We often get asked 'What's the difference between these popular 10-day tour packages that allow travelers to see the Red Centre and Top End highlights in the region and all points in between?' 

These tours appear very similar but are in fact quite different:

Here we look at the key differences between the tours:

  • - Tour package components
  • - Accommodation
  • - Camp facilities and location
  • - Vehicle
  • - Itinerary
  • - Age groups
  • - Price
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Tour Package Components

Both the 10 day Crocodile Rock and the 10-day 4WD upgrade tours in both directions are packages. Which means they are a combination of three different tours with three nights of accommodation between the tours. The tours and accommodation types between the tours is different, however.

The Crocodile Rock tour package is made up of the 3 day Cockatoo Dreaming Red Centre Tour + 3 day Alice Springs <> Darwin tour + 3 day Buffalo Dreaming tour + 3 nights of a dorm, twin/double or single room accommodation in backpacker hostels in Alice Springs or Darwin.

Our Crocodile Rock tour package with 4WD Upgrade tour package is made up of the 3 day 4WD Goanna Dreaming tour + 3 day Alice Springs <> Darwin tour + 3 day 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming tour + 3 nights of a dorm, twin/double or single room accommodation in backpacker hostels in Alice Springs or Darwin.

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Accommodation

Accommodation between tours:

The Crocodile Rock tour package has three nights in a dorm, twin/double or single room accommodation backpacker hostels between the tours. Two nights will be spent in Alice Springs at the Haven backpackers and one night will be spent at the Youth Shack backpackers.

The 10 day 4WD upgraded tour package has three nights in a dorm, twin/double or single room accommodation in backpacker hostels between the tours. Two nights will be spent in Alice Springs at the Haven backpackers and one night will be spent at the Youth Shack backpackers.

Accommodation on tour:

Both tours are camping with comfort. However, type of camping differs.

On the Crocodile Rock tour package you will sleep in sleeping bags in a swag (a mattress wrapped in canvas material) on the ground around the camp fire or you will have a basic dome tent you can put up yourself. You can hire a sleeping bag for $20.

On the upgraded Darwin to Alice/ Alice to Darwin tour package you will stay in large permanently erected tents for the first 2 nights and the last 2 nights on tour. These tents are twin-share and have proper beds, and some of them have a double bed with a single bunk above them for triples and children travelling with parents. You will sleep in a sleeping bag on the bed. The sleeping bags are included as part of the tour price. Permanent tents are not used for the 2 nights between Darwin and Alice Springs. A sleeping bag and swag (Aussie bedroll) are supplied for these nights. Self erected pop up tents can be supplied if requested before the tour for these nights.

Dome tents (Crocodile Rock - Top End Buffalo Dreaming tour):

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CAMPING FACILITIES AND LOCATION

The Wayoutback Wanderer tour camps are in more remote locations versus more well established camping areas for the Crocodile Rock tour. This is to give those customers paying more money not only greater comfort but also a more private experience.

On the Crocodile Rock tour there are basic dining facilities but you still have a hot shower and flushing toilet.

On the Wayoutback Wanderer tour there needs more space for its permanent tents. This also means more space and more developed eating areas with fly screens and proper seating.

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Vehicle

Both tour packages use the same 3 day tour between Alice Springs and Darwin. This tour travels in a 24 seat mini Coach.

The Crocodile Rock tour uses a 24-seat Mini Coach. If full there will be 24 people on the tour plus the guide.

The Wayoutback Wanderer tour uses a 16 or 21-seat large 4WD (four wheel drive) vehicle. If full, there will be 16 or 21 people on the tour plus the tour guide.

The leg room and windows are larger on the 4WD vehicle.

4WD vehicle (Wayoutback Wanderer tour):

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Itinerary

Between Alice Springs and Darwin:

Both tour packages use the same 3 day Cicada Dreaming tour between Alice Springs and Darwin. The accommodation used will be different depending on whether the traveller is on a Wayoutback Wanderer or Crocodile Rock package.

Top End:

The 4WD vehicle used on the Dragonfly Dreaming tour provides access to Jim Jim and Twin Falls from June to November which are the highest waterfalls in Kakadu National Park and are more remote. You can't access these areas in a 2WD vehicle, which is what is used on the Buffalo Dreaming tour.

The Dragonfly Dreaming tour (and all other Top End 4WD tours) now include a 90 minute cultural experience with the Pudakul Aboriginal community. The Buffalo dreaming tour does not have this specific cultural interaction.

Summary of places visited on the Buffalo Dreaming tour:

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River wetlands and cruise
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Gunlom Falls

Summary of places visited on Dragonfly Dreaming:

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River Wetlands and cruise
  • 90 minute cultural experience with the Pudakul Aboriginal community
  • Twin and Jim Jim Falls
  • Nawurlandja Lookout
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Nadab Lookout
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Mamukala Wetlands

Dragonfly Dreaming tour map:

Buffalo Dreaming tour map:

 

Red Centre:

The itineraries in terms of the attractions seen and the walks done are basically the same on both tours.

However, the 3 day 4WD Goanna Dreaming Red Centre tour will travel on some dirt roads away from the main sealed roads for a different experience of the region.

Goanna Dreaming route map:

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Age Groups

Due to the price, the age group is usually more in the range of 18-30 on the Crocodile Rock tour package.

The Wayoutback Wanderer tour packages will usually have a slightly older average age and a wider spread of ages. It's also a better tour to take children under 18 on because of the additional camping comforts and mature level of the travellers, but no children under 8 years please.

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