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About this tour: 9 day Darwin to Alice Springs - Take in the natural splendour of the Top End and the iconic Red Centre.
Get to know the Northern Territory top-to-tail on this week-long adventure from vibrant Darwin down to the archetypal outback frontier town of Alice Springs. Following three days amid the pristine tropical splendours of Kakadu and Litchfield, Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr, traditional customs of the Limilngan-Wulna people and abundant wildlife of the Mary River Wetlands, fly south to meet a different side of the Territory. Hike through the enormous bornhardts of Kata Tjuta, admire the beauty of Uluru during sunset viewings and sunrise walks, and encounter the hidden treasures of Watarrka National Park along the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. This journey is bound to impart a new respect for the timelessness of Australia's landscape and first cultures.

Tour Name: 9 day Darwin to Alice Springs - Top End to Outback

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Trip Code:
• PKBTC

Trip Style:
• Basix

Trip Theme:
• Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
• Select Darwin accommodation from 06:20am
• Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell Street 06:50am (52 Mitchell St, Darwin)

Tour Departs:
• 01APR17-30JUN17: Tue Fri
• 01JUL17-31AUG17: Tue Fri Sun
• 01SEP17-31OCT17: Tue Fri

Tour Finishes:
• Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 9

Max People:
• 24

Accommodation:
• Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights) Hostel multishare (2 nights)

Prices:
AUD $2,650 per person
• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Levies included: National Park park fee.
• Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUD $35
• 18 years and older - Basix Option is not suitable for children

Top End to Outback

 

ITINERARY

Why we love this trip
• Fly with Qantas airways between Darwin and Alice Springs, skip the 24 hours sitting in a bus on a straight road
• Get back to basics with this classic three-day overland adventure. See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Top End in rugged, authentic style
• Our Top End tents are better than theirs - we have cooling fans and electricity, and proper beds so you can have a comfy sleep after long walks (and charge all of your things!)
• Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. Get adventurous on a 4WD tour to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and see the ancient Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr
• Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of the Limilngan-Wulna people as they invite you into their community with a traditional 'Welcome to Country'
• The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a billabong cruise
• Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky • Get up early and see the sun rise over Uluru

Is this trip right for you?
• This is a basic trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Top End in a short amount of time.
• You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning. This is part of the experience of travelling in a group.
• This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
• Temperatures in the Top End be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

 

Day 1: Mary River Wetlands & Ubirr
Travel into Wulna Country, where you'll receive a Cul Cul ('Welcome to Country') by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these 'salties' and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner. Total driving time today is around 6 hours. Total walking distance is up to 2km. (L/D)

Jim Jim Seasonal access

Day 2: Kakadu National Park
Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that's operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp. Total driving time today is just over 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 1.5km. (B/L/D)

 

Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night. Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately an 1.5 hours. (B/L/D)

Maguk-Barramundi-Gorge

Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream (both optional at own expense). These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group. Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours (optional walks included). (B/L/D)

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Day 5: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Once you've had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it's the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night. The total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'. (B/L)

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Day 6: Flight Travel Day
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines. We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Alice Springs, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you'll be staying at the Alice Lodge Backpackers. (no meals included)

ALice to Darwin

Day 7: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
This morning we'll pick you up out the front of the Alice Lodge Backpackers at 6:10am. First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you'll have the chance to lope through the outback on a 'ship of the desert'. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes - you'll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. As evening begins, enjoy a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over Uluru casting incredible colours on the Rock, and afterwards it's time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines. Today, driving time is approximately 4.5 hours. Walking is approximately 1 hour. (L/D)

Day 8: Uluru Sunrise
It's an early rise today but seeing Australia is what you came for, right? After watching a fiery outback sun rear up over the world's biggest rock get a real sense of the rock's scale on an unguided walk around its base. Then learn about the cultural significance of this iconic landform on a cultural interpretative walk with an indigenous guide. In their creation-time stories, the Anangu's ancestral beings the Mala settled here after being chased to the region by an evil dog-like creature called kurpany. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. Tonight we spend the night in an exclusive campsite in Watarrka National Park. Total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2 hours (or up to 4 if you do the full 8.5km base walk.) (B/L/D)

Kings canyon rim walk

Day 9: Kings Canyon rim walk
After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You'll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before you make your way back to Alice Springs. On arrival, you're free to leave and carry on your travels. Total driving time takes around 5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 3 hours. (B/L)

 

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What to bring on tour:
• Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
• Meals: 6 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
• Transport: All-Terrain vehicle, Plane
• Accommodation: Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights) Hostel multishare (2 nights)

Activities:
• Mary River cruise, Pudakul Cultural Experience, Jim Jim Falls Walk, Twin Falls Walk, Twin Falls, Gorge River Cruise, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre, Buley Rockholes, Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Wangi Falls, Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee, 1000 Star Dinner, Uluru sunset drinks, Mala cultural interpretative walk, Uluru Cultural Centre, Kings Canyon Rim Walk


© • Uluru


© • Kata Tjuta


© • Ayers Rock from a distance

© • Mary River Wildlife Cruise



© • Litchfield


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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Alice Springs day 9 at approximately 6pm.

2. This trip also runs in reverse; see code POBOC

3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

Airport Transfers
ALICE Springs: Alice Wanderer: Transfer Alice Springs accommodation to Airport 1800 1800 722 111 (free call) or +61 8 89522111
DARWIN, Darwin Airport Link Bus: Transfer Darwin Airport to accommodation Phone: +61474 503 093

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• ^^Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening of Jim Jim Falls and other attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions.

• Due to nights spent in multishare mixed-gender accommodation, the minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.

• This trip is made of two separate tours, so you may be traveling with a different guide and passengers on each leg.

• ^ Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

• The Valley of the Winds walk is quite often it is closed due to weather etc. There is another option other than the Walpa gorge walk to do half the Valley of the Winds which still gets to the good viewing point without doing the full walk which is often in the direct sun. (Agent note only-RH)

• It is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Children
• Due to nights spent in multishare mixed-gender accommodation, the minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All terrain tour bus vehicle

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies (10kg in Kakadu). Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Fitness Level: 3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.

 

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The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

 

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