Spend the day exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Hike the Ghost Gum Walk into the majestic Ormiston Gorge before spending time relaxing at the stunning Ormiston Waterhole.
All about the 10 Day Alice Springs To Darwin Crocodile Rock Package with 4WD upgrade
The Northern Territory can be called Australia’s natural theme park, from the tropical coastal regions of the Top End to the ancient deserts of the Centre. There is so much to see and do and a whole host of new experiences that will thrill and captivate both young and old alike.
This tour is great for families with children aged over 5 years. A tour in the Northern Territory offers families an opportunity to spend some quality time together in the outback. Whilst also learning more about our own country, its wildlife and colourful characters as well as its rich cultural and social history. This Alice Springs to Darwin tour is also great for those who prefer a bit more comfort when camping.
On tour walking and hiking in Kakadu National Park, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon require a good level of fitness.
Kakadu National Park: Good level of fitness is required for Gunlom Falls and Jim Jim Falls
Uluru: Moderate level of fitness required. The base walk is on flat ground.
Kata Tjuta: Good level of fitness required. Walking on uneven surface required to complete the Valley of the Winds walk
Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for four-hour walk around the canyon’s rim.
10 Day Alice Springs To Darwin Crocodile Rock Package with 4WD upgrade
Tour itinerary - 10 Days
Alice Springs to Uluru
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early at approximately 6.00am, we complete ticketing and introductions and then hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime. (For those commencing the tour at Uluru we will collect you after lunch).
Our journey begins heading south to Erldunda travelling through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for refreshments and a Camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artifacts. On the way to Uluru we stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip.
After a stop for lunch and to collect our guests starting at Ayers Rock Airport, we head to the Cultural Centre and the opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa) before a short, guided walk at the base of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it).
Of course no Uluru tour would be complete without experiencing the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert at our private camp complete with swags and permanent safari tents. (L,D)
Uluru to Kings Creek Station
From a lookout close to our campsite we can view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a leisurely 7km walk through the "Valley of the Winds". After a stop at the resort for fuel and refreshments, we're off to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights' private bush camp, complete with bush toilet and shower. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and gives you a real feel for the outback. Dinner around the campfire makes for a very social time with another night out under the stars. (B,L,D)
Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs
A leisurely start to the day before we head off to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka. We'll visit the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’.
Later we start making our way back to Alice Springs travelling on a typical outback dirt road. Dinner is at own expense tonight. Hostel accommodation is included. (B,L)
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. (L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L)
Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Litchfield National Park
At an early start from Darwin at approximately 7am we make our way to the first stop of our trip, Litchfield National Park. Known for its great swimming waterfalls, you will get to hike and explore areas such as Florence and Wangi Falls*, where you will also enjoy a picnic lunch. Learn about the intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds, which are abundant in the park, and view the beautiful spring-fed streams and sandstone escarpments.
After lunch it's time to bid the sealed road goodbye, as our true four-wheel-drive adventure begins along Old Jim Jim Road taking us deep into Kakadu National Park. As we pass billabongs and cross several waterways, you have the opportunity to spot some of the great wildlife of the park including amazing birdlife, crocodiles and various reptiles.
In the evening we spend time at our private campsite in Cooinda, enjoying dinner and stories from the day before retiring to our permanent camp nearby. (L,D)
Kakadu National Park
It's a beautiful start to the morning as we embark on a wildlife cruise on the famous Yellow Waters billabong. The Aboriginal-owned award-winning cruise gives us the opportunity to spot some remarkable and diverse wildlife including the iconic crocodile.
We then head to Nourlangie Rock nearby where you can see how the local indigenous people lived in the area through the generations. The environmental and social changes of the area are evident in the rock art and surrounding areas where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.
It's then onto the Bowali Visitor Centre which is named after the land owned by the Mirarr clan. The audio-visual presentations will give you in an insight into the Aboriginal art from artists within Kakadu and surrounding areas.
Our final site for the day is Ubirr Rock, a significant cultural site within Kakadu National Park. Here you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be explained and interpreted by your guide, including a famous story about the Rainbow Serpent. We climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and into Arnhem Land as the sun sets.
In the evening we spend time at our private campsite enjoying dinner and stories from the day. (B,L,D)
Kakadu National Park to Darwin
Today the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. Departing early we travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls. Explore Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by 4-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track and boardwalk. Once there relax on the sandy banks and admire the falls. There’s more 4-wheel driving as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders takes us to the waterfall and plunge pool which are surrounded by 150 metre cliffs.
Spend the afternoon taking in the sheer beauty of your spectacular surrounds before relaxing as we make our way back to Darwin and your accommodation after three magical days of adventure, wildlife, rich in cultural history and natural beauty. (B,L)
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6 nights Camping + 3 nights Multi-share.
6 nights Camping + 3 nights Budget Twin (2 x ensuite)
6 nights Camping + 3 nights Budget Single (2 x ensuite)
Seasonal Twin Falls boat fee
Saturday (plus Wednesday, from May to October 2019 and 2020) - 6 nights camping, 1-night hostel Alice Springs, 2 nights hostel Darwin
Friday (plus Tuesday from May to October 2019 and 2020 expect for 25 Dec and 1 Jan) - 6 nights camping, 2 nights hostel Alice Springs, 1-night hostel Darwin
Pick up in Alice Springs 5.00am
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- ^Single fare option passengers will be provided with a single hostel 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 traveling together.
- *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).
- 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. Swags are used for the overland journey between Alice Springs and Darwin.
- 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.
- Customers beginning their 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 daypack. Please, no hard-shell or plastic suitcases. Please pack the items you will need for the trip in the daypack to avoid having to access your main bag frequently. You are permitted to bring 23kg of luggage and a small daypack between Alice Springs and Darwin. Luggage is restricted to 10kg per person in a soft bag or backpack.
- Onward travel must be booked for the day after this tour/package finishes.
- This tour requires a certain level of participation from guests. This may include assisting and cleaning afterward with the preparation of meals, collecting firewood and sweeping out tents.
- This tour is suitable for children over 5 years old. Please let us know a the time of booking your date of birth. Medical clearance is needed for passengers over 60 years old.
- Travel Insurance is recommended. Get a quote here.
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