Oz Exposure

Trip Start Sep 11, 2012
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Trip End Sep 09, 2013


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Well I was thinking of what to do and how to travel from Darwin to Sydney. I did had a bit of a plan and calculated my costs a bit. Further to this I was researching some tours around Darwin for the Kakadu Nation Park etc. it is not cheap those tours but I found on OzExposure a trip which is going the exact route which I had planned for my trip in Oz. this whole journey will take me 22 days and by end of October I would be back in Sydney where I could start to travel somewhere else from there. The tour will start in Darwin on the 1st October and going through the red centre of Australia...

This is the full itinerary of the OzExposure...

FLEXIBLE ITINERARY

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as road conditions, weather, local restrictions and group input may vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the help of your tour leader and fellow trekkers you may modify certain nightstops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

Tour departs from DARWIN at 0630.
Itinerary update:
The itinerary of this tour will be changing from 1st April 2012 (new itinerary shown below). Click here to view the current itinerary >


Day 1: Darwin to Mary River
A refreshing start to your day checking out the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Enjoy lunch before heading to the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where birds aren't the only wildlife abundant; keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on our private river cruise! A secluded campsite in the Mary River Region is where we'll stay tonight.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping included


Day 2: Mary River to Kakadu
Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and clamber to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next it's on to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp within Kakadu National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping included


Day 3: Kakadu to Darwin
Get ready for some 4WD action today on our way to Jim Jim Falls! Once we get there, we'll hike to the base of the falls before continuing on to Twin Falls. Feel the beauty of the stunning gorge and powerful falls from the National Park operated boat and boardwalk experience. Stop in at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre this afternoon to learn about local Indigenous culture. The impressive scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 4: Darwin to Katherine Gorge
Leaving Darwin, we stop for a break at Adelaide River on the way to Katherine. We spend the whole afternoon at the majestic Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk), which is part of the Nitmiluk National Park. Experience the striking beauty while canoeing or cruising (at own expense & seasonal) through the gorge itself. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp near Katherine Gorge.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping included


Day 5: Katherine Gorge to Banka Banka
Not far to the south is Mataranka, where you can revive in a sparkling thermal pool surrounded by lush tropical forest. Next stop is the iconic Daly Waters outback hotel, the Territory's oldest pub. Nearby lies Australia's first international airport, but you won't get a flight back home from here these days! After lunch, we continue south to Banka Banka station where we camp overnight at our private campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping included


Day 6: Banka Banka to Alice Springs
This morning we check out the sacred site of the Devils Marbles, which balance precariously on their rocky perch. From here we stop in at Barrow Creek Pub, home to the historic Telegraph Station - catch a glimpse of what Outback telecommunication used to be like! We cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, before arriving early evening into Alice Springs.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 7: Alice Springs
Enjoy a FREE DAY to explore Alice Springs.
Meals: Paid locally
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 8: Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta & Uluru
Kick off your adventure on top of a camel! Our first stop is the Outback Camel Farm where you can choose to ride atop one of these desert giants (at own expense). From here it's off to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and a bite to eat. Kata Tjuta will fascinate you, and you will discover some of the secrets of this ancient landform on the Valley of the Winds hike. You'll be mesmerised as the desert sun sets over Uluru, and as the night grows darker, curl up in your swag (Aussie bedroll) under millions of stars.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping included


Day 9: Uluru to Kings Canyon
It's an early start this morning, but you'll be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning's fresh (and your legs are too!) enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter). Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping included


Day 10: Kings Canyon to Marla
Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations which make up Kings Canyon. You'll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. After lunch, we head south through the rugged desert country into South Australia to our overnight destination of Marla, a small outback town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 11: Marla to Coober Pedy
We leave the Red Centre behind and travel across the vast outback plains - destination Coober Pedy. On the way we'll stop at the Breakaways, with views of the natural beauty for miles around. This region is rightly known as the Opal Capital of the World, as you will soon discover. Upon arrival we'll get a tour of the town with a local, before visiting the Underground Mine & Museum. Our bunkhouse for tonight is - you guessed it - underground.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 12: Coober Pedy to Quorn
Before leaving this unique town, we have the opportunity to visit an outdoor public opal fossicking site - you never know your luck! Heading Southbound on the Stuart Highway we come across the Salt lakes of Central Australia that will make some awesome Facebook photos (and turn your friends green with envy). A quick stop in Port Augusta then inland towards the Southern Flinders Ranges widely considered one of the most attractive natural landscapes in Australia; the Ranges combine adventure, spirituality and tranquillity. Later there's time to check in at our Accommodation before we relax over a friendly Aussie BBQ dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 13: Flinders Ranges & Wilpena Pound
We enter the National Park proper, a place where majestic scenery meets tranquil vibes. The group will take a hike through the Flinders Ranges, one of Australia's most stately and imposing landscapes. Take in the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, set amongst an ancient crater formed millions of years ago, or just soak up the stillness. Heading back to Quorn we'll pay a visit to the Yourambulla Caves, home to some early Indigenous rock paintings - our guide will show us around. Enjoy a pub meal and drinks with the locals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 14: Quorn to Adelaide
It's not far from our starting point this morning, where we'll we take in a spectacular view from the top of Mt Remarkable. As we travel into the more fertile farming areas the landscape changes from what we have seen over the past few days. We venture through the Clare Valley, the hidden wine region of the state. We'll stop for lunch at a local winery in the Clare Valley, with a few tastings thrown in if the mood strikes you. Once through the valley we are bound for the City of Churches - Adelaide. Tonight enjoy live music at one of the many local venues.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 15: Adelaide
A FREE day to explore the sights of Adelaide.
Meals: Paid locally
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 16: Adelaide to Grampians National Park
The morning will see us traverse the nearby hills then cross the famed mighty Murray River, before travelling through to the Victorian Border. Then we'll travel to the Grampians National Park and a place of great significance for the Indigenous population. Pass through the rugged beauty and discover truly spectacular views from the top after a good hike to one of the peaks.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 17: Grampians NP via the Great Ocean Rd to Port Campbell
This morning we have a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre and learn more of the ancient Dreamtime stories. Your creative skills will be assessed as we create personalised souvenirs to take home. Passing through Halls Gap, we head south to the Great Ocean Road where we'll take time to explore several natural landscapes including The Arch, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs, these are sure to be a great addition to the photo albums. We'll finish up at the
friendly town of Port Campbell, nestled amongst the cliffs and pines.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included
Accommodation: Multi-share budget lodging included


Day 18: Port Campbell to Melbourne
This morning brings us to the magnificent Twelve Apostles rock formation, as well as the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge. A short break from the coast, we venture to the top of the forest at the Otway Tree Top Walk - a wonderful way to get a feel for Victoria's natural beauty whilst perched amongst the birds. Back down to the seaside for lunch as we pass through the coastal towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. The tail end of the majestic Great Ocean Road will bring us towards famed surf location Bells Beach, then direct into Melbourne
navigating the city streets with the famous trams and to our drop off locations.
Meals: Breakfast included
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