Have you ever wanted to explore Australia’s Northern Territory in style? Then this superb 12 day itinerary is for you.
Discover the outback’s ultimate highlights while staying at three sensational lodges. Departing from Ayers Rock Airport, your first stop is Australia’s cultural and geographical heart – the Red Centre.
Here you will discover the dual World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The park’s rugged beauty is on full display and contains the world’s most recognisable sandstone monolith – Uluru – and the assortment of imposing red mounds known as Kata Tjuta (formerly The Olgas). Stay at exclusive Longitude 131°, a Luxury Lodges of Australia member.
Next, fly north and enjoy a night in Darwin, before travelling by light aircraft to Bamurru Plains. Another of Australia’s top outback properties, the lodge has just 10 safari-style bungalows and is situated on the edge of Kakadu National Park amid coastal floodplains overlooking the Mary River. Over the next three nights explore this famous region (home to a profusion of bird and wildlife) on guided activities including river cruises, bush walks and open-top game drives.
From Bamurru fly to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge, a unique eco-lodge located in the remote, exclusively leased concession at Mt Borradaile in Arnhem Land. A vast, unspoilt region, the traditional owners – the Yolngu people – still retain a strong spiritual connection to the land. Each day, enjoy guided activities such as sunset billabong cruises, guided rock art gallery excursions, 4WD adventures and nature walks.
- Witness Uluru, Australia’s most recognisable landmark
- Explore the fascinating landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Search for iconic Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and crocodiles
- Explore 300km² of beautiful floodplains and savannah woodland home to a profusion of bird life
- Visit impressive ancient Aboriginal rock art sites
- Stay at 3 remote and exclusive outback lodges
Highlights of the Northern Territory
12 days/11 nights
Today fly to Ayers Rock Airport where you will be met and transferred to exclusive Longitude 131 lodge, positioned in the shadows of Uluru. The dual World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – also known as the Red Centre – is Australia’s cultural and geographical heart. The park contains the world’s most recognisable sandstone monolith – Uluru – and an assortment of imposing red mounds known as Kata Tjuta (formerly The Olgas).
With just 16 stylish tents, the lodge is the ideal location to see these magical sacred sites and to absorb the isolation of the rugged outback. The central hub of the property contains a vast collection of books, maps and artefacts, providing guests the opportunity to learn about the area. The adjacent swimming pool and terrace form the ultimate setting for a drink as the sun sets over the ochre landscape.
A range of exceptional excursions can be organised during your stay. A typical day might start with a meander through spectacular Walpa Gorge before stopping at the Cultural Centre, where informative, interactive displays provide insight into the meaning of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Catch the sunset over Uluru in the evening, chilled beverage and canapés in hand – the ultimate Red Centre experience.
This morning you will be transferred to Ayres Rock Airport for your flight to Alice Springs. Connect with your onward flight to Darwin. On arrival in Darwin make your own way to the Hilton Darwin for overnight.
Today transfer to Bamurru Plains by light aircraft. The lodge is situated on the edge of Kakadu National Park amid coastal floodplains on the Mary River. A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Bamurru Plains has just 10 safari-style bungalows, built on stilts overlooking the floodplains. Over the next three nights explore this famous region home to a profusion of bird and wildlife. Expert guides lead you on a fantastic variety of daily activities, including river cruises, guided walks, birding and open-top game drives through the exclusive 300 square kilometre area. Guests can also experience the 6-metre high hide overlooking the Mary River floodplain or criss-cross the terrain on a quad bike adventure. A highlight of any stay at Bamurru Plains is the signature experience, an exhilarating ride across the floodplains by airboat.
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge
Today, transfer by light aircraft to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge, a unique eco-lodge located in the remote, exclusively leased concession at Mt Borradaile in Arnhem Land. A vast, unspoilt region, the traditional owners – the Yolngu people – still retain a strong spiritual connection to the land. Accommodation here is in elevated, free-standing ensuite cabins scattered beneath the trees, each with their own small private furnished patio from where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush.
Each day enjoy guided activities such as bird watching, sunset billabong cruises, freshwater fishing charters, guided rock art gallery excursions, 4WD adventures and nature walks. When you aren’t out and about, the lodge has a lounge, bar, library, outdoor pool and spacious sun deck where you can meet other guests and swap stories of your adventures. The dining room might be many miles from civilisation but the meals you savour here will be something to write home about.
Darwin, Tour ends
This morning transfer back to Darwin by light aircraft. Tour ends.
Please note: This is a sample itinerary and we can easily add extra nights if you wish to stay longer. Contact us for details.
Accommodation in the Northern Territory
Bullo River Station
Experience true outback adventure and hospitality at the historic Bullo River Station, a 500,000 acre working cattle station and conservation sanctuary in the Northern Territory.
Awaken to the sight of majestic Uluru at Longitude 131°, the closest accommodation to Australia’s best known geographical formation.
A little west of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains offers some of Australia’s richest wildlife viewing in comfort and style.
Sails in the Desert
A wonderful contemporary sanctuary shaded by soaring white canvas, Sails in the Desert offers a cool setting to rest, revive and relax in between explorations of Australia’s crimson centre.
Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs
With views of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, and the attractions of Alice Springs on your doorstep, DoubleTree by Hilton is the perfect place to begin your Red Centre experience.
This 5 star hotel is conveniently located in downtown Darwin and close to many amenities and attractions.
A sophisticated eco-friendly property inside Nitmiluk National Park, Cicada Lodge is a wonderful base from which to explore the Northern Territory.
Davidson Arnhem Land Safari Eco Lodge
Experience the weight of 50,000 years of history, in the sacred sites that surround you at Davidson’s Arnhem Land Safaris Eco Lodge.
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