11 Day tour of Northen Territory

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Monday, December 17

Tour: JNT11R - 11 Day Rock n Top Reverse Quad 2007/2008 Brand: Connections


Please meet your Tour Leader outside reception at Melaleuca On Mitchell, 50 Mitchell Street, Darwin at

8.15am. If you cannot locate the crew within 15 minutes of the designated departure time, please call

our toll free number - 1800 077 251.

There is no greater haven than Australia's Northern Territory for those looking to make a connection

with nature! Equivalent in size to France, Italy and Spain combined, it's not surprising the Northern

Territory is blessed with an abundance of natural environments.

Our outback journey begins in the Top End of the Territory when we head out of Darwin to Litchfield

National Park. Here waterfalls cascade from the sandstone plateau of Tabletop Range and create

beautiful pools and pockets of rainforests. These features combine to provide a special paradise for us to

enjoy. Highlights of our visit to the Park include the giant termite mounds, Florence and Wangi Falls and

refreshing swims in their natural pool. We then return to Darwin - capital of Australia's Northern

Territory and a modern, tropical city set on a harbour twice the size of Sydney's. It is a fantastic mix of

cultural character, mystery, beauty and unlimited potential that is waiting to explore! After checking into

our accommodation, there is no better way to soak up Darwin's special character by taking in sunset

over the ocean in the "Top End" prior to a free evening to sample the local cuisine. [L]

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin - Darwin - Quad

In: Mon, 17 Dec Out: 18 Dec

Tuesday, December 18

This morning we head south along the Arnhem Highway to the spectacular Kakadu National Park.

Once inside the entrance of this 20,000 square kilometre Park, we head to the village of Jabiru where we

will base ourselves for the next two nights. This afternoon we will visit Ubirr - an area steeped in

aboriginal history and also possessing great examples of aboriginal rock art throughout the eras. A

sunset Wildlife Cruise follows on Yellow Water Billabong and a spectacular way to finish to our day.

The large salt water crocodiles are lurking here - along with many other creatures - this is the best time

of the day to see this environment. The outlook from here over the surrounding Kakadu wetlands is

simply stunning - especially as the sun sets to the west.** [BD]

Aurora Kakadu Lodge - Kakadu - Quad

In: Tue, 18 Dec Out: 19 Dec

Wednesday, December 19

Kakadu National Park is World Heritage Listed and has enormous cultural and natural significance.

Within this vast area of land there is an estimated 5000 rock-art sites with the worlds largest and oldest

rock-art collection. Along with the crocodiles there are many other species of birds, mammals, reptiles

and fish - a truly rich environment. A scenic flight* is a great way to gain an overview into the immensity

and raw beauty of this Park. There is also time today to partake in some special activities that will

enhance your experience here. These include a Four Wheel Drive full day excursion to the well known

Jim Jim and Twin Falls*, or perhaps a Aboriginal Cultural Cruise "Guluyambi"* on the East Alligator

River to learn of local mythology, Dreamtime stories and traditional hunting methods. Another option is to

undertake a 4 wheel drive tour to Arnhem Land* to see some remote Aboriginal Art and learn from the

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local people about this ancient culture. A visit to the Bowali Visitors Centre can give a better

understanding and help us appreciate the unique qualities of this diverse Park as well.** [BD]

Aurora Kakadu Lodge - Kakadu - Quad

In: Wed, 19 Dec Out: 20 Dec

Thursday, December 20

As we make our way out of Kakadu National Park our travels take us to Nourlangie Rock. We head off

on a walk around the ciruit witnessing excellent examples of aboriginal rock art and aboriginal shelters,

with a short stroll up to the lookout for great views of the escarpment. Departing via the southern gate

of Kakadu, we journey on to Nitmiluk National Park where we find Leliyn (Edith Falls). A series of

waterfalls on the edge of the escarpment flow year round, ending in a large pool fringed with pandanus

and a great place for a swim. We then travel on to another section of the Nitmiluk National Park - land

of the traditional Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Here we discover the impressive Katherine Gorge, carved

out of the sandstone by the river system for millions of years. Adventures are available this afternoon

and include either a cruise into the gorge system or share a canoe and paddle along this tranquil

waterway. We then head on into Katherine - a kaleidoscope of cultural diversity and pioneering history.


All Seasons Inn Katherine Tpl - Katherine - Triple

In: Thu, 20 Dec Out: 21 Dec

Friday, December 21

This morning we head on further south. We make a stop at Mataranka, an oasis for weary travellers.

Here, a swim in the clear thermal waters next to the Waterhouse and Roper Rivers is a refreshing and

rejuvenating experience. We also stop in at the Northern Territory's most famous outback pub, Daly

Waters. This was once an important refuelling stop for Qantas in the early days of international aviation.

The old airstrip does not get much use these days but there are still some interesting old locals at the pub

and we take time here to experience their hospitality. Tonight we make camp further south at Banka

Banka, a famed outback cattle station. Here you have the choice to sleep under the stars in Aussie

Swags (bed rolls) or alternatively to pitch your own tent. [BLD]

Saturday, December 22

Today we continue down the track through Tennant Creek, a township that owes its prosperity to gold

and copper deposits. Next stop, the amazing rock formations known as the Devils Marbles. Apart from

the geological interest, there is also the Aboriginal values to learn of here as we briefly explore the site,

taking a photo or two of these amazing, isolated rock formations. Onwards past the self proclaimed

UFO capital of Oz - Wycliffe Well and then on to the old outpost of Barrow Creek. We break for a

refreshment stop at Ti Tree and then journey on south where we cross the Tropic of Capricorn before

arriving into the heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs. Tonight you have the chance to hand feed some

rock wallabies before dinner. [BLD]

Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge - Alice Springs - Quad

In: Sat, 22 Dec Out: 23 Dec

Sunday, December 23

The chance exists early this morning for a breathtaking hot air balloon ride*. The serenity as the sun rises

is indescribable while the views of the outback are absolutely awesome. Back to earth we venture on an

excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops will include the peaceful setting of

Simpsons Gap and the impressive five metre wide Standley Chasm. We return to Alice Springs with time

to grab some lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon is free for shopping, checking e-mails,

visiting the galleries or perhaps just returning to our lodge for some leisure time. Tonight you can head out

for an evening meal and the chance to learn and meet "up close and personal", some Australian reptiles.

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Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge - Alice Springs - Quad

In: Sun, 23 Dec Out: 24 Dec

Monday, December 24

Today we travel south crossing some of the oldest river systems in the world on our way to Uluru - Kata

Tjuta National Park, home of mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock). We will break our journey at Mt Ebenezer

Roadhouse before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort where we are joined by any additional passengers.

After lunch we make tracks to the Cultural Centre, where you'll have the opportunity to take a scenic

Harley Ride* and also gain an insight into the enormous cultural significance and splendour of this World

Heritage Listed Area in the centre. Next we regroup for a short drive to the Sunset Viewing area. Let's

enjoy some wine and nibbles here as we relax and witness the fascinating change of colours as an

outback sun sets on Australia's largest sandstone monolith. ** [BLD]

Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge - Ayers Rock - Quad

In: Mon, 24 Dec Out: 25 Dec

Tuesday, December 25

It's an early start to the day this morning to enjoy sunrise inside the National Park. A chance to explore

Uluru and it's many wonders. You'll have the option to enjoy this spectacular region in many ways. For

the energetic - climb to the top of the rock; others may wish to explore the caves around the base; or

perhaps just sit back and take in the wonder of this magnificent formation.** From here our journey

takes us to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Returning for lunch the chance for a scenic flight*, we then head off

on the road again. This time bound for Watarrka National Park and the appropriately named Kings

Canyon, another wonder of the Outback. Before commencing our exploration of the park, settle into our

tranquil, private campsite at Kings Creek Station - an operating cattle/camel station in the heart of the

outback. This is a truly Aussie experience where you have the option to sleep under a blanket of stars

in your Aussie Swag (bed roll) or alternatively pitch your own tent for a little more shelter. [BLD]

Kings Creek Station - Kings Canyon - Twin

In: Tue, 25 Dec Out: 26 Dec

Wednesday, December 26

You'll need your sturdy walking shoes today! Once at the base of the Canyon we can begin ascending

the track that takes us above massive sandstone cliffs overlooking the valley floor. Now for our rim walk

finally reaching the back of the canyon and descending to the humble beginning of Kings Creek. Here

and along the walk we can see some unique and ancient vegetation, tranquil water holes and some

amazing examples of nature's own geological handiwork - sure to be a highlight of your Central

Australian visit. We return via the other side of the Canyon and then a short drive has us back at Kings

Creek Station where we can take a shower before enjoying another great dinner by the fire - traditional,

outback camp oven style. Whilst at Kings Creek Station, you will have the option to take a Quad Bike*,

Helicopter Flight* or Camel Ride* - three great ways to explore the local terrain. [BLD]

Kings Creek Station - Kings Canyon - Twin

In: Wed, 26 Dec Out: 27 Dec

Thursday, December 27

Our day starts with breakfast in the morning sun, while our journey today sees us returning to the heart

of the Red Centre, Alice Springs. Once back in town we take time to visit Anzac Hill where the views

of the township and surrounding ranges are the best way to experience the setting for this remote town

simply known to the locals as "The Alice". Our next appointment is with the doctor - The Royal Flying

Doctor that is, as we take a short tour of inspection at their Alice Springs Base for a fascinating insight

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into the provision of medical services in the Outback. Here we farewell our Outback companions! Your

tour concludes at Heavitree Resort at 5.00pm. [BL]

*Optional activities are not included in the Tour Price.

**Our experienced guides will tailor all of the activities based on seasonal & cultural conditions

throughout the year, to maximise your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will

be made with serious consideration and your best interests and safety our priority.

On our main accomodated tours we use quality resorts, motel and lodge accommodation on a quad share

basis in same sex rooms. Camping is twin share.


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