All about the 6 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Northern Exposure Adventure Tour

Travel from Darwin to Alice Springs and take in the beautiful areas of Kakadu, Litchfield, and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) National Parks as well as other highlights including Mataranka and Devil's Marbles.  

On our tour walking and hiking in Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon needs 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.

6 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Northern Exposure Adventure Tour Itinerary - 6 days

  1. Day 1 Darwin to Kakadu National Park
    The first stop on your adventure is the Mary River Wetlands, 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 our private campsite at Cooinda. (L,D)
  2. Day 2 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. (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3 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. Overnight dorm or budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Darwin is included. (B,L)
  4. Day 4 Darwin to Katherine (via Nitmiluk National Park)
    You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at 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) before retiring to our campsite nearby. (L,D)
  5. Day 5 Katherine to Banka Banka (via Mataranka)
    A great start to the day is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. 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’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night. (B,L,D)
  6. Day 6 Banka Banka to Alice Springs
    We pass through Tennant Creek and then 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. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. (B,L)
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6 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Northern Exposure Adventure Tour Price information
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Price

Description

Tour code: WP05
$1025
4 nights Camping + 1 nights Multi-share
$1070
4 nights Camping + 1 nights Budget Twin (ensuite)
$1100
4 nights Camping + 1 nights Budget Single (ensuite)
$975
4 nights Camping + 1 nights Multi-share if booked 90 days in advance of your departure date

Departure information

Starts

Wednesdays from Darwin accommodation at 6.30am

Also Saturdays from April- October 

Wednesdays from Darwin accommodation at 6.30am

Also Saturdays from April to October 

Ends
Alice Springs


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • ^Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Darwin however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari.
  • *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).
  • * Wangi Falls may not be accessible during the wet season. During this time we will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited.
  • This 6 day package is a combination of two 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.
  • Age recommendation 18-35. Participants should have a good to moderate fitness level for this tour and be aware that walks often take place over uneven ground. Customers need to prepare for hot to very hot temperatures in summer and temperatures sometimes below zero of a night time in winter.
  • Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg).
  • Travel insurance is compulsory and evidence of cover is required to be sighted on morning of departure.

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