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    Kings Canyon

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    Uluṟu

  • Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station

    Alice Springs Telegraph Station

  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

  • Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

  • Ubirr Rock Art

    Ubirr Rock Art


Tour code: NUAD

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Uncover the Northern Territory’s iconic desert scenery on a trip from Uluru to Darwin. You’ll be amazed when you see Uluru for the first time and feel the aura that radiates from this sacred place. Learning about the traditions and customs of the local Anangu people is a real highlight of this holiday. Travelling north along the Stuart Highway through the outback towns of Alice Springs and Katherine and on to Darwin, you’ll see how much the landscape changes across the state from desert reds and flat plains to rocky escarpments and tropical greens. This is a holiday you’ll never forget. 

Itinerary

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas)
Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock

On arrival in Ayers Rock you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and travel to to Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park and toast the beginning of your trip and the spectacular sunset with gourmet canapés and wine at the '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. Don't forget your camera!

Day 2: Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas)

Travel to the Uluṟu sunrise viewing area, Talinguṟu Nyakunytjaku, to see the Red Centre set alight by the first rays of the sun. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as the colours of Uluṟu gradually change with the sun rising over the horizon. Tour the base of Uluru where you will be introduced to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 10km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you'll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. Visit the Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre where you'll have time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art or craft and learn a little more about the Western Desert region. This afternoon visit the dramatic domes of Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuṯa. Afterwards, take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuṯa with sparkling wine and nibbles.

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

Included Meals: Day 2: Breakfast

Day 3
Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’ and 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 regions's remote communities. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch, you don't want to miss out! Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km 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. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor is also available.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 4-5
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs & Aboriginal Culture
Day 4: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Today we journey to Alice Springs. travel across vast cattle properties and get a real feel for just how expansive the Outback is. 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. The station 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 5: Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Cultural Icon Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including their 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. 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 their home, 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, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast. Day 5: Breakfast and 'You're invited' dinner

Day 6
Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations who would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at the interesting township of Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles), where you'll have time to walk around these precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 7
Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today you'll travel north and visit the eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing beer at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit the 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 swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine for the night.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 8
Katherine – Kakadu

Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of the first two gorges to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn people and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie along the way! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagle, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You'll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. Continue to Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views in the dusk light over the flood plains and escarpment country, a location you may recognise from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee. 

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 9-10
Kakadu – Litchfield & Darwin Included Choice
Day 9: Kakadu – Litchfield National Park

This morning, maybe take an optional scenic flight over Kakadu before you travel to Litchfield National Park. You'll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous waterfall from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear pool before you continue to Darwin. Why not take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea. Wow!

Day 10: Darwin Included Choice

Today choice from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option of taking a cruise on Adelaide River to see the renowned Jumping Crocs. You may like to take it easy and enjoy a bite for lunch at a waterfront restaurant or even visit Crocosaurus Cove. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area – it’s time to celebrate your Northern Territory Outback Safari (cruise is seasonal).

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 9: Breakfast. Day 10: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 11
Farewell from Darwin

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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11 Day Guided Vacation

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

Don't Miss

Mt. Ebenezer Art

On this holiday you’ll visit Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse. Located on Aboriginal land between Uluru and Alice Springs, it’s owned and run by the Imanpa community. The building houses a gallery as an outlet for artworks produced by members of the community and showcases paintings, traditional wood carvings as well as jewellery fashioned out of native nuts and seeds! It doesn’t get more authentic than this!

Highlights

  • Wine & canapés while watching the awesome Uluru Sunset
  • Discover the sacred sites, rock art & waterholes of Uluru
  • Explore the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Learn about indigenous culture and native wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park Aboriginal Cultural Icon
  • Walk to Simpsons Gap
  • Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary You're Invited Dining Icon
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Discover the Devils Marbles
  • Enjoy a cooling ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub
  • Soak & relax at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge and discover ancient rock art
  • Discover teeming wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu
  • Swim beneath Litchfield’s Wangi Falls
  • Savour a glass of wine while the sun sets on a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Included Choice Experiences

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (10) 
  • 'You're invited' dinner (1) 
  • Dinners with wine (4) 
  • Farewell Dinner (1)

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 3.00pm
into Ayers Rock
Day 11   Flights to depart anytime from Darwin

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 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:

  • 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.

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

    2 nights.

    • 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
  • 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

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Camel to Sunrise (Ayers Rock)

$129 adult

Camel to Sunrise

A peaceful one hour camel ride through stunning sand dune country with the awe inspiring back drop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Watch as the rising sun lights up Uluru and the surrounding plains.

Camel Express (Ayers Rock)

$80 adult

Camel Express

Catch the Camel Train and enjoy a 45 minute ride on our good natured camels through classic Central Australian desert landscape with spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights (Ayers Rock)

Prices starting from $150 for 15min Helicopter Flight

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Ask your Travel Director for further details on other available flights and prices.

Uluru Motocycle Tours (Ayers Rock)

Prices starting from $119 for 30min Harley Ride. *Subject to availability.

Uluru Motocycle Tours

Uluru Barbecue Dinner (Ayers Rock)

$136 adult

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy a unique and exclusive dining experience with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. There’s sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic barbecue of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns, as well as a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s even time for stargazing.

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights (Kings Canyon)

Prices starting from $95 for 8min Helicopter Flight

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights

Outback Ballooning (Alice Springs)

$265 adult - 30 Minute Flight + $30 flight levy
$360 adult - 60 Minute Flight + $30 flight levy

Outback Ballooning

Your adventure begins with the balloons being inflated just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Whilst floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness, scenery and wildlife of the Australian outback. The tour includes your return transfers and light refreshments. Please note this excursion is not recommended for the elderly or a less agile person. If you are unsure, please discuss your situation directly with Outback Ballooning. Note: Flights do not operate when weather does not permit safe flying.

Kakadu National Park - 30min Fixed Wing Scenic Flight (Kakadu)

$150 adult

Kakadu National Park - 30min Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Tour Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2016. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.