Take a day out from Sydney to the nearby iconic Blue Mountains and go bush walking, visit a wildlife park, see the Three Sisters rock formation, enjoy a BBQ lunch and see Wentworth waterfall.
All about the 20 Day Sydney To Darwin Tour Package
This 20 day Sydney to Darwin tour is our most popular trip here at Real Aussie Adventures. We get booked well in advance so get in quick to secure your spot.
To find out more about this adventure tour that takes in 3 states and 2 Territories; New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory check out our article on 10 reasons to travel Sydney to Darwin.
Find out what to do in Sydney before the trip please check out things to do in Sydney. If you have a little bit longer in Australia for travel check out our East Coast packages. They are suitable for those 18-80 years old and take in Fraser Island, Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. If you are an animal lover find out where to spot native Australian animals on our Australia tours check out our article here.
20 Day Sydney To Darwin Tour Package Itinerary - 20 days
Sydney to Yerong Creek
Journey through Wagga Wagga and Gundagai, to our Nations’ Capital City – Canberra. Today we discover the home of the Australian Story. See national attractions and hidden gems. The city’s national museums and attractions hold and share the treasures of our nation.
Continue the journey through to the Victorian high country to spend the night at an authentic Aussie farmstay property and experience true Australian hospitality amongst native wildlife. You will not forget this! (D)
Yerong Creek – Melbourne
Visit Victoria’s unfamiliar territory to the historic gold mining town of Beechworth. It’s magnificently preserved heritage buildings and mouth-watering local gourmet produce makes this stop one for the senses.
Learn about Australia’s fascinating bushrangers (outlaws) as you travel to Powers Lookout - what a great place for that postcard picture!
Bound by the Victorian Alps and the Murray River we journey through ever changing landscapes. Mix with locals and see Australia as you have never seen it before. Drive through the scenic landscape of Mansfield, the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, and feel the serenity at Bonnie Doon before landing at Kinglake.
Immerse yourself in a local wildlife rescue project that is sure to touch your heart. A donation to an animal welfare shelter is included as part of your cost.
Next stop – Melbourne! Overnight accommodation is included. (B)
Free day to explore Melbourne's cafes, lane way bars and shops, visit the seaside suburb of St Kilda. Or perhaps do a day tour to see the Penguins at Phillip Island. Overnight accommodation is included. (no meals)
Melbourne to Twelve Apostles
The first stops out of Melbourne are the famous surf coast icons, Torquay (home of surf wear brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver), Bells Beach and Anglesea. Further along the Great Ocean Road are the towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne where you can swim, explore or just relax with a cup of coffee. Parts of the Great Ocean Road were carved by returned WWI servicemen; their legacy has created one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. At the Otway National Park, it’s time for lunch and a walk through some ancient temperate (cool) rainforest. What better way to finish the day than with a sunset at the Twelve Apostles rock formation. Tonight you will stay in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. (LD)
Great Ocean Road to Grampians National Park
The highlights today on the Great Ocean Road include Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs not to mention the spectacular coastal scenery in the area. After lunch you will leave the coast and head inland to the Grampians National Park. Here you will spend the afternoon hiking to the bottom of MacKenzie Falls and enjoy the views from The Balconies lookout point. Later in the day, you might see kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. Tonight you will stay in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation. (BLD)
Grampians National Park to Adelaide
This morning you will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre before doing some more hiking in the beautiful Grampians. On the way to Adelaide you will stop at Mt. Arapiles for lunch. In the afternoon sit back and enjoy the landscapes and drive to Adelaide where you will arrive at approximately 7.00pm. Overnight accommodation is included. (BL)
A free day to relax or explore the city of Adelaide. Activities and meals are at additional cost. Overnight accommodation is included.
Adelaide to Quorn
We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we’re heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. Our first night is spent in the town of Quorn where we stay at historic accommodation. (LD)
Quorn to Coober Pedy
After an early start we drive to Coober Pedy, where most of the world’s supply of beautiful opals comes from. The landscape here is like you’ve landed on Mars. Enjoy a tour of an opal mine and there’s time to view the underground attractions of Coober Pedy. After a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and dinner you will sleep underground like the locals do in accommodation. (BLD)
Coober Pedy to Uluru
Today is all about the journey to Uluru (Ayers Rock). At ‘The Rock’ you will set up camp and enjoy your first Uluru sunset. (BLD)
Today you have a full day to spend around Uluru to do a walk around the base of Uluru and time to learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Lunch is prepared back at the campground and you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the timeless wonder of Uluru. (BLD)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon Resort
Breakfast today is at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds which cuts through the uniquely domed rock formations. After a tasty lunch, we get back on the bus for a drive to Kings Canyon Resort and our overnight stop. Optional extra activities (Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Bike Safaris) are available at Kings Creek Station on the way there. (BLD)
Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Enjoy the walk around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to access the lookout points and enjoy the views of the gorge, sandstone walls and the immense size of the canyon. You will get to see the renowned water hole known as the Garden of Eden. After our final lunch the final destination is Alice Springs where you will arrive at approximately 6:30pm. Overnight accommodation included. (BL)
Free day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Accommodation is included.
Alice Springs to Banka Banka station
Your adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins by crossing the Tropic of Capricorn just north of Alice Springs. The huge granite boulders known as the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) make for great photos. Tonight you will camp north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station. (LD)
Banka Banka to Mataranka region
On the drive up the Stuart Highway, the Daly Waters Pub is a great spot to take a break and have a cold beer. Historically, it has been an important watering hole for explorers and cattle drovers. End the day with a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees, where you will camp nearby. (BLD)
Mataranka to Darwin (via Katherine)
It’s an early start this morning for the short drive to 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 water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as you travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight accommodation in Darwin is included. (BL)
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
The first stop today is the Mary River Wetlands which are renowned for the 250 bird species that can be found here and the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. To get the best understanding of the area you will take an informative, private two-hour cruise (included) along the Mary River where you can spot ‘crocs’ and other wildlife. Your introduction to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River where you will also have lunch. The Bowali Visitor Centre is a good place to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. At Ubirr you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be interpreted by your guide. Here you will learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at a private campsite at Cooinda. (LD)
Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park
You will spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls+ where you can swim at the bottom of the waterfall and climb to the top of the falls. Relax in a natural infinity pool with a grand view of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. You will see why this picture postcard spot is such a favourite for all who visit. There’s a chance for a final swim after lunch in the lower plunge pool before leaving the national park to travel via Batchelor to an overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park. (BLD)
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (BL)
Camping 7 nts / Dorm 12 nights
Camping 7 nts / Backpacker Twin/Double 12 nts (8 x ensuite)
Camping 7 nts / Backpacker Single 12 nts (8 x ensuite)
National parc fee local payment
Sydney every Saturday excluding 04 Apr, 25 Apr, 31 Oct, 07 Nov, 12 Dec, 19 Dec, 26 Dec, 16 Jan, 23 Jan, 30 Jan, 12 Mar from Kings Cross @ 0720am Victoria St (about 100 metres from the Coca Cola sign), Base Hostel @ 0740am, YHA Central @ 0735am, Circular Quay @ 0755am (from in front of McDonalds on Loftus St) During November- March extra nights maybe required in Melbourne or Adelaide subject to tour departures.
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- This package is a combination of safari products and therefore the guide and passengers will differ during each section. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation (included) between each of the safaris.
- During the wet season Gunlom Falls may not be accessible and during this time we will visit the Yurmikmik region (either Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
- Camping/dorm customers will spend 12 nights in dorm, 3 nights camping in swags only, 2 nights in permanent safari tents and 2 nights in swags and pop-up tents. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 12 nights in a private room (8 nights private facilities, 4 nights shared facilities), 4 nights camping in swags and dome tents and 3 nights in a permanent safari tent (shared facilities)
- Twin/double fare can only be booked by two people travelling together.
- Single passengers will share a tent with another passenger of the same gender on the nights between Alice Springs and Darwin
- Twin/double/single passengers will need to pay a $20 payment for sleeping bag hire directly to their guide on departure from Alice Springs. Dorm customers will be required to pay the fee to their guide in Adelaide. Passengers are permitted to bring their own sleeping bags. Please specify this at time of booking.
- During November- March extra nights maybe required in Melbourne or Adelaide subject to tour departures.
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