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Territory Explorer

9 day Guided Journey – Ayers Rock to Darwin

Overview

The beautiful and stunning Red Centre of the Northern Territory is one of Australia’s must-see destinations. This tour starts in Uluru and visits the iconic site set within Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and surrounding areas of Kings Canyon then on to the famous outback town of Alice Springs. You then head to the Top End city of Darwin to discover this laconic city and it’s awesome waterfront and incredible attractions.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Uluru
Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region’s gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but offers visitors so much more. A beautiful place for all things nature, wildlife, culture and adventure. Ayers Rock is also home to one of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru/Ayers Rock towers above the surrounding landscape.

Geologists say their formation began about 550 million years ago. Uluru is not only a spectacular natural formation, but it’s a deeply spiritual place. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you first set eyes on it.

For the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holds a special cultural significance.

Whether you choose to walk with a traditional owner, join a camel tour, self-drive or dine under a canopy of stars there is something to suit everyone.

On arrival into Ayers Rock, meet your driver at the baggage carousel and transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation.

After settling in, meet your driver/guide in the lobby and commence your private Kata Tjuta tour. Travel to Kata Tjuta where your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these many domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Stop at the Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing platform for panoramic views of Kata Tjuta, and Uluru in the distance. Experience the many moods of sunset and immerse yourself in the environmental changes – your guide will help you to choose from sunset at either Kata Tjuta (for something unique) or Uluru (for that iconic view).

Your tour concludes at your accommodation.

Sails in the Desert
Offering an oasis of luxury against the spectacular backdrop of Australia’s Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel is a beautiful contrast to Uluru’s raw natural beauty and vast rugged expanse. Against a canvas of neutral tones and textures, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of the resort’s modern design. Discover the passion behind Aboriginal art at Sails in the Desert’s Mulgara Gallery. Then be lulled into complete relaxation by one of the Red Ochre Spa’s package treatments. Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Awaken your taste buds with a feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar. Sails in the Desert is the perfect base from which to experience the incredible heart of Australia.

Sails in the Desert
Superior Twin Room 3 nights

Day 02: Ayers Rock (B)
Meet your driver/guide in the lobby and commence your private tour of Uluru at sunrise. As you travel towards Uluru its vast shape rises from the sand dunes as the early dawn light highlights it presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location at the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. Enjoy an outback picnic breakfast before you experience the highlights of Uluru. Your guide will escort you on a short walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole at Uluru where you will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (Python). Drive around the base of Uluru to experience the Mala walk and learn more about the culture of the Anangu (local Aboriginal people).

Your tour concludes at your accommodation.

This evening, experience ‘The Field of Light’. With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a premium selection of Australian wines and beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your ‘Field of Light’ experience is something to remember. Your evening begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru.

As the sun sets on the horizon to the music of a lone didgeridoo, enjoy gourmet canapés and chilled sparkling wine. Your host will provide insights to the art installation that awaits you, before you’re invited to immerse yourself in the Field of Light, its pathways glistening softly with rhythms of coloured light, beckoning you to explore. As the night ignites with countless stars, settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Take a lasting look back at Field of Light from the dune top viewing area before boarding your return transfer to your accommodation.

Sails in the Desert
Superior Twin Room

Day 03: Ayers Rock (B)
Optional: Kings Canyon Air Safari SIC ex Ayers Rock
Meet your representative in the lobby and depart on your scheduled/shared 90 minute helicopter flight tour of Kings Canyon. This tour takes you across the vast desert, over the great salt lakes of Lake Amadeus and on to the majestic Kings Canyon. After completing the Kings Canyon tour, land at Kings Canyon Resort where you can take a walk up the creek bed, or alternatively you can just relax at the café with a cup of coffee, before returning to Yulara.

Your tour concludes at your accommodation.

Sails in the Desert
Superior Twin Room

Day 04: Ayers Rock-Alice Springs (B)
A thriving, spirited outback centre, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it. Framed by the Ranges and the desert landscape, Alice has all the conveniences of a modern township imbued with a rich living Aboriginal tradition and European explorer history.

Meet your representative in the lobby and transfer by private vehicle to the airport for your onward flight

On arrival into Alice Springs, meet your driver at the baggage carousel and transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation.

Alice Springs, located in ‘the Centre’, is classic Australian Outback. This vast and stunning land of deserts and semi-arid plains offers a mixture of light and colour seen nowhere else on earth. The sky is a bright blue, and the clear air gives the sun a sparkling quality. ‘The Alice’ as Australians call it is an oasis with broad tree-lined streets set north of a gorge, which cuts through the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. Originally settled as a post along the Overland Telegraph route, today it is a lively town full of things to see and do.

Meet your driver/guide in the lobby and commence your half day private tour of Alice Springs, including a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Base, the School of Air and the Telegraph Station.

Your tour takes you to ‘Anzac Hill’ from where you can enjoy spectacular views of ‘the Alice’ and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges.

Continue to the Alice Springs School of the Air was the first of its kind established in Australia. Here you will discover how this unique educational service provides for 140 children living in and around the one million square kilometres of Central Australia.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is the first, largest and most comprehensive aero medical organisation in the world. A visit to the base allows for an interesting insight into how people living in the outback have access to essential medical services.

Located on the banks of the Todd River the Alice Springs Telegraph Station was established in 1872 to relay messages from Darwin to Adelaide. The protected Historical Reserve is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs and includes a museum and restored original stone buildings.

Your tour concludes at your accommodation.

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs
With stunning views of the MacDonnell Ranges, Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs is a modern and eco-friendly luxury hotel committed to service excellence. All the spacious guest rooms feature balconies with mountain views, luxurious bedding, air conditioning and 24 hour room service. A swim in the hotel’s heated resort-style swimming pool is welcome after a day of touring and other facilities include a gym, spa and sauna, two tennis courts and access to the 18-hole Golf Course right next door. The hotel also houses one of the most popular fine-dining restaurants in Alice Springs – Hanuman Restaurant serving Thai and Indian cuisine – as well as warm and welcoming Saltbush, whose menu incorporates Australian bush foods into its delicious fare.

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs
Guest Room – Twin 2 nights

Day 05: Alice Springs (B, L)
Meet your representative in the lobby and depart on a full day private tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Your day commences with a spectacular panoramic 360-degree view from the summit of Anzac Hill before travelling west alongside the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges followed by a visit to Rev. John Flynn’s Grave (one of Australia’s greatest heroes). Next experience the dramatic Simpsons Gap, followed by the majestic Standley Chasm where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.

This tour concludes at your accommodation.

Please note: Central Australia can experience extremes of temperature. Please ensure you dress appropriately for extreme heat, especially in summer, and/or cold evenings and winter days. Ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent or fly net (optional) and a small drinking flask to take on walks – water is on board to refill.

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs
Guest Room – Twin

Day 06: Alice Springs-Darwin (B)
Situated on the edge of a harbour bigger than Sydney’s, Darwin is a beautiful, fascinating tropical city – a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. There is so much to do in Darwin but it is best known as the gate-way to Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.

Meet your driver in the lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight.

On arrival into Darwin, meet your driver at the baggage carousel and transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation.

Hilton Darwin
The Hilton Darwin is located in the heart of the city with expansive views over the Timor Sea. Modern, light and spacious rooms are stylish and comfortable, beautifully appointed with typical Hilton luxury amenities. When not visiting the multitude of Top End attractions, guests can relax at the hotel, enjoying the sunshine and a swim in the 10th floor lap pool or a work out in the modern fitness centre. The Hilton’s excellent restaurant Mitchell’s offers a modern Australian menu, focusing on the best and freshest Northern Territory produce.

Hilton Darwin
Executive Room – Twin/Double 3 nights

Day 07: Darwin (B)
Meet your driver in the lobby and commence your half day private sightseeing tour of Darwin.

On your tour today your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks such as the Chinese Temple. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Top End’s premier cultural and artistic organisation. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, opened in 1966 and in its current location since 1981, is home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. You’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia as well as an eclectic range visiting exhibitions.

Established 130 years ago, the George Brown Botanic Gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War Two. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife.

The RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, which opened in July 2016, brings together two iconic elements of the Territory: the RFDS, which began operations in the Northern Territory with the opening of its Alice Springs Base in 1939, and the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 – the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.

Your tour will conclude at your accommodation.

Hilton Darwin
Executive Room – Twin/Double

Day 08: Darwin (B)
Today has been left free for you to explore Darwin at your leisure, perhaps a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and some last minute shopping for territory treasures.

Hilton Darwin
Executive Room – Twin/Double

Day 09: Darwin (B)
Meet your driver in the lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Price + Inclusions

Territory Explorer Price per person
Twin Share $5,850

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation as detailed on a double/twin share basis with private facilities. Interconnecting rooms have been requested at all properties
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport welcome and transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle complete with bottled water
  • The trip price includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Exclusions:

  • Any flights/airport taxes not included in inclusions
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip
  • We strongly recommend travel /cancellation insurance
  • Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax, or telephone charges and transfers/sightseeing or meals not included in inclusions
  • Excess baggage charges

Flights: Ayers Rock/Alice Spring/Darwin – approx. $???

The Territory Explorer can also be designed on a self drive basis – ask for pricing

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