8 Days: Outback Expedition [ST-G30]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Ayers Rock (2 Nights), Alice Springs (1), Ghan (1), Darwin (2), Kakadu (2)
  • International Flights & Australian Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Alice Springs Accommodation to Train Station
  • Day Tours - Ayers Rock: Field of Light Pass, Piti Pass to include Uluru, the Olgas & Cultural Center
  • Overnight Tours - 1 Night Aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Days 1 to 3) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.

(Day 1) - Evening Event, Field of Light Pass

As darkness falls, the desert surrounding Uluru transforms into a magical field of light which was specially designed by British artist Bruce Munro.

The exhibition, aptly named Tali Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or “looking at lots of beautiful lights” in local Pitjantjatjara is Munro’s largest work to date.

Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.

The tour finishes with a relaxing ride back to your accommodation.

Departs 30 minutes after sunset, Returns 2 hours later (approx.)

– Return transfers to Ayers Rock accommodation
– Entry into the Field of Light

Need to Know
– Very limited wheelchair accessibility. Assistance available on request
– Child strollers are not allowed
– This is a self-guided tour
– Please wear long pants and toe-covered shoes
– Tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances

Access to the raised viewing area with views of Uluru

(Day 2) - Day Tour, Piti Pass to include Uluru, the Olgas & Cultural Center

Witness the stunning Uluru sunrise and sunset, venture out on the Walpa Gorge walk at Kata Tjuta and discover the fascinating stories of Uluru on a guided base tour.

The early rise is well worth it as you experience the two major landmarks in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Start with an amazing sunrise at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Afterwards, on the 45 kms drive to Kata Tjuta your Driver Guide will provide you with an historical overview of the National Park.

The walk through the sheer walls of Walpa Gorge won’t disappoint as you’re led into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen scrubs.

Talk a short walk at the base of Uluru with your Driver Guide and view ancient paintings and hear stories of traditional Anangu life.

Then head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you’ll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles.

You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing outback sunset.

Morning tour pick-ups are 1.5 hours before sunrise and returns approximately 11:00 – 11:30am, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal). Afternoon tour pick-ups are 2:30pm – 3:00pm and returns half an hour after sunset, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal).

– National Park Pass (Entry fee included – Valid for 3 consecutive days)
– Return Transfers to Accommodation
– Experienced Driver/Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Air conditioned coach

Need to Know
Full breakfast is not provided. Bringing snacks for breakfast is recommended. Please wear closed walking shoes and warm layers in cooler months. Bring your own water bottle, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

BBQ Dinner

Photo: Tourism NT

(Day 3) - Day Tour, Uluru / Ayers Rock to Alice Springs via Deluxe Coach - Full Day

Travel by luxury coach from Uluru to Alice Springs, Australia’s Red Centre.

Board the luxury coach early in the afternoon and travel east from Yulara via Curtin Springs and see Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance. This fascinating mesa, or flat-topped mountain, juts out of the surrounding desert plain bearing witness to a period of massive uplift, followed by eons of erosion.

Continue east to Erldunda before turning north on to the famous Stuart Highway and to the town at the very heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs.

As you pass through the striking ‘Outback’ landscapes, your Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary.

Departs 12:30pm or 1:00pm (season dependent), Arrive 7:00pm or 7:30pm

– One way luxury coach transfer from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs
– Experienced driver guide providing comprehensive commentary

Need to Know
At certain times of year, smaller vehicles may be utilized.

(Days 3 to 4) - 1 Night Accommodation in Alice Springs

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Alice Springs, Australia’s Oasis, is also known as the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It’s where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group has lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave “tough” a new meaning. Whilst on your vacation, take advantage of the many attractions available in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Old Stuart Town Gaol. Travel by coach or car to explore the unique scenery of Australia’s Outback and its magnificent monolith – Uluru.

(Day 4) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Accommodation to Train Depot

Travel by pivate car from your vacation accommodation to the Train Station in Alice Springs, Australia.

(Days 4 to 5) - 1 Night Aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin

The Ghan – Outback Australian Train Journey, Northern Territory (Alice Springs) & South Australia (1 night)

The Ghan. It’s an odd name for a train but in Australian history it is a living legend. The trip from Alice Springs to Darwin is spectacular. See the landscape transform from the red vastness of the Northern Territory to the modern & multicultural city of Darwin.

(Day 5) - Taxi, Darwin Train Station to Accommodation (pay as you go)

Taxi or ride share transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:

(Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Darwin

Travel to your accommodation in Darwin, Australia where you will be staying on vacation for 2 nights.

(Day 6) - Free Day to Explore Darwin

Visit one of Darwin’s many attractions.

Spend the day at one of these top Darwin attractions:

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is just 4 kms from the city centre and houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art. It is also home to a Cyclone Tracey exhibition which details the tragic events of the 1974 Christmas Eve cyclone that devastated Darwin. The Museum’s oceanfront café serves good coffee and is also a popular choice for brunch.

Cullen Bay Marina: Cullen Bay Marina is a hotspot for harbour side dining. It includes a variety of eateries ranging from à la carte restaurants to sidewalk cafés. You can stroll along the beach or just sit and watch the sunset over the water. Many sunset cruises, dive boats and fishing charters operate from the marina.

Historic City Walk: Take a Historic City Walk that incorporates 17 historically significant sites and buildings on a stroll around the city. Included is the British Australian Telegraph house (Lyon’s Cottage), the Wharf Precinct, Myilly Point Historical Precinct and the new Parliament House. Itineraries are available from the Visitor Information Centre located in the city centre.

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

(Days 7 to 9) - Tour Package, 3 Days/ 2 Nights Kakadu & Twin Falls Adventure

The natural beauty of Kakadu National Park will take your breath away. Absorb the ancient rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, enjoy the Yellow Water Billabong and Guluyambi cruise. View the striking Jim Jim and Twin Falls and visit Arnhem Land.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park

We travel on the Arnhem Highway and stop at Nourlangie, where your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch we join our local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu.

Overnight in Kakadu

Day 2: Jim Jim and Twin Falls

Travel by 4WD to Jim Jim Falls. Take a 900 metre bushwalk to the Jim Jim Falls plunge pool, where there is time for swimming, relaxing and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Afterwards, travel to a scenic rest area for a picnic lunch. Then board boats to cruise up the first part of the gorge to Twin Falls. There is a 45 minute walk over slippery rocks with sand and rock ledges. Relax and enjoy spectacular scenery at the base of the falls. Today’s touring is only suitable for people with a good level of fitness.

Overnight in Kakadu

Day 3: Kakadu National Park – Farewell from Darwin

This morning stop at Ubirr to view Aboriginal rock art. Later, join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal Guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river to see a display of traditional hunting and gathering implements before heading back downstream. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes.

Departs: Daily 6.30am (Jun-Oct) from Darwin

Concludes: 7.30pm approximately on day 3 at Darwin

Inclusions: Experienced Driver Guide, Comprehensive commentary, Travel in an air-conditioned coach.

What to bring: Enclosed sturdy shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, camera, jacket in cooler months, swimwear and towel (if swimming)

  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.