Sydney to Uluru & Darwin: city and outback experience

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 15

From: UK - Sydney

To: Darwin - UK

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£2,605

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Discover Australia on this holiday that takes you from Sydney to Uluru and the Red Centre, then on to Darwin, in the 'Top End'.

Enjoy a Sydney city break for a few days, which is enough time to see the main sights including Circular Quay, the harbour bridge and the opera house. Then, leaving the city behind, you'll fly from Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for a journey into the heart of Australia - the Red Centre.

Here you’ll join your very own Outback experience on a small group tour led by local guides who'll help you see as much as possible. Catch a spectacular sunrise and sunset over Uluru and watch as this majestic rock changes colour before your eyes as the sun falls and rises.

Visit spectacular Kings Canyon for a morning's hike around the rim with time to explore Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) afterwards. In the evenings, enjoy the company of the rest of your small group as you dine and trade stories around your campfire.

It doesn’t end here; from Alice Springs, you'll fly to your next destination - Darwin, a tropical city that never sees winter, so it's warm year-round. We've included 5 nights here to explore Darwin, from its night markets and breath-taking sunsets to the scenic national parks and abundant wildlife and bird life of the Top End. With included day trips, you could find yourself wading under waterfalls and seeking out the towering termite mounds of Litchfield National Park and cruising beside crocodiles on a journey through the wetlands, along Mary River

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip. We can add extra time in each destination, switch your trips to private touring and show you how to combine Australia with other destinations or stopovers within the same trip,

This holiday includes

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation throughout
  • A small group tour in the Red Centre
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Highlights

  • Get to know Sydney on a 3 night city break
  • Enjoy a glass of bubbly as you catch a majestic sunset over Uluru
  • Walk through the spectacular ‘Valley of the Winds’ in Kings Canyon
  • Get to know the laidback, tropical city of Darwin in Australia’s Top End
  • Cool off in water holes at Ormiston Gorge
  • Explore the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
  • Head off road in Kakadu National Park
  • Spot crocodiles as you cruise along the Mary River wetlands system
  • Chill out on Darwin’s waterfront or bathe in the lagoon
Sydney to Ayers Rock & Darwin: city and outback experience | map
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Sydney
  • 3 nights Red Centre (small group tour)
  • 1 night Alice Springs
  • 5 nights Darwin

 

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive in Sydney

On arrival in Sydney, you will be met and taken by shared transfer to your hotel where you will check in for a 3-night stay.

Included:  Arrival transfer, hotel

Days 3 & 4: Sydney 

You now have two full days to explore this fantastic city! Why not head to Circular Quay to join a harbour cruise or take some must-have photos next to the iconic Sydney Opera House? Enjoy some lunch overlooking the mega yachts in Darling Harbour and if you’re feeling brave, perhaps take on the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb for unrivalled views across the city (ask us to pre-book this one for you!)

You could also book a day trip out of the city and sample some of the local tipples on a wine tour around the Hunter Valley, or instead visit the mystical Blue Mountains for grand views and beautiful walks.

We can help you book any of these activities, ask your consultant.

Included: Breakfast, hotel

Day 5: Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

You will be collected from your hotel after breakfast today and taken to the airport to connect with your domestic flight from Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock) where you will meet the rest of your small group early in the afternoon.

This afternoon, you’ll see the highlights of Uluru. Beginning with the Cultural centre, you’ll get an overview of the rich Aboriginal history in this area, before taking a guided walk around the base of the rock. While you can still climb Uluru, we highly recommended that you respect the local custom and simply walk around the base.

End the day watching the sunset over Uluru with drinks and snacks before returning to the campsite for dinner and stories under the stars with the rest of your little group.

Included: Breakfast, departure transfer, domestic flight, arrival transfer, dinner, touring and tented accommodation

Day 6: Uluru to Kings Canyon

You’ll have another early start today, but in return, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta! Next, you’ll have breakfast to energise you for the 7km hike through the enormous boulders and ravines within the ‘Valley of the Winds.’

Next stop after lunch is the Curtin Springs Cattle Station to get a sneak peek at a working cattle farm in the depths of the Red Centre. Continue by four-wheel drive vehicle to Kings Creek Station to set up camp for the night. Your true outback experience begins here, in the middle of nowhere with another campfire dinner to round off today’s activities.

Included: All transport, touring, meals and tented accommodation

Day 7: Kings Canyon to Glen Helen

Begin the day exploring Kings Canyon by driving through the heart of the jagged red rocks and untouched bushland that is synonymous with this area. Spectacular stops along the way include the Lost City, ‘Garden of Eden’ and the Amphitheatre.

In the afternoon, you'll head to a key wildlife spot along the Mareenie Loop road and set up camp by a water hole at Camp Helen.

Included:  All transport, touring, meals and tented accommodation

Day 8: Glen Helen to Alice Springs

The final day with your group is spent traversing the Macdonnell Ranges and off-roading to Ormiston Gorge. Dive into rock holes for a cool down while keeping an eye out for Perentie Lizards on the water’s edge. Australia’s largest lizard measures in at around 2 metres so you should have no problem spotting them!

Before returning to Alice Springs for your departure flight take your final hike of the tour through the ‘Ghost Gum Walk’ looking out for native plants and wildlife. Return to Alice Springs where you will check in for an extra night to recount stories with your fellow travellers in the comfort of your hotel.

Included:  All transport, touring, breakfast, lunch, hotel

Day 9: Alice Springs to Darwin

You will be collected from your hotel this morning and taken by shared transfer to Alice Springs Airport to connect with your domestic flight to Darwin. On arrival into Darwin Airport, you will join your shared transfer for the short journey into Darwin city centre where you will check into your hotel for a 5-night stay.

Included: Departure transfer, domestic flight, arrival transfer, hotel

Day 10: Darwin

Located in the always-warm, tropical Northern Territory of Australia - Darwin is a small city with a big character. Surrounded by national parks rich with history, culture and striking landscapes Darwin provides a perfect base to explore this fascinating region.

Spend your first day exploring the city, visit the resident saltwater crocodiles in Crocosaurus Cove, cool off in the lagoon or wave pool down at the waterfront or relax and enjoy a beer in one of Darwin’s friendly pubs and bars.

Included:  Hotel

Day 11: Litchfield day tour

Today we’ve included a day trip to nearby Litchfield National Park. Your early start is rewarded as you stop for a closer look at the Magnetic and Cathedral termite mounds, with some standing as high as 6 metres! These feats of architecture contain arches, tunnels and chimneys built by their insect inhabitants.

Once at the park you will explore waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments before enjoying a BBQ lunch. Afterwards, discover rock holes and swim in the cascading falls of Buley Rockhole before heading back to Darwin for early evening.

Included: Day tour, lunch, hotel

Day 12: Kakadu & Mary River adventure

After breakfast, you will be collected by your tour group for a day tour into Kakadu National Park. You’ll pass through the monsoonal rainforest, sandstone country and the worlds most protected river system, the South Alligator River along the way. Spend time at Kakadu’s premier art site, Ubirr, visiting rock art galleries and shelters. The hundreds of paintings on display here offer just a glimpse across the timeline of Aboriginal history, with original drawings still being created up to as recently as 40 years ago.

After lunch, you’ll join a cruise through the Mary River wetlands system which houses the world’s highest concentration of crocodiles as well as a myriad of bird species, wallabies and water buffalo. Enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine as you cruise through serene, sacred, lotus lilies. As the day draws to a close, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Darwin by early evening.

Included: Day tour, lunch, hotel

Day 13: Darwin

Today is a free day for you to enjoy Darwin, on Sundays and Wednesdays be sure to head to Mindil Beach Sunset Market near the Marina, with quirky stalls and tons of street food on offer, watching the sunset on the beach with a beer in hand is a Darwin tradition!

Included: Hotel

Day 14: Depart Darwin

You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport by shared transfer to connect with your international flight back to the UK.

Included:  Departure transfer, international flight

Day 15: Arrive UK


Why not combine this with a trip to Bali

Info

Peak season in Sydney is from December to February at the height of summer and during this time temperatures can reach the high 30s or beyond. Christmas and New Year are popular times to visit and must be booked well in advance; prices will be at a premium. March-May and October-November are shoulder seasons with pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds. Sydney is a year-round destination; however, with lots of activities that run every day.

October to April is the ‘wet season’ so Darwin and Kakadu National Park will experience heavy rains, flash flooding, and many roads close at some point. The included tour may operate a different programme at this time depending on the roads in the national parks. We recommend that you visit during May-September when roads are open, and the sun is shining in Kakadu and Darwin, the town is buzzing with visitors during these months, so booking ahead is worthwhile.

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What's included: 

  • All flights
  • Return airport transfers in Sydney and Darwin
  • Small group tour in the Red Centre (inc. all touring, accommodation & meals)
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

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

11 nights in 4* standard accommodation and permanent tents as part of your group tour.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Argus Hotel, Darwin

 

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