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Australia is travel heaven, but there is more to it than Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. This remote, fascinating continent does offer a one-of-a-kind destination. And the Northern Territory is quintessential Australia with its stirring landscapes, abundant wildlife and sacred aboriginal sites reflecting all that is unique and beautiful about this continent.
This is Australia.
BEYOND ADVENTURE AUSTRALIA – Australia’s Northern Territory is vast on its own, extending from the coastal capital city of Darwin and its neighbouring lands to the center of Australia’s enormous land mass all the way south to Uluru and the town of Alice Springs. It is an adventure-seeker’s mecca and for a reason. It will astonish you by spellbinding national parks, clear waterholes, desert monoliths and tropical charms. It has a rich and proud tradition of embracing it’s Aboriginal history, culture, and languages of indigenous people.
Western Australia is a remote, rough but amazing part of the red continent “down under”. You will experience some of the best off-road trails in Australia and surely be amazed by the untouched nature - bright red soil surrounded by white dunes, canyons full of tricking waterfalls, steep-sided mountain ranges and dense forests.
No place is so wonderful “bizarre” Australian as the two states you will visit on this endeavour. Often the best locations are found at the end of deserted gravel roads. Each day is a new adventure! Some days will end at our own high-class mobile camps with the sun setting over the red soil, as hotels and civilization are 1,000 km away.
Experience this self-drive adventure on routes never offered commercially. You can choose between rental 4x4 pick-up’s or go all the way in our special Porsche 911 (964/993) or Cayenne Beyond Adventure Edition.
EXCELLENCE PAIRED WITH PASSION, ADVENTURE AND PRECISION
Beyond Adventure is all about exploring the world on passionate and unique driving adventures. Getting from A to B shall become your experience not just transport. We offer you to explore “bucket-list” destinations. All behind the steering wheel of the best suitable vehicle for the challenges.
We dare to motivate you to go where no-one normally goes and we want to exceed your expectations with our one-of-its-kind concepts. We redefine automotive adventures and target via a distinctive teamwork to also extend your network and to create friendships. When joining a Beyond Adventure you will become part of a passionate team and will immediately feel our uniqueness in how we do things.
Jan Kalmar Beyond Adventure was established by Jan Kalmar – an adventurer, petrol head and extreme driver who is constantly exploring the planet on four wheels. This life-long passion has led to an extensive network. Jan has bent the limits for automotive challenges for over 20 years and even set World Records in the process.
For us the experience must be distinctive - we supply the best service wherever we go but never lose the flexibility and individual approach. Therefore have we developed an unique Classic Rally-Style Driving Concept for Beyond Adventure, not competing for the fastest time but instead for the most precise timing. This means you drive and navigate by yourself independently. Of course, the support team is always close by and for the most challenging stages, the entire group stays together.
The passion for adventures is deep within our vastly experienced event team. We always aim for the best possible comfort and always ensure you are never alone. In case of an emergency, break down or a simple puncture, there is a solution assisted by the Beyond Adventure team. So, although you drive solitary, you are never alone, even in the most remote areas. On special adventures a Beyond Adventure paramedic is present to ensure premedical assistance in an unlikely emergency. Same goes for vehicle issues if needed a specially trained technician is on site.
For all Beyond Adventures the team always includes a local guide to explain about the area and inform about local habits and traditions, simply to widen your horizon - as Hans Christian Andersen said: “to travel is to live.”
Behind the scenes, a team of travel experts is on alert from start to finish following your progress via GPS tracking for your safety and comfort - always ready to support.
The experience starts already when signing in, from that moment you can always rely on our support. Our adventure starts at the arrival airport. From here all is taken care of all the way to the departure airport. Get ready to explore the world you never knew existed... the extraordinary world!
Let the adventure begin,...
Jan Kalmar, founder
Welcome to Darwin, the Northern Territory’s tropical capital city and gateway to the area with a unique history and culture.
The team awaits you at the airport and will shuttle you to the hotel. Take your time to relax after your likely long journey.
The team introduction and welcome briefing with all vital information are followed by a local-inspired welcome dinner.
Get ready for your exciting Driving Adventure starting tomorrow!
Your adventure starts with a drive to Nitmiluk National Park. Along the way you will pass the green Manton Dam Recreational Area, the huge Darwin river dam, the flora and fauna rich Litchfield National Park and will get the first taste of Australia’s wonderful nature.
In the evening you will arrive at an astonishing lodge located in the territory belonging to the Jawoyn people, the Aboriginals. They are very hospitable and will give you a look into their country.
Total KM: 345
What is one of the keywords of your adventure? Driving! So let’s get into your vehicle and explore the Australian Outback - leaving the last signs of civilization behind. This is the real Australia!
After the long drive, you will enjoy the unique and relaxing overnight location chosen for tonight. It is hidden amongst burnt-orange cliffs, lush and green lawns, surrounded by the still and tranquil Chamberlain River. Enjoy the view!
Total KM: 645
It is driving day again! A real challenge awaits as you will tackle the famous Gibb River Road - one of the best off-road trails in Australia. The former cattle route stretches about 660 kilometres in an east-west direction. Almost completely unsealed and going through very remote areas - a genuinely unique Aussie outback endeavour!
While driving through the land of bright red soil, enjoy everything the nature throws at you - white dunes, canyons full of trickling waterfall, hundreds of thousands of rock art paintings and drawings known as Bradshaw or Wandjina rock art, Kimberley land of steep-sided mountain ranges and dense forests.
The magnificent scenery of the surrounding wilderness, a feeling of isolation and solitude will be a reward for your courage, as well as an exceptional overnight in the safari-style lodge.
Total KM: 473
You thought you have seen remote areas so far? Not even close, no, the remoteness is just about to start... You navigate south as the unsealed roads take you through the hilly country and let you explore the wild nature with its astounding landscapes. Think how few tourists have driven this route before you - normally this road is only used by cattlemen driving their herds to the markets. Amazing land, an unforgettable experience, as wild as it gets. In the evening you will arrive at your unique overnight stay - a genuine cattle station with our mobile camp in place. Prepare to see stars!
Total KM: ~ 800
Rise and shine! Get in your vehicle and tackle the narrow, vibrant-red hardly existing dirt track. A long challenging off-road experience lies ahead of you, and this will make you one of very few who have ever driven here, but the destination will be rewarding - the famous Lake Mackay.
Lake Mackay is a stunning Salt Lake in a remote desert on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Its size of 4,737 square kilometres has a clear outline visible from space. Take a well-deserved rest in our own camp near the lake where the vast desert plains are stretching to the horizon. This is Australia, here you are far from the civilization, but you will surely enjoy the never-ending silence and lack of GSM signal. Complete shut down from the outside world...
Total KM: 450
A new day with new adventures! Get ready to explore some of the most remote areas of the world from your car. We create together our own tracks while crossing rivers, lakes, dunes and indigenous villages, as this part of the adventure, is driven jointly. The ultimate driving experience that only the centre of Australia can deliver!
The destination for the night is a luxury desert lodge located by the main landmark of Australia - the Uluru (Ayers Rock). Enjoy your dinner with the view of Australia’s spirited heartland!
Total KM: 493
Start your morning exploring the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) through your “tent’s” glass wall. No matter how many times you have seen it on postcards, nothing prepares you for the hulk on the horizon – so solitary and impressive. It is a natural icon and one of the world’s most massive monoliths. Uluru changes its colour depending on the sun’s position during the day, and this can be your activity – observing the rock from your unique “tent” with your private fireplace, under warm blankets. If you want to explore the spectacular surroundings, then a trip to The Olgas with our guide is on the menu, as well as a visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and its stunning flora and fauna.
In the evening enjoy Australian cuisine, curated from the finest produce from all around the country to create a unique taste of Australia, while looking at the “rock”.
Total KM: 60
Ahead of you is a long, but rewarding drive back to civilization. During the journey, you will drive straight through the monumental George Gill mountain range and pass natural wonders like Wattarka National Park with its famous Kings Canyon and Owen Springs Reserve. A tough route through the mountains with a picturesque landscape you don’t want to miss!
After the long day, you arrive in Alice Springs and it is time to relax in the hotel or by the pool to get ready for the next Driving Adventures.
Total KM: 634
Today you will experience genuine Outback Australia - a vast land of brilliant blue skies and boundless horizons broken by kangaroos darting across the highway, remote pubs, ancient rock art and outback characters. On your way north you will explore the region known for its million-acre cattle stations, gold mining heritage, iconic rock formations and Aboriginal culture.
One of the natures highlights of the day is Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. Its gigantic boulders have become an internationally recognised symbol of Australia’s outback and are spectacular when the light of the morning and evening sun highlights their deep red colour. Your day ends with a campfire by the ephemeral Lake Woods, a bird watcher’s paradise.
Total KM: ~ 700
Today the landscape will change to a greener environment as you continue your way on the famous Stuart Highway up the Northern Territory. A highway that until 2007 had absolutely no speed limits on it! Enjoy the vast scenery around you.
You will even see forests again and stop in a special one – Elsey National Park. Wash away the sand from the Outback and dive into the Mataranka Thermal Pool, known for its around 30°C warm springs.
In the evening you will be back in the astonishing lodge located at the territory belonging to the Jawoyn people, the Aboriginals. Enjoy their hospitality!
Total KM: ~450
Explore the sandstone area of Nitmiluk National Park and the spectacular Katherine Gorge carved from the flow of the Katherine River. The breath-taking views won’t stop as you steer to the east coast of Australia. A long way through remote Australia with a landscape of vast lands with the lush target in sight – Bremer Island.
Total KM: 751
After the long and exhausting driving days enjoy a day off to relax in the eco-friendly retreat located on an Aboriginal island. The resort has been built with materials that make it one with the landscape. It runs mainly on solar power, and the main water supply is caught rainwater. Enjoy and experience the total bliss of the remote solitude, clear skies, and perfect harmony, of course.
Total KM: 0
You wake up in the eco-friendly retreat located on an Aboriginal island. The resort has been built with materials that make it one with the landscape. It runs mainly on solar power, and the main water supply is caught rainwater. Enjoy and experience the total bliss of the remote solitude, clear skies, and perfect harmony, of course.
After back on land you will drive through the wild and untamed landscapes which remained the same since the beginning of the day and reach fisherman’s paradise - Arnhem Land region. Enjoy the evening in a lodge surrounded by fantastic nature.
Total KM: 503
Wake up and explore the Arnhem Land - the largest and most-remote Aboriginal land reserve in the country. We have organized all the special permits needed, so you will have unfettered exclusive access to a number of pristine Arnhem Land rivers and several coastal creeks and estuaries. The remote and extensive waterways in this Arnhem Land region have a well-earned reputation for offering some of the best barra fishing in the world and who knows, maybe you catch one too?
In the evening you arrive in Kakadu to get ready for your special crocodile adventure tomorrow, because what would an adventure in Australia be without experiencing crocodiles?
Total KM: 248
Explore the World Heritage area - Kakadu National Park. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, it is a real drawcard for the Northern Territory. It is home to more than 10,000 crocodiles, 280 different types of birds and 2,000 different plants.
Ever watched the “Crocodile Dundee” movie? Most of the iconic images of the outback were filmed in Kakadu. And you will be able to experience these images live on-site! Local experts will give you an insight into this unique area, while you take the firsts steps away from the paved roads and civilization into the Australian wilderness.
In the evening you will arrive in Darwin, back where the adventure started. The Classic Rally results will be announced and celebrated at our well-deserved farewell dinner. It is the time to say “see you next time” to all the similar-minded adventurers, whom you have shared this unique experience with.
Total KM: 492
Depending on your flight schedule, you will be shuttled to the airport or you can extend your stay and explore the capital city of the Northern Territory.
• Feeling remote in the outback
• Leaving the beaten track
• Embracing nature
• Wondering as starts and sunsets
• Camp sites and camp fires
• Gravel roads and red dust
• Crossing the center red
• Driving into the endless horizon
AUSTRALIA IS NOT:
• Constant 5* accomodation
• Suits and dresses
• Gourmet food
• Always Wi-Fi connected
• Bug free!
• Only Sydney opera house and koalas
DURATION AND DATES:
17 days (14 driving days) | ~ 7,044 KM
• Rental 4x4: Pick-up/SUV
• Porsche 911 (964/993) Beyond Adventure Edition - upon special request
• Porsche Cayenne Beyond Adventure Edition - upon special request
PRICES PER PERSON:
Price indications upon request - after the final location check the final prices are being communicated.
• Beyond Adventure with great food and best available accommodation
• Local guiding
• Shuttles from and to airport
• Classic rally organization
• All non-alcoholic drinks
• GSM / Satellite data connection
* Excluding flights to and from Darwin International Airport to and from your home destination.
Group Size: Min. 8 - max. 14 participants. More waves possible if needed to cover demand. Information correct at time of publishing, due to the nature of the projects changes can occur.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com or call: +45 31 12 11 01 (also available on WhatsApp).