You will visit: Northern Territory, including Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Uluṟu, Kings Canyon & Alice Springs
Travel the land 'Down Under'. Sleep under the stars in a bush camp, take a hot air balloon ride, then grab a cold beer with all your new friends at one of the oldest Territory pubs. Gorgeous gorges & national parks leave you breathless as you get to know the backyard of Australia, plus Darwin offers the draw of the big city with shopping & nightlife not to be missed.
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Itinerary + Backstage Pass & 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 Tour Manager in local currency.
Your Backstage Pass gives you incredible exclusive experiences you’ll only get with Contiki. From food to accommodation to exclusive access to the best sights, your Backstage Pass gives you unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.
Check into your hotel from 2pm & spend the rest of the day exploring Darwin.
Meet up with your fellow travellers and Contiki team before heading out to stunning Litchfield National Park. On the way, we stop by the termite mounds, a local natural curiosity. These mounds are up to 4 metres (13ft) high and are literally magnetic – your Tour Manager will fill you in on the details.
Then we hit the famous falls that make up the park - four waterfalls pour over a wide plateau into deep, picture-perfect waterholes surrounded by thick rainforest. Experience this natural playground and take a dip in the transparent waters. Head back to Darwin & get ready for a night out on the town.
- See the termite mounds
- Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls
- Harbour Cruise A$65
Today, we hit the Darwin Museum and find out about the past of the Northern Territory’s capital.
Our included wildlife boat cruise takes us out to spot crocs & learn about the native birdlife in the area.
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
- Cruise to see crocodiles & native bird life
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.
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.
- Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Hike to see the Aboriginal rock art
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 Tour Manager will organise an optional dinner tonight, so you can relax by the pool.
- Visit Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & see the sheer rock walls and wildlife
- Cool off in Edith Falls
- Katherine Gorge Cruise A$55
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
As we leave the site of Australia's last gold rush, we're on to Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles). This afternoon we arrive in Alice Springs for a visit to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you hear about some of Australia’s the unique outback reptiles, and if you're brave enough, hold a python!
Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
- Visit the unique rock formation known as Karlu Karlu
- Visit Australia's UFO capital, Wycliffe Well
- Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience
Jump start the day by learning about surviving in the bush with our included Aboriginal 'Bushtucker' tour. Our expert Aboriginal Guide will fill you in on the dos and don’ts of life in the bush, and you’ll even get to taste insects and plants if you’re adventurous.
Next up, Kings Creek Station. This working camel & cattle station serves up a real outback experience. Tonight, 'go bush' and sleep under the open sky at our overnight bush camp where you’ll see the desert sky light up with thousands of stars.
Outback bush camp Breakfast, Dinner
- Aboriginal Dreamtime 'Bushtucker' tour in Alice Springs
- Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole and the 'Lost City'
- Stay at a cattle & camel station
- See the desert night sky & stars
- Sleep in a traditional Aussie 'swag' at an outback bush camp
- Quad Bike Excursion A$85
- Scenic Helicopter Flights from A$90
- Camel Ride A$50
Today we make tracks to Uluṟu!
We drive by ancient (700 million years old!) Mt. Connor for 360° views over the red desert and take a walk through Uluṟu's neighbour - Kata Tjuṯa, or 'The Olgas' - before arriving at Yulara Resort. This environmentally designed resort is all about the outback and has a pool for you to cool off in after the drive.
- Wake up to a bacon & egg breakfast
- See the 700 million year old Mt. Conner & Lake Amadeus
- Hike through Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)
Start off the morning nice and early and watch the sun rise over this iconic natural wonder from the viewing area.
Get familiar with Uluṟu when your Tour Manager takes you around its base and gives you the background of the spiritual significance of this site for Aboriginal people.
For something different, choose an optional Harley Davidson ride or scenic flight.
Tonight, catch the sun set over the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluṟu (Ayers Rock), and grab some nibbles and bubbly to toast this amazing view.
- Visit Uluru Cultural Centre
- See Uluṟu at sunrise
- Toast Uluṟu at sunset with drinks & nibbles
- Harley Davidson motorcycle rides from A$55
- Uluru & the Olgas Scenic Flights from A$90
It’s an easy-going start to the day today. Your Tour Manager will cook up a storm for breakfast, so load up on bacon & eggs!
We swing by a traditional Australian roadhouse, and then pull back into Alice Springs.
Tonight, join the group for an optional dinner at the Overlander Steakhouse, where you can try out kangaroo, crocodile, camel & steak while listening to Aussie folk songs.
- Indulge in a BBQ 'Big Brekkie'
- Visit a traditional Outback Roadhouse
- Overlander Steakhouse 'Drovers Blowout' Meal A$60
- Quad Bike Excursion A$125
Start your last day on tour with an unforgettable experience. Get above it all in an optional hot air balloon ride over the red MacDonnell Ranges at dawn. Enjoy a bird’s eye view over these stunning, massive rock formations.
Our tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and Contiki crew.
- Hot Air Ballooning A$275
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