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Alice's Secret Travellers Inn

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.

Tour Inclusions

  • 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)

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Itinerary

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

  • Torch
  • wide brimmed hat
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • water bottle (1.5 litres)
  • walking shoes/boots
  • sleeping bag (or can be hired for $30)
  • toiletries
  • swim wear, towel
  • camera
  • comfortable and casual clothing for 3 days

Please fill out the booking form to start organising your Cicada Dreaming adventure

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    Tour departs Tuesday & Saturday (April-October) and every Tuesday (November-March)

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    Covid-19 Information

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our operations have been severely impacted. So here’s just some info on how we are going about all this.

    We are OPEN for business and we are working closely with the Department of Health. Hence you can be assured that we are going the extra mile to keep our staff, current and future guests safe.

    Given the circumstances any guest wishing to stay with us is required to provide the completed border arrival form and show evidence about the whereabouts over the past month.
    Reception hours are limited but don't worry, you will be able to get a hold of us via email ([email protected]) or over the phone (+61 (0)8 8952 8686) until 7 pm daily.
    Please get in touch to schedule a check-in time or discuss any queries or questions - we're happy to help :-).

    Note that we reserve the right to cancel reservations at any time if we are under the impression that accepting a booking will keep us from complying with the rules.

    From July 17th NT borders will be open to many areas of Australia, however remain closed to arrivals from from declared hotspot areas.
    If you are travelling from a hotspot area you will you will be directed into mandatory supervised quarantine in an identified facility in Alice Springs, and charged $2500.

    See https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au for more detailed information.

    These are very tough times and we are hoping to get through this, so we can still be there for you on the other side. If you feel like supporting us, please BOOK DIRECT once travel becomes possible again. Small thing for you, big impact for us ;-).

    Thank you and stay healthy & strong!

    Love,

    Seb and Miriam