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15 Day Guided Vacation | Adelaide to Darwin

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Outback Adventure

15 Day Guided Vacation | Adelaide to Darwin

Outback Adventure

15 Day Guided Vacation | Adelaide to Darwin | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 30 Sep 2021

Outback Adventure

15 Day Guided Vacation

Adelaide to Darwin

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.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • An Uluru sunrise will set your soul alight
  • 10 local guides share the stories of their ancient lands
  • A natural paradise awaits on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • A trip through Australia’s outback will be unforgettable

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Local Connection

Visit an extraordinary, self- sufficient outback property powered by sun and wind, and explore the night skies with the family’s telescopes.

Insider Knowledge

Local experts take you through Adelaide Central Market, underground for opals, through vineyards, and into indigenous life in Kakadu.

Cultural Immersion

Delve into Aboriginal rock art as you walk through, under and around ancient sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie in Kakadu.

Sustainable Footprints

Your contribution to National Parks and Wildlife protects Australia’s wilderness including Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks.

On arrival today, explore the major sights of this picturesque city. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant 140-year-old Adelaide Central Market where you’ll meet the traders and sample some local culinary delights. Relax this evening at a Welcome Reception at Luna10 Bar, and dinner at Koomo Restaurant and Bar with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Today, drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at the historic Knappstein Enterprise Winery before stopping at the township of Clare for lunch. This afternoon your journey continues to Hawker, home of the Jeff Morgan Gallery where you’ll get to meet Jeff and experience his spectacular 30 metre panoramic painting of the Flinders Ranges! Your last stop for the day is at Wilpena Pound Resort, nestled in the shadows of this remarkable natural amphitheatre.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Take a walk with your Travel Director to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound. Journey through the historic town of Quorn to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through salt-lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you witness the sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark.

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

Rise early to experience a majestic Uluru sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole where your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Consider an optional experience and rise early to visit the soul-stirring art installation in the desert, the Field of Light, 50,000 frosted glass spheres of light in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and white. Travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. 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

Travelling past vast cattle properties, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station and learn how it relayed message between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People. Then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Hear from brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping at Wycliffe Well, where you need to keep your eye out for a UFO! Your next stop is just as intriguing – Karlu Karlu, an outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. You'll stay tonight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Call in to the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs is a must-do. Journey on to Katherine.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, for views over the surrounding wetlands. After an orientation on arrival in Darwin, the evening is free for you to explore.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the park’s amazing termite mounds. Stop to view Florence Falls, then venture on to Wangi Falls to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. Join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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

Enjoy a culturally-rich and inspiring escape at Crowne Plaza Adelaide with stunning views from the city’s tallest building in design-led rooms. Stay in the East End— Adelaide’s sweet spot— close to Lot Fourteen and Adelaide Botanic Garden with easy access to the casino, Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval.

    Features

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Porter / Bellman
  • Same-Day Dry Cleaning
  • Heated Outdoor Infinity Pool
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre
  • Level 10 Bar
  • Restaurant and In Room Dining
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
  • ISD/STD phone
  • Mini Bar
  • In-room safe
  • In-house movies
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
 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

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 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

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
 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

Overlooking the Darwin Esplanade and Darwin Harbour, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin is 2 km from Mindil Beach, 3 km from Darwin Convention Centre and 12 km from Darwin International Airport.

Features

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

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

  • 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
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • 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

Dining

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

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
  • Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

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