The Rock, Rail and Kakadu
Witnessing the majesty of Uluru at sunset and sunrise, hiking the Red Centre, stargazing at the impressive southern sky, riding the route of Afghan cameleers on The Ghan Train, learning about Aboriginal dreamtime stories, travelling to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakadu National Park
For rugged natural splendour, the Australian outback is where it’s at. This journey into the remote regions of northern and central Australia brings you face-to-face with the land and the intriguing characters and wildlife that call it home. Majestic Uluru, sprawling Kings Canyon and the out-there landscapes of Kakadu National Park await your hiking boots, while the crocodiles and the mysteries of Indigenous Australian culture—as told by the locals themselves—are primed to fascinate. Adventure doesn’t get much more adventurous than this.
- Sunrise and sunset viewing of Uluru, Mala walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre, hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and King's Canyon, crocodile spotting boat cruise, Aboriginal art and craft centre visit, exploration of Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park.
- 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (Allow AUD100-150 for meals that are not included.)
- Basic hotels (2 nts, multi-share), camping (4 nts), overnight train (1 nt, airline-style seating)
- Private bus, train, 4x4.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12
Please note that most accommodation in Australia is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.
Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (1L,1D)
Meet in Alice Springs at 5:45am and travel to the Red Centre. Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and do the informative Mala Walk around part of Uluru's base. Catch the sunset over Uluru before heading to your campground for the night. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.
Day 2 Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station (1B,1L,1D)
Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire.
Day 3 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs (1B,1L)
Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, then stop by a camel farm for an optional camel ride en route back to Alice Springs.
Day 4 The Ghan Train (1B)
Ride the rails on the famous Ghan Train—named for Afghan cameleers. Glide through the remote outback en route to the subtropical top end of Australia.
Day 5 Darwin
Stop at Katherine Gorge. Opt for a flat-bottomed boat trip or a walk before continuing onto Darwin.
Day 6 Darwin/Kakadu National Park (1L,1D)
Spot crocs on a boat cruise. Visit an Aboriginal crafts centre before continuing onto Kakadu National Park.
Day 7 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B,1L,1D)
Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 8 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B,1L)
Guided excursion to Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today.
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