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15 Day/14 Night TopDeck Opals & Outback from Darwin

Adults from $2575

An amazing trip from Darwin to Adelaide through Australia's Red Centre!

​From Darwin to Adelaide, Topdeck’s 15 day Opals & Outback trip reveals the gems hidden in Australia’s heart.

From the opal mines of Coober Pedy to stunning scenery in Kakadu, majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the gorgeous Flinders Ranges, the landscapes of South Australia and the Northern Territory will blow you away. Travel from south to north through the ‘Red Centre’ on this unforgettable Aussie road trip from Topdeck.

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Pricing

​Topdeck suitable only for 18-39 year olds

Ticket Details Price
Adults None
(Min booking: 0, Sleeps: 0)
12 x Nights Dorm, 1 x Night Underground Accommodation, 1 x Night Swag $2575

Extras

     
Grand View Helicopter Tour $310
Uluru Helicopter Flight $150
Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight $285
Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Lake Amadeus Helicopter Flight $475
Quick Spin Harley Davidson Tour $119
Uluru Cruise Harley Davidson Tour $179
Kakadu Scenic Flight (30 mins) $150
Kakadu Scenic Flight (60 mins) $250

Schedule

Departures: Enquire for tour availability.
  Start Finish Duration
Opals and Outback Tour Varies Varies 15 Days

Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • National Park Fees
  • 14 x Breakfast
  • 3 x Lunch
  • 8 x Dinner
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Guided Walk
  • 14 x Nights Accommodation: 12 x Dorm, 1 x Underground Accommodation, 1 x Swag

Transport

Coach

Group Size: 24 ppl max

  • Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle

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Itinerary

The below itinerary can change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

Day 1

Pick Up Darwin Accommodation

Litchfield National Park

Welcome to the tropics - your Topdeck trip starts now. Two national parks in one day? Yep, it's a thing. Kick off your trip with a short drive down Stuart Highway into Litchfield National Park. Swimming under a tropical waterfall? This seems like just the day to do it. Next up: World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Swimming in salt water lakes

Day 2

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Ubirr Rock Lookout

At half the size of Switzerland, there's a lot of Kakadu to see. Get ready to rock early, because we're going deep into the park to check out some Aboriginal Rock Art sites and cruise the East Alligator River to see how many crocs we can snap (on our cameras). We've also got special permission to enter Arnhem Land for a lesson in traditional Aboriginal hunting methods and a cruise down the river. Lunch is your choice today. Climb to the top of Ubirr Rock Crocodile Dundee style and take in the fiery sunset.

Day 3

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Kakadu National Park

The only thing more terrifying than the plastic clog variety are the crocs that can be found in Kakadu. Luckily, the areas we're heading to today are saltwater crocodile free. If this place looks familiar, you've probably seen Crocodile Dundee one too many times. Still too scared to swim? Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view over the escarpment that marks the borderline of Arnhem Land. When you're done, take in a game of lawn bowls at the Country Club and enjoy a good ol' fashioned BBQ with the locals.

Day 4

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Katherine Gorge

You've got a front row seat for the amazing wildlife and scenery while canoeing along the Katherine River - the Gorge is yours to explore. But if you'd rather not be up the creek with a paddle, take your trip to the next level by upgrading to a three-gorge cruise and venture even further into the wilderness. We'll spend the afternoon absorbing the majestic Edith Falls - #nofilter necessary.

Day 5

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Mataranka Thermal Pools

Drift off in the steamy thermal springs of Mataranka in the heart of the Never Never. Never never thought you'd find this in the outback, hey? This trip is thirsty work, but you'll soon be able to re-hydrate with an ice-cold beer at one of Australia's best-known watering holes, the Daly Waters Pub. Located 'in the middle of somewhere', this place was the site of Australia's first international airport back when flights to London took eight days. Seriously.

Day 6

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Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)

To round off the morning, we've got some pretty epic granite boulders for you at the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). Next: a technology lesson to phone home about. Think your old Nokia was out-dated? Wait till you see the Overland Telegraph line at the Barrow Creek Hotel. Text mum to let her know you're coming home safe in Morse code.

Day 7

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Get to know Alice with a free day, in the epicentre of Australia. Jump into the joey nursery at Kangaroo Dundee's place (aka the man who should win 'mother' of the century for hand-rearing orphaned joeys) and hold a baby kangaroo while you're there. Travel through time with a historic look into the amazing services of the Royal Flying Doctors or get lost in the mystery of the Australian outback at Desert Park Gardens. Art galleries, souvenir shops and all of the supplies for your next adventures are all here in Alice.

Day 8

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Yulara

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, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or vege burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.

Day 9

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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 see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Day 10

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Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

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.

Day 11

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Kings Canyon

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).

Day 12

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South Australian Border

Check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into South Australia. It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from and a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world.

Day 13

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Lake Amadeus

After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we're riding south into the Flinders Ranges. You'll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal - tomorrow's going to be epic.

Day 14

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm.

Day 15

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Barossa Valley

Out of the City centre and a visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall - there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. We start our way towards the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes.

Drop off Adelaide


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