21 Day Darwin to Adelaide Tour with Kangaroo Island

    Embark on our backpacker outback Aussie odyssey from Darwin to Adelaide, immersing yourself in wildlife, culture, and stunning landscapes, including a thrilling visit to Kangaroo Island.

    Discover Australia’s untamed beauty with our 21-Day Darwin to Adelaide Tour, including an extraordinary journey to Kangaroo Island. Your adventure begins in Darwin, known for its unique landscapes and rich cultural experiences. From the Top End to the Red Centre, the South Australian outback, and the stunning Kangaroo Island, this tour guarantees a true ‘Real Aussie Adventure.’

    Your backpacker Darwin to Adelaide itinerary kicks off in Darwin, renowned for its unique landscapes and immersive cultural encounters. From wildlife encounters to cultural experiences, our tour package is designed for adventurers. Dive into the vibrant culture of the Australian outback, marvel at the iconic landmarks, and savor the untamed landscapes.

    Our all-inclusive package covers nine nights of multi-share hostel accommodation, two nights in permanent safari-style tented camps, and eight nights of swag camping with shared bathroom facilities. Transport, including coach travel between Darwin and Alice Springs, is included, as well as a three-day guided camping tour of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.

    The adventure continues with a three-day guided camping tour of Kangaroo Island, offering a unique opportunity to explore the island’s hidden gems. An exciting day tour in the Barossa Valley awaits, providing a taste of South Australia’s renowned wines.

    Embark on this unforgettable backpacker Darwin to Adelaide Itinerary and witness the diverse and untamed beauty of Australia. This 21-day adventure will create memories to last a lifetime. Book your Real Aussie Adventure today!

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    Darwin to Adelaide Adventure including Kangaroo Island

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Arrive Darwin

      Today you will arrive any time into Darwin and check into the Melaleuca on Mitchell at your leisure.

      Overnight share accommodation included.

      Check in time is from 2pm, however if you arrive early, you can leave your luggage with reception, and get out and explore Darwin.

      Accommodation

      Melaleuca on Mitchell or similar

      Meals

      None

      Day 2: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

      Start your adventure by departing from Darwin on a 3 day tour of Kakadu and Litchfield.

      Head out to the Mary River Wetlands region onboard Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End birdlife, not to mention some apex predators… crocodiles!

      We journey on to Kakadu National Park visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre which offers a beautiful introduction to the Park’s landscape and wildlife. After some relaxation at camp, we journey north to Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land.

      We will visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr rock upon sunset.

      This incredibly significant site showcases many styles of Rock Art and allows us to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain.

      After a big day, we head back to our cozy private camp and prepare dinner together, enjoying an evening with our fellow travellers.

      Driving Distance: 420km

      Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 3, flat pathways and a gradual climb up a rock face to the vantage point on top. Requires a minimum moderate fitness and mobility

      Accommodation

      Jabiru Campground – Permanent Safari Tents (communal bathroom facilities)

      Meals

      Lunch, Dinner

      Day 3: Kakadu, Waterfalls and Plunge Pools

      We rise and shine early and make our way south in Kakadu National Park.

      Today we’ll spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty of the area, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, swimming in pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs.

      We aim to visit one or more of the available waterfalls depending on group physical ability to complete the hike(s). This can include any of the following: Motor Car Falls, Moline Rockhole, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), or Jim Jim Falls. There are many factors affecting accessibility although your guide will ensure you get the best experience possible.

      Time permitting, we stop at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock), another indigenous rock art site where
      archaeologists have uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years old.

      We explore the evolving social, cultural and environmental changes to the area over time before making our way back to camp for a hearty dinner and a well-earned rest.

      Driving Distance: 150km

      Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km – 4km Grade 6

      Accommodation

      Jabiru Campground – Permanent Tents (communal bathroom facilities)

      Meals

      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 4: Kakadu to Darwin

      An exciting day awaits as we head out of Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park.

      We spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments.

      We’ll spend time in any combination of Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls.

      Discover the uniquely impressive Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds before making our way back to Darwin, arriving back to your accommodation at approximately 7:00pm.

      Driving Distance: 500km

      Hike Distance and Grading: 1 – 2 km Grade 2-3

      Accommodation

      Melaleuca on Mitchell or similar

      Meals

      Breakfast, Lunch

      Day 5: Darwin

      A free day in Darwin to explore the city at your own pace. There are many activities to be had if you wish, including the main attractions of Crocosaurus Cove and the Cyclone Tracy exhibit at the Darwin Museum.

      Those in search of greater adventure can look to book optional activities (at own expense) that include Jet Skiing, Go Karts and a whole lot more.

      Accommodation

      Melaleuca on Mitchell or similar

      Meals

      None

      Day 6: Overnight Greyhound

      This morning you will be jumping on the Greyhound for a journey down the middle of the Northern Territory, to get to Alice Springs.

      The Greyhound will depart at approximately 09:55am (subject to change), and arrive the following morning in Alice Springs at approximately 07:35am

      Accommodation

      Overland Greyhound

      Meals

      None

      Dy 7: Arrive Alice Springs

      After arriving into Alice Springs in the morning, store your luggage with the hostel reception until check-in time in the afternoon, and head out to explore this desert town in the middle of Australia.

      Alice Springs has a range of attractions within a short distance from town.

      Why not visit the Araluen Cultural Precinct, School of the Air, Old Telegraph Station, Desert Wildlife Park, Anzac Hill, the Western Macdonnell Ranges or soar above the desert in a hot air balloon.

      Alice also has a range of quirky bars or cafes, so there are plenty of options for food and drink.

      Accommodation

      YHA Alice Springs or similar

      Meals

      None

      Day 8: Day in Alice Springs

      You have another opportunity today to explore activities in and around Alice Springs at your leisure.

      Accommodation

      YHA Alice Springs or similar

      Meals

      None

      Day 9: Alice springs to Yulara and Uluru Sunset

      An included transfer departing from Alice Springs, will have you arriving at approximately 1pm into Yulara.
      At 2 pm, you will meet your Storyteller Guide in front of the Desert Gardens Hotel.

      After a meet and greet, visit the Cultural Centre in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to soak up its mesmerising natural beauty and rich culture.

      Uluru and Kata Tjuta both hold great spiritual significance as they are places where many creation stories converge. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you’ll learn a little about the local Anangu culture and appreciate the beauty of their land through exhibits and free presentations with Anangu and park rangers.

      After setting up camp this evening, head to a viewing platform to experience the famous changing colours of the magical Uluru at sunset.

      This is a great time to contemplate the vastness of the desert. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over our first campfire dinner and roll out your Aussie swag for the first time underneath a sky full of sparkling stars.

      Today we only drive around 60km.

      Accommodation

      Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground

      Meals

      Dinner

      Day 10: Uluru

      Rising early, breathe deep and soak up the serenity of a sunrise over Uluru.

      As the sunlight plays with the landscape, the rock formations change colour before your eyes.

      Next, it’s time to get close to Uluru, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. At 348 metres high and some 550 million years old, feel a powerful presence the moment you set eyes on it.

      A guided 10km Uluru base walk is your best opportunity to connect with the rock and learn its stories.
      Relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.

      After lunch, return to camp for some free time.

      Relax by the pool or engage in some of the activities at Ayers Rock Resort, such as a didgeridoo performance, a guided garden walk or discovering artifacts at the museum.

      Enjoy a tasty dinner at camp tonight.

      Today we only drive around 50km. You may walk up to 10km today if you do the full Uluru base-walk. However, shorter Uluru walks are available.

      Accommodation

      Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground

      Meals

      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 11: Yulara to Kings Canyon

      This morning, we depart Yulara and make our way towards Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon.

      But first, it’s time for another untamed moment as Kata Tjuta materialises before you.

      Rising 546 metres above the ground, this sacred site is a defining feature of the Red Centre.

      Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for ‘Many Heads’, the site’s ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous Indigenous creation-time stories.

      Embark on the Valley of the Winds guided walk for a moment in nature you will never forget.

      A sanctuary for plants and animals, including wallabies and gorgeous wildflowers, we’ll wander along the narrow creek valley between two of Kata Tjuta’s largest domes.

      After a lunch stop, travel to Kings Creek, where we will enjoy the one-hour Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience.

      Learn about areas of importance for the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Arrernte) people as they share stories about bush tucker and art.

      This afternoon, arrive at our camp at Kings Creek Station and enjoy some chill time before dinner at your leisure.

      Today you will cover about 325kms.

      Accommodation

      Swag camping at Kings Creek Station

      Meals

      Breakfast, Lunch

      Day 12: Kings Canyon to Coober Pedy

      It’s an early start this morning for the spellbinding Kings Canyon Rim Walk, which is guaranteed to be one of the most magical experiences of your life.

      With its 300-metre-high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia’s answer to an oasis.

      Take in the 360-degree views and journey through Priscilla’s Crack, made famous by the classic Australian movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

      From there, see the sandstone domes known as the Lost City and the lush greenery and watering hole of the aptly named Garden of Eden.

      Rest your legs and settle in for a long drive today as we travel across the Northern Territory and South Australian border.

      There are plenty of stops along the way before we arrive in Coober Pedy, ‘The Opal Capital of the World’. Due to scorching temperatures, most of the town is underground, with residents living in cave-like houses carved into the hillsides.

      Tonight, you will stay in a unique underground bunkhouse and have some free time to explore and grab dinner at one of the many eateries. It’s big numbers today, covering approximately 760km.

      Accommodation

      Umoona Opal Mine – underground bunk, multi-share

      Meals

      Breakfast

      Day 13: Coober Pedy to William Creek

      After breakfast, spend time with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage.

      Established in 2008 to take in orphaned kangaroos from the far north of South Australia, it is about the size of Germany! It just so happens the gallery here is a world-class Aboriginal Art Gallery with an extensive range of Aboriginal artefacts and significant works by many of Australia’s best-known Indigenous artists.

      Have some time to browse before our next stop at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum.

      Here you will learn about Aboriginal and European settlement, see how the early miners lived, and try your hand at ‘noodling’ for opals.

      Next, travel into areas seldom seen by most tourists as we leave the sealed roads of the Stuart Highway behind us and travel on unsealed roads to one of the remotest towns in the world, William Creek.

      On the way, travel through the largest cattle station in the world, Anna Creek. Gaze out at the endless horizons as we pass by the lake with the longest name in the world, Lake Cadibarrawirracanna.

      Arriving in town, set up camp and have a hearty counter meal at the heritage-listed William Creek Hotel.

      Fall asleep as you count shooting stars snuggled up in your swag.

      Today we travel approximately 170km.

      Accommodation

      Swag camping at William Creek

      Meals

      Breakfast, Dinner

      Day 14: William Creek to Flinders Ranges

      Today, continue off the beaten path and travelling along a section of one of Australia’s most iconic unsealed roads, the Oodnadatta Track.

      Drive through eerie lunar-like landscapes and, along the way, uncover highlights such as the mind-bending Mutonia Sculpture Park and Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake.

      Grab lunch at one of the quirky outback towns along the way before we arrive at Skytrek Willow Springs Station in the magnificent Flinders Ranges. This 70,000-acre working sheep station features secluded bush camping, walking trails, natural springs and Aboriginal rock etchings.

      The Flinders Ranges is famed as having some of the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies. So, for the next two nights, enjoy front-row seats to one of Earth’s most spectacular light shows.

      After a campfire dinner, roll out your swag under a sea of stars blanketing the ancient landscape and spend the evening marvelling at the Milky Way and counting constellations.

      Today we drive approximately 500km.

      *Note: The Oodnadatta Track is an unsealed dirt road, and the conditions of the track depend heavily on the weather. If the road is deemed unsafe to drive on, or there is a possibility that sections of the road will close after we have commenced driving on the track, our Guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary and take a different route.

      Accommodation

      Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station

      Meals

      Breakfast, Dinner

      Day 15: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

      This morning, it’s time to unearth the magnificent Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

      Experience the geological grandeur forged over more than 540 million years. Ancient gorges invite exploration, and beauty reveals itself at every turn.

      So, pull on your hiking boots for a hike through tall river red gums and pines, past waterholes, and a historic ruined homestead, culminating with breath-taking views over the surrounding wilderness.

      Regeneration is at our core, so meet with a Park Ranger to learn about conservation efforts within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Then, give back by participating in meaningful conservation work, which will vary depending on the time of year.

      After a picnic lunch, take a beautiful scenic drive at Brachina Gorge.

      Finally, head back to camp to relax and have our final dinner together.

      The total driving distance today is approximately 160km.

      Accommodation

      Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station

      Meals

      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 16: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide

      After our final breakfast together, it’s time to roll up your swag one last time and set out on the Arkaroo Rock Trail, which has impressive views over the Chace Range.
      Arkaroo Rock is also a significant cultural site for the Adnyamathanha people. It has an incredible example of Adnyamathanha rock art depicting the Yura Muda (Dreaming or creation story) of Ikara.

      Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling to Alligator Gorge in the Southern Flinders Ranges.
      Located in Mount Remarkable National Park, this is the perfect way to end the tour.

      Our last stint on the road will see us travel through the picturesque Clare Valley wine region before arriving in Adelaide at around 6 pm.

      Today we travel approximately 450km.

      Accommodation

      YHA Adelaide Central or similar

      Meals

      Breakfast, Lunch

      Day 17: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

      Today, there’s an early start to catch your 6.30am SeaLink bus transfer from Adelaide CBD to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis. Board the ferry for a 45-minute cruise to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.

      Your Untamed Escapes Guide will meet you here and give you an overview of the adventure ahead for the next few days. Throughout your tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to become a citizen scientist and contribute to conservation efforts and research on the island in partnership with Passport to Recovery. You can download the App on the way over on the ferry, so you’re ready to go!

      Hop on board the bus and take a scenic coastal drive to Pennington Bay on the island’s south coast. With powerful swells rolling in, this beach is famed for its epic surf breaks. Climb the 500 steps to the top of Prospect Hill, the highest point on Kangaroo Island, for rewarding views and to get your bearings.

      Kangaroo Island is the world’s oldest bee sanctuary and is home to the only pure strain of Ligurian Bee in the world. Pop into a honey farm to learn all about these fascinating creatures and, of course, do a tasting. We’ll have a picnic lunch here before setting off to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery and family-owned Dudley Wines, where you can sprawl out on their lush lawns and take in the incredible views over the ocean – the perfect place to relax and connect with your fellow travellers.

      Come late afternoon, arrive at our campsite, aptly named “Happiness”. Featuring private access to one of Kangaroo Island’s most stunning beaches – Antechamber Bay, you’ll be right at home here for the next two nights. Enjoy some free time to relax or take a walk down to the beach.

      Tonight, roll out your swag underneath the billions of stars of the Milky Way and feel an incredible connection with nature.

      Today, we drive approximately 240 km.

      Meals: Lunch, Dinner

      Accommodation: Swag camping is on private property

      Day 18: Kangaroo Island

      After breakfast, it’s time for an incredible wildlife encounter. Seal Bay is home to the third-largest colony of endangered Australian sea lions, with around 800 calling the bay home. Join a 45-minute tour with the National Parks & Wildlife guides, who know pretty much everything there is to know about these beautiful creatures.

      Follow a boardwalk through the dunes down to the beach, and on the way, pass sea lions snoozing or even lying in the middle of the beach path and learn about conservation efforts to save this endangered species.

      Next, we’ll set our coordinates for the iconic Flinders Chase National Park, located at the northwestern point of the island. This park is renowned for its rock formations, impressive beaches, and abundant wildlife.

      At Admirals Arch, wander along a boardwalk as you soak up the serenity and keep your eyes peeled for the resident New Zealand fur seals. Marvel at the Remarkable Rocks, shaped by nature for over 500 million years.

      After a full day, head back towards camp for some free time to reflect and relax before dinner.

      Today, we drive approximately 350 km.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Accommodation: Swag camping is on private property

      Day 19: Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

      Start the final day of your tour with a morning bush walk not far from camp, and after packing up, we’ll bid farewell to Happiness.

      Along the quiet north coast of the island, find spectacular bird life in the shallow, calm waters of the lagoon and in the trees. Here, we will find a spot to have our final meal together, followed by a nice stroll along the water, looking for the many different species that inhabit the American River.

      In the warmer months, weave your way through a labyrinth of caves before emerging at the beach voted best in Australia in 2023 – Stokes Bay. If the weather is right, enjoy some free time to snorkel among the rock pools or soak up the surrounding landscape.

      This afternoon, have the opportunity to “give back” during a conservation volunteering experience. What we do this afternoon depends on the time of year, but you might find yourself collecting seeds, helping at a not-for-profit wildlife organisation or doing a beach clean-up.

      After a fabulous Kangaroo Island tour, arrive in Penneshaw for your 5.30 pm ferry back to the mainland. Once you arrive in Cape Jervis, your SeaLink bus connection will have you back in Adelaide at 9 pm.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

      Day 20: Barossa Valley

      This morning you will head off on your first tour to the Barossa Valley with Taste the Barossa.

      This is a great day out, firstly visiting the worlds’ largest rocking horse and wildlife park in Gumeracha.

      Your first winery stop for the day will be an interactive tasting at Jacobs Creek, one of the best-known wineries in the world. We then experience a second wine tasting and same great home-made pizza for lunch at Lambert Estate Vineyard.

      After lunch you will take in majestic views of the region from the Menglers Hill Lookout before stopping at your third and final structured wine tasting at Wolf Blass Wines as you return to Adelaide in the late afternoon with a new bunch of mates.

      Accommodation

      YHA Adelaide Central or similar

      Meals
      Lunch

      Day 21: Departure date

      Your itinerary finishes today.

      If you have free time in the city before departing Adelaide, after check-out store your luggage with reception.

      Meals

      None

      Highlights
      What To Bring
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      • Watch out for Crocs in Kakadu, as we travel around the incredible Top End, Northern Territory.
      • Cool off in the swimming holes and waterfalls, discovering the wonderful Litchfield National Park
      • See some of the most iconic and special sites in Australia Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon.
      • Visit one of Australia’s most ‘quirky’ towns, in Coober Pedy.
      • Experience the stunning scenes of Ikara Flinders Ranges and National Park.
      • Head to Kangaroo Island, South Australia’s best kept secret!
      • Enjoy some of the world’s best wine in the Barossa Valley
      • 2L Refillable water bottle
      • Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
      • Swimwear, towel & toiletries
      • Comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (tread closed-toe shoes)
      • All-weather clothing (it can get to below zero degrees at night-time in the Red Centre & outback during the winter months)
      • 15kg soft bag & small day pack
      • Tropical strength insect repellent
      • Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
      • Flashlight, headlamp or torch, and camera
      • Money for snack and meals
      • Bring your own sleeping bag (or hire one) & pillow
      • Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras
      • 9 nights multi-share hostel accommodation – 3 nights Darwin, 2 nights Alice Springs, 1 night Coober Pedy (in an underground bunkhouse), 3 nights Adelaide
      • 2 nights permanent safari style tented camping with shower and toilet facilities (including Top & fitted sheets, mattress and pillow & case provided
      • 8 nights swag camping with shared bathroom facilities – hot showers and flushing toilets
      • Coach travel between Darwin and Alice Springs (overnight)
      • Three day fully guided camping tour of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks including a wildlife cruise
      • Transfer from Alice Springs to Yulara
      • Eight day fully guided Adventure tour from Uluru to Adelaide (6 nights swag camping, 1 night underground bunkhouse) including all activities and experiences such as the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
      • Three day guided camping tour of Kangaroo Island including transfers and local wildlife activities
      • Full day guided tour including wine tasting in the Barossa Valley
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary – dietary requirements and allergies catered for with prior notification.
      • All National Park entry and camping fees
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