Adelaide to Port Augusta
Your self-drive adventure leaves from Adelaide city as your head northbound. Get some fresh air and hop on a bicycle in the heart of the Barossa Ranges. From the top of the hills, enjoy an exhilarating down hill cycle while witnessing some of the regions most amazing views. Drive north to Port Augusta, the gateway to the Flinders Ranges and Outback, as well as Perth to the west. Overnight in Port Augusta.
Port Augusta to Coober Pedy
Hit the road early this morning and travel to the opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Only in Coober Pedy will you find an underground hotel, restaurants, bars, and church, and a golf course without a blade of grass! Half of the population here live in underground dugouts in order to escape the hot climate. Find out what its like to dig for opals with a down ‘n’ dirty tour where you will access a working mine field and try your luck at finding some opals. Overnight.
Coober Pedy to Alice Springs
Today will be a long day of driving through the vast outback plains of the desert. Cross over the border of South Australia to the Red Center of the Northern Territory. Arrive in the most famous outback town of Australia - Alice Springs. The town is the gateway to the West Macdonnell Ranges and the Top End. Stay 2 nights in Alice Springs.
Explore the outback town of Alice Springs, nestled between the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges and surrounded by gorges and stark desert plains. Immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of Australia's deserts at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Wander through the ancient landscape and discover the plants, animals and culture of the place. Tonight enjoy the Didgeridoo Show Outback at the Sounds of Starlight Theater. Experience a spellbinding musical and visual journey through the ancient land forms, history and space of Australia's outback. Listen to the ancient instrument and sound icon of Australia – the didgeridoo, heard only by the indigenous inhabitants of this pristine yet harsh continent.
Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Make your way north to Wycliffe Well, known as a hotspot for UFO sightings! Take a ride along the Wycliffe Well Railway and then continue the drive to Tennant Creek. Be sure to stop off at the Devils Marbles, 100km south of Tennant Creek. These natural features have been created over millions of years and are a sacred site for the traditional land owners, who believe they are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent, an important dreamtime figure in Aboriginal culture. Overnight in Tennant Creek.
TennAnt creek to daly waters
Enjoy the vast outback scenery as you make your way up to the town of Daly Waters. Keep an eye out for the Daly Waters Aviation Complex - Australia's first international airport which played an important role during World War II. No visit to the Top End would be complete without a visit to the Daly Waters pub, a quintessential roadhouse and ‘watering hole’ for outback travelers. Relax with a cold beer and the company of other outback travelers. Overnight in Daly Waters.
Daly Waters to Katherine/Nitmiluk national park
Make your way to the Katherine region to experience the incredible scenery of Nitmiluk National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing at your accommodation or explore the surrounding walking tracks, discover wildlife or learn the Indigenous culture of this ancient sandstone country. For an unforgettable experience, take flight on an adrenalin-filled helicopter adventure and gain a unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the 3 gorges below (extra cost). Overnight in Nitmiluk National Park.
Nitmiluk Gorge Litchfield National park
The early morning is one of the most impressive and illuminating times to visit Nitmiluk Gorge. Onboard your morning cruise, see the gorgeous colors of nature as the sun comes up and the first two gorges come to life. Discover the unspoilt beauty of the region while enjoying a hot breakfast on board – a truly memorable start to the day and a photographer’s dream.
Then, drive to Litchfield National Park and explore the pen eucalyptus woodland, dense tropical rainforest and magnetic termite mounds. In the dry season, make the most of the Table Top Range waterfalls that plunge into refreshing pools. During the wet, some roads, waterfalls and pools are closed to the public because of flooding. A few areas of Litchfield Park are only accessible in a 4WD, but most attractions can be visited at any time of year with a 2WD. Overnight.
Litchfield National Park to darwin
Enjoy the city of Darwin and all it has to offer. On your last day of touring, you have free time to spend it how you like! Visit Crocosaurus Cove for a chance to hold a crocodile, feed them or simply watch some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia as they interact with each other. Explore Cullen Bay Marina or cruise the Adelaide river (all at own expense). Your Northern Territory adventure ends here in Darwin.
Note: This self drive tour can be completed in reverse order, the tour cost remains the same. To view tour prices or to make an enquiry, please click on the Enquire Now tab at the top of this itinerary.
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