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Central Australian Discovery

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Trip Code: GODA15R
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 17 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 41 meals
  • The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
  • 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

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map 2024 GODA15R
Adelaide → Darwin

Reverse Trip

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

Arrive into Adelaide airport, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and Driver-Guide as you enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Adelaide, The Playford Hotel

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  • Dinner

Signature Experience

Visit the highly acclaimed Watervale Hotel for a delightful meal featuring local produce from their organic, bio-dynamic farm in the Clare Valley.


After breakfast, journey through the wine growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy your signature experience, showcasing exceptional locally grown produce and wines of the region. Continue to Wilpena Pound National Park, a cultural, historical and geological wonder renowned for its spectacular 800-million-year-old landscapes. Set amongst river red gums and native pines, Wilpena Pound Resort is the perfect base for exploring Wilpena Pound National Park.

Stay: Two Nights, Wilpena Pound Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Driving through the Flinders Range on a 4WD tour bus

This morning is yours to explore at leisure. Perhaps take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound to gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder (additional expense). Or alternatively embark on a self-guided walk to the spectacular Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of mountains in the heart of the national park. After Lunch, venture into Flinders Ranges National Park and follow in the footsteps of Douglas Mawson as you spend the afternoon in the geological site of Brachina Gorge, an important refuge for the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.

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This morning farewell the Flinders Ranges. Stop for lunch at the Prairie Hotel. Later, arrive at Marree and stay at your historic hotel that dates back to 1883.

Stay: Marree Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Drive to the edge of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and look out to the seemingly endless salt flats.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey along the iconic Oodnadatta Track, keeping an eye out for the 5,614-kilometre Dog Fence.


Today 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. This afternoon we arrive in Coober Pedy.

Stay: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Coober Peady Town Sign, South Australia

Make your way to the Umoona Opal Mine, where you will watch an informative award-winning documentary presented in an underground theatre. You will learn about the different types and quality of opals, as well as visiting a mine that was worked in the 1920s. Farewell South Australia; and cross the border into the Northern Territory. Later arrive at Uluru. In the heart of the Red Centre, the luxury of Sails in the Desert complements the surrounding natural beauty. This evening, enjoy dinner at your resort.

Stay: Two Nights, Uluru, Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, indulge in the Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars. Savour a glass of sparkling as the sun goes down, then help yourself to a ‘bush tucker’ buffet accompanied by the music of a didgeridoo.


At sunrise, enjoy a base tour of Uluru, learning about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime while you marvel at this Australian icon. While you circumnavigate this amazing natural landmark, the experience will leave you mesmerised. Rising 348 metres above the plain, this national treasure is higher than both the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Chrysler Building in New York. Tonight enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, explore the incredible Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta - the Olgas, consisting of 36 majestic domes, which form deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. An important Indigenous cultural site, Kata Tjuta translates to ‘many heads’. Continue to explore the immense red walls of Walpa Gorge. Later arrive at Kings Canyon Resort. Set in the Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon, Kings Canyon Resort will be a stay to cherish.

Stay: Discovery Resorts - Kings Canyon

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey into the heart of pristine Watarrka National Park and embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk.


Today travel from Kings Canyon along the Mereenie Loop Road to Alice Springs. Along the way stop at Hermannsburg and visit the Namatijira School of Art, where you view magnificent authentic art pieces before enjoying lunch at Gosses Bluff crater. This afternoon arrive in Alice Springs where you will enjoy a tour of this iconic township.

Stay: Two Nights, Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Aboriginal people, where several dreamtime stories have said to take place. The area also contains one of the most prominent waterholes in the region. 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, cool scenic gorges are important refuges for a collection of plants and animals from the harsh elements, many of which are found only here.

The landscapes you see played a significant role in the stories of Western Arrernte Aboriginal 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 the beautiful Ormiston Gorge, filled with stunning geology and is also home to a variety of unique species, including the Long-tailed Dunnart. Later, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to perhaps, take some time to relax and unwind form a hard day’s exploration before enjoying dinner later in the evening.

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  • Lunch
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Today, make your way to Tennant Creek. Along the way, stop at Karlu Karlu – Devils Marbles. A living cultural landscape, be in awe as the golden sunlight shines upon these giant granite boulders. 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. Karlu Karlu is also recognised as of great cultural importance, with nearly the entire Reserve a registered sacred site, with many stories and traditions associated to this area. Arrive at Barkly Homestead and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Tennant Creek, Barkly Homestead

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View of the Devils Marbles rocks at sunset against a purple sky.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a scenic flight over the unique rock formations of the Lost City. A series of sandstone outcrops, the Lost City evokes the remains of an ancient civilisation.


Today make your way to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park. Enjoy lunch at the iconic Heartbreak Hotel. Continue to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park for dinner.

Stay: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Katherine via 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.

Stay: Mataranka Territory Manor Motel

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a cruise through Katherine Gorge and marvel at the network of gorges carved from centuries-old sandstone.


Arrive in Darwin, this evening, say goodbye to newfound friends and your Driver-Guide during a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Hilton, Darwin

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your amazing adventure draws to a close. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Darwin airport for your onward flight.

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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.