AAT Kings - Outback Explorer Itinerary

 
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Welcome to Adelaide

On arrival in Adelaide today, explore the major sights of the city before joining a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Meet the traders and share the history and secrets of this 140 year-old icon.

This evening, relax with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.

Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

Accommodation: Adelaide - 1 Night

Accommodation:
Located directly opposite Skycity Casino, Stamford Plaza Adelaide boasts a heated rooftop swimming pool and 3 restaurants. All accommodation offers views of the city or Adelaide’s historic Parklands. Each of the air-conditioned rooms and suites has a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar and tea, and coffee making facilities. An en suite bathroom with guest toiletries, a luxurious bathrobe and slippers are standard in all rooms and suites.
Stamford Plaza Adelaide

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Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Travel to the Clare Valley for a wine tasting at Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest existing winery. Continue to Hawker, home of the Jeff Morgan Gallery, where you’ll meet Jeff and view his spectacular 30 metre panoramic painting of the Flinders Ranges. Later, travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. As you head to the Flinders Ranges, passing the ruins of deserted pastoral leases, don’t forget to keep an eye out for mobs of emus on the plains as dusk draws near.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound - 1 Night

Accommodation:
Situated in the picturesque Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound Resort features an on-site restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool, convenience store, Visitor Information Centre and a tour desk . Also on-site is the Ikara Safari Camp which offers a luxury camping experience. All air-conditioned rooms at Resort Wilpena Pound feature a private en suite bathroom. The 'glamping' safari tents are air-conditioned and feature ensuite bathrooms, a private deck and a fire pit.
Wilpena Pound Resort

3

 Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Take a walk with your Travel Director this morning to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead, then enjoy panoramic views over Wilpena Pound from Wangarra Lookout. Later, journey through Pichi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn, known for its beautiful historic railway station, on your way to Port Augusta, a natural harbour on the Spencer Gulf. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Port Augusta - 1 Night

Majestic Oasis Apartments is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta, only 3 hours drive North of Adelaide in South Australia. The property comprises 75 self-contained serviced apartments.
Majestic Oasis Apartments - Port Augusta

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Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit Woomera, a remote site used for testing space rockets during the 1950s and 60s. Then travel through salt-lake country and observe the transformation to a stark, barren landscape as you near the settlement of Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world.

Coober Pedy is also renowned for its underground shops and dwellings, called ‘dugouts’, which provide shelter from the extreme daytime heat. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and a private residence.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Accommodation: Coober Pedy - 1 Night

For the best in Outback Accommodation and Tours - an experience of a lifetime. The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy.
Desert Cave Hotel - Cooper Pedy

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 Coober Pedy – Uluru

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is sacred to the to have begun forming around 550 million years ago. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind Australia’s most recognised natural landmark and witness the spectacular phenomenon of the changing colours on the massive sandstone monolith.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Uluru - 2 Nights

Desert Gardens Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, some with a private balcony or views of Ayers Rock (Uluru). Guests can unwind in the outdoor pool, or at the restaurant and bar. Spa facilities, shops, tour information, and cafes are conveniently located within a short walking distance from the property or via a free shuttle bus. Set amongst native gardens, each room at Desert Gardens Hotel includes a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a TV with movies-on-demand in every room.
Desert Gardens Hotel - Uluru

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Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

Rise early this morning to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided stroll around its full eleven-kilometre perimeter, or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, a pool so calm and still that it looks like glass, clearly reflecting the monumental sandstone walls behind it. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of Uluru’s ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, and you’ll also learn about the area’s flora and fauna and the culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu people.

This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, a stunning series of thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock, where you can toast a magnificent sunset with a glass of sparkling wine.

Included Meals: Breakfast


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Uluru – Kings Canyon

Awe-inspiring Kings Canyon is your destination today. Stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station, a cattle station which is also the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia, and hear the intriguing story of owners Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to Aboriginal children in the region’s remote communities.

Continue to Kings Canyon, a spectacular natural formation whose sheer sandstone walls soar to a height of over 100 metres. A 6km ‘rim walk’ around the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. An easier walk along the canyon’s boulder-strewn creek bed is another option.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Accommodation: Kings Canyon - 1 Night

Accommodation:
Set in a prime location and nestled in amongst a rugged bush setting, these rooms offer deluxe accommodation with a spacious spa bath and feature a window providing scenic views. Each Deluxe Spa Room also features a private balcony offering a magnificent outlook onto a rocky escarpment that is tastefully lit at night.
Kings Canyon Resort

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Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling past vast cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation of the enormous magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station established in 1872, which revolutionised communications on the island continent. Then drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’ before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Alice Springs - 2 nights

Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).
Mercure Alice Springs Resort

9

Alice Springs

After breakfast this morning, join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Gain an insight into the endangered animals of the Red Centre, then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility provides lifesaving medical assistance in the outback.

This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a home-cooked Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Afterwards, hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner


10

 Farewell from Alice Springs

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.


Tour Inclusions

Highlights

  • Tour Adelaide Central Market with a local foodie
  • Tastings at Sevenhill Cellars in the Clare Valley
  • Explore Wilpena Pound
  • Experience unique underground Coober Pedy
  • Red Centre sunsets with sparkling wine
  • Discover Indigenous culture at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Once-in-a-lifetime 11km walk around the base of ‘The Rock’
  • Explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Hike the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture and native wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Dine with the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary

What’s included

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  •  9 Full buffet breakfasts
  •  1 Be My Guest dinner
  •  5 Dinners with wine

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness required for walks at Wilpena Pound, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
  • Walking on uneven surfaces is required to complete the walks, though there are alternate options available

Flight Information

  •  Day 1 - flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
  •  Day 10 - flights to depart anytime from Alice Springs Airport

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