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5 Day Alice Springs < > Darwin including Kakadu

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Travel from the Red Centre up to the Top End admiring the changes in the landscape. You wil stop at small outback towns, water holes and strange rock formations (Devil's Marbles) before arriving in Darwin. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife in Kakadu National park.

Stuart Highway Devils Marbles Bush Camping
ALICE SPRINGS < > DARWIN + KAKADU
TOUR CODE: PASDK5

HIGHLIGHTS
:: DEVILS MARBLES
:: TENNANT CREEK
:: DALY WATERS
:: MATARANKA SPRINGS
:: KATHERINE GORGE
:: LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
:: MARY RIVER WETLANDS
:: KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
:: JIM JIM & TWIN FALLS
:: ABORIGINAL CULTURE


ITINERARY

DAY 1 :: ALICE SPRINGS + DEVILS MARBLES
Leaving Alice Springs, we pass by the Tropic of Capricorn and make our way to Karlu Karlu, otherwise known as the Devils Marbles. Take some time to explore and photograph the well known marble shaped granite boulders, a site sacred to its traditional owners. Our adventure continues with a stop at Tennant Creek to purchase some dinner and stretch your legs before we make the overnight journey to Katherine.

DAY 2 :: KATHERINE GORGE TO DARWIN
After a short early morning stop in Katherine we arrive at Nitmiluk National Park home to Katherine Gorge. There is the opportunity to take an optional 2 hour breakfast cruise through the first 2 gorges (own expense and seasonal Apr-Nov). The scenery is spectacular and early morning is the perfect time to experience and photograph the gorge in all its glory. If the cruise is not for you our guide will lead a short return walk to Baruwei lookout. Grab some photos of the pristine gorge and learn about this stunning area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we make the drive into Darwin arriving around 1:00pm leaving the afternoon free for you to explore the Northern Territory’s capital city. Overnight dorm accommodation in Darwin.

DAY 3 :: DARWIN TO LITCHFIELD NP
We start the day by checking out the cascading waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Have some lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan – Wulna people. Experience the local Aboriginal culture including bush tucker talks, playing the didgeridoo, basket weaving and spear throwing (cultural experience only available in the dry season). We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)
DAY 4 :: MARY RIVER TO KAKADU
Our first stop is Ubirr where we discover ancient Aboriginal rock art and climb to enjoy picturesque views. We continue on to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), where we hike to the plunge pools for a refreshing dip. Stay overnight at our permanent camp within Kakadu National Park. (BLD)

DAY 5 :: KAKADU TO DARWIN
Get ready for some 4WD action today on our way to Jim Jim Falls! Once we get there, we’ll hike to the base of the falls before continuing on to Twin Falls. Feel the beauty of the stunning gorge and powerful falls from the National Park operated boat and boardwalk experience. The impressive scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)

BRING
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, water bottle, towel & toiletries, torch, warm clothing in winter, insect repellent, camera & film, pillow, sleeping bag (can be hired for AUD$15).

INCLUDED
Experienced guides, meals as indicated, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment and overnight dorm accommodation.

NOTE
Package is made up of two individual tours; therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers during each section. Dorm not included on last night. Tropical Summer Program applies December to May.

TROPICAL SUMMER PROGRAM (DECEMBER - MAY)
DAY 1 ::
- Litchfield National Park
- Crocodile Cruise
- Overnight camp Point Stuart Point Stuart
DAY 2 ::
- Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal)
- Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal)
- Bowali Visitor Centre
- Walk to Gubara Springs
- Overnight camp Kakadu
DAY 3 ::
- Cathedral Termite Mounds
- Boulder Creek Falls
- Hike to Motor Car Falls
- Return to Darwin
Minibus Mantaranka Thermal Pool Jim JIm Falls
5 DAYS
Adult $915 ($AUD)

Valid between 01/04/14 - 31/03/15

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DEPARTS
May - Oct on Mondays

Tour PASDK5 = Alice Springs accommodation 5:40am

TOUR OPERATES IN REVERSE
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FINISHES
Darwin accommodation early evening Day 5

MAX PEOPLE - 16/24

Valid till 31 March 2015


Fitness Hikes up to 6-8kms per day.
Big 4WD 16 - 24 forward facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle
Permanent Campsite
Hostel
Permanently erected tents (multi-share), permanent cooking facilities and purpose-built fire pits, screened eating areas, share showers and toilets.

Dorm or Twin/Double rooms with shared facilities
Safaris must be reconfirmed by 4.00pm the day before travel. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal & extreme weather conditions, Traditional Owner and national park requirements. Luggage limit of 15 kg applies - backpack or soft bag.
Katherine Gorge Mary River Crocodile Darwin

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