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7 day Alice Springs to Darwin - Uluru to Kakadu & Arnhem Land

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Alice to Darwin - though it won't be on this colourful design

About this tour: 7 day Alice Springs to Darwin - Spend a week taking in the magical sights of Northern and Central Australia

From the dusty landscapes of Australias 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.

Spend a week taking in the magical sights of Northern and Central Australia

Tour Name: 7 day Alice Springs to Darwin - Uluru to Kakadu & Arnhem Land

Valid:
01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Trip Code:
POONC - Original Trip start Alice Springs
POONCY- Original Trip start Yulara

Trip Style:
Original

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland

Tour Departs From:
Default pick up point Aurora Alice Springs (11 Leichhardt Terrace)@ 6:05am
Ayers Rock Resort 1:45pm^^ from Desert Gardens Hotel

Tour Departs:
01APR18-30MAY18: Mon Wed Sat
31MAY18-31AUG18: Mon Wed Thu Sat
01SEP18-27OCT18: Mon Wed Sat

Tour Finishes:
Central Darwin accommodation early evening day 7

Max People:
Group size: Min 1, Max 24

Age:
Ages Min 8

Accommodation:
Original level: Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights) Hostel multishare (2 nights)

Prices:
AUD $2680 per person
All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
Levies included: National Park park fee.


Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk)optional cruise

Why we love this trip
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

Is this trip right for you?
This isn't a bare bones camping experience, as you'll be treated to creature comforts such as proper beds, linen, electricity and cooling fans.
Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
On most days of the trip, youll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
Camping out in the open may not appeal to some people, although a proper bed, linen and electricity are provided.
Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Alice Springs to Yulara
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.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance 1000 Star Dinner Uluru sunset drinks

Meals Included Lunch Dinner

stormy  sunset uluru

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 youve 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.)

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Uluru Cultural Centre Maruku Arts interactive Indigenous experience

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Gunlom Falls in photo - Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice)

Day 3: Kings Canyon Rim Walk
After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. Youll 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.

Included Activities Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch

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.

Included Activities Airport Transfers

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

lunch  yulara  before uluru

Day 5: Litchfield National Park
Welcome to Darwin, capital of Australias 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, Litchfields 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 theyre a fantastic place to hide away from the heat.

Included Activities Litchfield National Park Florence Falls Buley Rockholes Wangi Falls

Meals Included Lunch Dinner

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 regions 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.

Included Activities Inuluk Arts Centre Mawurndaddja art site Guluyumbi Indigenous Cruise

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

billabong

Day 7: Kakadu National Park
Take a cruise down the famous Yellow Water Billabong, one of Kakadus 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 its a crocodile while floating along the lazy waters. Afterwards, head towards Maguk (Barramundi Falls) or Gunlom to enjoy one last splash in Kakadus enchanting swimming holes, then return to Darwin where this North Australian adventure comes to a finish.

Included Activities Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) Gunlom Falls Yellow Waters Cruise Meals

Included Breakfast Lunch

Florence Falls Litchfield

What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Transport All-terrain vehicle Accommodation Hotel (2 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (4 nights)

Activities:
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance 1000 Star Dinner Uluru sunset drinks Uluru Cultural Centre Kings Canyon Rim Walk Airport Transfers Litchfield National Park Florence Falls Buley Rockholes Wangi Falls Inuluk Arts Centre Mawurndaddja art site Guluyumbi Indigenous Cruise Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) Gunlom Falls Yellow Waters Cruise


Uluru


Kata Tjuta


Ayers Rock from a distance

Mary River Wildlife Cruise



Litchfield


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Kings canyon rim walk

Important notes
1. . Trip commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:00am and finishes in Alice Springs on day 7 at approximately 6pm.

2. This trip runs in reverse see code POOKC

3. You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on Day 1; see tour code POOUCY

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

ACCOMMODATION POONC / POONCY
This trip is Original level.
Original accommodation consists of permanent twin share tents with furnishings, and twin share motel rooms.
Camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels.
Passengers will be paired with a traveller of the same gender, a single supplement is available at Original level, EXCLUDING the Top End due to capacity restrictions at our campsites.
Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.

POONC - Original Trip start Alice Springs
POONCY- Original Trip start Yulara

Night 1: Yulara - Tents with furnishings
Night 2: Kings Canyon - Tents with furnishings
Night 3: Alice Springs - Aurora Alice Springs
Night 4: Darwin - Cavenagh Motel
Night 5: Mary River - Tents with furnishings
Night 6: Jabiru - Tents with furnishings FINISH TIMES:

Our trips generally finish early evening.
We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day.
We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.


PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:
Although evening meals are catered whilst camping, to participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, and collecting firewood in all conditions.

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions.

^ Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

The Valley of the Winds walk is quite often it is closed due to weather etc. There is another option other than the Walpa gorge walk to do half the Valley of the Winds which still gets to the good viewing point without doing the full walk which is often in the direct sun. (Agent note only-RH)

From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Children
Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
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.

Vehicle:


All terrain tour bus vehicle

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Fitness Level: 3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.

 

Kings Canyon

The Tour Difference

Scheduled tours operate.
As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of soft adventure and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

 

www.Australia4tours.com, based in Darwin, Northern Territory and is proudly Australian owned and one of the oldest specialist travel specialists in Northern Territory which is Australian licensed and locally operated by Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals Group - Australia is one of the Northern Territory's leading small group safari, sightseeing, charter, tour and selfdrive specialists' it is a Darwin Northern Territory Travel Agent.

Australia4Tours.com - Goholi Australia - Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals Group - Australia
Reichardt Road, Winnellie 0820
Darwin, Northern Territory Australia
Tel: International +61 8 7999 7511
WithinAustralia Free call 1800 107 371
Email: info@Australia4tours.com

MISSION STATEMENT

Our very experienced Northern Territory staff - our travel boss has been here when the industry basically started living in Alice Springs for 6 years in the 90's and in Darwin since the 80's. We will help you discover the best of these unique and special tours offers across Australia with camping safaris to one day sightseeing coach trips, eco tours Australia adventure camping safaris in Kakadu National Park and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort (Uluru) in Northern Territory. We seek out tours from only reputable experienced tour companies to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park. From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from our ancient Aboriginal Culture to our rather unique Australia outback wildlife - then onto Adelaide and now Cairns we have sourced an excellent range of tours for your next vacation in Australia. Our experienced staff have collectively over 30 years in the travel industry will help you discover the best of these unique and special adventure and sightseeing guided tours.

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