Rock 'n' Top in 10 days


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DAY 0 - ARRIVAL IN ALICE SPRINGS


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DAY 1 - ALICE SPRINGS TO AYERS ROCK RESORT

Our outback journey begins in Alice Springs as we cross some of the oldest river systems in the world on our way to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park home of mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock). We'll break our journey at the Outback Camel Farm, which provides the opportunity for an optional camel ride. Then it's out to Kata Tjuta "place of many heads" (The Olgas). Here we'll undertake a great walk through "The Valley of the Winds" before heading out to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to view the fascinating change of colours as an outback sun sets on Australia's most famous monolith. Overnight at our permanent campsite where we sleep under the stars in an authentic Australian bedroll (swag).


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DAY 2 - AYERS ROCK TO KINGS CANYON

An early morning start as we view sunrise on Uluru, the "Rock", before we undertake a walking tour of the base and learn of the Aboriginal legends surrounding this sacred site. If you wish you can climb Ayers Rock. Time is also available to undertake a scenic flight over Uluru (Ayers Rock) or perhaps a Harley Davidson ride around the base. A visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is full of interest before we make tracks to Kings Creek Station via Curtin Springs.


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DAY 3 - KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS

A short drive to the appropriately named Kings Canyon, a wonder of the Outback. Soaring sandstone cliffs surrounding the Garden of Eden and the Lost City provide an awesome outback experience. It's then back to Alice Springs for our evening meal.


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DAY 4 - ALICE SPRINGS/WEST MACDONNELL RANGES

The chance for an early hot air balloon ride for some awesome outback views before we take in the striking scenery of the West MacDonnell National Park with visits to the impressive Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. On our return to Alice Springs we'll visit Anzac Hill and check out the Royal Flying Doctor Base for a fascinating insight into the provision of medical services in the Outback. Free time this afternoon prepares us for our evening meal out and the chance to get up close and personal with some Australian reptiles!!


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DAY 5 - ALICE SPRINGS TO TENNANT CREEK

Northwards via the Stuart Highway. During our journey we will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and visit the weird rock formations known as Devil's Marbles. The Aboriginals believe this natural phenomenon to be the sacred eggs of the Great Rainbow Serpent of the Dreamtime. Tonight's destination is Tennant Creek a township that owes its prosperity to gold and copper deposits. A visit to the Battery Stamp gold mine completes our day.


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DAY 6 - TENNANT CREEK TO KATHERINE

A drink at the Territory's most famous outback pub at Daly Waters is a must. Then via Larrimah to Mataranka, an oasis for weary travellers. A refreshing swim in the clear waters of the thermal pool is magnificent! Our overnight stop is at Katherine.


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DAY 7 - KATHERINE TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

Out to the very impressive Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge where we spend the morning canoeing or cruising this tranquil waterway. Next stop world-renowned Kakadu National Park and a visit to Gunlom (Waterfall Creek) is a great experience. Here we can climb to the top of the falls for some great views and cool off in the plunge pools. Our base for the next two nights is Jabiru.


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DAY 8 - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

An optional scenic flight is a great way to gain an overview into the immensity and raw beauty of Kakadu National Park. Or perhaps an Aboriginal Cultural Cruise aboard "Guluyambi" on the East Alligator River to learn of local mythology and "Dreamtime stories". Another option is to undertake a 4 wheel drive tour to Twin and Jim Jim Falls, the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in Kakadu National Park. We conclude our day with a visit to the Bowali Visitors Centre.


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DAY 9 - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN

A morning wildlife and crocodile cruise on Yellow Water is a great start to the day. The rock art at Nourlangie is next; art that is said to date back 2,000 years!! A visit to Ubirr is full of interest, an area steeped in Aboriginal history and also possessing great examples of indigenous art. Travelling via the Arnhem Highway we will also visit "Window on the Wetlands" an interpretive centre with great views across the flood plains. Then to Australia's most northerly city, Darwin. A meal out at a local restaurant gives us a taste of the local nightlife.


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DAY 10 - LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK

To Litchfield National Park where towering waterfalls, pockets of beautiful rainforest and an ever changing terrain combine to provide a special paradise. Highlights include the giant termite mounds and Wangi, Tolmer and Florence Falls. Then back to Darwin for a late afternoon finish to our tour.