Explore the great Aussie outback on a guided tour
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Group Size: Max 24
Trip code: AUOA
Duration: 10 days
Prepare yourself for the ultimate Australian adventure with this 10 day escapade around the Northern Territory. Take in all the wonders of the Outback – watch the sun rise over Ayres Rock, get up close to crocs, discover ancient Aboriginal art, scale the Devil’s Marbles, and explore no less than 5 National Parks. Let’s go walkabout!
- Take in the unforgettable sight of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise and sunset
- Go croc-spotting on a cruise through the Mary River Wetlands
- Take some seriously Insta-worthy pics at the Devil’s Marbles
- Soak in the warm waters of the Mataranka Thermal Pools
- Swim under crystal clear waterfalls in the National Parks
- Experience the true Australian wilderness, sleeping in a swag under the stars
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru. Your Outback adventure starts here! Head towards Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Stop at a camel farm, where you can learn more about this hairy form of transport and at Mount Ebenezer to see some colourful aboriginal art. Then continue on to the Park. On arrival, take a guided base walk of Uluru, the famous Ayers Rock, before sitting back and marvelling at the shifting reds and ochres of the rock at sunset. Pitch your swag, and enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire with your new buddies, before sleeping under the stars.
Day 2: Uluru to Kings Canyon. Wake early to experience the magic of the sun rising over Uluru. Hop on the bus to the soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Hike through the domes and creek beds on the ‘Valley of Winds’ wilderness walk, ending with magnificent views away from the crowds. After lunch, head to Kings Creek Station to set up camp on a cattle station.
Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. Head to Watarrka National Park to see Kings Canyon – a vast gorge with red rock faces rising to 100 metres. Hike round the canyon on a spectacular 6km round trip, seeing the Amphitheatre, Lost City and Garden of Eden on the way. Get the bus back to the hostel in Alice Springs.
Day 4: Alice Springs. It’s time for some rest and relaxation in the lively red town of Alice Springs. Check out some of the museums and galleries or chill out in some of the town’s many cafes.
Day 5: Alice Springs to Banka Banka. Travel to the otherworldly landscape of Karlu Karlu (the Devil’s Marbles), a series of huge granite boulders. Some of the marbles are almost impossibly balanced on top of each other. Later, set up camp at Banka Banka station for another night under the Outback stars.
Day 6: Banka Banka to Mataranka. Head to Mataranka, with a stop for a cold beer at the Daly Waters Pub one of the best in the territory. Put on your bathers and immerse yourself in the warm waters of the Mataranka Thermal Pools. Enjoy the relaxing properties of this natural spring and its forest surroundings before cracking out the swag for another night in the Outback.
Day 7: Mataranka to Darwin (via Katherine). It’s a short drive to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, home of a number of grand sandstone gorges, sculpted by the Katherine River. You can choose to take a boat cruise or rent a canoe here (extra cost). After another fantastic day in the Australian wilderness, hop on the bus to vibrant Darwin.
Day 8: Darwin to Kakadu National Park. The itinerary for this day varies, depending on the time of year you’re travelling:
May to October – Travel to the Mary River Wetlands, a vast watery landscape, teeming with wildlife. Look for crocs, exotic birds, buffalo and massive barramundi, before tucking into a tasty picnic. After lunch, check out some aboriginal rock art and scale the Nadab Lookout for commanding views over the plains. It’s another night in the wilderness at our private campsite at Cooinda.
November to April – Travel to Ubirr Rock, famous for its Aboriginal rock art. Explore the fascinating stories behind these paintings with your guide, before hiking up to the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views. In the afternoon, learn about Aboriginal history at the Cultural Centre. Kick back and relax later, with dinner, drinks and an overnight stay in our private accommodation at Cooinda.
Day 9: Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park. The itinerary for this day varies, depending on the time of year you’re travelling:
May – October. Today we head to Kakadu National Park to explore the magnificent Twin and Jim Jim Falls. Twin Falls is only accessible by four-wheel drive, so climb aboard and tackle the tracks and trails that lead to this impressive waterfall! After enjoying Twin falls, you’ll make your way through tropical forest on your way to jaw-dropping Jim Jim. Relax at the campsite and reflect on another action-packed day Down Under.
November – April. Take a cruise through the Yellow Waters Billabong, keeping your eyes peeled for crocs and colourful birds. Later, hike up to the gorgeous Gubara Springs and Gunlom Falls for a dip in the cool water. Then absorb the dramatic beauty of the surrounding plains from the top of the Nawurlandja. Make the short transfer across to Mount Bundy Homestead for dinner, and a night in a lodge room at the homestead.
Day 10: Litchfield National Park to Darwin. Strike out in the rugged landscape of Litchfield National Park. Cool off in the Florence and Wangi Falls, marvel at the towering termite mounds made of red earth, and explore Buley Rockhole before transferring back to Darwin. If you’re not leaving until tomorrow, enjoy a final beer with your mates in one of Darwin’s many pubs.
Please note: Itinerary and activites are subject to change. Depending on your start date, the free day in Alice Springs may be replaced with a free day in Darwin.
This tour also runs in reverse from Darwin to Alice Springs. Please download the trip notes for more information on the reversed itinerary.
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This Outback Adventure begins at 6.30am on your start date. We recommend you arrive in Alice Springs at least one day before.
We arrive back in Darwin early evening on the last day of the tour. We recommend that you travel the following day rather than that night.
We can help you arrange extra accommodation before your trip. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Please note: This tour also runs in reverse from Darwin to Alice Springs. Please ask us for more details if you are interested in the reverse route.
During the trip, accommodation consists of 6 nights of camping and 3 nights of budget accommodation in a shared dorm or basic ensuite. You’ll sleep in traditional Aussie swags when camping. A swag is a portable bed-roll used by foot travellers in the Aussie bush. They’re super comfy and snug and allow you to really be at one with nature. Alternatively, a single pop-up tent can be hired for AUD60. Sleeping bags are not provided for camping, but can be hired for AUD50, or you can bring your own. Sleeping bags and pop-up tents must be pre-booked.
6 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 6 dinners are included on this trip. Breakfasts consist of cereals and toast, lunches are often salads or sandwiches and dinners include foods such as rice, pasta, chicken, meat and fresh vegetables. Bush bread (known as damper) will be prepared for you on an open fire.
Vegetarians can be catered for but for travellers with other dietary requirements (e.g gluten free) it can be harder to cater for these requirements in the outback, so supplies may be limited. Travellers with specific dietary requirements may need to supplement the meals provided with specialist food. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to cater for them.
The minimum age to take part in this trip is 18, and this tour is designed for 18-35 year olds. A reasonably high level of fitness is required to participate in some of the more energetic activities.
All visitors to Australia (except those from New Zealand) will need a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. However, if you’re just heading to Australia for fun, an ETA will be enough. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more info.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.