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Outback to the Top End–Adelaide to Darwin
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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.

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAAD/133084
  • Starts: Adelaide, Australia
  • Finishes: Litchfield National Park, Australia
You will Visit
  • Adelaide
  • Darwin

Itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide

Arrive at any time.
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.

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Day 2: Adelaide/Quorn

Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley, then it's on to Quorn.
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.

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Day 3: Quorn/Beltana

Head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history.
Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.

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Day 4: Beltana/William Creek

Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre.
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.

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Day 5: William Creek/Coober Pedy

Travel to the town of Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.
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.

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Day 6: Coober Pedy/Kings Creek

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.

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Day 7: Kings Creek/Uluru

Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon. Drive to Uluru, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly.
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.

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Day 8: Uluru

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aboriginal Australians.
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.

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Day 9: Uluru/Alice Springs

Discover more of the Red Centre with a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, then transfer to Alice Springs.
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.

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Day 10: Alice Springs

Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.

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Day 11: Alice Springs/Daly Waters

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.

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Day 12: Daly Waters/Katherine

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.

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Day 13: Katherine/Kakadu National Park

Continue north, stopping at Edith Falls. Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 14: Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park

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.

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Day 15: Litchfield National Park/Darwin

Tour Litchfield NP to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Recharge: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit, Mataranka
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (7 nts), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nts multi-share
    • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bed down in a swag under the Outback sky
  • Experience a night underground in Coober Pedy
  • Catch the sunset at Uluru
  • Hike the Red Centre
  • Explore Crocodile Dundee country at Kakadu National Park.