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Outback Adventure

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The one that gives you wildlife, ancient local culture & 3 nights at Uluru

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  • Duration

    9 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights

  • Group Size

    Maximum 20 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

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Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Uluru, Litchfield National Park, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon

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About this trip

The Australian outback has to be experienced to be believed. This is home to the world's oldest living culture, to skyscraper-sized boulders, scores of crocodiles & kangaroos, ancient rainforest, and the giant red monolith that is Uluru. You'll see it all from Darwin to Uluru in 9 incredible days, with time for sunset hikes, natural wonders, and lunar landscapes along the way.

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DAY 1 - Arrive Darwin

Darwin

Welcome to Darwin, after meeting and greeting today we'll waste no time getting into it as we head out for an optional visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Learn about the history & the activities of the RFDS's pilots, engineers, doctors & nurses, & the experiences of the patients that were carried & cared for each day. See, experience & learn through the wonder of technology as this facility brings history to life. Then we'll regroup at Cullen Bay to watch the spellbinding sunset, before a free evening to check out the city's cosmopolitan nightlife.

 

DAY 2 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Darwin

After included breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll take a city tour on the coach, and visit Parap Markets, a ritual for locals. With the aromas of rich roasted coffee and fragrant Asian cuisine filling the air, we'll check out some of the arts and crafts, before heading to Kakadu National Park. (Please note: Parap Markets not included from April 2022)

Kakadu National Park

It's time to get to grips with the breathtaking landscapes of Kakadu National Park. We'll kick things off by meeting some local Aboriginal people at their business, Pudakul. We'll be taken on an immersive cultural tour where we'll have the chance to learn and understand the local customs and traditions of the Aboriginal people of the region. It's an experience not to be missed. Fully immersed in these timeless lands we'll take a hike up to Ubirr lookout, to catch a stunning sunset over the Nadab floodplain before enjoying a free evening to chill out in Anbinik.

DAY 3 - Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Cameras at the ready! We have all day today to explore the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding National Park. You'll have the option to see the unique terrain of the Northern Territory from the sky, gliding over the strikingly different landscapes on a scenic flight. We'll also get to enjoy an included Sunset Yellow Waters cruise this evening, while learning why this region is so important to the local Aboriginal people.

DAY 4 - Kakadu National Park to Katherine Gorge

Kakadu National Park

More natural beauty in store today, as we head to the otherworldly Katherine Gorge.

Katherine

Welcome to the spectacular sandstone landscapes of Katherine Gorge. We'll have the opportunity to take a cruise and explore the world famous National Park, spotting waterfalls, ancient aboriginal rock art and of course the incredible gorge itself. After visiting Edith Falls, we'll settle in our accommodation and compare photos.

DAY 5 - Katherine Gorge to Darwin via Litchfield National Park

Katherine

Our time in Katherine comes to an end today, but the departure is easier knowing we're headed for another natural wonder...

Litchfield National Park

Arriving in Litchfield National Park, we'll check out the enormous termite mounds and famous Florence Falls, two waterfalls pouring over a wide plateau into into deep, picture-perfect water holes. Grab your swimmers to take a heavenly dip in the crystal clear waters.

Darwin

Back in Darwin we'll settle in for the night, ready to continue our adventures further south tomorrow.

DAY 6 - Darwin to Uluru via Alice Springs

Darwin

Flying out of Darwin, we have Alice Springs and the majestic Uluru in our sights.

Alice Springs

Touching down in red-earthed Alice Springs, we'll jump on board a private coach bound for Uluru.

Uluru

Welcome to Uluru! Here we'll settle into our lodge, ready for a few days of exploring this jaw-dropping destination. Before your head hits the pillow, we'll share a classic Aussie BBQ dinner and you'll have the chance to visit the magical Field of Lights.

DAY 7 - Uluru

Uluru

After a comfy night's sleep it's time to get out and about and explore the majesty of Uluru. And what better way to start the day than witnessing the rock bathed in the golden glow of an Australian sunrise? A sacred site for the local aboriginal tribe, this imposing rock is actually a staggering 700 million years old. We'll then get right into the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with a hike to the Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds, where boulders bigger than skyscrapers dominate the landscape then marvel at the lesser known but no less impressive rock formation of the Olgas, or Kata Tjuta as it's known to the locals. This afternoon you'll have a chance to try out your skills by taking an optional Segway tour. You could also  take part in a dot painting workshop or  maybe kick it with camels.

DAY 8 - Uluru via Kings Canyon

Uluru

Grab your sneakers, camera and your sense of adventure - it's time for a day trip! Our first stop is an included Big BBQ Brekkie at Kings Creek Station, then we're ready to go.

Kings Canyon

Your guided hike around the imposing King's Canyon awaits. Wonder at the lunar-like landscape as you hike through the canyon and take respite from the sun in the shady space at the bottom of the climb, The Garden of Eden.  It's as idyllic and mythical as it sounds and is home to its own unique ecosystem in this barren landscape.

Uluru

Finish the day off with a glass of bubbles in hand and the sunset casting a glow over the Outback's most picturesque backdrop, there's no better way to spend your final evening in Uluru.
 

DAY 9 - Uluru

Uluru

This morning we'll have the chance to take a peaceful camel ride over the rich red sand dunes for Sunrise before it's time to say our sad farewells to our Contiki family. Australia, it's been real. We may shed a tear, but we'll never forget what we've experienced together in this spectacular land. And just remember, it's not goodbye, just see you soon.

Top Experiences

18 included & 9 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Hike to see thousands-of-years-old ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock

    Included

    Kakadu National Park

  • Soar over the sacred sites of Uluru & Kata Tjuta on a scenic flight

    From A$ 155

    Uluru

  • Take a day trip & hike through the spectacular King's Canyon

    Included

    Kings Canyon

Outback Adventure

18 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Watch the sunset at Cullen Bay
  • Darwin City Tour
  • Parap Markets (Until March 2022)
  • Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Take a hike up to the jaw dropping Ubirr Lookout (seasonal)
  • Gain fascinating insights into Aboriginal culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre
  • Hike to see thousands-of-years-old ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock
  • Spot crocodiles in their natural habitat on a Yellow Waters Cruise at Kakadu
  • See Southern Rock Hole, Mataranka Hot Springs & Edith Falls Top Pools (depends on conditions)​
  • Visit Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Take a dip surrounded by the cascading Florence Falls, Kakadu (seasonal)
  • See the termite mounds
  • Watch a golden sunrise over the sacred site of Uluru
  • Visit the Olgas (Kata Tjuta), the Walpa Gorge & the Valley of the Winds in the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Indulge in a BBQ 'Big Brekkie'
  • Toast Uluru at sunset with drinks & nibbles
  • Climb the 'stairway to heaven' to the aptly named Garden of Eden, Kings Canyon
  • Take a day trip & hike through the spectacular King's Canyon

9 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Visit the inspirational Royal Flying Doctors in Darwin A$25.00
  • See local flora and fauna on a scenic flight in Kakadu National Park A$145.00
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Glide across Darwin Harbour on a sunset cruise $60.00
  • Visit the Field of Lights, a spectacular art installation of 50,000 lights near Uluru A$42
  • See a different side of Uluru on a Segway tour A$170
  • Take a Dot-painting workshop with a local Aboriginal Anangu artist & create your own art piece A$70
  • Soar over the sacred sites of Uluru & Kata Tjuta on a scenic flight From A$ 155
  • Take a peaceful camel ride over the rich red sand dunes A$ 127.00

Where You'll Stay

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    Anbinik Kakadu Resort

    Kakadu National Park, Australia

    Set within the tropical forestlands of Kakadu, the resort features a swimming pool, BBQ areas and award-winning architecturally designed accommodation. It’s the perfect location to hike, cruise or hunt for waterfalls in Australia’s largest national park

    2 nights

  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    3 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Cabin, 3 nights in Lodge

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