Alice and Kakadu (Start Darwin)

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PRICE
  01 Sep 2015 07 Sep 2015 Definite departure US$1339
  29 Sep 2015 05 Oct 2015 Definite departure US$1265
  27 Oct 2015 02 Nov 2015 Definite departure US$1265
  24 Nov 2015 30 Nov 2015 Definite departure US$1149
  22 Dec 2015 28 Dec 2015 Definite departure US$1149
  19 Jan 2016 25 Jan 2016 Definite departure US$1149
  16 Feb 2016 22 Feb 2016 Definite departure US$1149
  15 Mar 2016 21 Mar 2016 Definite departure US$1149
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05 Jul 2016 11 Jul 2016 US$1295
02 Aug 2016 08 Aug 2016 US$1295
30 Aug 2016 05 Sep 2016 US$1295

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Please note: Your hotel will be available to check into from 2pm on Day 1. Your trip will start in Darwin at 7.30am on Day 2 of your Itinerary.

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You will visit: Northern Territory, including Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Tennant Creek & Alice Springs

It's time for Vegemite & kangaroos mate! Australia's Northern Territory offers spectacular scenery, wildlife, fabulous flights over waterfall & we even toss in a bit of culture with a visit to the N.T. Museum in the historic city of Darwin. From Aboriginal art to a Territorial feast & a visit to the areas oldest watering holes, we'll see it all & call it a day with a stop off at Devil's Marbles.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Darwin

Check into your hotel from 2pm & spend the rest of the day exploring Darwin.

Resort

2 Darwin

Meet up with your fellow travellers and Contiki team before heading out on a Darwin City orientation tour. You’ll visit the East Point Military Reserve and Darwin Museum to find out about the history of the Northern Territory’s capital.

Later you have the chance to come face to face with a 5m crocodile. This is Australia’s only crocodile dive where you are safely housed in a perspex cage while a crocodile lazes, swims and even feeds just inches away.

Get ready for a night out on the town as you get to know your group.

Resort Breakfast

  • Visit the Darwin Museum & see the Cyclone Tracy display
  • See the harbour & East Point Military Reserve
  • Crocosaurus Cove Entry
    A$30
  • Cage of Death (including entry to Crocosauras Cove)
    A$155
3 Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Today, we hit the Darwin Museum and find out about the unlucky past of the Northern Territory’s capital.

Later, we travel to Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu, known for its ancient rock art, some of which is up to 20,000 years old.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Visit the Darwin Museum & see the Cyclone Tracy display
  • See the harbour & East Point Military Reserve
4 Kakadu National Park

We spend the day exploring some of this 20,000 sq km World Heritage-listed site. It’s packed with swamps, rainforest, wetlands, woodlands, plants, insects and 75 different types of reptiles.

Our included boat cruise takes us out onto Yellow Water, a lush inland lagoon. You’ll see some rock art, birdlife and even learn about the Aboriginal history of the area.

We get the background on local indigenous culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre before we explore the “rock galleries” of Ubirr, where time-old paintings line the cave walls. Depending on the season, you can watch the sun set over this stunning site before we head back to the hotel for dinner.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Cruise to see crocodiles & native bird life
  • Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Hike to see the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr
  • Stay near Kakadu National Park
5 Kakadu National Park to Katherine

Kick start the day by cooling off in the swimming hole at Edith Falls, deep in the heart of the national park.

In the afternoon, we arrive in riverside Katherine. There’s an optional cruise through the gorgeous Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. This National Park serves up vivid orange cliffs and rock formations that have been carved out by the river over hundreds’ of years. Keep an eye open for fresh water crocs and learn about local wildlife and folklore from our Local Guide.

Back in Katherine, your Trip Manager will organise an optional dinner tonight, so you can relax by the pool.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & see the sheer rock walls and wildlife
  • Cool off in Edith Falls
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
    A$74
6 Katherine to Tennant Creek

This morning, we pull into Mataranka Thermal Springs where you can have a swim in the thermal pools at a bush resort, where the mineral waters are a comfortable 34°C/93°F.

Next up: the oldest pub in the Northern Territory, Daly Waters, licensed since 1893. Check out the knick-knacks and memorabilia that cover the walls of this Australian institution. Grab a bite to eat here and maybe meet a local character or two.

We overnight in Tennant Creek, a “true blue” Aussie outback town, where you’ll get a feel for the size of Australia. In the middle of nowhere, this town is the only point of contact for the million acre cattle stations of the surrounding area.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Visit Elsey, the historic "We of the Never Never" homestead
  • Swim at the Mataranka thermal pools
  • Visit the historic Daly Waters pub
  • Visit the site of Australia's last gold rush
7 Tennant Creek to Alice Springs

Chill out on the coach as we cut across flat plains and travel through a patch of no man’s land. Stretch your legs at Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles), a strange grouping of enormous boulders, and maybe even sight a UFO in Wycliffe Well.

We pull into Alice Springs, smack in the middle of Australia and in the middle of nowhere. This original outback town is where your tour ends, so take the time to say goodbye to your new friends & Tour Manager.

Breakfast

  • Visit the unique rock formation known as Karlu Karlu
  • Visit the town known for its UFO sightings
  • Visit the an Aboriginal Art Gallery to see Aboriginal art & didgeridoos

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 6 nights multi-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Food

  • 8 meals:
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • Visit the Darwin Museum & see the Cyclone Tracy display
  • See the harbour & East Point Military Reserve
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Me Time

  • Crocosaurus Cove Entry
  • Cage of Death (including entry to Crocosauras Cove)
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$164
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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