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Nothing says Australia quite like the Outback. Experience the open spaces that seem to stretch on forever and tell the story of the exploration and development of the wide, brown land, and reflect Australia’s pioneering spirit and unique identity. During this journey, you will visit southern Adelaide, the iconic Red Centre in the heart of the continent and the tropical Darwin in the north. Explore the magnificent Kakadu National Park and discover the ancient Kata Tjutu to learn more about the local Indigenous communities.
- Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
- Wine tasting in the Clare Valley
- Sparkling wine at an Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset
- Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
- Discover Indigenous culture in the Red Centre
- Climb Kings Canyon
- Dine with the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary
- Discover Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
- Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
- Spot wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
- Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls
- Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise
- Quality accommodation
- Travel by luxury coach
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- Airport transfers
- 14 Full buffet breakfasts
- 1 Be My Guest dinner
- 8 Dinners with wine
- 1 Farewell Dinner
Day 1 Welcome to Adelaide
On arrival today, explore the major sights of the ‘City of Churches’. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market.
Day 2 Adelaide – Wilpena Pound
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.
Day 3 Wilpena Pound – Port Augusta
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.
Day 4 Port Augusta – Coober Pedy
Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through the 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.
Day 5 Coober Pedy – Uluru
Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy a glass of the traditional Australian wine.
Day 6 Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta
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. Continue your journey to the iconic Kata Tjuta.
Day 7 Uluru – Kings Canyon
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.
Day 8 Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Travel to Alice Springs and visit the historic Telegraph Station, then drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’.
Day 9 Alice Springs
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. Join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a home-cooked Be My Guest barbecue dinner.
Day 10 Alice Springs – Tennant Creek
Visit the legendary School of the Air this morning, then travel north, stopping to view Karlu Karlu, an intriguing outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders.
Day 11 Tennant Creek – Katherine
Today you’ll travel further north, visiting 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 for the night.
Day 12 Katherine – Kakadu
This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its stunning variety of birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.
Day 13 Kakadu – Darwin Included Choice
Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, which affords magnificent views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments. Explore Darwin with the ifferent optional Activities.
Day 14 Litchfield National Park
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 for an opportunity to swim in the large waterhole.
Day 15 Farewell from Darwin
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide - overlooking either Adelaide's historic parklands or the CBD, the superior rooms offer recently refurbished decor, with a selection of bedding configurations, large work desks, excellent lighting, flat screen colour televisions, broadband internet, a variety of cable channels and in-house movies.
- Wilpena Pound Resort is spectacularly located within the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. Enjoy a haven of outback hospitality, stop and stay awhile as you soak up the incredible beauty of one of the earth’s oldest landscapes.
- Majestic Oasis Apartments is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta, only 3 hours drive North of Adelaide in South Australia. The property comprises 75 self-contained serviced apartments.
- The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy.
- Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.
- Retreat to the luxury of Kings Canyon Resort after an active day of hiking through the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park. The sensitively designed property is located in Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon.
- Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum.
- The Bluestone Motor Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse nature and culture of the Australian outback.
- The Paraway Motel is within walking distance to the town centre. Set in tropical gardens with a shaded pool, Paraway Motel is a great place to relax while on holiday or travelling for work.
- Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel - relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.
- Mantra on the Esplanade offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin’s CBD.
What to Bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in cooler months
Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport
- Moderate level of fitness required for walks at Wilpena Pound, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
- Walking on uneven surfaces is required to complete the walks, though there are alternate options available
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