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12 Day Adelaide to Darwin Overland
Adelaide to Darwin Overland

Coober Pedy Flinders Ranges Kakadu National Park Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Katherine Gorge Kings Canyon Litchfield National Park Mary River Wetlands Top End Cultural Experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) Uluru Cultural Experience Wilpena Pound

About this Adelaide to Darwin Overland tour:
This tour will take you smack bang up the middle of the country from South to North. Starting in Darwin, you'll see the quirky Wilpena Pound, drive the famous Oodnadatta Track, see the sun rise and set over Uluru, and hike through the tropics in the Top End. You'll have the opportunity to camp, and sleep underground! We include a flight between Alice Springs and Darwin because lets's face it, who wants to sit on a bus for 1500km straight! Join us on this adventure, tick every box along the way and see Australia's outback and colourful Top End.

Valid:
01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Tour Code:
POBAC Adelaide to Darwin Overland

Tour Departs:
Default pick up: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St) at 06:30am Adelaide Travellers Inn (220 Hutt St) at 06:00am Mantra Hotel (88 Frome St) at 06:15am

Tour Departs:
01APR16 - 19OCT16: Wed

Flight Travel
Day 9 Flight Travel day from Alice Springs to Darwin

Tour Finishes:
Select Darwin accommodation early evening day 12

Tour Style:
Basix

Tour Accommodation:
Accommodation: 4 nights multishare accommodation with shared facilities, 7 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites). Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our Red Centre campsites (Not Top End) if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, and Darwin is in mixed gender multishare accommodation, the minimum age is 18. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.

Max People:
24

Price:
AUD $2930.00 per person (adult)
Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUS $45

All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
Basix Option is not suitable for children under 18
Levies included: National Park park fee.

Highlights:

Wildlife Cruise

Katherine Gorge

Litchfield

Uluru Ayers Rock

Uluru Ayers Rock

Kata Tjuta - Olgas
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Uluru

ITINERARY

Day 1 Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

DEFAULT PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am

We leave South Australias capital city behind and head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views of Flinders Ranges as we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one of Australias most magnificent natural features. We have the option of few hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges (LD)

Due to the time that the trip departs Adelaide, there will not be any opportunity for wine tasting in the Clare Valley.

 

Day 2 Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track
Today we breakout from the Flinders Ranges as we head north passing the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. We are now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line but before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the renowned Oodnadatta track as we pass by Australias largest salt lake, Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! Tonight we temporarily increase the population as we camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 William Creek to Coober Pedy
Desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains feature as we pass through Anna Creek Station, the worlds largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Todays first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna - yes that is the longest lake name in the world. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the Opal capital of the world. We take a town tour and view an underground house, and we also take mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try noodling (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)

Day 4 Coober Pedy to Uluru
Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephines Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, before we leave Coober Pedy and head out across the Moon Plain. We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, and take in the view of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, made famous by the movie Mad Max III. This evening we arrive at our campsite at Uluru for the first of two nights. (BLD)

Day 5 Kata Tjuta and Uluru
We start the day by heading to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before making the journey to one of the Red Centres greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (BLD)

Day 6 Uluru to Kings Canyon
Rise early and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the mornings fresh, enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you embark on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter)^. It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)

 

Day 7 Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Theres a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we head back to Alice Springs where we settle in for the evening at our hotel. You may like to enjoy dinner in Alice Springs with your group tonight (own expense). Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers. (BL)

 

Day 8 - West MacDonnell Ranges
Pick up Alice Lodge Backpackers, 07:00am
The Red Centres best kept secret, the Western MacDonnell Ranges will leave you awed at unsuspecting beauty that this part of the country holds. Journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. To finish off your outback experience, what better cherry on top than enjoying the breathtaking colours of the Western Macdonnell Ranges transform under the setting sun on an optional hour-long sunset camel ride (own expense). Accommodation tonight is at Alice Lodge Backpackers. (L)

 

Day 9 Flight Travel day from Alice Springs to Darwin
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas airlines. 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. When you are in Alice Springs on night 7 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Alice Springs and Darwin to confirm your flight time and they'll advise what time you'll be picked up from your Alice Springs hotel, and that somebody will be waiting to meet you in Darwin. Tonight, youll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell in Darwin. (no meals included)

 

Day 10 Darwin to Mary River
Pick up Melaleuca on Mitchell 06:50am
Welcome to Darwin, where your adventure begins. Leaving Darwin, travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique Welcome to Country by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their culture and enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which is home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to the salties and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. In the afternoon, head to World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Your first stop here is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Spend the night at a permanent campsite at Kakadu. (LD)

 

Day 11 Mary River to Kakadu
Today is a long day of driving. Get ready for some 4WD action as you make your way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu. Once there, take in stunning views of this natural wonder and enjoy some time for a swim or a rest on the sandy beach. After lunch, discover the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries, before you climb to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Tonight we camp in twin-share permanent tents in the Mary River region. (BLD)

 

Day 12 Kakadu to Darwin
Filled with waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is well deserving of all its hype. Exploring Litchfield is the perfect way to complete this trip. Today visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. After a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picturesque swimming holes. As with all good things, this Top End adventure must come to an end. Hit the road and head back to Darwin. After you've arrived, you might like to head out for a night on the town with your new friends. Total driving time today is around four hours. (BL)

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the activities will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to reopen. The opening and closing of dry season activities varies from year to year.

TOP END TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (may apply in shoulder months; May, October)
Day 1 Wildlife Cruise | Mamukala | Ubirr or Nouralangie |Overnight camp in Kakadu. (LD)
Day 2 Gubara Pools | Nawurlandja lookout | Bowali Visitors Centre | Camp in Mary River Region (BLD)
Day 3 Florence Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Wangi Falls | Return to Darwin (BL) BRING:

Florence Falls Litchfield

Stay

The camping style of this trip is designed for those wanting a no frills experience. Camping is basic tents and you will require a sleeping bag, accommodation in Alice Springs, Darwin, and in the Flinders Ranges are multishare mixed-gender dorms rooms.

 

Vehicle:

Our four 15 seat and one 17 seat, 4 litre Intercooled Turbo Mitsubishi Canters are purpose built with a pod that carries 12 and 14 passengers respectively with the driver and 2 passengers seated in the cab without 'no' toilet on board. They are fully air conditioned with reclining seats, footrests, luggage storage area and kitchen space complete with a 100 litre fridge. They can carry 210 litres of fuel, 120 litres of water and come with window tinting, bull bars, spot lights and are built for the bush!


Our range of buses (21-28 seat). They are fully air conditioned seats without toilet on board.

Fitness Level:
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.
Level 2 fitness  ©

Denotes:
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Bring:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera, pillow, and sleeping bag (can be purchased at time of booking).

 

Included:
Experienced guide, national park entry, meals as indicated, accommodation transfers, Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk^, and accommodation as below:

Accommodation: 4 nights multishare accommodation with shared facilities, 7 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites). Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, and Darwin is in mixed gender multishare accommodation, the minimum age is 18. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.

Night 1: Wilpena Pound - Simple permanent tents
Night 2: William Creek - Simple permanent tents
Night 3: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse
Nights 4 & 5: Yulara - Simple permanent tents
Night 6: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents
Nights 7 & 8: Alice Lodge Backpackers multishare
Night 9: Melaleuca on Mitchell multishare
Night 10: Kakadu simple permanent tents
Night 11: Mary River simple permanent tents.

 

 

Notes:

Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

The Oodnadatta Track is an unsealed dirt road, and conditions of the track depend heavily on weather. In the case that the road is deemed unsafe to drive on, or there is a possibility that sections of the track will close after we have commenced driving on the track, our Operations team reserves the right to alter the itinerary and take a different route.

If, for safety reasons, the decision is made not to travel on the track, days 2 and 3 will be a variation of the below:
Day 2 Parachina Gorge | Hawker | Flinders Ranges Hike | overnight Quorn multishare (BLD)
Day 3 Port Augusta | Coober Pedy via Stuart Highway | Josephines Gallery | Coober Pedy town and underground tour, noodling for opals, opal cutting demonstration | overnight underground bunkhouse multishare (BLD)

^^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 (including Jim Jim Falls) 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. Day 2 and 3 of this itinerary are subject to change order without notice. See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

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

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

^Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Adventure Tours/Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40s. 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.

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.

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.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

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).

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.

Special Dietary requirements and allergies

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.

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