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Discover the heart of the Outback on a trip to Australia’s Northern Territory. Get a taste for the tropics in the territory capital of Darwin before searching for saltwater crocodiles in Kakadu National Park and watching sun rise over the majesty of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.


This 7-day tour explores the Northern Territory of Australia, from the capital of Darwin to the icon of Uluru or Ayers Rock.

Your trip to Australia begins in Darwin, on the northern coast. Darwin is where the Outback meets the city. Darwin is an incredible fusion of cultures, where you can mingle with Southeast Asian, Australian, and indigenous peoples while enjoying the many beaches and parks. Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to learn about the territory’s history and see the country’s best collection of indigenous art. Of course, Darwin also serves as the gateway to Kakadu National Park, the largest national park in Australia.

Kakadu National Park catapulted to fame as the home of Crocodile Dundee in the eighties and has continued to amaze Globetrotters ever since with its stunning mixture of landscapes. You’ll find hills and gorges, forests and arid floodplanes, swamplands and 

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plateaus. This diversity leads to an abundance of wildlife; over 280 bird and 70 mammal species call the park home. Marvel at wallabies and kangaroos wandering the plains before tracking saltwater crocodiles in the park’s billabongs. At Nourlangie, you can marvel at ancient rock paintings of extinct Tasmanian tigers and the Creation myths, which are some of the oldest artworks on the planet.

Head to the southern expanses of the territory to find Alice Springs, the definitive Outback town. Situated halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, Alice Springs was formed as a part of the Overland Telegraph Line in 1872 and you can tour the Telegraph Station to learn about its historical importance. Today, it’s an eccentric desert town, where camel races and airplane doctors are the norm. Visit Todd Mall to take in some of the best indigenous art galleries in the country before climbing Anzac Hill for a gorgeous panoramic view of the town and its rustic surroundings.

Close out your Australian vacation with a trip to the icon of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Uluru is the most famous site in the Outback and probably all of Australia. Rising 348 metres high, this ancient sandstone rock formation is a spectacle to behold. Depending on the time of day, the enormous monolith changes from bright red to a deep blue or purple. Tour the rock and its surrounding area to take in its majesty and learn about its indigenous caretakers, the ancient Anangu people. Watching the sun rise over Uluru is the perfect way to end your trip to Australia and its rugged Northern Territory.


 

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Day 1

Arrive Darwin

Arrive in Darwin and transfer to your accommodation, home for the next two nights. 

Darwin is located on the tropical tip of Australia’s north coast. “Urban meets remote” sums up the character of the city. 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.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

SkyCity Darwin

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    SkyCity Darwin



    SkyCity Darwin is a perfect escape for leisure or business travellers. Spectacularly set amongst tropical beachside gardens, the boutique hotel is located moments from the central business district. With a range of accommodation from deluxe rooms to VIP suites, for you to relax, unwind and ...

    SkyCity Darwin is a perfect escape for leisure or business travellers. Spectacularly set amongst tropical beachside gardens, the boutique hotel is located moments from the central business district. With a range of accommodation from deluxe rooms to VIP suites, for you to relax, unwind and have some fun.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Darwin City Sights

Sit back and relax as your Driver Guide takes you through the beautiful city of Darwin. You'll get the perfect introduction to Darwin's history and landscape with visits to the Chinese Temple and a stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a tour of the historic sites of the city including the East Point Military Precinct, Mooring Basin and the Stokes Hill Wharf area. You'll gain insights into Australia's WWII history and the bombing of Darwin. There is also time to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory which showcases collections encompassing Aboriginal art and Northern Territory history. This is the main museum in the Northern Territory and the region's premier cultural institution.

Day 3

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 Breakfast and Lunch
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.

    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 4

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
Duration1 Night
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DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin



    Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and offers easy access to Stuart Highway. The hotel is within walking distance of the city center, ...

    Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and offers easy access to Stuart Highway. The hotel is within walking distance of the city center, many major businesses and government offices and historic attractions like the War Memorial and Parliament House. This Darwin hotel is perfect for both business and leisure guests, offering excellent business and recreation facilities, beautiful ocean views and a dedicated team of friendly staff.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Depart Darwin for Alice Springs

Today is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs (flight not included), on arrival in Alice Springs you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  This afternoon, tour the sights of 'The Alice' including the historic Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Visit the School of the Air where sometimes you are able to listen to the children take lessons on air. Stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you will see unique Central Australian reptiles such as the Perentie and Thorny Devil. Conclude with a panoramic view of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

Duration1 Night
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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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    Mercure Alice Springs Resort



    Mercure 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. ...

    Mercure 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 6

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, Uluru Sacred Sights and Sunset Touring

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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 7

Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta Touring, depart Ayers Rock.

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.  You will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward travel arrangements

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Valid for travel 1 Jul ’17 – 31 Mar ‘18

Land Only - flights not included
Date US$ CA$
1 Jul - 30 Sep '17
$ 1,819 $ 2,289
1 Oct - 31 Oct '17 $ 1,759 $ 2,079
1 - 30 Nov '17 $ 1,659 $ 2,079
1 Dec '17 - 31 Mar '18 $ 1,619 $ 2,039

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival airport transfer in Darwin
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Darwin
  • Darwin City Sights Excursion
  • Overnight Kakadu and East Alligator River Tour including transport, accommodation and sightseeing
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Darwin
  • Departure airport transfer in Darwin
  • Arrival airport transfer in Alice Springs
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Alice Springs
  • Afternoon Town Like Alice Excursion
  • Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Tour
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Ayers Rock
  • Uluru Sacred Sights and Sunset
  • Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta
  • Departure Airport transfer in Ayers Rock

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

Trip starts Thursdays from Darwin, actual itinerary may vary slightly depending on date of travel.  Darwin is very busy with special events and select dates will not be available at hotels, if your travel falls over the following dates we will need to source alternate accommodation at the package price may vary. SkyCity Darwin:  4-8 Aug, 16-18, 21 - 25 Nov, 23 Dec - 2 Jan, 30-31 Mar and Doubletree by Hilton: 16-18 Jun,  5 - 7 Aug.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are ‘from’, per person based on twin share.  All pricing is subject to availability and can change without notice.  Airfares are not included


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