Australia North to South Darwin to Adelaide
Between Darwin and Adelaide there's a lot to see, so be prepared to pack a whole lot into this two-week itinerary. Heading south from the North Territory, you'll be making stops at two of Australia's great National Parks Kakadu and Litchfield checking out wildlife, waterfalls, and more. Experience just how vast the Outback is while driving towards Alice Springs, then make your way to the Red Centre and witness the magic of Uluru. From there head over to Coober Pedy, where you'll see what a small town does to beat the extreme heat (hint: look down), as well as a few historical sites before you reach Adelaide.
Explore Kakadu National Park, spot crocs on a river cruise, clink glasses at an Outback pub, awe at majestic Uluru, sleep underground in Coober Pedy.
Private vehicle, boat, walking.
Hostels (6 nts), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share.
Recharge: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley. Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory. Aboriginal art and craft centre visit. Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs. Underground mine tour. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala Walk around Uluru and visit to the cultural centre. Hike at Kings Canyon (seasonal). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 14 Adelaide
Depart at any time.
Day 2 Darwin/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Set off early from Darwin and head to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds. Later, go on a wetland nature cruise to try and spot crocs. Stretch out in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) and sleep under the stars.
Day 3 Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park-a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 1 Darwin
Arrive at any time.
Day 4 Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge (1B, 1D)
Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way.
Day 5 Katherine/Daly Waters (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a free morning. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. Stop off at nearby hot springs, then travel to the small town of Daly Waters. Hit up the local watering hole for a true Outback experience.
Day 6 Daly Waters/Alice Springs (1B, 1L)
Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel south to Alice Springs via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals.