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Best of the Outback: Ayers Rock to Darwin

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,666

Get to the heart of Australia’s red centre, the Northern Territory.


This 11-day trip from Ayers Rock to Darwin takes you through Australia’s sparsely populated Northern Territory for the ultimate outback adventure.

Start your journey at Ayers Rock, better known as Uluru. Many of the sites here are rich with Aboriginal lore, including Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. This mysterious rock formation is believed to be the remains of what was once an even larger monolith than Uluru. Indigenous legend also claims it as the home of the snake god Wanambi. Enjoy sparkling wine as the shifting sun sets Kata Tjuta and Uluru ablaze with colour.

Head to King’s Canyon where you’ll embark on a six kilometre Rim Walk. Then spend the day immersed in local indigenous culture at the Alice Springs Desert Park. You’ll learn a little about the wildlife here, and the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Stop in at the Devil’s Marbles on your way north to Tennant Creek, then enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner in this former mining town before going on to Katherine. There, you’ll spend one last taste of the outback before your trek into the tropical north.

Kakadu National Park is one of the Northern Territory’s true natural wonders. Cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to a wealth of bird species, as well as fearsome saltwater crocodiles. You’ll also cruise through Katherine Gorge – a series of thirteen deep gorges along the Katherine River.

In Darwin, explore the history of one of Australia’s most unique capital city. A sightseeing tour takes you to Fannie Bay Gaol, Parliament House, the Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, home to one of the country’s best collections of Aboriginal art. Spend your last full day exploring Litchfield National Park, where traces of early European settlement meet an Aboriginal legacy dating back thousands of years. Intriguing rock formations and termite mounds dot the landscape, which is populated by hundreds of native species including kangaroos, wallabies, red flying foxes and Dingos.

Return to Darwin for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,666

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Ayers Rock

On arrival in Ayers Rock you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and travel to Uluru - Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park and toast the beginning of your trip and the spectacular sunset with gourmet canapés and wine at the 'Sunset Strip'. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned. Don't forget your camera!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Desert Gardens Hotel

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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock ...

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Ayers Rock

See the Red Centre set alight by the morning's first rays of sunlight. After sunrise tour the base of Uluru. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 11km base of 'The Rock' or enjoy a guided walk with your Travel Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. You'll also learn about the flora, fauna and cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu. 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. This afternoon visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek-bed between two of the main domes. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles.

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Day 3

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the 'forgotten wonder of Central Australia' and stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Learn the intriguing story of owners, Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region's remote communities. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch? You don't want to miss out! Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You're off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park, where you'll be able to see as far as the horizon and get a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor is also available.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kings Canyon Resort

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    Kings Canyon Resort


    Kings Canyon Resort is an oasis in the outback for travellers looking to explore the Red Centre from a well-appointed base, complete with pampering amenities and activities for everyone to enjoy. After exciting, fun-filled days hiking and sightseeing in the rugged terrain of Watarrka National ...

    Kings Canyon Resort is an oasis in the outback for travellers looking to explore the Red Centre from a well-appointed base, complete with pampering amenities and activities for everyone to enjoy. After exciting, fun-filled days hiking and sightseeing in the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park, enjoy outstanding hotel facilities and relax in the comfort and convenience of your Kings Canyon hotel room.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 4

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Today we journey to Alice Springs. Travel across vast cattle properties and get a feel for just how expansive the Outback is. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872. It first served as one of 12 stations positioned along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretches 3000km to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for Aboriginal Children, known as 'The Bungalow'. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Chifley Alice Springs Resort

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    Chifley Alice Springs Resort



    Chifley Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. ...

    Chifley Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. The hotel is only a five to ten minute walk away from the towns bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. The resort features 139 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Alice Springs

Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including the search for water, bush food, and kinship, from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. This evening join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

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Day 6

Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Your first stop is School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations that would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles). You'll have plenty of time to walk around the precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Bluestone Motor Inn

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    Bluestone Motor Inn


    The Bluestone Motor Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse nature and culture of the Australian outback. 505km north of Alice Springs and 978km south of Darwin, the Bluestone is the perfect place to stay at the halfway mark along the ...

    The Bluestone Motor Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse nature and culture of the Australian outback. 505km north of Alice Springs and 978km south of Darwin, the Bluestone is the perfect place to stay at the halfway mark along the track from Alice Springs to Darwin and back or coming west from Mt. Isa.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 7

Tennant Creek to Katherine

Today you'll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a cooling ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, 'Land of the Never Never'. At Mataranka you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of 'We of the Never Never', an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn's life in the Outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs - a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine for the night.

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Duration1 Night
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Paraway Motel

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    Paraway Motel



    The Katherine Club Incorporated purchased the Paraway Motel in February 2004. Since then it has become one of Katherine's best establishments to stay whether it be overnight or for a longer duration. The Motel consists of 50 standard rooms as well as six executive rooms, ...

    The Katherine Club Incorporated purchased the Paraway Motel in February 2004. Since then it has become one of Katherine's best establishments to stay whether it be overnight or for a longer duration. The Motel consists of 50 standard rooms as well as six executive rooms, a 120 seat restaurant and the delightful Junction Bar. General Manager, Kevin Johns and his lovely wife Wendy will make your stay a truly memorable experience.
    Situated on O'Shea Terrace Katherine, the Motel is only 50 metres from the Katherine Club where you can enjoy a cold drink or play the pokies in a new and modern atmosphere.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Katherine to Kakadu

Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie along the way! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You'll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. This afternoon you'll have the opportunity to take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land.

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Duration1 Night
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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

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    From the marble foyer to the uniquely shaped exterior, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu National Park's wilderness. Just a two and a half hour drive from Darwin, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is the only full service hotel ...

    From the marble foyer to the uniquely shaped exterior, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu National Park's wilderness. Just a two and a half hour drive from Darwin, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is the only full service hotel for Kakadu accommodation and is the ideal base to explore the Ubirr, Nourlangie and Jim Jim areas of Kakadu.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Kakadu to Darwin

This morning visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee! This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, you can choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You could take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea where we'll treat you to dinner, visit Crocosaurus Cove at your leisure or even sit back and relax at Darwin's famous Deckchair Cinema.

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Duration2 Nights
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Mantra on the Esplanade

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    Mantra on the Esplanade



    Located on the Esplanade, overlooking Darwin Harbour and adjacent to the Transit Centre, Mantra on the Esplanade is within walking distance of city shopping, restaurants and cafes. The hotel features 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service, restaurant, cocktail bar, pool/spa, tour desk, guest laundry ...

    Located on the Esplanade, overlooking Darwin Harbour and adjacent to the Transit Centre, Mantra on the Esplanade is within walking distance of city shopping, restaurants and cafes. The hotel features 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service, restaurant, cocktail bar, pool/spa, tour desk, guest laundry and car parking.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 10

Litchfield National Park

Today travel to Litchfield National Park. You'll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner on board a Darwin Harbour Cruise. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area - it's time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback adventure (cruise is seasonal).

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Day 11

Farewell from Darwin

Bid Farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your hotel comes to an end.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Mar 15; 4 Apr; 23 May; 13 Jun; 4, 25 Jul; 22 Aug; 12, 19 Sep, 3 Oct.

2018: Apr 7, 28;  26 May; 16 Jun; 7, 28 Jul; 25 Aug; 15, 22 Sep, 6 Oct.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Luxury air conditioned coach with 2 door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Hotel porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • Airport transfers

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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