Between Darwin and Adelaide there’s a lot to see, so be prepared to pack a whole lot into this 13-day itinerary. Heading south from the Northern Territory, you’ll be making stops at two of Australia’s great National Parks — Kakadu and Litchfield — checking out wildlife, waterfalls, and more. Experience just how vast the Outback is while driving towards Alice Springs, then make your way to the Red Centre and witness the magic of Uluru. From there head over to Coober Pedy, where you’ll see what a small town does to beat the extreme heat (hint: look down), as well as a few historical sites before you reach Adelaide.
Day 1 Darwin
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Darwin/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Set off early from Darwin and head to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds. Later, go on a wetland nature cruise to try and spot crocs. Stretch out in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) and sleep under the stars.
Day 3 Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 4 Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge (1B, 1D)
Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way.
Day 5 Katherine/Daly Waters (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a free morning. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. Stop off at nearby hot springs, then travel to the small town of Daly Waters. Hit up the local watering hole for a true Outback experience.
Day 6 Daly Waters/Alice Springs (1B, 1L)
Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel south to Alice Springs via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals.
Day 7 Alice Springs
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.
Day 8 Alice Springs/Uluru
Depart early and travel to the Red Centre. Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon (seasonal) before continuing on to Uluru.
Day 9 Uluru (1B, 1D)
Visit an Aboriginal culture centre and enjoy the informative Mala Walk at Uluru. Catch the sunset over Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.
Day 10 Uluru/Coober Pedy (1B)
Travel to the town of Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.
Day 11 Coober Pedy/Ikara-Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D)
Admire the Outback while travelling to the Flinders Ranges for the night.
Day 12 Ikara-Flinders Ranges/Adelaide (1B)
Explore the Flinders Ranges before travelling to Adelaide. Enjoy a local food experience in the Clare Valley along the way.
Day 13 Adelaide
Depart at any time.
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