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Rock n Top (ex. Darwin) 2017-18 (12 Days, Darwin to Alice Springs)

This is an amazing Australia trip that truly rocks! After a taste of the wild bush and an insight into Aboriginal culture up the 'Top End', we'll head deep into the beautiful yet formidable Outback and what's known as the 'Red Centre' and experience all the mystery and wonder of stunning Ayers Rock.
Please note: For departures dates in 2018/19 please check out Rock n Top

Inclusions

Canoe in the Katherine Gorge
Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
Sunset at Ubirr
11 Breakfasts
11 Lunches
11 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $2,649
Start Location
Darwin, Australia
End Location
Darwin, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 Nov 201724 Nov 2017Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
20 Nov 201701 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
27 Nov 201708 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
04 Dec 201715 Dec 201711AUD $3,149
11 Dec 201722 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
08 Jan 201819 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
15 Jan 201826 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
22 Jan 201802 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
29 Jan 201809 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
05 Feb 201816 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
12 Feb 201823 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
19 Feb 201802 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
26 Feb 201809 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
05 Mar 201816 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
12 Mar 201823 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
19 Mar 201830 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,149 
ItineraryExpand
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. Fancy getting high and mighty? You could take an optional scenic flight over the Escarpment that borders Kakadu and Arnhemland. 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 a BBQ. Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day and all included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed, will be. Included today: -Bowali Visitor Centre -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional Activities: -Kakadu scenic flight
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. 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 part of Arnhemland). 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 a sightseeing boat cruise (substituted when access to East Alligator River is unable). Included today: -Aboriginal Rock art sites -Kakadu river cruise -Arnhemland (seasonal) -National Park entry 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: -Edith Falls -Evening Lawn Bowls Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Katherine to Litchfield National Park
Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb caning spot, so that's exactly what we have lined up. Surprise! With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. Paddling not your game - then you may wish to upgrade to an optional 3 gorge cruise (seasonal) to venture even further. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park. **Wet season itineraries Nov - May: Caning in the Katherine Gorge will be replaced with a Katherine Gorge Scenic Boat Cruise included in trip price. Included today: -Katherine Gorge caning (boat cruise wet season). Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Upgrade to Katherine Gorge boat cruise (dry season)
Day 5: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield National Park 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: -Litchfield National Park Entry 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 NT 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 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: -Mt Conner -Uluru Sunset -National Park entry Meals: - 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 Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. Included today: -Sunrise over Uluru -National Park entry -Uluru base walks -Anangu Visitor centre -Guided walk by your crew Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Scenic flights -Harley Davidson rides -Camel tours -Sounds of Silence -Guided astrology tour
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, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag. Included today: -Valley of the winds walk -National Park entry Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Quad bike ride -Sunset Camel Tour
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 - Lunch
Day 12: Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it's an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture 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. This afternoon, have a wander. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset. Included today: -Stanley Chasm -Simpsons Gap Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hot air balloon ride -Desert Park -Alice Springs Reptile Centre -Kangaroo Sanctuary