Australian Outback Adventure

Australian Outback Adventure 2017

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide

This afternoon explore the sights of Adelaide then join a local food expert for a guided tour of the 140 year old Adelaide Central Market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, sample the culinary delights, meet the traders and share the history and secrets of the Market. Relax with your Tour Director at a welcome reception and dinner at one of Adelaide’s newest restaurants, La Boca Bar and Grill.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide. D

Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Today travel to the Clare Valley and sample local wines at the Jesuit owned Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the Clare Valley. Explore the fascinating grounds including St Aloysius Church and take a walk through the vineyards before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges. B D

Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Take a spectacular walk to Wilpena Pound, where you’ll likely see wild emus, their chicks and kangaroos along the riverbank before you travel through picturesque Pitchi Richi Pass to Port Augusta. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre then venture to Cena on Chapel for a delicious dinner.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta. B D

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit Woomera, then travel through salt lake country watching as the landscape changes as you near isolated Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital! Visit an underground church and home with a local guide and view an opal demonstration. Tonight enjoy dinner at Umberto’s Restaurant.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy. B D

Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park to enjoy complimentary wine and gourmet canapés as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

See the Red Centre set alight by the first rays of the sun. Tour the base of Uluru. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 10km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk with your Tour Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole to view Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the flora, fauna and Aboriginal history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn a little more about the region. This afternoon visit the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk into Walpa Gorge between two of the main domes at your own pace. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles. B

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’. Stop for a break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, it now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch? Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park where you’ll be able to see as far as the horizon and get a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor is also available.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon. B D

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Today we travel to Alice Springs. Visit School of the Air, a facility that provides education to those living in remote outback Australia who don’t have access to schools. Later visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs. 2 nights. B

Day 9: Aboriginal Culture

Learn about the life of the Arrernte people, including the search for water, bush food and kinship from an Aboriginal guide at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to Simpsons Gap, a prominent waterhole in the West MacDonnell Ranges. This evening join us on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. ‘You’re invited’ to a barbecue dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about their sustainable lifestyle. They may even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It’s sure to be a night you won’t forget, full of great outback hospitality. B YD

Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Your first stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Learn how this incredible facility operates to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at the interesting township of Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles). There’s time to walk around these precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. B D

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today we trek across vast outback stations. Visit the eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a cooling ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit the replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B D

Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu

Join your local guide on an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park and then continue into Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong with a local guide. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles and brolgas and with luck, you’ll see the feared estuarine crocodile basking in the muddy shallows.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B D

Day 13: Jabiru – Darwin

This morning, why not take an optional scenic flight over Kakadu? Travel to Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for rewarding views over the flood plains and escarpment country, a location you may recognise from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee. This afternoon travel to Darwin and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this tropical city on arrival.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights. B

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park. Your first stop is the amazing stand of Termite Mounds. Then travel to view Florence Falls from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls to take a relaxing dip in the large crystal clear pool at lunchtime. This evening join your Tour Director and new friends for a farewell dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area, and toast your Northern Territory outback adventure. B FD

Day 15: Farewell from Darwin

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight. B

Why not book an afternoon flight so that you have the morning to explore Darwin some more. Ask your Tour Director for some great tips.

 

Departures:

 

04 July 17 – Cost $5656.00pp – Twin Share

25 July 17 – Cost $5656.00pp – Twin Share

22 August 17 – Cost $5656.00pp – Twin Share

12 September 17 – Cost $5656.00pp – Twin Share

19 September 17 – Cost $5656.00pp – Twin Share

Ask about dates for rest of year

Departures are guaranteed

Conditions:

Deposit of $300.00pp is required 7days from confirmation
Balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

Highlights

  • Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
  • Wine Tasting in the Clare Valley
  • Hike to Wilpena Pound
  • Discover opals at Coober Pedy
  • Wine & canapés while watching the magnificent Uluru Sunset
  • Explore Kata Tjuta
  • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Discover the Devils Marbles
  • Enjoy a cooling ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub
  • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge and discover ancient rock art
  • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu
  • Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls
  • Sail Darwin Harbour on a dinner cruise

 

First Choice Holiday Inclusions

Transportation

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts,
    reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Guided

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions

  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (14) B
  • You’re Invited Dinner (1) YD
  • Dinners (8) D
  • Farewell Dinner (1) FD

Plus

  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Hotel porterage included

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1     Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Adelaide
Day 15   Flights to depart anytime from Darwin

Why not book an afternoon flight so that you have the morning to explore Darwin some more. Ask your Tour Director for some great tips.

Optional Experience:

Uluru barbecue

Tours are in co-operation with AAT Kings.

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