Uluru and Arnhem Land Camping Adventure

Uluru and Arnhem Land Camping Adventure

From $ 3,020 AUD

Description

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the region’s biggest and best draws along the way. Witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon. Enjoy exclusive access to Arnhem Land and get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, as well as Katherine Gorge. A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this tail-to-top adventure through the Territory is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia’s raw and rugged natural beauty.

Trip Name
Uluru and Arnhem Land Camping Adventure
Last Updated
2018-12-10
Days
9
Capacity
24
Highlights
  • Get back to basics with this classic overland adventure
  • Skip 1500km of straight driving between Alice Springs and Darwin in and fly with Qantas on an included flight
  • Enjoy authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences in the Red centre and Top End with exclusive access to Arnhem Land
  • See the sun rise over Uluru, walk the rugged rim of Kings Canyon, discover the highlights and national parks of Australia's Top End in authentic outback style.
  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. Get adventurous on a 4WD tour to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and see the ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rock art of Ubirr
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky

Itinerary

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 AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES: Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable in the 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. 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.

Day 1 - Alice Springs - Uluru
Starting in Alice Springs. We 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 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 delicious spread of food and wine with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.
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 Uluru, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land which will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some 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 hours if you do the full 8.5km / 5.3mi base walk.)
Day 3 - Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
Put your hiking shoes on this morning and head out to explore the impressive formations and rock faces of Kings Canyon. Trek for 6 km along the Rim Walk, which takes you through a natural amphitheatre, past the striped sandstone domes of the ‘lost city’ and into the green oasis of the Garden of Eden. Enjoy a last lunch before making your way to the outback hub of Alice Springs (approximately five hours), where we spend the night. Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km. Accommodation
Day 4 - Alice Springs to Darwin Flight
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas (QF). Qantas is Australia's first commercial airline and is now recognised as one of the world’s best International airlines. We'll arrange your e-tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. The rest of the day is free to explore Darwin. Please note that today is unescorted.
Day 5 - Arnhem Land
Leave Darwin in the early morning and travel to Wulna Country where you will be greeted by a Cul Cul or ‘Welcome to Country’ from the Traditional Owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their culture as your hosts treat you to bush tucker talks and didgeridoo and basket weaving demonstrations. Then, it’s on to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land for a Guluyumbi cruise along the East Alligator River. Travelling with a Bininj guide, understand more about the cultural importance of the East Alligator River to the region’s traditional custodians and hear about local mythology and customs. Once the cruise wraps up, jump in a vehicle and cross straight into Arnhem Land for an unforgettable afternoon of exploration. Unveil more art at a complex known as Mawurndaddja. This complex has a spectacular series of galleries with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age. Your guide will explain the importance of this art, the methods used to perform this expressionism and the anthropological system used to date the art as you are guided through the site. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic ancient site. Following this, head back into Kakadu for an overnight stay Total driving time: about six hours (approximately 350 km) Total walking time: about one and a half hours (including stops for informative talks)
Day 6 - Kakadu National Park
After fuelling up with an early breakfast, it's on to Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu's most iconic natural attraction. It’s a challenging walk through monsoon forest and over boulders. Recharge with a cooling dip in the clear waters beneath the falls upon arrival, or simply soak up the spectacular scenery while relaxing on the beach. After lunch head to Anbangbang and discover ancient rock art. Originally Warramal clan land, who have now passed away, Anbangbang is now looked after by neighbouring Mirarr and Djok clans. Consider taking a scenic flight over Kakadu in the afternoon, or visit Bowli Cultural Centre. Total driving time: about four hours (approximately 120 km) Total walking time: about two and a half hours
Day 7 - Kakadu National Park
After breakfast, head to either Gunlom Falls or Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) for a swim in another pristine waterhole. Maguk flows down the steep walls of rugged gorge into a beautiful natural plunge pool. It’s a steep climb to the Gunlom Falls plunge pool, though the reward is sweeping views of Kakadu and the welcome shade of gum trees. Neither option will disappoint. After a relaxing morning, it’s time to hit the road. Stop in the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek for lunch before continuing for another three hours to your private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night. Total driving time: about five and a half hours (approximately 340 km) Total walking time: about one and a half hours
Day 8 - Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the day exploring the deep Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and ancient sandstone landscape of Nitmiluk National Park. A wonderland of colours, Aboriginal rock art, waterfalls and wildlife, perhaps take a cruise or rental a kayak to get a closer look. Keep in mind that these optional activities are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, travel on to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool waters surrounded by bronze boulders. After a quick swim in the huge rock pools, continue to tonight’s camp located at the edge of Litchfield National Park, where dinner awaits. Total driving time: about four and a half hours (approximately 350 km) Total walking time: about three and a half hours
Day 9 - Litchfield National Park
After breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. A bit of a local secret, Litchfield is awash with tropical rainforest, gorgeous waterfalls and crystal-clear waterholes. Visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls or Bluey Rockholes, then tuck into a picnic lunch. Enjoy a stroll through the steamy rainforests and refreshing dip in one of the park’s gorgeous swimming holes. In the afternoon, make the two-hour drive back to Darwin where the trip ends on arrival. If you decide to stay an additional night in Darwin, perhaps enjoy an optional night out with the group to celebrate the end of a fantastic trip. Total driving time: about three and a half hours (approximately 250 km) Total walking time: about one hour

Trip Dates

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05-04-201913-04-2019AUD $ 3,020-
12-04-201920-04-2019AUD $ 3,020-
19-04-201927-04-2019AUD $ 3,020-
26-04-201904-05-2019AUD $ 3,020-
03-05-201911-05-2019AUD $ 3,020-
10-05-201918-05-2019AUD $ 3,020-
17-05-201925-05-2019AUD $ 3,020-
24-05-201901-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
31-05-201908-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
02-06-201910-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
07-06-201915-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
09-06-201917-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
14-06-201922-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
16-06-201924-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
21-06-201929-06-2019AUD $ 3,020-
23-06-201901-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
28-06-201906-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
30-06-201908-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
05-07-201913-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
07-07-201915-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
12-07-201920-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
14-07-201922-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
19-07-201927-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
21-07-201929-07-2019AUD $ 3,020-
26-07-201903-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
28-07-201905-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
02-08-201910-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
04-08-201912-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
09-08-201917-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
11-08-201919-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
16-08-201924-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
18-08-201926-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
23-08-201931-08-2019AUD $ 3,020-
25-08-201902-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
30-08-201907-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
01-09-201909-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
06-09-201914-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
13-09-201921-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
15-09-201923-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
20-09-201928-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
22-09-201930-09-2019AUD $ 3,020-
27-09-201905-10-2019AUD $ 3,020-
04-10-201912-10-2019AUD $ 3,020-
11-10-201919-10-2019AUD $ 3,020-
18-10-201926-10-2019AUD $ 3,020-

Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night),Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights),Permanent,furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights),Hostel (2 nights)

Transport

All Terrain vehicle,Private vehicle

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