Spend a fun day exploring Litchfield National Park. You will see a landscape that has been formed by water and time with abundant waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bush walking tracks, swimming holes and amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds.
All about the 22 Day Darwin To Sydney Tour Package
This incredible package is taking you right down the middle of Australia, through the Northern Territory, Red Center and South Australia, then along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road to beautiful Melbourne. Finish this tour conveniently in Sydney.
Highlights on our Darwin to Sydney tour are on leaving Darwin and heading out to Kakadu National Park first we see amazing waterfalls. Litchfield National Park is the next stop short hikes and swimming in abundance. Then we head down the centre of Australia to Katherine Gorge, Mataranka hot springs, Daly waters and the Devils Marbles. From Alice Springs we make our way out to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and then Kings Canyon. As we head down to South Australia we stop at the underground town of Coober Pedy, Port Augusta and onto Adelaide. From here you have a days rest and explore in Adelaide. You will then spend 3 days on tour at the Grampians National Park and Great Ocean Road, seeing Loch Ard Gorge, the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge. Have some spare time in Melbourne where you can grab a tasty coffee and see the laneways of the city. We then traverse to Sydney in the last two days to finish the tour in the harbour side city.
This tour takes in separate tour components from Darwin to Alice Springs, Alice Springs to Adelaide, The 3 day Great Ocean Road tour and a Melbourne to Sydney tour with accommodation in between.
22 Day Darwin To Sydney Tour Package Itinerary - 22 days
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
The first stop on your adventure is the Mary River Wetlands which are renowned for the 250 bird species that can be found here and the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. To get the best understanding of the area you will take an informative cruise (included) along the Mary River where you can spot ‘crocs’ and other wildlife. Your introduction to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River where you will also have lunch. The Bowali Visitor Centre is a good place to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. At Ubirr you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be interpreted by your guide. Here you will learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at our campsite at Cooinda. (LD)
Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park
You will spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls+ where you can swim at the bottom of the waterfall and climb to the top of the falls. Relax in a natural infinity pool with a grand view of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. You will see why this picture postcard spot is such a favourite for all who visit. There’s a chance for a final swim after lunch in the lower plunge pool before leaving the national park to travel via Batchelor to an overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park. (BLD)
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. Overnight is included. (BL)
Darwin to Mataranka (via Katherine)
Your adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). It’s a little further on to your overnight camp near Mataranka. (LD)
Mataranka to Banka Banka Station
There’s no better start to the day than with a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. The Daly Waters Pub is a great spot to take a break and have a cold beer. Historically, it has been an important watering hole for explorers and cattle drovers. Your day comes to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where you will camp for the night. (BLD)
Banka Banka to Alice Springs
Passing through Tennant Creek, the highlight of the day are the huge granite boulders known as the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which make for great photos. Just north of Alice Springs you cross the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving into Alice Springs. (BL) Two nights accommodation is included (dinner is at own expense).
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense.
A day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense.
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon
Leaving Alice Springs our first destination is Kings Creek Station, where most of Australia’s live camels are exported from, and where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the walk around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to access the lookout points and enjoy the views of the gorge, sandstone walls and the immense size of the canyon. On the walk you will get to see the renowned water hole known as the Garden of Eden. In the afternoon you can go for a swim in the pool or do one of the optional extra activities (Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Safaris) that are available at Kings Creek Station. (LD)
Kings Canyon to Uluru
After a drive to ‘The Rock’, at Uluru you can do a walk around the base of Uluru and there’s time to learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Lunch is prepared back at the campground and then you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the timeless wonder of Uluru. (BLD)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Get up in time for the magnificent Uluru sunrise and breakfast before doing a hike at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds which cuts through the uniquely domed rock formations. After lunch, return to your campsite and relax in the afternoon before seeing another Uluru sunset. (BLD)
Uluru to Coober Pedy
After an early start we drive to Coober Pedy, on the way you will see striking desert landscapes including the sandstone formation known as the Breakaways. Coober Pedy is where most of the world’s supply of beautiful opals come from. The landscape here is like you’ve landed on Mars. After a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and dinner you will sleep underground like the locals do in bunkhouse accommodation. (BLD)
Coober Pedy to Wilmington
Enjoy a morning in Coober Pedy including a tour of the town and an opal mine. You can also have a go at “noodling” for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. In the afternoon continue to travel south to the Flinders Ranges where you’ll sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush Camp. (BLD)
Wilmington to Adelaide
Start the day with a hike up Dutchman’s Stern for grand views of the ocean and surrounding ranges and plains. In the afternoon enjoy a refreshing stop at a winery in the Clare Valley before arriving in Adelaide at around 6pm. (BL)
Adelaide to Grampians National Park
Leaving Adelaide sit back and enjoy the landscapes through the Adelaide Hills on the way to lunch at Mt. Arapiles. At the Grampians National Park you will spend the afternoon hiking to the bottom of MacKenzie Falls and enjoy the views from The Balconies lookout point. Later in the day, you might see kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. Tonight you will stay in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation. (LD)
Grampians National Park to Twelve Apostles
This morning you will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre before doing some more hiking in the beautiful Grampians. Enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife. Travelling along the Great Ocean Road highlights include the iconic Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs not to mention the spectacular coastal scenery in the area, finishing the day with a sunset at the Twelve Apostles rock formation. Overnight you will stay in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. (BLD)
Great Ocean Road to Melbourne
At the Otway National Park, take a walk through some ancient temperate (cool) rainforest. Parts of the Great Ocean Road were carved by returned WWI servicemen; their legacy has created one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. Further along the Great Ocean Road are the beachside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. The famous surf coast includes visits to Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf wear brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver). Your final stop is at the Split Point Lighthouse featured in the Round the Twist television series, before heading through Geelong to arrive in Melbourne at approximately 7pm. Overnight accommodation is included. (BL)
Days 18, 19 and 20
Free days in Melbourne. Explore Melbourne's cafes, lane way bars and shops, visit the seaside suburb of St Kilda. Or perhaps do a day tour to see the Penguins at Phillip Island. Accommodation is included. (no meals)
Melbourne – Yerong Creek
Bound by the Victorian Alps and the Murray River we journey through ever changing landscapes. Mix with locals and see Australia as you have never seen it before. Drive through the scenic landscape of Kinglake, and feel the serenity at Bonnie Doon before landing at Mansfield, the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Immerse yourself in a local wildlife rescue project that is sure to touch your heart. A donation to an animal welfare shelter is included as part of your cost. Learn about Australia’s fascinating bushrangers (outlaws) as you travel to Powers Lookout - what a great place for that postcard picture!
Continue through Victoria’s unfamiliar territory to the historic gold mining town of Beechworth. It’s magnificently preserved heritage buildings and mouth-watering local gourmet produce makes this stop one for the senses.
Spend the night at an authentic Aussie farmstay property and experience true Australian hospitality amongst native wildlife. You will not forget this! (D
Yerong Creek – Sydney
Today we continue our journey through Wagga Wagga and Gundagai, to our Nations’ Capital City – Canberra. Today we discover the home of the Australian Story. See national attractions and hidden gems. The city’s national museums and attractions hold and share the treasures of our nation. Next stop – Sydney! (B)
|Tour code: DS22|
8 nights camping + 13 nights dorm
National park fee local payment
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- This package is a combination of safari products and therefore the guide and passengers will differ during each section. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation (included) between each of the safaris.
- Camping/dorm customers will spend 13 nights in the dorm, 2 nights camping in swags and pop-up tents, 2 nights in permanent safari tents and 4 nights camping in swags only. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 13 nights in a private room (10 nights private facilities, 3 nights shared facilities), 1 night in a cabin (shared facilities), 4 nights camping in swags and pop-up tents and 3 nights in permanent safari tents (shared facilities)
- Twin/double fare can only be booked by two people traveling together.
- Sleeping bag hire is available for all customers for a $30 payment to the guide in Darwin. Passengers are permitted to bring their own sleeping bags. Please specify this at the time of booking.
- During the wet season Gunlom Falls may not be accessible and during this time we will visit the Yurmikmik region (either Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
- This tour is perfect for those 18 to 39 years old.
- Travel insurance is recommended. Get a quote here.
- On this tour, it is often the case that during November- March extra nights may be required in Melbourne or Adelaide subject to tour departures. So please do not book your flights until the tour is organised and confirmed. Just send us an enquiry and we will be in touch with how you can take advantage of this great value tour package.
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