This adventure offers a value for money Red Centre experience for travellers who are short on time - the safari commences in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock (Uluru) airport or resort and finishes at Ayers Rock Resort. Travel in an air-conditioned four-wheel-drive and absorb the fascinating information of the area and its people provided by your professional guide – all of this while travelling with other active travellers from all over the world.
All about the 10 Day Alice Springs To Darwin Crocodile Rock Tour Package
This 10-day Alice Springs to Darwin adventure that takes you all the way from the Red Centre to the Top End. Join fun-loving and active travelers from all over the world on this immense travel experience, which offers you an incredible time in the Outback.
Highlights include a marvellous experience watching the sun set over Uluru, chance to see saltwater crocodiles in Mary River or Yellow waters Wetlands, postcard-perfect environment throughout Kakadu National Park and the spectacular termite mounds within Litchfield National Park. We vary the waterfalls we visit season dependant in Kakadu National Park. When the famous Jim Jim and Twin Falls are open in Kakadu we will take you there to hike and explore.
Day one of the tour starts in Alice Springs as you head out to the magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock). This famous Rock will be yours to explore for the next couple of days, completing the base walk, seeing the sunset here and rise early the next day. We stay at private campsites near Uluru (Ayers Rock) on night one and Kings Canyon on night two, giving you the opportunity to sleep around a campfire in an Aussie Swag. You also have the opportunity to hike Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Our knowledgeable tour guide to take you through the outback and experience the famous sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The next 3 days you make your way north through the Northern Territory. As you traverse the country from Alice Springs to Darwin marvel at the precariously balanced Devils Marbles, stop for a cold drink at the historic Daly Waters Pub, soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and explore the peaceful water of the Katherine Gorge. Plenty of ground to cover from Alice Springs to Darwin but some wonderful outback to see.
After a night in Darwin, you will then head to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks on your final 3 days of this great outback journey. Look our across the flood plains at Ubirr Rock, admire ancient Aboriginal rock art, and take a wildlife cruise. Sleep overnight in swags at our private campsites, enjoy cooking as a group and a few beers. Then its time for waterfalls! Hike and swim at various waterfalls in both Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, for a tropical end to your adventure. The tour ends on the evening of day 10 in Darwin, with all your new friends, a camera full of fantastic photos and plenty of tales to tell.
10 Day Alice Springs To Darwin Crocodile Rock Tour Package Itinerary - 10 days
Alice Springs to Uluru
It’s an early rise if you are joining in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock where you will meet your fellow travellers joining 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 your private campsite before another active day tomorrow. (L*D)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise, 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 you travel to Kings Creek Station to spend the night at your private camp. (BLD)
Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
This morning you will enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of 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 your final meal together, enjoy the journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight hostel accommodation is included in Alice Springs tonight. (BL)
Free day in Alice Springs
If you choose to start your Crocodile Rock package on a Tuesday or Friday, you will have a free day in Alice Springs. If you choose to start on Wednesday or Saturday, your accommodation in Alice Springs is included on night three only and you will commence your journey north to Banka Banka on Day 4. Your free day will then be spent in Darwin on Day 7. Your touring days will remain the same, it is only where you spend your free day that changes, depending on your chosen departure day.
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
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 also camp overnight. (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. (BL)
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
May to October - You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife.
Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and our overnight stay. (LD)
November to April - Departing Darwin at 7am, the first stop on your adventure is Ubirr Rock, one of the main cultural sites within Kakadu National Park. 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. In the afternoon visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to learn about the 40,000 years of Aboriginal occupation within the park. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in our private air-conditioned accommodation at Cooinda. (LD)
Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park
May to October - Today we explore two of the most popular jewels of Kakadu National Park, the big waterfalls of Twin & Jim Jim, only accessible by four-wheel-drive. To reach Twin Falls we travel over 4WD track and then take a boat shuttle (extra cost as part of your compulsory local payments) followed by a rocky walking track and boardwalk - but it's all worth the effort as we explore this remote waterfall of Kakadu. We then travel through monsoon forests and over boulders to get to Jim Jim Falls, surrounded by 150-metre cliffs. After an awe-inspiring day, we bid farewell to Kakadu and make our way to our private campsite near Litchfield National Park for the night. (BLD)
November to April - Up early this morning to enjoy a crocodile cruise on the Yellow Waters billabong. A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system.
Later, enjoy a half day hike and swim at the beautiful Gubara Springs* and/or Gunlom Falls*, and walk to the top of the Nawurlandja lookout with spectacular views over Kakadu. Late afternoon we travel to Mount Bundy Homestead, close by Litchfield National Park where you will enjoy dinner at our private campsite before retiring to the homestead and your air-conditioned lodge rooms (with ensuite) (BLD)
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin. (BL)
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Camping + 3 nights Multi-share
Camping + 3 nights Budget Twin
Camping + 3 nights Budget Single
Camping + 3 nights Multi-share if booked 90 days in advance of your departure date
Camping + 3 nights Budget Twin if booked 90 days in advance of your departure date
Camping + 3 nights Budget Single if booked 90 days in advance of your departure date
National par fee local payment
Saturday (plus Wednesday, April to October) - 6 nights camping, 1-night hostel Alice Springs, 2 nights hostel Darwin
Friday (plus Tuesday, April to October) - 6 nights camping, 2 nights hostel Alice Springs, 1-night hostel Darwin
Alice Springs 5.00am
Outback Pioneer 1.00pm
Ayers Rock Airport 12.55pm or 1.55pm depending on season
Ayers Rock Airport 3.10pm Year round*
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- ^Single fare option passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Darwin and Alice Springs, however, will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari.
- Twin option can only be booked by two people travelling together.
- *Twin and Jim Jim Falls may not be accessible between the tropical summer months. During this time we will visit Gunlom Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
- This 10-day package is a combination of three safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.
- If joining at Ayers Rock Resort or Airport, you will do so after lunch. Please be dressed in comfortable walking clothing and footwear, have a water bottle, hat and sunscreen handy.
- *Those booking the 15.10 pick up from AYQ Airport will not have time to complete a full base walk of Uluru and will miss the Cultural Centre visit. A shorter walk of Uluru is still possible when arriving at this time.
- You will sleep in swags as standard in the Red Centre and have the option to hire a single pop-up tent for a $60 local payment. Sleeping bag hire is a $30 local payment. Both items must be pre-booked. A tent will be provided free of charge on the camping nights between Alice Springs and Darwin and in Kakadu and Litchfield.
- Passengers under the age of 18 are not permitted to travel on this package and should book the 3 Day 4WD Goanna Dreaming Red Centre Safari, the 3 Day Cicada Dreaming Alice Springs to Darwin Tour and the 3 Day 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Top End Safari accompanied by an adult.
- This tour is primarily booked by travellers between the age of 18 & 35. If you are outside of this age bracket are advised to book the 3 Day 4WD Goanna Dreaming Red Centre Safari, the 3 Day Cicada Dreaming Alice Springs to Darwin Tour and the 3 Day 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Top End Safari accompanied by an adult.
- If you begin your tour in Alice Springs are permitted to bring 10kg of luggage in a soft bag, with the remainder stored at their Alice Springs accommodation. Customers beginning at Ayers Rock have a luggage limit of 23kg per person + a small carry-on day pack. Please no hard-shell or plastic suitcases. Please pack the items you will need for the trip in the day pack to avoid having to access your main bag frequently. You are permitted to bring 23kg of luggage and a small day pack between Alice Springs and Darwin. Luggage is restricted to 10kg per person in a soft bag or backpack.
- Travel insurance is recommended. Get a quote here.
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