9 Day Sacred Land of the Territory

Visit the Top End and Uluru in style

Overview

Discover the grandeur and mystery of Australia’s land in the Top End and Red Centre, a spiritual place where one of the world’s oldest cultures still thrives, on this unmissable 9 day luxury package from Darwin to Alice Springs and Uluru.

See the tranquil waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong, admire 15,000-year-old Indigenous rock art at Ubirr, and learn about Indigenous life from an Aboriginal guide on a once-in-a-lifetime Guluyambi Cultural Cruise to Arnhem Land.

In Litchfield, you will take in the splendour of thundering waterfalls, rainforest pockets and historic sacred sites.

Experience something powerful and ancient as you connect with the spiritual land of Uluru-Kata over an Aussie BBQ as the sun set.
Witness 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres gently bloom with rhythms of coloured light at Bruce Munro’s Field of Light art installation.

Take in the beauty of these significant Australian landmarks with an amazing aerial view. Due to this area’s sacredness, so much of it is off-limits from the ground, so the only way to really appreciate this amazing landscape is to see it from above. You will not be disappointed.

Over nine days, this phenomenal sacred land tour invites you to stay in handpicked, premium accommodation — including the five-star Sails in the Desert, where Uluru serves as a striking backdrop.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Darwin

Welcome to Darwin, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and the striking Northern Territory, where rich Aboriginal history abounds in the sacred sites, elaborate rock art, and mystical Dreamtime stories of the land.

On arrival in Australia’s smallest capital city, you will be met for a transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel — Double Tree by Hilton on the Esplanade.

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton on the Esplanade

 

Day 2 – Kakadu

Your guide will pick you up early this morning and drive through pristine wetlands to arrive at Kakadu National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Australia’s largest national park is in a league of its own.

This vast swathe of land encompasses more than 20,000sqm of wilderness with jaw-dropping gorges decorated with ancient rock art, waterfalls that thunder over the edge of escarpments, and floodplains that stretch into the seemingly unending horizon.

With an expert local guide/driver, visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre before boarding an iconic Yellow Water Billabong cruise. As you drift silently through these calm waters, keep your eyes peeled for the golden glint of saltwater crocodiles peering at you from within the depths of the river and spy the magnificent birdlife.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the one-of-a-kind Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, a hotel architecturally shaped like a crocodile — complete with eyes and sharp teeth. Following check-in, the remainder of the day is yours to spend in the inviting swimming pool, perhaps sipping a cocktail in the Escarpment Restaurant (additional costs apply) or relaxing in your spacious Superior Room, beautifully appointed with Indigenous prints and artwork.

Accommodation: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Meal: Lunch

Day 3: Kakadu, Arnhem Land & Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

This morning after breakfast, experience the magnificence of Ubirr, one of the jewels in Kakadu’s well-studded crown. One of two popular Aboriginal rock art galleries, this sacred site invites you to marvel at Indigenous artwork that ranges from as recent as 150 years ago to 15,000 years old.

Admire the famous X-ray paintings of animals, gain a fascinating insight into Dreamtime folklore and see ‘contact art’, showing impressions of the first contact with white explorers. Afterwards, make the 30-minute climb to Nardab Lookout for sprawling views over the floodplains, woodlands and the dark ribbons of the rainforest surrounding the wetlands.

Then, together with your local guide/driver, you will take the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along East Alligator River, where an Aboriginal guide will provide cultural insights into local mythology, food and bush survival, before arriving at Arnhem Land.

Unlike anywhere else in Australia, this island is one of the country’s last untouched wilderness areas, covering more than 100,000sqm. With special permission of the local Indigenous people, you go ashore. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton on the Esplanade
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Litchfield National Park

Wet Season: After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your Darwin accommodation for a day of Natural beauty of Litchfield National Park.

Take a magical short walk ending in your own swimming hole! Enjoy a plunge pool or two or try your hand at swimming under a waterfall. There is plenty of adventure on this tour.

Spend the day exploring the best of what the national park has to offer. This includes a visit to the bottom of Florence Falls for a swim, snorkel or relaxation, monsoon forest walk, wildlife spotting, giant termite mounds and magnetic termites, Buley Rockhole, Tolmer Falls, Wangi Falls and unique feature of Tabletop Wetland.

With ample time for photos, relaxation and reflection, you will be back at your Darwin accommodation around 5 pm.

Dry Season: We will visit Berry Springs Nature Reserve – Fringed by monsoon rainforest this is a biological hotspot with heavenly natural springs to match. From the earth’s depths, the clear geothermal waters rise to the surface and cascade over a small waterfall. This creates the perfect opportunity to sit and enjoy a relaxing water massage whilst savouring homemade mango muffins and morning coffee.

Afterwards, paddle or swim around and watch the abundant aquatic wildlife. Perhaps you may rather sit casually under the waterfall or go for a serene rainforest stroll along the creek. Leaving this piece of heaven, we set our sights on Batchelor’s historic township, the gateway to Litchfield National Park. Along the way, get to know the Top End and Adelaide River Region’s landscape and history before arriving at the historic township of Batchelor.

In Batchelor we take the time to visit the local museum. This community run feature showcases many personal stories of the people and events that shaped the NT such as WWII, uranium mining, farming, and the general lives of those that pioneered the region and the first nation people of the region.

It also offers an exclusive venue to enjoy our picnic lunch in comfort and ease.

After lunch, it is time to explore Litchfield National Park. Known for its diversity and abundance of incredible waterfalls such as Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Tolmer Falls, it also home to unique wetlands, stone country, ravines, gorges, cathedral termites, magnetic termites and much more.

Cascading waterfalls, crystal clear swimming spots, grand viewpoints, endemic plants, and animals will be on your list of things to experience as well as taking quiet time where you need.

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton on the Esplanade
Meals: Lunch

Day 5: Darwin — Alice Springs

It’s an early start with a private pickup to the airport for your included flight to Alice Springs.

On arrival you will be transferred to the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters by private transfer.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore this outback town in leisure.

Why not visit Alice Springs Reptile Centre, home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, where you’ll have lots of fun, particularly during the show and if you’re game, try the supervised handling session.

Call into the School of the Air which provides education to primary school children living on remote properties in the Northern Territory or visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Which delivers medical services to those who live and work in remote rural Australia.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta with sunset BBQ

Starting your tour in Alice Springs,  we will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation and head to the first stop of our day tour at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.

Travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) for the first walk of the day into the beautiful Walpa Gorge. Take in the stunning domes of Kata-Tjuta, see the wildflowers (depending on the season) and marvel at the views of the open plains on the return walk.

Your tour then visits the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here, you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy souvenirs.

Built from 90,000 mud bricks, the Cultural Centre was created with the local Anangu people’s help. The sacred site it is built on has special meaning to its traditional owners.

Head to the base of the majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock). From here, your tour guide will take you on a guided Mala Walk. Please note; tourists are no longer permitted to climb Uluru due to its cultural significance.

The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where you will see many fascinating examples of Anangu rock art. Along the way, your guide will tell ancient stories of the Anangu People.

Travel by coach to the back section of Uluru and start a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Your guide will take you along a short track to the waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. You’ll hear stories of local traditions and learn how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by the Anangu people, whose ancestors are still alive today.

By now, we know you’re hungry, so a Sunset BBQ is set up for you – An unforgettable Australian experience and something everyone should visit Uluru for at least once in their lives.

Take in a breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly (or BYO beer) and a delicious Aussie BBQ dinner.

After sunset and the dinner, we head to the Ayers Rock Resort where you will check into the 5 star iconic Sails in the Desert Hotel.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Helicopter over Uluru & Kata Tjuta and the Field of Light

Experience the beauty of these great Australian landmarks with an amazing aerial view. The incredible rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta are a must-see from the air.

On this flight, you’ll fly by Uluru and across to the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta for a view that will leave you speechless. Due to this area’s sacredness, so much of it is off-limits from the ground, so the only way to really appreciate this amazing landscape is to see it from above. You will not be disappointed with the ultimate view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta together.

Tonight you will witness an internationally renowned masterpiece at the Field of Light.

As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert.

The critically acclaimed Field of Light Uluru by the internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro is on display and due to popular demand, has now been extended indefinitely.

The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is Munro’s largest work to date. Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert

Day 8: Kings Canyon

You’ll get a sense of the remoteness of outback Australia as you travel to Kings Canyon. Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, it lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station (included) along the way.

The Rim Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon, stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’.

You also have the option for the Circuit Walk. This walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with an adequate level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take a more leisurely, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Depart Uluru

Make sure to soak in the breathtaking beauty of Uluru’s majesty this morning, as you’re transferred to Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ) for your onward journey.

 

Inclusions

Your 9 Day Sacred Land of the Territory package includes:

  • Arrival private transfer from Darwin airport to your accommodation
  • 3 nights at Double Tree by Hilton on the Esplanade
  • 1 night at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel including breakfast
  • Kakadu historic Aboriginal rock art
  • Warradjan Cultural Centre
  •  Yellow Water Billabong cruise
  •  Ubirr lookout
  • Guluyambi Cruise
  • Marrawuddi Art Gallery
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Flight from Darwin to Alice Springs
  • Arrival private airport transfer
  • 1 night at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
  • 3 nights at Ayers Rock Resort Sails in the Desert
  • Uluru Guided Mala Walk
  • Uluru Guided Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk
  • Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Mount Connor Lookout
  • Watching the sunset over the sacred site of Uluru with a glass of bubbly
  • Uluru BBQ dinner
  • Climb to the rim of the canyon
  • Breakfast at Kings Creek Station
  • Kings Canyon Circuit walk
  • Field of Light
  • Helicopter tour over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • 3 Breakfast, 4 lunch, 1 dinner
Fine Print
  • Price correct at time of printing and subject to availability
  • Price based on per person twin share.  Solo travellers subject to $1400 single supplement.
  • Offer ends 31 March 2021
  • Package can start on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday or Monday.
  • Rates are only available when booking for individual and small groups (being bookings of 9 rooms or less)
  • The offer is valid at participating hotels and for travel until 10th December 2021
  • Bookings can be rescheduled up to 7 days prior to arrival without a change fee if due to COVID restriction
  • Standard 7 day cancellation policy will apply
  • Should you reschedule within the 7 day no-refund cancellation period, your booking will remain non-refundable irrespective of any subsequent re-scheduling
  • Flights included between Darwin and Alice Springs only with Qantas
  • Rates are quoted in Australian dollars
  • Rates are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Tour orders may change due to minimum number requirements
  • National park permit not included. Permit price is $25 per person.

$3999

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