Rock N Top

This is an amazing Australia trip that truly rocks! After a taste of the wild bush and an insight into Aboriginal culture up the 'Top End', we'll head deep into the beautiful yet formidable Outback and what's known as the 'Red Centre' and experience all the mystery and wonder of stunning Ayers Rock.

Highlights

  • Canoe in the Katherine Gorge
  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
  • Sunset at Ubirr


Day 1 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we’ll 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, likeworthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over a BBQ. (BD)

Included today:
- Bowali Visitor Centre
- National Park entry

Day 2 - 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 a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland. 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 Arnhemland). 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. (B)

Included today:
- Aboriginal Rock art sites
- Kakadu river cruise
- Arnhemland (seasonal)
- National Park entry

Day 3 - Kakadu National Park to Katherine
Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We’ll 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 we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club. (BD)

Included today:
- Edith Falls
- Evening Lawn Bowls

Day 4 - Katherine to Litchfield National Park
Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that’s exactly what we have 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. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park. (B)

Included today:
- Katherine Gorge canoeing (boat cruise in wet season)

Day 5 - 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, we’ll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin. (BL)

Included today:
- Litchfield National Park Entry

Day 6 - Darwin
A free day in Darwin. What to do? There’s Mindil Beach for chilling on, a fair few food markets to feast at and plenty of shops for a spot of souvenir shopping. Tonight you could hit the lively waterfront. (B)

Day 7 - Darwin to Alice Springs
Today we’ll take to the skies, bound for Alice Springs where you’ll meet up with your new NT crew. (B)

Day 8 - Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. 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) and maybe grab a ‘coldie’. Welcome to the outback, mate. (D)

Included today:
- Mt Conner
- Uluru Sunset
- National Park entry

Day 9 - 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 a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Market and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. (B)

Included today:
- Sunrise over Uluru
- National Park entry
- Uluru base walks
- Anangu Visitor centre
- Guided walk by your crew

Day 10 - Uluru to Kings Canyon
Get ready for some soul searching as we 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 Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. (BD)

Included today:
-Valley of the winds walk
-National Park entry

Day 11 - 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). (BL)

Included today:
- Guided hike of Kings Canyon
- Garden of Eden walk

Day 12 - 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. Our 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. (B)

Included today:
- Stanley Chasm
- Simpsons Gap

12 day Adventure from £1560

with flights from £2310

All prices are per person based on multi share accommodation and include meals specified. Single, double and twin room prices are available on request. Wet season itineraries Nov – May, will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day and all included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed. For booking, availability and departure dates please call Freedom Australia on 0333 234 2889 or enquire online. Prices are seasonal and subject to change.

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  • 10 nights accommodation
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  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to national parks
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  • Awesome driver / guide

 

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