Discover the wild heart of Australia when you Fly Free to Adelaide for the ultimate Outback adventure. Witness the wonder of the Red Centre through to Darwin and be flown home again – free!
So, how do you describe the ‘ultimate’ Outback adventure? It goes a little something like this …
First, you’ll be flown free to Adelaide and spend an afternoon learning the secrets of the historic Central Market, before sitting down to authentic Argentinian cuisine that night.
Next, you’ll witness Jesuits turning water into wine. Well, that’s not entirely true, but you will visit the Jesuit-owned Sevenhills Cellars and try some of Australia’s finest vino. Then check out Wilpena Pound – a natural amphitheatre and one of the country’s finest natural wonders – and end the day watching mobs of emus as the sun sets.
Your coach adventures will then take you through the Pichi Richi Pass which, if you don’t already know, is home to the historic Pichi Richi Railway, the only operational section of the Central Australia Railway. Moving on, you’ll head through Quorn on to Port Augusta, looking out for red roos grazing on the plains and early settler pastoral leases along the way.
Then dig beneath the surface of Coober Pedy, where can discover opals and take a knee at the world-famous underground church.
Crossing the border, you’ll witness the wonder of a sunset at Uluru, then what many claim to be the life-changing experience of seeing the sun rise over the true red heart of Australia – The Rock.
Then behold a dramatic outdoor gallery – Aboriginal rock paintings at Mutitjulu Waterhole – and have the meaning and significance of these magnificent artworks explained to you. View the spectacular domes at Kata Tjuta, or as they are more commonly known, The Olgas, then enjoy wine and nibbles under the stars.
But wait there’s more …
Wander around with wild camels at Kings Creek Station, then eat them for lunch (no, not the same camels you rode!). Witness the forgotten wonder of Central Australia, Mt Conner, before exploring the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. Traverse vast tracts of gritty, yet breathtaking Australian landscape and get a feel for the true spirit of our nation.
Then on to Alice Springs, for a quick lesson in vintage telecommunication at a historic Telegraph Station, before immersing yourself in Aboriginal culture to learn about how our first people survive the harsh Australian environment. Check out Tennants Creek and play around with the Devil’s Marbles before ending your day dining in an old mining town.
The Daly Waters Historic Pub is a must-see and be very thankful for the cold draught you throw down your gullet prior to seeing Mataranka – the Land of the Never Never. Here you can visit the film set of the movie We of the Never Never or get your gear off and take a dip in the thermal springs up the road.
If Paul Hogan put Australia on the world map, then crocodiles must be our true mascot. Watch them bask on the muddy banks of Katherine Gorge as you cruise by, and don’t forget to look up to spy sea eagles, brolgas and kingfishers. If you don’t see crocs in the Katherine Gorge, you’re sure to spot them at the famous Yellow Water Billabong, where you can take a short river cruise or glimpse them from above on a flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
Prior to checking into Darwin, you’ll view more momentous Aboriginal rock art in Ubirr, some of which is 20,000 years old. This is where Crocodile Dundee was filmed, so get your camera ready for a memorable selfie.
In Darwin, you could take it easy and visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, or go for the thrill of getting face to face with a massive saltwater croc at Crocosaurus Cove. Or if you just want to kick back and relax, why not take in a movie under the stars at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema?
Saving the best for last, you’ll visit Litchfield Park, home of the amazing Termite Mounds and the Florence Falls plunge pool. Swim under the tropical Wangi Falls before drying off and heading back into town for a farewell Darwin Harbour Cruise in the moonlight.
Then, be transferred in a private car to the airport and flown home, on AAT Kings.