Journey to the Red Centre

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10 days | Departs Apr to Oct –
Join us on a tour through South Australia’s remote Outback landscapes and travel across into the Northern Territory, visiting Uluru, Kings Canyon & Alice Springs in the Red Centre.

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Inclusions
  • Return flights to Adelaide & from Alice Springs (as required)
  • 9 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 6 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Homeport to Adelaide (D)

Your tour begins with a flight to Adelaide. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the city.

Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Relax this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.

❱ Hotel stay: Stamford Plaza Adelaide (1 night)

Day 2 – Adelaide to Wilpena Pound (BD)

Drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting with a local food expert at Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares.

❱ Hotel stay: Wilpena Pound Resort (1 night)

Day 3 – Wilpena Pound to Port Augusta (BD)

Take a walk with your Travel Director this morning to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound. Journey through Pichi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn on your way to Port Augusta, a natural harbour on the Spencer Gulf. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

❱ Hotel stay: Majestic Oasis Apartments (1 night)

Day 4 – Port Augusta to Coober Pedy (BD)

Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through salt-lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and a private residence.

❱ Hotel stay: Desert Cave Hotel (1 night)

Day 5 – Coober Pedy to Uluru (B)

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you witness the sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark.

❱ Hotel stay: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2 nights)

Day 6 – Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta (BL)

Rise early this morning to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided stroll or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to superb Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.

Day 7 – Uluru to Kings Canyon (BD)

Leave Ayers Rock this morning to travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, whose ancient red rock walls soar 100 metres above Kings Creek. The 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed.

❱ Hotel stay: Kings Canyon Resort (1 night)

Day 8 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs (B)

Travelling past vast cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, then drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort (2 nights)

Day 9 – Alice Springs (BD)

After breakfast this morning, join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People at Alice Springs Desert Park. Gain an insight into the endangered animals of the Red Centre, then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility provides emergency medical assistance in the outback. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a home-cooked Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Afterwards, hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Day 10 – Alice Springs to Homeport (B)

Sadly, today marks the end of your tour. You will be transferred to Alice Springs Airport in time for your flight home.

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

16 Apr 2019, 21 May 2019, 04 Jun 2019, 25 Jun 2019, 09 Jul 2019, 23 Jul 2019, 06 Aug 2019, 20 Aug 2019, 03 Sep 2019, 17 Sep 2019, 01 Oct 2019

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 60 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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