Outback Tours are one of the best experiences for overseas travellers and Australians. Discover the desert with your own eyes and in safe hands of our knowledgeable guides.
Join our Small Group Adventure travelling from coast to coast and showcasing the best of two states, the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Book the full 18 Day Journey or if you short on time, take the 11 day option and join us in the centre of Australia, in Alice Springs.
Start your tour with a jumping crocodile cruise, swim in the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and cruise through the majestic Katherine Gorge.
Walk to the beautiful Garden of Eden and fly in a helicopter to see Kings Canyon from above. Witness the beautiful colour changes of Uluru and have a relaxing time in Alice Springs.
Tour to the Western Mac Donnell Ranges with and explore the stunning Standley Chasm, Glen Helen Gorge and the Ochre Wall. A photographers and nature lovers delight.
Noodle for opal in Coober Pedy, take a full town tour including a visit of an underground church, the Breakaways and two nights in a quality underground motel.
Finish your journey the with a visit to the Wadlata Outback Centre, Woomera Rocket Range and the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Garden.
Australian Iconic Tours offers a great Outback Safari with a bucket load of fabulous experiences and the choice of some camping nights or hotel upgrades.
Darwin Outback Tour Highlights & Inclusions
- Small Groups of 16-20 Happy Travellers
- Quality Service from Start to Finish
- Pickup from Darwin City Hotel
- All Meals as stated in our Itinerary
- Drinking Water, Snacks and Fruit
- 17x Nights Fully Accommodated
- Crocodile Cruise Adelaide River
- Katherine Gorge Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Edith Falls
- Litchfield National Park
- Mataranka Thermal Pools
- Daly Waters
- Western MacDonnell Ranges
- Free Time in Alice Springs
- Kings Canyon Creek Walk (Rim Walk optional, requires moderate walking)
- Kings Canyon Scenic Helicopter Flight
- Uluru Culture Centre
- Uluru Base Walk
- Sunset at Uluru
- Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
- Coober Pedy Town Tour
- Opal Mine Tour
- Noodling for Opal
- Woomera Rocket Range
- Arid Lands Botanical Gardens Port Augusta
- Port Germein
- Lochiel Salt Lake
- All National Park Fees
- Fully Guided Activities
- Drop Off Adelaide City Hotel
Darwin Outback Tours start with the The Top End - Crocodile Cruise, Litchfield National Park, Edith Falls, Rock Pools and Giant Termite Mounds Day 1 to 3
Depart your Darwin accommodation and become one of the hundreds of happy travellers that have made the journey with us through the centre of Australia. Start your tour with a Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River. It is a great way of seeing crocs in their natural habitat. Leaving the saltie’s behind us, we make our way to Batchelor, the Gateway to Litchfield National Park. Spend the late afternoon at your own leisure with a relaxing swim in the pool, a visit to the Batchelor Museum or learn more about Butterflies at the local butterfly farm. (Day 1 Overnight Litchfield Motel, Lunch, Dinner)
A full day in Litchfield National Park. The park has many attractions and with time on our side, we will enjoy the scenery, explore the waterfalls and walking trails. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Northern Territory landscape are the termite mounds. Discover the Cathedral Termite mounds which are unique to the area with some of them being seven metres tall and over 100 years old. We will also see a group of picturesque Magnetic Termite Mounds. It is truly incredible that hundreds of mounds have been built by tiny little bugs using sand, saliva and faeces. Our next stop takes us to Florence Falls. The plunge pool is only a short walk away and a great place for a refreshing swim. One of Litchfield’s most popular landmarks is Wangi Falls. Join your guide for a walk through a monsoon forest and look out for local wildlife including colourful lizards, tree snakes, frogs, red-winged parrots and kingfishers. A last swim at Wangi Falls has us fully refreshed and energized before heading back to Batchelor for another night. (Day 2 Overnight Litchfield Motel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Our journey takes us further south and we visit Adelaide River. The War Cemetery is the resting place of WWII service men and women and it is the site of the only Australian war cemetery on Australian soil. Back on the bus we travel to the township of Pine Creek. Originally the town was built to service the Overland Telegraph Line, but while digging holes for posts gold was found and led soon to the gold rush in 1871. Like in many other parts of Australia, the town became a busy mining town and Pine Creek had over 15 mines. Nowadays, the historical buildings and mining relics attract visitors to learn more about the past. Then we head out to Leliyn / Edith Falls for relaxation and swimming in the main natural pool. The Edith River comes down from the Nitmuluk escarpment at Leliyn, creating the Top Pools and the idyllic plunge pool surrounded by lush Melaleuca and Pandanus trees. Enjoy floating with a pool noodle or swim to the waterfall base. If you love walking, join your guide on a walk along the Leliyn Trail to the summit. Take in the spectacular scenic views, marvel at the sandstone formations and soak in the crystal-clear upper pools. This is sure to be a day paradise. From here Katherine is only a short 45-minute drive away and we will stay for the next two nights. (Day 3 Overnight IBIS Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Katherine Gorge Dreaming Cruise, Mataranka Thermal Pools and Daly Waters Day 4 to 6
Today we explore Katherine and its history. The township is set on the Katherine River which flows through Nitmiluk National Park. We are destined for a Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise at Katherine Gorge. Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings take you into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Our tour includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board. (Day 4 Overnight IBIS Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We travel further south to a small town called Mataranka, which was made famous by the novel “We of the Never Never”- a book written about nearby Elsey Station by Jeannie Gunn. The Mataranka Homestead Resort is our accommodation for the tonight. Framed by two rivers and the serene Elsey National Park, the homestead is a great place to relax. Swim in the crystal clear and sandy-bottomed thermal pool, sit back and immerse yourself in a truly relaxing atmosphere. (Day 5 Overnight Mataranka Motel overnight, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After a morning swim in the thermal pools, we leave the “Top End” and the trail of the giant termite nests. We stop at Daly Waters Historic Pub for a look around and some quirky photo opportunities before heading down to Tennant Creek. (Day 6 Overnight Bluestone Motor Inn, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Devils' Marbles, Western MacDonnell Ranges and Free Time in Alice Springs Day 7 to 10
We continue our journey to the giant rock formations of Devil’s Marbles. Stroll between the giant rounded boulders which are the result of millions of years of erosion and are a nature lovers’ and photographers’ delight. Then we pass through Barrow Creek and Aileron on our way to Alice Springs. We check into the Aurora Hotel for the next four nights and join back together for a restaurant dinner. (Day 7 Overnight Aurora Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Alice Springs is nestled in between the Western and Eastern MacDonnell Ranges and today we will explore the Western region. The panoramic landscapes are known for their sunburnt oranges, maroons and purple colours and our first visit takes us to Glen Helen Gorge. A permanent waterhole surrounded by towering red cliffs is the main feature of Glen Helen Gorge and home to a variety of water birds and fish. Then we visit the world heritage listed Ochre Pits, a colourful outcrop of ochre on the banks of a sandy creek. Ochre is an important part of Aboriginal Culture and this area is a registered sacred site. For lunch we travel to Standley Chasm, a narrow gap which was formed by rushing floodwaters over thousands of years ago. It is at its most dramatic around noon on a sunny day. Enjoy a walk through the chasm surrounded by fire-red walls up to 80m in height. After a great day out, we return to our hotel in Alice Springs. (Day 8 Aurora Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch)
Enjoy two free days in Alice Springs. Visit the Women’s Hall of Fame or the Transport Hall of Fame. Check out the Desert Park, which is home to a vast range of plants and wildlife native to the area. Other great places to see are the School of the Air, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Telegraph Station, Anzac Hill and several stunning art galleries. We also give you the opportunity to experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the Outback as the sun slowly rises over the desert on a fabulous ballooning adventure. This optional activity will be available to you on the first free morning in Alice Springs. (Day 9/10 Overnight Aurora Hotel, Breakfast included)
Discover Uluru Sunset and Sunrise, Base Walk, Culture Centre and Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds Walk, Kings Canyon Walk and Flight Day 11 to 14
Today we drive to the most spectacular of indigenous sacred sites. Uluru -Ayers Rock is our destination today. It is the world’s largest monolith rising 348 metres above ground with a circumference of 9.2 kilometres. Upon arrival at the Outback Pioneer Hotel, we get ready for a beautiful afternoon. Learn about musical instruments, weapons, bush tucker and medicines at the Culture Centre and view the many displays and some incredible art before we head to Uluru. Witness a spectacular sunset with many changing colours of Uluru and its surrounding landscape. (Day 11 Outback Pioneer Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start the day with a sunrise breakfast at Kata Tjuta and witness the desert coming to life. Then we head off to explore the Kata Tjuta rocks, estimated to be over 500 million years old. The 36 weathered rock domes are another significant area for the indigenous – Anangu people. We follow a natural track between two of the tallest domes to a viewing platform at the end. Take in the beautiful surrounding scenery and listen to the sound of Walpa Gorge. Keen walkers have the opportunity taking on the much longer “Valley of the Winds” Track. Spend the afternoon with souvenir shopping, a visit to the local art gallery, museum, theatre or enjoy a relaxing nap or a treatment at the Red Ochre Spa. One of the best ways to experience Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta is from the air. This afternoon we give you the opportunity for an optional scenic helicopter flight. We will join back in the evening for a delightful buffet dinner at the Ilkari Restaurant. Taste some of the finest produce available under the Australian sun. (Day 12 Outback Pioneer Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*The Field of Light Art Installation has been extended until December 2020. There will be several options to see the lights and this will be available to you on the evening of day 7. Extra cost applies.
Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognized natural landmarks and today is the time to take in the true magnitude of the rock, by a walk around the base. Continue with a drive to Kings Canyon Resort, the biggest attraction inside Watarrka National Park. The canyon has been forged over 400 million years and is made from layers of sandstone with hard shale between layers. We arrive at Kings Canyon Resort and there is time for a walk at your own leisure or perhaps a drink at the Outback Bar. Finish the evening with a delicious dinner. (Day 13 Kings Canyon Resort, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning we explore Kings Canyon, a scenic landscape of rugged ranges, ancient sandstone walls, rock holes and gorges. Take the strenuous Rim Walk or choose the much easier and shorter walk into the base of the canyon. After lunch it’s time for a bird’s eye view of this incredible landscape. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Canyon rim and discover the “Lost City” and the “Garden of Eden”. After our flight we head back to Kings Canyon Resort for a second night. (Day 14 Kings Canyon Resort, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The Opal Capital Coober Pedy, Woomera Rocket Range, Port Augusta and Arrival into Adelaide Day 15 to 18
A day to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery as we leave the Northern Territory and venture into South Australia along the Stuart Highway. The road is named after John McDouall Stuart. Shifting sand dunes, salt and clay pans made this construction a tough assignment. We arrive in Coober Pedy and spend two nights and one full day here to explore this bizarre and unique town. (Day 15 Coober Pedy Lookout Cave, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Coober Pedy is known for underground living, a moon landscape and brilliant opal. Only here can you arrive with nothing and leave as one of the richest people in the world. We start with an Opal Mine tour and look at some amazing opal that has been found here. See how some of the locals lived and visit an underground church. We wander through the local indigenous art gallery and fall in love with the orphaned kangaroo babies which they raise. Our next stop takes us to the golf course, a unique area to be playing golf. Then we try our luck in noodling, meaning we search for opal through the towns mullock piles. Once you have found your first shiny piece, you will understand how easy it is to get opal fever. Complete the town tour with the views from the Big Winch Lookout, views of the Blower Truck and the first tree ever seen in town. We finish the day with a tour to the Breakaways and a delicious dinner before retiring underground just like the locals do.(Day 16 Coober Pedy Lookout Cave, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we leave the opal township of Coober Pedy and make our way to Port Augusta. We stop at Woomera, the town which is known as the Woomera Rocket Range. Learn about famous Len Beadell who surveyed the site and stroll amongst the rockets and planes left behind by the British. Continue onto Port Augusta and enjoy the views at the Matthew Flinders Ranges Lookout during late afternoon light. We check into our accommodation for tonight and dine out at the Ian’s Western Hotel. (Day 17 Standpipe Port Augusta overnight, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
On our last day we walk one of the many walking trails in the Arid Lands Botanical Gardens. Beautiful plants and birdlife as well as a great souvenir shop for last minute gifts. We drive to Port Germein with time to stroll along the once longest wooden jetty of the Southern Hemisphere. We take on the final journey to Adelaide, but not without a stop at the pink salt lake which is a fabulous opportunity for a final group photograph. We arrive in Adelaide around 4pm. (Day 18 Breakfast, Lunch)
From the minute I first rang to make enquiries to the final drop off at the end of our trip, Australian Iconic Tours could not have been more helpful. This is a first rate small tour group operator and certainly great value for money. Would definitely travel with them again and can’t recommend them enoughSuzanne, Tripadvisor
Having recently returned from doing the Darwin to Adelaide trip with Australian Iconic Tours my husband and I have nothing but praise for this company. From the excellent transport to the great meals, nothing was an effort and then to be able to sit back and take in this wonderful country of ours. What a great trip and a great company to do it with. Thoroughly enjoyable!Jenni, Tripadvisor
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