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Outback Adventure

(Start Darwin)

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

Travel Style

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    5 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights

  • Group Size

    Max 20 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager

Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Litchfield National Park, Kings Canyon

Top Experiences

14 included & 12 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

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

    Included

    Kings Canyon

  • Yellow Waters Cruise

    A$ 68.00

    Kakadu National Park

Outback Adventure (Start Darwin)

14 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a dip surrounded by the cascading Florence Falls, Kakadu
  • 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
  • Take a hike up to the jaw dropping Ubirr Lookout (seasonal)
  • Spot crocodiles in their natural habitat on a Yellow Waters Cruise at Kakadu
  • Experience & learn about Aboriginal cultural heritage with spear throwing & bush medicine at Pudakul
  • Stop at Berry Springs for a swim (seasonal - dry season)
  • BBQ Dinner
  • 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

12 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Get up close to the largest crocs in Australia at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin A$33
  • Visit the inspirational Royal Flying Doctors in Darwin A$25
  • See local flora and fauna on a scenic flight in Kakadu National Park A$145
  • Fishing Charter
  • Yellow Waters Cruise A$ 68.00
  • Glide across Darwin Harbour on a sunset cruise
  • 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$70
  • Soar over the sacred sites of Uluru & Kata Tjuta on a scenic flight From A$ 150
  • See Uluru from a thrilling perspective as you skydive over the Australian outback From A$379
  • Take a peaceful camel ride over the rich red sand dunes A$ 127.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 3 nights in Lodge

    7 nights in multi-share: a lodge, a hostel and a Special Stay, wilderness Bush Bungalows in Kakadu National Park.

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 8 incredible days, with time for sunset hikes, natural wonders, and lunar landscapes along the way.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Darwin

  2. via via

    Litchfield National Park

  3. 2 2 nights

    Kakadu National Park

  4. 1 1 night

    Darwin

  5. 3 3 nights

    Uluru

  6. Kings Canyon

DAY 1 - Arrive Darwin

Darwin

After arriving in Darwin, we'll waste no time getting into it as we head out for an optional visit to Crocosaurus Cove. This unique visit lets you get up-close and personal with these primitive predators at the world's largest display of Australian reptiles.

Stay

Cavenagh Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get up close to the largest crocs in Australia at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin

    A$33

  • Visit the inspirational Royal Flying Doctors in Darwin

    A$25

DAY 2 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Darwin

We'll make the most of the day by heading to Litchfield National Park where we'll check out the enormous termite mounds and famous Florence Falls.

Litchfield National Park

Here we'll hit 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.

Kakadu National Park

More adventure awaits us this afternoon as we head to Kakadu National Park. Here, we'll explore the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding National Park. Fully immersed in these timeless lands, we'll settle into our unique special stay for tonight, the Bush Bungalows (seasonal Apr-Oct.)

 

Stay

Anbinik Bush Bungalows (Seasonal Apr-Oct)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a dip surrounded by the cascading Florence Falls, Kakadu

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.

Stay

Anbinik Bush Bungalows (Seasonal Apr-Oct)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Take a hike up to the jaw dropping Ubirr Lookout (seasonal)

  • Spot crocodiles in their natural habitat on a Yellow Waters Cruise at Kakadu

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See local flora and fauna on a scenic flight in Kakadu National Park

    A$145

  • Fishing Charter

  • Yellow Waters Cruise

    A$ 68.00

DAY 4 - Kakadu National Park to Darwin

Kakadu National Park

We'll depart Kakadu this morning and head to Pudakul for our included Contiki Cares cultural tour, 100% owned and operated by a local indigenous couple. Here we'll get to experience a guided walk, didgeridoo demonstrations, spear-throwing, bush medicine & crafts, then refresh ourselves with tea and damper.

Darwin

We'll make a stop at Berry Springs (seasonal - dry season) for a dip on the way back to Darwin. Humbled by all the natural splendour,this afternoon we'll arrive back into Darwin for the night. What better way to say farewell to the top end of our trip than with an optional Sunset Cruise on Darwin Harbour?

Stay

Cavenagh Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Experience & learn about Aboriginal cultural heritage with spear throwing & bush medicine at Pudakul

  • Stop at Berry Springs for a swim (seasonal - dry season)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide across Darwin Harbour on a sunset cruise

DAY 5 - Darwin to Uluru

Darwin

Today we board a flight from Darwin to Uluru. With authentic Australian experiences high on our agenda this is the place to be!

Uluru

Today we reach the most iconic rock of all, and a bonafide trip highlight: 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 have a BBQ dinner and settle into our lodge, ready for a few days of exploring.

Stay

Outback Pioneer Lodge

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • BBQ Dinner

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the Field of Lights, a spectacular art installation of 50,000 lights near Uluru

    A$42

DAY 6 - 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.

Stay

Outback Pioneer Lodge

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

DAY 7 - 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.
 

Stay

Outback Pioneer Lodge

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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 and hike through the spectacular Kings Canyon

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    From A$ 150

DAY 8 - Uluru

Uluru

This morning we'll  have the chance to check out the landscape from the clouds with a Skydive over the outback 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.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See Uluru from a thrilling perspective as you skydive over the Australian outback

    From A$379

  • Take a peaceful camel ride over the rich red sand dunes

    A$ 127.00

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Australian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What are the luggage restrictions

There will be some activities where walking shoes will be required. Luggage must be kept to a 20 kg limit due to limitations on internal flights.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. See here for more info: https://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas
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It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Australia & New Zealand. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re journeying into the bush, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

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