Outback to the Top EndAdelaide to Darwin
You can't get Down Under through a bus window. If you're going to get off the tourist track, you'll have to shake things up a bit that's why we've turned to 4x4s, buses, and boats for this itinerary. Starting in charming Adelaide, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 14 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations.
Bed down in a swag under the Outback sky, experience a night underground in Coober Pedy, catch the sunset at Uluru, hike the Red Centre, explore Crocodile Dundee country at Kakadu National Park.
Private vehicle, boat, walking.
Hostels (7 nts), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nts multi-share.
Hands-on: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Recharge: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit. Underground mine tour. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala Walk and cultural centre visit (Uluru). Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon. Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory. Aboriginal art and craft centre visit. Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Adelaide
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Adelaide/Quorn (1B)
Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley, then it's on to Quorn.
Day 3 Quorn/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history.
Day 4 Flinders Ranges/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre.
Day 5 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)
Travel to the town of Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.
Day 6 Coober Pedy/Kings Creek (1B, 1D)
Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) around a campfire and sleep under the Outback sky.
Day 8 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aboriginal Australians.
Day 7 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon. Drive to Uluru, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly.
Day 11 Alice Springs/Daly Waters (1L)
Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel north via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals. Finish the day at Daly Waters and grab a drink at the local Outback pub teeming with character.
Day 12 Daly Waters/Katherine (1B, 1D)
Continue north, stopping for a visit at the Mataranka Hot Springs before setting up camp in Katherine. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a helicopter flight over the gorge taking in the stunning scenery.
Day 13 Katherine/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue north, stopping at Edith Falls. Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park-a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 14 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L)
Continue exploring Kakadu NP, stopping off at sacred rock art galleries. Head towards Litchfield National Park, stopping for a nature cruise to try and spot crocs.
Day 15 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B, 1L)
Tour Litchfield NP to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening.
Day 10 Alice Springs
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.
Day 9 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)
Discover more of the Red Centre with a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, then transfer to Alice Springs.