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11 days | Departs Apr to Sep –
Experience the Northern Territory’s desert landscapes on a thrilling road-trip from Uluru to Darwin, taking in Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Katherine & Kakadu along the way.
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Your Outback adventure begins with a flight to Uluru. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions. Drive the short distance to dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where sparkling wine is served at a Welcome Reception as you watch the sun set over Australia’s renowned natural landmark. Witness the phenomenon of the changing colours on the massive sandstone monolith before returning to the comfort of your hotel for the night.
❱ Hotel stay: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2 nights)
Rise early to experience a majestic Uluru sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole where your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.
Travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. 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, and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls.
❱ Hotel stay: Kings Canyon Resort (1 night)
Travelling past vast cattle properties, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station and learn how it relayed message between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years.
❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Alice Springs Resort (2 nights)
Join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People. Then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Hear from brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.
Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping to view Karlu Karlu, an intriguing outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. You’ll stay tonight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.
❱ Hotel stay: Bluestone Motor Inn (1 night)
Call in to the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs is a must-do. Journey on to Katherine.
❱ Hotel stay: Paraway Motel (1 night)
Travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.
❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (1 night)
Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, for views over the surrounding wetlands. This afternoon in Darwin, choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner or visit Crocosaurus Cove to explore at your leisure.
❱ Hotel stay: Mantra on the Esplanade (2 nights)
Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the park’s amazing termite mounds. Stop to view Florence Falls, then venture on to Wangi Falls to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. Join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise.
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport in time for your flight home.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
18 Apr 2020, 09 May 2020, 23 May 2020, 06 Jun 2020, 27 Jun 2020, 11 Jul 2020, 25 Jul 2020, 08 Aug 2020, 22 Aug 2020, 05 Sep 2020, 19 Sep 2020
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