11D10N Outback Safari destination australia outback safari

From AUD 6,460 per person

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Local Connection
    Many Aussie kids live in such remote realms that they would have no access to education if it weren’t for the School of the Air. Watch a live class.
  • Insider Knowledge
    Aside from being jam-packed with fish, Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong boasts dramatic scenery. Cruise with a local guide – they know where the crocs hide.
  • Cultural Immersion
    Thirsty visitors have been leaving mementos on the walls of the Daly Waters Pub for 40+ years. Over a beer think about what you can contribute.
  • Sustainable Footprints
    Sleep soundly at Ayers Rock Resort knowing your stay is helping the Mutitjulu Foundation fund projects in health and education for Uluru’s Aboriginal communities.
  • Wildlife & Nature
    There’s nothing quite like cooling off under a waterfall, particularly when it drops from ridges shrouded in rainforest that drapes Litchfield National Park.
SALES VALIDITY Up to 28 February 2023
INCLUDE Accommodation on selected hotel, lead-in room category, twin sharing basis
Return airport transfers as per itinerary
Guided tours, exclusive experiences and adventures as per itinerary
Daily hotel breakfast and meals as per itinerary
All the essentials managed by in-the-know Travel Directors
MEALS INCLUDED
10 Full breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest dinner, 4 Dinners with wine, 1 Farewell Dinner

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Day 1 - Welcome to Uluru

Today is one of colours. The ochre soil spiked with cycads as you come into land. The endless blue sky. The russet hues of Uluru… And that’s all before the enchanting hour. Come sunset, the landscape changes with every click of your camera. If you can stop snapping, have a glass of bubbles and some nibbles with your fellow adventurers.

Hotel
Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock Resort, (2 nights)

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Day 2 - Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

If you’re looking for a reason to roll out of bed before dawn, make it an Uluru sunrise. We’re not saying it’s better than the sunset. But rising with the birds certainly has benefits. Like being cool when you tour the base of the world’s biggest monolith. A circumnavigation is 11 kilometres, if you’re up for it. Or you can join a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, a sacred spot decorated with millennia-old Aboriginal rock paintings. Dive even deeper into First Nations traditions at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Then wander through Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, with more bubbles to serenade the day’s end.

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Day 3 - Uluru – Kings Canyon

The only other reason to get up before dawn is to glimpse the Uluru Field of Light, a dazzling installation by British artist Bruce Munro that sees 50,000 stem-like globes blanket the Uluru soil. It’s optional – we won’t judge you for sleeping in, steeling yourself for today’s adventures. But if you’ve come this far, it would be a shame to opt for shut-eye over eye-popping. Speaking of which, did you know Australia has the largest population of wild camels in the world, and Kings Creek Station, your next stop, is the largest exporter of these doe-eyed creatures? From here, the land eases into Kings Canyon, part of the immense Watarrka National Park. Views over the Red Centre are perspective-resetting.

Hotel
Kings Canyon Resort.

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Day 4 - Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Cattle stations are the size of small nations in the NT outback, as you’ll discover on your journey toward Alice. The other ‘big’ thing in these parts is the MacDonnell Ranges, undulating across the red earth like a serpent’s spine. Back in 1872, Alice Springs was a hive of activity, as a Telegraph Station was built to connect Adelaide and Darwin as part of the Overland Telegraph Line. Sweat and tears went into the project, as you’ll discover browsing the grounds-cum-museum. If you thought you were getting out of a sunset, think again – panoramas from Anzac Hill steal the scene.

Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton, (2 nights).

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Day 5 - Alice Springs

In remote parts of Australia, community is everything, whether to ensure stories of the Arrernte people are not forgotten, or to help those who need help. The passionate Royal Flying Doctor Service health workers commute hundreds of kilometres to provide aid. Their stories are at once uplifting and inspiring. End the day on a high at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, where the Falzon family host a BBQ Be My Guest dinner under the stars. This is a lesson in off-the-grid, sustainable living. Let it inspire you to follow suit at home.

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Day 6 - Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

The whole of Peru covers 1.3 million square kilometres – the same size playing field that the School of the Air broadcasts daily classes to. Watch a live session with kids in some of Australia’s most remote reaches, providing them with educational tools otherwise unavailable. Not on the curriculum? Aliens, although you will learn all about them passing through Wycliffe Well, also known as Australia’s ‘UFO capital’. Undeniably otherworldly are the precariously balanced boulders that characterise Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) and the landscapes surrounding gold-rich Tennant Creek.

Hotel
Bluestone Motor Inn.

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Tennant Creek – Katherine

When you’re not working hard in the Australian outback, you’re having a lot of fun. Case in point the Daly Waters Historic Pub, where the food – schnitzels, burgers – comes second to the atmosphere. Follow the lead of those here before you and leave a memento to decorate the walls. If you were a fan of TV drama We of the Never Never, you’ll recognise your next destination: the (replica) Elsey Homestead in Mataranka. Explore, or soak in the palm-shrouded thermal springs.

Hotel
Contour.

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Day 8 - Katherine – Kakadu National Park

Cruising around Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge this morning is a humbling experience. You can almost feel the spirits yawning as they created this landscape on Jawoyn land, part of Nitmiluk National Park. A sprinkling of crocs, a flutter of rare birds. It takes your breath away. More wildlife lurks in Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong, which is a mecca for sea eagles, brolgas and little kingfishers.

Hotel:
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile, Jabiru.

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Day 9 - Kakadu – Darwin

The best way to grasp the immensity of Kakadu and Arnhem Land? From the air, should you wish to take an optional flight. You won’t regret it – perspective is always a good thing. Speaking of which, Ubirr’s Aboriginal rock art dates back an eye-watering 20,000+ years. If it looks familiar, that’s because it starred in classic Aussie movie, Crocodile Dundee. Get your Darwin bearings on a quick tour – we want to give you as much time as possible to enjoy a bite to eat at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton, (2 nights).

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Day 10 - Litchfield National Park

Think of today as dessert: the sweet finale to a decadent degustation. Travel deep into Litchfield National Park, pocked with 100-year-old, two-metre-high magnetic termite mounds. We’re not sticking around though – Florence and Wangi falls await. Change into your swimming costume and take a dip in the gem-like waterholes. Darwin can get steamy, but you’ll have wind in your sails as you cruise the harbour at sunset, enjoying one last toast to the NT.
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Day 11 - Farewell from Darwin

‘Ma Muk’ (‘See you later’), as the Larrakia people would say. This Dreamtime adventure is over for now, but we’re positive your memories will last forever.
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