Wayoutback: 10 Day Red Centre to Top End Safari (Alice Springs to Darwin)
This Wayoutback 10 day adventure offers a value for money Northern Territory experience with loads and loads of inclusions ....
9 days of guided touring, 21 meals, park entry fees, 6 nights camping, 3 nights backpacker accommodation and all of this while travelling with other fun loving and active travellers from all over the world .... and of course there is also plenty of hiking, swimming and exploring from the Red Centre to the Top End!
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned minibus, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, reference books, pillow, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Kings Canyon (Watarrka)
Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
Mataranka Thermal Pools
Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Kakadu National Park
Mary River Wetlands
Litchfield National Park
What you need to bring:
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (or can be hired for $20), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing. Note: Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 15kg).
-Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Darwin and Alice Springs however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari.
-*During the wet season Gunlom Falls may not be accessible and during this time we will visit the Yurmikmik region (either Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek).
-This 10 day package is a combination of three safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.
-For Ayers Rock Pick ups flight details must be provided at time of booking please. Clients joining at Ayers Rock Resort or Airport will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense. Please be dressed in comfortable walking clothing and footwear, have a water bottle and hat with sunscreen when boarding tour at Ayers Rock Airport.
10 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 - (Lunch / Dinner)
You’re on your way to the remote outback of Central Australia with its red soil, ancient geology and ghost gums. Australian pioneers originally used camels for transport and cartage and you now have the opportunity to check out the view from atop at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well (own expense). We turn off the Stuart Highway at Erldunda for a comfort stop where you can check out the Aboriginal art and craft on display. The first monolith you will see is Mount Connor (Atila), an imposing mesa located on a flat salt pan – not to be confused with Uluru which is some 100km further along the track.
After we arrive at the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park your guide enjoy a picnic lunch before an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb it). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit. Late afternoon join your guide on the culturally significant Mala or Kuniya walks before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories and star gazing at our private campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest for another active day tomorrow.
• Stuarts Well • View Mt. Connor (Atila) • Uluru • Base Walk / Climb at Uluru • Cultural Centre • Mala or Kuniya walk at Uluru • Sunset at Uluru
Day 2 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National
Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station where we camp for the night. Our campsite really is ‘wayoutback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station.
• Uluru / Kata Tjuta Sunrise • Kata Tjuta • Kings Creek Station
Day 3 - (Breakfast / Lunch)
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Two nights dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included (dinner is at own expense).
• Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park • Alice Springs
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included.
Day 5 - (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00 am and then our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
• Tropic of Capricorn • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) •Banka Banka Cattle Station
Day 6 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and nearby where we camp overnight.
• Daly Waters Pub • Mataranka Thermal Pools
Day 7 - (Breakfast / Lunch)
Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Darwin is included.
• Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park • Darwin
Day 8 - (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our exclusive two hour cruise where the local wallaby population greets us on arrival. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife away from the masses, just you and your group. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and our overnight stay.
• Mary River Wetlands • Private Crocodile and Wildlife cruise • Bowali Visitor Centre • Ubirr
Day 9 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Our journey is towards the southern end of Kakadu where we spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls*. There’s a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! Relax in a natural infinity pool with a postcard backdrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. So many choices. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool we exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to our overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park.
• Gunlom Falls • Plunge pools and waterfalls
Day 10 - (Breakfast / Lunch)
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*). Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin.
• Termite mounds • Florence Falls • Wangi Falls • Buley Rockhole