’s included

  • Recharge: Ikoymarrwa Swim, Kakadu National Park
  • Pick up on Day 1
  • Sunrise and sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and visit to the cultural centre
  • Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
  • Crocodile-spotting boat cruise
  • Visit to an Aboriginal art and craft centre
  • Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Witness the majesty of uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Hike the red centre
  • Stargaze at the impressive southern sky
  • Ride the route of afghan cameleers on the ghan train
  • Learn about aboriginal creation time stories
  • Explore the unesco world heritage site of kakadu national park.

Itinerary

Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (1L, 1D) Pass by Erldunda, Lake Amadeus and Mt Connor en route, then stop at Curtin Springs cattle station for a quick break. Stop in the small town of Yulara for a homemade lunch, then stop off at the Uluru cultural centre to gain some more knowledge of the flora, fauna and Aboriginal people of the area. Head to the base of Uluru for a guided Mala Walk, which includes a more in depth explanation of the area and Uluru. From there, continue onto the sunset viewing point to watch the sun dip behind the impressive sandstone rock and enjoy a glass of bubbly and snacks. At night, experience the Red Centre the most unique way possible by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. Enjoy a dinner cooked on the barbecue then enjoy the stars in the Outback sky. Additional Notes: *NOTE: This tour begins very early on Day 1. We recommend booking a pre-departure night in Alice Springs. Pick up provided from one of our approved pick-up points from 5:25am and travel to the Red Centre. See Joining Hotel in the trip details or your voucher for the approved pick-up points. Pre-accommodation is available at the meeting location; please speak to your sales agent to book. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C (109-115 ºF) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.  Included Activities: Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru Mala Walk Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Uluru/Kings Creek (1B, 1L, 1D) Awake before dawn to view the invariably stunning sunrise over Uluru before digging into breakfast. Travel to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the beautiful red rock formations of the Valley of the Winds. Return to Yulara for lunch, then continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the area or get off road on a quad bike. Included Activities: Uluru at Sunrise Valley of the Winds Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle
Day 3 Kings Creek/Alice Springs (1B) Take in the scenery or go on a 4km (2.5 mi) walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. Spend the night in a centrally-located hostel in Alice Springs. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)
Day 4 Alice Springs/Katherine Free day to explore Alice Springs. Embark on the Ghan Train at approximately 6pm. Sit back and enjoy the scenery pass by as the train travels from the Red Centre to the Top End of Australia. Additional Notes: Our seats are two-abreast; reclining chairs that can swivel to face each other if you'd like to socialize. The overnight train is comfortable and there is a café on board where you can buy meals. There are no power outlets on the train, so make sure all your gadgets are fully charged and ready to go! Transport: Overnight train (airplane seats) (15.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Katherine/Darwin Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. Additional Notes: The Ghan Train makes a stop at Katherine for a 4-hour break. There are a number of activity options to choose from. A transfer to Katherine Gorge is included and from there, feel free to choose the activity that suits you. We arrive into Darwin at approximately 5:30pm. Transport: Train (4.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Darwin/Litchfield National Park (1L, 1D) Set off on an early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds before heading off on a wetland nature cruise in search of crocs. Additional Notes: Pick-up provided from one of our approved pickup points from 7:00am. If you've travelled up with us from the Red Centre, you will be picked up at your accommodation between 7:00am and 7:15am, so be ready! NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. During the wet season, groups will stay in dorm accommodation (located outside the park) to avoid the rain. Included Activities: Litchfield National Park Visit Crocodile Spotting Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 7 Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Cross into Kakadu National Park. Learn about rock art, and hike down to a breathtaking gorge with various pools. Included Activities: Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 8 Kakadu National Park/Darwin (1B, 1L) Get an early start to visit Gunlom Falls en route to Katherine, then split with the group and catch a bus back to Darwin. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening. Additional Notes: Some members of the group may be continuing south as part of a longer trip. Your CEO will accompany you to the bus station in Katherine, but won't be joining you back to Darwin. Ask your GCO about post accommodation in Darwin, located across the street from the bus terminal. Included Activities: Gunlom Falls Visit Ikoymarrwa Swim Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
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