Outback Safari

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If there was ever a place to begin the world’s greatest road trip, Uluru-Kata Tjuta is it. On this Uluru to Darwin tour, let your soul sing while gazing at the planet’s largest rock monolith, your awakening narrated by Indigenous guides. Then navigate the Stuart Highway north through Tennant Creek, Katherine and Kakadu to the country’s steamy Top End, where dazzling Darwin sunsets welcome incomparably starry nights.

Tour Highlights

  • Uluru Sunset Experience with Sparkling wine
  • Uluru Sunrise and guided Uluru walk
  • Kata Tjuta guided walk
  • King Canyon Guided Rim walk
  • Earth Sanctuary Dinner under the stars (BMG)
  • Karlu Karlu (Devlis Marbles)
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Darwin City Tour – Darwin Museum, East Point
  • Alice Springs Town Tour
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • School of the Air
  • Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Yellow Waters Cruise in Kakadu
  • Darwin Harbour Dinner Cruise

Tour Itinerary

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

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Welcome to Uluru
Day 1
Welcome to Uluru
Today is one of colours. The ochre soil spiked with cycads as your plane comes into land. The endless blue sky, from horizon to infinity. The russet hues of Uluru, that ‘Rock’ that appears on just about every Australian postcard… And that’s all before enchanting hour. Come sunset, the landscape changes with every click of your camera. If you can stop snapping, have a glass of bubbles and some nibbles with your fellow adventurers. They’ll be besties by the time this trip is over. Or maybe even by this time tomorrow
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 2
Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (B)
If you’re looking for a reason to roll out of bed before dawn, make it an Uluru sunrise. We’re not saying it’s better, than last night’s sunset. But being up with the birds certainly has its benefits. Like being cool when you circumnavigate the base of Uluru, the world’s biggest monolith. A circumnavigation is 11 kilometres (that’s your step-count sorted for the day) if you’re up for it. Or join a shorter guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, a sacred spot decorated with millennia-old Aboriginal rock paintings. Dive even deeper into First Nations traditions at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre – you won’t be able to resist a purchase, opening your wallet sweetened by the fact that you’re supporting local Aboriginal communities. Then wander through Kata Tjuta’s Jurassic domed rock formations into Walpa Gorge, a natural creek that carves its way between the two tallest Kata Tjuta domes. More bubbles to serenade the day’s end? We’re one step ahead of you…
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 3
Uluru – Kings Canyon (B, D)
The only other reason to get up before dawn is to glimpse the Uluru Field of Light, a dazzling installation by British artist Bruce Munro that sees 50,000 stem-like globes blanket the Uluru soil. It’s optional – we won’t judge you for sleeping in, steeling yourself for today’s adventures. But if you’ve come this far, it would be a shame to opt for shut-eye over eye-popping. Speaking of which, did you know Australia has the largest population of wild camels in the world, and Kings Creek Station, your next stop at lunchtime, is the largest exporter of these doe-eyed creatures? Next stop is Kings Canyon, part of the immense Watarrka National Park. Walk off those carbs and enjoy perspective-resetting views over the Red Centre.
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 4
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs (B)
Cattle stations are the size of small nations in the Northern Territory outback, as you’ll discover on your journey toward Alice Springs. The other ‘big’ thing in these parts is the MacDonnell Ranges, the stark mountain massif undulating across the red earth like a jagged dinosaur’s (or perhaps serpent’s?) spine. Back in 1872, Alice Springs was a hive of activity, as a Telegraph Station – one of 12 – was built here to connect Adelaide and Darwin as part of the Overland Telegraph Line. Sweat and tears went into the gargantuan, country-spanning project, as you’ll discover browsing the grounds now an intimate museum. If you thought you were getting out of a sunset, think again – panoramas from Alice’s Anzac Hill steal the scene. Are you keeping count?
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 5
Alice Springs (B, D)
In remote parts of Australia, community is everything, whether to ensure stories of the Arrernte people are not forgotten (you’ll learn all about them today), or to help those who, well, need urgent help. The passionate Royal Flying Doctor Service health workers commute hundreds of kilometres every day to provide aid to those living in far-flung corners of Australia. Their stories are at once uplifting and inspiring. End your day on a high at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, where the Falzon family host a BBQ Be My Guest dinner under the stars. This is a lesson in off-the-grid, sustainable living, with a little boomerang throwing on the side. Let it inspire you to follow suit back at home.
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 6
Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (B, D)
The whole of Peru covers 1.3 million square kilometers – the same size playing field that the School of the Air broadcasts daily classes to. Watch a live session with kids in some of Australia’s most remote reaches, providing them with educational tools that would otherwise be unavailable. What’s not on the curriculum? Aliens, probably, although you will learn all about them passing through Wycliffe Well, known as Australia’s ‘UFO capital’. We can understand why they would want to call this pocket of the country home. It’s beautiful in a hypnotically mesmerising way. Undeniably otherworldly are the precariously balanced boulders that characterize Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles) and the landscapes surrounding gold-rich Tennant Creek.
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 7
Tennant Creek – Katherine (B, D)
When you’re not working hard in the Australian outback, you’re having a lot of fun. Case in point the Daly Waters Historic Pub, where the food – schnitzels, burgers – comes second to the atmosphere. Follow the lead of those here before you and leave a memento to add interest the walls; since the 1980s, visitors have been redecorating with everything from bras to boots. If you were a fan of 1982 Australian TV drama We of the Never Never – an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the outback – you’ll recognise your next destination without pause: the (replica) Elsey Homestead in Mataranka. Explore the grounds, or soak in the palm-shrouded thermal springs. We know what we’re doing…
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 8
Katherine – Kakadu National Park (B, D)
Cruising around Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in the morning is a humbling experience. You can almost feel the spirits yawning as they created this landscape on Jawoyn land, part of Nitmiluk National Park. A sprinkling of crocs, a flutter of rare birds, the ripple of the lagoon. It takes your breath away. More wildlife lurks in Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong, which is a mecca for sea eagles, brolgas and little kingfishers – and yet more crocs in the muddy shallows. This Kakadu tour and Yellow Water cruise will max out your camera’s memory card, so be prepared and come with a spare.
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 9
Kakadu – Darwin (B)
The best way to grasp the immensity of Kakadu and Arnhem Land? From the air, should you wish to take an optional tour. You won’t regret it – perspective is always enlightening. Speaking of which, Ubirr’s Aboriginal rock art dates back an eye-watering 20,000+ years. Your guide knows all the stories behind the murals you see, revealing Aboriginal Dreamtime stories passed down through generations. If this part of the Northern Territory looks familiar, that’s because it starred in classic Aussie rom-com, Crocodile Dundee. This part of Australia was clearly made for film-sets. Get your Darwin bearings on a quick city tour, then explore at your leisure – we want to give you as much time as possible to enjoy dinner at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.
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 10
Litchfield National Park (B, D)
Think of today as dessert, one that comes with a cherry on top – the sweet finale to a decadent 10-day degustation. Travel deep into Litchfield National Park, pocked with 100-year-old, two-metre-high magnetic termite mounts. We’re not sticking around though – Florence and Wangi falls await. Change into your swimming costume and take a dip in the gem-like waterholes for cool respite. Darwin can get steamy, but you’ll have wind in your sails as you cruise the harbour at sunset, enjoying one last toast to the NT. Cheers to that!
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 11
Farewell from Darwin (B)
‘Ma Muk’ (‘See you later’), as the Larrakia people would say. This Dreamtime adventure is over for now, but we’re positive your memories will last forever.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Uluru Sunset Experience with Sparkling wine
  • Uluru Sunrise and guided Uluru walk
  • Kata Tjuta guided walk
  • King Canyon Guided Rim walk
  • Earth Sanctuary Dinner under the stars (BMG)
  • Karlu Karlu (Devlis Marbles)
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Darwin City Tour – Darwin Museum, East Point
  • Alice Springs Town Tour
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • School of the Air
  • Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Yellow Waters Cruise in Kakadu
  • 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

  • 10 Full Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners

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

  • 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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Attractions

  • 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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  • 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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  • Kings Creek Station
    The station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks.
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  • School of the Air
    School of the Air is a generic term for correspondence schools catering for the primary and early secondary education of children in remote and outback Australia where some or all classes were historically conducted by radio, although this is now replaced by telephone and internet technology.
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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
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24 Aug 2024 - 03 Sep 2024 $6,710$8,708
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26 Apr 2025 - 06 May 2025 $6,459$8,384
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28 Jun 2025 - 08 Jul 2025 $6,643$8,623
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23 Aug 2025 - 02 Sep 2025 $6,643$8,623
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25 Apr 2026 - 05 May 2026 $7,780$10,115
Outback Safari
Days
11
Price from
AUD $6,459