Northern Territory Dreaming

Be immersed into the very heartland of Australia and experience its most sacred landscapes, bountiful National Parks and thundering waterfalls. Discover the Top End’s striking landscape then journey to the magical Red Centre, seeing iconic Uluru, the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta, and windswept Walpa Gorge.


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10 Days from $6,498 per person twin share

Explore Northern Territory's striking landscapes and meet the descendants of Aboriginal people who have lived here for 65,000 years.

Inclusions:

  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke 4WD vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • A maximum of 22 guests to share your journey
  • Expert Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Sustainable Travel Kit, including refillable water bottle and backpack
  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
  • Airport transfers
    • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
    • Day 6: Darwin to Alice Springs: QF1958 (required internal flight to be purchased, not included in the price)
    • Day 10: Flights to depart anytime from Ayers Rock Airport

Highlights:

  • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park
  • Uncover the Mary River on a safari cruise
  • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) 
  • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
  • Learn about rock art at Ubirr and Uluru 
  • Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Swim at Gunlom Falls and Wangi Falls

Tour Code:  MNCR



Itinerary

Day 1:  Darwin – Kakadu

Your epic Top End adventure begins in the tropical northern city of Darwin. Join your Journey Director and board your bespoke touring vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll visit tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also enjoy a swim to cool off at Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch.

Get ready for a cross-country journey into the magnificent Kakadu National Park. Keep your eyes open for Crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and Jabiru as you traverse along the long grasses of the marshes and wetlands. Kakadu really is a diverse UNESCO world heritage site. This afternoon check into the renowned Crocodile Hotel in the town of Jabiru and enjoy the wonderful Aboriginal Art Gallery within the hotel before getting to know your fellow travellers over dinner with wine.

Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru, 2 nights

Meals Included: Lunch, dinner with wine



Day 2: Kakadu

This morning there’s a chance to take to the air an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. One of the best ways to experience the enormity of this wonderful National Park as well as the diversity from waterfalls and billabongs to flood plains and wildlife. Join your Journey Director on a walk at Kakadu’s stunning Ubirr rock art site. You'll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout.

After lunch the famous Yellow Waters Billabong boat cruise will be a highlight of your journey. You will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system. Returning to your hotel you will have the chance to relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before enjoying a delicious dinner with wine.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine


Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

Venture to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people. Hear from your Journey Director a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries’, dating back 20,000 years. Continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu to the town of Katherine and further on into Nitmiluk National Park. This evening indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning ecolodge surrounded by nature.

Stay: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, 2 nights

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine


Day 4: Katherine Gorge

This morning meet Dalabon didgeridoo expert Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Hear about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk (cross-hatch) painting. Later, board a special dinner cruise on Katherine Gorge and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience


Day 5: Katherine – Darwin

Emerge from the wilderness to journey north along the Stuart Highway on your return to Darwin, stopping to cool off in the cascading and clear waters of majestic Edith Falls. Later, visit the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery.

Stay: Hilton Darwin

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Darwin – Alice Springs

After a morning flight to Alice Springs your Central Australia Journey Director will share with you their take on what life is like in such an isolated town as Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station, site of the first European settlement in the town. Then the stunning landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges take centre stage, as you embark on a walk through Simpsons Gap. This evening, join your Alice Springs family hosts for a Local Dining Experience barbecue dinner around a campfire, as the Milky Way lights up the sky.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience


Day 7: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

Now we’re off the beaten track exploring the 4WD Giles Track, crossing dry river beds and outback landscapes to Kings Canyon Resort. Another unique Local Dining Experience, Under a Desert Moon, awaits you this evening. The flickering glow of the fire is the perfect accompaniment to sparkling wine and canapés followed by dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian outback.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience


Day 8: Kings Canyon – Uluru

Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on a six-kilometre rim walk past the domed ‘Lost City’ and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt to set off on a two-kilometre stroll along the boulderstrewn canyon creek bed that leads to impressive views of the canyon rim. Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture on a visit to the Wanmarra Aboriginal Community and learn about the Luritja and Pertame people’s spiritual connection to the land. Discover bush food and medicine used for spirituality and healing.

Leaving Kings Canyon behind travel across desert landscapes to Curtin Springs Station, a vast farming property, for lunch. Afterwards, arrive at Ayers Rock Resort, your launchpad to Australia’s heart, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This evening, watch as the outback sun bids a fiery farewell, the perfect backdrop for sparkling sundowners at Uluru.

Stay: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch



Day 9: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Observe the shifting lights of the impressive Field of Light art installation as the desert awakens and the sunrise lights up across Uluru. Then you’re off to explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and learn about the spiritual connection the local Anangu caretakers have with the land. Skirt the red walls of Uluru, hear timeless stories, view spectacular rock art, and visit the culturally significant Mutitjulu Waterhole. Experience the magnificence of the 36 red conglomerate rock domes that form Kata Tjuta and join your Journey Director for a guided walk through the immense Walpa Gorge. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner


Day 10: Farewell from Uluru

This morning after breakfast your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you’ll be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 7 July 2021. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 December 2021. Beyond 31 December 2021 dates and itineraries are indicative only. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to availability and can change at any time without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: Inspiring Journeys (AAT Kings)