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Darwin To Alice Springs Northern Exposure Adventure Tour

Fun and adventure on this 6 day camping tour

Travel from Darwin to Alice Springs and take in the beautiful areas of Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) National Parks as well as other highlights including Mataranka and Devil's Marbles.  

Highlights of this fantastic six-day tour include:

Mary River Wetlands
Kakadu National Park 
Litchfield National Park
Florence Falls
Wangi Falls*
Buley Rockhole
Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds
Crocodile and Wildlife cruise
Bowali Visitor Centre
Ubirr
Twin and Jim Jim Falls*
Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Boat or Canoe Katherine Gorge (optional)
Mataranka Thermal Pools
Daly Waters Pub 
Banka Banka Cattle Station
Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) 
Tropic of Capricorn 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 18+

Fitness Requirement: Must be able to walk 6km in hot environment

What's included

  • Pick up from central DRW accomm
  • Professional guide
  • Travel in an air-conditioned mini-bus and 4WD
  • Camping equipment including swag, twin-share tent (Top End only) pillow and pillow case
  • One night hostel accomm (dorm, twin/share or single)
  • Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
  • Drop off at central ASP accomm

What To Bring

  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking shoes/boots
  • Swimwear
  • Swimming and/or bath towel
  • Insect repellent and fly net (if insects bother you)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle (1.5 litres)
  • Torch
  • Sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own and not hire one)
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable and casual clothing for six days in a soft bag

Itinerary

Day 1 : Darwin to Kakadu via Mary River region
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. 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. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite for dinner and our overnight stay.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Kakadu to Litchfield National Park via Twin and Jim Jim Falls*
This morning the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. After breakfast and departing camp we travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls* for a day of adventure and exploration. Travelling into Twin Falls by 4WD track, a boat shuttle and finally a rocky track and boardwalk, we will be rewarded by the beauty of this remote waterfall deep within Kakadu National Park. Afterwards we stay off the beaten track where a walk through monsoon forests and over boulders leads us to Jim Jim Falls. Surrounded by 150 metre cliffs, we spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of this majestic location. This afternoon we depart Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park where we will stop along the way at our private campsite. Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow adventurers.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin where overnight hostel accommodation is included.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : Darwin to Katherine Gorge National Park
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then 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 campsite nearby.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Katherine Gorge to Banka Banka via Mataranka
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Banka Banka to Alice Springs
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

Departs                                              Darwin accommodation from 6.00am
Finishes                                             Alice Springs at approximately 5.30pm

AUD $25
Some of our tours require a local fee for National Parks that need to be paid directly to your guide while on tour.

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Nature
  • Adventure
  • Outback

Available Extras

Customers are required to pay their $25 per person National Park Fee via credit card when reconfirming their tour for all tours departing until 31 March 2019. National Park Entry Fees included for all tours departing after 01 April 2019.
Travel from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 19 - $25 per person

Seasonal Twin Falls boat shuttle fee of $12.50 is collected on day of travel and not included in price.

Boat cruise or canoe at Katherine Gorge is an optional activity and not included in price.

Those with specific dietary requirements may need to bring food supplements and snacks. Please inform us of dietary requirements at time of booking and confirm details with reservations when reconfirming tour.

Sleeping bag hire is a $50 local payment or you can bring your own. Must be pre-booked

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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This 6-day tour brings you to several highlights in the Northern Territory. Explore the Kakadu and Litchfield National parks, discover the Mataranka and Devils Marbles and enjoy the beautiful scenery while cruising through the landscape with a comfortable 4WD.