Outback Adventure
DestinationAustralia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration 15 days
Was: $5750pp
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Features

Discover the Australian outback on a journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre, all the way to Darwin in the Top End. You’ll witness the stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient and iconic Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park. This holiday captures the essence of Australia’s culture, history and diversity and is a must-do for those looking for a real taste of the Outback.

Highlights

  •     Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
  •     Wine tasting in the Clare Valley
  •     Hike to Wilpena Pound
  •     Discover opals at Coober Pedy
  •     Wine & canapés while watching the magnificent Uluru Sunset
  •     Explore Kata Tjuta
  •     Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre Aboriginal Cultural Icon
  •     Climb Kings Canyon
  •     Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience
  •     at Earth Sanctuary 'You're Invited' Dining Icon
  •     Discover the Devils Marbles
  •     Enjoy a refreshing ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub
  •     Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  •     Cruise on Katherine Gorge and discover
  •     ancient rock art
  •     Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
  •     View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu
  •     Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls
  •     Sail Darwin Harbour on a dinner cruise


Inclusions

  •     Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  •     Quality accommodation
  •     Travel by luxury coach
  •     Airport transfers (see flight information below)


Dining

  •     Full buffet breakfasts (14)
  •     ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)
  •     Dinners with wine (8)
  •     Farewell dinner (1)


What to bring

  •     Comfortable walking shoes
  •     Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  •     Water bottle
  •     Camera
  •     Jacket in cooler months


Fitness Level

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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Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1           Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Adelaide
Day 15           Flights to depart anytime from Darwin

Highlights

Day 1
Welcome to Adelaide

This afternoon explore the sights of Adelaide then join a local food expert for a guided tour of  140 year old Adelaide Central Market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, sample the culinary delights, meet the traders and share the history and secrets of the colourful marketplace. Relax with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a welcome reception and dinner at one of Adelaide’s newest restaurants, La Boca Bar and Grill.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Today travel to the Clare Valley for a wine tasting at Jesuit owned Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the region. Explore the picturesque grounds including St Aloysius Church and take a stroll through the vines before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. Pass the intriguing ruins of deserted pastoral leases and keep an eye out for mobs of emu on the plains as dusk draws near.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 3
Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Take a spectacular walk with your Travel Director to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. You're likely to see wild emus and kangaroos grazing along the riverbank. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass and historic Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre then venture to Cena on Chapel for a delicious dinner.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 4
Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit Woomera, then travel through salt lake country watching as the landscape changes as you near isolated Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital! Visit an underground church and home with a local guide and view an opal demonstration. Tonight enjoy dinner at Umberto’s Restaurant.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 5-6
Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas)

Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park to enjoy gourmet canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, '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.

Day 6: Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas)

See the Red Centre set alight by the morning's first rays of sunlight. After sunrise tour the base of Uluṟu. 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 Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa 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 Tjuṯa (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 Tjuṯa while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast both days

Day 7
Ayers Rock – 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 regions'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 marvelous 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.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 8-9
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs & Aboriginal Culture

Day 8: Kings Canyon – 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, first serving for 60 years 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 and was known as 'The Bungalow'. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs.

Day 9: Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Cultural Icon Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including the search for water and bush food 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.

'You're Invited' Dining Icon  This evening 'You're invited' by Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a 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!

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast and ‘You’re invited’ dinner

Day 10
Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations who 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.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 11
Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today you'll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing 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.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 12
Katherine – 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 from Mayse's Cafe! 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. Continue to Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views in the dusk light over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee!

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 13-14
Kakadu – Litchfield National Park and Darwin Included Choice

Day 13: Kakadu – Litchfield National Park

This morning, maybe take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land before you 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 you continue to Darwin. Why not take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea. Wow!

Day 14: Darwin Included Choice

Today choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option of taking  a cruise on the Adelaide River to see the renowned Jumping Crocs. You may like to take it easy and enjoy a bite for lunch at a waterfront restaurant or even visit Crocosaurus Cove to get up close to the saltwater crocodiles. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. 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).

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 13: Breakfast. Day 14: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 15
Farewell from Darwin

Bid your fellow travellers goodbye when your incredible trip comes to an end after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

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