21 Day Adelaide to Darwin Tour with Kangaroo Island

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    Embark on a 21-day Adelaide to Darwin roadtrip, including the breathtaking Kangaroo Island. Begin your journey with a Barossa Valley wine tour, indulging in wine tastings and a delectable lunch. Then, set off on a three-day camping expedition on Kangaroo Island, where you’ll explore remarkable beaches, encounter local wildlife, and immerse yourself in nature.

    Continue your Adelaide to Darwin tour package with visits to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kakadu National Park, and Litchfield National Park. Hike through lush rainforests, take refreshing dips in pristine plunge pools, and gain insights into the rich Aboriginal culture and history of the region.

    Throughout your adventure, experience unique accommodations. From swag camping beneath the starry outback sky to sleeping in an underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy, each night offers its own memorable experience. Engage with passionate guides and fellow adventurers, forging lasting connections and unforgettable memories.

    This comprehensive Adelaide to Darwin with Kangaroo Island tour lets you explore the heart of Australia, from Kangaroo Island’s pristine shores to the iconic landscapes of Uluru, Kakadu, and Litchfield. Whether you’re looking for a scenic road trip or an all-inclusive tour package, this adventure has it all.

    Book your 21-day Adelaide to Darwin roadtrip today and experience the essence of the Australian outback. Join us on this exclusive journey and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Adelaide to Darwin Adventure including Kangaroo Island

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      Day 1: Arrive into Adelaide and overnight at Adelaide YHA

      Today you will arrive any time into Adelaide and check into the YHA 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 Adelaide. If you are arriving at lunch time, only an 8 minute walk from the hostel, are the Adelaide Central Market and Chinatown where you have many amazing different cuisines and cheap eats to choose from.

      Overnight: Adelaide – YHA Adelaide Central or similar

      Meals included: None

      Day 2: Barossa Valley Day Tour

      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 back to Adelaide in the late afternoon with a new bunch of mates.

      Overnight: YHA Adelaide Central or similar
      Meals included: Lunch

      Day 3: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

      Today, there’s an early start to catch your 6.45 am 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 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.
      Accommodation: Swag camping is on private property

      Day 4: 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.
      B | L | D

      Day 5: 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 B | L

      Day 6: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

      Your eight-day outback adventure begins early morning in Adelaide, where your Storyteller Guide will greet you.
      After a caffeine stop at the coastal town of Port Wakefield, arrive in the Southern Flinders Ranges for a morning hike at Alligator Gorge. Located in Mount Remarkable National Park, this is the perfect way to start the tour.

      After lunch, have a quick stroll around Quorn, famous for the Pichi Richi Railway.

      Arrive at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and embark on a hike at Arkaroo Rock, a significant cultural site for the local Adnyamathanha people.

      This afternoon, experience a Welcome to Country in the Adnyamathanha people’s language at Wilpena Pound Resort.

      Feeling connected to Country and nature, arrive at Skytrek Willow Springs Station. This 70,000-acre working sheep station features secluded bush camping and is our base while we unearth the Flinders Ranges.

      After a tasty dinner prepared by your Guide, kick back and enjoy front-row seats to one of the most spectacular light shows on Earth.
      The Flinders Ranges is famed as having some of the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies. Roll out your swag under a blanket of stars twinkling over the ancient landscape.

      The driving distance today is approximately 510km.

      Overnight: Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station
      Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

      Day 7: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

      The fossils discovered in the Flinders Ranges are so old that geologists had to revise the geologic timeline of Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period.

      After breakfast, we will unearth more of this amazing park as we pull on our hiking boots for a morning hike through tall river red gums and past waterholes, culminating with breathtaking views over the surrounding wilderness.

      Regeneration is in our DNA, so today, we will meet with a Park Ranger to learn about conservation efforts within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. We can also give back by participating in some meaningful conservation work.

      After lunch, we’ll take a magical scenic drive at Brachina Gorge.

      Quench your thirst with a well-deserved drink at an iconic country pub before returning to camp to relax and have dinner.

      Driving time today is approximately 3 hours.

      Overnight: Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 8: Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track*

      *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, your Guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary and take a different route.

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

      Drive through eerie and moonlike desert scenery as the landscape uncovers highlights like Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake) and the Mutonia Sculpture Park.

      Travel through Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest working cattle station. Covering an area of six million acres, it is equivalent to the size of Belgium!

      Come late afternoon, arrive in the tiny outback settlement of William Creek. In the middle of nowhere, on the way to somewhere, this quirky town with a population of ten is an icon of the South Australian Outback.

      After dinner, you might like to enjoy a cold drink in the heritage-listed William Creek Hotel, which opened in 1887. Then curl up in your swag under the stars in the campground.

      The total driving today is approximately 500km.

      Overnight: Swag camping at William Creek
      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

      Day 9: William Creek to Coober Pedy

      After breakfast, journey to the famous underground town of Coober Pedy.

      The opal capital of Australia features a sun-baked lunar landscape, fascinating history and a unique way of life. Visit the town’s main attraction, Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Go ‘noodling’ or fossicking and learn about these precious stones during an opal-cutting demonstration.

      Afterwards, visit Josephine’s Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage. Established in 2008 to take in orphaned kangaroos from the far north of South Australia, it is about the size of Germany!

      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.

      The rest of the day is yours to do whatever you please, and there is plenty to explore.

      Stay in a unique underground bunkhouse tonight and grab dinner at one of the many underground eateries.

      Today, the driving distance is approximately 170km.


      Umoona Opal Mine – underground bunk, multi-share



      Day 10: Watarrka National Park

      Today we have some distance to cover.

      Travel north, past the Dingo Fence and the Aboriginal Heritage site, The Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, where you will be mesmerised by the scenery of the Moon Plains.

      Then, crossing into the Northern Territory, travel onwards to Watarrka National Park, the site of Kings Canyon.

      Come late afternoon, arrive at our campsite at the Kings Creek Station.
      Relax, soak up the serenity, and, on warmer days, enjoy a swim in the pool.

      Have your camera ready for a stunning desert sunset from the sunset viewing platform before dinner at the Station restaurant eatery and settling in for the night.

      Today, we drive approximately 770km.


      Swag camping at Kings Creek Station



      Day 11: Kings Canyon to Uluru

      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.

      After lunch, rest your legs on the drive to our final destination, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

      Late this afternoon, watch an unforgettable sunset over Uluru before retreating to camp for dinner.

      Then, roll out your swag upon the red Earth and under billions of stars after dinner at camp.

      Driving today is approximately 350km.


      Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 12: 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 this natural wonder. 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 Uluru and learn its stories. Relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.

      Afterwards, stop for lunch and visit the Cultural Centre to deepen your understanding of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You can learn about Anangu culture and the park’s natural environment through exhibits and free presentations with Anangu and park rangers.

      This afternoon, experience a fun and inspiring dot painting workshop with a talented local Anangu artist and interpreter.

      During this wonderful 1.5-hour authentic experience, you will learn about ancient symbols used in Anangu art and teachings and will be taught some introductory Pitjantjatjara words (the local language spoken by Anangu). Use this knowledge to create your own artwork to take home and treasure forever.

      This afternoon, return to camp for some free time. Relax by the pool or enjoy 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 60km.

      You may walk up to 10km today if you do the full Uluru base-walk. However, shorter Uluru walks are available.


      Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 13: Kata Tjuta

      An early start this morning is rewarded with a spellbinding Kata Tjuta sunrise.

      Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for ‘Many Heads’, the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually.

      Rising 546 metres above the surrounding plain, its tip is the highest point for miles, while the site’s ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous Indigenous creation-time stories. 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 on a rewarding hike.

      After returning to Yulara, you will be catching an included bus transfer to Alice Springs, arriving around 7pm.


      YHA Alice Springs or similar



      Day 14: Free day Alice Springs

      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.


      YHA Alice Springs or similar



      Day 15: Overnight Greyhound

      Free morning to explore more of the local activities available.

      This afternoon you will be jumping on the Greyhound for a journey up the middle of the Northern Territory, to get to Darwin.

      The Greyhound will depart at approximately 5:30pm (subject to change), and arrive the following afternoon in Darwin at approximately 3:05pm


      Overland Greyhound Bus



      Day 16: Arrive Darwin

      Arriving into Darwin in the afternoon, you will get your first taste of the tropics.

      During certain months of the dry season, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are on Sunday evenings.
      There are many stalls with a variety of food choices, local art, souvenirs and entertainment. A wonderful way to spend your first night in the Top End!


      Melaleuca on Mitchell or similar



      Day 17: 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.


      Melaleuca on Mitchell or similar



      Day 18: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

      Start your adventure by departing from Darwin and 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.


      Jabiru Campground – Permanent Tents (communal bathroom facilities)


      Lunch, Dinner

      Day 19: Kakadu Waterfalls

      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


      Jabiru Campground – Permanent Tents (communal bathroom facilities)


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 20: 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


      Melaleuca on Mitchell or similar


      Breakfast, Lunch

      Day 21: Departure Date

      Your itinerary finishes in Darwin today.



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      Booking Info
      • Kangaroo Island Getaway: Discover the beauty of Kangaroo Island on a thrilling three-day camping adventure, exploring its remarkable landscapes, wildlife, and pristine beaches.
      • Barossa Valley Wine Tour: Savor the world-famous wines of Barossa Valley during a full-day guided tour and indulge in a delicious lunch at Lambert Estate Vineyard.
      • Uluru and Kata Tjuta Exploration: Witness the breathtaking sunrise and sunset over Uluru, and take a guided 10km base walk to learn about its rich cultural significance.
      • Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kakadu National Park, swim in pristine plunge pools, explore Aboriginal rock art, and enjoy the serenity of Litchfield National Park.
      • Unique Accommodations: Experience swag camping under the starry outback sky, sleep in an underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy, and stay at the picturesque Kings Creek Station.
      • 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
      • This package is a combination of independent travel and joining scheduled tour departures.
      • Some of the touring operators, as part of their COVID-Safe protocols, require all passengers to complete an online check-in, including a ‘Fit for Travel’ self-declaration to confirm they are free from illness. This is mandatory and must be completed at the latest 24 hours before departure.
      • Prior to arrival you will be provided with vouchers and information for each component of the package, providing pick up times and other details for the accommodation and tour/activity providers.
      • Different specialist guides will be used in each region of guided travel to ensure the greatest knowledge in each area.
      • During the shoulder season in Kakadu some waterfall areas may not be accessible and during this time we may need to substitute some locations with others.
      • Itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal, cultural and weather conditions. If an attraction cannot be visited due to closure your guide will arrange for another attraction to take its place.
      • Luggage should be kept to 15kg in a soft bag or backpack with an additional day pack.
      • This package is not suitable for children.
      • The safari tours in this package are participatory, and guests will help with the preparation and cooking of meals, dish-washing and other tasks which may include collecting firewood.
      • A minimum number of 6 passengers is required to operate the tour. It may therefore be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer an alternative or full refund for that tour if minimum numbers are not met. Real
      • Aussie Adventures will always strive to find the best suitable alternative for your client on the rare occasion a cancellation occurs.
      • Please advise of any medical/dietary/allergy requirements at time of booking. Further information and documentation may be required.
      • Moderate fitness level is required, and you need to be prepared for walks between 3-12 kilometres on some days.
      • This may involve rough ground and perhaps getting wet.
      • Enjoy a 10% discount on our package for bookings made between June 1 and August 31, 2024.

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