The Red Centre & Top of Australia

The Red Centre & Top of Australia

Venture into Australia's Red Centre and its northernmost wilderness parks on this 12-day tour. You'll visit the geological marvel, and Aboriginal landmark, that is Uluru; travel on the Ghan train to Australia's geographic centre at Alice Springs; and explore the country's largest National Park, rough and rugged Kakadu.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Adelaide

    You will be met on arrival in Adelaide and transferred to the Playford for two nights in a standard room (breakfast).

  2. Day 2: Adelaide Market Tour

    This morning, join a shared tour of Adelaide Central Market with local guide and stall owner Mark Gleeson. Adelaide has the character of a large country town and as you explore its busy market centre with Mark you’ll quickly be made to feel like a local!

  3. Day 3: Ayers Rock

    You will be collected from the Playford this morning and transferred to Adelaide’s Domestic Airport for the flight to Ayers Rock/Uluru. On arrival at Uluru, collect your hire car and make your way to the Sails in the Desert Hotel for one night in a superior room (breakfast).

  4. Day 4: Kata Tjuta

    Wake at the crack of dawn and embark on a sunrise tour of Kata Tjuta in the company of your guide. Breakfast is provided during the excursion, so you can depart as early as dawn. This is a great chance to escape the crowds, as most groups will be viewing Uluru at this time of day – if they’re not in bed!

  5. Day 5: Kings Canyon

    Set off early for Kings Canyon, a 4 hour drive. On arrival, check into Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge for 1 night in a luxury tented Cabin (breakfast and dinner).

  6. Day 6: Alice Springs

    Depart Kings Canyon this morning after breakfast and drive to Alice Springs Resort (allow 5 hours). Check into Chifley Alice Springs Resort for one night in a standard room (breakfast).

  7. Day 7: Ride the Ghan to Darwin

    Drop off your hire car at the downtown office and make your way to Alice Spring’s main station, where you board the famous Ghan Train to Darwin (gold service class). This is an overnight ride to Darwin via Katherine, covering a total distance of 1,400km.

  8. Day 8: Arrive Darwin

    Your rail journey ends in Darwin, where you will be met on disembarking at the railway station and transferred to Mantra on the Esplanade for one night in a room with a city view (breakfast).

  9. Day 9: Kakadu National Park

    After breakfast, collect your hire car and make your way to Kakadu (allow 3 hours, along usually quiet roads). On arrival at the park, check in to Gagadju Holiday Inn for three nights in a superior room (breakfast).

  10. Day 10: Kakadu National Park

    The next two days are free for you to explore Kakadu National Park at your leisure, from your base at Gagudju.

  11. Day 11: Kakadu National Park

    Continue your explorations of Kakadu National Park.

  12. Day 12: International departure

    Make your way back to Darwin and drop off your hire car at Darwin Airport.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.
Pricing

12 days from £2695pp

Pricing

12 days from £2695pp

Testimonial

Summit night was the toughest thing we have ever done and we still can’t quite believe we made it.

Sacha and John