The Rock, Rail and Kakadu
Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (1L,1D)
Meet at 5:45am and depart Alice Springs at 6am sharp. See Joining Hotel in the trip details or your voucher for the meeting location. Pre-accommodation is available at the meeting location; please speak to your sales agent to book. Pass by Erldunda, Lake Amadeus and Mt Connor en route, then stop at Curtain Springs cattle station for a quick break. Stop in the small town of Yulara for a homemade lunch, then stop off at the Uluru cultural centre to gain some more knowledge of the flora, fauna and Aboriginal people of the area. Stop the base of Uluru for a guided Mala Walk, which includes a more in depth explanation of the area and Uluru. From there, continue onto the sunset viewing point to watch the sun dip behind the impressive Uluru and enjoy a glass of bubbly and snacks. At night, experience the Red Centre the most unique way possible by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. Enjoy a dinner cooked on the barbeque then enjoy the stars in the outback sky. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets. The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. *NOTE: This tour begins very early on Day 1. We recommend booking a pre-departure night in Alice Springs.
Day 2 Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station (1B,1L,1D)
Awake before dawn to view the invariably stunning sunrise over Uluru before digging into breakfast. Travel to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the beautiful red rock formations of the Valley of the Winds. Return to Yulara for lunch, then continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the area or get off road on a quad bike.
Day 3 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs (1B,1L)
After breakfast, set off on a 4km hike through Kings Canyon, including the natural Amphitheatre, the North and South Walls and the Garden of Eden. En route back to Alice Springs, visit a camel farm where there is an option to ride one of the camels. Opt to join the group for a night out in Alice Springs.
Day 4 The Ghan Train
Free morning to explore Alice Springs. Embark on The Ghan Train at approximately 6pm. The overnight train is comfortable and there is a café on board where you can buy meals. Sit back and enjoy the scenery pass by as the train travels from the Red Centre to the Top End of Australia. There are no power outlets on the train, so make sure all your gadgets are fully charged and ready to go! Estimated travel time: 15 hours Travel distance: 1,489 km
Day 5 Darwin
The Ghan Train makes a stop at Katherine for a 4 hour break. There are a number of activity options to choose from. A transfer to Katherine's Gorge is included and from there feel free to choose the activity that suits you. Opt to simply walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge.
FOR TRIPS DEPARTING MAY THROUGH OCTOBER
Day 6 Darwin/Kakadu National Park (1L,1D)
Early departure to Corroboree Billabong for an included wildlife and crocodile-spotting cruise. Visit Ubirr to look at the indigenous rock art. Stop at an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the ideas behind the creations. Overnight at our campsite near Jim Jim Falls (seasonal from May-October). At Jim Jim Falls there are options to sleep in a tent or outside under the night sky in a swag (canvas bedroll). During the wet season (usually November - April) groups will stay in dorm accommodation (located outside the park) to avoid the rain. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km
Day 7 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B,1L,1D)
Embark early on a full day of exploring. Hike to the top of Twin Falls for great views and an outstanding swimming spot. Walk to Jim Jim Falls and take in the sandstone cliffs while taking time to cool off in the refreshing plunge pools. Travel to our overnight camp near Litchfield, swags (canvas bedrolls) or tents await. End the night with a group BBQ. NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. During the rainy season the accommodations will be dorm-style and we will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 200 km
Day 8 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B,1L)
An early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls with opportunities to go for a swim. Visit the Buley Rockholes and see the amazing giant termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival at approximately 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 170 km
FOR TRIPS DEPARTING NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL
Day 6 Darwin/Litchfield NP (1L,1D)
Depart from Darwin at 6:30am, an early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence and Tolmer Falls and cool off with a swim. Visit the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds before continuing on to the Adelaide River for a croc cruise.
Day 7 Kakadu NP (1B,1L,1D)
Cross into Kakadu National Park and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre, learn about some rock art and hike down to a breathtaking gorge with various pools.
Day 8 Kakadu NP/Darwin (1B,1L,1D)
Get an early start to visit Gunlom Falls for a walk and a swim before visiting the beautiful Ikoymarrwa for a swim, a site accessible only with a special permit. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening, please book departure flights after 8pm.