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Northern Territory Dreaming

10 Day Inspiring Journey | Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Northern Territory Dreaming

10 Day Inspiring Journey | Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock) | Travel Period: 1 May 2020 – 30 Sep 2020

Northern Territory Dreaming

10 Day Inspiring Journey

Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Be immersed into the very heartland of Australia and experience its most sacred landscapes, bountiful National Parks and thundering waterfalls. Discover the Top End’s striking landscape then journey to the magical Red Centre, seeing iconic Uluru, the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta, and windswept Walpa Gorge.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Swimming in Gunlom Falls crystal clear plunge pool
  • Works of Indigenous artist, Manuel Pamkal
  • An Uluru sunrise and sunset
  • The ancient Northern Territory in depth

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Discover

Discover World Heritage listed Kakadu & Litchfield National parks, and wander through the fascinating Angkerle (Standley Chasm).

Explore

Explore spectacular Kings Canyon on the six kilometre Rim Walk, and embark on a safari cruise exploring thriving Mary River Wetlands.

Immerse

Learn the fine art of ‘rarrk’ painting, and enjoy a sunset walk at the rock art galleries in Ubirr.

Relax

Take a refreshing dip at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu, and unwind on an indulgent Katherine Gorge dinner cruise.

Your epic Top End adventure begins in the tropical northern city of Darwin. Join your Journey Director and board your bespoke 4WD vehicle to experience stunning Litchfield National Park before embarking on a cross-country journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight, stay in private, permanent safari tents to really connect with your destination nestled deep in the bush. Join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés, followed by dinner.

Please note: As this journey departs at 7.30am from Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin, accommodation will need to be prebooked for the previous night.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner with wine

Wake up to the sounds of local wildlife and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll take a cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters such as jabiru and brolga. Next, journey into the tropical depths of iconic world heritage and Ramsar listed Kakadu National Park, enjoying a sunset walk at the rock-art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun set over the lush Kakadu floodplains.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day, or take to the skies on an optional experience early-morning flight over Kakadu before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people. Continue cross-country to Gunlom Falls, where a short hike to the summit is rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Enjoy lunch in the shade of rustling gum trees before driving on to tonight’s five-star eco-lodge accommodation.

Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

This morning meet Dalabon didgeridoo expert Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Hear about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk (cross-hatch) painting. Later, board a special dinner cruise on Katherine Gorge and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

Emerge from the wilderness to journey north along the Stuart Highway on your return to Darwin, stopping to cool off in the cascading and clear waters of majestic Edith Falls. Later, visit the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After a morning flight to Alice Springs there’s free time before meeting your Red Centre Journey Director and group of fellow travellers. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides vital medical assistance to outback inhabitants. Nearby, call into the School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. This evening, join your Alice Springs family hosts for a Local Dining Experience barbecue dinner around a campfire, as the Milky Way lights up the sky.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station, site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Then the stunning landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges take centre stage, as you embark on a walk through Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). The deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the lush green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

En route to Kings Canyon you’ll travel off-road along the 4WD Mereenie Loop Road passing Tylers Lookout and Gosses Bluff. Another unique Local Dining Experience, Under a Desert Moon, awaits you this evening. The flickering glow of the fire is the perfect accompaniment to sparkling wine and canapés followed by dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian outback.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on a six-kilometre rim walk past the domed ‘Lost City’ and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. Now you’re bound for Uluru. On the way visit Curtin Springs Station, home to the Severin family since 1956. Kick back in true Aussie-style at a barbecue lunch while hearing from one of the locals about the Severin’s and gain an insight into the cattle rearing heritage. Afterwards, enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and experience the magnificence of the 36 red conglomerate rock domes that form Kata Tjuta, and joining your Journey Director for a guided walk through the immense Walpa Gorge. Later, witness the changing colours as the sun sets over Uluru, then join your Journey Director for a Celebration Dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Celebration Dinner

Experience a majestic sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the sunrise viewing area. From here it’s off to the UluruKata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. At the base of Uluru hear timeless stories, view spectacular rock art, and visit the culturallysignificant Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the late morning, when your Inspiring Journey comes to an end, you’ll be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia’s breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring all the modern comforts of great accommodation.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Ceiling fan
  • Linen
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Patio
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.

    Features

  • Bathtub and shower
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Ensuite
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Cicada Lodge opened in 2013 and delivers the highest standards of non-intrusive, world-class service in a modern architect-designed lodge.

The Lodge is elegantly furnished in a contemporary, sophisticated style fusing international, modern Australian and Indigenous design elements.

 

    Features

  • Room service
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Air-conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Bathrobe
  • Satellite TV
  • Private balcony
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Mantra on the Esplanade offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin’s CBD. The property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset. 

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Phone
  • Internet Access
  • LCD TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

    Features

  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini Bar
  • 26” LCD flat screen with Austar
  • In-house movies
  • In-room safe
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Retreat to the luxury of Kings Canyon Resort after an active day of hiking through the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park. The sensitively designed property is located in Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon. Naturally, the Kings Canyon Resort has been built to blend in harmoniously with the surround.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Insect screens
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Blankets
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, the hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a luxurious outback holiday experience.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites.

Please Note: There will be refurbishments between 25 Jan - 26 Jun 2019, and 4 Nov 2019 - 30 Jun 2020. Sails in the Desert will be working to ensure there is minimal disturbance and impact to its operation and guests.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Private balcony, terrace or veranda
  • Mini Bar
  • LCD HD TV
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-room safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • High speed cable internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobe
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness required
  • The walk to the top of Gunlom Falls is difficult in nature and may not be suitable for all guests. There is an easier walk with plunge pool access available as an alternative.
  • Good level of fitness required for the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Low to moderate level of fitness required for the Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk.

Dining

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 8 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 3 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • Day 10 – flights to depart after 1.00pm from Ayers Rock Airport
  • Internal-holiday flight required to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary:
  • Day 6 – Darwin to Alice Springs

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