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Outback Explorer (Darwin to Ayers Rock)

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  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station

    Alice Springs Telegraph Station

  • Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

  • Uluṟu

    Uluṟu

  • Kings Canyon

    Kings Canyon


Tour code: NCDU
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Uncover the Northern Territory’s iconic desert scenery on a trip from Darwin to Uluru. As you travel the Stuart Highway, see how the landscape changes from tropical greens to rocky escarpments and desert reds.

Itinerary

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Darwin
Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

Welcome to Darwin! This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. See the mixture of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences including old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building. You'll also see for yourself some of the damage caused to the town during Cyclone Tracy of 1974. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin Waterfront.  

Day 2: Darwin Included Choice

Today choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option of visiting Crocosaurus Cove for an up close look at the Top End’s famous Saltwater Crocodiles or a cruise on Adelaide River to see the renowned Jumping Crocs. Or you may like to take it easy and enjoy a bite for lunch at a waterfront. 

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast

Day 3
Darwin - Kakadu

This morning travel to Litchfield National Park. You'll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole before you continue to Kakadu. Visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Driver Guide a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries' with art that dates back some 20,000 years.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 4
Kakadu - Katherine

The best time to see Kakadu is in the early morning when the landscape comes to life! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. Afterwards enjoy breakfast at Cooinda. Continue to Katherine via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie from Mayse’s café! Join a local guide on a serene afternoon cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 5
Katherine - Tennant Creek

Today you'll travel south to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the Outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a morning swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Continue to eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing ale at lunchtime and then end your day at the old gold mining town of Tennant Creek. 

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 6-7
Tennant Creek - Alice Springs
Day 6: Tennant Creek - Alice Springs

 This morning visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles). You'll have plenty of time to walk around the precariously balanced boulders. Next it’s on to the interesting township of Wycliffe Well for a short stop. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872. It first served as one of 12 stations positioned along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretches 3000km to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for Aboriginal Children, known as 'The Bungalow'. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs

Day 7: Alice Springs

Aboriginal Cultural IconLearn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including the search for water and bush food from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Next up stop at the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations that would otherwise have no access to public education. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush.
You're Invited Dining Icon This evening You're Invited by Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember! 

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Day 6: Breakfast. Day 7: Breakfast and 'You're invited' dinner

Day 8
Alice Springs - Kings Canyon

Today we journey to Kings Canyon. Travel across vast cattle properties and get a feel for just how expansive the Outback is. 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. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch? You don't want to miss out! Continue to Kings Canyon to take a guided walk with your Travel Director along the boulder-strewn canyon floor

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 9-10
Kings Canyon - Ayers Rock
Day 9: Kings Canyon - Ayers Rock

 Get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km sunrise rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park, where you’ll be able to see as far as the horizon and get a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. Now it’s off to Ayers Rock! On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia. On arrival, enter the dual world Heritage Listed National Park to enjoy gourmet canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip'. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned. 

Day 10: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

See the Red Centre set alight by the morning's first rays of sunlight. After sunrise visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek-bed between two of the main domes. After some free time to relax and freshen up, you’ll tour the base of Uluṟu. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 11km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk with your Travel Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. You'll also learn about the flora, fauna and cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu. Visit Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. 

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast both days

Day 11
Farewell from Ayers Rock

Today your holiday concludes after breakfast. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

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11 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Darwin and returns to Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

Highlights

  • Wine & canapés while watching the magnificent Uluru Sunset
  • Explore Kata Tjuta
  • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre Aboriginal Cultural Icon
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience
    at Earth Sanctuary You're Invited Dining Icon
  • Discover the Devils Marbles
  • Enjoy a refreshing ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub
  • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge and discover
    ancient rock art
  • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • View the rock art galleries at Nourlangie in Kakadu
  • Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (10)
  • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (4)

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 2pm into Darwin
Day 11   Flights to depart anytime from Ayers Rock

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera

Fitness Level

Moderate level of fitness required for walks at 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

Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $405
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $205
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $610
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $410
 
Triple share     Save up to $205
Kings Club     Save up to $205

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

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

    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
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
    1 Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 0886

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

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

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

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

    Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Chifley® Hotel Alice Springs 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
  • 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
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872

    • 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.

    Please Note: Desert Gardens is undergoing refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms and restaurant area. Completion of refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms will be May 2016 and the restaurant until March 2017.

    • 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