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Ballarat VICTORIA Geelong
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Contents General Information
6 Tips for your Australian Holiday
Experience Holidays Experience South Australia
Experience Northern Territory
Northern Territory Accommodation Northern Territory Sightseeing Northern Territory with AAT Kings
Top End Discovery Self-Drive Territory Discovery Self-Drive
Adelaide Accommodation Adelaide Sightseeing
Taste of the Barossa Self-Drive
Kangaroo Island Self-Drive
The Murray River Wine, River and Outback Self-Drive
Melbourne to Adelaide Self-Drive
Adelaide to Darwin Self-Drive
Tasmania Driving Holidays
Experience Western Australia
Tasmania with AAT Kings
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Western Australia with AAT Kings Coral Coast Self-Drive
Osprey Bay, Exmouth
General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your consultant to ensure you get the accommodation that best suits your needs. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is in New Zealand dollars. Look out for our “gems” of information scattered throughout our Wider Australia brochure.
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Southern Festivities for All
Acquire a Local Palate
Five Worlds in One Region
If you thought Adelaide was all about the fine wine, moreish food and top notch restaurants, well, it is. But as well as eating, drinking and feeling full, South Australia is also known to put on quite a show.
South Australia is home to several well-known wine regions, including the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley; cultivating a good grape is something they do extremely well down here. Better still, these regions are all a 90 minute drive from Adelaide.
Western Australia has five tourist regions, each with their own unique attractions and lifestyle!
Well regarded as ‘The Festival State’, major events include the Santos Tour Down Under, which is Adelaide’s famed cycling race and attracts riders from around the world. Petrol heads go for the supercars at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, while those with a penchant for the arts, soak up the creativity at the annual Fringe Festival (the world’s second largest and the biggest in the southern hemisphere). If you’re still after some top nosh, the Barossa Gourmet Weekend showcases the best of South Australia’s produce, including its world-class wines. Go with a big appetite and an empty stomach.
As well as a decent tipple, the South Australians are well respected for their excellent food. Locally sought produce is an important aspect of their famed food scene, with Adelaide’s premier bars, restaurants and eateries all putting an emphasis on produce that’s made by artisans in the region. The Adelaide Central Market in the CBD is a must, if not for the gooey cheese stalls, then definitely the molten fountain of chocolate. Market Shed on Holland is a superb organic market open on Sundays, and the Willunga Farmers Market open every Saturday is equally fabulous.
Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital city is brimming with dining, shopping and entertainment options. Coral Coast is the place to be for interaction with wild dolphins, snorkelling on the largest fringing reef in the world, swim with Whale Sharks or explore rugged outback gorges and rivers and if the wilderness is your ideal holiday then make your way to the North West which is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. South West is the hub of activity! There are wineries, caves, surfing, shipwrecks, wildflowers, kangaroos, bird life, rolling hills and pastures – you name it! The Golden Outback is home to the famous Wave Rock formations and also Lake Hillier, the brightest strawberry milkshake coloured lake sitting next to the deepest blue ocean.
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The Art & Culture Capital
The Northern Territory is a place you’ll never forget – with poignant landscapes, abundant wildlife and the country’s Indigenous inhabitants front and centre.
Canberra is home to some of Australia’s most iconic cultural attractions. The treasures of the nation are housed in national galleries, museums, archives and collections. These dwellings are open to the public to embrace what it means to be Australian; from the ancient Indigenous past and colonial history, to the modern and diverse country that stands today.
Australia’s island state of Tasmania is best known for its native wildlife, intriguing history and natural beauty but the incredible local produce is another highlight. From wine to strawberries, cheese to seafood, you’ll find artisan producers around every corner and farmers’ markets in every town.
Darwin is the multi-cultural capital, famed for its markets and festivals. It’s the perfect base to explore the natural treasures of World Heritagelisted Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks as well as the Tiwi Islands. A refreshing swim in one of the crystal clear waterholes is a must! In the Red Centre, you will explore the natural wonders and experience Aboriginal. You could fly high in the sky on a hot air balloon over Alice Springs, ride a camel across the desert at Uluru, make sure you have your camera ready at Sunset to watch Uluru change colour then end your night with an unforgettable dining experience under the Outback sky – you won’t see stars like this in the city!
One of the best elements in Canberra is the dynamic art scene as well as International blockbuster exhibitions and cultural feasts such as the National Multicultural Festival, which brings art and culture to life in Canberra. A banquet for every sense, allow yourself to captivate the sights, sounds and significance of the nation’s culture. It’s the coolest little capital!
A week at least is recommended to ensure that you have enough time to take in all those towering forests, deserted beaches, historic sites, beautiful mountains and meet the Tasmanian wildlife. Kayaking, white water rafting and hiking are all popular ways to get out and experience the landscape up close. There are plenty of options for the relaxed traveller too; take a ride on a scenic railway through a spectacular rainforest gorge, soar over mountains and beaches in a helicopter or go off-road on a guided 4WD tour.
Experience Holidays Australia’s diverse landscapes, aquatic playgrounds and famous landmarks aligned with various accommodation throughout the different states, there’s no doubt we can tailor your getaway to suit your needs and wants. From Food & Wine, Culture to Adventure, we can create an experience holiday just for you.
Outback 4 Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour The tour operates from Adelaide in a luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicles with two nights at the award-winning Rawnsley Park Station and one night at the famous Prairie Hotel. Rawnsley Park Station provides true outback hospitality and Aussie station experiences. Stay in luxurious Eco Villas, all with commanding views of the surrounding landscape. Touring includes the spectacular and rugged scenery of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Flinders Ranges region with its wealth of wildlife, geology and ancient history. At Nilpena Station, take a fascinating station and Ediacaran fossil tour, and enjoy outback food and hospitality at the famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna. Then travel through the stunning Clare Valley wine region for some wine tasting and lunch before returning to Adelaide. Package Inclusions: Personalised 4x4 touring with expert commentary from your local guide & all entrance fees and special permits, 2 nights at Rawnsley Park Station, 1 night at Prairie Hotel, morning/afternoon tea & lunch daily.
Price Guide From: $3439
Food & Wine 4WD Food Adventure The exclusive Fork and Grape tour takes you on a day’s exploration of all the senses sampling the finest produce this region has to offer! You’ll visit the hidden and unknown beauty of Fleurieu Peninsula’s cherished sub-region, while surrendering to the balance between landscape’s natural beauty paired with unforgettable food sensations. Beyond the cellar door you’ll be tasting wines straight from the barrel but also have a personal tasting amongst the vineyards (seasonal). Lunch location is a surprise – the highly personal experience comprises of a delicious three course food safari. Prepared by a dedicated team sourcing the best produce sourced locally from and around the awardwinning McLaren Vale region. After lunch you’re off again to another exclusive off-road track up the Willunga Hills for a unforgettable vista over the entre region and the sparkling Gulf St Vincent. A relaxed return trip will see you safely back to Ibis Adelaide. Package Inclusions: Pick up & drop off from central Adelaide, 3 nights accommodation at Ibis Adelaide hotel in a Standard room, fully guided 4WD tour, lunch, onboard WiFi, permits & entry to national parks. Price Guide From: $555
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
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Historic Adventure Sunset Camel Ride Seaside serenity, swaying palm trees and stunning sunsets at Cable Beach Resort – your home for three nights. Broome is a popular holiday hub and gateway to the Kimberley wilderness. During the Broome City sightseeing tour you will be entertained by a historical audio show at the world’s oldest open-air cinema, Sun Pictures. You will be taken to Town Beach, where the magical ‘Staircase to the Moon’ effect takes place on certain nights – if you’re in town on the right night definitely worth re-visiting. Cool off with a drink at Matso’s Broome Brewery then pay a visit to the Japanese Cemetery and the historic port where Japanese pearl drivers first arrived in Broome. But it doesn’t stop there – walk along Riddell beach, visit Broome’s racecourse and Gantheaume Point where you’ll see dinosaur footprints from millions of years ago. Save the best till last… complete your day with a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach – one of Broome’s most iconic activities – definitely an experience you won’t forget!
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Package Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation at Cable Beach Resort in a Garden View Studio, Broome City Sightseeing Tour & a 1 hour sunset camel ride. Price Guide From: $639
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Bucket List Whale of a time! Dive into this unique ocean experience, swimming with the largest fish in the ocean. From late March to August each year the Whale Sharks converge on the nutrient rich waters of the Ningaloo Reef. Exmouth Diving Centre’s professional crew will take you on a sensational day of adventure that you will never forget. The largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world – a harmless plankton eater. Reported to reach 18 metres (60ft) but averages 12 metres (40ft) in length. The Whale Shark is a daily visitor to the Ningaloo Reef every year between late March to August when up to 30 whale sharks have been spotted close to the Ningaloo reef feeding on the plankton in the nutrient rich waters. After a full day of swimming, visit the well-known Whalers Restaurant located at your hotel. Package Inclusions: Return airport transfers from Broome Airport, 3 nights accommodation at Exmouth Escape Resort in a One Bedroom & a Whale Shark Adventure tour. Price Guide From: $789
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Culture Sleep under the stars
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park © David Kirkland; Tourism NT
Where the landscape is vast and the earth is deep red in colour, you will be heading to the heart of the country – Red Centre. At the base of Uluru, you will be taken for an interpretive walk at this iconic outback landmark. You will hear how Uluru is a sacred site for the local Anangu people and why climbing the rock is considered disrespectful to their ancient traditions. During the tour, you will hear more about the Aboriginal Dreamtime (folklore) stories connected to Uluru at the Cultural Centre. Don’t miss the amazing sight of Uluru at sunset, the ever-changing light casts an array of colours on the rock. You will be overwhelmed by this picturesque experience. After dinner around the campfire, it’s time to settle down for the night beneath the sparkle of a million stars in a traditional swag – the outback term for a bedroll, which contains a mattress, sheet and pillow. You’ll be woken early to catch the sunrise followed by breakfast. Travel to Kata Tjuta to take a guided walk around its many sandstone domes, Valley of the Winds, dried creek beds and isolated wilderness. Package Inclusions: Pick up & drop off from selected hotels, overnight camping accommodation, meals as per itinerary, bottled water, driver/ guide, live commentary onboard & transport by air-conditioned coach.
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Price Guide From: $519
Adventure Tropical Top End Explore World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park with AAT Kings and discover the abundant wildlife of Katherine & Litchfield. Visit the ancient Aboriginal rock art site at Ubirr and learn of the significance connected to these x-ray style paintings. Climb through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, with informative commentary from your guide, to the lookout for the view over surrounding wetlands. © Johan Lolos; Tourism NT
Plunge into crystal clear waters beneath the magnificent spring-fed waterfalls of Wangi or Florence Falls. For a drier option, take the short walk through cypress pines and cycads to the Tolmer Falls viewing platform. The caves in the red cliffs below protect two rare bat colonies. Package Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, transport, selected meals & park fees.
Price Guide From: $1740
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Ubirr, Kakadu National Park © Peter Eve; Tourism NT
Treasures & Exhibitions National Museum of Australia Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Enjoy a personalised introduction to the collections of the National Museum of Australia, located in the Australian Capital, Canberra. Get the Ultimate Museum Experience with a fascinating 1 hour guided tour of the museum as well as breakfast or lunch in the museum’s café. The Museum’s stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and inspirational objects from Australian history – from Phar Lap’s heart, the Holden Prototype No. 1 car to the bark paintings and ochre used by Aboriginal artists over 50,000 years ago. Guarantee you’ll lose track of time…
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And if that isn’t enough – your accommodation is anything but ordinary, it’s an eclectic mix of design and art, it’s style and luxury with a touch of quirk! Package Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation at QT Canberra in a QT King & Ultimate Museum Experience tour at the National Museum of Australia.
Price Guide From: $399
Soft-Adventure Blue Derby Pods Ride Who would’ve thought mountain bike riding and gourmet food belong in the same sentence. You will be surprised with this unique experience – muddy trails by day and decadent food by night! Over three days you will coast through the stunning world-class Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails network. You will experience architecturally designed sleeping pods that rise up over the forest floor – you won’t want to leave the cosiness of your pod which is located up in the hills of Tassie’s north-east.
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A sense of fun and adventure is a requirement! Package Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation at Best Western Plus Launceston in a Deluxe King, (pre/post accommodation), 3 day softadventure mountain bike experience in North East Tasmania which includes unique private pod style accommodation, return transfers from Launceston, all meals & beverages, 3 day mountain bike & gear hire, secure luggage & vehicle storage.
Price Guide From: $2149
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Cellar Door Fest
Generations in Jazz
Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
Adelaide Marathon Festival
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival
The Bend Supercars Supersprint
Barossa Gourmet Weekend
Adelaide Fashion Festival
Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 14/26 Mar-May: 10/25 Jun-Aug: 7/16 Sep-Nov: 9/24
South Australia is a bit of a hidden gem for Kiwis who have traditionally visited the eastern gateways on their holidays to Australia. In fact, a direct flight to Adelaide from Auckland is only 50 minutes longer than flying to Melbourne, and it’s well worth the extra time in the air. Known as the ‘20 minute city’, Adelaide is the gateway to all there is to see and do in South Australia. It is both cultural and cool, and its superb shopping, beaches, history and restaurants are not to be missed. It seems like all roads lead to wine and food in South Australia. From Adelaide there are nine distinct wine regions within 90 minutes drive, none more famous than the Barossa wine region located less than an hour drive from the CBD. Another popular region just 1 hour from Adelaide is the majestic Murray River. Take an escorted river cruise on an historic paddlewheeler or, if you feel like creating your own adventure, get a group of friends together and captain your own luxury houseboat as you cruise the Murray River. Whatever you choose to do on your holiday, South Australia boasts an outstanding variety of places to see and experiences to enjoy. You’ll find vast landscapes, dazzling uncrowded beaches, varied wildlife and friendly locals who always have time for a chat. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a few bottles of local wine, stock up on local produce and pack your cossie because in South Australia you’ve got all the elements of a perfect holiday!
Experience South Australia Our favourite things to see and do Adelaide Central Market – Buzzing with life and colour all year round this is a great place to wander sampling the freshest of local ingredients. There’s a huge range of food on offer, all under one roof and surrounded by some great cafés. The market is open Tuesday – Saturday.
Kangaroo Island – One of the best places in Australia to see native animals in the wild. You may find kangaroos, koalas, platypus and sea lions. It has pristine beaches, dramatic coastal scenery and fresh seafood, and is a 30 minute flight or 2 hours drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide.
Beaches – Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore are some of the most popular. Catch the tram from the city to historic Glenelg (our favourite) just 12 kilometres from the city centre, or if you don’t mind travelling a bit further the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula is just 45 minutes from the CBD.
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Wine – You can’t come to Adelaide without sampling the superb wine. There are household names like Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek plus countless boutique estates. There’s the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale all just an easy drive away, then Coonawarra 4 hours drive south.
Hahndorf – With its rich German history and buildings dating back to the 1800s. Spend the day exploring art and craft stores, German bakeries, cheese cellars and cellar doors.
Sea Life Encounters – Swimming with sea lions may sound a tad scary, but what an experience. Getting up close and personal to these puppies of the sea on the Eyre Peninsula is an experience you’ll never forget. If you are looking for a thrill, then why not cage dive with the great white sharks at Neptune Island. See these majestic predators up close, a little too close for comfort perhaps?
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Clare Port Pirie Valley Barossa Renmark Valley
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Vibrant, affordable and best value in the heart of the city. Ibis Adelaide marries a funky design with great service and is changing perceptions of what an economy hotel can be. Boasting modern guest rooms with the latest technology and floor to ceiling windows welcoming great views and plenty of natural light. Located in the heart of the CBD and is just a short stroll from Rundle Mall and all major tourist attractions.
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These apartments are an easy walk to the cafés and restaurants and in the vibrant arts precinct, the cultural hub of Adelaide’s West End. Also nearby is the Casino, Convention Centre, Rundle Shopping Mall and the Art Gallery which was founded in 1881 and houses one of Australia’s great art collections.
Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre
Situated in the vibrant north-west quarter of Adelaide’s central business district. The great location provides easy accessibility to Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Convention Centre, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide Casino and Rundle Mall shopping. Start the day with free Express Start buffet Breakfast, stay connected with free WiFi, recharge with our high quality bedding and have a restful night’s sleep with a choice of soft and firm pillows.
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Located in a superb spot, within walking distance to Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval, the Botanic Gardens and the vibrant Rundle Street where there is a variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. All rooms feature custom made king beds, modern bathrooms, full mini bar and complimentary unlimited WiFi. Relax in the signature rooftop garden and enjoy panoramic views of Adelaide Hills and East End.
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort Nestled among the vines, just over an hour’s drive from the Adelaide city centre, boasting panoramic views across the Barossa Ranges and Jacob’s Creek Vineyards. All rooms feature a contemporary design that includes, iPod docking stations and private balconies. An array of outdoor facilities including tennis courts, basketball court, walking trail, outdoor heated swimming pool and gym or if you’d rather relax, enjoy your very own slice of down-to-earth heaven at Endota Day Spa.
Mt. Lofty House, A member of the McGallery Collection The iconic Mount Lofty House MGallery is a superbly positioned hotel and retreat, just 15 minutes from Adelaide city. Situated amongst five acres of gardens with stunning views across the Piccadilly valley and Adelaide Hills wine region, this historic boutique hotel features 33 beautiful rooms, a first class restaurant which serves hearty, seasonal dishes using produce from the hotel’s own organic kitchen garden.
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River Murray Highlights Relax on this lunchtime cruise along the historic Murray River. Admire this unique river system with its magnificent landscapes and spectacular cliffs. Then travel alongside the Murray River in your coach, stopping regularly for great photo opportunities. On the return journey, visit Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside.
Victor Harbor & McLaren Vale Highlights Travel the picturesque Adelaide Hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula, where the vines meet the sea. Pass through Goolwa and onto Victor Harbor, one of South Australia’s most popular seaside towns. Returning to Adelaide via the red wine renowned and less touristy wine region, Mclaren Vale.
Adelaide City Highlights Tour South Australia’s capital city offers a wealth of experiences including arts and culture, world-class sporting events and great food and wine. Drive past Adelaide’s cultural precinct – North Terrace, the National Wine Centre and the beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Adelaide Zoo. Continue through North Adelaide, where you’ll see tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings. Visit the iconic St Peters Cathedral or the newly developed Adelaide Oval before visiting Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre.
Fleurieu Explorer Join your local tour guide on a thrilling, holistic journey exploring the unknown and hidden beauty where other tours do not go. Incredible outdoor lunches serving local food and wine while showcasing breath-taking landscape, wildlife and unforgettable coastlines.
Barossa Food & Wine Experience Enjoy a food and wine journey to South Australia’s premium wine region. This food and wine tour gives you the opportunity to sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines and gourmet food that make this wine region so special. On this tour you will visit three cellar doors including the multi-tourism awardwinning Pindarie, and enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at Lambert Estate.
Taste of the Barossa Discover the Barossa with a three day selfdrive. The heart of the nation’s wine industry is just under an hours’ drive from Adelaide. This drive enters the region through the picturesque Adelaide Hills and winds its way through magnificent countryside.
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4 days/3 nights Suggested Self-Drive
Barossa Valley Mount Crawford Wines
Day 3: Barossa Fossick for gold, opal, garnet or diamonds at the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve. Different to other conservation parks, this one is in a historic mining area. Grab a Forestry SA permit first from the Mount Crawford Information Centre. Even if your search for sparkles comes up emptyhanded, the park is fabulous for bushwalking, cycling and horse riding. It has some fantastic spots for picnicking or camping but make sure to look out for those old mine shafts!
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Day 2: Adelaide Hills – Barossa (50km) Head to Lyndoch, the official start of the Barossa. Here you’ll discover the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre at Rowland Flat, Orlando Wyndham’s restaurant and cellar door and the enchanting village of Bethany. Continue on to Angaston, home of Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba. In Angaston, browse in the town’s art and craft galleries and if you’re in the area on a Saturday, make a stop at the famous Barossa Farmers Market. Head to Penfold’s winery, where you can have a go at being a winemaker for a day on a ‘Blend Your Own Tour’. Just out of the town, visit Maggie Beer’s famous farm shop for a bite to eat. While there, don’t forget to sample her wonderful selection of gourmet food products or join one of the free cooking demonstrations held at 2pm daily.
Day 1: Adelaide – Adelaide Hills (40km) Make your first stop at Mount Lofty Summit, for spectacular views back over Adelaide to the sea. Allow plenty of time to explore the German township of Hahndorf and its many art and craft stores.
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Bethany – Home of Bethany Wines, established in 1852. Nuriootpa – Try your hand at wine making and learn about the characteristics and blends. Barossa Farmers Market – Held in the Vintners Sheds near Angaston. There are more than 30 stalls to wander through and the freshest of local produce available. See the Barossa by Air – Take a hot air balloon flight and see Barossa from the skies. Or if you are not keen on the early morning start – opt for a helicopter ride over the region instead.
Day 4: Barossa – Adelaide (72km)
Seppeltsfield Road – Drive down Seppeltsfield Road and discover 16 wineries, luxury accommodation, fine dining restaurants, and an art gallery.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $85 per day
Historical Churches – With a strong Lutheran heritage the Barossa is home to more than 20 historic churches. They are dotted throughout the region and worth a visit.
Our favourite places to stay: • Mt. Lofty House, A member of the McGallery Collection • Novotel Barossa Valley Resort • The Louise
Barossa Museum – Soak up some history at this museum located in Tanunda.
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 4 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Kangaroo Island Explore the fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, landscapes and feast on unique local produce. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm, enjoy a Seal Bay guided tour, marvel at the Birds of Prey flight show and watch pelican-feeding. See the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, feed Kangaroos and spot Koalas. Kangaroo Island has something for everyone.
3 days/2 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Adelaide Spend a day exploring Adelaide. Visit a few of the hot spots including the Museums, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery. If time allows catch a tram to Glenelg 30 minutes from Adelaide and dine at one of the many pubs or restaurants on the beach. Day 2: Adelaide – Cape Jervis (107km) – Kangaroo Island (45 minute ferry) Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to catch the car/passenger ferry across to the island. You’ll arrive at Penneshaw, which is home to the little blue penguins that come ashore most evenings. Head South to Seal Bay Conservation Park where guided tours ensure the closest encounter with the sea lions. Continue along the south coast to Kelly Hill Caves and onto the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. In the afternoon enjoy one of the many walking trails through the Flinders Chase National Park – keep an eye out for the wild kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. Day 3: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide (210km) Spend today tasting samples at any of the island’s 16 cellar doors, Dudley Wines is one of the islands original wineries and worth a visit before catching your return ferry from Penneshaw back to Cape Jervis.
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Seal Bay Vivonne Bay Cape Gantheaume Admirals Conservation Park Arch Remarkable Kelly Hill Caves Rocks
Get the most out of your Kangaroo Island experience and join one of the island tours for snorkelling with seals, sea lions and dolphins
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $85 per day Return Car/Passenger Ferry: from $459 (based on 2 people travelling) Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Adelaide Grosvenor • Aurora Ozone Hotel • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 3 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
The Murray River The mighty Murray River carves its way some 650 kilometres through South Australia before it enters the Southern Ocean at Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With more than 40 national parks located along the river, the region is rich in wildlife with many species of birds, fish and native animals. The golden age of the paddle steamer, when there were dozens plying the waters of the Murray carrying passengers and goods, have long departed but there are still a few grand ladies on the water and they’re a great way to absorb the landscape and history of this region. Spend time exploring the Riverland region’s orchards and wineries; it produces almost all of Australia’s citrus fruit and stonefruit. It’s also a great family destination; hire a houseboat and explore the river, or find a favourite sandy beach on the riverbank and spend a few lazy days fishing, swimming, canoeing and waterskiing.
Captain Cook Cruises– PS Murray Princess
4 days/3 nights
8 days/7 nights
Discover the hauntingly beautiful and dramatic South Australian Outback, its unique flora and fauna, the legacy of old riverside ports and indigenous culture aboard the paddle wheeler PS Murray Princess. Experience a unique historic and nature based adventure, through some of the driest parts of the driest continent, past mallee scrub and ancient red gum forests, through towering gorges and ochre coloured limestone cliffs.
Imagine tying up at the riverbank for a walk, gathering some firewood then settling in around the campfire to watch the stars. Unforgettable Houseboats have a luxurious fleet of vessels accommodating 2-12 passengers, so you can take the whole family or enjoy an intimate cruise.
Along the way visit historic ports and lush vineyards as you navigate the Murray’s big river bends. You can join a guided nature walk, take a small boat safari or visit a riverside village. Sample some of the local wine and produce, or take a camera and catch some memorable scenes of the abundant birdlife.
Day 2: Bowhill – Walker Flat Travel to Bowhill, stop for lunch and continue to Walker Flat for the evening.
Take a three night cruise for an indulgent long weekend. Discover the beautiful lower riverlands, a guided nature walk and backwater wildlife tour, visit Murray Bridge markets, historic houses and art galleries and taste the food and wine of this famous region. The four night cruise follows in the wake of great Australian pioneers along the Outback river highway, discovering towering sandstone cliffs and ancient gorges along the way. Enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door and an Aussie riverside bush BBQ at one of the most spectacular sites along the river. A seven night cruise is a combination of the three and four night cruises and includes a free tour to the Barossa valley.
Day 1: Embark The instructor will take you through the boat and teach you how to drive.
Day 3: Day at leisure at Walker Flat Hop off the boat and enjoy the day experiencing South Australia at its best. Day 4: Walker Flat – Big Bend Leisurely make your way from Walker Flat to Big Bend. Day 5: Big Bend – Swan Reach Travel up to Swan Reach, stop at Swan Reach for lunch or dinner. Day 6: Day cruising between Walker Flat – Bowhill Cruise back downstream and find a mooring between Walker Flat and Bowhill. Day 7: Mannum Continue downstream to Mannum and moor overnight in the town or at a secluded spot. Day 8: Disembark
Departures: Fri & Mon at 4.30pm
Departures: Mon & Fri
Inclusions: Based on 3 night Discovery Cruise (Inside Cabin), all meals including Captain’s Dinner, live entertainment, excursions as per itinerary, use of mini gym & sauna, tea & coffee bar, return coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum
Inclusions: Based on a 10 berth boat for 7 nights, all linen & towels, kitchen utensils, crockery & cutlery, fresh drinking water, safety jackets & river maps. Note: Houseboat driver must have full car or boat drivers license & be over 21 years
Price Guide From: $1129
Price Guide From: $245 (Unforgettable 2 – sleeps 10) The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Wine, River and Outback From vibrant Adelaide to its neighbouring regions, you are never far away from another amazing experience. From the history and wildlife of Adelaide hills, the majesty of the Murray River, the vine covered hills of the Barossa, to the vast landscapes of the Outback.
7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Adelaide Explore Adelaide city or head to Glenelg just 30 minutes away. Day 2: Adelaide – Murray River (99km) Follow the river to the historic port of Mannum where you can take a short cruise enjoying a leisurely lunch on the river. In the afternoon cross the river on the free Mannum car ferry and onto Swan Reach. Day 3: Murray River – Clare Valley (161km) Head towards the Clare Valley for some wine tasting of local Riesling. Hit the walking trails, or hire a bike and cycle part of the Riesling Trail. Day 4: Clare Valley – Wilpena Pound (293km) Make your way to Wilpena Pound. Travel via Burra, a former copper mining town well known for its art and antique shops, quench your thirst at the boutique cider brewery Thorogoods of Burra. Day 5: Wilpena Pound Start the day with a breath-taking scenic flight or hot air balloon ride over Wilpena Pound before exploring the surrounding gorges. Keep an eye out for native animals and wildflowers, especially in September and October. There are also a large network of bushwalking and mountain bike trails throughout the park. Day 6: Wilpena Pound – Barossa (397km) Today head to the Barossa, Australia’s most famous wine region. Sample to your heart’s content and enjoy lunch at one of the many cellar door restaurants. Day 7: Barossa – Adelaide (72km)
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $75 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Clare Country Club • Mannum Motel • Rawnsley Park Station
Murray River, South Australia
Lake Gairdner National Park
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Barossa Valley Lincoln National Park
Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre Adelaide Monarto Zoo
Murray River Swan Reach PS Marion & Mannum Dock Museum
Highlights worth seeing along the way PS Marion and Mannum Dock Museum – Built in 1897, The Paddle Steamer Marion is one of the last heritage steam driven vessels in the world and your chance to see history on the water. Monarto Zoo – Get lost in the wonder that is Australia’s largest open zoo. Located 30 minutes’ drive from Mannum. Martindale Hall Heritage Museum – Be transported in time when you visit this Georgian designed mansion set in rolling countryside. You can enter the rooms and get a feel for what life was like in centuries past. Located at Mintaro about 25 minutes from Clare Valley. Sevenhill Cellars and St Aloysius Church Clare Valley – Established by Jesuits in 1851, take a tour of this historic winery, the underground cellar, wine museum and church. Wilpena Pound by bike – One of the more active ways to see Wilpena Pound is by mountain bike. There are mountain bike trails surrounding the area allowing you to view Wilpena Pound “from the inside”. Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre & Restaurant – Visit this iconic winery in the Barossa and enjoy a food and wine master class including a two course lunch with glass of wine.
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 7 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Adelaide © SATC
Melbourne to Adelaide One of the most fabulous ways to get to South Australia from Melbourne is to drive along the Great Ocean Road. You’ll pass through the Limestone Coast region, famed for its wine, caves, lovely beaches and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
5 days/4 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Melbourne – Apollo Bay (202km) Head for the township of Geelong. Visit the surfing towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne. End the day in Apollo Bay, the gateway to Otway National Park. Day 2: Apollo Bay – Port Fairy (187km) Drive through the grand forests of Otway Ranges. Stop and walk through the rainforests at Maits Rest. Back on the coast road, stop to view the magnificent Twelve Apostles, the world-famous rock towers that thrust up out of the ocean. Day 3: Port Fairy – Limestone Coast (160km) Follow the coastline to Mount Gambier, home of the mysterious blue lake and on to Penola to explore this historic town. Travel to Robe via Naracoorte to explore the labyrinth of caverns and amazing fossil beds that make up the Naracoorte World Heritage-listed fossil site. Day 4: Limestone Coast – Fleurieu Peninsula (475km) Continue along the coast road which skirts the Coorong, a 142 kilometres stretch of lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes that ends at the mouth of the Murray River. In Goolwa, join a half day Spirit of the Coorong cruise to discover more of the area’s natural wonders. Day 5: Fleurieu Peninsula – Adelaide (85km) Spend some more time exploring McLaren Vale, best known for its great vineyard restaurants and relaxed coastal lifestyle, it’s also a region of outstanding fresh produce. Wander the main street of Mclaren Vale and its art studios, galleries and shops before making your way back to Adelaide.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group B) from $79 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Beachcomber Motel and Apartments Apollo Bay • Ashmont Motor Inn and Apartments Port Fairy • Victor Harbor City Inn
The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Twelve Apostles – For a truly amazing perspective, take a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles. Griffiths Island Port Fairy – Walk around the island and see the lighthouse and the remains of the light-keepers cottages. Mount Gambiers Blue Lake – Early in November is an ideal time to view the lakes mysterious change of colour. Umpherston Sinkhole – Garden lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Umpherston Sinkhole at Mount Gambier, featuring a beautiful garden at the bottom of a natural sinkhole. Coonawarra wine region – Just north of Penola is the famous Coonawarra wine region. Sample some of Australia’s best reds at one of the many cellar doors. Strathalbyn – Visit this beautiful town in the Fleurieu Peninsula, with its many antique, craft and gift stores. Victor Harbor – Ride the horse drawn tram to Granite Island and enjoy the spectacular views (Fleurieu Peninsular). Cheese & Wine Trail – Starts at Blessed Cheese in McLaren Vale, the trail consists of a progressive picnic matching the finest artisan cheeses with the region’s best wines.
Wirra Wirra Winery, McLaren Vale
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 5 day hire rate. Price does not include one-way fees. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Adelaide to Darwin Explore the rugged Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. Walk around Uluru with an Aboriginal guide. Explore Nitmiluk National Park, home to Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge and see ancient Aboriginal rock art in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
Flinders Range © SATC; Adam Bruzzone
Kakadu National Park
16 days/15 nights Suggested Self-Drive
Katherine NORTHERN TERRITORY
Day 1-2: Adelaide – Wilpena Pound (455km) Travel north via the Clare Valley Wine Region and Flinders Ranges National Park.
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Day 3-4: Wilpena Pound – Parachilna – William Creek (536km) Make your way to Parachilna which has a population of seven. Travel north on the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek. Day 5-6: William Creek – Coober Pedy (167km) Head to Coober Pedy, the heart of South Australia’s opal-mining industry. Discovered in 1911, today there are hundreds of opal mines operating. Day 7-8: Coober Pedy – Uluru (750km) Cross over the border into Northern Territory and continue to Uluru. Rising to 348 metres from the desert. Uluru is one of the iconic symbols of Australia. Day 9-11: Uluru – Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (970km) Learn about the Aboriginal people whose traditional lands include the area in and around Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges. Drive to Tennant Creek, where the Overland Telegraph Station was built in 1872. Day 12-16: Tennant Creek – Katherine – Kakadu National Park – Darwin (989km) Continue north to Katherine. Head to Kakadu National Park and visit Yellow Waters. There’s a lot to see on the road between Kakadu National Park and Darwin, from the clouds of waterfowl on wetlands to jumping crocodiles.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $69 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy • Quest Alice Springs • Beagle Motor Inn, Katherine
Parachilna SOUTHERN OCEAN
Wilpena Pound Adelaide
Highlights worth seeing along the way
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Parachilna Gorge – Walk through the Parachilna Gorge to the Blinman Pools waterfall. Best time to go April-October. Breakaways Conservation Park – A must-see lookout experience in Coober Pedy. Enjoy breath-taking views at sunset and sunrise. Painted Desert – Located 150 kilometres north of Coober Pedy, discover this colourful landscape which has been 80 million years in the making. Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – These rock domes are a cluster of formations that look like heads. Kata Tjuta means “many heads” in the aboriginal language. Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the Sky – See Uluru from above, on a helicopter tour where you can get the best aerial view of the Australian Outback. Battery Hill Mining Centre – Located in Tenant Creek, you will find a large collection of mining machinery and two museum buildings. Guided tours will take you through the underground mine.
Walk the base of Uluru at sunrise, one of the best experiences you’ll have in Australia. The sun causes an array of colours to play on the rock, it’s a truly magical experience
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Kakadu National Park © Tourism NT
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 16 day hire rate. Price does not include one-way fees. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Festivals and Events 2018 01-31 Mar
Eat Drink Perth
29 Mar-02 Apr
Fremantle Street Arts Festival
The Karijini Experience
23 Apr-20 May
Perth Comedy Festival
Denmark Festival of Voice
WA Day Festival
Broome International Airport Marathon
25 Aug-02 Sep
A View to Asia Exhibition, Broome
Sunset Long Table Dinner
01 Oct-30 Apr 19
Field of Lights: Avenue of Honour
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 15/32 Mar-May: 10/30 Jun-Aug: 8/19 Sep-Nov: 9/26
you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on Earth, then Western Australia is for you. To give you some idea of the extraordinary experiences on offer here, we have listed just a few. In Perth you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in Kings Park, explore historic Fremantle, sample local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within 30 minutes of the city. Australia’s South West offers picturesque vineyards, spectacular ocean vistas, world-class surfing and beautiful beaches. The Golden Outback has the vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes of a true Outback, with adventures, Aboriginal encounters and settlements built by goldrush pioneers. Australia’s Coral Coast is an unspoilt coastline with abundant marine life and the most turquoise ocean you’ll ever see. At World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, you can enjoy great snorkelling, diving and fishing with incredible national parks that offer great walks and scenery not found elsewhere in Australia. This is also where you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. You’ll also find the unique rock formations of the Pinnacles and inland is just as exciting, as carpets of wildflowers burst into colour across the state during the wildflower season from July onwards. The North West is home to the Kimberley. Broome is the gateway to this spectacular region and from here you’ll venture into red earth country and experience an authentic Aussie Outback adventure. Travel by 4WD, take a scenic flight or cruise through the remarkable billion year old wilderness that makes up the extraordinary coastline.
Experience Western Australia Our favourite things to see and do Fremantle – A port city just 30 minutes from Perth. Known for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types, the streets are buzzing with buskers, wild collections of art and trendy cafés and bars. Be sure to check out Little Creatures Brewery, set on the waterfront, with award-winning craft beers and ales brewed on-site.
Food and Wine – Western Australia is home to nine beautiful wine regions, each with their own special characteristics, including the popular Margaret River and Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley. Be sure to try a tasting tour of the cellar doors for perfect pairing of restaurants as well as boutique breweries. Perth is well known for its restaurant and bar scene, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in Australia, so you are spoilt for choice. Whale Watching – Western Australia has one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world, with seven months (May-Dec) of viewing. Humpback, southern right whales and the rare blue whale migrate annually from the Southern Ocean to the north Kimberley coast. The best time to see these beautiful creatures is at midday, when the sun is directly overhead.
Wildflowers – With over 12,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia, this is the world’s largest collection of wildflowers. See these beautiful carpets of colour for six months of the year, from June in the north to November in the south. Check out the very best of the wildflowers every September in Kings Park Botanical Garden, Perth.
Staircase to the Moon – Witness this natural phenomenon between March and October each year. When conditions are just right, watch the full moon rise over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, this creates the illusion of a staircase to the moon.
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Pensione Hotel Perth
Moments from Perth’s major shopping centre, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, public transport and a short walk to the Swan River and Chinatown. Set within a classic 1960’s modernism designed building this boutique hotel caters to the budget conscious traveller provides a Restaurant & Bar, Coin operated laundry facilities and complimentary WiFi.
Travelodge Hotel Perth
Situated in the heart of the CBD, Travelodge Perth is nestled in a picturesque location, close to major shopping areas and a short stroll from the beautiful Swan River. Visitors to Perth can take advantage of the free city bus service which departs from the hotel’s doorstep and goes to the city’s major attractions.
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central
Adina Apartment Hotel Perth makes the perfect base from which to enjoy it all. The apartment hotel is ideally located on-site at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, close to the magnificent Kings Park. Jump on the free city transport system operating from the bus terminal, adjacent to the hotel, to discover this great city.
Located just around the corner from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and St Georges Terrace. Take a stroll through the greenery of Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. After a day of exploring the beautiful city of Perth, relax and unwind with a drink and some tapas in the hotel’s restaurant courtyard.
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Perth is famed for its laid-back atmosphere, so be sure to spend some time relaxing on your self-contained apartment’s large balcony, embracing that vibe. The rooftop pool is another great spot for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. Perth’s dining precinct is a short stroll away with plenty of cuisine, bars and nightlife to enjoy.
Fraser Suites Perth
Located in the East Perth of the CBD within the free transit zone, so you can jump on and off the local buses for free! Experience the beautifully furnished Studios, One and Two Bedroom Apartments all with floor to ceiling windows views of the Swan River, Langley Park or the WACA - Western Australian Cricket Ground. We recommend an upgrade to a room on a higher level overlooking Swan River for perfect sunrise and sunset views
Perth Electric Bikes Tour
Rottnest Island Bike & Snorkel Tour Explore the island by bike (the only form of transport – cars are not allowed), discover secluded beaches, snorkel among the reefs and meet the local wildlife. You have the option to depart from Perth or Fremantle.
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Choose between Perth City Foreshore, Rottnest Island, the Northern Lakes or the Sunset Coast. Tours have an average distance of about 35-40 kilometres and offer an interpretation of the geological formations of the Swan Coastal Plain, learn about the Aboriginal Culture of the Noongar People’s uses of natural resources.
Swan Valley Winery Experience
Perth Lunch Cruise Combine a lunch cruise around Perth with a sightseeing tram tour of the Port of Fremantle. You’ll cruise down the Swan River before joining a tram tour around the historic port of Fremantle then re-join your cruise and enjoy a buffet lunch before arrive back into Perth.
Be treated as a long-lost friend at cellar doors offering premium wines, remarkable characters and priceless ambience. Feast on gourmet vineyard platters, cheese boards, beers and heart stopping chocolates and truffles. You’ll enjoy the memories long after the last wine is savoured.
Pinnacles Desert, Koalas & Sandboarding See koalas and other native animals at a wildlife park, have the option to enjoy fish and chips lunch at the coastal town of Cervantes, take a guided walk through the Pinnacles, and go sandboarding and 4WD driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin.
Explore Western Australia with AAT Kings For over 100 years, AAT Kings has been sharing the best that Australia and New Zealand has to offer. With a wide range of Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours, they have a travel style to suit every traveller’s taste and budget. Their people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic and they love a laugh and a good story. They’ll show you landscapes and cities that are beautiful beyond belief and deliver service with a welcoming smile. Come and share Western Australia with AAT Kings, they’ll bring the region to life and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Miri Miri Falls © Tourism WA
South Western Escape
10 days/9 nights
11 days/10 nights
Outback, forests and coast, this trip has it all. ‘Surf’ Wave Rock and experience coastal Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park. View the stunning Stirling Ranges, take the Valley of the Giants tree top walk, then indulge your palate at Margaret River and relax in seaside Fremantle.
Cruise on ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes and discover the rich Ord River Valley. Visit a remote indigenous community to meet the locals and relax while taking in an amazing Cable Beach sunset in Broome.
Day 1: Perth Enjoy a city tour of Perth including Kings Park for views of the Swan River.
Day 1-2: Darwin – Katherine Take an afternoon tour of the city to explore its highlights. On your way to Katherine, stop at Nitmiluk National Park.
Day 2-3: Perth – Wave Rock – Kalgoorlie Visit Wave Rock, formed from Granite over three million years ago, before heading to Kalgoorlie for a tour of Australia’s largest open cut gold mine. Day 4: Kalgoorlie – Esperance Visit Cape Le Grand National Park and enjoy free time in Esperance. Day 5-6: Esperance – Albany See the Pink Lake and Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the Stirling Ranges, then explore Albany.
Day 3-4: Katherine – Kununurra Cruise along the Ord River before arriving in Kununnurra. Explore at leisure then dine at a fragrant sandalwood plantation. Day 5: Kununurra – Emma Gorge Take a tour of a rum distillery before travelling to Emma Gorge. Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park Take a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge before an afternoon at leisure.
Day 7: Albany – Margaret River Journey to the Valley of the Giants before arriving in Margaret River.
Day 7: Emma Gorge – Halls Creek Visit the Argyle Diamond Mine and continue south to Halls Creek.
Day 8: Margaret River Experience the Margaret River caves with a local guide, then visit a winery for tastings and lunch.
Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing Head to a remote indigenous community and cruise through Geikie Gorge.
Day 9-10: Margaret River – Fremantle Arrive in Fremantle and explore at your own pace.
Day 9-11: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome Explore the town with your travel director before relaxing to watch the sunset at Cable Beach. Explore tropical Broome at your leisure.
Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)
Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)
Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, 9 full buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director, Driver Guide & airport transfers
Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation (2 in tented cabins with en suite), 10 full buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director, Driver Guide & airport transfers
Price Guide From: $4450
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Coral Coast Visit any time of the year and enjoy the unique attractions of the Monkey Mia wild dolphins, marine life of Ningaloo Reef including the whale shark, wildflowers on the inland road, stromatolites (ancient living fossils) at Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach, Kalbarri with stunning gorges and so much more.
Abrolhos Islands, Geraldton
11 days/10 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Perth – Geraldton (418km) Geraldton is a water sports playground of 122 coral-fringed islands. Day 2: Geraldton – Carnarvon (477km) Visit a banana plantation, view the blowholes from May to October and sample the freshest seafood in WA.
Coral Bay Ningaloo Reef
Shark Bay Abrolhos Islands
Day 3-4: Carnarvon – Exmouth (364km) Continue to Exmouth, the gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park. Swim with a Whale Shark (Mar-Jul), view limestone ranges and spectacular gorges. Watch the sunset from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. Day 5-6: Exmouth – Coral Bay (151km) Coral Bay is a snorkellers’ paradise with calm, protected waters and hundreds of fish and coral species just metres from the shore. Swim, snorkel or try some beach fishing, and take a 4WD along the coast. Day 7-8: Coral Bay – Shark Bay (565km) Along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive, visit the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool and see the oldest living marine fossils on earth. Meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins. Day 9-10: Shark Bay – Kalbarri (386km) Explore the Murchison River gorges of Kalbarri National Park, join a fishing tour, river cruise or take in the sights of this unique coastline. Day 11: Kalbarri – Perth (571km) Enjoy stunning views of coastal gorges and the pink lake south of Kalbarri.
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Highlights worth seeing along the way The Pinnacles – Limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park. Jurien Bay – Sheltered by a string if islands and limestone reefs, the snorkelling and diving here is first rate with underwater caves and coral gardens waiting to be explored. Abrolhos Islands – 122 islands surrounded by coral teeming with marine life. Also ranked among the world’s top fishing spots. Ningaloo Reef – The world’s largest fringing reef, an underwater paradise and popular spot for dolphins, manta rays, turtles, humpback whales and the gentle whale shark. Shark Bay – Famous for its rich marine life including a large population of dugongs.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group H) from $69 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Exmouth • Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort • Kalbarri Seafront Villas
The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park
Shell Beach, Shark Bay – Take a walk along a white beach made of billions of tiny shells. One of only two beaches of its kind in the world.
Experience a face to face encounter with the friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia. Some lucky visitors selected to hand feed them!
Jurien Bay Marine Park
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 11 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Pink Lake, Port Gregory, Kalbarri
Festivals and Events 2018 25-29 Apr
Wide Open Space Festival
BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival
Territory Taste Festival
Alice Springs Show
The Katherine Sow and Rodeo
Walking with Spirits
Royal Darwin Show
Jabiru Mahbilil Festival
Red Centre Bird Festival
28 Sep-07 Oct
Parrtjima – A Festival in Light
Inhabiting much of Australia’s central mainland and central northern regions, the Northern Territory is one of the last remaining genuine ‘Outback’ destinations in Australia. With so many natural wonders, ancient history, rich culture and unique wildlife to explore, a holiday to the Northern Territory can be as diverse as the region itself. Today, with its World Heritage-listed sites like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park, along with a huge number of other natural attractions, there are plenty of places to lose yourself and become immersed in your surroundings. With its long history of Aboriginal settlement you’ll find plenty of Indigenous culture on display – everything from ancient rock art and cultural centres to the sacred and iconic Uluru. Arnhem Land, to the east of Darwin, is one of the largest Aboriginal reserves in Australia and a bastion of Aboriginal culture – rock art, bark paintings and the home of the didgeridoo. Darwin is the perfect base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park with one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal rock art sites in Australia. Alice Springs is the perfect destination for an authentic Outback encounter. Spectacular sunburnt landscapes, Outback spirit, isolated communities and colourful local characters. There is a tour to suit everyone. As the hub of Central Australia, Alice Springs combines the rich culture and art of indigenous Australia with a modern and vibrant atmosphere. Marvel at the enormity of Uluru, discover the spiritual significance of Kata Tjuta and explore the rim of Kings Canyon. Six hundred million years in the making, these incredible natural creations will captivate you from sunrise to sunset.
Experience Northern Territory Our favourite things to see and do Open Air Markets – Soak up Darwin’s tropical night air, as well as aromas of food from all over the world beneath magical sunsets and browse the stalls at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Purchase natural skin care, local art, jewellery and clothing. Also make sure you visit Nightcliff and Parap markets, and the Happy Yess Market. Look out for regular and one-off markets in other regional centres, especially the Katherine Community Market, Alice Springs Night Markets and Todd Mall Markets.
Darwin © Tourism NT
Kings Canyon – Be captivated by the sheer sandstone walls of Kings Canyon. Witness a sunset from the gorge or experience a three hour guided climb to the rim and marvel at the breathtaking views of Watarrka National Park.
Fishing – Throw a line into the waters of Darwin’s tropical coral reefs for a spot of offshore fishing. Catch a Snapper for lunch or a delicious Spanish Mackerel.
Katherine Gorge © Tourism NT
Nitmiluk National Park – Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) covers a vast area of escarpment country, including 13 gorges carved from ancient sandstone. Enjoy a cruise or paddle along the gorges at your own pace.
Aboriginal Art & Culture – A holiday in the Territory is a cultural journey. Learn about the Dreamtime and experience Indigenous storytelling, dance and music. Get hands-on and try spear throwing, didgeridoo playing or dot painting. View ancient rock art sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park or wander the modern galleries in Darwin, each art piece will tell a story. MacDonnell Ranges – The East and West MacDonnell Ranges are an adventure playground with hiking trails, 4WD tracks and swimming holes. Take in the beauty of the rugged ranges from the air in a hot air balloon or on a helicopter flight, or take it all in on the Larapinta Trail, stretching 223 kilometres along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
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Seven Spirit Bay
Watarrka (Kings Canyon) N.P. Uluru Kata Tjuta N.P. Kata Tjuta
Simpsons Gap Nature Park
Finke Gorge N.P.
Trephona Gorge National Park Ross River Alice Springs
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Northern Territory Accommodation
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Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Situated on the Todd River, only a five minutes from the town centre the hotel offers 139 air-conditioned Standard, Superior and Deluxe guest rooms offering a homely, comfortable stay. Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering a selection of international dishes to suit all taste buds. A guest laundry, free WiFi, 24 hour reception and an outdoor swimming pool are also available. The local attractions of Alice Springs are only a short distance away. This is perfect option for pre or post Uluru or Kings Canyon itineraries.
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Sails in the Desert Hotel
Located in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails in the Desert Hotel is the ideal base and gateway to all the cultural, historic and scenic experiences the region offers. The hotel is designed with the inspiration of the Anangu people and the colours of their heritage mixed in with modern décor. At the end of each day exploring the beauty of Ayers Rock and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (to name a few), the delish culinary choices from Ilkari Restaurant and the Walpa Lobby Bar offer a selection of meals and beverages or relax with a spa treatment at the Red Ochre Spa.
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Deluxe Room Elliott
Doubletree by Hilton Darwin
Tennant Creek Devils Marbles Ti Tree
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Enjoy the views of Darwin Esplanade this hotel offers and the convenience of downtown Darwin only a few minutes walk from Smith Street Mall, Bicentennial Park and local shopping spots and dining options. Hotel rooms provide space and comfort to all leisure travellers, lined with floor-to-ceiling windows and Juliette balconies to capture the beautiful surrounds. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by manicured tropical gardens, or experience a delicious meal at the Poolside Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Northern Territory Sightseeing
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Jumping Crocodile Day Trip from Darwin
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru Field of Light Sunrise Tour
Board the Jumping Crocodile cruise. Get up close to the real big crocs, but remember keep your arms in the boat. Keep your camera at the ready as this is also when the big birds of prey swoop down to steal meat meant for the crocodiles. This is as close as you’re ever likely to get to the beautiful White Breasted Sea Eagle. The Adelaide River thrives with wildlife so keep your eyes peeled on the riverbank as well, there’s a lot to see.
Under the cover of darkness you’re invited to wander through the pathways that encompass the 50,000 spheres of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Dune Top viewing area. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens, while enjoying tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Then as the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert sky, gaze in awe as the sun rises in the distance behind Uluru, flooding the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you, with light.
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour
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Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk
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Explore Darwin City Sights This tour allows for the exploration of attractions in Darwin and is perfect for a first time visitor’s or families. Experienced tour guides will showcase Darwin’s sights and attractions. You will be provided full commentary and you can enjoy the colourful sights of Darwin. Attractions visited include WWII Oil Storage Tunnels, Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin Military Museum, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
From Kings Canyon Resort, join a guide on a rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for superb views of Watarrka National Park. During the 6 kilometre journey, you’ll climb up a 328-foot cliff face and walk around the canyon rim. The walk takes up to three hours and requires a good level of fitness, but you’ll be rewarded with a panorama of sandstone cliffs and other landscapes of Australia’s Red Centre. If you prefer something easier, a creek bed walk is offered as an alternative.
At the very heart of Australia lies the historic town of Alice Springs - the pioneering gateway to a mysterious land of natural monuments, colourful outback culture and ancient Dreamtime lore. On this half-day afternoon tour you will visit the School of the Air, the Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as take in spectacular views of the West MacDonnell ranges from Anzac Hill.
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Explore the Northern Territory with AAT Kings The Northern Territory, home to iconic Uluru and Kakadu National Park, is one of AAT Kings’ most popular destinations. Immerse yourself in one of the world’s oldest living cultures as you watch the most inspiring sunrise and sunset at Uluru, find bush tucker or discover Aboriginal rock art at the amazing Nourlangie Rock. With AAT Kings, you’ll meet local characters and be inspired by their stories that will stay with you long after you return home.
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Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery
Alice Springs to Uluru Discovery
Tropical Top End
3 days/2 nights
4 days/3 nights
4 days/3 nights
Home to Australia’s most iconic natural wonder, Uluru, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park boasts an ancient landscape and culture that are nothing short of inspiring, full of rich and fascinating experiences.
Discover Alice Springs before taking in the beauty of Uluru during sunset and sunrise, including a walk around its base. View aboriginal rock art and the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
Experience the wonders of the Top End. View the highlights of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park including art at Nourlangie and Ubirr.
Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges, visiting a camel farm on your way to Kata Tjuta. View the Mutitjulu Waterhole and learn about ancient rock art, before enjoying a wine and canapes watching the sunset. Enjoy a wine and canapés while watching the sunset at Uluru.
Day 1: Alice Springs Tour the sights of ‘Alice’ including the historic Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air.
Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Cruise on the Adelaide River and enjoy lunch in Kakadu National Park before marvelling at the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries in Ubirr.
Day 2: Alice Springs – Kata Tjuta – Uluru Visit a camel farm before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Tour Kata Tjuta, before watching the sun set over Uluru in style.
Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine Take a guided walk at Nourlangie to view Aboriginal rock art. Before a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to observe prolific wildlife.
Day 2: Uluru – Kings Canyon Watch the sunrise set Uluru and the Red Centre alight, then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta , enjoying panoramic views along the way.
Day 3: Uluru – Alice Springs Watch the sunrise at Uluru, then drive around the base of Uluru. View Aboriginal rock art and see the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Climb the rim of Kings Canyon for spectacular views of Watarrka National Park. Enjoy lunch at Kings Creek Station on your way back to Alice Springs. Departures: Daily (year-round) Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, national park fees, air-conditioned coach, airport transfers, Travel Director & Driver Guide Price Guide From: $1445
Day 4: Alice Springs Farewell from Alice Springs.
Departures: Daily (Apr-Nov), Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb) Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, national park fees, luxury coach, Travel Director & Driver Guide
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Day 3: Katherine Gorge Cruise – Darwin Cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch for crocodiles basking in the sun. Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, en route to Darwin. Day 4: Litchfield National Park – Darwin Visit Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls, Wangi Falls and Howard Springs Nature Park on a day trip to Litchfield National Park. Departures: Tue & Sat (May-Oct) Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, luxury coach transport, Travel Director & Driver Guide Price Guide From: $1740
Price Guide From: $1315
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Katherine Gorge Lookout
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
Top End Highlights
5 days/4 nights
6 days/5 nights
If you like to travel in a more intimate group and go places a little bit off the beaten track, then this inspiring journey is the holiday for you. You’ll stay in handpicked accommodation in idyllic settings like Cicada Lode in Nitmiluk National Park.
With its vibrant indigenous culture, friendly characters and varied scenery, the Top End will leave you spellbound. Be immersed in the ancient traditions of the Aboriginal people and cruise down waterways teaming with wildlife.
Day 1: Darwin – Mary River Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin a journey of discovery in the Top End.
Day 1: Darwin Enjoy an afternoon city tour before joining your fellow travellers in the evening.
Day 2: Mary River – Kakadu Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to Corroboree Billabong to enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise.
Day 2-3: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Katherine Gorge Your first stop is an amazing stand of Termite Mounds, then the beauty of Florence Falls. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings on a Katherine Gorge dinner cruise.
Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge Hike to Gunlom Falls and enjoy lunch underneath the gum trees before heading to your 5-star eco lodge in Nitmiluk National Park.
Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu National Park Continue onto Edith Falls for a quick dip before you travel deep into the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
Day 4: Katherine Learn about life in the bush, then board a special dinner cruise on the Katherine Gorge.
Day 5: Kakadu – Mary River You’ll stay tonight in private permanent safari tents at Wildman Wilderness Lodge situated in the Mary River Wetlands area.
Day 5: Katherine Gorge – Darwin Relax in Katherine before heading to Darwin.
Day 6: Mary River – Darwin Take a safari cruise on the renowned Mary River Wetlands and Corroboree Billabong.
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, travel in a luxury vehicle, complimentary refreshments, airport transfers, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 4 dinners with wine
Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, travel by luxury coach, airport transfers, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, Travel Director & Driver Guide
Price Guide From: $3695
Price Guide From: $3250
Top End Discovery Discover this enchanting land as you meander through Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Nitmiluk National Park. The combination of these national parks allow you to spot amazing wildlife, relax at spectacular waterfalls, discover ancient rock art and journey deep into stunning gorges.
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6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive
Kakadu National Park
Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park (151km) Depart Darwin for Jabiru. Birdwatchers and nature lovers should stop along the way at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre. A visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre Park Headquarters is a must. Day 2: Kakadu National Park Join a Yellow Water Billabong cruise to discover a range of wildlife. Take the opportunity to visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr Rock, to see some amazing Aboriginal rock art.
Litchfield National Park
Fish River Gorge Block National Park
Day 3: Kakadu National Park – Katherine (152km) Travel towards Pine Creek and onto Katherine, making a leisure stop at the beautiful Edith Falls.
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Cutta Cutta Mataranka Caves Nature Park
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Day 4: Katherine Enjoy a spectacular two hour Katherine Gorge cruise. Perhaps visit Mataranka Thermal Pool this afternoon, or Katherine’s other iconic attractions.
Yellow Water Billabong – Marvel at the diverse range of colourful birdlife along the billabong as you try to spot a crocodile. Katherine Gorge – A spectacular gorge best seen from the water. Whether you are doing it by cruise or canoe you will be treated to amazing scenery.
Day 5: Katherine – Litchfield National Park (255km) Drive north and enjoy a full day exploring Litchfield National Park, offering spectacular waterfalls year round. Day 6: Litchfield National Park – Darwin (115km) Enjoy more time in Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park – Take a guided tour through these caves. This is a great option for families and we recommend doing a morning tour before it gets too hot. Kakadu National Park – Aboriginal rock art in this area is very well preserved and accessible. It’s worth taking a guided tour to have the history of the rock art explained to you. Matakana Thermal Pool – A very popular swimming spot – the thermal pool is a temperature of around 34 degrees celsius.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $125 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin • Aurora Kakadu • Beagle Motor Inn, Katherine
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Termite Mounds – In Litchfield National park you will see many termite mounds, some 15 feet tall and over 50 years old. Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls – After a morning of exploring, enjoy a refreshing swim in these cool clear waters.
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The price guide shown is per car hire based on 6 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Territory Discovery From the Red Centre to the Top End, discover the highlights, contrasts and spectacular scenery that the Territory has to offer. Journey from the red heart of the Northern Territory to where the outback meets the tropics, Katherine, before continuing to the tropical north of Darwin.
Stuart Highway, Alice Springs
11 days/10 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Uluru Enjoy a relaxing start to the day before heading to see a stunning Uluru sunset.
Cutta Cutta Caves
Day 2: Uluru Take a walk around the base of Uluru or explore the domes of Kata Tjuta. Day 3-4: Uluru – Alice Springs (463km) Travel back in time as you stroll around the heritage walk. Enjoy the historical sites including Panorama Guth Art Gallery. Day 5-6: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (508km) En route to Tennant Creek, stop at the Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). Visit the Tennant Creek Battery which is still in working order. Day 7-8: Tennant Creek – Katherine (675km) Start early for the drive from Tennant Creek to Katherine. On the way stop in at the Cutta Cutta Caves, keep an eye out for the orange horseshoe bat which is a rare and endangered species. Enjoy a cruise along Katherine Gorge.
Day 9-10: Katherine – Kakadu National Park (152km) This morning stop in at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before continuing onto Kakadu National Park. Cruise Yellow Water Billabong. Continue to Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock and view Aboriginal rock art. Day 11: Kakadu National Park – Darwin (151km) Visit Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, then journey to Darwin.
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Tennant Creek Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) Alice Springs
Highlights worth seeing along the way Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) – Lose yourself in the surreal collection of huge boulders some standing up to six metres. Kangaroo Sanctuary – Feed and hold the baby kangaroos at this unique rescue centre in Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs Desert Park – Spend a few hours enjoying the scenery and animals. Don’t miss the bird show at 10am, comes highly recommended. Tennant Creek Telegraph Station – A well preserved piece of history, showing how hard life was back in the day. You are able to walk around the inside and outside of most buildings.
Lake Mary Ann – After a long drive this is a great place to relax and have a picnic or BBQ with the family while passing through Tennant Creek.
Kelly’s Ranch, Tennant Creek – See the desert on horseback and learn about bush tucker from your local guide Jerry. Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $119 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Chifley Alice Springs Resort • Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek • Aurora Kakadu
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park © Tourism NT
Watch the animals come to life at night on the Nocturnal tour at Alice Springs Desert Park. Encounter rare and endangered animals you wouldn’t normally see in the day time
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Barramundie Gorge, Kakadu National Park © Tourism NT
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 11 day hire rate. Price does not include one-way fees. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Festivals and Events 2018 02-18 Mar
Enlighten Festival of Lights
Lights! Camera! Action! Film Making Festival
Canberra Balloon Spectacular
30 Mar–22 Jul
Cartier: The Exhibition
01 Jun–31 Aug
The Truffle Festival: Canberra
Canberra Nara Candle Festival
15 Sep–14 Oct
Remembrance Day National Ceremony
Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 12/27 Mar-May: 7/20 Jun-Aug: 1/12 Sep-Nov: 6/19
Canberra is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, located in the Australian Capital Territory state, a three hour drive south-west of Sydney and seven hours from Melbourne. Visitors who travel to Canberra are not only drawn to the region because its the national capital city, but also for the national attractions housing the heritage, history and journey making Australia what it is today. In 1908, Canberra was selected as Australia’s capital as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne and is one of the world’s few planned cities where Walter Burley Griffin, a 20th century American architect, won an international competition to design the city – true fact! Life is less busy within the city centre and suburbs, where people travel at a moderate pace. Peak honour traffic lasts only 15-20 minutes but still gives the locals something to grumble about. The city centre is filled with urban architecture, vibrant restaurants, stylish cafes and bars, boutique accommodation and enormous national structures. It’s quite fascinating. It’s the perfect getaway, with activities and attractions the whole family will love – including Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre where all ages are challenged by the world of science. Nature walks and cycling trails are found throughout the region. Playgrounds and parks around the city are only short distances from key accommodation hubs. In the winter months, Canberra is the main gateway to the Snowy Mountains for a skiing getaway in the alpines of Australia. During this time you can’t miss out on Truffle Hunting season that runs from June to September. It’s a world-class event where experts will demonstrate the in’s and out’s of a successful truffle hunt!
Experience Canberra Our favourite things to see and do Australian War Memorial – A place of remembrance and reflection to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australian’s who lost their lives in war and those who lived on to share their stories and experiences. A world-class museum and memorial, showcasing Australia’s journey to where they are today. National Gallery of Australia – The national art museum of Australia, home to over 150,000 works of art. Located in the heart of Canberra, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Be immersed among world-class exhibitions, admire prestigious pieces and explore some amazing spaces within the building structure itself. Great day out for all.
Mount Ainslie Lookout – Venture to Mount Ainslie Lookout for a spectacular view of the city. Accessible by car, but for the more energetic there are walking and cycle tracks that weave through native terrain with birds and wildlife. Enjoy the impressive scenery at the top and if you can, time your visit for an amazing sunset or sunrise view.
Australian Parliament House – This is where all the action happens within parliament. It’s an essential part of any visit to Canberra. The building itself is designed to last 100 years and is a very impressive structure. Entry is free and it’ll give you an insight to Australian history.
Old Bus Depot Markets – Every Sunday, the Old Bus Depot Markets are filled with hand crafted goodies and homemade specialities, food stalls, jewellery junkies and gift ideas for all your family and friends back home. Open from 10am-4pm, located in an old industrial building in Kingston only a short drive from Parliament House.
The Truffle Farm – Where the fun happens for a wintery experience, where specialised truffle hunting dogs scope 3000 trees within the farm for this ‘black magic’. The team at Truffle Farm will educate you on why they’re such a worldwide delicacy and the art to preparing them for decadent dishes. Runs from June to September.
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The chic and funky brand - QT Hotel and Resorts has landed in Canberra offering 205 designer guest rooms, business savvy mod cons, free WiFi, divine dining experiences and a mouth-watering beverage menu at the Capitol Bar & Grill, QT Lounge and Lucky’s Speakeasy cocktail bar. It’s the perfect hotel to combine with an art gallery exhibition, or a shortbreak getaway.
One of Canberra’s newest hotels, Mantra Macarthur is positioned just on the outskirts of Canberra CBD, a short distance from Parliament House, the War Memorial and National Gallery. Shopping precincts are literally around the corner. Offering Studio, One and Two Bedroom Suites suitable for a shortbreak getaway or a longstay adventure in the nation’s capital.
Knightsbridge Canberra is the Australian capital’s newest provider of luxury accommodation, offering well-appointed rooms, and fully furnished one, two and three bedroom apartments, offering the comforts of home. An easy walk to nearby eateries and boutique retailers within the areas of Kingston and Manuka, and a short drive to all local attractions within Canberra.
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Novotel Canberra offers 4.5-star accommodation in the heart of the city, centrally located close to Canberra’s retail, entertainment, business and restaurant districts. With the concept of health and wellbeing in mind this hotel offers healthy meal options, in-room yoga with mats provided, recently renovated indoor swimming pool, gym, spa and sauna.
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Canberra Hot Air Balloon Experience at Sunrise
The best way to explore and experience three of Canberra’s hottest attractions. Visit the Australian Institute of Sport; the sports and training institution, committed to the national standard of sports science. Explore miniature handcrafted buildings at Cockington Green Gardens. Be fascinated with more than 200 interactive exhibitions at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre. This pass gives you three times the excitement and 3 times the fun!
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Reach for the sky while floating above the picturesque city of Canberra in a hot air balloon at sunrise. It’s a breath-taking 45-60 minute experience to enjoy with a loved one to celebrate a special occasion. The tour concludes with a glass of champagne and a personalised flight certificate to celebrate your tour.
Go behind the scenes of the AIS Campus on an award-winning AIS Tour. During our 90 minute guided tour, visitors might catch some of Australia’s top athlete’s in training as they walk through the world-class facilities including the AIS Arena, gymnastics centre, volleyball hall, strength and conditioning gym and the high performance testing and training pool. Visitors can challenge themselves, their friends and family in the newly renovated and revamped Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia.
National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia – First Australians Tour The First Australians Tour, takes you through the history and insights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures, spiritual connections to the country. Immerse yourself in the interactive and sensory displays in the First Australians gallery Welcome Space and indigenous collections
This is an extraordinary place to explore the stunning architecture, contemporary spaces while you journey through the history, celebrations and tribulations of Australia and its people come alive. From Aboriginal history, to the days of the gold mining, interactive exhibits and treasures from all shapes and forms. Must-do tours include the First Australian’s Tour, Museum Highlight Tour and the Ultimate Museum Experience.
Festivals and Events 2018/19
16-21 Apr 18
03-05 May 18
Agfest – Agricultural Show
15-24 Jun 18
29 Jun-15 Jul 18
Festival of Voices
12 Aug 18
05-09 Sep 18
Junction Arts Festival
11-12 Sep 18
Royal Launceston Show
24-27 Sep 18
Royal Hobart Show
02-05 Nov 18
Tasmanian Craft Fair
26 Dec-01 Jan 19
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
28 Dec-03 Jan 19
The Taste of Tasmania
01-03 Feb 19
08-11 Feb 19
Australian Wooden Boat Festival
09-11 Feb 19
Royal Hobart Regatta
10 Days on the Island
29 Apr-04 May 19
Australia’s island state of Tasmania is best known for its native wildlife, intriguing history and natural beauty, but the incredible local produce is another highlight. From wine to strawberries, cheese and seafood, you’ll find artisan producers around every corner and farmers’ markets in many towns. Tasmania is easily accessible. Airports at Hobart and Launceston connect to the mainland, or you can take the overnight Spirit of Tasmania passenger and car ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. At about half the size of the North Island of New Zealand, Tasmania is an ideal selfdrive destination. We recommend you allow at least one week to take in all those towering forests, deserted beaches, historic sites, beautiful mountains and meet the Tasmanian wildlife – perhaps even the iconic Tasmanian devil. Kayaking, white water rafting and hiking are all popular ways to get out and experience the landscape up close, plus the cities are small enough that you can easily explore them on foot, and historic sites like Port Arthur are made for walking tours. There are plenty of other options for the less energetic too: take a ride on a scenic railway through a spectacular rainforest gorge, join a cruise on a mirror-calm river, soar over mountains and beaches in a helicopter or go off-road on a guided 4WD tour. Tasmania has also made it onto the international art scene with the addition of Mona, the world-class art museum in Hobart which is a must-see.
Experience Tasmania Our favourite things to see and do Salamanca Place & Battery Point – Salamanca Place, famous for its markets every Saturday and Battery Point with its Georgian cottages, art and craft shops and restaurants.
Mona – The Museum of Old and New Art. Filled with antiques, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Just 15 minutes from Hobart on the shore of the River Derwent.
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Food & Wine – Tasmania is a great place to learn about and try fresh produce. Head to the farmers’ markets and local eateries to experience Tasmania’s fine produce. Tasmania’s cool climate, mild summers and long autumn days, make perfect conditions for wine making. Take on a wine route and find out why we love their wines so much.
Nature and Wildlife – A treasure trove of natural
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wonders, beautiful landscapes, unique plants and wildlife. From alpine ranges, wetlands and rainforests. Look out for Australian fur seals, bottle nosed dolphins and little penguins, which are seen all year round. Depending on the time of year you are visiting, you will also see platypus, Tasmanian devils, southern right whale and the humpback whale.
Outdoor and Adventure – Over one third of Tasmania is national park, reserve or World Heritage protected wilderness, so you will have plenty to see and do. Go mountain biking, fishing or play golf at two of the top 100 golf courses in the world.
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Walking – Tasmania is a walker’s paradise, known for its world-famous walks like the Overland Track, Wineglass Bay and the South Coast Track.
West Coast Wilderness Railway – Journey through rugged terrain and step back in time and relive history on this majestic steam train. Depart from both Queenstown Station and the Regatta Point Station in Strahan for a unique Tasmanian Heritage and Wilderness Experience.
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Great Wall of Lake Jerusalem N.P Arthurs Lake Lake Strahan St Clair Lake Cape Sorell Sorell Tarraleah Lake Macquarie King William Harbour Ouse Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers N.P.
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Bay of Fires Ben Lomond N.P.
Cradle Mt-Lake St Clair N.P.
Lake Barrington Cradle Valley
Devonport Beaconsfield Waratah
Rocky Cape National Park
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Maria Campania Island N.P. Mt Field Lake National Park Mona Sorell Gordon HOBART Lake Pedder Southwest National Park Dover Hartz Mountain National Park
Port Arthur Tasman Peninsula
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Discovery Parks Devonport
Port Huon Cottages
Choice Hotels Australasia –
Discovery Parks offer a range of quality selfcontained cabins, all of which boast functional amenities and comforts to make your stay enjoyable. The five Tasmanian parks are located across Tasmania, and each location provides a range of recreation experiences within a relaxed holiday setting.
TasVillas Group is one of Tasmania’s largest statewide accommodation groups, offering a wide variety of accommodation options in convenient locations. Guests can mix and match to suit their style and budget including self-contained apartments, hotels and motel style.
Choice has a hotel to suit every travel need. The range of Comfort, Quality and Clarion Hotels in Tasmania have it covered wherever the adventure takes you. Expect to feel right at home with clean, comfortable and dependable accommodation from city to town and mountains to coast.
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Innkeepers Discovery Inns When you stay in a motel style Discovery Inn, Tasmania’s wilderness, heritage and vibrant cities are right on your doorstep. Convenient statewide locations allow you to experience all the best Tasmania has to offer at a price that will not break the budget. Discovery Inns welcome you with comfort, value and easy access to Tasmania’s best experiences.
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Innkeepers Hotels & Premium Hotels –
Innkeepers Apartments & Premium Apartments –
Innkeepers Hotels and Premium Hotels offer you stylish accommodation, from awardwinning heritage properties and coastal retreats to the contemporary elegance of a city waterfront hotel. Enjoy fine Tasmanian cuisine in the hotel bistro or restaurant. Innkeepers Hotels and Premium Hotels are chosen by discerning travellers for quality and value.
In your self-contained Innkeepers Apartment or Premium Apartment, you have the freedom and flexibility to cater for yourself or enjoy the choice of great bars and restaurants in most properties. The apartments boast wellappointed kitchens or kitchenettes where you can indulge in the freshest Tasmanian produce purchased from a market or farm gate.
Tasmania Driving Holidays A combination of good roads, light traffic and short travelling distances, makes Tasmania a perfect destination for self-drive holidays. Venture off the beaten track to discover townships, spectacular scenery, cellar doors, farm gates and talented artists at work. If you plan to circle the entire island, a minimum stay of 10 nights is recommended. However, if you’re short for time, you will still be able to enjoy specific regions of Tasmania in shorter visits.
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8 days/7 nights
11 days/10 nights
If time is not on your side, 7 nights offers the opportunity to get a taste of Tasmania’s highlights. Base yourself in a region and take your time to really get a taste of the Tasmanian way of life. This suggested itinerary provides some ideas on what can be seen in 8 days.
If you plan to circle the entire Island, a stay of 10, or more nights is recommended. An 11 day itinerary gets you to all of the iconic areas with time to stop along the way. This suggested itinerary provides some ideas on what can be seen in 11 days.
Day 1: Launceston – Tamar Valley Experience the heritage and charm of Launceston city before sampling cool climate wines at some of Tasmania’s finest wineries on the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Take a cruise along the Tamar River or drive north towards Beauty Point and visit Seahorse World, Platypus House and the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Day 1: Hobart Hobart has recently undergone a resurgence. The Museum of Old and New Art – Mona is a must, as is the weekly Saturday Salamanca Market and contemporary galleries around the waterfront. Foodies will be in heaven with an ever increasing range of cafes and restaurants.
Day 2: Coles Bay – Swansea Head to the state’s East Coast, discover the sheltered beaches of the Freycinet National Park and take in the breath-taking views of Wineglass Bay. Join a cruise of the bay or a Penguin Tour at nearby Bicheno. Day 3-4: Hobart The beauty of Hobart can be best experienced from the water on a harbour cruise. You can also cruise to Peppermint Bay for lunch or the Museum of old and New Art (Mona). A range of walking and coach tours is another way to experience Hobart and learn about its fascinating history. Day 5-6: Strahan Depart Hobart for the West Coast town of Strahan. Take a cruise onboard a luxury catamaran which will take you into the Gordon River World Heritage area. Day 7-8: Cradle Mountain Venture through the small towns of Rosebery and Tullah where the rugged west coast gives way to the sub-alpine forests of Cradle Mountain. Journey back to Launceston or Hobart for your trip home.
Day 2-4: Strahan Travel to Strahan, along the way walk to the impressive Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park. Join the West Coast Wilderness Railway, taking you through the stunning wilderness between Strahan and Queenstown. Day 5-7: Launceston – Coles Bay Explore Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, an oasis in the city. Visit an awardwinning restaurant, the historic Boags Brewery or the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Travel the spectacular East Coast, stop for a range of short walks, cellar doors and sleepy seaside towns. Day 8-9: Port Arthur At Port Arthur, a visit to the historic site is a must do for fascinating penal history by day or a memorable ghost tour by night. Day 10-11: Hobart Travel south from Hobart to the Huon Valley and walk through the treetops at Tahune Forest Airwalk. The next morning wander the galleries at Richmond, one of Australia’s best preserved colonial villages.
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Wineglass Bay: Considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world; dazzling white sand & sapphire coloured sea set against pink & grey granite peaks
Cradle Mountain: Rising to 1,545 metres above sea level including the spectacular Dove Lake
Port Arthur: A former convict settlement, home to the best preserved convict site in Australia
Maria Island: A mountainous island off the east coast of Tasmania
This is a suggested self-drive itinerary and is to be used in conjunction with a road map.
Explore Tasmania with AAT Kings Tasmania is a world unto itself. From its rich colonial history and untouched wilderness to foodie delights like delicate wines, gourmet cheeses and fresh salmon from the pond, Tasmania is a little piece of heaven. Whether you’re soaking up the atmosphere strolling through Hobart’s Salamanca Market or filling your lungs with pure Tasmanian air in the pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, AAT Kings delivers unforgettable experiences in Tasmania that uncover the best the region has to offer.
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Tassie’s East Coast Highlights
5 days/4 nights
10 days/9 nights
This journey along Tasmania’s acclaimed East Coast offers sandy beaches, blue horizons, fascinating convict history and premium produce. Take a walk in Freycinet National Park and step back in time at the Port Arthur Historic Site, cruising around the haunting Isle of the Dead.
Journey through Tasmania and experience the natural beauty of Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park. Cruise the dark waters of the Gordon River and step back in time at Port Arthur. Sample local fresh produce and boutique wines and discover Bicheno’s little blue penguins.
Day 1: Welcome to Launceston Your holiday begins in Launceston, situated on the Tamar River. Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’ is a historic city with many well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings.
Day 1: Hobart Take an afternoon tour of Hobart and enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: Launceston – Bicheno Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop today. Learn about the history of the estate and treat yourself to some of its famous lavender ice-cream. Later, visit the unique Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site, and then follow the picturesque east coast south to Bicheno. Day 3: Bicheno – Hobart Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to Cape Tourville lookout that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. Then travel through Swansea and Orford on your way to Hobart. Day 4: Port Arthur Today, explore Port Arthur Historic Site, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. There will be time for you to wander the site.
Day 2: Hobart – Strahan Experience the magnificent Mt. Field National park, view Russell Falls and drive to iconic Lake St. Clair. Day 3: Strahan – Cradle Mountain Cruise along the Gordon River and learn about Tasmania’s convict history on your way to Cradle Mountain. Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton Marvel at the beauty of Cradle Mountain then travel to and Stanley. Day 5: Smithton – Launceston Enjoy a guided tour of the Tarkine Wilderness region and visit the awardwinning Ashgrove Cheese Factory. Day 6: Launceston Explore the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre as well as Cataract Gorge before free time in Launceston. Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate, head south to Bicheno.
Day 5: Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Day 8-10 : Bicheno – Hobart Experience Freycinet National Park on your way to Hobart, where you will explore the Port Arthur Historic Site and more.
Departures: Set departures (Sep-May)
Departures: Set departures (Sep-May)
Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, 4 full buﬀet breakfasts, 2 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director, Driver Guide & airport transfers
Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, 9 full buﬀet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director, Driver Guide & airport transfers
Price Guide From: $1650
Price Guide From: $3650
The Ghan Expedition
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word. Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape.
Ready yourself for an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience on The Ghan Expedition. Beginning in Darwin, this epic four day, three night, 2979 kilometre tour will take you to some of the most remote yet captivating parts of Australia in style and luxury.
When the train stops along the way, the adventures begin. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory.
Your journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins at Darwin Rail Station where you’ll take the small but momentous step from platform to carriage and you’ll instantly exchange the hustle of the 21st century for the luxury – and languidness – of a timeless mode of transport. One where luxury meets locomotives and every experience is a memorable one. Flying may be fast, but train journeys stay with you forever. While you absorb the decadence of your new home for three nights, a staff member will guide you down the corridor to your private cabin. As an Optional Upgrade, the Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight can be booked in advance, so that you don’t miss out. Be sure to take your camera and capture these once-in-a-lifetime memories. Transfer to Alice Springs Airport to board your chartered Uluru scenic flight.
Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This is a journey defined by contrast, encompassing the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. Outside your window, the landscape shifts over and over, revealing hidden secrets, from long abandoned homesteads of the Nullarbor to the marvellously resilient wildflowers of Western Australia.
Gold Service: Through the big screen window of your cosy, wellappointed cabin, you’ll watch tremendous secrets unfold as the train transports you from one end of the continent to the other. Your cabin provides the perfect place to relax and recharge before heading for the lounge or dining carriage. With room to stretch out and all the comforts of home, Gold Service is the most popular level of service aboard The Ghan and Indian Pacific. You’ll enjoy private cabin accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and Off Train Excursions at key stops.
You’ll be impressed by the vast beauty of this glorious country – the textures, the light, the unimaginable hues.
Platinum Service: Offering guests the most luxurious transcontinental holiday Australia has to offer. Boasting deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Club, Platinum Service promises and delivers a journey beyond expectations. The first thing you’ll notice about your Platinum cabin is the abundance of space, almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. By day your cabin is a private lounge with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night you’ll sleep easy as the lounges convert to a comfortable bedroom.
There really is only one way to see the best of Australia â€“ SELF-DRIVE. A self-drive holiday is about freedom on wheels. With a modern fleet, competitive prices and friendly service you can enjoy everything Australia has to offer from the comfort of a Hertz rental vehicle.
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