Premium Outback Panorama tour visits Ayers Rock, The Olgas, Kings Canyon and Kakadu National Park over 11 spectacular scenic days
Sat 04 Apr 2015
Sat 02 May 2015
Sat 30 May 2015
Sat 20 Jun 2015
|Vehicle||Premium Coach Touring|
|Start||Ayers Rock @ 10.00 am|
|Finish||Darwin @ 10.00 am|
On arrival in Ayers Rock you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions this afternoon and travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and 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. Don't forget your camera!
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.
Travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, to see the Red Centre set alight by the first rays of the sun. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as the colours of Uluru gradually change with the sun rising over the horizon. Tour the base of Uluru where you will be introduced to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. Enjoy a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the flora and fauna and Aboriginal history of the area. Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to read the Tjukurpa (Aboriginal law) or purchase some locally made Aboriginal art. This afternoon visit the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk into Walpa Gorge. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles. B
Travel to Kings Canyon. On the way marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner) the 'forgotten wonder of Central Australia'. Continue to Kings Creek Station. Established in 1982 by Ian and Lyn Conway, the station was originally vacant crown land and covers an area of 1,800 square kilometres. It runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Continue to Kings Canyon Resort.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B D
Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today you're off on an early morning 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. If you'd prefer a more relaxed walk we also offer the option of a creek bed walk, where you'll explore the rock-strewn canyon floor. Leaving Watarrka behind, you'll travel to Alice Springs. On arrival visit Anzac Hill for views over this outback town.
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B
Width = 20px Height = 20pxSpend time with a local Aboriginal guide at the Alice Springs Desert Park. You will learn of the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including bush food, the search for water and kinship. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a Birds of Prey Presentation. Continue on to Simpsons Gap, a prominent waterhole in the West MacDonnell Ranges, with its lovely river red gum scenery. Visit the School of the Air, which provides an educational service for children living in remote areas, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Hear from a local guide how this marvellous facility operates to provide a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. Width = 20px Height = 20px This evening join us on a discovery tour at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. You're invited to a barbecue dinner and afterwards 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 YD
Visit the Telegraph Station, the first site of European settlement in Alice Springs, before travelling to Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles). There is time to walk around these precariously balanced boulders. Tonight enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner at the Battery Hill Mine Centre and explore the interesting mining displays.
Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. B D
Travel across vast outback stations. Visit the Daly Waters Historic Pub before continuing on to Mataranka, 'Land of the Never Never'. On arrival at Mataranka you can take time to visit the replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of 'We of the Never Never'. Or 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'.
Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B D
Join your local guide on an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. You have the opportunity to see wildlife and a variety of bird life. Your cruise through the gorge takes you past sheer sandstone walls and all manner of flora and fauna. Then continue deep into Kakadu National Park. Join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see prolific bird life and with luck may see the feared estuarine crocodile basking in the muddy waters.
Hotel: Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Jabiru. B D
You'll stop at Bowali Visitor Centre. The displays here will take you on a journey through Kakadu's varied habitats and landscapes. Travel to Ubirr, where you climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries dating back some 20,000 years. When you reach the top you'll be rewarded with superb views of the surrounding wetlands and escarpment country. Later you travel to Darwin and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this tropical city on arrival, including Parliament House, Fannie Bay Gaol, the Botanic Gardens and time permitting, a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which houses permanent collections of Aboriginal art.
Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights. B
Travel to Litchfield National Park. Your 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 which affords panoramic views of the open valley 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! Join your Tour Director for a Farewell Dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sunset over Darwin surrounds - it's time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback safari (cruise is seasonal). B FD
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight. B