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  • Clare Valley, South Australia

    Clare Valley, South Australia

  •  Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

  • Mutitjulu, Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Mutitjulu, Uluru (Ayers Rock)

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Uluru (Ayers Rock)


Tour code: NAAD

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Discover the legendary Australian Outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End. The stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Itinerary

1 April 2018 - 31 October 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Adelaide

On arrival today, explore the major sights of the ‘City of Churches’. One of the few Australian cities to not have convict history, Adelaide was established in 1836 as a planned colony of free immigrants, promising civil liberties and freedom from religious persecution. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Meet the traders and share the history and secrets of this 140-year-old icon. This evening, relax with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Today travel to the rolling hills of the charmingly secluded Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest existing winery. Explore the picturesque grounds and St. Aloysius Church, and take a stroll through the vines before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the magnificent 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

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3
Wilpena Pound – Port Augusta

Take a walk with your Travel Director this morning to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound, where a wall of mountains almost completely encircles the gently-sloping interior of the formation. Journey through Pichi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn, known for its beautiful historic railway station. Your final destination today is Port Augusta, a natural harbour on the Spencer Gulf. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4
Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Today visit Woomera, an isolated experimental ground used for testing rockets throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Then travel through salt-lake country and observe the transformation to a stark, barren landscape as you near isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world because of the quantity of precious opals mined there. Coober Pedy is world renowned for its underground residences, called ‘dugouts’, which are built in this fashion due to the extreme daytime heat. View an opal demonstration with a local guide, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and a private residence.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 5 - 6
Coober Pedy – Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock

Cross the border into the Northern Territory today and continue to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Archaeological findings indicate that humans settled in the area more than 10,000 years ago. Uluru is sacred to the local Indigenous inhabitants and is thought to have begun forming around 550 million years ago. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set at Australia’s most renowned natural landmark and witness the spectacular phenomenon of the changing colours of the massive sandstone monolith.

Day 6: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

Aboriginal cultureRise early this morning to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided stroll around its eleven-kilometre perimeter, or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter, and you’ll also learn about the area’s flora and fauna and the culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu people. This afternoon’s journey takes you to superb Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock. The domes are thought to have originally been one huge piece of rock, much like Uluru, that has weathered over millions of years to an intriguing series of individual formations. Watch a magnificent sunset while you enjoy sparkling wine.

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

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast.

Day 7
Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

Leave Ayers Rock this morning to travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. 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 region’s remote communities. Continue to Kings Canyon, a deep, narrow valley cut into the Earth over millennia by running water. Its ancient red rock walls soar 100 metres above Kings Creek to a plateau of rocky domes. The Creek winds through the floor of the gorge, where there is also a permanent waterhole surrounded by lush plant life. Considered one of the best and most varied walks in central Australia, the 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 8 - 9
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling past seemingly-deserted cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the enormous magnitude of the Australian Outback. On arrival in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. It’s the original site of the rst European settlement in central Australia, and was one of twelve stations along the Overland Telegraph Line, which revolutionised communications on the island continent and connected Australia with the rest of the world. Later, drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’.

Day 9: Alice Springs

Aboriginal culture After breakfast this morning, join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People. In the Nocturnal House, learn about the endangered animals of the Red Centre. Then enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey show. Continue to the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility has provided emergency medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia since 1928. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest home-cooked barbecue dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Day 10
Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Before leaving Alice Springs this morning, visit the School of the Air to learn how children living in the vast Outback receive their education via radio and internet technology. Then travel north, stopping to visit Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), an intriguing series of precariously-balanced granite boulders. Later, settle into your accommodation at the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 11
Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today you’ll travel north, visiting the quirky Daly Waters Pub at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, where you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead used in the filming of the Australian classic ‘We of the Never Never’. A swim in the crystal-clear warm waters of Mataranka thermal springs under the dappled light of the paperbark and palm forest is a must-do for travellers. Journey on to Katherine for the night.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 12
Katherine – Kakadu

This morning, travel to Nitmiluk National Park, where a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge will allow you to sense the spirituality of the land while you catch glimpses of the abundant wildlife and learn about the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its stunning variety of birdlife including sea eagles, brolgas and tiny, brilliantly-hued kingfishers. You’ll also see estuarine crocodiles basking in the shallows and on the sandy banks.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

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

Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock-art sites. Walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, which affords magnificent views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments. Included ChoiceThis afternoon in Darwin, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner, visit Crocosaurus Cove or perhaps sit back and relax under the stars at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema, run by the Darwin Film Society during the Dry.

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park today, pausing to examine the amazing termite mounds that are aligned north-south to minimise exposure to the sun. Stop to view Florence Falls, a double-plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming-hole. Venture on to Wangi Falls for an opportunity to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Darwin Harbour Cruise Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights

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

Day 15
Farewell from Darwin

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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The Daly Waters Historic Pub

On day 11 of the Outback Adventure as you travel across the vast outback of northern Australia, you’ll visit the eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub. The location of the pub was once one of the few watering holes in the area, essential to survival in the Top End for explorers and cattle drivers alike. Daly Waters was also the site of the first international airport in Australia. The pub is renowned for its hospitality, great food and cold beer. You can view the interesting memorabilia that adorns the pub’s walls. Wherever you look, there’s something interesting to read or to ponder its origins.

Highlights

  • Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
  • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley
  • Explore Wilpena Pound
  • Discover opals at Coober Pedy
  • Sparkling wine while watching the magnificent Uluru sunset
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red CentreAboriginal culture
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Meet the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary for a Be My Guest dinnerBe my guest dining experience
  • Discover the Devils Marbles
  • Enjoy a refreshing ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub
  • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge & 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
  • Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise
  • Included Choice Experiences in DarwinIncluded Choice

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • 14 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 8 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

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 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
Day 15   Flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

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.

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2018

Early Payment Discount
Save up to $590pp
Pay by 31 Jan 2018   10% saving
Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
 
Kings Club   5% saving
 
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
 
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.

 

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Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA, 5000

    • Swimming Pool at Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    • Breakfast Area Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    • Stamford Plaza Adelaide Exterior
    • Stamford Plaza Adelaide Superior Room

    Overlooking either Adelaide's historic parklands or the CBD, the superior rooms offer recently refurbished decor, with a selection of bedding configurations, large work desks, excellent lighting, flat screen colour televisions, broadband internet, variety of cable channels and in-house movies.

    • Features
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Executive Desk
    • Marble bathroom with double vanity
    • In-room safe
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • Laundry/Valet service
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Coat stand
  • Wilpena Pound Resort
    Wilpena Road, Flinders Ranges Via Hawker, South Australia 5434

    • Wilpena Pound Resort - Aroona Room
    • Wilpena Pound Resort - pool
    • Wilpena Pound Resort - exterior
    • Wilpena Pound Resort - outdoor seating area

    Wilpena Pound Resort is spectacularly located within the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. Enjoy a haven of outback hospitality, stop and stay awhile as you soak up the incredible beauty of one of the earth’s oldest landscapes.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Air-conditioning
  • Majestic Oasis Apartments
    Marryatt Street, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700

    Port Augusta

    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Room
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Views
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Reception
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Room
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Exterior

    Majestic Oasis Apartments is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta, only 3 hours drive North of Adelaide in South Australia. The property comprises 75 self-contained serviced apartments.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • LCD TV
    • Austar
    • Wi-Fi
    • Guest Laundry
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Electric blankets
  • Desert Cave Hotel
    3 Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy, SA 5723

    Coober Pedy

    • Desert Cave Hotel - Front Exterior at dusk
    • Desert Cave Hotel - lobby area
    • Desert Cave Hotel - room
    • Desert Cave Hotel - underground bar
    • Desert Cave Hotel - underground room

    For the best in Outback Accommodation and Tours - an experience of a lifetime. The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy.

    • Features
    • Colour TV
    • In-house movies
    • Wi-Fi
    • Wireless Internet access
    • IDD Phones
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Room service
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872

    Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights

    • Reception at Desert Gardens
    • Arnguli Grill dining option at Desert Gardens
    • Superior Room at Desert Gardens
    • Swimming Pool at Desert Gardens

    Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Private veranda or courtyard
    • Heater
    • Hair dryer
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Mini Bar
    • In-room safe
    • In-house movies
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Kings Canyon Resort
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872

    • Kings Canyon Resort - Exterior
    • Kings Canyon Resort - Exterior
    • Kings Canyon Resort - Aerial

    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
  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort
    34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870

    2 nights

    • Barra on Todd Restaurant at Mercure Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Mercure Alice Springs Resort
    • Superior Room at Mercure Alice Springs Resort
    • Reception area at Mercure Alice Springs Resort

    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
    • Hair dryer
  • Bluestone Motor Inn
    1 Paterson St, Tennant Creek, NT 0860

    Tennant Creek

    • Anna's Restaurant at Bluestone Motor Inn
    • Exterior of Bluestone Motor Inn at Tennant Creek
    • Double room at Bluestone Motor Inn Tenant Creek
    • Swimming Pool at Bluestone Motor Inn Tenant Creek

    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
  • Paraway Motel
    9-9 O'Shea Terrace, Katherine NT

    Katherine

    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Standard Room
    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Street Exterior
    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Pool Area
    • Paraway Motel - Balcony Exterior

    The Paraway Motel is within walking distance to the town centre. Set in tropical gardens with a shaded pool, Paraway Motel is a great place to relax while on holiday or traveling for work.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Internet Access
    • Refrigerator
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Guest Laundry
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
    1 Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 0886

    Jabiru

    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Superior Room
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Aerial View
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Reception
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Gallery Area

    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
  • Mantra on the Esplanade
    88 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT 0800

    Darwin, 2 nights

    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Lobby
    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Exterior
    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Superior Room
    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Pool

    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