Cicada Dreaming Darwin to Alice Springs Tour

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Over three days and two nights travel between Darwin and Alice Springs visiting the peaceful water of Katherine Gorge, the Mataranka Thermal Pools, the historic Daly Waters Pub and the precariously balanced Devils Marbles.

Highlights of this fantastic three-day tour include:

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: 5+. See note for pax over 60

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
  • Camping equipment including swag, pillow and pillow case
  • 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 three days in a soft bag


Day 1 : 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 2 : 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 3 : 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


Darwin                                                         From central accommodation from 6:00am

Alice Springs                                               5.30 pm approximately

Optional Excursions

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

  • Outback
  • National Parks
  • Hiking

Available Extras

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 $30 local payment or you can bring your own. Must be pre-booked

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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On this 3-day tour from Darwin to Alice Springs, you will travel in Australia's amazing Red Centre. Soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, enjoy the peaceful waters of Katherine Gorge and discover Australia's first international airport.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Trip Advisor

    I joined the WayOutback Cicada Dreaming Darwin to Alice Springs Safari tour on 10 Sep with guide, Josh.  I'm really glad that I took up the tour and enjoyed the beautiful scenary along the way eg Katherine Gorge, Bitter Springs and Devils Marbles etc. Josh made sure that we had sufficient time at each attraction, planned our meals and numerous toilet stops. Great job, Josh!  I'm relieved that there's hot shower at the camp sites and place to charge our handphones.  So happy with the big, nice and clean toilets.  It's very enjoyable to sleep in swag around the campfire.  Ignore the 19 to 40 age group, half of the tour members do not fall under this age group.  It's much interesting to have a mix as everyone is friendly and shared their vast knowledge and experience.  There's nothing that retirees cannot do for this tour.

    On Trip Advisor

    Picked up from my Hostel and only 5 of us on the tour so had room to spread out on bus. Brad was our tour leader probably not the most enthusiastic tour leader I've had but he was certainly friendly enough.
    Day 1 - Darwin to Katherine - stopped to see the Croc Dundee pub, had a swim at Katherine and a nice bush walk, had a great BBQ dinner and sat around the fire at our first private camp ground.
    Day 2 - Katherine to Banka Banka Cattle Station. Up early to get to Mataranka before the other tourists, went to a secluded spring for the morning, We visited Daly Waters pub for lunch and stayed the night at Banka Banka, had a nice meal and again sat around the fire.
    Day 3 Banka Banka to Alice Springs accommodation. We visited Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). We stopped here a photo, had a quick detour and grabbed some Mango Ice creams from local farm. We also visited the Big Man. Got into Alice at about 5.30pm after our individual drop offs. I was lucky it was market night so finished my amazing trip off with a wander along the mall markets and had a variety of international snacks.