Travel the land 'Down Under'. Sleep under the stars in a bush camp, take a hot air balloon ride, then grab a cold beer with all your new friends at one of the oldest Territory pubs. Gorgeous gorges & national parks leave you breathless as you get to know the backyard of Australia, plus Darwin offers the draw of the big city with shopping & nightlife not to be missed.
Welcome to Australia's best-kept secret, the Northern Territory. We get right into it, ‘cos lets face it, up here we’ve got to! First up, the East Point Military Reserve and Darwin Museum, then there’s your chance to come face to face with a 5m crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove, travel is all about facing your fears, right? Later, hit Darwin’s legendary bars for a night out to celebrate the epic days to come.
Leaving the city vibe behind, it's time to get into the lush natural landscape of the Territory.
But - why rush? Best make the most of our day and check out the enormous termite mounds and thick rainforest of Litchfield National Park. Here we'll hit the famous Florence Falls – four waterfalls pouring over a wide plateau into deep, picture-perfect waterholes surrounded by thick rainforest. Grab those swimmers and take a dip in the transparent waters. Cool, fresh, bliss.
A Kakadu National Park adventure awaits today, complete with swamps, rainforest, wetlands, woodlands, plants, insects and 75 different types of reptiles to uncover. We’ll head to a Cultural Centre and Nourlangie Rock to learn about thousands of years old rock art, then jump on a wildlife boat cruise with one main mission – croc spotting. With 20,000sq km of World Heritage-listed goodness to explore, Kakadu delivers every time.
Today we head towards Katherine, resting up so we can head deep into the bush region in the morning to check out ancient rock art dating back almost 20,000 years and learn about the areas deep Aboriginal past.
After all that dry desert time we'll be digging this afternoon's new scene of riverside Katherine. Pool hangs and team dinner, anyone?
Today we venture further South towards Tennant Creek.
Nothing heals a tired travelling body like swimming in 34 degree thermal pools. Mataranka - we're coming in cool, so do your worst.
Next up we get uber vintage in the Daly Waters pub - it's been serving booze and hosting country ruckus since 1893 and is local outback life at it's very best. Filled with lively Aussie characters and memorabilia of days gone by, it's the perfect lunch break en route to our next stop.
Tonight we take things totally rural, staying in the 'true blue' Tennant Creek - the only point of contact for the million-acre cattle stations of the surrounding area.
This morning we leave Tennant Creek and its barren ways behind and head north, cutting through the Renner Springs that divide the red desert of Australia's centre & the tropics of the north.
Stop one falls in the spooked out category - Australia's UFO capital. With only a few permanent residents, Wycliffe Well is little more than a roadhouse in the middle of no man's land, though many people venture here with aliens on the brain.
Less of the spooky and more of the weird, Devils Marbles boasts two boulders that look a little like giant potatoes on a chopping board. Go figure.
Tonight it's all about getting experimental with Aussie meat. Kangaroo, crocodile, camel & steak while listening to Aussie folk songs and rubbing shoulders with some local Aussie characters - this is The Overlander Steakhouse, where the term "I'm so full" will be taken to all new levels.
Move over Bear Grylls, as by the time we’ve finished this morning’s Aboriginal ‘Bushtucker’ tour we’ll be all over knowing how to survive in the bush. Your Local Guide will give you the 101 on insect eating and plant sampling, and there’ll even be real life bushtucker treats to get stuck in to (if you dare) – witchetty grubs and kangaroo tails for breakfast, yes please...
The authentic Aussie experience continues this evening as we bed down for the night under the desert stars at Kings Creek Station, an outback camel and cattle station. We’ll be sleeping like babies after an afternoon spent exploring the land. “Going bush” (sleeping outdoors) is pretty much as Aussie as they come, so snuggle down in your swag and gaze into the Milky Way with the squad.
Our day's intermittence is in the creamy orange plains of the mighty Kings Canyon. Grab your sneakers, your camera and your sense of adventure – you’re guided hike awaits. We’ll be visiting landmarks like the ‘Garden of Eden’ waterhole and the ‘Lost City’, all the while gazing in astonishment at landscapes where blue and orange stretch as far as the eye can see.
With Kings Canyon off the list, our next majestic spot is one you’ve been waiting for - Uluru. Discovered completely by accident on 18 July, 1873, it's hard to believe this imposing rock region wasn’t spotted sooner. Prepare to be amazed...Uluru is a staggering 700 million years old. Yes, you read that right. We’ll spend our afternoon walking through Uluru’s neighbour Kata Tjuṯa, aka 'The Olgas', before arriving at our eco-friendly outback resort for some well-deserved chill time by the pool.
Get that bucket list back out and prepare to throw a red tick on page one - this morning we watch the sunrise at Uluru. We’ll learn why the site is of such spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people, and there’s even the chance to see the area from a completely different angle – Scenic flight, anyone? Just as we love a good sunrise, we’re suckers for a sunset, so tonight we’ll be raising a glass of champagne at Uluru, toasting our Aussie adventure, naturally.
After a leisurely morning and BBQ breakfast - yep, you can literally BBQ any meal in Oz – it’s time to wave goodbye to Uluru as we make our way back to Alice Springs.
Spend your free evening exploring the local nightlife, chilling by the pool or grab a drink and kick back with your Contiki crew.
After a last breakfast with the squad, your Red Centre soiree has come to an end. Swap social deets, squeeze in last minute hugs and start making plans for Contiki round 2...
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Trip Name: Outback Adventure
Duration: 11 Days
From Price: $1,572
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