Opals & Outback

From Adelaide to Darwin, this 15 day Opals & Outback trip reveals the gems hidden in the heart of Australia. From the opal mines of Coober Pedy to stunning scenery in Kakadu, majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the gorgeous Flinders Ranges, the landscapes of South Australia and the Northern Territory will blow you away. Travel from south to north through the 'Red Centre' on this unforgettable Aussie road trip.

Highlights

  • Sunrise and sunset over Uluru
  • Stay underground in Coober Pedy
  • Visit a kangaroo orphanage
  • “Valley of the Winds” walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • East Alligator River cruise
  • Aboriginal experiences in Arnhemland

 

Day 1: Adelaide - Parachilna
On our way to the Clare Valley, we'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall - there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. There is a classic Aussie pub at the end of the road today.

Day 2: Parachilna - Quorn
Visit the Flinders Ranges National Park today, it has everything from mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm. 

Day 3: Quorn - Coober Pedy
After a photo stop, we will arrive into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. Later it’s time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild.

Day 4: Coober Pedy - Alice Spings
It's time to cross the gemstone littered, soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Check out the world's longest Dingo Fence and drive past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. When we arrive, there’s time to cool off with a dip in the pool.

Day 5 & 6: Alice Springs - Uluru
It's off to the breathtaking Uluru this afternoon for a guided tour and a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over the majestic Uluru. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own dinner.

Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full Uluru base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. 

Day 7: Uluru - Kings Canyon
Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. 

Day 8 & 9: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden will make today a great day.

Get to know Alice well with a free day in the epicentre of Australia. Visit the joey nursery at Kangaroo Dundee's place and hold a baby kangaroo while you're there. Travel through time with a historic look into the amazing services of the Royal Flying Doctors or get lost in the mystery of the Australian outback at Desert Park Gardens.

Day 10: Alice Springs - Tennant Creek
Visit the Overland Telegraph line at the Barrow Creek Hotel. Prepare yourself for an eye opening lesson in early communication; technology sure has come a long way since then! To round off the afternoon, we've got some pretty epic granite boulders for you at the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles).

Day 11 & 12: Tennant Creek - Katherine
Enjoy ice-cold beer at one of Australia's best-known watering holes, the Daly Waters Pub. Located 'in the middle of somewhere', this place was the site of Australia's first international airport back when flights to London took eight days. Later, drift off in the steamy thermal springs of Mataranka in the heart of the Never Never. When you're done, take in a game of lawn bowls at the local Country Club and enjoy a good old fashioned BBQ with the locals.

Enjoy a front row seat to view the amazing wildlife and scenery while canoeing along the Katherine River - the Gorge is yours to explore. If canoeing is not your thing, take your trip to the next level by upgrading to a three-gorge cruise and venture even further into the wilderness. We'll grab some lunch en route to the majestic Edith Falls.

Day 13 & 14: Katherine - Kakadu
Today we move in to Crocodile Dundee territory. Luckily, the areas we're heading are crocodile free. If this place looks familiar, you've probably seen the film one too many times. Still too freaked out to swim? Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view over the escarpment that marks the borderline of Arnhem Land.

At half the size of Switzerland, there's a lot of Kakadu to see. Get ready to leave early, because we're heading deep into the park to check out some Aboriginal Rock Art sites and cruise the East Alligator River to see how many crocs we can snap. We've also got special permission to enter Arnhem Land for a lesson in traditional Aboriginal hunting methods and a cruise down the river. End the day with a climb to the top of Ubirr Rock Mick Dundee style to take in the fiery sunset.

Day 15: Kakadu - Darwin
The trip ends at the refreshing waterfalls of Litchfield National Park for one last swim before ending up in Darwin.

15 day Adventure from £1285

with flights from £2035

All prices are per person based on multi share accommodation and include meals specified. Single, double and twin room prices are available on request. For booking, availability and departure dates please call Freedom Australia on 0333 234 2889 or enquire online. Prices are seasonal and subject to change. This tour runs until March 2017, please contact your travel consultant for alternative tours.

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