7 Day “Rock to Top” Alice Springs – Uluru – Darwin Adventure Tour ( from AU$880)
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 Karlu Karlu (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.
This tour also travels in the opposite direction – please get in touch for more information about this option. It is recommended for people aged 18-40.
This tour departs every Tuesday and Friday (May-October) and every Friday (November-March).
What you win
- FREE night in a 6 bed mixed dormitory or upgrade to a private double/twin for only AU$25
- $30 OFF tour price as a thank you for booking with us
- professional guide
- travel in an air-conditioned minibus
- all meals (as listed on itineraries)
- camping equipment including swags
- drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
Day 1 – Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
(Lunch/Dinner) It’s an early rise if you are joining us in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock where we will meet our fellow travellers joining us there. On arrival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and discover life atop one of the regions earliest forms of transport. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb it). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
Day 2 – Ayers Rock to Kings Creek Station:
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive 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.
Day 3 – Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs:
(Breakfast / Lunch) This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home to 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 our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Two nights dorm (upgrade to a basic Double/Twin/Single AU$20 per night, subject to availabitlity) accommodation at Alice’s Secret Travellers Inn are included (dinner is at own expense).
Day 4 – Free Day in Alice Springs
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense (see reception for tips from locals on where to go ;-)…). Dorm or Budget (Twin/Single) accommodation at Alice’s Secret Travellers Inn are included.
Day 5 – Alice Springs to Banka Banka Cattle Station:
(Lunch / Dinner) You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00 am and then our adventure 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), 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 – Banka Banka Cattle Station to Katherine:
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) 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’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees before journeying to Katherine and our overnight camp.
Day 7 – Katherine to Darwin
(Breakfast / Lunch) Your guide will wake you early 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 waters (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 magical sunsets await!
What to bring
- wide brimmed hat
- insect repellent
- water bottle (1.5 litres)
- walking shoes/boots
- sleeping bag (or can be hired for $30)
- swim wear, towel
- comfortable and casual clothing for 7 days