Travel across the Australian Outback by train and 4x4

Journey from the heart of the Red Centre to Australia's Top End on this adventure-packed tour. See the world's biggest monolith - the mighty Uluru, learn about the oldest culture on earth and trace the lines of ancient rock art. Dine on outback bush tucker, watch the plains roll by from the famous Ghan, swim in clear rock pools at Kings Canyon and muse over each day's adventure with a cold beer. From Ayers Rock to Darwin, you'll discover a land steeped in legend and adorned in breathtaking natural beauty.

Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Explorer
Code
PISGY
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 6
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Step aboard the famous Ghan
  • Embark on a 4x4 tour across open desert plains
  • Swim in the Garden of Eden rock pool
  • Spy crocs on a cruise through Kakadu National Park
  • Marvel at sunrise over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Try tasty bush tucker
  • Learn about the ancient land from Indigenous hosts

Itinerary

Flanked by rugged hills and ridges, Alice Springs is the gateway to Central Australia and the outback. Spectacular Uluru awaits with its ever-changing hues. Explore its vast base and discover ancient Aboriginal art and waterholes that bring life to the surrounding desert. Take some time to learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world, and their relationship to Uluru, with a visit to a local cultural centre. In the evening, enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the magnificent monolithic rock.
View a spectacular sunrise over the Red Centre at Kata Tjuta. Hike through winding gorges and past sandstone domes in the Valley of the Winds. Enjoy a traditional camp oven dinner cooked in the hot coals of the fire at Kings Creek Station. Swap stories and be mesmerised by thousands of stars sparkling from the clear desert night sky.
Hike between sheer cliffs and diverse plant species at King's Canyon, a gem of the Northern Territory, then walk down to explore the Garden of Eden rock pool. After a picnic lunch, head to Hermannsburg - a mission famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira and view his unique artwork at the gallery. After a drive through the sands of the red centre, arrive at the Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal community for an unforgettable evening of tasty bush tucker cooked on the barbecue. Take this opportunity to indulge in some of Australia's more unusual culinary delights - kangaroo, emu and camel.
On the way to Alice Springs, visit Wallace Rockhole's ancient rock paintings and carvings with a knowledgeable local guide. There's also a chance to learn the special techniques behind traditional dot painting during a class. After getting creative, continue on to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Explore the rich earthy beauty of Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. Enjoy a peaceful picnic in the beautiful surroundings and perhaps take a hike to spot local rock wallabies that inhabit the area. Say goodbye to new friends back in the outback town of Alice Springs, perhaps over a cold Aussie beer or delicious kangaroo steak.
Board the legendary Ghan and embark on one of the world's great train journeys.
Continue the adventure by journeying to the sandstone landscape of Kakadu National Park and enjoying a dip in a crocodile-free watering hole. Kakadu National Park holds great significance to the Indigenous people of this land - in fact, the word Kakadu is derived from an ancient local language. Travel south to Pine Creek, home to a historic gold mine, and across the Australian Outback to Mt Bundy Station, where an authentic Northern Territory meal awaits. Try some tasty kangaroo or crunchy crocodile before enjoying a well-earned rest.
Meet your tour leader and embark on an unforgettable tour of Litchfield National Park. Experience the natural spa at Buley Rockhole and discover the impressive termite mounds and head to Pudakul Cultural Experience to learn about Aboriginal culture and taste some bush tucker. Spend the night in the picturesque Mary River region.
Continue to the sandstone landscape of the Kakadu National Park and perhaps take a dip in a crocodile-free watering hole. Kakadu National Park holds great significance to the Indigenous people of this land - in fact, the word Kakadu is derived from an ancient local language. At night, be sure to look skyward to witness the star-fillled outback sky.
Take time to further explore the spectacular surrounds of Kakadu National Park. There are several chances for a refreshing dip today so keep that bathing suit handy. In afternoon, head back to Darwin and perhaps visit the night market to pick up a memorable souvenir.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle, Overnight sleeper train, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Permanent tented camp (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (4 nights)
Included activites
  • Aboriginal Rock Art tour (weather permitting)
  • Corroboree cruise
  • Dot Painting Class
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Twin Falls
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Valley of the Winds walk

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