Outback Adventure

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Tail to top adventure is guaranteed on this epic Adelaide to Darwin tour, with an itinerary of extremes showcasing the country’s colours. First, the greens of South Australia’s wine regions; the eye-popping striations of Wilpena Pound; Coober Pedy’s lustrous opals; the Red Centre’s warmth. Finally, the crystal waterfalls of Katherine and Kakadu’s emerald hues await. Bring your sunglasses.

Tour Highlights

  • Adelaide Central Markets Guided Tour
  • Knappstein Enterprise Winery
  • Wadlata Outback Centre
  • Jeff Morgan Gallery
  • Coober Pedy Opal Centre
  • Uluru Sunset Experience with Sparkling wine
  • Uluru Sunrise and guided Uluru walk
  • Kata Tjuta guided walk
  • King Canyon Guided Rim walk
  • Alice Springs Town Tour
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • School of the Air
  • Earth Sanctuary Dinner under the stars (BMG)
  • Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
  • Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Yellow Waters Cruise in Kakadu
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Darwin City Tour – Darwin Museum, East Point
  • Darwin Harbour Dinner Cruise

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: NAAD

1
Welcome to Adelaide (D)
Day 1
Welcome to Adelaide (D)
At once sophisticated and cultured, yet cool and casual, Adelaide attracts foodies, historians, art aficionados and sports fanatics in equal measure. Multicultural restaurants abound, as do pretty sandstone churches. Explore them at your leisure, before meeting a local gourmand to tour the city’s legendary Central Market. This place has been selling cheese, green ant gin, flowers and artisan bread for 140-plus years. It’s tempting to overindulge – save space for your Welcome Reception & Dinner.
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Located in Adelaide, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino and has 329 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and Smart televisions
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Adelaide – Flinders Ranges (B, D)
Day 2
Adelaide – Flinders Ranges (B, D)
One of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Clare Valley is all wide, open skies, rounded hills, rippling grape vines and native forest. It’s a postcard-perfect setting for historic Knappstein Enterprise Winery, producing sweet-scented rieslings and mineral-rich reds. The route north lands you at Hawker – it may be the gateway to the Flinders Ranges, but there are plenty of reasons to linger, including well-preserved heritage buildings and the Jeff Morgan Gallery. Jeff’s enormous panoramas capture the SA outback in a frame; he also collects rocks, model cars and random memorabilia. The best is still to come, as you arrive at Wilpena Pound Resort in the shadows of a staggering natural amphitheatre.
Wilpena Pound Resort
Located in the heart of the Flinders Ranges on Adnyamathanha Country, Wilpena Pound Resort is the perfect base to explore this vast and spectacular ancient outback landscape.
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Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta (B, D)
Day 3
Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta (B, D)
The soaring river red gums that envelop the restored Hills Homestead will leave you lost for words; equally mesmerising is the display inside the property, revealing the hardships of early settlers in this part of the state. You get here on a leisurely walk along Wilpena Creek and continue to Wangarra Hill Lookout for seemingly endless views over the pound’s rippling peaks and sweeping curves. The drama is echoed as you climb to Pichi Richi Pass – spare a thought for the workers who built the train line here in the 1870s, through deep rock that provides a snapshot of Flinders Ranges geology. Ease into Port Augusta, where more stories of yesteryear await at Wadlata Outback Centre.
Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta
Located approximately three hours north of Adelaide in the heart of Port Augusta, Majestic Oasis Apartments are the gateway to the spectacular Flinders Rangers and Australian outback.
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Port Augusta – Coober Pedy (B, D)
Day 4
Port Augusta – Coober Pedy (B, D)
With Port Augusta in the rear-view mirror, your journey continues into space. Well, sort of. The main attraction in Woomera is a former rocket-testing site, today stocked with rockets and missiles tested over the past 60 years. Speaking of space, you may will think you’ve landed on the moon as you travel through sun-baked country to isolated Coober Pedy, known as ‘the opal capital of the world’. Things get deep as you travel underground with a local to see how these gleaming gems are mined, and visit the town’s head-scratching subterranean facilities, from churches to schools and hotels.
Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy
Since 1915 Coober Pedy has lured those who seek the elusive opal which is found in this vast Outback semi-desert area. Many of the locals live in dugouts (underground homes) where the earth gives natural temperature control, this unique underground hotel offers visitors the opportunity to stay underground.
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Coober Pedy – Uluru (B)
Day 5
Coober Pedy – Uluru (B)
Emerge from your cave and prepare to say goodbye to South Australia as you cross the border into the Northern Territory and arrive at Australia’s spiritual heart, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – it has World Heritage status for a reason. Under the gaze of the world’s mightiest monolith, toast the end of the day with a glass of bubbles and a camera full of sunset photos, the countryside transforming from ochre and orange to bruised purples and maroon with every ‘click’ of your camera.
Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Desert Gardens Hotel boasts the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort.
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Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (B)
Day 6
Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (B)
Pre-dawn wake-up calls are worth it when you get to see an equally dazzling Red Centre colour transformation at sunrise. Marvel at the majesty of ‘the Rock’ as you circumnavigate its 11-kilometre base or join a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. This living cultural landscape takes you back to the beginning of time. Small wonder it’s a sacred place for eons of Anangu people. Over the millennia, they left behind rock art and snacked on native plants, with bush plums, tomatoes and figs, all still in abundance. More soul-salving landscapes spread before you at Kata Tjuta, cool relief found as you walk amid its domes to Walpa Gorge. If your SD card isn’t full of sunset photos yet, it will be after tonight’s dazzling display.
Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Desert Gardens Hotel boasts the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort.
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Uluru – Kings Canyon (B, D)
Day 7
Uluru – Kings Canyon (B, D)
Another Uluru sunrise excursion awaits (should you wish), with this morning’s optional tour taking you to artist Bruce Munro’s Uluru Field of Light – a blanket of 50,000 glowing bulbs. What a way to start the day. There are so many record-breaking rock attractions in this part of the country that you may not have heard of Attila (Mt. Conner) before – but once you’ve glimpsed the table-like formation, you certainly won’t forget it. Stretch your legs again at Kings Creek Station, the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. All your senses will be activated on the Kings Canyon rim walk, 440-million years in the making and forged through layers of sandstone and hard shale creating soaring domes and plateaus that plummet to an oasis of natural rock pools. It’s hard to gauge the immensity when you’re wandering, until you reach a lookout that is…
Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon is a natural wonder located approximately half way between Alice Springs and Uluru - literally at the heart of Australia's Red Centre. The Resort, Backpackers Lodge and Camp Ground offers accommodation for all travellers. And the facilities of the resort provide an oasis of convenience in the middle of an ancient, rugged landscape.
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Kings Canyon – Alice Springs (B)
Day 8
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs (B)
Things are bigger in the NT outback, from the cattle stations the size of a small country to the MacDonnell Ranges, which stretch like a dinosaur spine toward the character-filled town of Alice Springs. Aside from its plethora of Aboriginal galleries and art stores, Alice makes Australian history for her 1872 Telegraph Station, one of 12 along the Overland Telegraph Line that traverses a whopping 3,200 kilometres between Adelaide and Darwin. Glimpse it up close, then from afar as you ascend Anzac Hill for panoramic views that inspired many of those paintings in Alice’s galleries
Doubletree by Hilton, Alice Springs
Located on the banks of the Todd River, this hotel is two kilometres from the town centre and adjacent to Alice Springs Golf Club, within 10 minutes of Alice Springs Desert Park and Anzac Hill, which stands above the town.
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Alice Springs (B, D)
Day 9
Alice Springs (B, D)
Aboriginal culture is strong in Alice Springs, as you’ll fast find on a tour revealing the history of the Arrernte people. The other thing that’s strong is community spirit – it has to be when there are so few people scattered over such a vast area of land. Enter the Royal Flying Doctor Service, its base a museum of sorts that goes behind the scenes of the life-saving health services it delivers to people living in remote realms. One of the benefits of being this far-flung is the lack of light pollution. And at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, this equates to epic stargazing. Your BBQ dinner here with the Falzon family is enlightening and uplifting – think stories of self-sufficient living, astronomy and even a tune or two on the didgeridoo.
Doubletree by Hilton, Alice Springs
Located on the banks of the Todd River, this hotel is two kilometres from the town centre and adjacent to Alice Springs Golf Club, within 10 minutes of Alice Springs Desert Park and Anzac Hill, which stands above the town.
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Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (B, D)
Day 10
Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (B, D)
1.3 million square kilometres – that’s the eye-watering distance the School of Air’s lessons are broadcast across daily. Watch a live session with kids who would otherwise have no access to public education. It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are, you might just believe in aliens when you pass Wycliffe Well, the self-proclaimed ‘UFO capital’ of Australia. But it’s the devil that awaits (well, his marbles) at Karlu Karlu, where precariously balanced boulders appear to have been superglued together. The most prized rock found in this part of the world is, however, gold, which is why your base for the night, Tennant Creek, exists.
Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek
This property is makes a great base from which to explore the diverse nature and culture of the Australian outback, the Bluestone, as this property is affectionately known locally — is the perfect place to stay at the halfway mark along the track from Alice Springs to Darwin.
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Tennant Creek – Katherine (B, D)
Day 11
Tennant Creek – Katherine (B, D)
Since the 1930s, the time-tested Daly Waters Historic Pub has been dishing up schnitzel's, barramundi burgers and hearty steaks. The walls here are lined with treasures that passers-by leave behind, from bras to boots. What can you contribute over lunch? ‘Land of the Never Never’ awaits at Mataranka. Yes, you can visit a replica of the Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of 1982 Aussie drama We of the Never Never, an autobiographical flick about life in the outback. Or wander palm-lined walkways to take a dip in the region’s steamy thermal springs – the ultimate antidote to weary limbs before arriving in Katherine.
Contour Hotel Katherine
Contour Hotel is only a short drive from all the Katherine region has to offer.  Set amongst 4 acres of tropical gardens it is the ideal base to explore.
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Katherine – Kakadu National Park (B, D)
Day 12
Katherine – Kakadu National Park (B, D)
The Jawoyn have called Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge home for millennia. You can feel their presence while cruising this mighty waterway that’s home to more than a few resident crocs. This is not the last time these scaly creatures will be in your company – they’ll make another appearance on your Kakadu tour, when you jump in yet another boat for a Yellow Water Billabong cruise. You don’t need binoculars to spot the sea eagles, brolgas and kingfishers that colour this part of the Top End; they’re everywhere you look.
Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is an idyllic retreat located in Kakadu National Park.
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Kakadu – Darwin (B)
Day 13
Kakadu – Darwin (B)
Decisions, decisions: optional morning flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or a sleep in. We vote for the former, to get some perspective before you venture toward Ubirr and its astounding ancient Aboriginal rock art. Scamper to the top of the rocky outcrop for seemingly endless views over floodplains backdropped by sheer escarpments. If it looks familiar, that’s because it played a starring role in 1986 Aussie film, Crocodile Dundee. The night is yours in steamy Darwin, where the characters are as large as the shadows cast at sunset. First stop: the Mindil Beach Sunset Market for dinner with your feet in the sand.
Doubletree by Hilton, Darwin
This hotel has ocean views and overlooks the famous Darwin Esplanade. Enjoy the landscaping of the tropical gardens, or relax by the outdoor pool. 
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Litchfield National Park (B, D)
Day 14
Litchfield National Park (B, D)
Today travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous waterfalls 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.
Doubletree by Hilton, Darwin
This hotel has ocean views and overlooks the famous Darwin Esplanade. Enjoy the landscaping of the tropical gardens, or relax by the outdoor pool. 
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Farewell from Darwin (B)
Day 15
Farewell from Darwin (B)
Bid Farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your journey comes to an end.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Adelaide Central Markets Guided Tour
  • Knappstein Enterprise Winery
  • Wadlata Outback Centre
  • Jeff Morgan Gallery
  • Coober Pedy Opal Centre
  • Uluru Sunset Experience with Sparkling wine
  • Uluru Sunrise and guided Uluru walk
  • Kata Tjuta guided walk
  • King Canyon Guided Rim walk
  • Alice Springs Town Tour
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • School of the Air
  • Earth Sanctuary Dinner under the stars (BMG)
  • Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
  • Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Yellow Waters Cruise in Kakadu
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Darwin City Tour – Darwin Museum, East Point
  • Darwin Harbour Dinner Cruise

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver that are accredited with Kakadu & Uluru National Parks
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 14 Full Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners
  • 1 Be My Guest Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Fitness Requirements

  • Kakadu – Nadab Lookout – Medium Level of Fitness Required
    The climb to the top of Nadab Lookout at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park will not be suitable for all guests. To get to the lookout guests are required to scale up uneven rocky paths and steps to get to the lookout. There is an alternate route on a fairly flat gravel path for those unable climb to the top so they will not miss out on Rock Art.
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk – High level of fitness required
    This 6km hike will not be suitable for all guests. The first 30-minute incline is considered “Difficult”. The Tour Director will offer guest an easier alternative along the creek walk for those that are unable.

Visited Locations

  • Adelaide
    Adelaide is South Australia’s capital and is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. It is a pretty city, surrounded by a ring of parkland on the River Torrens and it is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia.
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  • Flinders Ranges
    The rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country.
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  • Port Augusta
    Port Augusta is a small city in South Australia. Formerly a seaport, it is now a road traffic and railway junction city.
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  • Coober Pedy
    Coober Pedy is a small town about halfway between Adelaide and Alice Springs.  The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there.
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  • Kata Tjuta
    Kata Tjuṯa, also known as the Olgas, is a group of large, domed rock formations or bornhardts located about 360 km southwest of Alice Springs, in the southern part of the Northern Territory. 
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  • Kings Canyon
    Watarrka National Park is only three hours’ drive from Uluru, and is home to the mighty Kings Canyon - a majestic destination featuring 300 metre high sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices, and views that stretch across the desert.
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  • Alice Springs
    Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, it’s a popular gateway for exploring the Red Centre, the country's interior desert region. 
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  • Tennant Creek
    Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the seventh largest town in the Northern Territory, and is located on the Stuart Highway. 
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  • Katherine
    Katherine is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is situated on the Katherine River, after which it is named, 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin.
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  • Darwin
    Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory Darwin and is a coastal city, situated along the western shoreline of the Northern Territory.
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  • Litchfield National Park
    Litchfield National Park is possibly the Northern Territory’s best kept secret.  The park is filled with stunning waterfalls and waterholes that are surrounded by monsoonal vine forests.
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  • Wilpena Pound
    Cradled by ancient mountain ranges on the edge of the desert, the ancient peeks of 800-million-year-old Wilpena Pound rise up to form  a huge natural amphitheatre.
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Attractions

  • Knappstein Enterprise Winery
    Knappstein Enterprise Winery’s roots reach back to 1878, which yields extremely tasty drops, as you’ll discover at the cellar door which is just 1.5 hours north of Adelaide.
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  • Jeff Morgan Gallery
    Hawker is home of the Jeff Morgan Gallery where you’ll get to meet Jeff and experience his spectacular 30 metre panoramic painting of the Flinders Ranges. 
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  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
    The iconic hike to the top of Kings Canyon is known as the spellbinding Rim Walk.  The Rim Walk will take you on a 6 kilometre circuit transcending down into the Garden of Eden and back to the top to wonder at the 360 views.
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  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility
    The Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility is an exciting attraction in Darwin that brings to life two iconic Australian stories
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  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
    Trawl along Katherine River through Nitmuluk National Park and take in the dramatic scenery as you move deeper into the stunning Katherine Gorge
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  • Yellow Water Billabong
    A cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong should give you the opportunity to see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers.
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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
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06 Aug 2024 - 20 Aug 2024 $9,210$11,930
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10 Jun 2025 - 24 Jun 2025 $8,694$11,264
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08 Jul 2025 - 22 Jul 2025 $8,694$11,264
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02 Sep 2025 - 16 Sep 2025 $8,694$11,264
Outback Adventure
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AUD $8,694