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Wanderlust Australia 21 Day Darwin to Adelaide via the Red Centre coach tour

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If you’re after a truly epic outback adventure, then jump aboard for 21 days of it. Tick off your bucket list destinations exploring Darwin, Kadadu, Litchfield, Mataranka hot springs, Uluru, the Olgas, Devil’s Marbles, Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre (from the air), Flinders Ranges Wilpena Pound, among others.

You’ll learn the importance of connection between peoples and place, dreamtime, spiritual culture and art – with each First Nations locals’ sharing their knowledge and traditions with you. And history buffs will love the locals’ stories of WW2, pioneering spirit, cattle-rustling tales and living life in the outback today.

Love food? You’ll be treated to multicultural food markets, sunset cruises, desert sunrises, starlit dinners, bush tucker treats, camp roasts, sheep station woolshed restaurants and iconic outback pubs.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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TOUR SNAPSHOT

Departure point: Darwin, NT

End destination: Adelaide, SA

Tour duration: 21 days

Dept date: 1 July 2021

Accommodation type: 4 star hotels

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals and exploring like a local

TOUR PRICES

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Save $600.00 if paid in full by 1st May 2021 !

$10,500.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$2,100.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !

* The night before departure & night of end of tour.

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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 21 day tour

Escaping winter, welcome to Darwin ready to enjoy the warm sun and low humidity. Settle into our hotel before heading out to experience the outdoor tropical lifestyle the city is renowned for.

Tonight you are free to explore the many restaurants and bars within walking distance. Darwin has a fabulous melting-pot mix of multicultural cuisine and sunset food markets. Get a true local experience as you explore the area. Pete visits the Bangladesh Curry Kitchen stall every time he is in Darwin so why not give it a go?

2 nights | Oaks Elan Darwin | 07 3246 1693

Our city sightseeing tour with a local guide brings to life the reasons for Darwin’s existence. At Stokes Hill Wharf we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin tourist facility – two iconic stories in one iconic location.

Returning to our hotel, we have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the resort facilities – perhaps a dip in the pool, visit one of the many Aboriginal art galleries, museums or enjoy some retail therapy.

This evening we experience the famous Darwin sunset on onboard the Spirit of Darwin. With a view only gained from the waters of the harbour, we sit back and relax with a wonderful dinner while the Top End sky puts on a brilliant display of burning yellows, deep oranges and wild pinks. Just magical!

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

We farewell Darwin early this morning and travel south on the Stuart Highway, named after John McDouall Stuart – the first European to cross Australia from the south to the north. We are going to spend a few hours in the beautiful Litchfield National Park.

Just two hours south of Darwin, Litchfield has gained the reputation as the jewel of the Northern Territory’s crown. We stop to see the towering magnetic termite mounds standing like ancient guardians of the landscape and the magnificent Florence Falls from the lookout platform.

This afternoon, on arrival into Katherine, we are in for a real treat as Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire, Tom Curtain, delights and entertains us with his Katherine Outback Experience rated #1 attraction in Katherine on trip advisor.

The show celebrates life in the outback through real horse-starting, working dog demonstrations, live music and humorous bush tales. Truly see what life as an outback stockman is all about. Freshening up after a magical day means we are ready for dinner at the resort.

2 nights l Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine | 08 8972 2511

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

The day is free to meet some local’s in town and maybe have a swim in the motel pool, and generally relax.

This evening though, our sunset cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge will transport us through the tranquil surroundings and into a spiritual world of Jawoyn culture and history.

Discover the music, stories and ways of the Jawoyn against a magnificent backdrop of cliff faces changing with the setting sun.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

One of the most iconic pubs in the Northern territory is the Daly Waters Hotel and that is where we are headed today.

Late morning we make a stop at Mataranka where there will be time for a swim in the famous hot mineral springs.

Mid-afternoon we arrive at Daly Waters. The pub is the classic outback pub in the middle of nowhere. With a history of murder, shoot-outs, and cattle stampedes it has a haunting ambiance. Enjoy a wander through the classic bar and have a beer in the garden – this is the NT at its best!

Daly Waters Pub | 0418839369

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Get a true appreciation of the expansive outback landscapes as we head ‘down the track’ to Tennant Creek – the next stop on our holiday through Central Australia.

Originally a gold town Tennant Creek comes with a rich indigenous and pioneer history. We have time to visit the Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts and Cultural Centre before dinner at our accommodation.

Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek | 08 8962 2617

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

One of the best known natural attractions in Central Australia are the Devils Marblesgigantic rounded granite boulders reputed to created millions of years ago are a geographical marvel that are scattered across a wide, shallow valley.

The Devils Marbles are a nationally and internationally recognised symbol of Australia’s outback with the Warmungu aborigines including them in their dream time stories. We make a roadhouse stop where we can purchase lunch before we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive into Alice Springs late afternoon.

4 nights l Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs | 08 8950 7777

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We start at ANZAC Hill for some panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area. We then visit the Old Telegraph Station which oozes history and charm. Built in 1871 this is the site that Alice Springs was founded on. Get to learn who Alice was from our guide.

We also take a look at the Alice Springs Flying Doctor Base, which has been a lifesaver for many in the region.

In Todd Mall there are some cafes for lunch and a number of unique galleries that are inspiring to say the least.

This afternoon we visit the School of the Air. This will be a highlight as we learn how kids from some of the most remote communities in Australia learn and excel with their teachers via technology.

We can stay on in town and return to the hotel under our own steam or take the coach back to the hotel. We make our own dinner arrangements this evening so why not try some of the locals’ favourites to dine at. Ask us for suggestions.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We have a great day in store, as we explore the majestic Western MacDonnell Ranges. The natural beauty in this area is outstanding!

Our first stop this morning is at Simpsons Gap a surprising oasis of cliffs and waterholes.

A stop at the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct gives us time to look through the restored buildings and various artworks on display and for sale. This is our chance to purchase that special art piece to take home and proudly hang on the wall as a memento of our trip.

This afternoon is about breathtaking scenery and views we will never forget. Making our way past Gosse Bluff, with a stop at the lookout to take in the views below sees us arrive at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge which overlooks the Glen Helen Gorge. Visiting Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm tops off a surreal day of natural beauty.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Our first stop today is at the Alice Springs Desert Park. There are much more to deserts than we may think. Today we learn about the connection that aboriginal cultures have with the land, animals and habitat. This is a very special place and as we take the time to walk slowly through the displays we will gain a good understanding of this region with its highlights and challenges.

The Birds of Prey Show is a must! Watch the birds in this open air theatre as they swoop, feed and forage.

Our afternoon will be spent at the Araluen Cultural Precinct. The Centre is the focal point of Alice Springs’ performing and visual arts scene, incorporating galleries and a theatre. The Albert Namatjira Gallery is particularly impressive with some of his most highly regarded artworks on display.

We have a highlight dinner planned for tonight out of Alice at Earth Sanctuary – a World Nature Centre at Quandong Homestead.

Tonight we are welcomed with a mouth-watering BBQ along with music and entertainment to experience the spirit of the outback through stories of the aboriginal dreamtime. We even learn how to cook a swagman’s damper!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We are off to Uluru, located in the World Heritage Listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Here the world’s most famous monolith, Uluru rises majestically from the desert floor, but at least two thirds of the Rock still lies beneath the surface.

We can see pictures and even movies about ‘the rock’ but it is not until we are physically standing in its midst that the true magic of its force can be felt. It is truly a spiritual experience the first time we come face to face with its majestic image.

We check into our accommodation before heading out for some local touring. At the Cultural Centre we learn about the ancient aboriginal culture and the role of Tjukurpa (their creation stories and laws).

Late afternoon we return to the hotel and prepare for dinner – and tonight it will be memorable! We are dining out – way, way out. The Sounds of Silence Dinner is a gourmet dinner under the stars. Winner of many tourism awards, the Sounds of Silence is an outback experience not to be missed.

The romance of the desert, the setting of the sun behind the domes of Kata Tjuta and Uluru, the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo, sumptuous outback fare, the star-filled heavens – this is the best of the Red Centre, distilled into four magic hours. It will be a great night.

2 nights l Voyages Sails in the Desert, Yulara | 08 8957 7888

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

For the very early risers, before 6.00 am the coach will depart for the Sunrise Viewing Area to experience the first glimpse of the day and some brilliant photo opportunities.  

For those not wanting such an early morning, there will be breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Mid-morning we are joined by our accredited guide who will enlighten us. First is the Mala Walk where we will learn about Aboriginal perceptions of Uluru, its powerful spiritual significance and how Anangu traditional owners and rangers are looking after the Park together.

This afternoon we head straight to the Olgas, also known by the Aboriginal people as ‘Kata Tjuta’ or place of many domes. There are excellent views from an observation deck then plenty of time for a walk among the ancient domes. As we walk through the valley of the winds we feel like we have entered a Jurassic world at the beginning of time and the spirituality experienced, can bring goosebumps to anyone. (Please wear comfortable shoes for the walk through the valley of the winds).

Our dinner this evening is at a rather different location, Old Toms Waterhole at the Uluru Camel Farm. There is a short walk to take in the brilliant ever-changing colourful views of Uluru, followed by a real outback style dinner around the campfire.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Leaving Uluru National Park after breakfast we travel to Curtin Springs for some time to stretch our legs.

Our lunch stop is at Kulgera before we cross the border into South Australia.

Our destination is the intriguing town of Coober Pedy for the next two nights. For some of us there is the opportunity to sleep in an underground room.

2 nights l Desert Cave Motel, Coober Pedy | 08 8672 5688

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Our day starts with a visit to the Umoona Opal Mine. Our guide will introduce us to the mine and the fascinating history of the opal industry in Coober Pedy, revealing not only the hard-physical grind and the occasional bonanza, but also an intriguing mystery at the heart of the mine.

From here we continue our sightseeing which includes the Big Winch Lookout, an underground church, the Coober Pedy Golf Course (the only one in the world with reciprocal rights to Saint Andrews in Scotland).

After an eye-opening morning we take a moment to have lunch before heading to The Breakaways, a reserve 32kms north of Coober Pedy. This reserve consists of colourful low hills which have broken away from the Stuart Range, showcasing the diversity of the areas topography.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A slightly earlier start today as we take the opportunity to visit South Australia’s reputed smallest settlement, William Creek. This special little town was first settled in 1887 as a support station for camel drivers building the Overland Telegraph.

During our stay here we have the opportunity (own expense) to witness the splendour of Lake Eyre with Wrights Air scenic flights.

William Creek Hotel | 08 8670 7880

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

For those taking the option of the scenic flight (at own cost), now’s the chance to go up, up and away!

Our flight takes us over the amazing Lake Eyre Basin which covers almost one-sixth of Australia and is one of the world’s largest internally draining river systems.

Our plane then turns to the Painted Hills, an area swathed in a variety of earthy outback colours that are only accessible and visible by air. The flight will be conducted at a height low enough to experience the intricate details of the beautifully eroded shelf that once belonged to the great inland sea.

For those not participating enjoy some free time to relax or have a sleep in.

When ready, we enjoy lunch before we’re on our way again – to Marree, where we settle in to our accommodation at the Marree Hotel.

Marree Hotel Motel | 08 8675 8344

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Outback touring today takes us to Farina – once a thriving town that served a huge area, with mail runs reaching as far away as Innamincka and Cordillo Downs – a 700km run!

We’ll be surrounded by the ruins and bushland with time to take a wander around the old town, walk through old rooms and read the informative storyboards. Many of the sites are now named and there is an information shelter with old images.

We continue to Leigh Creek for lunch. Continuing south our next two night’s accommodation is in the Flinders Ranges at Rawnsley Park Station set below the magnificent Rawnsley Bluff. Dinner tonight will be in the Woolshed Restaurant, where the ever-changing menu makes the best of local produce.

2 nights l Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges | 08 8648 0700

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning a local expert joins us for an insider’s tour of the stunning Flinders Ranges National Park.

The Flinders Ranges are well known for their wild flowers but it’s the dramatic gorges and spectacular peaks that are the real highlights.

We enjoy a packed lunch along the way then return to Rawnsley mid-afternoon.

Wrap up warmly as late afternoon we’ll drive to Pugilist Lookout for Sundowners – nibbles and drinks as we watch the sun set over Wilpena Pound. The surreal setting will have us pinch ourselves to help us believe we are in the midst of such serenity.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we arrive in Hawker where we have time to visit Jeff Morgans Gallery to see the “Wilpena Panorama”. This is a 360° view as seen from St Mary’s Peak, highest point of Wilpena Pound. This “endless” painting will have us mesmerised.

Next stop is at Bungaree Station, where we enjoy a late lunch before our tour. Established in 1841, it became the headquarters of an extensive sheep station with 100,000 merino sheep by the 1880s. Today, some 140 years later, it is an efficient mixed farm run by the descendants of the original founder, G.C. Hawker. Consequently Bungaree Station is not a museum, but rather a living record of rural Australia since 1841.

Our tour will be conducted with a member of the family giving us a wonderful insight to 19th century station life. The Clare Country Club is a 4 star resort and is our base tonight.

Clare Country Club | 08 8842 1060

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The South Australian Outback has really enhanced our tour down the track from Darwin. So many contrasts and highlights topped off this truly enchanting place with breathtaking scenery, intriguing history and wonderfully warm welcomes.

Know that you will be returning home with everlasting memories, new friends and a true understanding what makes the Outback such a remarkable destination.

We make our way back to Adelaide for our final night on tour past vineyards, country towns and rolling hills. The evening has been left free to enjoy as we choose so whether we take a group of friends to a local restaurant, classic pub or find a quiet secluded spot in the city’s laneway bars to end our time it is up to us.

 Adelaide Rockford | 08 8211 8255

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast our holiday comes to an end. Use the taxi voucher in our Holiday Pack for the self-transfer to Adelaide Airport for our flight home.

Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!

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All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $600.00 if paid in full by 1st May 2021 ! BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !

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Why I love this tour... Cassie

There are so many highlights. There are the big ticket icons like Uluru but there’s also flying over Lake Eyre, sundowners in the Flinders Ranges and so many local stories to hear.

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