Outback to the Top End–Adelaide to Darwin
You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit – that’s why we’ve turned to private vehicles and boats for this itinerary. Starting in charming Adelaide, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 15 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.
Your tour to Adelaide includes:
- Hands-on: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Recharge: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit. Underground mine tour. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala Walk and cultural centre visit (Uluru). Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon. Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory. Aboriginal art and craft centre visit. Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Meals Included
- 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
- Hostels (7 nts), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nts multi-share.
- Group Size Notes
- Max 20, avg 16
- Private vehicle, boat, walking.
Day 1 Adelaide
There are no planned activities during the day, so check in and explore the city. Opt to go for a cruise to swim with dolphins (seasonal), take the tram to Glenelg beach, visit a nearby winery, grab lunch at the Central Market, or enjoy time getting lost in the city.
Ever wanted to swim with wild dolphins? Now's your chance, by adding the 'Dolphin Swim and Cruise' extra to your tour. Head out from Adelaide and search for these majestic creatures, before hopping into the water and going for a swim as they play around you. Available mid-Sept to June.
PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Adelaide is highly recommended as this activity starts early on Day 1.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Adelaide/Quorn (1B)
Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 3 Quorn/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.
Wilpena Pound Hike
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 150km)
Day 4 Flinders Ranges/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)
We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre.
Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 5 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)
Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Guided Mine Tour
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 200km)
Day 6 Coober Pedy/Kings Creek (1B, 1D)
Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) around a campfire and sleep under the Outback sky.
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)
Day 7 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L)
Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park.
Kings Canyon Hike
Uluru at Sunset
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
Day 8 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)
The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aboriginals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Day 9 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)
Take in the scenery around Uluru. Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda and spend the night in a centrally-located hostel in Alice Springs.
Valley of the Winds Walk
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)
Day 10 Alice Springs
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.
Day 11 Alice Springs/Daly Waters (1L)
Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel north via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals. Finish the day at Daly Waters and grab a drink at the local Outback pub teeming with character.
We spend approx 12 hours on the road today, stopping off in Daly Waters for the night. Make sure to grab a drink or two at the famous local pub in this small Outback town.
Private Vehicle (12.00 hour(s), 920km)
Day 12 Daly Waters/Katherine (1B, 1D)
Continue north, stopping for a visit at the Mataranka Hot Springs before setting up camp in Katherine. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a helicopter flight over the gorge taking in the stunning scenery.
Availability of optional activities may change depending on the season.
Mataranka Hot Springs Visit
Day 13 Katherine/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue north, stopping at Edith Falls. Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The itinerary for this day varies depending on seasonal/weekly weather. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions.
Gunlom Falls Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 14 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L)
Continue exploring Kakadu NP, stopping off at sacred rock art galleries. Head towards Litchfield National Park, stopping for a nature cruise to try and spot crocs.
We overnight just outside of Kakadu NP. Depending on weather, sleep in a swag under the stars or a hut if raining.
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Bowali Visitor Centre Visit
Ubirr Rock Art
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Day 15 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B, 1L)
Tour Litchfield NP to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening.
Crocodile-Spotting Boat Cruise
Litchfield National Park Visit
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
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- Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. When camping on this tour, you will be provided with an Aussie 'swag'—a canvas bedroll with built-in padding and perfect for a night under the stars. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in Australia and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip. COUPLES: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in Australia, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION: If booking additional nights before or after your tour, accommodation will be multi-share on a mixed gender basis.
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