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Northern Territory Indigenous Highlights

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,183

Immerse yourself in the unforgettable culture of the Indigenous peoples of Australia on this tour of the Northern Territory. Passing from Uluru to Alice Springs to Kakadu National Park, you'll experience breathtaking sunsets and sunrises in the Outback, see incredible desert animals, and learn about thousands of years of Australian tradition.


This 9-day Australia vacation takes you through the heart of the Red Centre to Australia's Top End to see natural monuments and explore Indigenous traditions.

Your Australia vacation begins at Uluru/Ayers Rock, the ancient sandstone monolith that's the ultimate icon of the Australian Outback and is deeply revered by the local Indigenous people, the Anangu. On your first day in the Red Centre, you'll tour the surrounding icons, including Kata Tjuta/The Olgas and Walpa Gorge. That evening, experience the unforgettable Sounds of Silence Dinner, where you'll journey across a sand dune, enjoy champagne and canapes as you watch the sun set over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and witness the incredible night sky come alive as you listen to the haunting sounds of didgeridoo. Wake up early the next morning for a Desert Awakenings tour, which takes you across the Outback to enjoy sun rising over these sandstone icons before you feast on a traditional Aussie breakfast in the bush.

Continue your Australian tour by heading to Kings Canyon, passing through Curtin Springs and beside Atila/Mt. Conner along the way. At Kings Canyon Resort, you'll enjoy an oasis in the heart of the Outback and head on a three-hour climb of the Kings Canyon rim, where you'll hike up the walls of one of the Outback's icons and admire spectacular views of the surrounding landscape at the summit.

Pass on to Alice Springs, the definitive Outback town situated halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. Alice Springs is known for its eccentric desert culture and its deep ties to Indigenous cultures. Spend a day exploring the Alice Springs Desert Park to see the natural wonders of Australia and learn about Indigenous traditions. At the Nature Theatre, you'll see Australian birds of prey in action before heading to the Desert Nocturnal House to see rare desert animals like the thorny dragon. While in Alice Springs, you'll also enjoy a Mbanta Sunset Starlight Bush Dinner, where you'll learn about Indigenous customs in the company of expert guide and chef, Bob Taylor, and feast on a delicious three-course meal that showcases the flavours of the bush.

Head north on your Australian vacation to Darwin to connect to Litchfield National Park. Immerse yourself in the rich Indigenous traditions of the area, culminating in the Indigenous Litchfield Spectacular. Kakadu National Park one of Australia's most renowned wilderness regions at the top of the Northern Territory. The Warradjan Cultural Centre helps put your discoveries into context before you cruise the Yellow Water Billabong, keeping an eye out for fearsome saltwater crocodiles,

Explore the Ubirr region of this 20,000 square kilometer national park, where you'll see aboriginal rock art thought to be 20,000 years old, among other treasures. Return to Darwin for your onward journey. 


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,183

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Day 1

Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Airport to Ayers Rock Resort

Duration10 Minutes

The Lost Camel

The Lost Camel features contemporary, studio-style accommodation decorated in bright colours and crisp, clean whites. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel brings a fresh, exciting feel to the Resort. The compact modern studio-style rooms feature a King-zipper bed, air-conditioning/heating, tea/coffee making facilities, in-room safe, TV, mini-fridge and a bathroom with separate shower, toilet and open-plan vanity.
Soak up the sun by the hotel's central swimming pool, browse the shops in the adjacent Resort Town Square or take part in the many free daily guest activities on offer. While there are no restaurant facilities at this property, a number of dining options are located just outside the Hotel within the Resort Town Square and guests can also choose to dine at any of the restaurants and bars across the Resort, with room-charge facilities.
Reception is open from 6.00am to 10.00pm daily, outside these hours please visit the neighbouring Sails in the Desert Reception. All touring pick up and drop off will be at the front of Sails in the Desert and the Resort Shuttle is available from the Town Square bus stop.

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Duration1 Night
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The Lost Camel

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    The Lost Camel



    The Lost Camel features contemporary, studio-style accommodation decorated in bright colours and crisp, clean whites. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel brings a fresh, exciting feel to the Resort. The compact modern studio-style rooms feature a King-zipper bed, …

    The Lost Camel features contemporary, studio-style accommodation decorated in bright colours and crisp, clean whites. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel brings a fresh, exciting feel to the Resort. The compact modern studio-style rooms feature a King-zipper bed, air-conditioning/heating, tea/coffee making facilities, in-room safe, TV, mini-fridge and a bathroom with separate shower, toilet and open-plan vanity.
    Soak up the sun by the hotel's central swimming pool, browse the shops in the adjacent Resort Town Square or take part in the many free daily guest activities on offer. While there are no restaurant facilities at this property, a number of dining options are located just outside the Hotel within the Resort Town Square and guests can also choose to dine at any of the restaurants and bars across the Resort, with room-charge facilities.
    Reception is open from 6.00am to 10.00pm daily, outside these hours please visit the neighbouring Sails in the Desert Reception. All touring pick up and drop off will be at the front of Sails in the Desert and the Resort Shuttle is available from the Town Square bus stop.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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SEIT Kata Tjuta Domes

Travel to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) where your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that makeup Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Your guide will return you to your hotel in time for those joining Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru dinner or Field of Lights.

Duration3 Hours

Sounds of Silence Dinner

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.

Duration5 Hours
Day 2

Desert Awakenings

Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of your expert guide, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.

Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with Golden Syrup in the open air. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.

Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. First stop is Kuniya where you'll take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu (local Aboriginal people) alike. Your guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people. Next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail.

Duration6 Hours

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

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.

Duration4 Hours

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 Park, enjoy outstanding hotel facilities and relax in the comfort and convenience of your Kings Canyon hotel room.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Kings Canyon Resort

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    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 3

Kings Canyon Climb

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.

Duration3 Hours

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

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 in Alice Springs.

Duration7 Hours

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities.

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Duration2 Nights
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

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    Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and …

    Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Desert Park Entry and Transfers

Alice Springs Desert Park where you will discover the natural wonders of arid Australia, including the landscapes, animals and plants, and their traditional use by Aboriginal people. See free-flying birds of prey at the Nature Theatre, rare and endangered animals in the world's most spectacular Desert Nocturnal House, and a cinematic journey into four and a half billion years of desert evolution.

Duration4 Hours

Mbantua Sunset and Starlight Bush Dinner

RTTA's signature tour is the dinner tour, 'Mbantua Sunset & Starlight Bush Dinner' departing from Alice Springs. The tour includes visiting historic Telegraph Reserve and majestic Simpsons Gap along the way and learning about the bush foods and Aboriginal culture. Dinner is a scenic bush setting with a 3-course meal, cooked over an open mulga fire, with bush food delicacies included. You can learn some cooking styles and the taste bush foods of the Aboriginal people while enjoying the starlight night. Visitors can also enjoy spot lighting wildlife.

Duration6 Hours
Day 5

Alice Springs Hotel to Alice Springs Airport

Duration1 Hour

Darwin Domestic Airport to Darwin Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Argus Hotel Darwin

The NEW Argus Hotel Darwin is perfectly located on Shepherd Street, Darwin city-CBD. A comfortable stroll to a delicious array of Darwin's city restaurants, city shopping, the entertainment delights of Mitchell street, and the famous Crocosaurus Cove. Argus Hotel Darwin is also centrally located for easy access to the Darwin Entertainment Center, Darwin Convention Center, Darwin Waterfront restaurants and Wave pool, not to mention the Mindil Markets and Sky City Casino.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Argus Hotel Darwin

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    The NEW Argus Hotel Darwin is perfectly located on Shepherd Street, Darwin city-CBD. A comfortable stroll to a delicious array of Darwin's city restaurants, city shopping, the entertainment delights of Mitchell street, and the famous Crocosaurus Cove. Argus Hotel Darwin is also centrally located for …

    The NEW Argus Hotel Darwin is perfectly located on Shepherd Street, Darwin city-CBD. A comfortable stroll to a delicious array of Darwin's city restaurants, city shopping, the entertainment delights of Mitchell street, and the famous Crocosaurus Cove. Argus Hotel Darwin is also centrally located for easy access to the Darwin Entertainment Center, Darwin Convention Center, Darwin Waterfront restaurants and Wave pool, not to mention the Mindil Markets and Sky City Casino.

    Facilities

    • Business Facilities
    • Gym
    • Lift
    • Luggage Room
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Outdoor Pool

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Day 6

Indigenous Litchfield Spectacular

Learn the real story on this small-group day tour from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. Explore the area with a personable Indigenous guide with countless generations of history in the region. Get hands on as our guide demonstrates bush resources in season. See and refresh yourself at iconic waterfalls. Experience dramatic stone country as it comes alive in our tropical summer. Enjoy a flame-grilled lunch of ocean-caught barramundi, marinated kangaroo and crocodile eye fillet, in beautiful shaded surrounds. Be treated to expert natural and cultural interpretation from guides with unrivalled knowledge of the area. Take home memories you'll never forget.

Duration9 Hours
Day 7

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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

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    Mercure Kakadu Crocodile 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 …

    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.

    Facilities

    • 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 8

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.

Meal Plan Lunch

Argus Hotel Darwin

The NEW Argus Hotel Darwin is perfectly located on Shepherd Street, Darwin city-CBD. A comfortable stroll to a delicious array of Darwin's city restaurants, city shopping, the entertainment delights of Mitchell street, and the famous Crocosaurus Cove. Argus Hotel Darwin is also centrally located for easy access to the Darwin Entertainment Center, Darwin Convention Center, Darwin Waterfront restaurants and Wave pool, not to mention the Mindil Markets and Sky City Casino.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Argus Hotel Darwin

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    Argus Hotel Darwin



    The NEW Argus Hotel Darwin is perfectly located on Shepherd Street, Darwin city-CBD. A comfortable stroll to a delicious array of Darwin's city restaurants, city shopping, the entertainment delights of Mitchell street, and the famous Crocosaurus Cove. Argus Hotel Darwin is also centrally located for …

    The NEW Argus Hotel Darwin is perfectly located on Shepherd Street, Darwin city-CBD. A comfortable stroll to a delicious array of Darwin's city restaurants, city shopping, the entertainment delights of Mitchell street, and the famous Crocosaurus Cove. Argus Hotel Darwin is also centrally located for easy access to the Darwin Entertainment Center, Darwin Convention Center, Darwin Waterfront restaurants and Wave pool, not to mention the Mindil Markets and Sky City Casino.

    Facilities

    • Business Facilities
    • Gym
    • Lift
    • Luggage Room
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Outdoor Pool

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Day 9

Darwin Hotel to Darwin Domestic Airport

Duration1 Hour

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers
  • 1 night accommodation in Ayers Rock
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Desert Awakenings Small Group Tour
  • Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon transfer
  • 1 night accommodation in Kings Canyon
  • Kings Canyon Climb Tour
  • Kings Canyon to Alice Springs transfer
  • 2 nights accommodation in Alice Springs
  • Desert Park Entry
  • Outback Bush Dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation in Darwin
  • Full day Indigenous Litchfield Spectacular Tour
  • 2 day/1night Kakadu and East Alligator River Tour

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

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 enquire. 

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