Outback Safari

11 day Escorted Tour - from £3090

An awe inspiring journey through the heart of Australia incorporating some of the country’s most recognisable and beautiful natural wonders. Discover the Outback on this unique Escorted Tour.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sunset at Uluru
  • Rim exploration walk along Kings Canyon
  • Cruise through stunning Katherine Gorge
  • Spot wildlife in Kakadu National Park
  • The waterfalls and waterholes of Litchfield National Park
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Ayers Rock

On arrival in Ayers Rock you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and travel to to Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Enter the dual world heritage listed National Park and toast the beginning of your trip and the spectacular sunset with gourmet canapés and wine at the ‘Sunset Strip’. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned. Don’t forget your camera!

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Ayers Rock

Rise early to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise while sipping a warming cup of tea or coffee. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided walk around its 11km perimeter, or a shorter guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter and the culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu people. This afternoon’s journey takes you to superb Kata Tjuta, a series of 36 magnificent domes of orange-hued sedimentary rock, where you can toast the magnificent sunset with a glass of sparkling wine.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Kings Canyon

Awe-inspiring Kings Canyon is your destination today. Stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station, the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia, and hear the intriguing story of owners Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities. Continue to Kings Canyon, a spectacular natural formation whose sheer sandstone walls soar to a height of over 100 metres. A 6km ‘rim walk’ around the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. An easier walk along the canyon’s boulder strewn creek bed is another option.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - Alice Springs

Today we journey to Alice Springs. Travel across vast cattle properties and get a feel for just how expansive the Outback is. In Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872. It first served as one of 12 stations positioned along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretches 3000km to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for Aboriginal Children, known as ‘The Bungalow’. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Alice Springs

Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte People, including the search for water, bush food, and kinship, from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. This evening join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Tennant Creek

Your first stop is School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations that would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles). You’ll have plenty of time to walk around the precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - Katherine

Today you’ll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a cooling ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit a 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 for the night.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Kakadu National Park

Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You’ll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land.

Hotel: Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 - Darwin

This morning visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee! This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, you can choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You could take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea where we’ll treat you to dinner, visit Crocosaurus Cove at your leisure or even sit back and relax at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Litchfield National Park

Today travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal clear waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner on board a Darwin Harbour Cruise. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area – it’s time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback adventure.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 - Farewell from Darwin

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

11 day Escorted Tour - from £3090

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We are proud to partner with AAT Kings to provide first class touring across Australia. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
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  • Extra night options
  • Return airport transfers

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