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9 day Darwin to Alice Springs - Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound

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About this tour: 9 day Darwin to Alice Springs - From the tropical Top End to the Red Centre, this is a classic Aussie adventure.
Become immersed in the natural beauty and spirit of Australia's Outback on this 9-Day north-south traversal of the Territory. Starting off amid the balmy climes and eclectic vibe of Darwin, drive out to the waterfalls, rockpools and monsoon forests of Litchfield National Park, cruise about in search of crocs in the Mary River Wetlands, check out the billabongs and indigenous rock art of Kakadu, and explore Katherine Gorge from the water. Then flying south to Alice Springs, enjoy a guided tour among the boulders of Kata Tjuta, learn about the sacred significance of Uluru during a Mala Cultural Intrepretive Walk, spend a night camped out in Kings Canyon and take in the sites on a guided tour of the Western MacDonnell Ranges. This adventure leaves no stone – or giant red rock – unturned.

Tour Name: 9 day Darwin to Alice Springs - Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Trip Code:
• PKOSC

Trip Style:
• Original

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:
• 01APR17-28OCT17: Sat

Tour Finishes:
• Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 9

Max People:
• 24

Accommodation:
• Motel (2 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (6 nights)

Prices:
AUD $3125 per person
• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Levies included: National Park park fee.
• Children aged 8 and over

 

Darwin to Alice Springs

 

ITINERARY

Why we love this trip
• Get back to basics with this classic nine day overland adventure. Camp in premenant campsites with furnishings including proper beds, cooling fans and electricity.
• Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs instead of 24 hours on a bus
• Enjoy twin share motel accommodation in Darwin and Alice Springs
• Enjoy fully catered evening meals during your 3 nights in Kakadu, Litchfield, and Katherine
• See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Northern Territory in rugged, authentic style
•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
• 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
• Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park and an optional flight over the escarpment

Is this trip right for you?
• This is a an Original style trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Northern Territory at a slightly slower pace
• You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While tents are comfortable facilities can be basic, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing breakfast and lunch meals. 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.

Uluru-Ayers-Rock

Day 1: Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park
Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that's wonderful about the Top End. We'll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it's on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed. Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. There are also a few short, easy walks. (L/D)

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Day 2: Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a 'living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values'. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don't get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking time is up to 3.5 hours, depending on the trails taken. (B/L/D)

Maguk-Barramundi-Gorge

Day 3: Kakadu to Katherine
Kakadu to Katherine Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky's a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you'll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there's time for a dip in Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park. Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking time is up to an 1.5 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Katherine Gorge to Darwin
Back in the day (ok, it was 23 million years ago), the Katherine River flowed all the way from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. These days, the waters have subsided significantly: the Katherine River now flows along hemmed in on both sides by cliffs 70 metres high. It's the highlight attraction of Nitmiluk National Park though, and you'll have the opportunity to cruise through it by canoe or boat (optional at own expense). Following lunch, we visit a private property next to an indigenous art gallery for some coaching in the ancient arts of boomerang throwing, fire making and traditional painting. Then it's back to Darwin to check into your Motel for the night. Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking time is up to 3.5 hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities. (B/L)

Katherine-Gorge-(Nitmiluk)-cruise

Day 5: Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs
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 Motor Inn. (no meals included)

ALice to Darwin

Day 6: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
This morning we'll pick you up out the front of the Alice Motor Inn 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. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you watch the Rock's colours change as the sun sets behind it, throwing magnificent colours into the sky. Then, as evening begins, it's time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines. Total driving time is approximately 5.5 hours. Total walking time is around 1 hour. (L/D)


Day 7: 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 creatin 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. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Kings Canyon Rim Walk
The centrepiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site's deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon's most famous sites - the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls. Then it's lunch, rest, Then it's lunch, rest, and off we head toward Glen Helen where we camp this evening. Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours. (B/L/D)

Kings canyon rim walk

Day 9: The Western MacDonnell Ranges
This morning, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00am and journey watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Reaching this national park, we'll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge - a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there's the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it's on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. See the colours of the ranges change as the sun starts its descent, perhaps from atop a camel during an optional sunset ride. The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km. (B/L)

Ormiston-Gorge

 

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 and plane
• Motel (2 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (6 nights)

Activities:
• Litchfield National Park, Mary River cruise, Kakadu National Park Fee, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Ubirr Rock, Top Didj Indigenous Experience, Uluru sunset drinks, 1000 Star Dinner, Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru Cultural Centre, Mala cultural interpretative walk, Uluru Base Walk, 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 approximately 06:40am and finishes in Alice Springs day 9 at approximately 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day.

2. Trip also runs in reverse; see tour code POONC.

3. Single supplement available on request.

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 attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions.

• ^ 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)

• From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. 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. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

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. 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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