Itinerary – 13 Day Central Australia Tour 2018

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided

Central Australia is a heart of our country so we have designed this 13 day Luxury coach tour especially for your comport and enjoyment to see its renowned beauty.

We visit and learn about the aboriginal sites, natural land formation and Australian history. This iconic adventure tour is an old favourite and we look forward to showing you our country with a professional, friendly edge.

Day 1 Monday 9th July 2018 (D)

Sandy Hollow – Cobar

Today starts our adventure to Outback New South Wales, The Red Centre and The Top End. After pick-ups at the selected joining points, travel through Dubbo, then along the Mitchell Highway to our lunch stop at Nyngan. Upon arrival in Cobar we visit the Outback Heritage Centre and museum, before checking in to the Town and Country Motor Inn (Phone 02 6836 1244) for our overnight stay.

Day 2 Tuesday 10th July 2018 (BD)

Cobar – Wilcannia – Broken Hill

Bidding farewell to Cobar, on the Barrier Highway we pass through the small village of Wilcannia then further up the track to Little Topar for a quick bite before we arrive into Broken Hill. Then we allow some time for visiting the ghost town of Silverton. Explore this historic town, visit the the Old Gaol Museum and a round of drinks in the Silverton Hotel (the set for many movies and commercials), then back to Broken Hill known as “Silver City for our overnight accommodation at the Crystal Motel. (Phone 08 8088 2344) .

Day 3 Wednesday 11th July 2018 (BD)

Broken Hill – Port Augusta

This morning we will tour Broken Hill, then proceeding westward to the NSW – SA border town of Cockburn. Enroute to Port Augusta we pass through the railway towns of Yunta and Petersborough. Having arrived at Port Augusta visit the Wadlata Outback Centre where you’ll experience the outback from yesteryear to its present day. After our outback experience we’ll all enjoy some outback hospitality at the Acacia Ridge Motor Inn. (Phone 08 8642 3377)

Day 4 Thursday 12th July 2018 (BD)

Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Today we head North to Central Australia on the Stuart Highway, a visit to the rocket range town of Woomera then proceeding via many salt lakes to Glendambo for our lunch stop. Afternoon travelling will see us into the opal mining town of Coober Pedy (where many people are still trying to find there fortune) where we’ll find tonight’s resting place. Accommodation is at the Opal Inn (Phone 08 8672 5054).

Day 5 Friday 13th July 2018 (BD)

Coober Pedy – Erldunda

Our morning’s activities will see us on a tour of this unique town. A visit into an underground building and a special tour through an old underground working opal mine, will open our eyes to the ways of living underground. After morning tea we head for “The Territory” passing on the way some of South Australia’s largest Cattle Stations. Our lunch stop is at Marla Roadhouse just before crossing the SA – NT border then onto tonight’s accommodation at the Desert Oaks Motel (Phone 08 8956 0984) in Erldunda.

Day 6 Saturday 14th July 2018 (BD)

Erldunda – Ayres Rock/Uluru

Geological phenomenon’s are on today’s horizon as we head towards Yulara, the tourist town established to cater for the thousands of visitors who make the pilgrimage to the centre of the continent to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Adventure to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and gather information about the area and learn of the rich aboriginal history. We have the opportunity explore the “base” of the rock. People do still risk the climb attempt, you may wish to temporarily leave the tour to attempt the climb in your own time and at your own risk. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is a further 30 minutes west and some may find this area more captivating than Uluru. This evening take in the magical sunset view of “the rock” and be sure to have your camera ready as the rock changes from rich reds to dark brown as the sun disappears behind us. Accommodation at Outback Pioneer, Ayres Rock Resort (Phone 02 8296 8010).

Day 7 Sunday 15th July 2018 (BD)

Uluru – Alice Springs

Ever been to a Town Like Alice? Travel through this sunburnt country to Alice Springs the main town in Southern Northern Territory. This unique town has a lot more to offer than most outback centres including department stores and the Todd Mall, which entices people to travel up to 800 kilometres to come in to do their shopping. Take in the views from Anzac Hill Lookout and check out the aboriginal artwork at Emily’s Gap. Visit Simpsons Gap before settling in to our Accommodation for the next two nights at the Diplomat Alice Springs Motel (Phone 08 8952 1444).

Day 8 Monday 16th July 2018 (B)

Alice Springs

This morning your coach will be available to visit The School of the Air and The Royal Flying Doctor Service, two vital and very important organisations for this vast area of our country. Afterwards we allow for a free day to explore “Alice” at your leisure. Our accommodation is just adjacent to the Todd Mall and bus stops are close by. Tonight enjoy dinner at your leisure as you have the opportunity to explore the cuisine ‘Alice’ has to offer (own expense).

Day 9 Tuesday 17th July 2018 (BD)

Alice Springs – Tenant Creek

This part of our journey prepares us for our visit to The Top End. Keep an alert eye when nearing Wycliffe Well as there have been a spate of (claimed) UFO sightings in recent years. Reflect at The Devils Marbles where huge boulders straddle the highway. The Marbles are acclaimed to be the most famous geological sight in the territory. Accommodation tonight is at the Goldfields Hotel Motel (Phone 08 8962 2030).

Day 10 Wednesday 18th July 2018 (BD)

Tenant Creek – Katherine

On the road again, our destination is Katherine, at the junction with Victoria Highway, the major route to Northern Western Australia. Katherine was the site of major flooding in 1998. On our way we pass through Renner Springs, Historic Daly Waters, Mataranka and of course a visit to the Mataranka thermal springs (the original We of the Never Never’s “Elsie Station” where hot, crystal clear water bubbles out of the ground continuously.Accommodation is at the IBIS Styles Katherine. (Phone 08 8972 1744)

Day 11 Thursday 19th July 2018 (BD)

Katherine – Darwin

This morning explore the Nitmiluk National Park aboard the Katherine Gorge whilst enjoying a leisurely cruise to the second gorge aboard a purposebuilt vessel. After sightseeing around Katherine, Darwin is our destination. Accommodation for the next two nights is at the Travelodge Resort Darwin (Phone 08 8946 0111).

Day 12 Friday 20th July 2018 (BD)

Darwin and Surrounds

The agenda for today includes a visit to the Adelaide River for a jumping crocodile cruise! Afterwards we can go sightseeing including East Point Military Reserve, The exclusive Cullen Bay Marina and the Darwin Museum. This afternoon enjoy the best Darwin has to offer, you may like to relax by the pool, wonder the esplanade or the mall is just a short walk from our accommodation.

Day 13 Saturday 21st July 2018 (B)

Darwin – Home

This morning we will make our way to the airport to board our flight back to Sydney. Having arrived at Sydney our coach will be waiting to return you to your designated drop-off destination.