Alice Springs to Darwin Tour via Utopia, Devils Marbles, Daly Waters, Katherine Gorge, 3 Utopia region Aboriginal art centres to Darwin
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Day 1 – Depart Alice Springs at 8am and travel via remote Utopia region Aboriginal art centres of Ampilatwatja (pronounced um-blood-a-watch) and Ali Curung. Here you can meet the artists and view them at work, and purchase art directly from the source. Travel on via Wycliffe Wells (UFO centre of Australia), to overnight at Wauchope at the Devils Marbles Hotel.
Day 2 – An early start to arrive at the Devils Marbles for a walk in this mystical boulder formations, and great photo opportunities. Aboriginal legend refers to stones like the Devils Marbles as the “Eggs of the Rainbow Serpent”. Visit the Aboriginal cultural centre and art centre with more Utopia region artists working here. Later, connect with the history of Tennant Creek, including gold mining. We visit the historic Telegraph Station before overnight in Tennant Creek
Day 3 – Travel via Three Ways where the road from Mt Isa and Townsville join the Stuart Highway. Here we see the John Flynn memorial (father of the Royal Flying Doctor Service). We cross the Ashburton and Whittington Ranges as we travel via the famous outback town of Renner Springs, Lake Woods & Newcastle Waters. Overnight Daly Waters Pub famous outback rest stop.
Day 4 – Travel via Mataranka hot springs and connect with Elsie of “We of the Never Never”. Onward to Katherine, and take a 2 hour boat cruise on Katherine Gorge and view Aboriginal rock art in the gorge cruise. An optional helicopter flight to rock art higher in the gorge is also available. Katherine is the NT’s 3rd largest town, and more Aboriginal art galleries are here displaying and selling art from nearby communities.
Day 5 – Heading North, enjoy a swim and break at scenic Edith Falls. Travel via Pine Creek and check out the “Great Northern Railway” & gold mining history, then Alligator River to arrive in Darwin late afternoon for a celebration meal together.
Includes small group modern 4 wheel drive vehicles, FULLY ACCOMMODATED in motels, fees, side trips, Katherine Gorge cruise all meals.
5 Days/4 Nights – From Alice Springs to Darwin via Mataranka hot springs, Devils Marbles – Tour Code AGD5
August tour runs in reverse ie Darwin to Alice Springs