Central Australia highlights including a scenic flight over lake Eyre, Claire Valley wine tastings, majestic featuring Flinders Ranges, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kakadu and Darwin
Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
|Start||Adelaide @ 08.00 am|
|Finish||Darwin @ 10.00 am|
On arrival in Adelaide you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps take a ride on Adelaide's historic tram from Victoria Square to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. This evening join your Tour Director for a welcome drink.
See the sights of Adelaide on an orientation tour before we make our way north to sample some of the local wines at Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the Clare Valley. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges, recognised as one of Australia's national landscapes, to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares.
Wilpena Pound Resort,
Flinders Ranges. B D
Explore Wilpena Pound and later journey through the Pitchi Richi Pass to Port Augusta. Spend time at the Wadlata Outback Centre, an interactive experience, the 'outback's tunnel of time'.
Majestic Oasis Apartments,
Port Augusta. B D
Stop at Woomera en route to isolated Coober Pedy, the opal capital! Here you'll visit an underground church and home.
Desert Cave Hotel,
Coober Pedy, 2 nights. B D
Board your flight for your half day adventure from Coober Pedy via Nilpinna Station and the Davenport Ranges to Lake Eyre, one of the world's largest inland lakes. View the southern part of Lake Eyre North where the water is deepest, and some of its islands and peninsulas. Marvel at the expanse of water within the outback desert, a phenomenon that occurs only once every 10 years. Call in at William Creek, one of the smallest towns in Australia, for a light refreshment. Re-board your flight and return via Anna Creek, the world's largest cattle station. On your way back to Coober Pedy you'll see the Anna Creek Painted Hills, a spectacular and recently discovered section of the pristine Breakaways country. B D
This morning cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine as the sunsets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.
Desert Gardens Hotel,
Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B
Rise early to view sunrise at Uluru. Join a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and stop at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Walpa Gorge. We'll take in the magnificent outback sunset while enjoying a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. B
Travel to Kings Canyon this morning. For the energetic, a guided climb to the canyon rim will be rewarded with magnificent views of Watarrka National Park. Or you may prefer to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor, an easier walk.
Kings Canyon Resort,
Kings Canyon. B D
Leaving Watarrka National Park behind, we travel through to Alice Springs. See the sights including the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Chifley Alice Springs Resort,
Alice Springs, 2 nights. B
This morning spend time with a local Aboriginal guide at the Alice Springs Desert Park and learn about the life of the Arrernte People, including bush food and the search for water. We learn about Australia's unique desert marsupials and reptiles. Later visit the historic Telegraph Station and Simpson's Gap, a prominent waterhole in the West MacDonnell Ranges, with its striking gorges and river red gum scenery. You are invited to join us on a discovery tour at the Earth Sanctuary Nature Centre near Alice Springs. After a barbecue dinner you'll hear from the Falzon brothers Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. They may even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. B D
Travelling north we arrive at mysterious Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). There is time to walk around these precariously balanced boulders. On arrival in Tennant Creek we join a local guide for a tour of the historic Battery Hill Precinct. Tour an underground mine and experience the life of an early miner. At the Battery Hill Mine Centre enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner.
Bluestone Motor Inn,
Tennant Creek. B D
Travel across vast outback stations. Visit the historic Daly Waters Hotel before continuing on to Mataranka, 'Land of the Never Never'. On arrival at Mataranka Homestead you can take time to visit the replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of 'We of the Never Never'. Alternatively, you may take the beautiful palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs. Travel on to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory, often described as the place 'where the outback meets the tropics'.
Katherine. B D
We join our local guide on an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. You have the opportunity to see wildlife and prolific birdlife. Our cruise through the gorge takes us past sheer sandstone walls and all manner of flora and fauna. We then continue deep into Kakadu National Park. Join a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. We should see a variety of bird life and with luck may see the feared estuarine crocodile basking in the muddy waters.
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn,
Jabiru. B D
We stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre. The displays here will take you on a journey through Kakadu's varied habitats and landscapes. Travel to Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. A climb to the top of Ubirr is rewarded with superb views of the surrounding wetlands and escarpment country. Later we travel to Darwin and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this tropical city on arrival, including Parliament House, Fannie Bay Gaol, the Botanic Gardens and a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art.
Darwin, 2 nights. B
We travel to Litchfield National Park. Our first stop is the amazing stand of Termite Mounds, architectural feats complete with arches, tunnels and nursery chambers. Then travel to view beautiful Florence Falls from a high vantage point before we visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the steep waterhole below. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear pool. A great day for taking many interesting photos! Return to Darwin this afternoon. Dine out this evening at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove. Enter the world of the awesome Northern Territory saltwater crocodile. See the largest display in the world of Australian reptiles, a two storey fresh water aquarium, a turtle sanctuary, as well as local Aboriginal art and culture displays. B HD
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight. B