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Up Top Down Under—Alice Springs to Darwin


Route map for Up Top Down Under - Alice Springs to Darwin (OARD)

Day 1 Alice Springs

Arrive in Alice Springs at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the town. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to relax and wonder around the central base for the Red Centre.

Day 2 The Ghan Train (1B)

Free day to explore Alice Springs. Embark on The Ghan Train at approximately 6pm. 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. Sit back and enjoy the scenery pass by as the train travels from the Red Centre to the Top End of Australia.

There are no power outlets on the train, so make sure all your gadgets are fully charged and ready to go!

Estimated travel time: 15 hours
Travel distance: 1,489 km

Day 3 Darwin

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's Gorge is included and from there feel free to choose the activity that suits you. Opt to simply walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. We arrive into Darwin at approximately 5:30pm.

Day 4 Darwin National Park/Kakadu National Park (1L,1D)

Early departure to Corroboree Billabong for an included wildlife and crocodile-spotting cruise. Visit Ubirr to look at the indigenous rock art. Stop at an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the ideas behind the creations. Overnight at our campsite near Jim Jim Falls (seasonal from May-October). At Jim Jim Falls there are options to sleep in a tent or outside under the night sky in a swag (canvas bedroll). During the wet season (usually November - April) groups will stay in dorm accommodation (located outside the park) to avoid the rain.

NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions.

Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Travel distance: 250 km

Day 5 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Embark early on a full day of exploring. Hike to the top of Twin Falls for great views and an outstanding swimming spot. Walk to Jim Jim Falls and take in the sandstone cliffs while taking time to cool off in the refreshing plunge pools. Travel to our overnight camp near Litchfield, swags (canvas bedrolls) or tents await. End the night with a group BBQ.

NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. During the rainy season the accommodations will be dorm-style and we will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions.

Estimated travel time: 3 hours
Travel distance: 200 km

Day 6 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B,1L)

An early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls with opportunities to go for a swim. Visit the Buley Rockholes and see the amazing giant termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening at 6pm. Please book departure flights after 8pm.

Estimated travel time: 2 hours
Travel distance: 170 km