Welcome aboard our scenic Alice Springs, Darwin Tour. This afternoon we enjoy a leisurely journey to Melbourne for our Overnight Stay at Best Western Airport Motel.
After breakfast we travel to Tullamarine for our morning flight to Alice Springs. We arrive lunchtime and settle into the The Diplomat Motel, Alice Springs for our Three Nights Stay. The afternoon is free to relax. Tonights dinner is at the Motel.
Today we explore the picturesque Western MacDonnell Ranges. See the grave of John Flynn, founder of the Flying Doctor Service, as well as Simpsons Gap, a haven for tiny rock wallabies. We then travel on Ormiston Gorge where we have lunch before we explore this wonderful Gorge which offers visitors all the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. The water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native fauna and flora, including a number of relict plant species. The recent rediscoveries of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Centreal Rock Rat in the Ormiston Gorge vicinity demonstrate what an important role the Park plays as a fauna refuge. Ormiston Gorge is also home to a major ranger station.
Today we visit the Award Winning Desert Park which showcases the landscape, animals and plants of Australias desert. See the Birds of Prey and Nocternal House and informative film. Relax and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
A leisurely start today before we continue further North over the 11 Mile Hills, where we have the chance to stand on the Tropic of Capricorn. We stop to see the spectacular Devils Marbles, made up of hundreds of huge, rounded rocks strewn all over the plain. Hear the stories of the rugged gold and copper mining towns development as we travel into Tennant Creek for our Overnight Stay at the Eldorado Motor Inn.
As we make our way to the Top End of the Northern Territory, we travel through the tiny, scattered settlements of Renner Springs, Elliot and Daly Waters. We visit the Elsey Cemetery, made famous by the book We of the Never Never, and Mataranka Thermal Pools (bring your bathers). Then continue on to Katherine for our Overnight Stay at the Pine Tree Motel.
Today is a real highlight as we enjoy the spectacular Katherine Gorge Cruise, now called Nitmiluk. Enjoy a detailed commentary from our guide, and see the ancient rock walls ablaze with brilliant colour, dotted with caves and Aboriginal paintings. Today we discover the Kakadu National Park, crossing the Mary and South Alligator Rivers, passing giant anthills as we make our way to Nourlangie Rock. We settle in at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Motel for our Overnight Stay.
DAY 8 Monday 5th KAKADU DARWIN (B,D)
This morning we enjoy a scenic 1/2 hour flight over Kakadu National Park, taking in Arnhem Land Escarpment, the magestic flood plains, the wetlands and much more, we are giving you a true picture of the diversity and size of this vast area. We visit the National Park Headquarters, see a display of flora and fauna unique to this area. This afternoon we make our way to Darwin Australias most Northern Capital. We enjoy the Next Two Nights at the lovely Adina Vibe Motel Darwin.
DAY 9 Tuesday 6th DARWIN, SUNSET DINNER CRUISE (B,D)
Today we explore Darwin taking in all its highlights. See Fannie Bay and visit the Darwin Museum, a unique complex showing the life and history of the Northern Territory. We inspect the World War II gun emplacements at East Point and enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens. This afternoon is at your leisure to shop, spend time with friends or simply relax. This evening a memorable way to end our tour, with a Sunset Dinner Cruise on Fannie Bay, departing Darwin Harbour.
We transfer to the Darwin Airport for our return flight to Melbourne. Upon arrival at Tullamarine you will be met by our coach and we make our way home at the conclusion of a truly memorable Northern Territory Tour.