Outback Adventure

Discover the legendary Australian outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End. The stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park will provide memories to last a lifetime.


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15 Days from $6,840*pp, twin share

Adelaide to Darwin

What's included:

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers
    • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
    • Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

Why you'll love this trip:

  • An Uluru sunrise will set your soul alight
  • 10 local guides share the stories of their ancient lands
  • A natural paradise awaits on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • A trip through Australia’s outback will be unforgettable

Highlights:

  • Local Connection: Visit an extraordinary, self-sufficient outback property powered by sun and wind, and explore the night skies with the family’s telescopes.
  • Insider Knowledge: Local experts take you through Adelaide Central Market, underground for opals, through vineyards, and into indigenous life in Kakadu.
  • Cultural Immersion: Delve into Aboriginal rock art as you walk through, under and around ancient sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie in Kakadu.
  • Sustainable Footprints: Your contribution to National Parks and Wildlife protects Australia’s wilderness including Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks.

Tour Code: NAAD




Itinerary

Day 1: Adelaide

On arrival today, explore the major sights of this picturesque city. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant 140-year-old Adelaide Central Market where you’ll meet the traders and sample some local culinary delights. Relax this evening at a Welcome Reception at Luna10 Bar, and dinner at Koomo Restaurant and Bar with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Adelaide


Day 2: Adelaide – Wilpena Pound

Today, drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at the historic Knappstein Enterprise Winery before stopping at the township of Clare for lunch. This afternoon your journey continues to Hawker, home of the Jeff Morgan Gallery where you’ll get to meet Jeff and experience his spectacular 30 metre panoramic painting of the Flinders Ranges! Your last stop for the day is at Wilpena Pound Resort, nestled in the shadows of this remarkable natural amphitheatre.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort
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 the historic town of Quorn to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine


Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through salt-lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine


Day 5: Coober Pedy – Uluru

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you witness the sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 6: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

Rise early to experience a majestic Uluru sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole where your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 7: Uluru – Kings Canyon

Consider an optional experience and rise early to visit the soul-stirring art installation in the desert, the Field of Light, 50,000 frosted glass spheres of light in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and white. Travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. The 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed, and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling past vast cattle properties, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station and learn how it relayed message between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 9: Alice Springs

Join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People. Then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Hear from brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner


Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping at Wycliffe Well, where you need to keep your eye out for a UFO! Your next stop is just as intriguing – Karlu Karlu, an outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. You'll stay tonight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine


Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine

Call in to the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs is a must-do. Journey on to Katherine.

Hotel: Paraway Motel
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine


Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu National Park

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine



Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin

Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, for views over the surrounding wetlands. After an orientation on arrival in Darwin, the evening is free for you to explore.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the park’s amazing termite mounds. Stop to view Florence Falls, then venture on to Wangi Falls to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. Join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner


Day 15: Farewell from Darwin

Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast


*Terms and Conditions: Pricing correct as of 01 July 2021, available for new bookings only, per person, twin share. Valid for departures in 2021. Additional dates and pricing are available. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: AAT Kings