At sunrise, embark on an incredible base tour of Uluru, learning about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime.
Embark on an unforgettable scenic flight over the natural wonder of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.
Board a cruise through the spectacular Katherine Gorge and marvel at the winding network of gorges carved from sandstone.
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Your incredible journey of Central Australia begins today as you are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before a Welcome Dinner at the hotel this evening where you will meet your crew and fellow guests.
Stay: Hilton DarwinDaily :
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.
Depart Darwin after breakfast this morning and head towards the remote township of Katherine. Later, discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people.
Stay: Mataranka, Territory ManorDaily :
Travel to the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, where you can unwind in the warm, crystal-clear waters, which are said to have healing properties for aches and pains. Afterwards, travel to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, an awe-inspiring one million-acre working cattle station that stretches all the way to the spectacular Gulf of Carpentaria.
Stay: Lorella Springs Wilderness ParkDaily :
Enjoy a scenic flight over the unique rock formations of the Lost City. A series of large sandstone outcrops, the Lost City evokes the remains of an ancient civilisation. A spectacular sight, this landmark is located in a remote and hard-to-access area, and a breathtaking flight is the perfect opportunity to capture its stunning natural beauty.
After your Signature Experience, enjoy lunch at the iconic Heartbreak Hotel. Arrive at Barkly Homestead and enjoy dinner.
Stay: Barkly HomesteadDaily :
Today, make your way 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. Geologically, the marbles were formed from an upsurge of molten rock that cooled and became solid beneath a layer of sandstone. Over time, water infiltrated the cracks of these solid structures, breaking down the sandstone, and then the granite. As a result, rounded granite boulders perched on top of each other have been revealed. Continue to Alice Springs where you will check in to your hotel and settle in for the next two nights.
Stay: Two Nights, Mercure Alice Springs ResortDaily :
Head to Simpsons Gap, just one of the scenic areas that pierce 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. Here, be sure to keep an eye out for black-footed rock-wallabies. Continue to the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, a vast and spectacular section of the ranges. This is an outstanding example of ancient landscapes shaped over time by climatic elements. Here, the cooler temperatures of these scenic gorges offer important refuges for a collection of plants and animals. The landscapes you will see played a significant role in the stories of Western Arrernte Indigenous culture, which have been passed on to generations for thousands of years. At Angkerle Standley Chasm, follow a creek where spring-fed pools attract a variety of unique birdlife. The chasm’s European name is a tribute to Ida Standley, who became the first school teacher in Alice Springs in 1914. Afterwards, visit beautiful Ormiston Gorge, replete with stunning geology and a variety of unique species. Later, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax and unwind before dinner this evening.Daily :
Travel to Hermannsberg and visit the Namatjira School of Art, where you can view magnificent authentic art pieces. Named after one of Australia’s best-known artists, Albert Namatjira, take some time to peruse his iconic landscape paintings, which are synonymous with Australia’s incredible Outback. After, travel to Gosses Bluff crater where you’ll enjoy lunch before heading off-road along the Mereenie Loop Road. This rugged 4WD track through Australia’s beautiful desert country is a welcome alternative to the longer sealed road. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as we travel to Kings Canyon. Upon arrival at Kings Canyon Resort, enjoy a delicious dinner with your crew and fellow travellers.
Stay: Kings Canyon ResortDaily :
Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. On this challenging walk, venture around the rim of the canyon’s incredible sandstone walls, then after reaching the lookout, marvel at breathtaking Watarrka National Park and the canyon itself. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, featuring a waterhole and riverine vegetation.
Journey into the heart of pristine Watarrka National Park today, where unspoiled bush and red rock canyons create an amazing experience. The Luritja Indigenous people have called Watarrka National Park home for more than 20,000 years. After lunch, journey to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta - the Olgas, consisting of 36 majestic domes, which form deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. Continue to explore the immense red walls of Walpa Gorge, before making your way to Ayers Rock Resort. In the heart of the Red Centre, the luxury of Sails in the Desert complements the surrounding natural beauty.
Stay: Two Nights, Uluru, Sails in the DesertDaily :
This evening, experience ‘A Night at Field of Light’. 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 Field of Light art installation covering the desert floor behind you.
At sunrise, embark on a base tour of Uluru, learning about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime. While you circumnavigate this landmark, the experience will leave you mesmerised.Daily :
After breakfast this morning, set off for your journey across the state line into South Australia. Upon arrival in the Outback town of Coober Pedy, visit the Umoona Opal Mine and watch an informative award-winning documentary presented in an underground theatre. Learn about the different types and quality of opals, as well as visiting a mine that operated in the 1920s. This evening, retire to the unique Desert Cave Hotel.
Stay: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel (underground rooms)Daily :
Drive to the edge of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, where you’ll be able to look out to the seemingly endless dazzling salt flats.
Journey along the iconic Oodnadatta Track
Travel along the Oodnadatta Track and stop at William Creek for lunch. Be sure to keep an eye out for the incredible 5,614-kilometre Dog Fence. You will also have the option to board a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, where you will gain a bird’s-eye view and true appreciation of this magnificent sight - own expense. Later, arrive at the small town of Marree.
Stay: Marree HotelDaily :
On the way to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel, a family-owned pub with a unique menu that showcases local produce. Arrive at the national park, which is a significant cultural site renowned for its spectacular 800-million-year-old landscapes. Within the park is the famous Wilpena Pound, cradled within a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Set amongst river red gums and native pines, Ikara Safari Camp is the perfect base for exploring Wilpena Pound. This is the ultimate wilderness experience, with a few of life’s modern luxuries included, allowing you to stay surrounded by sprawling native bushland. Enjoy dinner before relaxing on your deck overlooking the bush.
Stay: Two Nights, Wilpena Pound, Ikara Safari CampDaily :
Enjoy a full day to explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Visit Brachina Gorge and keep an eye out for the endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby as you traverse the gorge’s ancient layers. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound - own expense.Daily :
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 exceptional locally grown produce and wines of the region. Arrive in Adelaide and savour a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Adelaide, The Playford HotelDaily :
The time has come for your amazing Central Australian adventure to end. After breakfast, farewell your new-found friends and then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Throughout your Outback Wilderness Adventure, enjoy the expertise of a Tour Director and Driver-Guide.
At the end of each day's exploration, stay in each region's best accommodation.
Our specially engineered vehicles have an impeccable reliability record, traversing some of the roughest terrain.
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.