3 Day “Cicada Dreaming” tour – Alice Springs to Darwin (AU$490)
There is a lot to see between Alice Springs and Darwin and this Wayoutback 3 day adventure offers a value for money experience. You will explore the precariously balanced Devils Marbles, stop for a cold drink at the historic Daly Waters Pub (home of Australia’s first international airport!), soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and have the opportunity to paddle along the peaceful waters of the Katherine Gorge.
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 on Tuesday & Saturday (April-October) and every Tuesday (November-March).
What you win
- FREE night in a 6 bed mixed dormitory or upgrade to a private double/twin for only AU$25 the night before or after your tour
- FREE pick up and drop off right in front of the hostel
- Get ready for your tour with the help of Alice’s Secret or relax after it by enjoying the beautiful garden and the cosy atmosphere of our little oasis.
- 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 Banka Banka Cattle Station
(Lunch, Dinner) You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am 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) 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 2 – 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 3 – Katherine to Darwin
(Breakfast, Lunch) Your guide will wake you early this morning before a 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.
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 3 days