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Rock N Top: Epic Trip from Alice Springs to Darwin (or v.v) for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,106

Explore the Red Centre and the Top End of Australia. From wetlands in the north to the dry desert of Uluru, the colour red will be indelibly placed into your memories of Australia’s centre.


The Northern Territory is the ultimate outback frontier. Get out there and experience the Never Never on this 10 day adventure, designed specifically for ages 18 to 39.

Depart from Alice Springs, the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Go in search of rock wallabies and sleep under the stars at Kings Canyon, home to some of the outback’s most spectacular trails and views. See iconic Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) come alive at sunrise, with spectacular colours. You’ll also visit the Cultural Centre to learn about the mythology surrounding these sacred sites.

Stay overnight at the historic town of Tennant Creek, stopping in to admire the Devils Marbles along the way. During the (saltwater crocodile-free) dry season, you can canoe along spectacular Katherine Gorge, admiring Eden Falls. Continue on to Darwin, your ideal base for an Aboriginal experience and wildlife cruise along the Mary River. Finally, spend a day at Kakadu National Park, home to Aboriginal artwork and over 550 species of animals.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,106

Itinerary

Day 1

Alice Springs to Uluru

You're hitting the red ground running as you take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's 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. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Outback Pioneer Hotel

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    Outback Pioneer Hotel



    If you are looking for traditional Aussie hospitality, you will find it at the Outback Pioneer Hotel. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ. Swap stories of your day's adventures, or sing along with the nightly entertainment. Alternatively, ...

    If you are looking for traditional Aussie hospitality, you will find it at the Outback Pioneer Hotel. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ. Swap stories of your day's adventures, or sing along with the nightly entertainment. Alternatively, opt for the peace and quiet of the Bough House Restaurant over a buffet dinner. Combined with all the luxuries of the Resort, the Outback Pioneer Hotel is ideal for both couples and families who want to enjoy all that Ayers Rock (Uluru) has to offer.

    With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days will be action-packed. Ride a camel across the dunes, hop on a Harley, or embark on a base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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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. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

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Day 3

Uluru to Kings Canyon

After a hearty breakfast, spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time 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 drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as you sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.

*Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kings Creek Station

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    Kings Creek Station



    Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel.

    Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel.

    Facilities

    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Communal Refrigerator
    • Kitchen
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Shower Facilities

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Day 4

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. 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 bloody bonza (translation: awesome). After a picnic lunch, you'll board the bus back to Alice Springs.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis

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    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis



    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is a great place to stay whether the stay is leisure or business related. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Alice Springs town centre where you can explore the attractions of Alice Springs. The hotel includes ...

    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is a great place to stay whether the stay is leisure or business related. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Alice Springs town centre where you can explore the attractions of Alice Springs. The hotel includes 102 rooms which vary in sizes all equipped with the essentials.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 5

Alice Springs

Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it's an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It's back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There are 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.

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Day 6

Alice Springs to Darwin

Today, take to the skies, bound for Darwin where you'll meet up with your new NT crew.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Melaleuca On Mitchell

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    This locally owned and operated hostel is perfectly suited to all backpackers. Melaleuca On Mitchell is located in Darwin's city centre, in the heart of the tourist precinct with pubs, clubs, restaurants and shopping all at its doorstep. The hostel has rooms to suite all ...

    This locally owned and operated hostel is perfectly suited to all backpackers. Melaleuca On Mitchell is located in Darwin's city centre, in the heart of the tourist precinct with pubs, clubs, restaurants and shopping all at its doorstep. The hostel has rooms to suite all needs, with dorms or private rooms available with and without an en-suite and a maximum of 6 people per room.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa
    • Volleyball

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Day 7

Darwin

You've got a day in Darwin to explore.

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Day 8

Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, 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, like-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over a BBQ.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Aurora Kakadu

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    Aurora Kakadu



    Aurora Kakadu situated in the Kakadu National Park is the perfect base to visit one of the world's finest wildlife reserves. Set amidst 10 hectares of lush bush land, Aurora Kakadu offers tropical gardens, manicured lawns and abundant relaxation areas. The facilities include the Wetlands ...

    Aurora Kakadu situated in the Kakadu National Park is the perfect base to visit one of the world's finest wildlife reserves. Set amidst 10 hectares of lush bush land, Aurora Kakadu offers tropical gardens, manicured lawns and abundant relaxation areas. The facilities include the Wetlands Restaurant, a bar and cafe. The resort also has a fuel outlet, gift shop, pool, spa, tennis court, and laundry and ironing facilities for guests.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Kakadu National Park

Aboriginal Rock Art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we'll swap artwork for alligators on an East Alligator River cruise in Arnhelmland. Naturally. 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 we'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 our lodge.

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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 are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ibis Styles Katherine

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    Ibis Styles Katherine



    With 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, the Ibis Styles Katherine makes the perfect base for a busy day of activities. The hotel is in close proximity to all of the main attractions in the area. The property offers 100 comfortable and welcoming rooms.

    With 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, the Ibis Styles Katherine makes the perfect base for a busy day of activities. The hotel is in close proximity to all of the main attractions in the area. The property offers 100 comfortable and welcoming rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 11

Katherine to Litchfield National Park

Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that's exactly what is lined up. 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. 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.

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Duration1 Night
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Litchfield Motel

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    Litchfield Motel



    Litchfield Motel (Previously known as Batchelor Resort) is set in natural bushland on 35 acres and is located 100kms from Darwin, the closest motel to the beautiful Litchfield National Park. Facilities include 2 swimming pools, 18 hole mini golf course, bars, bistro, a la carte ...

    Litchfield Motel (Previously known as Batchelor Resort) is set in natural bushland on 35 acres and is located 100kms from Darwin, the closest motel to the beautiful Litchfield National Park. Facilities include 2 swimming pools, 18 hole mini golf course, bars, bistro, a la carte restaurant and native bird feeding. Accommodation consists of 22 rooms, 11 of which are located on the upper level.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Convention facilities
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Public phones
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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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 rainforest 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, take on the short drive and last leg of your discovery back into the heart of Darwin. Your grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure doesn't have to end.

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DEPARTURES:

2016:  Jul. 5, 11, 26*; Aug. 2, 8, 23*, 30; Sep. 5, 14*, 20* 27; Oct. 18*, 25, 31; Nov. 9*, 15*, 22, 28; Dec. 5*, 11* 20
2017: Jan. 4* 17, 23; Feb.1* 7*, 14, 20*; Mar. 7*14, 20

* Indicates reverse itinerary

PRICE INCLUDES:

10 nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, lodges and hostels.  Depending on location, tours may also include accommodation in underground properties or sleeping in swags,  transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet, awesome driver/guide, entrance fees to national parks, meals as indicated by BLD

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Optional excursions and touring that are available for purchase on tour, travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Flights are not included.  As experts in airfares to the South Pacific Goway can assist you with the best airfares for your vacation.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on multi share accommodation in low season. Seasonal surcharges will apply.  Limited seats and subject to availability.  Single, twin or double supplements are available on request.  These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only.

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