Australia Outback Discovery
10 days from £874 (was £889)
- Witness incredible light displays at sunset and sunrise in front of the mighty Uluru (Ayres Rock)
- Trek 6km around Kings Canyon, walk through the Lost City and the Garden of Eden
- Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag
- Bathe in the crystal-clear thermal pools in Mataranka
- Discover the incredible views and wildlife of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks
- Spend time getting to know your way around Alice Springs and Darwin
Spend a full ten days discovering Australia’s mighty outback on a tour through the most beautiful landscape in the Northern Territory and visit some of the country’s famous landmarks. From Alice Springs, you’ll travel through national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty on route up to Darwin’s sparkling coast. You’ll stop at incredible sites like Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta, you’ll hike through places like Kings Canyon, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Park. You’ll get to learn about the indigenous tribes from the cultural centres and Aborigine rock art sites, as well as see some of Australia’s incredible wildlife, and experience sleeping under the most spectacularly starry night skies. It’s a one-of-a-kind adventure.
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Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru
Starting pretty early, we’ll meet the rest of the group in Alice Springs and head to Uluru (Ayres Rock). On our arrival, we’ll stop at a local camel farm then, in the afternoon, we’ll head to Uluru for a base walk. Later, you’ll get to watch a spectacular light display as the sun sets over the rock face.
Day 2: Uluru & Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
It’s another early start today if you want to catch the sunrise this morning; trust us, you will want to! After breakfast, we’ll make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and go on a picturesque hike through the Valley of the Winds. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way over to Kings Creek Station.
Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Spending the day in Watarrka National Park, we’ll walk the rim of Kings Canyon before visiting the intriguing Lost City, Amphitheatre, and stunning Garden of Eden. Enjoy some local food in the evening before heading back to Alice Springs.
Day 4: Alice Springs
Depending on the day of the week your departure date falls on, you’ll either have free time in Alice Springs today, or free time in Darwin on day 7. There are lots of things to see and do in each city, so you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.
Day 5: Alice Springs to Banka Banka Station
Today sees us driving through the heart of the Northern Territory as we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass through the round granite boulders of Karlu Karlu. Arriving at Banka Banka Cattle Station, we’ll set up camp and chill out with a few drinks around the fire.
Day 6: Banka Banka to Mataranka
Driving along Stuart Highway, we’ll stop off at a well-known pub on the way for a few refreshments before arriving at Mataranka in the afternoon. We’ll visit Mataranka thermal pool to set up camp and enjoy a bit of time in the warming waters.
Day 7: Mataranka to Darwin
On our way to Darwin, we’ll stop off at beautiful Katherine Gorge National Park, where you might fancy taking a canoe out on the river or hopping on one of the local cruise boats for a river tour. We’ll arrive in Darwin late afternoon.
Day 8: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
From Darwin, we’ll head east through the countryside to spend a day in Kakadu National Park. Depending on the time of year, we’ll either make our way to the Mary River Wetlands for a river cruise to do a bit of wildlife spotting or we’ll head to Ubirr Rock to check out the original Aborigine artwork.
Day 9: Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park
Today we’ll make our way to Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls via 4x4 and boat shuttle (May to October). If the falls aren’t accessible, we’ll go to Yellow Waters and take a crocodile cruise along the billabong. Between November and April, we’ll hike to Gubara Springs or Gunlom Falls instead, before making the journey to Litchfield National Park.
Day 10: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Trek through the beautiful landscape of Litchfield National Park and discover the area’s flora, fauna, and absolutely stunning views today before jumping back on the bus to Darwin. The tour ends this evening.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 9 nights' accommodation (with 6 nights' camping)
- 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
- All transport between activities and destinations
- Camel park visit
- Base walk of Uluru (Ayres Rock)
- Uluru Cultural Centre tour
- Uluru sunset and sunrise
- Valley of the Winds hike
- Kings Canyon walk
- Mataranka Thermal Pools swim
- Mary River Wetlands cruise/Ubirr Rock tour
- Twin Falls & Jim Jim Falls visit/Yellow Waters cruise
- 24/7 emergency support
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Some meals and drinks
- Optional activities
During this tour, you’ll get to stay in hostels as well as spend a large part of your experience camping or sleeping under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag. During camp nights, you’ll stay at a mix of campsites, where some will be equipped with hot showers and toilet facilities. Some nights will be spent sleeping out in the open in swags – a traditional Australian bed roll made up of a foam mattress inside a large canvas bag that you can climb into with your sleeping bag and still look at the night sky before drifting off to sleep. The backpacker hostels we’ll stay at are clean and comfortable, you’ll be sharing dorm-style rooms with members of the same sex. Twin and double upgrades are subject to availability, so do let us know if you’d like to upgrade when you call to book.
Most meals are included on your trip and will consist mainly of typical Australian food cooked on the campsite stove. On days when food isn’t included, you’ll have a wide variety of diners and restaurants to choose from. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements when you book.
You should arrange flights to Alice Springs Airport (ASP) to arrive the day before your programme start date as the first day of your tour starts pretty early from Alice Springs with a 5am pick up. Your tour ends early evening in Darwin on day 10, so we recommend an extra night’s accommodation before departing or heading off on further travels from Darwin International Airport (DRW).
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. This tour is ideal for 18-35 year olds and due to the nature of the trip a good level of fitness is required for some of the more energetic activities and adventures.
All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before trying to enter Australia. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia, you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa application can be made online.
What's The Average Age Range Of People On This Trip?
This trip is designed with those between the ages of 18 and 35 in mind but welcomes travellers of all ages so long as they’re up for a bit of adventure, so it's difficult to put an average age to a group. You might have a mix of people your own age or some much older or younger than you.
Should I Take A Backpack Or A Suitcase?
We recommend you use a soft bag or frameless backpack, plus a small bag for excursions. Luggage is limited to one piece per person, with a maximum weight of 15kg.
Do I Need To Bring Hiking Boots With Me?
If you have space in your luggage and you were thinking of bringing hiking boots with you anyway, then great! But there’s no need to bring heavy boots with you specifically for this trip. A sturdy pair of trainers will be sufficient for the treks included on this tour.
Do I Need Travel Insurance For This Trip?
Absolutely you do. Travel insurance is a requirement for all our trips. We can give you an insurance quote from our partners, who are specialists in gap year and adventure travel. Talk to us about an insurance quote when you call to book your trip.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.