Alice Springs to Darwin 7 Day Red Centre and Top End Tour
There are so many amazing destinations and landmarks to visit in the Northern Territory and if you want to see them all without blowing a hole in your budget then this is the trip for you!
You’ll visit the best spots in the Red Centre including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon to view the amazing scenery.
The passage from Darwin to Alice Springs has it’s fair share of hot spots too. Swim in Katherine Gorge, visit Mataranka Thermal pools, the Daley Waters Pub and the Devils Marbles!
A once in a lifetime adventure awaits!
- Professional guide
- All meals as indicated in itinerary
- All accommodation(dormitory and camping)
**You can do this trip in reverse, click here to check it out!
“Check out some awesome spots in the Northern Territory on this 7 day tour. It’s amazing to go from the red desert sand in the centre of Australia to vast landscape and arriving via cool waterholes on the way up to Darwin” – Liz – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert
- Visit Katherine Gorge
- Swim in Mataranka Thermal Pools
- Visit the Daly waters Pub
- See the Devils Marbles
- Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and explore the Valley of the Winds
- Journey around Kings Canyon
- Visit The Rock!
It’s an early rise if you are joining us in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock and meet our fellow travellers joining us there. On arrival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and discover life atop one of the regions earliest forms of transport. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb). The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
– Base Walk / Climb at Uluru
– Cultural Centre
– Sunset at Uluru
– Ayers Rock private campsite
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise which can be viewed close-by our campsite, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an Aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station where we camp for the night. Our campsite really is ‘way outback’, set in a private location on this working cattle station.
– Uluru / Kata Tjuta Sunrise
– Kata Tjuta
– Kings Creek Station
– Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk. You will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon. Two nights dormitory or budget ensuite (twin/single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included (dinner is at own expense).
– Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park
– Alice Springs
– Breakfast / Lunch
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Dormitory or budget ensuite (twin/single) accommodation in Alice Springs is included.
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00 am and then our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). 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. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
– Tropic of Capricorn
– Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
– Banka Banka Cattle Station
– Lunch / Dinner
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’! Later in the day, you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and nearby where we camp overnight.
– Daly Waters Pub
– Mataranka Thermal Pools
– Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the 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). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin.
– Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
– Breakfast / Lunch
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of camping is done on this trip?
Swag Camping! A swag is a kind of bag that you can sleep in. It has a mattress and pillow inside and you can roll it up for storage. It has a flap you can put over your head for total cover but most people choose to fall asleep staring at the night sky!
Do I need a sleeping bag?
You will definitely want a sleeping bag in winter as it can get quite cold at night, especially the further south you are and in the Red Centre, around Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. In summer it is advisable as it can still be cool at night. We advise to bring along your own sleeping bag, otherwise you can hire one for $50.
I’ve heard the flies are bad in summer. Is this true?
In the warmer months, there can definitely be a lot of flies while travelling through the outback. It is advisable to bring a fly net in the warmer months.
What clothes do I need?
In summer the temperatures can be extremely hot when travelling through the outback. A shirt and shorts are all that is needed during these months though we recommend a light long-sleeved top and light long pants (zip off) to minimize your exposure to the sun. It can still get cool at night and in the morning so you will want a jumper as well.
Definitely bring swimmers as there will be opportunities to swim at some locations. Sunglasses, as well as sunscreen SPF 30+ or better, are also a necessity no matter what time of year.
During winter the temperatures can be mild during the day but cold at night and in the morning when travelling through the centre of Australia. You will want a mixture of warm and cool clothes for this time of year. Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie, gloves and warm socks are recommended for use at night and in the morning. Further north near Darwin the temperature will not be so cold.
At all times of the year, you will need a hat. Preferably wide-brimmed.
1st April – 31st October: Tuesday & Friday
1st November – 31st March: Friday
What to bring:
- Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
- Hat and sunscreen
- Towel and toiletries
- Warm clothing in winter
- 1.5L water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Travel pillow
- Sleeping bag (can be hired for $50)
Extras / local payments: Customers are required to pay their National Park fees to their guide on departure. Fees $12.50 depending on time of travel. Sleeping bag hire is a $50 local payment. Swags will be provided as standard and tent hire is available for a $60 local payment. Sleeping bags and tents need to be pre-booked and can be done so by informing your travel agent or by reconfirming 48 hours prior to departure. Local payments can either be made by credit card at time of reconfirmation or on by cash only on day of departure.