Your inspiring Outback journey begins this afternoon when you meet your Driver Guide and take the short drive to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. The Park is the setting for the majestic sandstone monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) formation. The Traditional Owners of this land, the Anangu, have lived in the region for tens of thousands of years and have a deep connection with the land. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa: the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors.
First stop is Kata Tjuta, where you’ll walk amidst the sheer rock-walls of Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the largest domes. This evening return to Uluru to see the sun set over the western horizon and witness the remarkable light that floods the monolith, changing it from red to vibrant orange and finally deep purple. Later, get to know your travelling companions over a relaxed meal at Ilkari Restaurant.
Your day begins with an iconic sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta at the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. Move closer to Uluru this morning and explore the base of the rock. Several rock shelters house Anangu paintings dating back thousands of years. Your guide will explain their significance and relate timeless stories of the land. Visit beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole, once a vital water source for the local inhabitants, before travelling on to remote Curtin Springs Station.
Tour the property’s boutique paper-making facility, and discover the processes involved in its production. Chat with one of the locals over a barbecue lunch, and learn about life on the million-acre cattle property that’s been home to the Severin family since 1956. After lunch, follow the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and view Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia. Pause brie y at Kings Creek Station, established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway and now Australia’s largest exporter of wild camels. Continue to nearby King’s Canyon Resort, where you can relax and unwind before enjoying a unique evening dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the silent wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). Enjoy canapés and a glass of sparkling wine followed by a delicious four-course meal incorporating fresh produce and unique ingredients native to the Australian Outback.
This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles and more! This evening is free for your to choose from the numerous restaurants that Cairns has to offer.
The town of Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre, is located at a gap in the MacDonnell Ranges. After breakfast this morning, travel the short distance to the West MacDonnell Ranges, an ideal location to experience the geology, flora and fauna of this unique region. Visit Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). This formation was created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone walls of the Chasm contrasting dramatically with the carpet of lush green ferns and towering gum trees on the valley floor. Before you leave, there’ll be time to take a cooling swim in Ellery Creek Big Hole.
Returning to Alice Springs, you’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility has provided emergency medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia since 1928. An exceptional Be My Guest dining experience in a natural bush setting awaits you this evening. Enjoy a drink, explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host cooks a delicious 3-course meal in a bush oven. Dine under the Milky Way as he shares his knowledge of traditional Indigenous bush foods and stories of the land.
At School of the Air this morning learn how children living in an area extending over 1.3 million square kilometres receive education via radio and internet. You’ll also visit the Overland Telegraph Station. One of the great engineering feats of 19th-century Australia, it allowed communication between the Outback and the rest of the world. Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Package Includes: 4 nights of accommodation, Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey, Airport transfers, sightseeing and attractions as listed below.
|5 Day Outback Australia: The Colour of Red|
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|Pricing is per person|
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|Note: Arrival and departure flights can be booked for any time on arrival and departure day.|