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Northern Territory

15 Days

$8200 Per Person

Single Supplement $2500

29th July 2024

Journey through the heart of Australia’s Northern Territory, offering a deep dive into the region’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and adventurous outdoors. This journey promises luxury coach travel, quality accommodations, and a comprehensive itinerary designed to showcase the very best of the Northern Territory:

This comprehensive tour offers an unmatched experience through the Northern Territory, combining natural wonders, cultural insights, and leisurely exploration to create lasting memories.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 29th July - Berri

Welcome aboard for our Northern Territory Adventure. Today we travel along the Murray Valley Highway, with morning tea at Echuca and lunch at Swan Hill. We travel through the Mallee Region and Hattah National Park to Red Cliffs. After our afternoon tea we continue along the Sturt Highway, crossing the South Australian border, as we make our way to Berri for our Overnight Stay at the Berri Hotel Resort, Berri or similar.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday 30th - Berri-Port Augusta

Today we see more of the Murray Riverland enroute to Morgan and the copper- mining town of Burra, see the historic buildings built by Cornish craftsmen. Then across the lower Flinders Ranges to Port August, where we visit the exciting Wadlata Outback Centre. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Wednesday 31st - Coober Pedy

Our journey inland then begins as we join the Stuart Highway, heading north past the great salt pans to Pimba, a small settlement near Woomera. We enjoy our morning tea stop at the Woomera Information Centre, then continue through Glendambo to the fascinating town of Coober Pedy. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Opal Inn, Coober Pedy.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Thursday 1st August - Coober Pedy – Erldunda

An exciting day awaits as we enjoy a local guided tour of Coober Pedy. We visit an underground home and church as we discover life in a true opal town. We also learn how opal is transformed into fashionable jewellery, seeing an opal cutter at work and browse through the beautiful opal displays. We continue north across the vast Gibber Plains to Marla as we travel the Stuart Highway stopping at the Northern Territory border for some camera shots. We continue onto Erldunda where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Desert Oaks Motel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Friday 2nd - Kata Tjuta - Uluru Sunset – Yulara

A relaxing start today as we join the Lasseter Highway, travelling through Ebenezer and Curtin Springs, stopping to view Mt. Conner which rises almost 300 metres above the plain. On arriving at the Ayers Rock Resort, we settle into our rooms. Then we travel out to Kata Tjuta (Olgas), a cluster of 36 conglomerate domes standing higher than Uluru (Ayers Rock) itself. On return we enjoy an Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset, a truly magical sight. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at the Outback Pioneer, Yulara.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Saturday 3rd - Discover Uluru - Kings Canyon

This morning we visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), the world’s greatest monolith. We tour around the base with its many interesting caves and Aboriginal Rock Paintings. We also visit Mutitjulu (Maggie Springs) and the Cultural Centre. This afternoon we farewell Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, heading north through remote desert terrain following the intriguing George Gill Ranges to Kings Canyon, located in the Watarrka National Park- a magnificent geological formation and a photographer’s delight. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Sunday 4th - Kings Canyon - Alice Springs

This morning after a hearty breakfast we venture into Kings Canyon for an exhilarating walk through the Canyon floor and gaze in awe at the skyline and majestic red sandstone walls. Leaving Kings Canyon, we travel east to Finke River, then onto Camels Australia, where we enjoy a ride and learn the habits of these unique desert creatures. We continue onto "The Alice” for our Three Night Stay at The Diplomat Motel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Monday 5th - Western MacDonnell Ranges

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 travel onto 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 Central 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. Then it’s back to our motel to perhaps cool off by the pool, enjoy the scrumptious dinner, and maybe join in the night’s entertainment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Tuesday 6th - Desert Park – Alice Telegraph Station

Today we visit the Award-Winning Desert Park which showcases the landscape, animals and plants of Australia’s desert. See the Birds of Prey and Nocturnal House and information film. Return to Alice where we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base. We also visit the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, now a museum and site of the Springs from which "Alice” gets its name. Enjoy the panoramic view from ANZAC Hill before we return to the motel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 – Wednesday 7th - Devils Marbles, - Tennant Creek

After a leisurely start 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 Inn.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11- Thursday 8th - Mataranka – Katherine

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 own bathers). Then continue onto Katherine for our Overnight Stay at the Pine Tree Motel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 – Friday 9th - Katherine Gorge Cruise – Jabiru

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 – Saturday 10th - Kakadu – Darwin

This morning we enjoy a scenic ½ hour flight over Kakadu National Park, taking in Arnhem Land Escarpment, the majestic 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 Vibe Motel Darwin.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 – Sunday 11th - Explore Darwin – Sunset Dinner Cruise

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 Harbor.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 – Monday 12th - Return Flight – Melbourne – Home

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Tour Terms and Conditions:

FREE PASSENGER PICKUP & RETURN SERVICE: For the convenience of all our passengers CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL provide Free Passenger Pickup & Return Service from all major Towns in North, North-East, Central Victoria & Southern NSW. (For Example: Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Bendigo, Finley, Kerang, Echuca, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga, Corowa, and towns within these areas). For Passenger’s who live outside these areas Cardwell’s provide Overnight accommodation in Numurkah and ‘Free lock up car storage’ at our Numurkah depot.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY: To cover the costs involved the following cancellation fees apply. Notice given before Balance Due date or more $50 per person Administration Fee and monies that have been paid on your behalf will not be refunded. After Balance due date or once tour has departed No Refund will be given.

 

FARES & ITINERARIES: CARDWELL’S COACH & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL costs published & outlined in the brochure are frozen, errors or printing mistakes are subject to correction. However, policy changes by rail/air/sea operators or changes in Government duties or taxes are outside the control of CARDWELL’S COACH & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. Air fares and other discount travel arrangements may be subject to availability of seats/berths, as determined by transport companies. No increases apply once full fare is paid. The Tour duration includes the day of departure and the day of return. Fares shown make no allowance for extra accommodation or transfers necessitated by en-route stop-overs caused by rail/air/boat schedules, strikes or other reasons. Your Travel Agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf. Receipt of deposits and also subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipts of those monies by us. There is no liability on our part in respect of any monies paid to your Travel Agent unless and until we notify you (by way of Booking Confirmation Advice or Payment Receipt Advice) that monies have been received by us. CARDWELL’S COACH & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by CARDWELL’S COACH & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL and has the right to accept wait listed passengers in place of those failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

 

ELIGIBILITY: No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of CARDWELLS’ COACH TRAVEL, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or they become objectionable to other passengers. However, any person/s who cannot travel independently or needs special assistance must be accompanied by a companion.

 

ITINERARY CHANGES: Itineraries, accommodation, tours and cruises are subject to alteration with or without notice and intended as a guide only. Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, non-performance by a supplier or any other reasons CARDWELL’S COACH & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL act in your best interest in any such changes.

 

FUEL SURCHARGE: Due to the instability of world oil prices, in the event that fuel reaches $2.00/litre a Fuel Surcharge of $5/person per day will apply to the final payment. Subject to change.

 

SEAT CHANGES: A seat rotation system everyday ensures that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy similar seating arrangements.

 

LUGGAGE: One medium suitcase per person, not exceeding 20kg (42lbs) and one carry bag for inside the coach. Over limit luggage cannot be carried.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We can arrange for passengers to take out travel insurance to cover any unforseen circumstances which may arise (including cancellation fees, medical & curtailment expenses, loss of luggage, early departure from tour due to death or illness etc.) Ask your travel agent for details at time of booking.

 

FORCE MAJEURE: If by any means of any event of force majeure (which shall include terrorism, pandemic or any cause or event outside our control) we shall be delayed in or prevented from performing our obligations, then such delay or non-performance shall not be deemed a breach or entitle a damages claim. Our obligations shall be suspended whilst such event of force majeure continues. New Terms and Conditions Apply.

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