Northern & Central Australia in its splendor. You will travel through the open Savanna Country, soak in outback Hot Springs, then explore the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Time out in Darwin, before learning the aboriginal ancient ways and cultures. Experience Alice Springs, hike Kings Canyon then take our challenge at Ayers Rock.
This tour may operate in either direction.
Day 1: Cairns
On our first day you will explore the reef on our sailing boat to the Outer Barrier Reef. You can try scuba diving (no experience needed); hand feed the fish and snorkel among the coral in the clear waters. Join the crew for free wine & nibbles on the way home. A day you will remember for the rest of your life.
Day 2: Cairns - Innot Hot
After a morning stocking up the supplies we travel up & over the Great Dividing Range . Maybe stop at a tea plantation & learn about the intense agriculture in this area. Take time out for a soothing swim at the hot springs this evening. A great spot for a camp fire tonight.
Day 3: Innot Hot Springs - Leicharts Lagoon
Another easy morning start as we head west passing through small towns like Mt Surprise. A beer at Georgetown pub and afternoon tea in the Croydon General Store help us adjust to the Savanna Country. We arrive mid afternoon at our semi bush camp, complete with hot showers and a fire. Its miles from anywhere but the view next to the billabong is great.
(Bush Camp Accommodation )
Day 4. Leicharts Lagoon - Mount Isa
This morning, see the unique "Gulflander" train and historic Normanton. We travel through some vastly changing landscape en route to Cloncurry were you can join a tour of the "Flying Doctor Museum" or the Riversleigh Fossil Museum. Tonight's camp is in the mining town of Mt Isa complete with a pool.
Day 5: Mount Isa -
An early start today as we depart Queensland through Camooweal and enter the exciting Northern Territory . Today you can see just how flat this remarkable country is. We camp on the banks of a river near Cape Crawford . A good opportunity to have a damper cooked in the coals of the fire.
(Bush Camp Accommodation )
Day 6: Bush Camp - Katherine Gorge
Visit the historic Daly Waters Hotel for a refreshing drink, then take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of Mataranka's thermal pool, nestled amongst tall shady palms. We continue onto Katherine to stock up on food before heading down to our camp close to Katherine Gorge.
Day 7: Katherine Gorge - Litchfield National
Start the day with a cruise up two of the most spectacular gorge systems. Then head further north to the see the famous magnetic termite mounds. We camp next to waterfalls in Litchfield National Park this evening
(Bush Camp Accommodation)
Day 8: Litchfield National Park - Darwin
There is time for a morning swim at Florence Falls before arriving this afternoon back to civilisation in Darwin with a real bed in the multi million-dollar YHA. We normally go out for a meal and perhaps a fling at a nightclub for those in a party mood.
Day 9: Darwin
A free day to take in the sights of this frontier city. See the museums, the historic early settlement or take a trip on the "Tour Tub!", an open top bus trip of the city. And you'll have the chance to do laundry or just chill out by the pool.
Day 10: Darwin - Kakadu National
A chance for last minute shopping before we head out to the "World Heritage Listed" Kakadu National Park . Learn about the rock art at the Ubir gallery before watching the sunset where the aborigines have lived for over 40,000 years.
Day 11: Kakadu National
Check out the mining support town of Jabiru before we hit the multi-million dollar Kakadu visitor's centre. This afternoon you are off to Nourlangie Rock to see aboriginal rock art thousands of years old. Feel the significance of this timeless land & explore the new cultural centre.
Day 12: Kakadu - Manyallaluk
An early start to catch the Yellow Water Billabong Cruise to beat the heat. Crocodiles, birds, snakes, dingos and much more abound in this area. After a swim at lunch, we head out of Kakadu and down through Katherine to camp on an aboriginal station.
Day 13: Manyallaluk - Mataranka Hot Springs
This morning we join the locals to learn about "Bush Tucker", how to throw a spear or even "make fire" using two sticks. Find out how the aboriginals existed for thousands of years in harmony with their surroundings. The aborigines themselves teach the ancient skills. Also a great opportunity to purchase didgeridoos, paintings & woven baskets from the people who make them. We have time for another relaxing swim at Mataranka Hot Springs after setting up camp.
Day 14: Mataranka Hot Springs -
The road south leads us past the Daily Waters Pub again. Visit the gold mining town of Tennant Creek before arriving at the eerie Devils Marbles in time for sunset. There are several short hikes around the area & some stunning photographs to be taken.
(Bush Camp Accommodation )
Day 15: Devils Marbles - Alice Springs
Up early for those priceless sunrise shots on the boulders. We arrive at Alice Springs mid afternoon & set up camp in the best campground in the Territory before heading out on the town for a meal & some nightlife.
Day 16: Alice Springs
A free day to take time out in Alice Springs before taking a hot air balloon flight, complete with champagne breakfast. Consider a day tour through the Western MacDonnell ranges, where you can see Simpson's Gap, the Ochre Pits or even hike around Ormiston Gorge. Why not eat out in one of the great restaurants or maybe have pizza?
Day 17: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon
This morning we will visit a working camel farm and you can catch a camel ride overstunning sand hills as we hit the track south to Erldunda. Marvel at the shear cliffs of Kings Canyon as we hike up the canyon floor before setting up camp at this inland oasis.
Day 18: Kings Canyon -
After breakfast we hit the rim trail for a hike over the Lost City and the Garden of Eden before driving to our camp in Yullara mid afternoon. Plenty of time this evening for that world famous picture of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.
Day 19: Ayers Rock
Take our challenge and walk around the base of one of the worlds' largest monoliths. We will explain and teach you some aboriginal legends that abound in this World Heritage Area. Later this afternoon you can explore the Olgas before viewing the sunset.
Day 20: Ayers Rock
Maybe a sunrise photo for those up early enough, then more time to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta. We'll also take you to the excellent cultural centre which has some excellent displays illustrating the history of the National Park and the myths that surround Uluru in the aboriginal culture. It is fitting that it is here at the heart of Australia's aboriginal lands that we end our journey.