Uluru to Kakadu and Arnhem Land

Uluru to Kakadu and Arnhem Land

From $ 2,680 AUD

Description

From the dusty landscapes of Australia’s red centre to the bushlands and billabongs of the north, this part of the country is full of surprises at each turn. Uncover relics of the past at ancient indigenous sites such as Mawurndaddja, hike through the ochre clefts of Kings Canyon and splash in the watering holes of Kakadu.

Trip Name
Uluru to Kakadu and Arnhem Land
Last Updated
2017-12-05
Days
7
Capacity
24
Highlights
  • Join an Indigenous Guide on a walk around the base of Uluru, an experience exclusive to Intrepid Travel
  • Visit Arnhem Land and spend an entire day in the hands of a local Indigenous Guide
  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand
  • Feel like you're in your own bed, but under the stars of the Red Centre. Proper beds, linen, electricity, and cooling fans provide that extra bit of comfort while you camp
  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru
  • Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback
  • Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more
  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon

Itinerary

The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best. Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES/COMMUNITIES: Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local Aboriginal communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable in Red Centre an Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.

Day 1 - Alice Springs to Uluru
Starting in Alice Springs, set off to experience a working camel farm, perhaps even enjoying a ride. Make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes of Kata Tjuta. We then head to Australia's most iconic landmark - Uluru (Ayres Rock). As the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines.
Day 2 - Uluru Sunrise
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. It's also a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on Earth. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night. Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours (or up to 4 if you do the full 8.5km base walk.)
Day 3 - Kings Canyon rim walk
After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before you make your way back to Alice Springs where you will stay for the evening before catching a flight to Darwin tomorrow. Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Day 4 - Flight Travel Day
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines. We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Day 5 - Litchfield National Park
Welcome to Darwin, capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. After meeting with your group, depart en route to explore Litchfield National Park to get a proper glimpse into the rugged landscapes of the Top End. Visit Florence falls, Buely Rock Hole, Wangi Falls and the Termite Mounds before departing in the afternoon to the Mary River campsite. From watery gorges to dry, monolithic termite mounds, Litchfield’s landscapes are astounding. The region is characterised by rich reddish-brown soil and cliff faces, which create a contrast next to the rough green leaves of the gumtrees above. Swimming under the cascading waterfalls and relaxing in waterholes is a favourite pastime for visitors and locals alike – they’re a fantastic place to hide away from the heat.
Day 6 - Arnhem Land exclusive access
Next stop, head to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience a cruise through Guluyumbi along the East Alligator River. Travelling with a Binninj guide, understand more about the cultural importance of the East Alligator River to the region’s traditional custodians while hearing tales of the dreamtime – the religious-cultural concept crucial to the Aboriginal understanding of the world. Once the cruise wraps up, jump in a vehicle and cross straight into Arnhem Land for an unforgettable afternoon of exploration. Begin at the Injalak Arts Centre to discover incredible examples of indigenous art, witnessing traditional paintings, bark art, basket weaving and screen-printing being created during a walk with an Indigenous guide – the option to purchase a piece to take home with you is also available once the walk comes to a close. After visiting the arts centre, unveil more indigenous art at two exclusive sites. The first site, Mawurndaddja, is a spectacular series of galleries with art thought to be over 18,000 year old – your guide will explain the importance of this art and the methods used to perform this expressionism as you wander through the site. Keep an eye peeled to find ochre and ancient spear tips lying on the ground, offering a glimpse into the history of an age long past. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic site, breaking time up with a few snacks and drinks along the way. Following this, head to Kakadu for an overnight stay.
Day 7 - Kakadu National Park
Take a cruise down the famous Yellow Water Billabong, one of Kakadu’s best-known natural attractions thanks to its abundant wildlife and transforming landscapes. These lush wetlands are patterned with tiny water lilies, contrasted by semi-submerged trees that rise from the water with a determined stoicism. Try to listen out for warbling magpies, spot soaring eagles or do a double take as you spy floating driftwood to see if it’s a crocodile while floating along the lazy waters. Afterwards, head towards Maguk (Barramundi Falls) or Gunlom to enjoy one last splash in Kakadu’s enchanting swimming holes, then return to Darwin where this North Australian adventure comes to a finish.

Trip Dates

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02-04-201808-04-2018AUD $ 2,680-
09-04-201815-04-2018AUD $ 2,680-
16-04-201822-04-2018AUD $ 2,680-
23-04-201829-04-2018AUD $ 2,680-
07-05-201813-05-2018AUD $ 2,680-
14-05-201820-05-2018AUD $ 2,680-
21-05-201827-05-2018AUD $ 2,680-
28-05-201803-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
04-06-201810-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
06-06-201812-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
11-06-201817-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
13-06-201819-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
18-06-201824-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
20-06-201826-06-2018AUD $ 2,680-
25-06-201801-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
27-06-201803-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
02-07-201808-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
04-07-201810-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
09-07-201815-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
11-07-201817-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
16-07-201822-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
18-07-201824-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
23-07-201829-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
25-07-201831-07-2018AUD $ 2,680-
30-07-201805-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
01-08-201807-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
06-08-201812-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
08-08-201814-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
13-08-201819-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
15-08-201821-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
20-08-201826-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
22-08-201828-08-2018AUD $ 2,680-
27-08-201802-09-2018AUD $ 2,680-
03-09-201809-09-2018AUD $ 2,680-
10-09-201816-09-2018AUD $ 2,680-
17-09-201823-09-2018AUD $ 2,680-
24-09-201830-09-2018AUD $ 2,680-
01-10-201807-10-2018AUD $ 2,680-
08-10-201814-10-2018AUD $ 2,680-
15-10-201821-10-2018AUD $ 2,680-
22-10-201828-10-2018AUD $ 2,680-

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts),Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (4 nts)

Transport

All-terrain vehicle

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