This Wayoutback 10 Day Package combines our 4-wheel drive Top End and Red Centre Safaris into one inclusive Northern Territory experience! Where 4-wheel drive is needed you have it (maximum guests 16) and between Darwin and Alice Springs you will travel in an air conditioned minibus (maximum 24 guests). We'll give you the opportunity to really experience the tropics and the desert - driving on dirt roads, staying in private campsites, eating quality food (which will be cooked over a campfire on some nights) and sleeping under the clearest southern stars you can imagine.
Tour Price Includes:
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for 6 days & minibus for 3 days, all meals (as listed on itineraries), two-hour private crocodile and wildlife cruise, camping equipment and fees, all bedding, reference books, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
Tour Price Includes (After 31 March 2015):
Professional 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, towel, sleeping bag hire, 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.
- Tour is not suitable for children under 5 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 accommodation in Darwin and Alice Springs however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari unless hotel upgrade is chosen for Kakadu/Litchfield Safari only.
- Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) 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).
- Twin and Jim Jim Falls will be closed from 7th November for the tropical summer months. Itineraries will be altered and 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.
Day 1: Darwin to Litchfield National Park (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. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls* and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Late afternoon experience a private two hour cruise spotting crocodiles, birds, buffaloes and other wildlife. This is a magical experience away from the masses in an area with the one of the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles found in the world.
It’s only a short drive from here to our private campsite in the Mary River region where the local wallaby population welcomes us on arrival. This evening enjoy dinner under the stars and share stories and retire to our permanent Safari tents or air-conditioned lodge room.
Day 2: Litchfield National Park to Kakadu National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Today the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. Departing early we travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls. Explore Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by 4-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track and boardwalk. 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 your spectacular surrounds before heading to our comfortable campsite located within Kakadu National Park and private permanent tented campsite or air-conditioned lodge room.
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Darwin - (Breakfast / Lunch)
Rising early, we set the scene for today by taking the short hike to Nawurlandja lookout affording 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 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 guide returns you to Darwin where you overnight accommodation (Hotel room with ensuite) is included.
Day 4: Darwin to Katherine Gorge National Park (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00 am when our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at 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) before retiring to our camp nearby.
Day 5: Katherine Gorge to Banka Banka Cattle Station (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
A great start to the day is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
Day 6: Banka Banka Cattle Station to Alice Springs (Breakfast / Lunch)
We pass through Tennant Creek and then 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. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. Overnight accommodation in Alice Springs is included (hotel room with ensuite). Dinner is at own expense tonight.
Day 7: Free Day to Explore Alice Springs
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Overnight accommodation in Alice Springs is included (hotel room with ensuite).
Day 8: Alice Springs to Uluru (Lunch / Dinner)
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs from 6.00 am our journey begins heading 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 also stop at Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artifacts. On the way to Uluru (Ayers Rock) we stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip.
After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we head to the Cultural Centre and the opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa) before a short, guided walk at the base of Uluru. At this point you can take a full base walk or climb Uluru if you choose, 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 Uluru at sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert.
Day 9: Uluru to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
From a lookout close to our campsite we can view sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) before rolling up the swags and 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're off to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second night's private bush camp, complete with bush toilet and shower.
Day 10: Watarrka to Alice Springs (Breakfast / Lunch)
A leisurely start to the day before we head off 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 we start making our way back to Alice Springs travelling on a typical outback dirt road.