Alice Springs to Darwin
The Darwin Express is the cheapest way to travel from Alice Springs to Darwin. This 2-day trip is a fast, affordable way to travel with great photo opportunities along the way. Visit all the fascinating spots on the way to Darwin for an unforgettable travel experience!
Alice Springs to Darwin
2 Days Express starting from $299
Day 1: Devils Marbles & Daly Waters
On Day 1, you’ll leave Alice Springs bright and early at 5am. Heading North along the Stuart Highway you’ll visit Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles). Here you will have some time to explore, take photos and hear Dreamtime stories of the area. Your group will then carry on North to the historic Daly Water pub for a free pub meal, staying in dorm accommodation for the night.
Day 2: Mataranka Thermal Springs, Edith Falls & Darwin
After another early start you’ll continue the journey up north, stopping over for a swim in the warm waters of Mataranka Thermal Springs and in the town of Katherine for lunch. After lunch, you’re off to Edith Falls where your group will do a short hike to the top pools and go for a relaxing swim. Arrival in Darwin around 5pm, where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.
What you need to know…
- The tour departs Alice Springs every Monday, from March to end of October only.
- Shared dorm accommodation included.
- Sunset camel ride departure time varies according to season.
- Please wear comfortable clothing that protects you from sunburn, sunscreen and a hat.
- This tour is also available in the other direction, from Darwin to Alice Springs.
Alice Springs to Darwin
12 days Rock ‘n Top
starting from $2,649
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru
We’re hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. You’re 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. At night, show 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, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry. Meals: Dinner included.
Day 2: 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. 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, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry, Uluru base walks, Anangu Visitor centre, guided walk by your crew. Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 3: Uluru to Kings Canyon
Get ready for some soul searching as you 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 archaeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as you and your group sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.
Included today: Valley of the Winds walk, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park entry. Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 4: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
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 a day to remember!
Included today: Guided hike of Kings Canyon, Garden of Eden walk. Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 5: Alice Springs
On Day 5, you’ll drive from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. Along the way, you’ll stop along the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. In the afternoon, your group will arrive in Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. There’s 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: Visit to Stanley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 6: Alice Springs to Darwin
Today you’ll drive up North, bound for Darwin where you’ll meet up with your new NT crew.
Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 7: Darwin
Enjoy a free day in Darwin. What to do? There’s Mindil Beach for chilling on, a few food markets to feast at and plenty of shops for some souvenir shopping. Tonight you could hit the lively waterfront.
Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 8: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, you’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, breathtaking natural 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, Kakadu National Park entry. Meals: Dinner included.
Day 9: Kakadu National Park
Aboriginal Rock Art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. During the morning, venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous artworks. Then you’ll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhelmland. 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 Arnhelmland). Try your hand at spear throwing while you’re there. Then you’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 your 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), Kakadu National Park entry. Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 10: Kakadu National Park to Katherine
Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. 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, you and your group are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, you 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 and dinner included.
Day 11: Katherine to Litchfield National Park
Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that’s exactly what’s lined up for you. 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: Canoeing in the Katherine Gorge will be replaced with a Katherine Gorge Scenic Boat Cruise included in trip price.
Included today: Katherine Gorge canoeing (boat cruise in wet season). Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 12: 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 rain forest 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, your group will take on the short drive and last leg of your discovery back into the heart of Darwin. Our grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure doesn’t have to end.
Included today: Litchfield National Park entry. Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.
What you need to know…
- What’s included:
- 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
- 10 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins, 1 night in a swag
- Internal flight/s as marked on trip map
- Entrance fees to national parks
- Modern air-conditioned vehicle
- On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
- Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available. Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the our crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay. Special dietary requirements are usually catered for but this needs to be requested at the time of booking.
- It’s recommend to bring soft bags, suitcases or frameless backpacks, plus a small day pack or carry bag. A sleeping bag will not be required for your trip.
- Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), night time temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.
- This tour can be done in reverse, from Darwin to Alice Springs.
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