Darwin - The Ghan - Adelaide
Traversing Australia from top to bottom, or vice versa, is an incredible experience and very manageable in a fortnight. This Two Week Walkabout combines two very different cities, beautiful wineries, and an epic train journey through the mythical outback.
Day 1 - 7
Darwin and surrounds
Arrive in Darwin ready to start your Two Week Walkabout by exploring Australia's tropical north. Using the city as a base, take camping trips to Kakadu National Park and day trips to Litchfield National Park. This is a fascinating part of Australia with a rich Aboriginal heritage which is reflected in the ancient rock art in the parks and the paintings in the galleries.
The area is heavily influenced by its Asian neighbours, with lots of nationalities sharing an easy going lifestyle and a great fusion food scene. Darwin is located on a peninsular with the sea on three sides, and due to its tropical climate it is very hot, humid and wet in the British winters (the Aussie Wet season), and very warm, dry and sunny in the British summers (the Aussie Dry season).
Watching sunsets and storms is something of a local pastime, and after a cleansing rain shower you can almost hear things growing. Try a delicious jackfruit curry, sip a fresh mango smoothie, or sample some crocodile jerky at one of Darwin's weekend markets. Regular markets are located throughout the city, but the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are perhaps the best known. Operating every Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October, there is music and dance performances, craft stalls, and an eclectic mix of international dishes. A great way to experience Darwin Harbour is to board a sunset cruise and drift by the scenic foreshore.
Make sure you don't fall too hard for Darwin's charms though, as it would be a shame to miss out on tours out to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. The wildlife and scenery up here is simply spectacular!
Darwin and surrounds highlights include:
Hanging out at the sunset markets in Darwin
Taking a jumping crocodile cruise on the Adelaide River to see saltwater crocs in their natural habitat
Cooling off under the cascading waterfalls at Litchfield National Park
Exploring the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park as part of a small group tour, swimming in billabongs (when safe), seeing ancient rock art and camping under the stars
Checking in to a wild bush luxury lodge for an outback experience with a true wow factor
Joining a private tour in Arnhem Land - 91,000 km of unspoilt wilderness, bordered by Kakadu National Park, and famous for its Aboriginal heritage, wild coastlines, towering escarpments, bushland and wetlands teeming with wildlife
Day 8 - 10
The legendary Ghan train journey
Take the iconic Ghan train journey from Darwin through the heart of the outback to Adelaide in South Australia. Enjoy two nights aboard this great train, marvelling at the spectacular landscapes from the comfort of your cabin.
Day 11 - 14
Arrive in Adelaide and get ready to explore award winning wineries, gorgeous beaches, superb restaurants, buzzing markets and the famous Adelaide Oval cricket ground. With spacious boulevards, vibrant inner city districts, lush gardens and plenty of accommodation to choose from, Adelaide is a popular city with Aussies and Brits alike.
A 20-minute tram ride brings you from the heart of the city to the popular beachside suburb of Glenelg. Try your hand at tandem bike riding, para-sailing, windsurfing or sailing before returning to the city for a dose of culture at one of the various museums, or the National Wine Centre of Australia.
History, art and culture are on display throughout Adelaide. Thousands from across the globe converge on the city for the biennial Adelaide Festival and annual Fringe Festival, biennial Tasting Australia food and wine festival, and major sporting events.
After this two week trip you'll be sure to return home with stunning memories of special places and incredible people.
Adelaide highlights include:
Experiencing the tastes, sights and sounds of the Adelaide Central Market - an international pot of food and cultures
Taking a day trip in to one of the wine regions on Adelaide's doorstep, for wine tasting and stunning scenery
Meeting the wildlife on a tour of Kangaroo Island - an unforgettable experience
Buying delicious chocolates at Haigh's, the only chocolatier in Australia that still imports and roasts their own beans