From 25/05/2021 to 12/10/2021
CITY TOUR in Adelaide, Alice SpringsCRUISE on Katherine Gorge, Yellow Water Billabong and Darwin HarbourSEE a wide range of birdlife and crocodilesVIEW Wilpena Pound, an opal demonstration, sunset and sunrise at Uluru, Aboriginal rock art, waterfalls in Litchfield National ParkVISIT former rocket testing site Woomera, historic Telegraph Station and Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs, historic Daly Waters PubConnect With Locals At Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, you'll hear stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, while enjoying an Aussie outback barbecue dinner (Day 9).
Dive Into Culture Witness a soul-stirring sunrise over Uluru (Day 6).
Join a local Aboriginal guide to earn about the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People at the Alice Springs Desert Park (Day 9).
Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Adelaide (Day 1), Clare Valley (Day 2), Coober Pedy (Day 4), Alice Springs (Day 10), Kakadu (Day 12).
Make A Difference When you explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park you'll discover how your visit helps support not only the environment, but the traditions of the Mutitjulu community (Days 5-6).
Stays With Stories A family owned property that brings Coober Pedy 'dugout' living to life, the Desert Cave Hotel offers guests an opportunity to gain insights into the town's opal mining heritage and the unique experience of sleeping underground (Day 4).
Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre from the Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, with its incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs and glowing red dunes (Day 5).
14 breakfasts10 dinners (Including Connect With Locals)Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeingDaily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening mealsLuxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trustedHandcrafted HighlightsOptional Experiences and free timeAll porterage and local charges includedMust-see sightseeing and surprise extrasAn expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-StaysAll hotel tips, charges and local taxesAirport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holidayVIP entry to many sights.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - The 'City of Churches' is yours to explore (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm) before meeting a 'Local Specialist' later for a guided tour of Adelaide Central Market. Savour the aroma of freshly baked goods before spending a relaxing evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.
Day 2 - Journey to one of Australia's oldest wine regions, the Clare Valley, where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' at Sevenhill Cellars, the only remaining Jesuit-owned winery in Australia. Next stop is Hawker, home of the Jeff Morgan Gallery. You'll meet Jeff and view his spectacular 30 metre panoramic painting of the Flinders Ranges. Continue to the heart of the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre spanning nearly 8,000 hectares.
Day 3 - Join your Travel Director for a leisurely walk to Wangarra Lookout, with its panoramic views over Wilpena Pound, and visit Hills Homestead, the home of brave settlers who sought to make a life in the harsh Australian environment. Journey through Pichi Richi Pass and historic Quorn bound for Port Augusta, a natural harbour on the Spencer Gulf. Later, you'll visit Wadlata Outback Centre before a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 - We visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera this morning, before travelling through salt-lake country to Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a 'Local Specialist', who'll then lead you through some of the town's iconic underground buildings, including a church and a private residence. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', providing an opportunity to experience Coober Pedy 'dugout' living.
Day 5 - Continue your journey to the Red Centre, arriving in the dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where we'll spend the next two nights at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', the Desert Gardens Hotel. 'Make a Difference' with your visit which helps support a Join Trafalgar initiative to protect the environment and preserve the traditions of the native Mutitjulu community. This evening, sparkling wine is served as you witness the sunset over Australia's most renowned natural landmark.
Day 6 - Rise early this morning and 'Dive into Culture', witnessing a soul-stirring Red Centre sunrise. Embark on a tour around the base of Uluru, then enjoy a self-guided stroll or take a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, whose ancient Aboriginal rock paintings have been preserved for millions of years. Your Travel Director will explain their significance before your journey continues to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six domes of red-hued sedimentary rock, where you'll toast another magnificent sunset with a glass of sparkling wine.
Day 7 - Consider an optional experience and rise early to visit the soul-stirring art installation in the desert, the Field of Light, 50,000 frosted glass spheres of light in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and white. Continue through the stark red desert landscape to Kings Canyon, admiring its ancient red rock walls that soar 100 metres above Kings Creek. Trace the rim of the canyon and connect with the natural beauty of Watarrka National Park or take a leisurely stroll along the sandy creek bed.
Day 8 - The Australian outback seems to stretch endlessly as you journey past vast cattle properties today en route to Alice Springs. Visit the historic Telegraph Station, the first communication link between Australia and England, then drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over 'The Alice'.
Day 9 - After breakfast this morning, 'Dive into Culture' and join a local Aboriginal guide to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Learn about the endangered animals of the Red Centre, then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility provides emergency medical assistance in the outback. 'Connect with Locals' later, joining the Falzon family at their Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest home-cooked barbecue dinner and insights into the sustainable lifestyle the family has created.
Day 10 - Visit the legendary School of the Air this morning with a 'Local Specialist', then travel north, stopping at Wycliffe Well, where you'll need to keep an eye out for a UFO. Your next stop is just as intriguing, Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), an outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. We overnight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.
Day 11 - Wet your whistle at the historic and quirky Daly Waters Pub, before continuing to Mataranka for a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear thermal springs. Spend the night in Katherine, where the outback meets the tropics.
Day 12 - Our first stop is Nitmiluk National Park, where we'll embark on a leisurely cruise along the Katherine Gorge. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn. Venturing deep into Kakadu, we'll cruise with a 'Local Specialist' on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its diverse species of birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.
Day 13 - Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu's renowned Aboriginal rock art sites. Spend the afternoon in Darwin exploring the sights of this exciting multicultural city. Later, soak up the atmosphere and flavours of the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where you can treat yourself to dinner while watching the iconic sunset.
Day 14 - Travel to Litchfield National Park today, pausing to examine the park's iconic termite mounds. We'll view Florence Falls, then venture to Wangi Falls with some free time to swim in the large waterhole, before returning to Darwin. This evening, set sail on Darwin Harbour with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for Farewell Dinner Cruise.
Day 15 - Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
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