The Australian outback has to be experienced to be believed. This is home to the world's oldest living culture, to skyscraper-sized boulders, scores of crocodiles & kangaroos, ancient rainforest, and the giant red monolith that is Uluru. You'll see it all from Darwin to Uluru in 8 incredible days, with time for sunset hikes, natural wonders, and lunar landscapes along the way.
After landing in Darwin, we'll waste no time getting into it as we head out for an optional visit to Crocosaurus Cove for the brave souls among us. This unique visit lets you get up-close and personal with these primitive predators at the world's largest display of Australian reptiles. And if that's not enough, take the opportunity to swim with the crocs in the ominously named Cage of Death. Are you brave enough?
We'll make the most of the day by heading to Litchfield National Park where we'll check out the enormous termite mounds, lush rainforest and famous Florence Falls.Here we'll hit Florence Falls - four waterfalls pouring over a wide plateau into into deep, picture-perfect water holes surrounded by thick rainforest. Grab your swimmers to take a heavenly dip in the crystal clear waters (seasonal).More adventure awaits us this afternoon as we head to Kakadu National Park. Here, we'll explore the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding National Park. Fully immersed in these timeless lands, we'll settle into our unique special stay for tonight, the Bush Bungalows.
Cameras at the ready! Today we'll uncover local aboriginal culture at the fascinating Warradjan Cultural Centre before visiting Nourlangie Rock to witness some awe-inspiring ancient rock art. You'll have the option to see the unique terrain of the Northern Territory from the sky, gliding over the strikingly different landscapes on a scenic flight. Or, if you prefer to keep things closer to ground level, you can opt for a Yellow Waters cruise, while learning why this region is so important to the local Aboriginal people.
Today we'll hike to one of Kakadu's most famous beauty spots: Ubirr lookout. Passing Aboriginal art sites we'll reach the lookout and gawp at the rainforest ribbons, winding woodlands and sweeping floodplains. See ya Kakadu, we'll never forget you.Hiked-out and humbled by all the natural splendour, tonight we'll head back to Darwin for the night for a much deserved rest. But first we need to tick another box: 'bush tucker' and boomerang throwing!
Today we board a flight from Darwin to Alice Springs and then on to Uluru. With authentic Australian experiences high on our agenda this is the place to be! A quick visit to Simpson's Gap, a remarkable rock formation, will whet our appetites before we reach the most iconic rock of all, and a bonafide trip highlight: Uluru.A quick stop at ANZAC Hill after touching down in The Alice, to get a birds eye view of the unofficial capital of the Outback and to also learn about Australia's fallen soldiers in the 20th century wars.Here we'll settle into our lodge, ready for a few days of exploring this jaw-dropping destination. Before your head hits the pillow, we'll make our acquaintance with The Rock, glass of bubbles in hand and the sunset casting a glow over the Outback's most picturesque backdrop.
Grab your sneakers, camera and your sense of adventure - it's time for a day trip! Your guided hike around the imposing King's Canyon awaits. Wonder at the lunar-like landscape as you hike through the canyon and take respite from the sun in the shady space at the bottom of the climb, The Garden of Eden. It's as idyllic and mythical as it sounds and is home to its own unique ecosystem in this barren landscape.
After a comfy night's sleep it's time to get out and about and explore the majesty of Uluru. And what better way to start the day than witnessing the rock bathed in the golden glow of an Australian sunrise? First discovered by Europeans on 18 July, 1873, and a major sacred site for the local aboriginal tribe, this imposing rock is actually a staggering 700 million years old. We'll then get right into the heart of the Kata Tjuta National Park with a hike to the Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds, where boulders bigger than skyscrapers dominate the landscape then marvel at the lesser known but no less impressive rock formation of the Olgas, or Kata Tjuta as it's known to the locals. This afternoon you'll have a chance to try out your skills by taking an optional Segway tour around Uluru. You could also check out the landscape from the clouds with a scenic flight and maybe kick it with camels for your final evening in the Outback, complete with a cold beer in hand.
This morning we'll say our sad farewells to our Contiki family. Australia, it's been real. We may shed a tear, but we'll never forget what we've experienced together in this spectacular land. And just remember, it's not goodbye, just see you soon.
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Trip Name: Outback Adventure
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: $1,763
Supplier Tour ID: 155.878/247649
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