Northern Territory Dreaming

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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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11 Days from $7,761 per person, twin share

Darwin to Alice Springs

Inclusions: 

  • Specialist highly experienced Driver Guide with specialist accreditation Kakadu National Park, Uluru National Park and Watarrka National Park 
  • Mixture of boutique, unique and 5 star hotels
  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 8 Dinners with wine
  • 21+ Unforgettable experiences
  • Airport transfers

Highlights:

  • Sunsets and champagne, a unique dining experience floating on the Katherine Gorge indulging in local produce dinner
  • Enjoy the fine dining at Cicada Lodge with the tones of the National Park
  • Look closely at the walls of Kata Tjuta to see the conglomerate rock make up on your Walpa Gorge walk
  • World Heritage listed Uluru Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks
  • Learn about rock art at Ubirr and Uluru 
  • Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise

Tour Code:  MNCR



Itinerary

Day 1: Litchfield National Park

Welcome to Darwin! This morning meet your Journey Director and board your luxury 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. After lunch you will travel back to Darwin where you will enjoy a waterfront welcome dinner with wine.

Stay: Hilton Hotel, Darwin

Meals Included: Dinner with wine



Day 2: Kakadu

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.

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. 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 Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine


Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

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. Then you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Director 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.

You will continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park through to the town of Katherine and further on to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Cool off from the heat of the day while enjoy a swim in the pool as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner.

Stay: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with wine


Day 4: Katherine Gorge

Today immerse yourself as you meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home!

You will enjoy lunch back on the deck of Cicada Lodge overlooking this natural surrounding before having a free afternoon to relax. This evening indulge n a special sunset dinner cruise along Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cook on board your boat.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner


Day 5: Katherine – Darwin

Enjoy a lay in or get up early to enjoy the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at the gorgeous Edith Falls the way for a relaxing dip and some lunch. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country.

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 their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town like Alice Springs. Immerse yourself in the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station precinct and learn about the overland telegraph line as you discover its historic buildings. Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a walk through the dramatic Simpsons Gap. Relish spectacular views across Alice Springs from Anzac Hill before some free time to explore the town or relax by your resort pool. Join your fellow guests at the Tali restaurant for Dinner.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

Now we're off the beaten track exploring along the 4WD Giles Track crossing driver river beds and outback landscapes to Kings Canyon Resort. The flickering glow of this evenings fire under the canopy of a starry southern hemisphere sky is the perfect accompaniment to your Under a Desert Moon highlight dinner. This degustation dinner with matching wines is the perfect indulgent end to the day.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner


Day 8: Kings Canyon – Uluru

Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on a sunrise 6km rim walk past the domed ‘Lost City' and down into the luscious ‘Garden of Eden'. Immerse yourself while visiting the Wanmarra Community with local Aboriginal people and learn about the Luritja and Pertame people’s spiritual connection to the land. Discover bush food and bush medicine used for spirituality and healing.

Wandering across desert landscapes leaving Kings Canyon behind and arriving for lunch at Curtin Springs Station, a vast farming property. Feel the stirring of something bigger than you as you arrive in Ayers Rock Resort, your launchpad to Australia's fiery heart in the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon, travelling to Uluru as the day fades, the outback sun bids a fiery farewell. This is the perfect backdrop for included sparkling sundowners while overlooking Uluru.

Stay: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 9: Uluru 

Observe the shifting lights of the impressive Field of Light art instillation as the desert awakens and the sunrise lights up across Uluru. Explore and learn about the spiritual connection the local Anangu caretakers have with the land. Skirt the red walls of Uluru, hear ancient tales and see rock art, then visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. Relax by the resort pool or take to the skies to see Uluru from above before an afternoon exploring Kata Tjuta for a walk through Walpa Gorge. The evening enjoy dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

Stay: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner



Day 10: Uluru - Alice Springs

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before traversing across the outback to Alice Springs. Enjoy some free time to wander around the town of Alice Springs. The Todd St Mall has cafes and many local indigenous art galleries to explore. Immerse yourself this afternoon and evening against the backdrop of the Outback at our open-air farewell bush BBQ dinner. Located off the beaten track in the heart of the East MacDonnell Ranges you will enjoy drinks as a bush balladeer sings some classic Australian Songs and shares stories of outback living. Indulge in local produce dinner with delicious prime steaks and as the Milky Way lights up the sky.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 11: Farewell from Alice Springs

Relax this morning as your journey comes to an end. You might choose to take an optional hot air balloon ride to experience the scenic landscapes of the outback before your journey comes to an end.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 7 March 2022. Save up to $600 per couple ($300 per person) on selected Inspiring Journeys itineraries. Offer valid for sale between Feb 14, 2022 – May 31, 2022, for select travel departures from Feb 14, 2022 – Mar 31, 2023. Not combinable with any other discount. Discounts are subject to availability, limited seats and offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. For new bookings only. Excludes group and charter bookings. Other standard booking conditions apply. Please quote NTWILDAWAITS at the time of booking. Updated Feb 14, 2022. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: Inspiring Journeys (AAT Kings)