This 10 Day Central Australia and Top End tour combines our 4-wheel drive Red Centre and Top End tours into one inclusive Northern Territory travel experience! Travel in both a 4-wheel drive and an air conditioned minibus as you visit Uluru, see Kings Canyon, tour Kakadu and travel on remote Outback tracks and trails. Experience the ultimate in Outback travel - driving on dirt roads, staying in private campsites, eating quality food cooked over a campfire and sleeping under millions of southern stars. This Wayoutback tour delivers mind-blowing travel experiences every day, and night.
Tour Price Includes:
Professional tour guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for 6 days & minibus for 3 days, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, pillow, sleeping bag hire, reference books, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
What you need to bring:
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- Twin Falls boat shuttle fee is an additional $12.50 payable on day of departure.
- Safari is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
- This 10 day package is a combination of three safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.
- ^Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Darwin and Alice Springs however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari unless optional hotel upgrade is chosen for Kakadu/Litchfield Safari.
- We recommend guests arrive on the Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights into Ayers Rock. Although we collect guests arriving on the later Qantas service please note guests will not receive a full experience at Uluru should they choose this service.
- Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense.
- Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) during business hours at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
- Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg).
- *Access to Twin and Jim Jim Falls cannot be guaranteed during the tropical summer months from December to June. At this time they will be substituted with locations such as Gunlom, Maguk (Barramundi Falls), Yurmikmik or Gubara Springs.
- * Wangi Falls may not be accessible during the wet season. During this time we will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited.
In order to maximise your touring experience of Uluru, we recommend that you arrive into Ayers Rock Airport or before 1:05pm. The first pick up from Ayers Rock airport is 1:30pm. It is however possible to start this tour with a pick-up from Ayers Rock Airport on later flights (up to and including the Qantas SYD-AYQ service, which arrives at 2.50pm), Passengers being collected from Ayers Rock Airport at 3.10 pm (2.50 pm flight) will miss the Cultural Centre and due to time restrictions will take a shorter Uluru walk. They will still be able to do a base walk, just not the entire base of Uluru. Passengers being collected from the Ayers Rock Airport earlier than the above will not miss any of the sights except they will not be provided with lunch and will had to have eaten prior to pick up.
Day 1 (Lunch / Dinner)
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early at approximately 6.00am, we complete ticketing and introductions and then hit the road on our adventure tour of a lifetime. For those commencing the tour at Uluru we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel at approximately 1.10pm or the airport at 1.30pm.
Travel south to Erldunda travelling through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for refreshments and a camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal art and crafts. On the way to Uluru we stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip.
After lunch, we travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and head to the Cultural Centre to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa) before a short, guided walk at the base of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it).
Of course no Uluru tour would be complete without experiencing the famous changing colours of an Uluru sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the first day of the tour and the vastness of the desert.
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Rise early and view a memorable Uluru sunrise before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a leisurely 7km walk through the "Valley of the Winds". After a stop at the resort for fuel and refreshments, we travel to Kings Creek Cattle Station for a night at a private bush camp, complete with bush toilet and shower. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and is an unforgettable Outback travel experience. Dinner around the campfire offers a chance to get to know the other tour group members, before another night out under the stars.
Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch)
Travel to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind-blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka. We'll visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’.
Later, travel back to Alice Springs on a typical Outback dirt road. Two nights’ accommodation in Alice Springs is included (hotel room with ensuite) and dinner is at your own expense tonight.
Use today to relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs independently. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Accommodation in Alice Springs is included (hotel room with ensuite). With an action-packed Top End travel experience ahead, why not use the day to relax in preparation for the second half of this tour?
Day 5 (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am when our tour through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
Day 6 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers, travellers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback travel experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees before travelling onto Katherine and our camp for the night.
Day 7 (Breakfast / Lunch)
Wake early and travel to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight accommodation in Darwin is included (hotel room with ensuite).
Day 8 (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 7.00am for the short journey to Litchfield National Park. Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park and see why Litchfield is one of Australia’s most treasured travel icons. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*.
Enjoy lunch before joining a 2 hour Indigenous cultural experience where our hosts will impart their knowledge and history of this ancient culture. From basket weaving, to spear throwing, bush tucker and medicine, this experience will leave you with a lasting impression and a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture.
Afterwards, travel to our private campsite in the Mary River region where the local wallaby population will welcome us upon arrival. This evening enjoy dinner under the stars and share stories around the campfire with the tour group. Tonight you have the choice of sleeping in our comfortable permanent safari tents or an air-conditioned lodge room.
Day 9 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
As the new day unfolds experience a private two hour cruise spotting crocodiles, birds, buffalos and other wildlife. This is a magical travel experience away from the masses in an area with the one of the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles found in the world.
Afterwards we leave the bitumen and travel off road en-route to Twin and Jim Jim Falls, the jewels of Kakadu National Park – true Top End travel icons. After a stop for lunch, travel into Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by 4-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track. Once there, relax on the sandy banks and admire the falls. There’s more 4-wheel driving as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders takes us to the waterfall and plunge pool which are surrounded by 150 metre cliffs. Spend the afternoon taking in the sheer beauty of this spectacular place before travelling to our comfortable campsite located within Kakadu National Park. Choose to sleep at our private campsite in permanent tents, out under the stars in swags or for those seeking comfort, an air-conditioned lodge room. Many other Top End tours don’t offer these varied accommodation options, so make the most of the choice on offer.
Day 10 (Breakfast / Lunch)
Rise early and take a short hike to the Nawurlandja lookout for spectacular views of the escarpment country, Nourlangie and Anbangbang Billabong. Afterwards, visit the culturally significant Ubirr, located within the East Alligator Region of the park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your local, tour guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land.
After lunch visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a Gun-djeihmi name for the local area and creek on land owned by the mirarr clan. See the audio-visual presentations and Marrawuddi Gallery showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from within Kakadu and the wider region.
En route to Darwin we stop in for a visit at the Mamukala Wetlands offering a stunning variety of birdlife which can be spotted on the viewing platform or boardwalk. This afternoon, put your feet up and relax as your tour guide returns you to your Darwin accommodation after tend magical days of travel, adventure, culture, art and wildlife. This Central Australia and Top End tour has revealed the icons that make Outback travel so popular with adventure travellers from far and wide.