10 Day Crocodile Rock Kakadu to Ayers Rock or Ayers Rock to Kakadu
This amazing 10 day tour from Kakadu to Uluru takes you to the highlights of the Northern Territory. Get up close to a Saltwater Crocodile, take in the view from Ubirr Rock over Kakadu, see abundant wildlife, swim in numerous waterfall locations and experience the vastness of the outback of the Northern Territory. Visit Katherine Gorge, Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, travel along the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Alice Springs then beyond to Ayers Rock. This is a true outback experience that will stay with you forever.
Day 1 – Kakadu to Uluru
Darwin to Mary River and Kakadu National Park
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Darwin around 6.30am for the short drive to the Mary River where you will enjoy a private 2 hour wildlife and crocodile cruise.
The Mary River is home to the highest concentration of salwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere and 250 types of birds. After your cruise we head to Kakadu National Park and have lunch at the South Alligator River before visiting the Bowali Visitors Centre and the opportunity to view or purchase aboriginal arts and crafts.
We arrive late afternon to Ubirr Rock. Here you will view ancient aboriginal rock art interpreted by your guide. Climb to the top of Nadab Lookout to look out over the expanse of the Kakadu floodplains and beyond to Arnhemland before we head to our overnight camp at Cooinda.
Mary River Crocodile Cruise
Mary River Wetlands
Bowali Visitors Centre
Aboriginal Rock Art
Day 2 – Kakadu to Uluru
Kakadu National Park
This morning we travel to the southern end of Kakadu to spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls. There is a large plungepool at the base of the falls but we climb to the magical area on top of Gunlom Falls. From here we can get a birds eye view of Kakadu while relaxing in the clear pools at the top of the falls. We travel on to our overnight camp near Litchfield National Park.
(B, L, D)
Waterfalls and Plungepools
Day 3 - Kakadu to Uluru
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
We have an early start to the day this morning. See giant magnetic and cathedral termite mounds some as high as 6 metres. Marvel at the engineering feats of this tiny outback insect. Swim, hike and enjoy the sandstone escarpments, spring fed creeks and waterfalls of Florence and Wangi Falls and discover the many rock holes of the Buley Rock hole area. The scenery here is amazing.
This afternoon we take the drive back to Darwin and you can relax and watch the changing bush scenery pass us by. We arrive back to Darwin around 5.30pm
Buley Rock Hole
Day 4 – Kakadu to Uluru
Darwin to Mataranka Thermal Springs
You will be picked up from your Darwin accommodation around 6.00am and the journey to Alice Springs begins. We travel south along the Stuart Highway and arrive at Nitmilik National Park later in the morning. Today we are exploring Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. This ancient sandstone gorge has been carved by the Katherine river over thousands of years and the river now flows through a deep gorge with high cliffs either side. You can choose to hike the cliff tops or take a guided boat cruise or hire a canoe (at your own expense. This afternoon we make our way to our overnight camp at Mataranka Thermal Springs.
Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk)
Day 5 – Kakadu to Uluru
Mataranka to Banka Banka Cattle Station
We start the day soaking in the warm thermal pools of Mataranka Springs an oasis surrounded by paperbark trees. Ready for the day we move on down the Stuart Highway for a visit at the famous Daly Waters Pub where travelers have left memorabilia since the days of the big cattle drives. Enjoy a cold beer at the bar while checking out mementos left by past visitors from many different countries. This is a real outback experience. The day ends at the historic Banka Banka Cattle Station which is our overnight campsite.
Mataranka Thermal Springs
Daly Waters Pub
Banka Banka Cattle Station
Day 6 – Kakadu to Uluru
Banka Banka to Alice Springs
Heading south once again we pass through the town of Tennant Creek on our way to the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu). Here you will see massive granite boulders balancing on rocky perches. This is a spiritual place to the local aboriginal people. Moving on again we pass the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving into the outback capitol of Alice Springs late afternoon. Your overnight dorm or budget ensuite accommodation is included.
Tropic of Capricorn
Day 7 – Kakadu to Uluru
Today you have a free day to explore Alice Springs. Overnight dorm or budget ensuite accommodation is included.
(Meals at own expense)
Overnight in Alice Springs
Day 8 – Kakadu to Uluru
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
This morning you are on your way to the remote outback of Central Australia with red soil, ancient geology and ghost gum trees. The pioneers of this region used camels for transport and camels in this region are descended from those pioneering days. The first stop is at the Outback Camel Farm where you have the opporunity at your own expense to view the world from the back of a camel.
We travel on to stop at the Mt Ebenezer roadhouse where you can check out the Aboriginal art that is on display. The first monolith that comes into view is Mt Connor which many people mistake for Ayers Rock as it comes into view. 100 kilometres further on we arrive at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park where your guide will take you on an interpretive walk of the base of Uluru.
Those choosing to climb Ayers Rock will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. Uluru is a sacred site and the local aboriginal people would prefer you did not climb the rock however you are able to do so if you wish. It is your choice.
You are able to visit the Cultural Centre which is well worth the visit before we watch the sunset over Ayers Rock and the changing colours it is famous for.. After dinner cooked over an open fire, some campfire stories we bunk down for a good nights rest for big day tomorrow.
Stuarts Well Outback Camel Farm
Ebenezer Road House
View of Mt Connor
Base walk or climb Uluru
Sunset at Uluru
Day 9 - Kakadu to Uluru
Ayers Rock to Kings Creek Station
We are up early this morning to watch the sunrise over Uluru then it is off for the short drive to the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) which is an aborignal word for many heads. There are 36 domes in total and we will take a hike to explore some of them. We explore the Valley of the Winds walking through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch we leave Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Cattle Station where we camp for the night. This is about as outback as you can get with out campsite set in a private location on this working cattle station.
(B, L, D)
Kings Creek Cattle Station
Day 10 - Kakadu to Uluru
Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park which is home to the mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above the lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6 kilometre round trip hike and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the Garden of Eden along the way. After our final lunch together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon.
Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Seasonal itinerary changes
Day 9-11 Tropical Summer (DEC-JUNE)
Access to Wangi Falls, is not gauranteed from December to June as seasonal closures and road works takes place during these months. Alternative locations may apply.
Bring with you
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, towel & toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera & film, pillow.. Twin falls boat transfer is an additional cost of $12.50 per person payable on the day.
Experienced guides, meals as indicated accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, four nights dorm accommodation.
Tour Code from Kakadu to Ayers Rock WP01
Departs Darwin 6.30am
1st April 2016 to 30th April 2016 - Tuesday
1st May 2016 to 31st October 2016 - Wednesday and Saturday
1st Nov 2016 to 31st March 2017 - Tuesday
Book and Pay 90 days in advance and save $50.00
Cost per adult - $1460.00 dorm/camping
Cost per adult - $1590.00 twin/camping
Cost per adult - $1655.00 single/camping
Tour Code from Ayers Rock to Kakadu WP02
Departs Alice Springs 6.00am (reverse itinerary)
1st April 2016 to 30th April 2016 - Fri (2 nights Alice Springs 1 night Darwin)
1st April 2016 to 30th April 2016 - Sat (1 night Alice Springs 2 nights Darwin)
1st May 2016 to 31st October 2016 - Tue/Fri (2 nights AS 1 night Darwin)
1st May 2016 to 31st October 2016 - Wed/Sat (1 night AS 2 night Darwin)
1st Nov 2016 to 31st March 2017 - Fri (2 nights AS 1 night Darwin)
1st Nov 2016 to 31st March 2017 - Sat (1 night AS 2 night Darwin)
Cost per adult - $1460.00 dorm/camping
Cost per adult - $1525.00 twin/camping
Cost per adult - $1655.00 single/camping
Maximum People 24
Hiking Difficulty Hikes of up to 6-8 kilometres per day reasonable fitness required.
Transport Big 4WD - Mini Bus
Recommended Group Age 18+
Note This package is made up of three individual tours, therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
This tour operator recommends all passengers to have comprehensive travel insurance.