Australia Outback Explorer

Go on an adventure in the Northern Territory!

12 days

from £1,559

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the iconic Uluru sunset and sunrise
  • Set up camp in Kings Canyon and sleep in a traditional Aussie swag
  • Hike through gigantic sandstone formations, tropical valleys, and lost cities
  • Visit ancient indigenous rock art sites and learn how to throw a spear!
  • Canoe through the beautiful Katherine Gorge
  • Swim under cascading waterfalls in stunning natural pools

Trip Summary

Immerse yourself in the true wilderness and astonishing beauty of Australia’s outback. Join our epic twelve-day trip from Alice Springs to Darwin for the ultimate tour of Australia’s Northern Territory. In true walkabout style, you’ll get to experience treks through canyons in the Red Centre, set up camp before sleeping under the stars, and bathe in some of Australia’s most beautiful natural pools on an unmissable adventure with a group of like-minded people. Ending on the coast at the top end of the region, you’ll get the chance to chill out on the cool city beaches of Darwin before deciding where to go next!

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Trip Info

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

An early kick off at 7am, from Alice Springs you'll head to Yulara to relax with some lunch before a guided tour of the world-famous Uluru site. Then kick back in style with a glass of bubbly to watch the spectacular sunset from this iconic landmark before chilling out back at base around a proper Aussie BBQ.

Day 2: Uluru

Get a proper taste for the outback with a sunrise start to the day, followed by a full base walk of this sacred World Heritage site to discover hidden waterholes and some of Australia's diverse wildlife. You'll also have the opportunity to try out some optional activities not included on the trip like riding a Harley, going on a camelback tour, taking a scenic flight over Uluru, or having a guided night sky astrology tour.

Day 3: Uluru to Kings Canyon

Heading further into the National Park, today you'll be weaving your way through the striking giant sandstone formations that make up Kata-Tjuta on a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds. Then it's on to Kings Canyon to set up camp, complete with campfire and marshmallows, before bedding down in a traditional Aussie swag to sleep under the stars.

Day 4: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Get your walking boots ready for a guided hike of Australia's most famous canyon, and be prepared for some incredible views from the top of 'Heart Attack Hill' and in the maze of red rock that forms The Lost City. Then enjoy relaxing in the tropical waterhole of the Garden of Eden with a picnic before boarding the bus back to Alice Springs.

Day 5: Alice Springs

In the morning you'll visit the Western MacDonnell Ranges for a tour of the beautiful Simpsons Gap before walking the natural paths of Stanley Chasm for fantastic photo opportunities. Then after a late lunch back in Alice Springs, you'll have the afternoon to discover the town for yourself where you can visit the local Reptile Centre, Kangaroo Sanctuary, art galleries, or simply indulge in a little retail therapy. Or if you're feeling adventurous, why not book yourself a hot-air balloon ride?

Day 6: Alice Springs to Darwin

After a hearty breakfast you’ll set off to the airport to catch a flight to Darwin (included in this trip), where you'll be greeted by your new crew before taking some time out to relax.

Day 7: Free day in Darwin

Spend some time relaxing and discover the Northern Territory's capital for yourself. Maybe you'll opt to chill out on the sands of Mindil Beach until the hustle and bustle of the sunset markets descend, or perhaps you'll take a walk around the military museums. If you're feeling really brave, you could go and feed the saltwater crocs at Crocosaurus Cove, there's plenty to do, so make sure you've got surplus spending money to enjoy yourself.

Day 8: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Today the group will be heading to the lush greenery of Kakadu National Park. You'll visit the Bowali Visitors Centre in Jabiru to familiarise yourself with the fantastic scenery and amazing wildlife while finding out more about Australia's indigenous culture. In the evening catch up with the rest of the group around a sizzling BBQ.

Day 9: Kakadu National Park

Today's trip takes you through the National Park to Nourlangie Rock - home to a famous Aboriginal rock art site, where you'll get up close and personal to a piece of Australian history. Afterwards, you'll set off for an East Alligator River cruise to Arnhem Land  where you'll learn to throw a spear before climbing to a rocky lookout to watch the spectacular sunset over the Nardab Floodplain.

Day 10: Kakadu National Park to Katherine

Grab your swim gear for today's trip! In the south of Kakadu National Park you'll sit down with the group to enjoy lunch at one of the Northern Territory's best picnic spots, before taking a dip at natural beauty spot, Edith Falls. You'll end the day's events with a laid-back game of bowls followed by a BBQ with the locals in the town of Katherine.

Day 11: Katherine to Litchfield National Park

In the morning take in the sights and sounds of Katherine Gorge by canoe as you paddle between the cliffs down the pandanus-lined river. Afterwards, the group will hop back on the bus for the drive along the famous Stuart Highway (aka Explorer's Way) to Batchelor - the gateway town to tranquil Litchfield National Park.

Day 12: Litchfield National Park to Darwin

On the last day of our trip, you'll get to walk through the rainforest and valleys of Litchfield National Park before cooling down in the crystal-clear waters of Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole before lunch. Then in the afternoon, it's back to the coast to end your epic outback adventure. Why not grab a cold beer in the city and start thinking about where you'd like to go next?

Accommodation & Meals

This trip includes 10 night's shared accommodation in a variety of hostels, motels, cabins, and lodges, and includes a night under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag! The number of people in a room will vary depending on the type of accommodation, and is based on a same sex, multi-share basis.

Breakfast is included for each day of this trip, except on the first morning. Typically you'll have a selection of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea, or coffee to choose from.
Lunch will be provided for two days of your trip, and evening meals are included on four nights of the trip. These will consist mainly of tasty Aussie barbecues and daytime picnics to have while you're out and about enjoying your surroundings, and will be prepared by your road crew or by the accommodation providing the meal. If you have any dietary requirements, do let us know when you book. All other meals will be up to you to choose and pay for. Your road crew will be able to recommend the best places to eat in each location, and there will be plenty of different places for you to choose from in larger towns.      

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this tour is 18. A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in some of the activities, which include hiking and canoeing.

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before departing. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.

Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag?

You won't need a sleeping bag for this trip, all bedding is provided during the tour.

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.

What's The Group Size?

This tour is limited to a maximum number of 24 people.

How Much Spending Money Will I Need?

We recommend you allow $50-$75 per day for this trip. This is to cover daily expenses including any meals or refreshments not included in the cost of the trip, optional activities, and souvenirs.

Whats Included

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 10 nights in hostels, lodges, and cabins, 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Internal flight from Alice Springs to Darwin
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Sunset and sunrise experience at Uluru
  • Full base walk of Uluru World Heritage site
  • Guided walk through the Valley of the Winds at Kata-Tjuta
  • Camping at Kings Canyon to sleep under the stars
  • Hike through The Lost City
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges tour
  • Bowali Visitors Centre visit
  • Visits to Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • East Alligator River cruise
  • Spear throwing lesson
  • Sunset views over the Nardab Floodplain
  • Swimming at Edith Falls
  • Bowls game in Katherine
  • Canoeing at Katherine Gorge
  • Litchfield National Park rainforest and waterfalls
  • 24/7 emergency support 

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Australia
  • Travel insurance (we can help you arrange this)
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Some meals and refreshments
  • Optional activities


 

Flights

You should arrange flights to ensure you arrive in Alice Springs (ASP) the day before this tour begins, due to the early start on day 1 of the itinerary. If you would like further information or would like us to recommend accommodation, please feel free to get in touch and we'll talk you through the options.

Your programme finishes at approximately 5pm on day 12 in Darwin. We recommend you book accommodation in Darwin for this part of the journey, before making further travel arrangements, which we can help you with.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include. 

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