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Day 1. Arrive Darwin

Be met on arrival in Darwin and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a relaxed welcome dinner. Stay: Hilton Darwin. (D)

Day 2. Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Mataranka

Head towards the remote township of Katherine and enjoy a Signature Experience. Board a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and marvel at the winding network of gorges carved from centuries-old sandstone. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles and birdlife along the way. Later, discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Stay: Mataranka, Territory Manor. (B,L,D)

Day 3. Mataranka, Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Unwind in the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, said to have healing properties for aches and pains. Afterwards, travel to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a one million-acre working cattle station that stretches all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Stay: 2 nights: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park. (B,L,D)

Day 4. Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Today, we will explore this coastal wilderness sanctuary, driving through a variety of landscapes and enjoying some bush walks. This 4000-square-kilometre park contains coastal floodplains, salt flats and mangroves, escarpment country and dense forest. (B,L,D)

Day 5. Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, Lost City, Barkly

Board a scenic flight over the Lost City, a series of large sandstone outcrops that evokes the remains of an ancient civilisation. After a Signature Experience, enjoy lunch at the iconic Heartbreak Hotel. Stay: Barkly Homestead (B,L,D)

Day 6: Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), Alice Springs

Venture to Alice Springs via Tennant Creek. Along the way, stop at Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). A living cultural landscape, nearly the entire reserve is a registered sacred site. Stay: Two Nights, Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs. (B,L,D)

Day 7. Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges

Explore Simpsons Gap, which pierces the West MacDonnell Ranges. This sacred area is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Indigenous people, where several Dreamtime stories have said to take place. Continue to the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, whose landscapes played a significant role in the stories of Western Arrernte Indigenous culture. At Angkerle (Standley Chasm), follow a creek where spring-fed pools attract a variety of unique birdlife. Afterwards, visit Ormiston Gorge, home to a variety of unique species. Later, take the afternoon to unwind. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Mereenie Loop Road, Kings Canyon

Travel to Hermannsberg and visit the Namatjira School of Art, where you can view authentic art pieces. Afterwards, travel to Gosses Bluff crater, before heading off-road along the Mereenie Loop Road. Take in the outback scenes as you travel to Kings Canyon. Stay: Kings Canyon Resort. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Kings Canyon, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Journey into the heart of Watarrka National Park today, where unspoiled bush and red rock canyons create an amazing experience. The Luritja people have called Watarrka National Park home for more than 20,000 years. Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. On this challenging hike, venture around the rim of the canyon’s incredible sandstone walls, then after reaching the lookout, marvel at the canyon itself. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, featuring a waterhole and riverine vegetation. After lunch, head inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), consisting of 36 domes that form deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. Explore Walpa Gorge before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Stay: Two Nights, Uluru, Sails in the Desert (B,L,D)

Day 10. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

At sunrise, embark on a base tour of Uluru, learning stories from the Dreamtime while you explore this icon. Indulge in a Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars. Savour a glass of sparkling before helping yourself to a ‘bush tucker’ inspired buffet accompanied by the music of a didgeridoo. At the same time, immerse yourself in the spectacular Field of Light art installation. (B,L,D)

Day 11. Coober Pedy

Cross into South Australia and arrive in the outback town of Coober Pedy. Visit the Umoona Opal Mine, where you’ll get an insight into Indigenous and European settlement in the area, as well as learning about how opals are mined. Stay: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 12. Oodnadatta Track, Marree

Today you will journey along the Oodnadatta Track, pausing at William Creek for lunch. Perhaps board a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. Take to the skies and gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder from above (own expense). Afterwards, drive to the edge of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre and look out over the seemingly endless salt flats. Later, arrive at the small town of Marree. Stay: Marree Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 13. Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

On the way to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel. Arrive at the national park, which is a cultural site renowned for its 800-million-year-old landscapes. Explore Wilpena Pound, cradled within a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Continue to your accommodation, set amongst river red gums and native pines. Enjoy dinner before relaxing on your deck overlooking the bush. Stay: Two Nights, Wilpena Pound, Ikara Safari Camp (B,L,D)

Day 14. Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

A full day has been set aside for you to explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in more depth. This morning take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound (own expense), before a walk into Wilpena Pound. After lunch, the afternoon is at your leisure to further explore, perhaps spend time in the geological site of Brachina Gorge. Keep an eye out for the endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby as you traverse the gorge’s layers, dating back some 130 million years. Or perhaps enjoy some time to relax. This evening, enjoy dinner back at your resort. (B,L,D)

Day 15. Clare Valley, Adelaide

Farewell Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you make your way through the wine-growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery, showcasing the locally grown produce and wines of the region. Arrive in Adelaide and toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner. Stay: Adelaide, The Playford Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 16. Depart Adelaide

After breakfast, farewell your new-found friends and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

*Itinerary subject to change in 2025

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2024
$10995 $15995 11 Aug
$10995 $15995 28 Aug*
$10695 $15695 16 Sep
Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2025
$10995 $14395 30 April
$11395 $14795 17 May*
$11395 $14795 3 June
$11395 $14795 20 June*
$11395 $14795 7 July
$11395 $14795 24 July*
$11395 $14795 10 Aug
$11395 $14795 27 Aug*
$10995 $14395 12 Sep
  • Dates marked with an * operate in reverse Adelaide to Darwin
  • Prices listed are sale fares and subject to change
  • This is a Medium Level fitness tour
  • Itinerary subject to change in 2025

Highlights & inclusions

  • Experiences in 17 destinations
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 41 meals
  • Board a scenic flight over the Lost City, a series of large sandstone outcrops
  • Experience the incredible ‘Night at Field of Light’ at Uluru
  • Enjoy a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and keep an eye out for crocodiles
  • Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and take in spectacular views
  • View the salt flats of the largest inland lake in Australia, Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre

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