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Rock N Top

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
12 days
From: $ 1,954 $ 163 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • Sunset at Ubirr
  • Visit Litchfield National Park
  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • Sunset at Ubirr
  • Visit Litchfield National Park

Short Description

Nothing can quite prepare you for the sight of Uluru. But when you’ve caught your breath, switch red rocks and wide open spaces for lush rainforest and wildlife wherever you look. Learn about Aboriginal life and get refreshed in the waterfalls and natural pools of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, before rolling into Darwin. Yeah, it’s good to be you.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Australia

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • 4 nights in hostels, 5 nights in hotels, 1 night in a motel, 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-fi
  • Internal flight/s as marked on trip map*
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.


Included today:
-Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
-National Park entry
Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This was not included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 2

Aboriginal rock art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we'll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland (dry season only). Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we've been given special permission to enter this area). Try your hand at spear throwing while you're there. Then: fancy getting high and mighty? Then we'll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include an optional sightseeing boat cruise on Yellow Water Billabong.

Included today:
-Sunset at Ubirr
-Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites in Kakadu National Park
-Arnhemland (dry season only)
-National Park entry
-Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River (dry season only)


Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 3

Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We'll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT's best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world's most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club.

Included today:
-Edith Falls
-Evening Lawn Bowls

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4

From Katherine, we'll get back on the famous Stuart Highway as we head for Batchelor, the gateway to Litchfield National Park.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield National Park you'll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we'll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 6

A free day in Darwin. What to do? There's Mindil Beach for chilling on, a fair few food markets to feast at and plenty of shops for a spot of souvenir shopping. Tonight you could hit the lively waterfront.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

Today we'll take to the skies, bound for Alice Springs where you'll meet up with your new Northern Territory crew.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 8

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. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger) and maybe grab a 'coldie'. Welcome to the outback, mate.

Included today:
-Visit Mount Conner
-Uluru sunset drinks & snacks
-National Park entry
-Guided walk by your Crew

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 9

Today, it's a free day to explore this wonderful landscape. Take your pick from some of our optional activities to make the most of your time here. We're talking camel rides (yes, really!), scenic flights and skydiving to get you going. Pretty awesome huh?

Included today:
-Sunrise over Uluru
-National Park entry
-Uluru base walks
-Anangu Visitor centre


Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Scenic flights
-Camel ride in the outback

Day 10

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.

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.


Included today:
-Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
-National Park entry
Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This was not included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Quad bike ride

Day 11

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).

Included today:
-Guided hike of Kings Canyon
-Garden of Eden walk

Meals:
- Breakfast

Day 12

After breakfast it's time to wrap up. It may be your last day with Topdeck, but fear not! We've got the West MacDonnell Ranges to explore first. Highlights also include the Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. If you're staying in Alice Springs there are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru). We're off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour before a glass of bubbles as we watch the glow of the sunset morph through 50 shades of red. This will be a sunset for the books. Tonight, hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to Australia, mate.


Included today:
-Visit Mount Conner
-Uluru sunset drinks & snacks
-National Park entry

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

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 scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Included today:
-Sunrise over Uluru
-National Park entry
-Uluru base walks
-Anangu Visitor centre
-Guided walk by your Crew

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Scenic flights
-Camel rides

Day 3

We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru). We're off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour before a glass of bubbles as we watch the glow of the sunset morph through 50 shades of red. This will be a sunset for the books. Tonight, hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to Australia, mate.


Included today:
-Visit Mount Conner
-Uluru sunset drinks & snacks
-National Park entry

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 4

Get your hiking boots on! This morning we start with the hardest part of the famous Rim Walk in Kings Canyon, aptly named 'Heart Attack Hill'. But believe us, it's worth the effort. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Australia. 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 make today even more awesome. Later, we'll board the coach back to Alice Springs.

Included today:
-Guided hike of Kings Canyon
-Garden of Eden walk

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

Wake up. Rub eyes. Be wowed with a trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges. They're pretty special if we do say so ourselves. We're back to Alice Springs afterwards to explore the town centre.

Included today:
-Visit Standley Chasm
-Visit Simpsons Gap

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Cheerio, Alice. We're flying to Darwin today, the capital of the Northern Territory.

Included today:
-Internal flight

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

A free day in Darwin. What to do? There's Mindil Beach for chilling on, a fair few food markets to feast at and plenty of shops for a spot of souvenir shopping. Tonight you could hit the lively waterfront.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 8

Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we'll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. For the next two nights you'll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park home. Tonight, a hearty meal is on the cards.

Wet season itineraries Nov - May will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day. All included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed will remain on the itinerary.

Included today:
-Visit Bowali Visitor Centre
-Entry to Kakadu National Park
-Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River (dry season only)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 9

Aboriginal rock art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we'll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland (dry season only). Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we've been given special permission to enter this part of Arnhelmland). Try your hand at spear throwing while you're there. Then we'll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include an optional sightseeing boat cruise .

Included today:
-Sunset at Ubirr
-Yellow Water Billabong cruise (wet season only)
-Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites in Kakadu National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10

Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We'll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT's best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world's most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. We round out the day with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ at the nearby Country Club.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May: Swimming in Edith falls may be closed due to high water levels
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Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 11

Katherine Gorge, with its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, is all yours to explore. We return to the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 12

National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield National Park you'll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we'll take on the short drive and last leg of our journey back into the heart of Darwin. Our grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure doesn't have to end.

Included today:
-Visit Litchfield National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation is used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' sectio n of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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