The Rock, Rail and Kakadu

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8 days,Alice Springs to Darwin
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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.

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

  • 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.
  • 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners (Allow AUD100-150 for meals that are not included.)
  • Hostels (2 nts, multi-share), camping (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt, airline-style seating)
  • Private bus, train, 4x4, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
Itinerary Notes

Please note that this tour begins very early on Day 1.

Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (1L,1D)

Pick up provided from one of our approved pick-up points from 5:25am and travel to the Red Centre. Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and do the informative Mala Walk around part of Uluru's base, then catch the sunset over Uluru. Camp under the stars—the only way to really experience the Outback.

Day 2 Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station (1B,1L,1D)

Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue on to Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire.

Day 3 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs (1B,1L)

Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, then stop by a camel farm for an optional camel ride en route back to Alice Springs.

Day 4 The Ghan Train

Ride the rails on the famous Ghan Train—named for Afghan cameleers. Glide through the remote Outback en route to the top end of Australia.

Day 5 Darwin

Stop at Katherine Gorge, and opt for a flat-bottomed boat trip or a walk before reaching Darwin.

FOR TRIPS DEPARTING MAY THROUGH OCTOBER
Day 6 Darwin/Kakadu National Park (1L,1D)

Spot crocs on a boat cruise, then visit an Aboriginal crafts centre, and continue to Kakadu NP.

Day 7 Kakadu/Litchfield National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu NP—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8 Litchfield/Darwin (1B,1L)

Tour the streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds of Litchfield NP. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening; book onward travel for 9pm or later.

FOR TRIPS DEPARTING NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL
Day 6 Darwin/Litchfield National Park (1L,1D)

Set off for Litchfield NP, visit some waterfalls and cool off with a swim. Visit the Buley Rockhole, and see the spectacular giant termite mounds before boarding a croc-spotting cruise.

Day 7 Kakadu National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Cross into Kakadu NP and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre, learn about rock art and hike down to a breath-taking gorge with various pools.

Day 8 Kakadu/Darwin (1B,1L,1D)

Stop by Gunlom Falls for a walk and a swim before visiting the beautiful Ikoymarrwa, a site accessible only with a special permit. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening; please book departure flights after 9pm.

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