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Northern Territory Explorer

11 Day Guided Vacation | Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Northern Territory Explorer

11 Day Guided Vacation | Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock) | Travel Period: 1 May 2021 – 31 Aug 2021

Northern Territory Explorer

11 Day Guided Vacation

Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Witness a magnificent Uluru sunset, and encounter a wide variety of wildlife in Kakadu that will delight nature lovers. Be inspired by Indigenous stories and culture, and enjoy a refreshing swim in the idyllic waters of Edith Falls.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Witnessing an Uluru sunset will set your soul alight
  • Wildlife encounters in Kakadu will delight nature lovers
  • Stories of Indigenous culture will inspire
  • A swim in the idyllic waters of Edith Falls will delight

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Flexible Vacations

Free time to explore the Top End capital of Darwin anyway that you want

Iconic Sites

Look out over the wetlands of Kakadu, marvel at the sheer cliffs of Katherine Gorge and soak up a sunset over Uluru

Time For You

Enjoy the serenity of Kakadu and enjoy your free time to relax and unwind

Sustainable Travel

Through visiting the local indigenous family owned and operated business

Arriving in the tropical Top End capital of Darwin, the weather and friendly locals will instantly make you feel at ease. The Darwin waterfront is the gathering place for locals and tourists, and this is where you will get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers, while enjoying some refreshing drinks and nibbles at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, 2 nights

Board your coach to discover Darwin’s fascinating attractions, including East Point Military Reserve and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. This afternoon you’re free to explore or relax. You could visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and the Bombing of Darwin experience or soak up the atmosphere and flavours of the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market, with over 200 unique stalls featuring food, arts and crafts.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Delve into indigenous culture when you connect with a local family-run authentic, Aboriginal culture and nature-based experience, next to a billabong. Discover local indigenous history and learn and understand the local customs and traditions of the Aboriginal people of the region. Afterwards, venture deep into Kakadu National Park stopping at the Bowali Visitor Centre, which reveals the history of the park.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Viewing Kakadu National Park by air is one of the best ways and this morning you could to take to the skies on an optional experience scenic flight. On your exploration of the National Park you’ll get up close to ancient Aboriginal rock art. Later, you’ll cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong in search of saltwater crocodiles and discover plant and bird life that call this region home. Finish the day watching the sun set over this spectacular World Heritage UNESCO site.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel through remarkable countryside from one National Park to another, arriving in Nitmiluk National Park in time to board your boat for the cruise the Katherine Gorge with a local guide. Experience the varied and ever-changing landscapes, from dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches to pandanus-lined channels. Keep an eye out for the small freshwater crocodile while you hear stories of how this spectacular gorge was formed.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Around an hour out of Katherine, you’ll visit Elsey Homestead Replica, used in the filming of a famous story about outback life, ‘We of the Never Never’. This stop is also home to the famous Mataranka thermal hot springs. Head down the palm lined walkway for a refreshing swim. When you think of an outback pub, the Daly Waters Historic Pub is probably what you imagine. The words rustic and eclectic best describe this interesting watering hole, as we divert off the Stuart Highway to check it out.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Tennant Creek, you’ll see some amazing and everchanging country. Travelling the highway along a straight section of road, Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) comes into sight. Seeing these massive granite boulders standing in the middle of nowhere is fascinating. Stretch your legs and wander through and around the boulders and discover the Dreamtime story of the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. On arrival in Alice Springs we drive up to Anzac Hill to view the memorial, and panoramas of Alice Springs and the East & West MacDonnell Ranges, before heading for your hotel.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning is free so you may choose to rest as this outback town awakens or rise early and take an optional experience ride in a hot air balloon as the desert awakens. Or perhaps explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a half day guided tour. This afternoon, join your Travel Director to tour the town of Alice Springs, visiting the historic Telegraph Station and the School of the Air to gain an insight into the outback and remote learning.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Learn about local Aboriginal culture this morning before heading west to Uluru. As you venture into the National Park for the first time you will be amazed by the sheer scale of Uluru and then the natural wonder of watching the sun set across it. The changing colours on the rock are spectacular and there is nothing better than toasting to it with a glass of sparkling wine.

Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

It might still be dark but getting out of bed for sunrise over Uluru is worth it. Holding a freshly made tea or coffee as the sun rises and creeps across the face of Uluru is awe-inspiring. Your Travel Director will show you around the base of Uluru and then take you on some short walks, where you will discover the connection and culture of the local Anangu people that makes this place so special. This afternoon is free for you to relax by the resort pool or you may like to view Uluru from the air on an optional experience scenic helicopter flight. Or perhaps cruise around it on the back of a Harley! This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers, recounting the amazing experiences you’ve had exploring the Northern Territory.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

This morning you may consider rising early for the optional experience once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light installation, and then join your fellow travellers for breakfast before your exploration of the Northern Territory comes to an end.

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

Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of pubs and night clubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT.

No matter how you spend your day, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is the perfect place to retreat to. Dive into the refreshing waters of the pool, enjoy some delicious cuisine or a refreshing drink in Curve Restaurant + Bar, or withdraw to your private, comfortable hotel room.

    Features

  • Broadband and wireless internet access available (at additional cost)
  • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • In-room safe
  • Security peephole
  • Hairdryer
  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Manual temperature control
  • Work desk with lamp
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Flat Screen TV
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
 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

Ibis Styles Katherine is situated near Katharine town centre, and offers affordable, comfortable accommodation for intrepid travellers.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Gym facilities
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Bluestone Motor Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse nature and culture of the Australian outback. 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.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Colour TV
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Outback Pioneer Hotel provides comfortable, clean accommodation for the traveller who is simply looking for somewhere to rest between their outback adventures.

Standard Rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature one queen and one single bed. All rooms have private en suite, television and movies on demand.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-house movies
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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

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

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Medium Level of Fitness Required

Dining

  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Darwin Airport
  • Day 11 – flights to depart anytime from Ayers Rock Airport
  • Flights are not included in the holiday price.

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