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Outback Safari - Uluru to Darwin 2020 & 2021 departure

11 Day Guided Holiday

Discover the legendary Australian outback on a fascinating journey from through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End.

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About this holiday

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Experience quintessential Northern Territory landscapes on a thrilling road-trip from Uluru to Darwin. The grandeur of Uluru is unforgettable, and the opportunity to learn about the traditions of the local Indigenous people adds depth to your encounter. Travelling the Stuart Highway, you’ll witness the transition from desert reds to the rocky escarpments and lush greens of the tropical north.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Uncover outback locations, Devils Marbles & Wycliff Wells
  • Witness a magnificent Uluru sunset, sipping sparkling wine
  • Walk the path of adventure on Kings Canyon Rim
  • Cruise Katherine Gorge, learn about the culture of the Jawoyn

Inclusions

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Your tour includes:

  •  Quality accommodation
  •  Travel by luxury coach
  •  Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  •  Airport transfers (see FAQ below)

Tour Highlights:

  • LOCAL CONNECTION - Visit the School of the Air with a local expert to witness how children living in remote areas are educated.
  • INSIDER KNOWLEDGE - Local guides take you on a journey through Yellow Water Billabong to spot wildlife, including large crocodiles.
  • CULTURAL IMMERSION - Discover the culture of a real outback remote pub with a visit to Daly Waters Pub. Our shout!
  • SUSTAINABLE FOOTPRINTS - Your stay at Ayers Rock Resort contributes to the Mutitjulu Foundation, funding health and education projects for local Aboriginal communities.

Accommodation

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Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru
  • Kings Canyon Resort
  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  • Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek
  • Paraway Motel, Katherine
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
  • Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin

Travel dates

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Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Twin share - from $4925 per person / Solo - from $6145 per person

  • 03-13 Apr 2021
  • 17-27 Apr 2021
  • 01-11 May 2021
  • 15-25 May 2021
  • 28 May-08 Jun 2021

Twin share - from $5195 per person / Solo - from $6655 per person

  • 08-18 Aug 2020
  • 22 Aug-01 Sep 2020
  • 05-15 Sep 2020
  • 19 -29 Sep 2020
  • 03-13 Oct 2020
  • 12-22 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun-06 Jul 2021
  • 10-20 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul-03 Aug 2021
  • 07-17 Aug 2021
  • 21-31 Aug 2021
  • 04-14 Sep 2021
  • 18-28 Sep 2021
  • 02-12 Oct 2021

Don't want to pay the single supplement? Ask us how you can be matched with another traveller of the same gender!

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to learn more about this magnificent outback adventure.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Uluru

On arrival at Ayers Rock Resort you’ll meet your Travel Director and travelling companions. Drive the short distance to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, where sparkling wine is served at a Welcome Reception as you watch the sun set over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark. Witness the phenomenon of the changing colours on the massive sandstone monolith before returning to the comfort of your hotel for the night.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2 - Uluru Sunrise - Kata Thuta

Rise early to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise while sipping a warming cup of tea or coffee. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided walk around its 11km perimeter, or a shorter guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter and the culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu people. This afternoon’s journey takes you to superb Kata Tjuta, a series of 36 magnificent domes of orange-hued sedimentary rock, where you can toast the magnificent sunset with a glass of sparkling wine.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Uluru - Kings Canyon

Awe-inspiring Kings Canyon is your destination today. Stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station, the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia, and hear the intriguing story of owners Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities. Continue to Kings Canyon, a spectacular natural formation whose sheer sandstone walls soar to a height of over 100 metres. A 6km ‘rim walk’ around the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. An easier walk along the canyon’s boulder strewn creek bed is another option.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4 - Kings Canyon - Alice Springs

Travelling past vast cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation of the enormous magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station established in 1872, and drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Alice Springs

After breakfast this morning, join an Aboriginal guide to gain an insight into the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte people at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Later, at the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, you’ll learn how this iconic facility provides emergency medical assistance in the outback. This evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest home-cooked barbecue dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, and later listen as they speak of their passion for local ecology, astronomy and culture.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest dinner

Day 6 - Alice Springs - Tennant Creek

Before leaving Alice Springs this morning, visit the School of the Air to witness a classroom lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres to children living in remote locations. Then travel north, stopping to visit Karlu Karlu, an intriguing group of precariously-balanced granite boulders. Later, settle into your accommodation at the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 7 - Tennant Creek - Katherine

Travel further north, visiting 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. Tonight is spent in Katherine.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 - Katherine - Kakadu

This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park, where a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge will allow you to sense the spirituality of the land. Catch glimpses of the resident freshwater crocodiles and learn about the history and culture of the local traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Then, travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its stunning variety of birdlife including sea eagles, brolgas and tiny, brilliantly-hued kingfishers. You’ll also see estuarine crocodiles basking on the sandy banks.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 9 - Kakadu - Darwin Included Choice

Visit fascinating Ubirr with its superb Aboriginal rock art dating back over 20,000 years. Then, climb to the top of the rocky outcrop for majestic views over the floodplains and escarpment country. This afternoon in Darwin, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner, visit Crocosaurus Cove at your leisure, or perhaps sit back and relax under the stars at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema, run by the Darwin Film Society during the Dry.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the amazing termite mounds that dot the landscape. Then continue to Florence Falls, a double plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming hole. Venture on to Wangi Falls for the opportunity to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 11 - Farewell from Darwin

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Questions

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Flight Information:

  • Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Ayers Rock Airport
  •  Day 11 – Flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport

What to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  •  Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  •  Water bottle
  •  Warm layers in cooler months
  •  Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements:

  •  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.
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Fine print

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