Family holiday to Australia: Outback & reef

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 17

From: UK - Darwin

To: Port Douglas - UK

From

£2,710

Inc. International flights (per person - based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Overview

A 2-week, action-packed Australia family holiday starting in the 'Top End' of the Northern Territory, in Darwin. You'll meet fearsome crocs and loveable wallabies, uncover Aboriginal art and swim in waterfall plunge pools; camp beneath the stars and watch sunrise and sunset over the mighty Uluru before heading to the beach to snorkel amongst an array of rainbow fish on the Great Barrier Reef.

We’ve included a ‘Jumping Crocs’ cruise so you can see crocodiles in the wild as you travel down the Adelaide River. Next, you’ll head to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks; home to tumbling waterfalls, termite mounds and a variety of native Aussie wildlife. From here, you’ll travel on to the cultural centre of Australia, home to one of its most majestic and important landmarks, Uluru for some camping under the stars.

To finish up, we’ll whisk you off to the beaches of tropical north of Queensland for some sun, sea and relaxation and a day out snorkelling on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef!

This itinerary is priced for two adults and two children but can be tailored to suit your requirements. Please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream Australia holiday.

This holiday includes

  • International flights
  • All transfers
  • All accommodation        
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Highlights

  • Visit Darwin, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef in one trip
  • Spot wild crocodiles on your Adelaide River Cruise
  • Swim in natural waterfalls  in Litchfield National Park
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • See sunrise and sunset over magnificent Uluru
  • Make new friends around the campfire at Kings Creek  
  • Enjoy a beach break in tropical North Queensland
  • Snorkel amongst tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Darwin
  • 2 nights Kakadu Tour
  • 1 night Darwin
  • 2 nights Red Centre Tour
  • 1 night Alice Springs
  • 6 nights Port Douglas

 

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included:  International flight

Day 2: Arrive Darwin                      

On arrival in Darwin, you will be met and driven to your hotel by private transfer.

Check into your apartment hotel for a 2-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.         

Included:  Private transfer & hotel

Day 3: Darwin          

This afternoon, we’ve included a ‘Jumping Crocs’ tour. You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the Adelaide River, 60km away and home to 1,600 crocodiles to embark on your river cruise. As you travel down the river, you will be able to see these prehistoric creatures up close and watch as they launch themselves out of the water.

Included:  Afternoon Jumping Crocs Tour, Hotel

Day 4: Darwin to Mary River Region        

This morning you'll embark on your three day Top End Safari. First stop is Litchfield National Park, home to waterfalls, streams and rugged sandstone escarpments. You’ll get to swim, climb and hike around the falls before heading to your campsite in Mary River where the local wallabies with be there to greet you.

In the afternoon, you’ll join a private cruise; spotting crocodiles, birds, buffalos and other wildlife, before heading back to camp to dine under the stars.

Included:  Transport, all activities, lunch, dinner & permanent tent with beds

Day 5: Mary River to Kakadu National Park        

It’s an early start today to make the journey into Kakadu National Park and Twin Falls Gorge. Head down the rocky walking track until you reach the sandy banks, where you can take a rest and admire the falls. Next stop is Jim Jim Falls, where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders will bring you to a waterfall and plunge pool surrounded by 150m cliffs.

At the end of the day, you’ll return to your private campsite at Cooinda.

IncludedPermanent tent with beds, all meals, transport & all activities

Day 6: Kakadu National Park to Darwin   

After breakfast, you will head Ubirr, an important cultural site for Aborigines, located within the east alligator region. Its home to a wide range of Aboriginal art which your guide will be able to interpret and explain to you.

After lunch, you’ll travel to Maguk for a short hike through monsoon forest to the waterfall, enjoying a cooling swim in the clear plunge pool before heading back to Darwin for the evening.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, all activities, transport & hotel    

Day 7: Darwin to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

You will be collected this morning and taken by private transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock).

You’ll be collected from the airport to join the group for your three day Red Centre Safari. This afternoon will be spent in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visiting the cultural centre and taking a guided walk around the base of Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site. After watching a magnificent sunset over Uluru, it’s time to head to your campsite to enjoy dinner under the stars.

Included: Private transfer, domestic flight, lunch, dinner, activities, transport & permanent tent with beds           

Day 8: Uluru to Kings Creek Station         

You’ll want to rise early this morning to catch the dramatic sunrise over Uluru, before heading to Kata Tjuta, the aboriginal word for ‘many heads’.

After hiking through the wilderness of the magnificent ‘Valley of the Winds’, you’ll head on to Kings Creek Cattle Station and your remote and private campsite for the evening. Look forward to stunning views over the George Gill Ranges as you sit around the campfire swapping stories, an authentic Outback experience!

Included:  All meals, activities, transport & permanent tents with beds

Day 9: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs        

This morning, there’s a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Kings Canyon. You will also visit the lost city and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’ before heading back to Alice Springs early evening.

Included:  Breakfast, lunch, activities, transport & hotel

Day 10: Alice Springs to Port Douglas      

You will be picked up from your accommodation and escorted by private transfer to Alice Springs airport for your domestic flight to Cairns. You’ll be met on arrival and driven by private transfer to the town of Port Douglas, your home for the next six nights.

Included:  Private departure & arrival transfer, hotel      

Day 11-15: Port Douglas    

You now have several days to explore the tropical north of Australia.

Take a day trip into the Daintree Rainforest and enjoy guided walks or ride the famous Kuranda Skyrail, a cableway that takes you gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy. Head out onto the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel with the tropical fish, or relax on Four Mile beach enjoying the sunshine and stunning views.             

Included:  Hotel

Day 16: Depart Port Douglas         

You will be driven to the airport by private transfer to catch your international flight home.

Included:  Private departure transfer   

Day 17: Arrive UK    

You will arrive back into the UK today to complete your holiday.               

Included:  International flight    

      

Info

October to April is the ‘wet season’ so Darwin and the Kakadu will experience heavy rains, flash flooding, and many roads will close at some point. This is also the time when it’s very hot at the Red Centre. We recommend you visit between May and September when roads are open, and the sun is shining in Kakadu and Darwin, and these months are a little cooler in the Red Centre. This is also a great time to visit the tropical north with clear skies and comfortable temperatures making this a perfect time to explore.

*Included trips are available for children aged 5-15*

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What's included: 

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • All accommodation
  • Airport transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 3 Day 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Tour
  • 3 Day 4WD Goanna Dreaming Tour         
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Any additional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
Accommodation

10 nights in apartment-style accommodation, including:

Plus:

  • 4 nights in permanent tents with beds   

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