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Outback Adventure (ex. Darwin) 2018-19 (21 Days, Darwin to Melbourne)

Natural wonders a-go-go. On this trip you'll travel the Great Ocean Road, see The Grampians and Flinders Ranges and get up close with Ulu?u itself. Katherine and the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks will get ticked off the list, too. Cameras at the ready for this one.


Guided hike of Kings Canyon
Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
Paint your own souvenir boomerang
Visit Arnhemland (dry season only)
Kakadu crocodile cruise (dry season only)
Visit Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
Opal mine & town tour
Flinders Ranges guided walk
Visit the Great Ocean Road
Walks around The Grampians and MacKenzie Falls
Visit West MacDonnell Ranges
Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru
Make your own blended wine class
Walks at Kata Tjuta
20 Breakfasts
20 Lunches
20 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,839
Start Location
Darwin, Australia
End Location
Darwin, Australia
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we'll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. For the next two nights you'll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, like-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over dinner. Wet season itineraries Nov - May will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day. All included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed will remain on the itinerary. Included today: -Visit Bowali Visitor Centre -Entry to Kakadu National Park Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Kakadu National Park
Aboriginal rock art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we'll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland (dry season only). Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we've been given special permission to enter this area). Try your hand at spear throwing while you're there. Then we'll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge. **Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include an optional sightseeing boat cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Included today: -Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites in Kakadu -Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River (dry season) -Visit traditional Arnhemland (dry season) -Entry to Kakadu National Park Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Katherine
Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We'll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT's best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world's most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club. Included today: -Visit Edith Falls -Lawn bowls night Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Katherine to Litchfield National Park
Katherine Gorge is well known for its natural beauty. With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park. Included today: - Katherine Gorge Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield NP you'll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we'll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin. Included today: -Entry to Litchfield National Park Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 6: Darwin
A free day in Darwin. What to do? There's Mindil Beach for chilling on, a fair few food markets to feast at and plenty of shops for a spot of souvenir shopping. Tonight you could hit the lively waterfront. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: Darwin to Alice Springs
Today we'll take to the skies, bound for Alice Springs where you'll meet up with your new Northern Territory crew. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 8: Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided walking tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger) and maybe grab a 'coldie'. Welcome to the outback, mate. Included today: -Mount Conner -Uluru sunset drinks & snacks -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 9: Uluru
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a scenic flight and soar over the rock. Included today: -Sunrise over Uluru -National Park entry -Uluru base walks -Anangu Visitor centre -Guided walk by your Topdeck Crew Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Scenic flights -Camel ride in the outback
Day 10: Uluru to Kings Canyon
Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag. Included today: -Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta -National Park entry Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This was not included in when upgrade rates were calculated. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 19: Mt Gambier to Grampains
Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It's no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round - a rare promise in a country that's 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends with views to Mount Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. Included today: -National Park entry -Pinnacles Walk -Hike to the base of MacKenzie Falls Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 18: Adelaide to Mt Gambier
Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn's Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin! Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy - hot tip: don't try to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Tonight, get a slice of history as you catch some shut eye in Old Mount Gambier Gaol. Included today: -Make your own wine in Coonawarra -Gaol history walking tour Meals: - Breakfast
Day 17: Adelaide
You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg. Meals: - Breakfast
Day 16: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
Wave bye-bye to the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes - we're heading for the city! A visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall - there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. Tonight, take in some of Adelaide's finest local food and entertainment. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 11: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). Included today: -Guided hike of Kings Canyon -Garden of Eden walk Meals: - Breakfast
Day 14: Coober Pedy to Flinders Ranges
After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we're riding south into the Flinders Ranges and the next gem on our list: Umoona mines. Here, we'll check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. You'll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal - tomorrow's going to be epic. Included today: -Opal mine tour Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 13: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy
Check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into South Australia. Then: a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world. Hankies at the ready. Included today: -Visit a kangaroo orphanage Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 12: Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Embark on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It's back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. Included today: -Visit Standley Chasm -Visit Simpsons Gap Meals: -Breakfast
Day 20: Grampians to Port Campbell
Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived, then paint your own story onto a boomerang. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia and a sunset to write home about. Included today: -Paint your own souvenir boomerang -National Park entry -12 Apostles & the Great Ocean Road Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 15: Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat: it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Included today: -Wilpena Pound guided walk -National Park entryE Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 21: Port Campbell to Melbourne (Great Ocean Road)
With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window, today you'll join the list of five million people to do the road-of-passage along the Great Ocean Road each year. Along the way today we'll spot some koalas before rolling into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around. Included today: -Coastal lookouts -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast