15 Day Outback Adventure
Discover the legendary Australian outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End. The stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park will provide memories to last a lifetime.
• 14 night AAT Kings Guided Holiday exploring the South Australia and Red Centre and Top End
region from Adelaide to Darwin
• 14 Full buffet breakfasts (B), 1 Be My Guest dinner (BG), 8 Dinners with wine (DW), 1 Farewell
• Highlights includer
o Visit an extraordinary, self- sufficient outback property powered by sun and wind, and
explore the night skies with the family’s telescopes.
o Local experts take you through Adelaide Central Market, underground for opals, through
vineyards, and into indigenous life in Kakadu.
o Delve into Aboriginal rock art as you walk through, under and around ancient sites at
Ubirr and Nourlangie in Kakadu.
o Your contribution to National Parks and Wildlife protects Australia’s wilderness including
Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks.
Was from $6,520* per person twin share
Save up to $1,304* per person twin share
Now from $5,216* per person twin share
Valid for travel 27 April 2021, 11 May 2021 & 25 May 2021.
Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer
Save up to $1,304* per person twin share
Room Type: Quality Accommodation
Room Configuration: Twin Share
27 April 2021
11 May 2021
25 May 2021
Other departures available between Apr 01, 2021 and Nov 30, 2022, seasonal surcharges may apply.
31 Mar 21,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day 1 Welcome to Adelaide
On arrival today, explore the major sights of the ‘City of Churches’. One of the few Australian cities to not have convict history, Adelaide was established in 1836 as a planned colony of free immigrants, promising civil liberties and freedom from religious persecution. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Meet the traders and share the history and secrets of this 140-year-old icon. This evening, relax
with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill. (D)
Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide
Day 2 Adelaide – Flinders Ranges
Today travel to the rolling hills of the charmingly secluded Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest existing winery. Explore the picturesque grounds and St. Aloysius Church, and take a stroll through the vines before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the magnificent Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. Pass the intriguing ruins of deserted pastoral leases and keep an eye out for mobs of emu on the plains as dusk draws near. (B, D)
Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort
Day 3 Wilpena Pound – Port Augusta
Take a walk with your Travel Director this morning to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound, where a wall of mountains almost completely encircles the gently-sloping interior of the formation. Journey through Pichi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn, known for its beautiful historic railway station. Your final destination today is Port Augusta, a natural harbour on the Spencer Gulf. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta
Day 4 Port Augusta – Coober Pedy
Today visit Woomera, an isolated experimental ground used for testing rockets throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Then travel through salt-lake country and observe the transformation to a stark, barren landscape as you near isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world because of the quantity of precious opals mined there. Coober Pedy is world renowned for its underground residences, called ‘dugouts’, which are built in this fashion due to the extreme daytime heat. View an opal demonstration with a local guide, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and a private residence. (B, D)
Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy
Day 5 Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock
Cross the border into the Northern Territory today and continue to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Archaeological findings indicate that humans settled in the area more than 10,000 years ago. Uluru is sacred to the local Indigenous inhabitants and is thought to have begun forming around 550 million years ago. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set at Australia’s most renowned natural landmark and witness the spectacular phenomenon of the changing colours of the massive sandstone monolith. (B)
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights
Day 6 Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta
Rise early this morning to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided stroll around its eleven-kilometre perimeter, or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter, and you’ll also learn about the area’s flora and fauna and the culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu
people. This afternoon’s journey takes you to superb Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock. The domes are thought to have originally been one huge piece of rock, much like Uluru, that has weathered over millions of years to an intriguing series of individual formations. Watch a magnificent sunset while you enjoy sparkling wine. (B)
Day 7 Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon
Leave Ayers Rock this morning to travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. Stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Learn the intriguing story of owners, Ian and Lynn Conway, and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities. Continue to Kings Canyon, a deep, narrow valley cut into the Earth over millennia by running water. Its ancient red rock walls soar 100 metres above Kings Creek to a plateau of rocky domes. The Creek winds through the floor of the gorge, where there is also a permanent waterhole surrounded by lush plant life. Considered one of the best and most varied walks in central Australia, the 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls. (B, D)
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort
Day 8 Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Travelling past seemingly-deserted cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the enormous magnitude of the Australian Outback. On arrival in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. It’s the original site of the first European settlement in central Australia, and was one of twelve stations along the Overland Telegraph Line, which revolutionised communications on the island continent and connected Australia with the rest of the world. Later, drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’. (B) Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights
Day 9 Alice Springs
After breakfast this morning, join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People. In the Nocturnal House, learn about the endangered animals of the Red Centre. Then enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey show. Continue to the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility has provided emergency medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia since 1928. This evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest home-cooked barbecue dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. (B, D)
Day 10 Alice Springs – Tennant Creek
Before leaving Alice Springs this morning, visit the School of the Air to learn how children living in the vast Outback receive their education via radio and internet technology. Then travel north, stopping to visit Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), an intriguing series of precariously-balanced granite boulders. Later, settle into your accommodation at the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek. (B, D)
Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek
Day 11 Tennant Creek – Katherine
Today you’ll travel north, visiting the quirky Daly Waters Pub at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, where you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead used in the filming of the Australian classic ‘We of the Never Never’. A swim in the crystal-clear warm waters of Mataranka thermal springs under the dappled light of the paperbark and palm forest is a must-do for travellers. Journey on to Katherine for the night. (B, D)
Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine
Day 12 Katherine – Kakadu
This morning, travel to Nitmiluk National Park, where a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge will allow you to sense the spirituality of the land while you catch glimpses of the abundant wildlife and learn about the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its stunning variety of birdlife including sea eagles, brolgas and tiny, brilliantly-hued kingfishers. You’ll also see estuarine crocodiles basking in the shallows and on the sandy banks. (B, D)
Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Day 13 Kakadu – Darwin Included Choice
Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock-art sites. Walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, which affords magnificent views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments. This afternoon in Darwin, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner, visit Crocosaurus Cove or perhaps sit back and relax under the stars at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema, run by the Darwin Film Society during the Dry. (B)
Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights
Day 14 Litchfield National Park
Travel to Litchfield National Park today, pausing to examine the amazing termite mounds that are aligned north-south to minimise exposure to the sun. Stop to view Florence Falls, a double-plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming-hole. Venture on to Wangi Falls for an opportunity to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Darwin Harbour Cruise Farewell Dinner. (B, D)
Day 15 Farewell from Darwin
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)
Breakfast – B
Lunch – L
Dinner - D
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 08 March 2021 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offer ends 31 March 2021, unless sold out prior. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Save 20% on selected AAT Kings Guided Holidays, departing between Apr 01, 2021 and Nov 30, 2022. The discount is per person based on twin occupancy and not combinable with Early Payment Discounts, HELLO (up to $600 per couple) Offer, Group Discounts or local promotions. Discount is combinable with Kings Club 5% saving for departures from Apr 01, 2022. Discount is combinable with Kings Club Plus 5% saving on all departures where available. Tours valid for offer when booked through helloworld Travel Agents only: Outback Adventure, Outback Tracks (land only), Outback Safari, Tastes of Southern Australia and Outback Explorer. Applies to new bookings made from Mar 9, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021. To be eligible for the 20% discount, guests must secure their booking with a deposit five days from booking and pay in full by no later than Mar 31, 2021. Offer is subject to availability at time of booking and can be withdrawn at any time. The 20% discount will apply to the land portion only. Offer not applicable to single supplement fees. Subject to availability, seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. AAT Kings, Inspiring Journeys and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.