DAY 1 – Wednesday 29th July 2020 TULLAMARINE (D)
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.
DAY 2 – Thursday 30th TULLAMARINE – ALICE SPRINGS (B,D)
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. Tonight’s dinner is at the Motel.
DAY 3 – Fri 31st WESTERN MACDONNELL-ROYAL FLYING DOC (B,D)
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.
DAY 4 - Saturday 1st Aug DESERT PARK (B,D)
Today we visit the Award Winning Desert Park which showcases the landscape, animals and plants of Australia’s desert. See the Bird’s of Prey and Nocternal House and informative film. Relax and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
DAY 5 – Sunday 2nd DEVILS MARBLES – TENNANT CREEK (B,D)
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 town’s development as we travel into Tennant Creek for our Overnight Stay at the Blue Stone Motor
DAY 6 – Monday 3rd MATARANKA - KATHERINE (B,D)
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.
DAY 7 - Tuesday 4th KATHERINE GORGE CRUISE – JABIRU (B,D)
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 – Wednesday 5th KAKADU DARWIN (B,D)
This morning we enjoy a scenic ˝ 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 – Australia’s most
Northern Capital. We enjoy the Next Two Nights at the lovely Adina Vibe
DAY 9 –Thur 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.
DAY 10 - Friday 7th RETURN FLIGHT – MELBOURNE – HOME (B)
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.