This 7 day Central Australia to Top End tour offers a value for money Northern Territory travel experience. On this tour, travel through the Red Centre, see Uluru, and camp in the Outback before spending 2 nights relaxing in Alice Springs before travelling up the 'track' visiting the icons of Kurlu Kurlu (Devil’s Marbles), Mataranka and Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) . Have a beer at the Daly Waters Pub and finish the tour in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. Renowned for its spectacular sunsets and colourful markets, Darwin is a vibrant city with something for everyone. This Northern Territory tour showcases Red Centre travel icons, Outback legends, and Top End sights to deliver an unforgettable and authentic Australian travel experience.
Tour Price Includes:
Professional tour guide, travel in an air-conditioned minibus, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, reference books, pillow, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
What you need to bring:
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (or can be hired for $20), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- ^Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Alice Springs however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari.
- This 7 day package is a combination of two safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.
- We recommend guests arrive on the Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights into Ayers Rock. Although we collect guests arriving on the later Qantas service please note guests will not receive a full experience at Uluru should they choose this service.
- Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense.
- Safari is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
- Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
- Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg).
In order to maximise your touring experience of Uluru, we recommend that you arrive into Ayers Rock Airport or before 1:05pm. The first pick up from Ayers Rock airport is 1:30pm. It is however possible to start this tour with a pick-up from Ayers Rock Airport on later flights (up to and including the Qantas SYD-AYQ service, which arrives at 2.50pm), Passengers being collected from Ayers Rock Airport at 3.10 pm (2.50 pm flight) will miss the Cultural Centre and due to time restrictions will take a shorter Uluru walk. They will still be able to do a base walk, just not the entire base of Uluru. Passengers being collected from the Ayers Rock Airport earlier than the above will not miss any of the sights except they will not be provided with lunch and will had to have eaten prior to pick up.
Day 1 (Lunch / Dinner)
Welcome to Day 1 of this Red Centre to Top End tour. You’re about to find out what it’s like to travel in the remote outback of Central Australia. Australian pioneers originally used camels for transport and cartage and you now have the opportunity to check out the view from atop a camel at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well (own expense). Shortly after we turn off the Stuart Highway we stop at Mount Ebenezer to check out the Aboriginal art and craft on display. The first monolith you will see is Mount Connor (Atila), an imposing mesa located on a flat salt pan – not to be confused with Uluru which is some 100km further along the track.
Travel to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park where your tour guide will take you on an interpretive base walk of Uluru and those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully
ask visitors not to climb it. The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of a mesmerising Uluru sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories with the tour group and star gazing at our private campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest in preparation for another day of active Red Centre travel.
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Wake early to experience a magnetic Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite. Early mornings are such a magical time in the desert, the perfect time to see Uluru. Afterwards, travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National
Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station where we camp for the night. Our campsite really is ‘wayoutback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station. Spending a night at a cattle station is an authentic Outback travel experience to cherish.
Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch)
Travel to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After a meal together, travel back to Alice Springs where two nights of dorm or budget ensuite (twin/single) accommodation awaits (dinner is at your own expense).
Use this day to rest, relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs independently. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dorm or budget ensuite (twin/single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included. With some incredible Top End travel experiences ahead, why not relax in preparation for the second half of this Northern Territory tour?
Day 5 (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00 am and then our adventure tour through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). 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. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
Day 6 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
No Territory tour is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers, travellers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback travel experience’! Later in the day, take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees before travelling to Katherine where our overnight camp awaits. Spend the night gazing at the millions of stars that make the Northern Territory such a popular travel destination.
Day 7 (Breakfast / Lunch)
Your tour guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the 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). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin where the friendly locals and sublime sunsets await! This is where this magical Northern Territory tour concludes, so be sure to spend some time relaxing in Darwin and farewelling your tour group mates.