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Outback Adventure

(Start Darwin - Until Mar 2019)

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10 nights accommodation
1 night in Resort, 6 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Outback bush camp, 2 nights in Lodge
From bush camping under the stars to hotels and lodges, this trip has a healthy dose of authentic and comfortable travel.
14 included Meals
10 Breakfast, 4 Dinner
This trip includes 14 meals. From good old-fashioned Aussie BBQs to bush tucker, there are myriad exotic food options. You might like to chow down kangaroo, emu, crocodile or camel (but you don't have to).
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
21 included, 6 optional that you can add
You'll be treated to an exclusive Aboriginal dreamtime 'bush tucker' tour, and enjoy delicious drinks and nibbles at Uluru, the indigenous heart of Australia. You'll also hike through "Kata Tjuta" (aka The Olgas), learn about Australia's indigenous culture at the Uluru cultural centre and be guided around Darwin.
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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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OUTBACK ADVENTURE (START DARWIN - UNTIL MAR 2019)

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Litchfield National Park
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Kakadu National Park
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Katherine
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Mataranka
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Daly Waters
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Renner Springs
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Wycliffe Well
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Devils Marbles
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Alice Springs
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Kings Creek Station
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Uluru
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DAY 1 - 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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Visit the Darwin Museum & see the Cyclone Tracy display
See the harbour & East Point Military Reserve
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Crocosaurus Cove Entry
A$30
Cage of Death (including entry to Crocosauras Cove)
FROM A$123
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Travelodge (or similar)
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 lush rainforest. Grab your swimmers, 'cos we'll be hitting the famous Florence Falls to take a heavenly dip in the crystal clear waters (seasonal).
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Stay near Kakadu National Park
Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls
See the termite mounds
Litchfield National Park
But - why rush? Best make the most of our day and check out the enormous termite mounds and thick rainforest of Litchfield National Park. Here we'll hit the famous Florence Falls – four waterfalls pouring over a wide plateau into deep, picture-perfect waterholes surrounded by thick rainforest. Grab those swimmers and take a dip in the transparent waters. Cool, fresh, bliss.
Kakadu National Park
More adventure awaits us this afternoon as we head to Kakadu National Park. Here, we'll uncover local aboriginal culture. Fully immersed in these timeless lands, we'll settle down for the night.
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Aurora Kakadu Hotel
DAY 3 - 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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Aurora Kakadu Hotel
DAY 4 - Kakadu National Park to Katherine
Kakadu National Park
Today we head towards Katherine, resting up so we can head deep into the bush region in the morning to check out ancient rock art dating back almost 20,000 years and learn about the areas deep Aboriginal past.
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Stay near Kakadu National Park
Visit Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & see the sheer rock walls and wildlife
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Katherine Gorge Cruise
A$79
Katherine
After all that dry desert time we'll be digging this afternoon's new scene of riverside Katherine. Pool hangs and team dinner, anyone?
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Ibis Styles Katherine (or similar)
DAY 5 - Katherine to Renner Springs
Katherine
Today we venture further South towards Renner Springs. 
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Swim at the Mataranka thermal pools
Visit the historic Daly Waters pub
Mataranka
Nothing heals a tired travelling body like swimming in 34 degree thermal pools. Mataranka - we're coming in cool, so do your worst.
Daly Waters
Next up we get uber vintage in the Daly Waters pub - it's been serving booze and hosting country ruckus since 1893 and is local outback life at it's very best. Filled with lively Aussie characters and memorabilia of days gone by, it's the perfect lunch break en route to our next stop.
Renner Springs

Tonight we take things totally rural, staying in an authentic outback roadhouse in Renner Springs

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Renner Springs Desert Inn (or similar)
DAY 6 - Renner Springs to Alice Springs
Renner Springs
This morning we leave Renner Springs and head south, cutting through the Renner Springs that divide the red desert of Australia's centre & the tropics of the north.
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience
Visit Australia's UFO capital, Wycliffe Well
Visit the unique rock formation known as Karlu Karlu
Wycliffe Well
Stop one falls in the spooked out category - Australia's UFO capital. With only a few permanent residents, Wycliffe Well is little more than a roadhouse in the middle of no man's land, though many people venture here with aliens on the brain.
Devils Marbles
Less of the spooky and more of the weird, Devils Marbles boasts two boulders that look a little like giant potatoes on a chopping board. Go figure.
Alice Springs
Tonight it's all about getting experimental with Aussie meat. Kangaroo, crocodile, camel & steak while listening to Aussie folk songs and rubbing shoulders with some local Aussie characters
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Ibis Styles Alice Springs (or similar)
DAY 7 - Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station
Alice Springs
Move over Bear Grylls, as by the time we’ve finished this morning’s Aboriginal ‘Bushtucker’ tour we’ll be all over knowing how to survive in the bush. Your Local Guide will give you the 101 on insect eating and plant sampling, and there’ll even be real life bushtucker treats to get stuck in to (if you dare) – witchetty grubs and kangaroo tails for breakfast, yes please...
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Aboriginal Dreamtime 'Bushtucker' tour in Alice Springs
Stay at a cattle & camel station
See the desert night sky & stars
Sleep in a traditional Aussie 'swag' at an outback bush camp
Kings Creek Station
The authentic Aussie experience continues this evening as we bed down for the night under the desert stars at Kings Creek Station, an outback camel and cattle station. We’ll be sleeping like babies after an afternoon spent exploring the land. “Going bush” (sleeping outdoors) is pretty much as Aussie as they come, so snuggle down in your swag and gaze into the Milky Way with the squad.
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Kings Creek Station
DAY 8 - Kings Creek Station to Uluru
Kings Creek Station
Our day's intermittence is in the creamy orange plains of the mighty Kings Canyon. Grab your sneakers, your camera and your sense of adventure – you’re guided hike awaits. We’ll be visiting landmarks like the ‘Garden of Eden’ waterhole and the ‘Lost City’, all the while gazing in astonishment at landscapes where blue and orange stretch as far as the eye can see.
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Wake up to a bacon & egg breakfast
Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole and the 'Lost City' at Kings Canyon
See the 700 million year old Mt. Conner & Lake Amadeus
Hike through Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)
Uluru
With Kings Canyon off the list, our next majestic spot is one you’ve been waiting for - Uluru. Discovered completely by accident on 18 July, 1873, it's hard to believe this imposing rock region wasn’t spotted sooner. Prepare to be amazed...Uluru is a staggering 700 million years old. Yes, you read that right. We’ll spend our afternoon walking through Uluru’s neighbour Kata Tjuṯa, aka 'The Olgas', before arriving at our eco-friendly outback resort for some well-deserved chill time by the pool.
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Outback Pioneer Lodge
DAY 9 - Uluru
Uluru
Get that bucket list back out and prepare to throw a red tick on page one - this morning we watch the sunrise at Uluru. We’ll learn why the site is of such spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people, and there’s even the chance to see the area from a completely different angle – Scenic flight, anyone? Just as we love a good sunrise, we’re suckers for a sunset, so tonight we’ll be raising a glass of champagne at Uluru, toasting our Aussie adventure, naturally.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Visit Uluru Cultural Centre
See Uluṟu at sunrise
Toast Uluru at sunset with drinks & nibbles
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Uluru & the Olgas Scenic Flights
from A$145
Stay
Outback Pioneer Lodge
DAY 10 - Uluru to Alice Springs
Uluru
After a leisurely morning and BBQ breakfast - yep, you can literally BBQ any meal in Oz – it’s time to wave goodbye to Uluru as we make our way back to Alice Springs.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Indulge in a BBQ 'Big Brekkie'
Visit a traditional Outback Roadhouse
Alice Springs
Spend your free evening exploring the local nightlife, chilling by the pool or grab a drink and kick back with your Contiki crew.
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Ibis Styles Alice Springs (or similar)
DAY 11 - Alice Springs
Alice Springs
After a last breakfast with the squad, your Red Centre soiree has come to an end. Swap social deets, squeeze in last minute hugs and start making plans for Contiki round 2...
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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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