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Australia & The Northern Territory In Depth

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,599

Unlock the secrets of the Northern Territory on this adventure across Australia. Start in Sydney, home to the famous harbour and Opera House. Then fly to the Northern Territory to discover Uluru/Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Darwin, and Kakadu. Cap off your trip in sunny Brisbane on the East Coast.


This 15-day Australian vacation takes you from Sydney to the Northern Territory to explore Uluru, Alice Springs, Darwin, and Kakadu National Park before ending in Brisbane. It features your choice of accommodation level, shared tours, and is an ideal introductory tour to Australia.

Your journey begins with a flight across the Pacific Ocean that takes you to Sydney, the largest city in Australia and home to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. You’ll have two nights in Sydney to explore at your leisure. You can spend your time exploring the obvious landmarks, from the beautiful Sydney Opera House to the Harbour Bridge, where you can book a BridgeClimb if you’re so daring. You can head to Taronga Zoo to see some of the loveable marsupials that make Australia so famous, or spend a sunny afternoon on Bondi Beach, getting in touch with the surfer culture that helps define the country.

After seeing Sydney as you see fit, fly to the Red Centre and Uluru/Ayers Rock, your base for the next few nights. This sacred monolith is Australia’s premiere natural icon and one of the cornerstones of Indigenous culture in the centre of the country. On your first night, spend four hours unlocking the magic of the rock with the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Stroll through the sand dunes, watch sunset over Uluru, and enjoy the Milky Way come alive in the hours after sundown. The next morning, wake before dawn to watch the sun rise over the sandstone monolith. You’ll also go for a walk in the company of an Indigenous guide and see the rock paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole before enjoying drinks at sunset near Kata Tjuta/The Olgas.

Head north to Kings Canyon Resort, where you’ll spend sunset enjoying views at Carmichaels Crag. The next morning, explore the rim of Kings Canyon and have the option of hiking down to the oasis in the canyon. That evening, head along the Stuart Highway on route to Alice Springs. You’ll have a day to discover the unique culture of The Alice. You’ll visit the School of the Air, which educated children over the airwaves, the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which services patients in remote communities, and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see Bearded Dragons and other desert reptiles.

Fly north to Darwin, the centrepiece of Australia’s Top End. Darwin is a melting pot of natural landscapes and culture. It’s also the gateway to the stunning national parks of the Top End. Spend a night in Darwin and enjoy a taste of its laidback, friendly vibe before heading south along the Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park, the largest national park in Australia. This landscape of billabongs, sandstone escarpments, and thick vegetation dates back thousands of years and is a cultural landmark for the local Aboriginal tribes. Head to the Warradjian Cultural Centre to learn about the human history of the park before cruising the Yellow Water Billabong to spot seawater crocodiles and admiring ancient rock art at Nourlangie. The next day, head to Ubirr to see the 20,000 rock paintings at this UNESCO-listed art site. You’ll then cruise the East Alligator River in the company of a local guide and learn about Indigenous mythology as well as some bush survival skills.

Connect back to Darwin for another night and fly on to Brisbane on the east coast of Queensland. Brisbane used to be something of a backwater but today it’s one of Australia’s emerging urban destinations. The weather is warm and it’s endlessly sunny in Brisbane, which is fitting as it’s near the stretch of coastline known as the Sunshine Coast. You’ll have a day at leisure to explore Brisbane and surrounds. A good option is a visit to nearby Australia Zoo on the Gold Coast, where you can cuddle a koala and learn about the conservation efforts of the Irwin family.

At the end of your stay, connect back to the airport to return home.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,599

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America today for your flight to Australia.

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day as you cross the international dateline.  This day is regained on your return journey.

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will met and transferred by private vehicle to your Sydney accommodation. The remainder of your day is at leisure.   Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy The Ultimo 
Moderate Rydges World Square Sydney
First Class

Rydges Sydney Harbour

Deluxe

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Sydney.  Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Sydney sightseeing options.

Day 5

Sydney to Ayers Rock and Sounds of Silence Dinner

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight on Ayers Rock.  On arrival in Ayers Rock enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax.

Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes you to an uninterrupted, three hundred and sixty degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you are the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, you feast on a barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as our resident astronomer takes you on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after a delicious dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Outback Pioneer Hotel 
Moderate The Lost Camel
First Class/ Deluxe

Sails in the Desert Hotel

Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Touring with Sunrise and Sunset

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.

Visit Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Later travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip' and relax with a glass of wine and Nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Day 7

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

Enjoy a well deserved sleep in this morning, or perhaps consider joining a morning excursion to the Field Of Light – an amazing art installation at the bast of Ayers Rock.

Later travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort by luxury coach. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You may have time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag to finish off the day.

 

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy/
Moderate

Kings Canyon Resort - Standard Room 

First Class/
Deluxe
Kings Canyon Resort - Deluxe Spa Room
Day 8

Kings Canyon Climb & Alice Springs

Your guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the canyon are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep in parts. It is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide.

Travel by luxury coach through beautiful desert landscapes. Stop at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle/camel station for lunch (own expense), why not try their famous camel burger. Followed by a brief stop at Angus Downs. From Angus Downs the coach stops at Erldunda, where you may purchase afternoon tea. Travel along the Stuart Highway before arriving at your 

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Aurora Alice Springs 

Moderate

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs  

First Class Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room
Deluxe Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Premier Room 
Duration2 Nights
Day 9

A Town Like Alice

The morning is free, perhaps visit the Alice Springs Desert Park. 

Later, tour the sights of 'The Alice' including The School of the Air. We learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio, we may have the opportunity to listen to and observe actual lessons in progress on air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote 'outback'. We also make a stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes of Central Australia's semi-arid desert, such as the Perentie Lizard and the Thorny Devil. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill

Day 10

Alice Springs to Darwin

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Top End. On arrival you will be met and transferred again to your hotel.  Darwin is located on the tropical tip of Australia’s north coast. “Urban meets remote” sums up the character of this city on an Australia vacation. It is a melting pot of multicultural ethnic types and definitely friendly and laid-back. It has a large natural harbour which can be seen while strolling in Bicentennial Park which runs the full length of the waterfront.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Argus Hotel Darwin 

Moderate

Rydges Darwin Central  

First Class Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Deluxe Mindil Beach Casino and Resort
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Darwin to Kakadu

Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, their major river systems and wetlands, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, this national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape from rocky escarpment home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries.

 

Hotel

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel 

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Nigiht
Day 12

Kakadu to Darwin

This morning join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you'll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for a view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river's abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Argus Hotel Darwin 

Moderate

Rydges Darwin Central  

First Class Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Deluxe Mindil Beach Casino and Resort
Meal Plan Lunch
Day 13

Darwin to Brisbane

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane.  On arrival you will be met and transferred again to your hotel.  It might be surprising to know that Brisbane, situated in Southern Queensland on the Pacific Coast, was once considered a sleepy town. It has now emerged as being one of the fastest growing cities and is the third largest in Australia. It enjoys a sub-tropical climate all year round and is known as the “city of sunny days”

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central 

Moderate

Rydges South Bank Brisbane  

First Class The Calile Hotel
Deluxe Gambaro Hotel 
Duration2 Nights
Day 14

Day at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Brisbane.  Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Brisbane sightseeing options.

Day 15

Depart Brisbane for North America

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to North America.  Of course, if you have time, why not stay longer and explore more of Australia?

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departures from
Los Angeles
Prices in US $

Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

Deluxe
Hotels

24 Jul - 14 Aug '20 $3,979 $4,149 $4,429 $4,499
15 Aug - 30 Sep '20 $3,799 $3,969 $4,249 $4,319
1 - 31 Oct '20 $3,749 $3,959 $4,269 $4,439
1 - 11 Nov '20 $3,699 $3,859 $4,079 $4,289
12 - 30 Nov '20 $3,599 $3,779 $3,999 $4,199
1 - 5 Dec '20 $3,769 $3,889 $4,089 $4,299

For departures from Las Vegas/Phoenix/San Francisco/Sacramento add $180, Dallas/ Seattle add $240, from Portland add $275, New York add $300, Denver/Houston/Salt Lake City add $315, Minneapolis/St Louis/New Orleans add $325, Buffalo/Boston/Detroit/ Memphis/ Orlando add $400, Atlanta add $480.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

Departures from 
Vancouver
Prices in CAD $

Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

Deluxe
Hotels

24 Jul - 30 Sep '20 $5,039 $5,389 $5,539 $5,629
1 - 31 Oct '20 $4,999 $5,379 $5,599 $5,769
1- 30 Nov '20 $4,899 $5,269 $5,379 $5,579
1 - 5 Dec '20 $4,789 $5,049 $5,159 $5,369

For departures from Edmonton/Calgary/Kelowna/Kamloops/Winnipeg add $120,  Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa/Halifax add $240 pp, Saskatoon add $500, St Johns/Quebec City/Regina add $775, Charlottetown/Sydney/Fredericton/ Moncton/St John/Halifax add $930.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now! 

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles (US) or Vancouver (CA) On Virgin Australia  to Sydney to Ayers Rock then Alice Springs, Darwin & Brisbane.  (Alice Springs to Darwin is flying Qantas)
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Ayers Rock 
  • Sounds of Silence Outback Dinner
  • Uluru Sacred Sites and Sunset Excursion
  • Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta  Sunset Excursion
  • Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon Excursion
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Kings Canyon
  • Kings Canyon Climb Excursion
  • Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Excursion
  • A Town Like Alice Excursion
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Alice Springs
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Darwin
  • Overnight Kakadu & East Alligator Tour
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Darwin
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Brisbane

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Actual order of touring may vary depending on departure date, due to flight schedules, itinerary may not depart every day. 

Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.

The Ultimo 8 Aug   
Rydges World Square

8 Aug, 19 Sep, 11 Nov

Aurora Alice Springs

10 - 17 Oct   

Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs 13 - 20 Oct, 
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs 4 - 7 Sep, 13 - 20 Sep, 10 - 17 Oct
Rydges Darwin Central 29 Jul - 5 Aug
Adina Waterfront Darwin 30 Jul - 3 Aug, 6 - 10 Aug
Rydges Darwin Central 1 - 4 Aug
Rydges South Bank 1 - 3 Apr, 26 - 27 May, 8 Jul, 10 - 11 Jul, 20 Jul - 6 Aug, 26 Sep, 30 Sep - 2 Oct, 17 - 21 Oct, 30 - 31 Oct
The Calile Fortitude 1 - 3 May, 3 Jun, 4, 8 Jul, 22 Aug, 5, 26 Sep,  17 Oct 
Gambaro Brisbane  1 - 3 May, 3 Jun, 4, 8 Jul, 22 Aug, 5, 17 Oct 
The Lost Camel, Outback Pioneer, Sails in the Desert  24 - 25 Jul, 25 Dec 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, upgrades, extensions and for single pricing, please inquire. All prices include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD). Add on airfares are available from your home city – please inquire.


15 Nov 2020
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