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Outback Adventure

15 Australia Tour from Adelaide to Darwin

Australia Itmiluk Northern Territory
15 Days
1 Country

Australia

12 Cities

Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Jabiru, Darwin, Litchfield National Park

24 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 14 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 1 Regional Dinner, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
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Looking for the best of the Outback? Look no further than this two-week journey into dazzling landscapes, rich Aboriginal culture, and classic local characters from the Red Centre to the lush, tropical Top End. Just like its name, this is the Outback Adventure that ticks every box.

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Day 1

Welcome to Adelaide

Hello, adventurers! Kick off your 15-day Outback adventure in Adelaide (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm). This beautiful city is known for its festivals, sporting events, colonial churches and architecture, amazing food, and as the gateway to renowned wine regions the Barossa and McLaren Vale. You begin your journey on a city sights tour passing the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Botanic Garden, Parliament House. and Adelaide Oval. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a guided tour of Adelaide Central Market with a Local Specialist. Lucky you, you’ll visit your guide’s favourite stalls in this massive fresh produce market of more than 80 traders—browsing right where the chefs and locals shop. Try Artisan cheeses, quirky Australian native foods, and fresh fruits and nuts with a focus on what’s in season. Celebrate the first night of your trip with a Welcome Reception at your hotel’s, the Crowne Plaza, own Luna10 Bar sipping a local wine or brew as you bask in stunning views from the city's tallest building and get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Then make your way to dinner at the Japanese-inspired Koomo Restaurant and Bar for a delicious feast and raise a glass the adventure that awaits over the next two weeks.

River Torrens in Adelaide, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Heart of the Flinders Ranges

Rise and shine for a big day of art, culture, and wine. You’ll begin travelling to the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and undiscovered wine regions, to join a Local Specialist at Knappstein Enterprise Winery. Sip on the award-winning wines like the area’s celebrated Rieslings and world-class reds and tour the heritage-listed property. Then it's time for an exclusive look at the world-renowned panoramic landscapes at the Jeff Morgan Gallery. Jeff himself will greet you for a tour of his panoramic paintings of the Flinders Ranges, one measuring 33 metres long. Be amazed at the dramatic scenery of the rugged Australian outback before exploring it for yourself. You’re headed into the heart of the Flinders Ranges for your stay at Wilpena Pound Resort - tucked in South Australia’s largest mountain range and owned by the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. You’ll be welcomed by an Aboriginal Elder or member of the local community, learn about the area, and, with your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, contributes to the future of the adnyamathanha people, the original owners of this land.

Car in Flinders Ranges, Australia
Accommodation Wilpena Pound Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Stay at Wilpena Pound Resort in Flinders Ranges, Australia
Stay at Wilpena Pound Resort, South Australia

Your stay at Wilpena Pound Resort directly assists the future of the local Aboriginal people as well as the environment.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 3

Port Augusta on the Spencer Gulf

Start a full day of history with epic views of Wilpena Pound at Wangara Lookout. Enjoy a walk along a creek through bush and pines arriving at Hills Homestead—eyes peeled for kangaroos along the way. At the cottage, learn about the original settlers who struggled to survive in this harsh environment. Then head through Pichi Richi Pass, part of the first stage of the Great Northern Railway in 1879 linking Port Augusta and Darwin, to Quorn. Soak in Quorn’s history as a vital railway junction during World War II before arriving in Spencer Gulf’s Port Augusta. Here you’ll visit the Wadlata Outback Centre, traveling through their 'Tunnel of Time' to the days of the dinosaurs learning how the Flinders Ranges and Outback evolved, the people who once owned the land, and those who live there today. Well acquainted with stories of this rugged and history-rich landscape, end the day relaxing over a Regional Dinner at a local Aussie pub.

Kangaroo in Port Augusta, Australia
Accommodation Majestic Oasis Apartments Port Augusta
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound in Flinders National Park, Australia
Wilpena Pound 20 Minute Scenic Flight

This flight provides a jaw dropping view of your surrounds where you will see the majestic Wilpena Pound from the air with the resort nestled in am...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a 4WD tour of Wilpena Pound in Flinders National Park, Australia
Wilpena Pound 4WD Tour

Explore more than 800 million years of geological history in the “Corridor Through Time”. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorg...

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Day 4

The World Opal Capital Coober Pedy

Continue your deep dive into the history of the land with a visit to Woomera, an isolated, former rocket-testing site of the 1960s. Hear its storied history at the Woomera Heritage Centre and Missile Park. Then its “mining time” as you journey through salt-lake country to the opal capital of the world in Coober Pedy, founded in 1920. A fascinating stop, you’ll be amazed to learn that over half the population of this town live underground in opal mining caves to escape the heat. Meet a Local Specialist who will explain different types of opals and their quality and take you down and through a labyrinth of old mine shafts, including a church and a private residence - showcasing the different types of early and modern dugout homes. Pop into the shop to browse opal jewellery before your unforgettable Stays With Stories accommodation with a chance to experience ‘dugout’ living. Explore their underground shopping arcade, underground bar, and historic display on mining, opals and what it’s really like to live in Outback Australia.

Old Timers Mine in Opal, Australia
Accommodation Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at The Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia
Stay at the Unique Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy

A family owned property that brings Coober Pedy dugout living to life, the Desert Cave Hotel offers guests an opportunity to gain insights into the...

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 5

To Uluru in Central Australia

Journey to the heart of the Red Centre today to World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You’ll experience the true beauty of mesmerizing Uluru over a classic sundowner of appetizers and sparkling wine. Sit back as the surrounding grasses blow and the sky lights up in red and orange illuminating Uluru rising 348 metres high. Gazing up at its massive structure, you’ll feel a deep appreciation for and connection to this vast land. After an unforgettable sunset, head to your Stays With Stories experience and home the next two nights at the Desert Gardens Hotel. This indigenous owned hotel is surrounded by the red dirt and desert trees you’ve explored and the perfect spot to immerse yourself in nature. Stay in or join an optional Uluru Barbecue Dinner complete with a stargazing tour of the vast Southern sky.

View of Uluru, Australia
Accommodation Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock
Included Meals Breakfast
Trafalgar Difference View of Uluru, Australia
Stay in the Heart of the Red Centre

Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing natural beauty of this unique landscape, the accommodation offer incr...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a barbecue dinner in Uluru, Australia
Uluru Barbecue Dinner

After sunset continue to our exclusive dining venue with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travellers and...

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Day 6

Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta

Rise and shine early today to witness as once in a lifetime sunrise at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Hot cocoa in hand, sit back as the sun lights up Uluru and its desert surroundings. Get more acquainted with the park on a drive with your Travel Director before putting boots to the ground on a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. At the base of Uluru, learn from your Travel Director about its ancient rock art that has been preserved for hundreds of years, putting history in the words and pictures of those who’ve lived it. You have some free time to sit by the pool or visit the art galleries and Town Square shopping village before capping off the day with a guided walk through Kata Tjuta’s red-hued sedimentary rock through Walpa (“wind”) Gorge to a lookout. You're fortunate to experience another magnificent Red Centre sunset paired with nibbles and sparkling wine in this more secluded spot. Cheers to grandeur and grand history of Uluru and cheers to adventure.

View of Kata Tjuta, Australia
Accommodation Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic flight over Ayers Rock in Uluru, Australia
Uluru Scenic Flights

A 20 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in the amazing landscape of Uluru. This small plane operator offer extended flights th...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the air, Uluru, Australia
Helicopter Flights

Experience a unique view with a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. You might choose the 15 minute flight to a...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Journey to Kings Canyon

 If you loved yesterday's sunrise, you could take it to another level with an private Optional Experience at the Field of Light installation of artist Bruce Munro. Against the desert backdrop, you’ll watch 50,000 glass spheres light up Uluru in violet, blue, and white like a field of flowers. It’s a unique and dazzling start to your morning that will make you see this land you’ve come to love in a whole new way. You’ll continue your desert adventure on an epic drive from Uluru to Watarrka National Park (named for an Indigenous word meaning “umbrella bush”) exploring the ancient walls of Kings Canyon that rise 100 metres above Kings Creek. Take a guided walk along the sandy creek bed surrounded by the striped cliff walls of golden yellow, orange, and red. After a day in the desert, your home for the night is Kings Canyon Resort, where you’ll enjoy a dinner surrounded by desert-scapes and a sunset over Carmichael Crag.

View of Kings Canyon, Australia
Accommodation Kings Canyon Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Watch the Field of Light sunrise in Uluru, Australia
Field Of Light Sunrise

With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, you will arrive very excited to see his la...

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Day 8

To A Town Like Alice

Get an early start today to experience Kings Canyon with an unforgettable desert sunrise and trek. Lace up your hiking boots and, accompanied by your Travel Director, climb to top of the canyon for a walk around its semi-circular edge. After your ascent, leave the sandstone formations behind to drop into the Garden of Eden’s shaded, lush oasis of greenery. After a big morning, refresh at your hotel before drive through the Outback to central Australia’s Alice Springs. You’ll learn how this town originated on your visit to the circa 1871 Telegraph Station. Hear its beginnings of sending messages between Darwin and Adelaide with a single wire, not only connected Australia’s north and south, but also the first communication link between Australia and England. After a day of rich land and rich history, it's off to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice.’ Pay a visit to the hilltop Anzac Memorial basking in the views of the Western and Eastern MacDonnell ranges.

Sign for Alice Springs, Australia
Accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 9

Sights of The Alice

Dive Into Culture at Alice Springs Desert Park as an Aboriginal guide Local Specialist shares the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People. Learn about the desert birds like the Barn Owl, emu, and Princess Parrot and animals including the dingo, red kangaroo, and Western Quoll. Next, meet the magnificent Royal Flying Doctor Service with a Local Specialist learning how they provide emergency medical assistance in the Outback. Visit their centre packed with history and even peak inside a replica of one of their small planes. Continue your day of culture at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature centre. You’ll Connect With Locals, brothers Tom and Danny Falzon, learning about their sustainable, wind and solar powered lifestyle in the rugged Outback. You’re treated to a home-cooked Be My Guest Aussie BBQ as you hear stories of ecology, culture, and life on the farm. To top it all off, sit back and soak it all in as they treat you to a star talk, complete with telescopes, and lead you in guitar and didgeridoo accompanied sing-along.

Aborigine in Alice Springs, Australia
Accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Dive Into Culture Join a local Aboriginal guide in Alice Springs, Australia
Connect with Nature at Alice Springs Desert Park

Join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

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Dive Into Culture

Be My Guest Meet the Falzon family for an outback dinner and show in Alice Springs, Australia
The Falzon Family in their Aussie Outback 'Office'

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Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Enjoy outback ballooning at The MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs, Australia
Outback Hot Air Ballooning

Your adventure begins with the balloons being inflated just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Whilst floating gently in the air yo...

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Day 10

Mysterious Sightings near Tennant Creek

Kick off your last day in Alice Springs with a fascinating visit to the School of the Air, “the world’s largest classroom.” Here you’ll tour this remote school with a Local Specialist, see the teachers in action, and learn how they were the first to use two-way radio broadcasts to educate remote students, providing support to children living in the surrounding isolated communities. From schools to natural wonders, your next stop is Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), an amazing outcrop of precariously balanced granite boulders. Stroll among these massive rocks of up to six metres high that continue to crack and change shape, believed by the Warmungu Aboriginal people to be the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. Immerse yourself in the area’s history at your overnight in the former 1930s gold-mining town of Tennant Creek, “the Territory’s heart of gold.” Feast on a hearty meal before resting up before another big day in the Outback.

Devils Marbles in Karlu Karlu, Australia
Accommodation Bluestone Motor Inn Tennant Creek
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Katherine Via Thermal Springs

See another side of the Outback wetting your whistle at the historic Daly Waters Pub. This quirky pub has seen its cast of characters from the days when Qantas’ pilots used to stop to refuel on the nearby dirt runway to today’s patrons who follow the “leave something behind” motto sticking a collection of memorabilia to the walls. Grab a cold schooner and leave one of your own treasures behind before continuing to Mataranka’s hot springs. From one “watering hole” to another, here you’ll enjoy a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear, thermal springs or grab a seat on its stairs and seating areas and soak in the healing waters. Journey to where the Outback meets the Tropics arriving in your centrally located hotel in Katherine for a late dinner, and, if you haven’t had enough pool time, another dip.

Hot Pools in Mataranka, Australia
Accommodation Contour Hotel Katherine
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

To Australia's Largest National Park

Our first stop is Nitmiluk National Park, where, accompanied by an indigenous Local Specialist, you’ll embark on a two-hour boat cruise along the ancient waterway of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. After admiring the steep cliff walls, and maybe a freshwater crocodile or two on the banks, take to the trails admiring fascinating indigenous rock art. To continue your exploration, a second boat is waiting to take you to the even bigger cliffs of the deep river gorge. Along the way, your guide will share their knowledge of the traditional Jawoyn landowners and their stories of how the gorge was formed. Continue your national park adventures deep into Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this cultural jewel, you’ll join a Local Specialist to cruise Yellow Water Billabong, famous for its diverse species of birdlife including magpie geese and, yes, crocodiles. After a big day in the outdoors, you’ll stay in the heart of Kakadu at the indigenous owned and totally unique hotel - in the shape of a crocodile.

Crocodile in Nitmiluk National Park, Australia
Accommodation Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Jabiru
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

Top End Capital, Darwin

Dive Into Culture at Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s, and Australia’s, renowned Aboriginal rock art sites. Your Travel Director is accredited and well versed to share the history and the stories behind the images in this rocky landscape rich with history. Go for a wander on the loop trail past caves and overhangs before another stunning sight. You’ll stop at Nadab lookout at Ubirr for the most amazing view over the wetlands of Kakadu. And, fun fact for movie buffs, Crocodile Dundee was filmed here! From rock art to modern cityscapes, you’re headed to the multicultural city of Darwin. After settling into your ideally located hotel on the Darwin Esplanade, you might choose to watch a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema or soak up the atmosphere and flavours of the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, treating yourself to dinner while watching the iconic sunset. In a city known for its Asian influenced food, this famous food market has plenty of tempting options for you to choose from.

Aboriginal rock drawings, Kakadu National Park,  Australia
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Aboriginal rock drawings, Kakadu National Park,  Australia
Aboriginal Rock Art in Kakadu

Get up close to Aboriginal rock art dating some 20,000 years in Kakadu National Park.

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic flight over Kakadu, Australia
Kakadu Air Scenic Flights

One of the best ways to experience Kakadu is by a scenic fixed wing flight which allows you to see the amazing escarpments, waterways and wetlands....

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Day 14

Visit Litchfield and its Waterfalls

Pack your swimmers today for your trip to Litchfield National Park. You’ll begin visiting the park’s iconic Magnetic Termite mounds, unique to Northern Australia, that are over 100 years and up to three metres high. Stop at Florence Falls for a walk to a lookout point before venturing to Wangi Falls with to enjoy a cooling dip in its large swimming holes lined by tumbling waterfalls and vine forests (Please note swimming is seasonal and opening controlled by NT Parks). After soaking up the sun on your last big day, return to Darwin for a celebratory evening as you set sail on Darwin Harbour with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for Farewell Sunset Dinner Cruise. While enjoying a range of options from the Territory-inspired banquet dinner, watch the Darwin skyline on full display. Learn Darwin history from your knowledgeable guide and keep your eyes out for crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, who also share these waters. It’s a magnificent final full day of your Outback adventure.

Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15

Farewell Darwin

It’s a been two weeks of sun, fun, and adventure in the outback, but all good things must come to an end. Say farewell to your fellow travellers this morning over breakfast before your transfer to Darwin Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Nightcliff Beach in Darwin, Australia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Stay at Wilpena Pound Resort, South Australia

Your stay at Wilpena Pound Resort directly assists the future of the local Aboriginal people as well as the environment.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stay at the Unique Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy

A family owned property that brings Coober Pedy dugout living to life, the Desert Cave Hotel offers guests an opportunity to gain insights into the...

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Stay in the Heart of the Red Centre

Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing natural beauty of this unique landscape, the accommodation offer incr...

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Dive Into Culture
Connect with Nature at Alice Springs Desert Park

Join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
The Falzon Family in their Aussie Outback 'Office'

Meet the Falzon family, who have entertained and informed visitors for over 20 years in the outback of Australia, for a Be My Guest Outback Dinner ...

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Dive Into Culture
Aboriginal Rock Art in Kakadu

Get up close to Aboriginal rock art dating some 20,000 years in Kakadu National Park.

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Porterage where hotels provide this service
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
All land transport shown. All transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time

What to expect

Explore Adelaide Central Market, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs Desert Park, and Nitmiluk National Park with a Local Specialist
Discover Adelaide and Alice Springs
Visit former rocket testing site Woomera, the Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air in Alice Springs, historic Daly Waters Pub
View an opal demonstration in Coober Pedy, sunset and sunrise at Uluru, crocodiles and birdlife, Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr, and waterfalls in Litchfield National Park
See vast cattle properties, and Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
Scenic Cruise on Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Yellow Water Billabong, and Darwin Harbour

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Wilpena Pound 20 Minute Scenic Flight

This flight provides a jaw dropping view of your surrounds where you will see the majestic Wilpena Pound from the air with the resort nestled in am...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Uluru Barbecue Dinner

After sunset continue to our exclusive dining venue with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travellers and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Uluru Scenic Flights

A 20 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in the amazing landscape of Uluru. This small plane operator offer extended flights th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Helicopter Flights

Experience a unique view with a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. You might choose the 15 minute flight to a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Field Of Light Sunrise

With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, you will arrive very excited to see his la...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Outback Hot Air Ballooning

Your adventure begins with the balloons being inflated just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Whilst floating gently in the air yo...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kakadu Air Scenic Flights

One of the best ways to experience Kakadu is by a scenic fixed wing flight which allows you to see the amazing escarpments, waterways and wetlands....

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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  • Official Languages across Australia: English the official language of Australia.
  • Currency used in Australia: The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar ($).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Australia is Canberra.
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  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Australia has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical features. In general, it experiences a range of climates, including tropical, desert, Mediterranean, and temperate. The northern regions have a tropical climate with high temperatures and wet summers, while the central part of the country is dominated by arid or desert conditions with hot days and cool nights. The southeastern and southwestern coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and warm summers. However, Australia is also prone to extreme weather events such as bushfires, droughts, and cyclones, which can significantly impact its weather patterns.

Luggage on Tour

Traveling with GET entitles each guest to travel with one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and weight not exceeding 50 lbs due to the limited space on the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment.

For safety reasons, small rolling suitcases are not permitted inside the coach. As our coaches have large windows, there is minimal space to store them securely overhead or under the seat. The suggested carry-on is a soft-sided bag similar to a backpack, tote bag, etc.

So your driver and the hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances.

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When packing for a guided tour, it's essential to consider the local climate, cultural norms, and the activities you'll be engaging in. Here's a suggested packing list:

Clothing

  • A range of shoes. Australia offers a vast array of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is important to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling busy city streets to exploring vineyards, hiking in the mountains to a night at the Sydney Opera House and even enjoying sandy beaches. We suggest comfortable walking shoes, flip flops for beach days, a formal pair for nights out, and good hiking boots if you plan on hiking.
  • Lightweight, breathable, all-climate clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter. It's important to remember that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere. So, when it’s winter here, it’s summer there. Make sure you pack accordingly.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. We also suggest packing a portable umbrella or light rain jacket to prepare you for unexpected rain showers.
  • Modest attire: Sometimes modest clothing is required. For women especially, we suggest packing a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when/if necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable attire for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.

Accessories

  • Sun Protection & Reef-safe Sunscreen: As Australia is known for its harsh sun, we always recommend carrying sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses, and UV-protective clothing. Make sure to bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Reef-safe sunscreens should also be biodegradable and free from chemicals that can harm marine life. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure their environmental friendliness.
  • Daypack or tote bag: A small backpack or tote bag will be handy for carrying essentials during your explorations.
  • Travel adapter, voltage converter, and charger: Ensure you have the appropriate adapters for power outlets and a charger for your electronic devices. (See Electricity, Adapters & Air Conditioning

Miscellaneous Items

  • A camera: You’ll see some of the world’s most extraordinary sites in Australia. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. You can also use the camera on your phone, but you might want to zoom in or capture moving objects. A camera is your best bet for this.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • A small travel alarm
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed
  • A washcloth and carry bag
  • A travel pillow

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110 volts, while the standard voltage in Australia is 230-240 volts at 50 hertz (Hz).
  • Australia primarily uses Type I power outlets. Type I outlets have three flat pins in a triangular pattern, and the plugs are specific to this region.
  • For US travelers, a travel converter or adapter is necessary to use their electrical devices in Australia.
  • A travel adapter allows you to physically plug your devices into the Type I outlets. However, it does not convert voltage. Most modern electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and cameras, are dual voltage, which means they can support both 110-120V and 230-240V. In such cases, you won't need a voltage converter, but you will still need an adapter to fit the power outlets.
  • For devices that are not dual voltage (e.g., some hairdryers, curling irons, and electric shavers), you will also need a voltage converter to adjust the voltage from 230-240V to the voltage supported by your devices (usually 110-120V). It's essential to check the voltage specifications on your electronic devices' labels or in the user manuals before traveling to Australia.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you specifically need a hair dryer during your trip, but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in Australian hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1-2 per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if a charge needs to be added to the bill.

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