Top End to Uluru: Outback Wanderings - A Small Group Journey (2022)

Be dazzled by all that the Northern Territory has to offer on this inspiring adventure which reveals the state’s myriad highlights from north to south.

Journey Overview

Be dazzled by all that the Northern Territory has to offer on this inspiring adventure which reveals the state’s myriad highlights from north to south. Explore the tropical capital Darwin and its fascinating history before venturing into wild and untamed East Arnhem Land. Admire indigenous art works and meet the locals whose 50,000-year-old story is revealed by expert guides. Soak up the magic of the Mary River floodplains, home to a kaleidoscope of wildlife, and bed down in glamping luxury at iconic Bamurru Plains. Witness extraordinary Kings Canyon and its Garden of Eden. Finally, be left in awe of the red jewel in Australia’s crown, Uluru, with a stay at celebrated luxury camp, Longitude 131°, on this journey sure to leave you spellbound.

Journey Highlights

  • Step back through 50,000 years of aboriginal heritage at extraordinary sacred sites and monuments
  • Be humbled by indigenous history with locally guided explorations of ancient Arnhem Land
  • Discover a profusion of bird and wildlife in remote wilderness on the edge of Kakadu National Park
  • Wake up to the call of magpie geese at luxury wilderness haven, Bamurru Plains
  • Marvel at jaw-dropping views of majestic Uluru and the surrounding landscape from your luxury tent or pavilion at Longitude 131°
  • Walk the base of majestic Uluru, and be immersed in the internationally-renowned installation Field of Light
  • Dine under starry southern skies with an astronomer pointing out the sparkling constellations
  • Hike the extraordinary scenic rim of Kings Canyon
  • Typically features a small group size of 10-12 guests
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Darwin, Australia

Arrive into the Northern Territory capital, gateway to the tropical Top End, where a warm A&K welcome awaits. You are privately transferred to your hotel before an afternoon city tour, visiting historic Fanny Bay Gaol, Government House, Stokes Hill Wharf and St Marys Cathedral, before admiring the Botanical Gardens and the idyllic waterfront. Art lovers will relish a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT which houses an impressive Aboriginal art collection and a cleverly curated Cyclone Tracy display. This evening, enjoy a group dinner and welcome drink.
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront | Meals: D

Day 2: Darwin | Design Your Day

Today is free to enjoy Darwin at your leisure or to tailor your own way with one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Discover the fascinating history of Darwin on a private heritage walking tour. Learn about the important part the city played in World War II, the bombings and the devastation of Cyclone Tracy and how all these events shaped the city of today.
  • Savour the tastes of the Top End on a gourmet lunch tour to some of Darwin’s top eateries.
  • Relive the drama of the 1942 Bombing of Darwin harbour and embark on an historical cruise, taking in the storied wharf areas including the pearling luggers, the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, HMAS Coonawarra and the Emery Point gun emplacements.

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront | Meals: B

Day 3: Arnhem Land | An Indigenous Homeland

Journey east to Kakadu National Park, passing notorious Cahill’s crossing known for its spectacular crocodile viewing. Continue into Arnhem Land for privileged and exclusive access to a fascinating mixture of traditional and living cultures. Venture onto Aboriginal land and meet your Indigenous guide for a tour of the award winning Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre where you will see unique Aboriginal art and crafts, all made locally. See the artists at work and watch local women weaving pandanus baskets.

Then climb to the top of Injalak Hill where you’ll learn the story of Yingana the Creation Mother. After a picnic lunch continue your journey to Mount Borradaile and your safari lodge.
Davidson’s Safaris Arnhemland Lodge | BLD

Day 4: Arnhem Land | Cultural Immersion

Set off on a private tour to the Awunbarna (Mount Borradaile) rock art sites with an indigenous expert, gleaning traditional insight into the ancient stories depicted. This afternoon, embark on a wetlands and billabong cruise, eyes peeled for the kaleidoscope of wildlife, enjoying sundowners on the water as you drift along while the sun sets over the floodplain.
Davidson’s Safaris Arnhemland Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Mary River National Park | A Thriving Natural Haven

Enjoy one of the many lodge activities available before departing Davidson’s for Bamurru Plains on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River. End the day toasting a dramatic sunset over the floodplains.
Bamurru Plains | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Mary River National Park | Discovering the Enchanting Landscapes

Today is spent exploring the surrounding countryside, with a variety of immersive experiences on offer. Embark on airboat trips through the wetlands, river cruises in search of crocodiles, bird watching, bush drives, guided walks and quad bike safaris. This evening, enjoy a private sunset drink and canapés with your group on the lodge deck before dinner.
Bamurru Plains | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Darwin | Tropical Capital

Travel by charter aircraft back to Darwin with the afternoon at your leisure. If your stay falls on a Thursday or a Sunday, why not visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (April-October) and explore the more than 200 specialty stores and food vendors there. A bowl of spicy laksa comes highly recommended!
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront | Meals: B

Day 8: Kings Canyon | Rugged Red Landscapes

Transfer to Darwin Airport and south by air to Alice Springs. Enjoy a city orientation before travelling west to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. This evening, savour a five course feast under the southern stars, enjoying locally sourced produce with paired wines.
Kings Canyon Resort | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Uluru-Kata Tjuta | Exploring the Garden of Eden

Head out this morning on a guided scenic rim walk of Kings Canyon, an ancient rock formation which towers over a dense palm forest below. The six-kilometre hike offers spectacular views of the gorge and surrounding landscapes with options of strolling around the top of the canyon or taking the stairs down to the picturesque Garden of Eden filled with lush greenery. Afterwards, transfer to Uluru-Kata Tjuta and your luxurious tented lodgings at Longitude 131°. Dinner tonight is in the picturesque dune house.
Longitude 131° | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Uluru | Australia’s Red Heart

Today’s adventure reveals the very best of the Red Centre. Activities include a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where informative and interactive displays showcase the spiritual and cultural meanings of the impressive ochre-coloured rock formations. You will also enjoy the opportunity to admire Uluru up close as you walk around the base with your guide. See areas which are surprisingly green and lush, providing plenty of wildlife and bush tucker spotting opportunities, while other parks feel vast and open, with little shade. Wander through acacia woodlands and grassed claypans and encounter bloodwoods, native grasses, and many waterways and waterholes.

Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk, the rock walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Experience the renowned Field of Light, before a 4-course dinner and listen to Longitude’s resident astronomer as the southerly constellations are illuminated.
Longitude 131° | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Depart Uluru

Rise early and discover Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as the sun lights up the ancient monolith. After breakfast, transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 14
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 5 guests.

Charter and scheduled flights are included as per itinerary.

Local guides will be used in select locations in conjunction with specialist guides at lodges.
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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Top End to Uluru: Outback Wanderings - A Small Group Journey (2022)

Previously known as the Medina Grand, the Adina Apartment Hotel is located on the fringe of Darwin’s waterfront precinct in the heart of ... Read more

Bamurru Plains, Mary River National Park

Top End to Uluru: Outback Wanderings - A Small Group Journey (2022)

The focus of a stay at Bamurru is on the environment around the camp and the wildlife and birdlife to which it is home. Each individual s ... Read more

King Canyon Resort, Northern Territory

Top End to Uluru: Outback Wanderings - A Small Group Journey (2022)

Kings Canyon Resort is located in Australia's Northern Territory and is accessible via a loop off the main highway running between Uluru ... Read more

Longitude 131, Uluru

Top End to Uluru: Outback Wanderings - A Small Group Journey (2022)

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° is set in stunning landscapes in the heart of Australia' Red Centre - with views of ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 20, 2022 - May 30, 2022
Price AU$15,520pp Single Supplement AU$6,270 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Aug 5, 2022 - Aug 15, 2022
Price AU$15,750pp Single Supplement AU$6,270 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.