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  • Uluru

    Uluru

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    Uluru sunrise

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    Adelaide City

  • Kings Canyon

    Kings Canyon

  • Flinders Ranges

    Flinders Ranges

  • Coober Pedy underground Home

    Coober Pedy underground Home


Tour code: NAA

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This journey takes you into the very heart of Australia. After a taste of urban life in leafy Adelaide, the ancient and awe-inspiring Flinders Ranges and Kings Canyon provide a dramatic introduction to the rugged landscapes of the continent’s interior – and the jewels in its crown, magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Close encounters with local people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, add an enriching layer to your Outback experience.

Itinerary

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

On arrival in Adelaide today, explore the major sights of the city before joining 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 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 spectacular Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. As you head to the Flinders Ranges, pass the 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
Wilpena Pound – Port Augusta

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 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 during 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. 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. 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 Mutiitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of its ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, 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 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). 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

Awe-inspiring Kings Canyon is your destination today. 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 spectacular natural formation whose sheer sandstone walls soar to a height of 100 metres. A 6km rim walk of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park: an easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is another option.

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 an appreciation for the 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 was one of twelve stations along the Overland Telegraph Line, which revolutionised communications on the island continent. Later, drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’.

Day 9: Alice Springs

Aboriginal cultureAfter breakfast, join an 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 iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening, join the Falzon family for Be My Guest a home-cooked BBQ dinner, and later listen as they share 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
Farewell from Alice Springs

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

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10 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Adelaide and returns to Alice Springs

Highlights

  • Take a tour through Adelaide Central Market with a local foodie
  • Wine Tasting at Sevenhill Cellars in the Clare Valley
  • Explore Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, watching for mob of emu along the way
  • Experience a unique underground church & home at Coober Pedy
  • Red Centre sunsets with nibbles and sparkling wine
  • Learn about indigenous culture at UluruAboriginal culture
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime 11km walk around the base of ‘The Rock’
  • Explore the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Meet the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary for a Be My Guest dinnerBe my guest dining experience

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 5 Dinners with wine

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 10   Flights to depart anytime from Alice Springs 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 – 10% saving

when you pay in full by 31 January 2018

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
 
Triple share   5% saving

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

 

Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

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

    Flinders Ranges

    • 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