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Daly Waters NT Katherine Gorge Northern Territory Devils Marbles Northern Territory Campfire outback Australia

3 Day 2 Night Darwin to Alice Springs Cicada Dreaming

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Swag Camping
3 days, 2 nights
All Meals
Saturdays(all year) and Tuesdays(April to October) at 6:30am
Alice Springs on Day 3 at 5:30pm Approx
This is for people who want to see all best spots between Alice Springs and Darwin!

There’s heaps to see between Darwin and Alice Springs and this trip is the best way to do it. Take in all the best spots with a like minded group of people to share the journey with.

Marvel at the Devils Marbles, visit Banka Banka Cattle Station and the historic Daly Waters Pub! Swim in the glorious water of Mataranka Thermal Pools and check out the stunning Katherine Gorge.


  • Friendly, informative tour guide
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Swag and camping equipment
  • Water (please bring your own bottle)

*This trip can be done in reverse, click here to check it out*


“Get from Darwin to Alice Springs checking out all the highlights in between and watching the landscape change as you go. Mataranka Thermal Pools and Katherine Gorge are definitely worth checking out.” – Cameron – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert

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  • Be in awe of the Devils Marbles
  • Visit Banka Banka Cattle Station and Daly Waters Pub
  • Swim in the beautiful waters of Mataranka Thermal Pools
  • Experience Katherine Gorge

Day 1 - (Lunch, Dinner)

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost) before retiring tour campsite nearby.

• Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
• Mataranka Thermal Pools

Day 2 - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A great start to the day, a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.

• Mataranka Thermal Pools
• Daly Waters Pub
• Banka Banka Cattle Station

Day 3 - (Breakfast, Lunch)

We pass through Tennant Creek and then further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs.

• Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
• Tropic of Capricorn

What to bring:

  • Torch
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle (1.5 litres)
  • Walking shoes/boots
  • Sleeping bag (or can be hired for $30)
  • Toiletries
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Camera
  • Comfortable and casual clothing for 3 days

Luggage restrictions: Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 15kg).

Please advise any dietary requirements or medical conditions when confirming reservation. Most dietary needs are catered for if advised no later than 48 hours prior to departure.

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