Red Centre, Kakadu and Katherine Gorge

10 nights from £2,829 per person

Overview

If you’d love to explore the wild side of Australia, this 10-night escorted tour through the Outback is absolutely perfect for you. Starting with a trip to the iconic Uluru in the Red Centre, you’ll make your way north across the remote and less-trodden paths to see some unexpected and spectacular sights. Learn about Aboriginal history and lifestyle in the Outback as well as getting an up close look at Australia’s most captivating natural wonders (AA - NUAD).

Highlights:

  • Take in the glorious sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Walk through Kings Canyon
  • Learn about Aboriginal art and culture in Alice Springs
  • Take a dip in Mataranka’s thermal pools
  • Explore Litchfield National Park and see the Wangi Falls

Whats included?
  • Internal travel
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 10 breakfasts and 6 dinners
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Day 1

Uluru

Today you’ll arrive in Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). On arrival you will drive a short distance to dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where sparkling wine is served at a Welcome Reception whilst watching the sun set over the renowned natural landmark.

Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 2

Kata Tjuta

Early in the morning you’ll watch the sunrise over the incredible rock formation before taking a tour of the base of Uluru where you’ll learn about its history and the runs of flora and fauna that live there. Either take a self-guided walk around its 11km perimeter or a shorter guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. This afternoon’s journey will take you to the superb Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas), a series of 36 magnificent domes of orange-hued sedimentary rock. Enjoy another wonderful sunset in the outback.

Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 3

Kings Canyon

Today you’ll travel to Kings Canyon. On the way you’ll take in some fantastic sights including Kings Creek Station. Your lunch stop will be at Kings Creek Station, the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. When you arrive in Kings Canyon you’ll take a rim walk (6km) around the canyon which will allow you to enjoy fantastic views of Watarrka National Park. Alternatively, walk along the canyon creek bed for a tamer walk.

Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 4-5

Alice Springs

On day four you’ll head to Alice Springs across vast cattle properties - get a feel for just how expansive the outback is. You’ll also get the chance to see the historic Telegraph Station and enjoy a visit to Anzac Hill for lovely views.

On day five you’ll get to learn about the local Aboriginal culture with a guide at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Take visits to the Nocturnal House and the Royal Doctor Service. In the evening you’ll visit the Earth Sanctuary World Nature where you’ll have a delicious barbeque dinner complete with entertainment - a night to definitely remember!

Overnight Mercure Alice Springs Resort (Two breakfasts and one be my guest dinner included)

Day 6

Tennant Creek

Today you’ll stop off to see the is the School of the Air. Later travel north toward Tennant Creek stopping to view Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), an intriguing group of precariously balanced granite marbles. Your final destination of the day is the former gold mining town of Tennant Creek.

Overnight: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 7

Mataranka/Katherine

On day seven you will travel further north towards Katherine visiting the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing on to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal clear waters of the thermal springs is a must.

Overnight: Paraway Motel (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 8

Kakadu

Today you’ll cruise through Katherine Gorge to see the impressive wildlife and Aboriginal rock art. Afterwards you’ll head to Kakadu National Park where you’ll take a local cruise to Yellow Water Billabong where you can see amazing birdlife and freshwater crocodiles.

Overnight: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 9-10

Darwin

In the morning of day nine you’ll head north to Ubirr where you’ll climb up through rock art and will be treated to sensational views from the top - you may even recognise the location from the famous Crocodile Dundee film. Later you’ll arrive in Darwin where you have free time to explore the Mindil Beach Sunset Market where you'll enjoy a dinner watching the sunset over the Timor Sea or visit Crocosaurus Cove to explore at your leisure.

The next day you’ll travel out to the beautiful Litchfield National Park to see the wonderful Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole. Later you’ll return to Darwin and have a final dinner with your tour group on a sunset cruise in Darwin Harbour.

Overnight: Mantra on the Esplanade (Two breakfasts and one farewell dinner included)

Day 11

Depart Darwin

You’ll tour ends today after breakfast when you’ll be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight.

(Breakfast included)

  • Internal travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotels (10 nights)
  • 10 full buffet breakfasts and 6 dinners (4 with wine included)
  • Activities as listed above
  • Tour guide throughout, local guides

2020 Local Departure Dates: 18 Apr, 9 May, 23 May, 6 Jun, 27 Jun, 4 Jul, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 19 Sep, 3 Oct

There may be other departure dates depending upon demand - please enquire

We recommend you take...

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