Oceans to Outback – 6 Stops You Can’t Miss

You haven’t experienced the best of Australia without doing a trip through South Australia and the Northern Territory.  We’ve put together a must-do list when you go on the ultimate oceans to outback adventure from Adelaide to Darwin!


South Australia offers travellers an amazingly diverse range of authentic experiences, from untouched wilderness to stunning, pristine coastline and incredible wildlife.

1. Adelaide

Make your first stop the vibrant capital city of South Australia. Sample fresh produce at Adelaide’s Central Market, cuddle a koala or feed the kangaroos at Cleland Wildlife Park, relax at Glenelg beach or even take a dolphin swim tour, see a game at Adelaide Oval, the options are endless.

Where to stay: Adelaide Central YHA

2. Port Lincoln

Without a doubt, shark cage diving is the most popular activity in Port Lincoln, the seafood capital of Australia. If you’re not a fan of close encounters with the Great Whites, swim with sea lions instead, or take a tour to see the koalas at Mikkira Station and explore the rugged coastline. Make sure you try all their fresh and famous oysters while you’re there and pack in some serious tanning sessions on the beach.

Where to stay: Port Lincoln YHA

3. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is home to a diverse range of native animals, so yes, of course, you’ll spot wild kangaroos. If you missed out on swimming with sea lions in Port Lincoln, you have the chance to walk amongst the sea lion colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park. For something different go sandboarding at the Little Sahara sand dunes, take a quad bike tour at Vivonne Bay or go swimming with dolphins near Kingscote.

Where to stay: Kangaroo Island YHA



The Northern Territory is known around the world for its natural icons, including Kakadu and Uluru. There are also amazing wildlife, colourful landscapes and an ancient Aboriginal culture waiting for your to explore.

4. The Red Centre

The Red Centre is where you will see, feel and experience Australia’s real outback! Watch the sunrise over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), hire a bike and explore the 10km base of Uluru before seeing it from above on a tandem skydive! Travel to Kings Canyon, lace up your hiking boots and discover the spectacular views of Watarrka National Park via the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Choose between the 6km hike or walk along the valley floor beneath the imposing sandstone walls. Continue on to Alice Springs – the basecamp for adventure, with waterholes, biking and hiking trails, historic and wildlife centres and four-wheel driving all within easy access.
Red Centre Must Do: Kata Tjuta’s Valley of the Winds walk is a hard trek but well worth it!

Where to stay: Ayers Rock YHA and Alice Springs YHA

5. Kakadu National Park

Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu offers you an experience that’ll make you want to stay for longer and see more. There’s so much to uncover in this spectacular national park. Kakadu has a dual World Heritage listing for both its exceptional natural beauty and its Aboriginal culture, which dates back more than 50,000 years. Highlights in Kakadu are its Aboriginal rock art galleries, thundering waterfalls, gorges, rainforests, water-lilied billabongs, wildlife in abundance and vast, open wilderness.

Kakadu Must Do: Climb to the top of Gunlom Falls – Australia’s natural infinity pool!

Where to stay: Darwin YHA (book a trip with us and get picked up from the hostel).

 6. Darwin

Crocosaurus Cove

Darwin is The Northern Territory’s vibrant capital city and a stepping stone to some of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds. Surrounded by the ancient wonders of Litchfield National Park, World Heritage-listed Kakadu and the Tiwi Islands, nature seeps into every pore of the city. Locals and travellers alike make the most of Darwin’s lush setting and balmy weather with a constant celebration of life outdoors at open-air cinemas, markets, festivals or fishing and cruising on its unspoilt harbour.

Darwin Must do: Come face to face with some of Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove and plunge into the Cage of Death, Australia’s only croc dive!

Where to stay: Darwin YHA


YHA is the biggest budget accommodation network in Australia. With more than 70 hostels around the country, there is a YHA ready to welcome you wherever your wanderlust might lead.