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Outback Adventure

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WHAT YOU GET
8 nights accommodation
1 night in Resort, 2 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 3 nights in Lodge
A lodge, a hostel and a brand-new Special Stay, a Wilderness Bush Bungalow in Kakadu National Park.
8 included Meals
6 Breakfast, 2 Dinner
We'll provide 7 breakfasts, plus one group dinner. The rest of your meals we'll leave up to you to explore modern Australian cuisine and local eats. Our TM's will always be on hand with their must-try meal recommendations.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Australia isn't the easiest land to traverse, but we know this wild island better than most. Whether it's internal flights, scenic local trains or air conditioned coaches, our included transport will speed you from A-B in comfort, safety and style.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
11 included, 7 optional that you can add
Immerse yourself in all things Aussie with a Pudakul Bush Tucker experience and boomerang throwing, enjoy drinks and nibbles at Uluru for sunset and hike through Kata Tjuta, aka the Olgas. Swim in Florence Falls and hike to Ubirr Lookout.
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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.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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Kakadu National Park
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DAY 1 - Arrive Darwin
Darwin
Check into your hotel from 2pm & spend the rest of the day exploring Darwin.
DAY 2 - Arrive Darwin
Darwin
After landing in Darwin, we'll waste no time getting into it as we head out for an optional visit to Crocosaurus Cove for the brave souls among us. This unique visit lets you get up-close and personal with these primitive predators at the world's largest display of Australian reptiles. And if that's not enough, take the opportunity to swim with the crocs in the ominously named Cage of Death. Are you brave enough?
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Crocosaurus Cove Entry
A$30
Cage of Death (pre-booked via reservations team)
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YHA hostel (or similar)
DAY 3 - 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, lush rainforest and famous Florence Falls.
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Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls
Litchfield National Park
Here we'll hit Florence Falls - four waterfalls pouring over a wide plateau into into deep, picture-perfect water holes surrounded by thick rainforest. Grab your swimmers to take a heavenly dip in the crystal clear waters (seasonal).
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.

 

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DAY 4 - Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park
Cameras at the ready! Today we'll uncover local aboriginal culture at the fascinating Warradjan Cultural Centre before visiting Nourlangie Rock to witness some awe-inspiring ancient rock art. 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. Or, if you prefer to keep things closer to ground level, you can opt for a Yellow Waters cruise, while learning why this region is so important to the local Aboriginal people. 
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Visit a Cultural Centre
Hike to see the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Yellow Waters Cruise
Kakadu Scenic Flight
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Anbinik Bush Bungalows
DAY 5 - Kakadu National Park to Darwin
Kakadu National Park
Today we'll hike to one of Kakadu's most famous beauty spots: Ubirr lookout. Passing Aboriginal art sites we'll reach the lookout and gawp at the rainforest ribbons, winding woodlands and sweeping floodplains. See ya Kakadu, we'll never forget you.
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Ubirr Lookout Hike
Pudakul Bush Tucker Experience
Boomerang Throwing
Darwin
Hiked-out and humbled by all the natural splendour, tonight we'll head back to Darwin for the night for a much deserved rest.  But first we need to tick another box: 'bush tucker' and boomerang throwing! 
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YHA hostel (or similar)
DAY 6 - Darwin to Uluru via Alice Springs
Darwin
Today we board a flight from Darwin to Alice Springs and then on to Uluru. With authentic Australian experiences high on our agenda this is the place to be! A quick visit to Simpson's Gap, a remarkable rock formation, will whet our appetites before we reach the most iconic rock of all, and a bonafide trip highlight: Uluru. 
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Included flight Darwin to Alice Springs
Toast Uluru at sunset with drinks & nibbles
Visit ANZAC Hill
Simpsons Gap
Alice Springs
A quick stop at ANZAC Hill after touching down in The Alice, to get a birds eye view of the unofficial capital of the  Outback and to also learn about Australia's fallen soldiers in the 20th century wars.
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 make our acquaintance with The Rock, glass of bubbles in hand and the sunset casting a glow over the Outback's most picturesque backdrop.
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Outback Pioneer Lodge
DAY 7 - Uluru
Uluru
Grab your sneakers, camera and your sense of adventure - it's time for a day trip! 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.
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Indulge in a BBQ 'Big Brekkie'
Day trip to Kings Canyon
BBQ Dinner
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Outback Pioneer Lodge
DAY 8 - Uluru Day 2
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? First discovered by Europeans on 18 July, 1873, and a major 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 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 around Uluru.  You could also check out the landscape from the clouds with a scenic flight and maybe kick it with camels for your final evening in the Outback, complete with a cold beer in hand.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Sunrise at The Rock followed by The Olgas Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds Walpa Gorge
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Segway around Uluru
Uluru & the Olgas Scenic Flights
from A$145
Visit the Camel Farm for a sunset ride with beer batter damper and and ice cold beer
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Outback Pioneer Lodge
DAY 9 - Uluru
Uluru
This morning we'll 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.
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Jordan
Traveled Feb 2019
Incredible trip that is definitely worth the cost. So many unique experiences and free time activities to pick. Cassie is such an amazing trip manager!
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Dom Van Uden
Traveled Dec 2018
Could not have gotten any more out of this trip! Exceeded all my expectations and have such a great group of friends from around the world now!
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
I had a great time on this tour, so much so it was the 2nd time I'd done it and I would jump at the chance to do it again... Maybe next year! You get to see so mainy sights in a fairly short amount of time and there is always something to do! I tried to chose my favourite part of the trip but there are so many, stargazing at Kings Creek Station and the Kings Canyon hike at sunrise are definitely experiences hard to beat! Oh and the Segway around Uluru is awesome! The one thing that really make this trip AMAZING are the super-duper Trip Manager and Driver who work so hard to make sure each and every person has the best trip possible and that there is always fun to be had day & night, even in the middle of nowhere!! I don't think it would be the trip that it is without them :)
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
I had an amazing time on the Contiki tour, we got to see so much and loads of great people to enjoy it with. Cass and Dave were super fantastic and made sure everything was always fun!! If only it didn't have to end!
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
Such a good time, Cassie is an incredible tour leader.
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Alyssa Maripain
Traveled Oct 2018
Bus was great. Accomadations were acceptable.
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
This trip was amazing! Our tour leader, Cassie, was absolutely amazing and went above and beyond to make sure we all had a great time, even in the most remote parts of the Outback that we visited. The trip took me to places I never would have gone on my own and was really good value for money. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see another side of Australia.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Everything about it was incredible!!!
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Lacey Moore
Traveled Aug 2018
Best value for money! Couldn’t have done it for the same price any other way
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Claudia Benn
Traveled Jul 2018
This trip was worth every dollar!
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Remy Schneider
Traveled Jul 2018
A bit pricey and knowing i could've got a discount if i went at a different time but #noregrets
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Joe Fair
Traveled Jul 2018
Decent value for the money. Make sure to budget extra for the various paid side adventures. They're generally worth it. The outback is truly a sight to behold!
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Anonymous
Traveled May 2018
Great experience in the outback
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Tavia Waiz
Traveled May 2018
Excellent trip, very much worth your money and time.
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Nea Sillanpaa
Traveled Mar 2018
It’s and easy and hassle free way to see the outback. You wouldn’t want to drive up there by yourself so why don’t sit comfortably in a couch and do with an amazing group. You get to see all the major attractions. Uluru was amazing
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Annabelle Partington
Traveled Mar 2018
The best adventure I’ve ever done. Everything about it was well communicated, planned and executed, to make sure we got the best out of our trip.
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2018
An amazing experience. You get to see parts of Australia not many people get to, with guides who are experienced and approachable
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2017
Same as customer experience
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2017
This was an expensive trip, both before and during the trip. The cost overall was higher than I anticipated, however, I know that the Contiki price is very good compared to other trip companies. The inclusions were great! I thought a few more meals could have been included, especially as there were limited meal options.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2017
This contiki Trip was awesome! The tour manager, mark was extremely knowlagable and the driver, deb was awesome! Had such an amazing time, the accommodation and inclusions were awesome! 10/10 would recommend! Absolutely nothing to fault!
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