Journey Snapshot

Explore Northern Territory's striking landscapes and meet the descendants of Aboriginal people who have lived here for 65,000 years.

Be immersed into the very heartland of Australia and experience its most sacred landscapes, bountiful National Parks and thundering waterfalls. Discover the Top Ends striking landscape then traverse to the magical Red Centre, seeing iconic Uluṟu, the mystical domes of Kata Tjuṯa, and windswept Walpa Gorge.

  • Northern Territory Dreaming
  • Australia
  • 10 Days

Prices from:

Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $4,950

  • Single $6,945

Journey Overview

  • Start
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  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing
DARWIN MARY RIVER JABIRU KATHERINE GORGE ALICE SPRINGS KINGS CANYON AYERS ROCK RESORT LITCHFIELD WEST MACDONALL RANGES ULURU/ KATA TJITA KAKADU NITMILUK

Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Darwin – Mary River

Begin your exploration in the tropical northern city of Darwin. Meet your local Journey Director and board your luxury 4WD vehicle. Your brush with Australia’s natural treasures begins in Litchfield National Park. Hear how the local Aboriginal people’s ancestral spirits have shaped the landscape, before embarking on a cross-country journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés followed by dinner.

As this Inspiring Journey departs at early morning accommodation will need to be booked for the previous night at Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.

  • Lunch, dinner with wine
  • Wildman Wilderness Lodge
2 Mary River – Kakadu

Wake up with the wildlife and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll take an exclusive cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters. Next, journey into the tropical depths of iconic Kakadu National Park, enjoying a sunset walk at the rock-art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun set over the lush Kakadu floodplains.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
3 Kakadu – Katherine

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day, or take to the skies on an optional experience early-morning flight over Kakadu before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people. Continue cross-country to Gunlom Falls, where a exclusive hike to the summit is rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Lunch in the shade of rustling gum-trees before driving on to tonight’s five-star eco-lodge accommodation.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • Cicada Lodge
4 Katherine Gorge

Meet didgeridoo expert Manuel Pamkal this morning and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Learn about life in the bush and experience firsthand the fine art of rarrk (cross-hatch) painting. Later, board a dinner cruise on Katherine Gorge and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people, traditional owners of Nitmiluk National Park.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience
  • Cicada Lodge
5 Katherine – Darwin

A leisurely start to the day could see you relaxing at the lodge or setting off on a comfortable walk. Later, emerge from the wilderness to journey north along the Stuart Highway on your return to Darwin, stopping to cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls and visit the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure in Darwin.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch
  • Mantra on the Esplanade
6 Darwin – Alice Springs

After a morning flight to Alice Springs meet your Red Centre Journey Director and group of fellow travellers. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides vital medical assistance to outback inhabitants. Nearby is the School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. This evening, join your Alice Springs family hosts for an exclusive Local Dining Experience barbecue dinner around a campfire, as the Milky Way lights up the sky.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
7 Alice Springs

Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station, site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs , and learn how it relayed messages between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years. Then the stunning landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges take centre stage as you embark on a walk through Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm), which was created over millions of years. The deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the lush green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. Later, back in Alice Springs, you’ll have some free time to relax by the pool or choose to explore more, at your own pace.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
8 Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

En route to Kings Canyon you’ll travel along the 4WD Mereenie Loop Road past Tylers Lookout and Gosses Bluff. On arrival, gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on a 6km rim walk past the domed ‘Lost City’ and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. Another unique wilderness dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, awaits you this evening. The flickering glow of the fire is the perfect accompaniment to sparkling wine and canapés followed by dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian outback.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms
9 Kings Canyon – Uluru

Now you’re bound for Uluru . On your way visit Curtin Springs Station, home to the Severin family since 1956. Kick back in true Aussie -style at a barbecue lunch while hearing from one of the locals about the Severin’s and the logistics of running a million-acre cattle property. Afterwards, enter Uluru –Kata Tjuta National Park, experiencing the magnificence of the 36 red conglomerate rock domes that form Kata Tjuta, and joining your Journey Director for a guided walk through the immense Walpa Gorge. Later, witness the spectacular changing colours as the sun sets over Uluru , then join your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Celebration Dinner
  • Sails in the Desert Hotel
10 Farewell from Ayers Rock Resort

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. Take a walk to the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutiṯjulu Waterhole, an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. In the late morning your Inspiring Journey comes to and end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight.

  • Full buffet breakfast

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experience

  • Discover
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    Discover

    • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park
    • Uncover the Mary River on a safari cruise
    • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Explore
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    Explore

    • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
    • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
    • Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track
  • Immerse
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    Immerse

    • Learn about rock art at Ubirr and Ulur
    • Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience
    • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Relax
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    Relax

    • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
    • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
    • Swim at Gunlom Falls and Wangi Falls

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Additional Information

What's Included
  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences. See Dining tab below.
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke 4WD vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • A maximum of 20 guests to share your journey
  • Expert Journey Director and Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Sustainable Travel Kit, including refillable water bottle and backpack
  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
What to Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
Fitness Requirements
  • Moderate level of fitness required
  • The walk to the top of Gunlom Falls is difficult in nature and may not be suitable for all guests. There is an easier walk with plunge pool access available as an alternative
  • Good level of fitness required for the three hour Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Low to moderate level of fitness required for the Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk
Dining
  •  9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 8 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 3 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner
Flight Information
  • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • Day 10: Flights to depart after 1.00pm from Ayers Rock Airport
  • Required Internal Flights are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 6: Darwin to Alice Springs: QF2973 (required internal flight)

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