Outback Expedition [ST-G30]
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. Developed by British artist Bruce Munro, this expansive light exhibition is made up of 50,000 solar powered lights, covering over a size equivalent to seven football fields.

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

Set off after sunset and arrive just in time to see the lights begin to glow as night descends. Lose yourself in the endless sea of twinkling violet, blue and red hues, exploring the pathways within the installation.

Operates Daily. There are three departures per evening departing after sunset and lasting 1.5 hours including transfers.

Need to Know This pass does not give access to the dune top viewing area.

Inclusions Entrance to Field of Light exhibition. Self-guided walk through Field of Light after dark. Return transfers from accommodation.

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

Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s outback in the Red Centre.

Sunrise/Morning

Enjoy tea or coffee and be inspired by an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity.

After the amazing sunrise and a relaxing morning tea, you will join a tour around the base of Uluru learning details on its geology and incredible history.

Last on the morning tour is a visit to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Sunset/Afternoon

Your experienced driver guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as you make your way to Walpa Gorge, a lush desert haven for plants and animals.

The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood.

Time to 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.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

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

Times

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).

Inclusions

Morning tour:

  • Tea, coffee and cookies at sunrise and snacks.

Afternoon tour:

  • Wine and canapes at sunset.

Upgrades

Upgrade to a 2-day tour pass and split the tours over two days. Add a BBQ dinner with your Uluru sunset tour.

Photo: Tourism NT

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

On your vacation 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. Set down in Alice Springs at approximately 6.30pm.

(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 shuttle 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 transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

(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.