Updated: Jul 23
Few places in Australia or the world for that matter are as breathtaking and beautiful as The Northern Territory. Diverse in regions from the tropical Top End to the rich outback of the Red Centre, your trip will be fabulously full of amazing adventure from the moment you touch down.
You land at Ayers Rock Airport in Yulara, where you’ll get spectacular views over Uluru as you fly in.
It’ll be your first taste of just how special this place truly is. You’ll arrive in time for lunch, we suggest you go straight to the Ayers Rock Resort, a swift ten minute drive and settle in at Ilkari Restaurant. On the menu.. seafood, sashimi, Asian dishes, roasts and a chocolate fountain finale. Kids eat free.
Your accommodation is conveniently located within the Ayers Rock Resort - we’d recommend either the Sails in the Desert, or if you’re looking to splurge, Longitude 131 is the only property offering views of Uluru from their rooms. Imagine waking up with a view of one of Australia’s most impressive attractions.
Dinner tonight will be at Tali Wiru (meaning “Beautiful Dune” in the local Arangu language), an open air fine dining restaurant with a seasonal menu. You’ll have a four course meal while listening to Aboriginal dreamtime stories and music sharing the history and culture of the land. Afterwards, take your included transfer back to your hotel.
While it sounds unappealing, today you’re up before dawn to experience the Field of Light at sunrise. Watch the amazing colours of the field contrasted by the rising sun before heading out on your Desert Awakenings Tour. You’ll watch Kata Tjuta come into view as the rising sun reveals the myriad of animal tracks and activity that occurred throughout the night.
Afterwards, you’ll head out on a walking tour of the base of Uluru (unfortunately you aren’t able to climb it anymore!). Take a look at the vast array of rock carvings and paintings found across the site, and your guide will explain their significance as you go. You might even be able to link some of them to the Dreamtime stories you heard the night before!
In the afternoon, head back to Ayers Rock Resort for a light lunch and a rest before heading over to the free activities around the resort, such as the Bush Food Experience, the Ecology Museum, or even a Didgeridoo class!
Dinner tonight will be the acclaimed Sounds of Silence experience, a four hour spectacle of all the desert has to offer. This dinner is a stargazers delight - you’ll see more stars than ever before!
Check out of your accommodation today for your trip across to Alice Springs. Don’t leave it too late, as you’re going to need around 6 hours for the journey! You’ll need to be in Alice Springs no later than 6pm, so we recommend you leave by 10am to allow yourself time to experience the sights along the way.
Stop off at the natural wonders Kings Canyon and you’ve got the time, the 6km Canyon Rim Walk is well worth the visit. As you get closer to Alice Springs, the West Macdonnell Ranges will slowly begin to show themselves, which features many spectacular gaps and gorges to amaze yourself with.
Tonight, your accommodation won’t be in Alice Springs, but rather on The Ghan, a world famous train journey stretching from Adelaide to Darwin. You’ll need to be at the station no later than 6pm, as the train departs at 6:15pm. Check into your Platinum Service cabin set out as a lounge by day, bedroom by night. The lounges convert into either a double or twin beds. Take dinner at The Platinum Club - exclusive to Platinum Service guests. Your meals and drinks are included in your train fare.
You’ll wake up in Katherine, where you’ll have time to explore the area with a variety of activities.
After breakfast on-board, take a cruise through the Nitmiluk Gorge or head out on a guided walk of the local area, before jumping back on the train at 2pm for your 3 hour trip up to Darwin, where you’ll arrive just as the sun sets.
Tonight, check into the Mandalay right on Darwin’s Esplanade, a boutique property which is a converted bungalow style residence with Asian influences. For dinner, let's head over to Moorish Cafe, widely considered one of Darwin’s best restaurants, known for putting a Spanish and Mediterranean spin on Australian cuisine.
Today, we’re heading to the lesser known Litchfield National Park. Located around 90 minutes drive south of Darwin, this natural wonder is a must see. Spend the day swimming under the waterfalls, hiking through the many walking tracks throughout the park (from 1km up to 38km long!), see the iconic magnetic Termite mounds, and see the weathered sandstone pillars of the lost city.
This trip will take you most of the day, so once you’re back in Darwin you’ll need a nice restaurant to unwind. Crustaceans on Stokes Hill Wharf is great, with expansive views over the Darwin waterfront and an extensive menu of surf & turf dishes.
Today is the day to fly home.
Most flights depart in the early afternoon, so you’ll have the morning free to explore the Parap Markets (Saturdays only), take a walk from Nightcliff to Casuarina or simply have a walk through the city.
Your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel, so head back for a Midday pickup.
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