Central Australian Discovery

Save up to $1,200 per couple*

This adventure is jam-packed with moments that you'll want to re-live again and again. Moments like soaring over the mysterious Lost City on a scenic flight and dining overlooking Uluru as darkness falls and the Field of Light comes to life.


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15 Days from $9,495* per person

Inclusions:

  • Experiences in 17 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 41 meals
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • Enjoy a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and keep an eye out for crocodiles
  • Board a scenic flight over the Lost City, a series of large sandstone outcrops
  • Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and take in spectacular views
  • Experience the incredible ‘Night at Field of Light’ at Uluru
  • View the salt flats of the largest inland lake in Australia, Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre



Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Darwin

Be met on arrival in Darwin and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a relaxed welcome dinner.

Stay: Hilton Darwin

Daily : Dinner


Day 2: Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Mataranka

Head towards the remote township of Katherine and enjoy a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, marveling at the winding network of gorges carved from centuries-old sandstone. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles and birdlife along the way. Later, discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people.

Stay: Mataranka, Territory Manor

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: Mataranka, Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Unwind in the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, said to have healing properties for aches and pains. Afterwards, travel to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a one million-acre working cattle station that stretches all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Stay: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, Lost City, Barkly

Board a scenic flight over the Lost City, a series of large sandstone outcrops that evokes the remains of an ancient civilisation. After, enjoy lunch at the iconic Heartbreak Hotel.

Stay: Barkly Homestead

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), Alice Springs

Venture to Alice Springs via Tennant Creek. Along the way, stop at Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). A living cultural landscape, nearly the entire reserve is a registered sacred site.

Stay: Two Nights, Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 6: Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges

Explore Simpsons Gap, which pierces the West MacDonnell Ranges. This sacred area is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Indigenous people, where several Dreamtime stories have said to take place. Continue to the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, whose landscapes played a significant role in the stories of Western Arrernte Indigenous culture. At Angkerle (Standley Chasm), follow a creek where spring-fed pools attract a variety of unique birdlife. Afterwards, visit Ormiston Gorge, home to a variety of unique species. Later, take the afternoon to unwind.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: Mereenie Loop Road, Kings Canyon

Travel to Hermannsberg and visit the Namatjira School of Art, where you can view authentic art pieces. Afterwards, travel to Gosses Bluff crater, before heading off-road along the Mereenie Loop Road. Take in the outback scenes as you travel to Kings Canyon.

Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Kings Canyon, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. On this challenging hike, venture around the rim of the canyon’s incredible sandstone walls, then after reaching the lookout, marvel at the canyon itself. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, featuring a waterhole and riverine vegetation.

Journey into the heart of Watarrka National Park today, where unspoiled bush and red rock canyons create an amazing experience. The Luritja people have called Watarrka National Park home for more than 20,000 years. After lunch, head inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), consisting of 36 domes that form deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. Explore Walpa Gorge before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.

Stay: Two Nights, Uluru, Sails in the Desert

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

At sunrise, embark on a base tour of Uluru, learning stories from the Dreamtime while you explore this icon.

This evening, experience ‘A Night at Field of Light’. Indulge in a Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars. Savour a glass of sparkling before helping yourself to a ‘bush tucker’ inspired buffet accompanied by the music of a didgeridoo. At the same time, immerse yourself in the spectacular Field of Light art installation.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Coober Pedy

Cross into South Australia and arrive in the outback town of Coober Pedy. Visit the Umoona Opal Mine, where you'll get an insight into Indigenous and European settlement in the area, as well as learning about how opals are mined.

Stay: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Oodnadatta Track, Marree

Today you will journey along the Oodnadatta Track, pausing at William Creek for lunch. Perhaps board a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. Take to the skies and gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder from above (own expense). Afterwards, drive to the edge of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre and look out over the seemingly endless salt flats. Later, arrive at the small town of Marree.

Stay: Marree Hotel

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

On the way to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel. Arrive at the national park, which is a cultural site renowned for its 800-million-year-old landscapes. Explore Wilpena Pound, cradled within a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Continue to your accommodation, set amongst river red gums and native pines. Enjoy dinner before relaxing on your deck overlooking the bush.

Stay: Two Nights, Wilpena Pound, Ikara Safari Camp

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

A full day has been set aside for you to explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in more depth. Visit Brachina Gorge and keep an eye out for the endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby as you traverse the gorge’s ancient layers. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound (own expense).

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14: Clare Valley, Adelaide

Farewell Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you make your way through the wine-growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery, showcasing the locally grown produce and wines of the region. Arrive in Adelaide and toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner.

Stay: Adelaide, The Playford Hotel

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 15: Depart Adelaide

After breakfast, farewell your new-found friends and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily : Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Book by 31 Dec 2020. Offer valid when booking GOCY11, GODA15, GODA15R, GOSA11, GOSAK13R, GOCK12, GOCK12R departing in April - September and 2021. A non-refundable deposit of $1500 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tours departure date. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information correct as at 7 July 2020 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: APT