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Kata Tjuta, Red Centre, Northern Territory, Australia

Highlights of the Top End and Red Centre

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,975 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A comprehensive tour of Australia’s tropical good looks and icon-studded deserts

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Highlights

  • Watching the sun rise over Uluru as canyon walks, indigenous guides and sunset drinks showcase the wild beauty of the Red Centre
  • Enjoying tropical life with the laid-back Darwin and wildlife cruises in the Mary River Wetlands
  • Tour Alice Springs to compare its pioneering history to its native culture and natural splendour

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Darwin
  • 3 Nights Mary River Wetlands
  • 2 Nights Alice Springs
  • 2 Nights Uluru

About

Recommended for:
Eco-tourism | Fishing | History & culture | Natural world | Off the beaten track

Australia’s northern tip and endless outback are two frontiers of sublime beauty, contrasting pretty shorelines and tropical verdure with indigenous culture and world-famous icons. You’ll start in Darwin to take in the laid-back seaside life before checking into a luxury tented camp in the Mary River Wetlands. A rabbit warren of twisting waterways and dense forests, cruises and guided walks will highlight its unique natural beauty and diverse collection of wildlife. You’ll then fly into Alice Springs in Australia’s famed Red Centre, a gold rush town with a stunning setting, rich history and richer Aboriginal culture. End with a stay in Uluru’s premier accommodation, with guided walks, cultural talks and the chance to taste the country’s fine wines over sunset views of this national treasure.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart UK

Board your flight to the other side of the world, arriving in Darwin on day three.

Days 3-4
Darwin

You’ll have two days to get acquainted with the Aussie way of life in Darwin, Australia’s ‘Tropical City’. Closer to Indonesia’s paradise islands than its own capital, here the shoreline sunsets are magical, the galleries host the best in indigenous art and the café culture rules the pavements. After enjoying the resort facilities of your hotel, perhaps take some time to explore the surrounding natural world, with national-park walks on your doorstep and fishing cruises departing for nearby islands. 

Stay: Oaks Elan Darwin, Darwin (Superior)

Days 5-7
The Mary River Wetlands

Pick up your hire car to head inland to the Mary River Wetlands and check into your luxe safari tent –its timber-panelled chic is a contemporary contrast to its bushland setting. From here you’ll head out to explore the region’s emerald-green woodlands, criss-crossed by weaving waterways and home to an abundance of tropical wildlife. A full day tour – with lunch included – will bring you into Kakadu, a World Heritage national park where vast, escarpment-studded floodplains feature ancient rock art, myriad birdlife and walks that bring you to scenic overlooks and wild crocodiles. You’ll also be treated to a cruise along Home Billabong, a glassy lake fringed by dense greenery in the depths of the wetlands. It’s the idyllic habitat for a kaleidoscope of birdlife and wildflowers. And, come each evening, you’ll return to gourmet dining of only locally sourced produce; think prime cuts of beef and expertly grilled barramundi fish.

Stay: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Kakadu (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Days 8-9
Alice Springs

Return to Darwin to catch a flight into Australia’s heartlands – the spectacular Red Centre. Your introductions will be made in Alice Springs, an enchanting town with a vibrant indigenous community. It’s also a true frontier settlement, something evidenced on your tour of its highlights. There’s the historic Telegraph Station that brought communication to this remote outpost, the alien inhabitants of the Alice Springs Reptile Park and the Royal Flying Doctor Service that provides vital support to this day. End your tour with a spectacular view of Alice Springs and its mountainous surrounds from the top of Anzac Hill. And, with the town some 1,500 km from the nearest city, it’s an ideal spot for stargazing.

Stay: Mercure Alice Springs (Standard)

Days 10-11
Uluru

Travelling through the Outback’s endless desert landscapes, a luxury coach will bring you – via camel farms, mountain views and rest stops – to your five-star accommodation. All sweeping modernist curves, it’s a stunning contrast to the region’s barren beauty. In the afternoon, your indigenous guide will bring you on an informative walk to the very base of Uluru, unveiling the mysteries behind the region’s rich, cultural significance. You’ll then, at sunset, watch as this giant monolith erupts in a rainbow of colours over drinks and canapés at a specially chosen viewpoint. The next day, rise early to drink in Uluru’s sunrise over tea and coffee before travelling to Kata Tjuta. Every bit its famous neighbour’s equal, these 36 grand domes of shocking red rock formations make for spectacular views. You’ll head right among them on a walking trail that follows the natural creek between two of the tallest.

Stay: Sails In The Desert (Deluxe)

Days 12-13
Depart for UK

Make your way to the airport to board your overnight flight home.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior Deluxe

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,975 incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £2,975 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,895 pp. incl. flights

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between London, Darwin, Alice Springs & Uluru
  • Private arrival transfers in Darwin & Alice Springs
  • 3 nights accommodation staying in 4* (Superior) hotels on a room only basis
  • 4 days medium car hire with max cover
  • 4 day/3 night adventure package staying at the 5* (Deluxe) Wildman Wilderness Lodge on a half-board basis
  • 4 day/3 night Alice Springs & Rock Escape escorted tour, staying in a mix of 4* & 5* hotels, including informative walks and sightseeing in Alice Springs, Uluru & Kata Tjuta
  • This tour does not operate in the wet season from 29 November -31 March



Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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