If you only have a week to explore the Northern Territory then the Red Rocket is for you. From the Red Centre and World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the Top End, exploring Kakadu and Litchfield National parks this tour is designed for the budget traveller who wants a rich experience but time conscious journey.
|TOUR CODE: RRDU6
:: Aboriginal Rock Art
:: Daly Waters
:: Jim Jim Falls
:: Kakadu National Park
:: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
:: Katherine Gorge
:: Mary River Wetlands
:: Twin Falls
:: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
:: Uluru Cultural Experience
:: Wildlife boat trip
DAY 1 :: DARWIN TO KAKADU
Head to the Mary River wetlands system for a private river cruise this morning, keep your cameras close and your eyes peeled for crocodiles. After lunch, discover more about the land and its story at the Bowali Visitor Centre. The whole of Kakadu is spread out before you at Ubirr Rock, where we spend the afternoon. Tonight we camp in Kakadu National Park. (LD)
DAY 2 :: KAKADU TO DARWIN
Jim Jim Falls is our first stop today, and it's a stunner! You'll feel a bit dwarfed by the towering cliffs as we hike to the base of the falls. The spectacular gorge of Twin Falls is experienced onboard a National Park operated boat and along the boardwalk. Relax for a while on the sandy banks before we trek back to Darwin. (BL)
DAY 3 :: DARWIN - KATHERINE GORGE - DALY WATERS
We depart from Darwin early, and we make our way to Nitmiluk National Park: the home of magnificent Katherine Gorge. Here you will have the chance to take an optional cruise through the first 2 gorges (own expense and seasonal). If you are not interested in the cruise, you also have the option of canoeing through the first gorge (own expense and seasonal), or taking a guided walk to Baruwei lookout; you can get a nice postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this stunning area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we continue our journey south, arriving in time for dinner and a beer at the historic Daly Waters Hotel: the territory's oldest pub (own expense). The journey towards Alice Springs continues overnight.
DAY 4 :: ALICE SPRINGS
In the early hours of the morning, we make a stop at Tennant Creek so that you can stretch your legs and grab some refreshments before we continue on to Alice Springs. There is also one last photo stop as we cross the tropic of Capricorn. We arrive at our final destination around 8am. You have the rest of the day free to explore the heart of the Red Centre.
| DAY 5 :: ALICE SPRINGS TO KATA TJUTA + ULURU|
Kick off your adventure on top of a camel! Our first stop is the Outback Camel Farm where you can choose to ride atop one of these desert giants (at own expense). From here it's off to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch. Kata Tjuta will fascinate you, as you get up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during the Valley of the Winds hike. You'll be mesmerised as the desert sun sets over Uluru, and as the night grows darker, curl up in your swag (Aussie bedroll - optional) under millions of stars. (LD)
DAY 6 :: ULURU
It's an early start this morning, but you'll be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning's fresh (and your legs are too!) enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).** Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Uluru Cultural Centre before your tour finishes at Ayers Rock Resort. (B)
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat, sunscreen, towel, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera, film, pillow, sleeping bag (can be hired for AUD$20).
Experienced guides, meals as indicated, accommodation transfers, 4 nights camping including camping fees & equipment, 3 nights dorm accommodation
This package is made up of three individual tours; therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers during each section. 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
|Adult $1130 ($AUD)
Valid between 01/04/13 - 31/03/14
ALL YEAR = THU
Uluru on Day 6
MAX PEOPLE - 16/24
Valid till 31 March 2014
|Hikes up to 6-8kms per day.|
|Maximum 24 front facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle.
16, 17 or 20 forward facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle
Side-facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle
|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.|