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11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour

11 days 10 nights
Uluru to Uluru
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In this incredible adventure around the Red Centre, dine in an open-air desert theatre, followed by a production of choreographed drones, lasers and projections telling an ancient story. Wander around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and experience a section of the iconic Australian road trip called The Explorer's Way as you make your way to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway. Venture into West MacDonnell National Park, featuring stunning remote waterholes, towering red cliff faces and sharp crevasses. In the Top End, continue your adventure with day trips into Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, home to rocky escarpments, cool waterfalls and the most incredible sunsets you have ever seen. Wish to stay? Speak to our Australian specialists to extend your time in the Northern Territory!

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Day One - Arrive in the Red Centre of Australia!
Tour day 1
Meals included: Speciality Dinner
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Yulara

Yulara is the resort township situated 10 minutes drive from the entry to Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park. This small outpost is the central hub that supports tourism around Uluru, but also helps to protect the fragile ecosystem and spiritual centre of Australia from modern human impact. Yulara hosts approximately 250,000 visitors each year in its range of accommodation ranging from glamping to poolside resorts. Take the opportunity during your visit to walk the path through desert vegetation to Imalung Lookout in the very centre of the village, providing stunning, uninterrupted views of Uluru.

Transfer from Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation

On arrival, after collecting your luggage, follow the courtesy hotel transfers signs and make your way outside the terminal and board the waiting AAT Kings coaches.

Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner with Voyages Indigenous Tourism

Deep in the desert, an experience awaits! settle into the adventure of Wintjiri Wiru - "beautiful view out to the horizon" with a delicious drink of choice, before embarking on a short walk to where you will be watching the sunset from an open-air desert theatre. While the sun is setting let the unique flavors of the native ingredients satisfy your pallet as you delve into your gourmet dinner hamper! Sit back and watch the night sky as the amazing projections illuminate the sky above to pass on the story that's been passed on for generations before us and generations to come!

Accommodation: Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.

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Day Two - Spend the day in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Tour day 2
Meals included: Breakfast
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks Pass

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks Pass allows entry to explore these universally recognised natural wonders. You will be required to show your Uluru-Kata Tjuta Parks Pass at the park entry gates before entering Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Please have your pass ready to be scanned prior to arriving at this location.

Explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Discover the spiritual heart of the Australian Outback. Home to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Watarrka National Parks, this desert region is blessed with natural wonders, world-class dining experiences and rugged beauty.
Visit local galleries to discover local Indigenous art and culture, take a scenic flight, or choose from one of the established walks in the region, from short ones suitable for very young children to the full 10.6-km loop around the base of Uluru.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

More than just a photo opportunity, this national park holds the wisdom of ancient lands and their custodians - a living cultural landscape where the earth and its people exist as one. It is, of course, home to the awe-inspiring rock formation, Uluru. This natural feature is famous for the way the light plays on it during spectacular sunrises and sunsets and can be viewed from specially created viewing areas depending on the time of day you visit. If exploring geological marvels is a highlight for you, the domes of Kata Tjuta are just as spectacular as Uluru. The Anangu, the traditional owners of this land, believe that the physical landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta were shaped by ancestral beings who still exist here today. At the entrance of the park you will find the Cultural Centre, a free-form structure built entirely from locally-made mud bricks. Here you can learn about the Anangu, their culture and the area's natural environment. You can also marvel at traditional and contemporary art at the park's galleries, or check out the stunning art installation that overlooks the park, the Field of Light, after dark.

Uluru Hop on Hop off - 1 Day Pass

One day pass entitles you to visit and enjoy Uluru unlimited times throughout a 24-hour period, from sunrise to sunset. This pass also entitles you to one only transfer to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) within that calendar day also.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Lizard Safari Uluru & Kata Tjuta Tour with Ayers Rock Scenic Flights

Take to the skies for this scenic flight, first journeying over the iconic Uluru and the neighbouring domes of Kata Tjuta that will leave you speechless. You will then fly over Lake Amadeus, the Northern Territory's largest salt lake that displays an amazing contrast of colours. Keep an eye out over the desert landscape for native animals and wild camels that roam the sands of Australia's red centre. Don't forget to bring your camera along for this amazing experience over the Australian desert.

Accommodation: Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.

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Day Three - Drive the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs
Tour day 3
Meals included: Breakfast
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Ayers Rock to Alice Springs Transfer

Enjoy the desert scenery and listen to comprehensive commentary from your expert guide as you leave Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and journey through the vast outback towards Alice Springs. Pass Atila (Mt. Conner) and enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) at Erdunda Roadhouse. Join the Stuart Highway and continue north to arrive at your destination.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs is the perfect base to start Australian outback exploration. It is the biggest town in the Red Centre and closest to Uluru. The Traditional Owners of the Alice Springs area and surrounding MacDonnel Ranges are The Arrernte people. They lived in the area for about 30,000 years. The town got its name after Alice, Lady Todd, wife of the telegraph pioneer Sir Charles Todd. Alice Springs is famous for its unique cultural experience, incredible natural environment and wildlife. You should visit Art Gallery Hopping, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, experience camel rides, or take a hot air balloon flight with magnificent views of the Red Centre. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Uluru Sunrise & Field of Light Tour

Rise before the Sun, making a short trip in an air-conditioned coach to a picturesque location overlooking Uluru. Your experienced guide will be able to provide informative insights into the history of the desert, as you wander the pathway that encompasses the 50,000 spheres of light, in an array of colors. Making your way up to the top of the dune, you will reach the viewing area, where the transformation and beauty unfold as the Red Centre awakens. Sit back and relax with a hot drink of choice as the sunlight begins to fill the landscape with light. Once the sun has risen the natural light will enhance the beauty of the surroundings allowing you to capture some amazing pictures and memories for a lifetime!

Accommodation: Discovery Park Alice Springs
Accommodation type: Holiday Park
Located minutes from the CBD, a convenient for exploring the NT outback and being immersed in the Aboriginal culture Alice Springs has to offer. With a wide range of accommodation styles there is something for everyone.

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Day Four - Visit Alice Spring's iconic sights
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11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 4
Explore Alice Springs

There are countless ways to get to know this dynamic city. From sunrise balloon rides to horse and camel tours, indigenous guided walks and experiences to hitting the trail, opportunities abound! Spend a day visiting the Two Women Dreaming Track, go quad-biking across open desert landscape or trekking through rocky chasms and cooling off in natural waterholes. Head to the Alice Springs Desert Park and get up close and personal with snakes and lizards at the Territory's largest reptile display - the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

A Town Like Alice Half Day Tour

Experience the Central Australian Desert Park with this Alice Springs half day adventure! Visit historical sites and places of essential service to better understand how the town has evolved into the central hub of the Australian Outback. Stop first at the School of Air, providing education to students living in remote Northern Territory communities. You will then be shown how Darwin and Adelaide relayed messages for 60 years at the Telegraph Station, followed by a visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service headquarters which is involved in delivering medical services to those in remote communities. Throughout the tour, gain knowledge from the traditional custodians of the land, the Arrernte people, who proudly refer to Alice Springs as 'Mparntwe'. We will also visit Alice Springs Reptile Centre and see the largest reptile display in Central Australia. Before being dropped back of at your accommodation, enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the West MacDonnell Ranges, from the top of Anzac Hill.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 30 Minute Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight

Experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the Outback as the sun slowly rises over the desert on this awe-inspiring ballooning adventure. Float gently across the vast expanse of the Central Australian outback – keeping an eye out for native wildlife including the iconic red kangaroo and gain an appreciation of the remoteness of the area as the balloon glides across the landscape.

Accommodation: Discovery Park Alice Springs
Accommodation type: Holiday Park
Located minutes from the CBD, a convenient for exploring the NT outback and being immersed in the Aboriginal culture Alice Springs has to offer. With a wide range of accommodation styles there is something for everyone.

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Day Five - Tour to the remote West MacDonnell Ranges
Tour day 5
Meals included: Lunch
11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 5
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Tour with Emu Run Experience - Lunch Included

Experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this fascinating one day tour. Marvel at towering fiery red walls set aglow by the desert sun as you drive along the ranges. Tour through these amazing ranges all day and stop at beautiful gorges and waterholes, where you can even enjoy a refreshing swim in the warmer months.

Accommodation: Discovery Park Alice Springs
Accommodation type: Holiday Park
Located minutes from the CBD, a convenient for exploring the NT outback and being immersed in the Aboriginal culture Alice Springs has to offer. With a wide range of accommodation styles there is something for everyone.

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Day Six - Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin
Tour day 6
11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 6
Domestic Flight - Alice Springs to Darwin

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Arrive into Darwin

Welcome to the Northern Territory's unhurried capital, Darwin. The city is a melting pot of cultures, with rich Aboriginal connections to country as well as strong Asian influences in its cuisine, thanks to its close proximity to Asia. Spend a balmy night at the buzzing night markets, see crocodiles up close, or slow things down with a cruise on the harbour.

Private transfer Darwin Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver outside baggage carousel and delivered to your Darwin accommodation.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Day Seven - Learn about Darwin's aviation history, culture and historical events!
Tour day 7
Meals included: Breakfast
11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 7
Darwin City Sights Half Day Tour with AAT Kings

Join a city sights tour for the perfect introduction to Darwin, with expert commentary by a local guide. Learn about Darwin's role in WWII at the aviation museum and see a B-52 Bomber, one of 19 aircrafts on display. There is also time available to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, whose collections encompass Aboriginal art, visual arts, and Northern Territory history and natural sciences. See the lush Botanic Gardens, one of the few gardens that has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Charles Darwin Sunset Cruise with Darwin Harbour Cruises

Toast the top end’s legendary sunsets from a location like no other. On the city of Darwin’s doorstep, Darwin Harbour features incredible wildlife, historical landmarks, and unbeatable views of the tropical city. Sit back and soak up the water views and stunning sunset as you cruise in comfort. A range of delicious platters and beverages can be ordered throughout the two and a half hour cruise (at your own expense).

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Day Eight - Explore Kakadu National Park!
Tour day 8
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Flood Country with Ethical Adventures - Lunch Included

The 'Flood Country' tour explores beautiful parts of northern Kakadu National Park. The tour with a maximum of 10 guests is focused on the history, culture, wildlife and places that make this region a World Heritage Icon. Meet the present day traditional owners of the National Park. Hear their stories of creation, feel their love for the country and understand some of the issues. During the tour you will see Cahills Crossing, East Alligator River, Ubirr Rock, Murrawadi Gallery, Mammukala Wetland and Jabiru. This tour is the ultimate Introduction to the world of Kakadu.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Day Nine - Explore Darwin on your own
Tour day 9
Meals included: Breakfast
11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 9
Explore Darwin

Darwin has a fantastic mix of things to do, whether you are joining a tour or going the self-guided route. Make sure you head to Mindil Beach Sunset Market and wander the multitude of stalls. Join a sunset harbour cruise and soak up the sunset with drinks and canapes. Catch a film under the stars at the outdoor Deckchair Cinema (known as "The Deckie" to locals); all screenings start at 7:30pm and local eateries have food stalls to keep your hunger at bay.
There are more crocodiles in the Northern Territory than anywhere else in the world, so jump in a boat or visit Crocosaurus Cove and meet the real locals. If you're looking to stretch your legs, visit the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. These beautiful, exotic gardens are home to some spectacular plant species that provide a tropical oasis where you can learn about their natural and cultural history.

Darwin Waterfront Precinct - suggestion

The Waterfront Precinct is Darwin's entertainment and dining hub, located within close proximity from Smith Street Mall and the Esplanade. Swim in the man-made (and protected) recreational beach, or take a plunge in the popular Wave Lagoon. This attraction rolls out 10 different wave patterns every 20 minutes, startling with gentle swells before increasing to waves up to 1.2 metres high. There are plenty of sun loungers and shady areas to hang out, or continue to explore the many eateries and bars surrounding the waterfront. Stokes Hill Wharf is a short walk away, and offers plenty of alfresco eateries and entertainment.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin - suggestion

Head to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets on a Thursday or Sunday evening, to browse a wide selection of local and handmade goods or taste some of the best food in the city. With over 200 stallholders, the Mindil Markets is a cultural melting pot which is bound to satisfying your appetite. Try grilled crocodile or a buffalo burger, then sit on the foreshore of Mindil Beach and witness one of the most stunning sunsets you have ever seen.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 3.5 Hour Gourmet Lunch Tour with Darwin Gourmet Tours

Darwin Gourmet Tours guides you to the best of Darwin’s food scene with an escorted 3.5-hour easy walking tour. Chefs and staff present tasting plates (degustation) with an emphasis on local produce and Aboriginal bush foods. The rotating roster of restaurants includes Hanuman, Phat Mango, Aboriginal Bush Traders, PepperBerry Restaurant at the Hilton, Little Miss Korea, Moorish, Ruby, Char, Snapper Rocks, Roma Bar, Chow, Bannsang and other top dining places. Coffee, tea and standard soft drinks are included. During the short walk the guide will also show you cultural and historic landmarks and Darwin’s vibrant street artworks, many showcasing futuristic augmented reality.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Day Ten - Swim in the cool waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
Tour day 10
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 10
Litchfield National Park Waterfalls with AAT Kings

Swim in Litchfield National Park's most beautiful waterfalls and visit historic sacred sites for the Wagait people, the park's traditional owners. In this spectacular one day adventure, you will view Florance Falls from above, before making your way down to take a swim in the plunge pool. You will then journey to Tolmer Falls, where there is an opportunity to capture the rare ghost and orange horseshoe bats. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Litchfield Cafe, followed by a swim at Wangi Falls, a thundering segmented waterfall. At Howard Springs Nature Park, feed the barramundi and turtles view the epic works of termites at the Magnetic Termite Mounds, some of which stand up to two metres tall.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Day Eleven - Depart the Northern Territory
Tour day 11
Meals included: Breakfast
11 Day Red Centre & Top End Bucket List Tour - Day 11
Private transfer from accommodation to Darwin Airport

You will be picked up from your Darwin accommodation and taken to Darwin Airport.

Farewell from Darwin

Your tour comes to an end today, but if you are itching to explore more amazing sights, we can customise your holiday to include more days or additional destinations. Our trusted travel specialists can book transfers to your onward flight, and even assist in booking these flights for you. Our team can't wait to help you design your ultimate getaway!

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