Sightseeing & Experiences...
In and Around Alice Springs & Ayers Rock
Discovering the Red Center
Highlights of Alice Springs
Alice Springs is Australia’s best known “Outback” town. Originally settled as a post along the Overland Telegraph route, Alice Springs today is a lively town full of things to see and places to go. Visit the base of the Royal Flying Doctors Service and the School of the Air. Enjoy panoramic views of the town and the West MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill before transferring back to your hotel. Tour is 31/2 hours and departs daily at 2:00pm.
See the highlights of the Red Center on this full day tour from the West MacDonnell Ranges to Mt. Connor and Uluru. At Uluru join a base tour, including a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and view Aboriginal rock paintings. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center to learn more about the history and culture of the Anangu people. After lunch visit Kata Tjuta, where you can take a walk between the massive domes at Walpa Gorge. Travel back to Ayers Rock to see the sunset changing colors of Uluru. After dinner, return to Alice Springs. Tour is 17 hours and departs daily.
West Macdonnell Ranges
Travel alongside the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at Flynn’s Grave (the founder of the Royal Flying Doctors Service). Then explore the dramatic feature of Simpsons Gap, before arriving at majestic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Walk through this 16.4 foot break in the range, with its towering fiery red walls. Enjoy a picnic lunch before traveling to Anzac Hill and enjoy stunning views of the MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs. Tour is 8 hours departing Alice Springs daily.
Alice Springs Heli Tour
Discover the heart of the Outback on this 60 minute helicopter flight over Alice Springs nestled in the foothills of the rugged desert ranges. Cross the world-famous Larapinta Walking Trail and see Simpson's Gap and Standley Chasm. Circle the chasm and head to Honeymoon Gap following the colorful, rocky ridgeline past Mt. Gillen to Heavitree Gap and into the East MacDonnells to Emily and Jessie Gaps. Tour is 2½ hours departing daily from Alice Springs. Note: Passengers weight needs to be advised at time of booking.
Kings Canyon Climb
Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon, see magnificent views of Watarrka National Park and the canyon itself. Along the rim take time at each lookout to view the spectacular canyon gorge. Time permitting, you may choose to visit the “Garden of Eden.” Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor. Tour is 41/2 hours and departs daily. Note: A good level of fitness is required.
Your pre-dawn balloon flight takes you south over the MacDonnell Ranges. See the vast remoteness of the Australian Outback, big red kangaroos and cattle stations. After landing, refreshments will be served by the landing site. Tour is 41/2 hours and departs daily from your Alice Springs hotel at 4:00am. Note: An $AUD25 Insurance fee per person payable direct to Outback Ballooning on the morning of the flight. Not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
Under A Desert Moon
The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire. Enjoy a romantic dinner beside a crackling fire under the spectacular night sky. You and just nine other couples have the desert setting all to yourselves. Savor four delicious courses served by attentive staff. Tour is 4 hours and departs daily from Kings Canyon. Note: Not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Not available Nov–Mar due to weather conditions.
Uluru Sunrise, Climbe & Base Tour
Early this morning, watch the first rays of dawn set the Red Center alight. Climb Uluru for spectacular panoramic views, or take the Mala Walk to the magnificent Kantju Gorge. Join your guide and tour the base of Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole to view Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history. Visit the Cultural Center to learn about Aboriginal culture arts and crafts. Departs 90 minutes prior to sunrise and returns approximately 12 noon.
Sounds of Silence
Experience the romance of the desert, sunset behind Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta, sumptuous outback fare, sounds of a didgeridoo and the star-filled heavens. Shortly before sundown, you will be driven to a special desert location to enjoy sparkling wine, canapés and a spectacular sunset. After a feast of barramundi, emu, kangaroo, crocodile, salad and dessert, you’ll learn about constellations in the vast outback skies. Tour is 4 hours and departs daily 1 hour prior to sunset. Note: Not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
Olgas, Valley Of The Winds Walk, Sunset & Barbeque
Be escorted on a 2-3 hour walk through the Kata Tjuta domes to the Valley of the Winds Lookout. Take in the magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and an Australian barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing (weather permitting). Departs 2:00pm (Apr-Oct) and 3:00pm (Nov-Mar) daily. Note: During the hotter months of the year, Valley of the Winds lookout may not be accessible. This will be substituted with the Walpa Gorge Walk. Good level of fitness required.
Uluru & Kata Tjuta Scenic Flight
This 40-minute exhilarating scenic flight experience will give you the chance to view some of Australia’s greatest landmarks and their natural beauty from above, along with the spectacular surrounding desert. See the cracks that cover the top of the ancient rock and admire the distinctive and unusual orange-tinted dome of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) Tour is 11/2 hours and operates on demand.
Camel To Sunrise
Take in the cool morning air and watch as the sun rises, lighting up Uluru and surrounding plains. On your peaceful one hour camel ride through stunning sand dune country with the awe inspiring back drop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, your skilled tour guides describe the types of flora and fauna you see. After your ride enjoy some billy tea and freshly baked beer bread. Tour is 21/2 hours and departs daily 1 hour before sunrise.
Dot Painting Workshop
Join Aboriginal artists at the Uluru Cultural Center for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art. Your Anangu guide will provide an introduction to Aboriginal culture and how this is expressed in their artwork. You will then complete your own dot painting which you can take home as a memento!
Travel to a secluded sand dune to watch the spectacular sight of sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Enjoy breakfast as your guide explains the retreating star-scape above. Next stop is Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Cultural Center, where the ancient lore of local Anangu (Aboriginal people) is explained. A visit to Mutitjulu waterhole will help you appreciate its cathedral-like proportions and why it is such a spiritual place. Tour is 5 hours and departs daily. Note: Not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
Aboriginal Uluru Tour & Breakfast
One of Uluru’s famous tours. At sunrise, enjoy a short tour of the base of Uluru and breakfast with a panoramic view of Uluru. Later, join an Aboriginal guide for the famous Liru Walk, retracing the path of the Liru ancestors; see demonstrations of ancient bush skills, including spear holding and starting a fire. Hotel pick-up included. Tour is 5 hours. Departs daily one hour prior to sunrise.
Kuniya Sunset Tour
With your Aboriginal guide, visit caves around the base of Uluru. See ancient cave paintings in time-worn ochres. Visit the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole, discover local bush food and hear tales of desert survival. Tour concludes with sunset over Uluru with drinks and nibbles. Tour is 41/2 hours and departs daily. Hotel pick-up included.
Kakadu, Nourlangie Rock & Yellow Water
See the vast wetlands and ancient escarpments of Australia’s largest National park Kakadu. On your full day tour visit the Warradjian Aboriginal Cultural Center and join a cruise along Yellow Water Billabong be sure to keep an eye out for crocodiles. After lunch take a guided tour to Nourlangie Rock and see preserved galleries of Aboriginal Rock Art. Tour is 31/2 hours and departs daily from Darwin.
Litchfield National Park
Enjoy a full day tour to Litchfield National Park visiting the main falls of the park. View Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down to the plunge pool below. See the cascading waters of Tolmer Falls, followed by a climb through the vine forest to see the Wangi Falls. Tour departs daily from Darwin. Note: A good level of fitness is required to access some of the waterfalls.
Arnhem Land Adventure
Discover the holiday adventure tour of a lifetime. Your 3-day adventure will give you access to this protected and highly restrictive region. Take in the pristine wilderness environment of Mount Borradaile and Arnhem Land, where Aboriginal presence encompasses more than 50,000 years. Ancient rock paintings in spectacular galleries depict indigenous history and aspects of the Dreamtime, the spiritual foundation of Aboriginal culture.
Katherine Gorge Cruise
Your full day Katherine Gorge Cruise will take you to Adelaide River War Cemetery, Pine Creek and the township of Katherine. After lunch, enter Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 stunning gorges, continue your guided cruise between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. Glide along the tranquil waters of this ancient watercourse, enjoy commentary on the area's flora and fauna, and explaining the Aboriginal rock art which adorns the walls of the gorge. Return to Darwin stopping to purchase a Top End specialty, Barramundi fish and chips (own expense).
The Ghan Train
Experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. Board The Ghan in Adelaide or Darwin and enjoy 2 nights in your choice of Gold or Platinum Service. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes from fertile countryside surrounding Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Centre, onto the tropical splendor of the Top End. The Ghan is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent.
Coral Princess Across The Top
This incredible 11-day Coral Princess cruise combines the best of The Top End, The Great Barrier Reef, Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula. Follow Captain James Cook’s voyage of discovery into the communities and the diverse cultures of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Tiwi Islanders who call this remote and beautiful region home. Cruising the Top End you’ll see nature at it’s finest bringing wealth to the cattle ranchers, mighty crocodiles that are indeed King of the Wild and the waters of the Arafura Sea that are alive with marine and birdlife.
Tiwi Islands Day Tour
After a 30-minute scenic flight to Bathurst Island, meet your local guide for a unique journey to an Aboriginal community. Spend time with the locals for a rare insight into their history and culture before a scenic drive through the wilderness. Enjoy lunch and visit a local waterhole for a swim. Learn about traditional “bush tucker” and bush medicine. Return flight to Darwin arrives at approximately 5:15pm. Tour departs Monday-Friday. Note: Tour does not operate Dec – Mar.