Best of the Australian wilderness
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Group Size: Max 25
Trip code: CTOA
Duration: 9 days
The Outback – Australia’s beating heart and one of the world’s last true wildernesses. This incredible 9-day group tour takes you through otherworldly landscapes, dotted with improbable rock formations, sweeping stretches of desert, and vast gorges cut into the red earth. You’ll learn all about Aboriginal culture, marvel at ancient rock art, plunge into crystal-clear swimming holes, spot crocs in their natural habitat on a sunset cruise, and hike deep into the Bush. Perhaps the most memorable moment of all though, is sunrise over the one-and-only Uluru. Life doesn’t get any better than this.
- Watch the sun rise over the unforgettable Uluru
- Discover the beaches and nightlife of tropical Darwin
- See ancient Aboriginal art and take a sunset cruise at Kakadu National Park
- Take a dip in the famous Florence Falls at Litchfield National Park
- Discover the starkly beautiful landscapes of King’s Canyon
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Day 1: Darwin. Arrive in Darwin and hop in a taxi to our starting accommodation. Get amongst it straight away with a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, before getting to know the gang with a few sundowners in Cullen Bay.
Day 2: Darwin & Kakadu National Park. Take a leisurely tour of Darwin by coach before heading to Kakadu National Park. Learn about the region’s Aboriginal people on an immersive tour, before hiking up to Ubirr lookout to watch the sunset over the Nadab floodplain.
Day 3: Kakadu National Park. Explore the exquisite beauty of Kakadu today. Opt to take a bird’s eye view with a scenic flight or explore the park on foot. See ancient aboriginal art at Nourlangie Rock before boarding our Yellow Waters sunset cruise – keep your eyes peeled for crocs!
Day 4: Kakadu National Park & Katherine Gorge. Take a dip in the cascading beauty of Edith Falls, before heading to Katherine Gorge to see the breath-taking network of thirteen gorges. An optional cruise takes it to the next level, with sparkling waterfalls, rich birdlife and ancient Aboriginal art.
Day 5: Katherine Gorge to Darwin (via Litchfield National Park). Head to Litchfield National Park, (via Adelaide River War Cemetery), where we’ll explore vast termite mounds and have a swim at the famous Florence Falls. Why not finish your day back in Darwin with an optional sunset cruise across the Harbour?
Day 6: Darwin to Uluru. Save a heap of time today with a short flight from Darwin to Alice Springs, before taking the coach to Yulara. Enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ dinner with your mates before watching the desert pulse with colour at the Field of Lights.
Day 7: Uluru. Start your day watching the sun come up over Uluru, then headto the Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds for a hike through the Mars-like landscape, before exploring the Olgas. Later, get creative at a dot-painting workshop led by a local Aboriginal artist, or join a Segway tour.
Day 8: Uluru (via King’s Canyon). Fuel up at King’s Creek Canyon with a big BBQ brekkie before taking a guided tour of the Canyon - prepare to peel your jaw off the floor. A flight over the area is an unforgettable addition. Then it’s time for sunset over Uluru with bubbles and nibbles – wow.
Day 9: Uluru & trip end. Experience the rich, red dunes of the Outback one last time, with an optional camel ride at sunrise. Then say your goodbyes and head for the airport – we’ve loved having you!
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This trip starts in Darwin. Fly into Darwin International Airport (DRW). There are no included activities today until we watch the sunset at Cullen Bay, but we do have some great optional activities on offer, so we’d suggest you arrive early in the day, or maybe even a day or two ahead of your trip (additional nights of accommodation are at an extra cost). Airport transfers aren’t included so you’ll need to make your own way to our starting accommodation. Taxi is the easiest way to travel and takes around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
The trip ends on day 9 in Uluru. There are no activities planned for today, so leave at a time that suits you. If you’re heading home, you’ll need to make your own way to Ayers Rock/Connellan Airport (AYQ). Taxis are easy to organise and take around ten minutes. Ayers Rock Airport connects to most other major cities in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Alice Springs).
Please make sure you allow plenty of time for transfers, to mitigate for possible delays.
8 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll spend 3 nights in hotels, 2 nights in wilderness bush bungalows in Kakadu National Park and 3 in a cosy lodge in the Yulara township. Rooms are on a multi-share basis.
7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.
You'll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. This trip is designed for 18 - 35-year-olds.
British citizens who are not planning to work in Australia can usually obtain an eVisitor visa from the Department of Home Affairs (no fee), or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.