Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands 2019 - 2021 Destination Planner 2019 - 2020 - Page 62

Australia / NORTHERN TERRITORIES FEATURED PARTNERS AND LOCAL TOURING RED CENTRE FEATURED PARTNERS AND LOCAL TOURING / Australia 5 Day Red Centre Explorer Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta 10 Day Best of the North Experience the sacred sites of Uluru and see the great domes of Kata Tjuta. Enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset. Highlights (included): Highlights (included): • Sounds of Silence dinner • Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour • Uluru Sunset Tour • Kings Canyon Climb • Litchfield National Park tour • Kakadu and Katherine multi-day tour • Sounds of Silence dinner • Kata Tjuta Sunrise tour • Uluru Sunset tour • Kings Canyon climb • Alice Springs Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Kakadu National Park Explorer Experience the most scenic sites of Northern Territory. Learn about the sacred sites and get up close with the crocodiles throughout these iconic destinations. Ayers Rock Ayers Rock sightseeing Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Depart Alice Springs Package includes: 4 nights of accommodation (3 – 5 star), airport transfers, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Pricing from. Day 1: Ayers Rock Day 2: Ayers Rock sightseeing Day 3: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Day 4: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Day 5: Alice Springs – Darwin* Day 6: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Day 7: Kakadu National Park – Katherine Gorge Day 8: Katherine Gorge – Darwin Day 9: Litchfield National Park Day 10: Depart Darwin Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee as the first rays of sunlight slowly change the colour of Uluru. Travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge where the trail follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formation. The early rise is well worth it as you experience the two major landmarks in Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. Start with an amazing sunrise at Talinguru Nyakunytaku, the Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise viewing area. Afterwards, on the 45 kms drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) your Driver Guide will provide you with an historical overview of the national park. The walk through the sheer walls of Walpa Gorge won’t disappoint as you are led into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen scrubs. Package includes: 9 nights of accommodation (3 – 5 star), airport transfers, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Not Included: Flights between Alice Springs to Darwin are not included. $1,399 Pricing from. Day Touring Pricing is per person, double occupancy $2,499 Pricing is per person, double occupancy Enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel on the Arnhem Highway across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains. Stop at Nourlangie to learn about ancient Aboriginal rock art, and after lunch join a local guide to cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong, home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and species of colourful birdlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre with informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. World Heritage listed and the largest National Park in Australia, Kakadu is one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience, and you’ll be amazed at the population of wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air. See some of the most amazing terrain Australia has to offer on your way to and inside Kakadu National Park. Marvel at the concentration of rock art sites that illustrate Aboriginal culture found at Kakadu, some dating back 50,000 years. Day Touring Kata Tjuta Sunrise and Valley of the Winds Uluru Sacred Sites and Sunset with BBQ Dinner Litchfield National Park Waterfalls 2 Day Kakadu and Arnhem Land Watch the spectacular sunrise over Kata Tjuta, with Uluru in the distance, from the western dune viewing area. Your guide will then escort you on a 2-3 hour walk at Valley of the Winds. With views across the many domes of Kata Tjuta and into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of this natural wonder. Enjoy the intimacy of a small group to view sunrise at Kata Tjuta and a walk with your guide to the Valley of the Winds. Hear fascinating stories of the geology, history and culture of Kata Tjuta. This incredible formation of rock domes extends six kilometres into the ground and is the remains of erosion that began more than 500 million years ago. The walk to Valley of the Winds takes you down into a timeless haven within the domes through trickling creek beds. Join your dedicated guide on a drive around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, from where you will be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Learn the significance of ancient Aboriginal rock art, about the area’s flora and fauna and culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu. Visit the cultural centre then travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking colour changes, while enjoying sparkling wine and nibbles. After sunset, continue to our exclusive venue for an Aussie Barbecue Dinner, with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travellers and enjoy sparkling wine on arrival then dine on a menu of steak, kangaroo meat, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of red and white wines, beer and soft drinks. Explore the waterfalls and lush greenery of Litchfield National Park. At Florence Falls, take the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk plus swim in the glistening plunge pool. Travel to Tolmer Falls and view the magnificent waters cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Finally visit Wangi Falls, another relaxing spot for a swim. Absorb the natural beauty of the Top End. Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park, located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years. Cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong, home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Travel by 4WD into Arnhem Land and take in the amazing scenery and fascinating culture. The spectacular landscape includes sandstone outcrops, escarpments, forests, floodplains and billabongs. You’ll visit places inaccessible to most, including ancient rock art sites. Learn about traditional land ownership, bush skills, hunting, food gathering and bush tucker preparation. Day Touring Day Touring Day Touring Multi-day Touring Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry Katherine Gorge Cruise & Edith Falls Ayers Rock to Alice Springs A Town like Alice A great day for photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Established in 1986, Litchfield National Park is a stunning location. You can take in the splendour of thundering waterfalls, rainforest pockets and historic sacred sites. It is a haven for hundreds of native bird species and the plateau supports a rich range of woodland flora. _ Travel through the desert scenery of the Red Centre to Alice Springs as you enjoy comprehensive commentary of your surroundings and pass through the rugged outback. View majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) along the way. Stop at Erldunda Roadhouse where there is the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense) and then travel north along the Stuart Highway before arriving at Alice Springs. If you are continuing on to Alice Springs this day, you will be dropped at Angus Downs for your transfer by luxury coach to your hotel in Alice Springs. From Angus Downs the coach stops at Erldunda, where you may purchase afternoon tea before arriving at your hotel. Stop at the Telegraph Station, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Visit the School of the Air, an educational service for children living in remote areas, and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Visit these historical sites that offer essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region. The traditional custodians of the land are the Arrernte people, who refer to Alice as ‘Mpwante’. 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 are game, try the supervised handling session. Conclude with a panoramic view of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill. Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience on the Tiwi Islands. Travel by Ferry and learn about the Tiwi people’s unique and rich culture as they introduce you to their traditional art displays and ceremonies. Travel past former WWII airstrips en route to Adelaide River. Stop briefly at the War Cemetery and continue to Edith Falls for a swim in the waterhole beneath (conditions permitting). Enjoy discovering their interesting rituals as you experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a modern-day Aboriginal community. Enjoy morning tea and damper with Tiwi ladies, as they show you their weaving and painting techniques. Experience totemic dances, smoking ceremonies and learn about traditional bush tucker, medicine and natural fibres and dyes used by the Tiwi people. After lunch join a two-hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge to learn about the area and take in the breathtaking enormity of the gorges. Explore the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin. Day Touring Day Touring Day Touring Day Touring 60 ANDERSON VACATIONS www.andersonvacations.ca Katherine Gorge is located within amazing Nitmiluk National Park, which spans more than 292,000 hectares. With rugged landscapes, thundering waterfalls and unlimited flora and fauna, Nitmiluk is a haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike. 61