This is one of our favorite escorted Australia vacation packages. Combining the best of Outback Australia with a taste of the tropics, from the remote majesty of Uluru to the wetland splendor of Kakadu National Park, this is a journey of a lifetime. We designed this trip for a couple who wanted to fully immerse themselves in the natural splendor of Australia and learn about the rich history and culture of some of the country’s most remote regions.
This private, escorted Australia vacation package took them to the quintessential Outback locations of Longreach, Katherine, Kakadu, the Kimberley, Kata Tjuta, Uluru, and Alice Springs, as well as the stunning McDonnell Ranges, the Buccaneer Archipelago, and famous Birdsville, all in the comfort of a private aircraft.
They began in Longreach, where they met up with a local rancher to talk about Outback life over a scrumptious dinner. Then on to the absolutely breathtaking Katherine Gorge, where they were able to see the dramatic landscape from a unique aerial view before exploring on the ground and enjoying a sunset dinner cruise.
Continuing their escorted Australia vacation, they visited the magnificent Kakadu National Park, where they learned about the culture and heritage of the region’s native Aborigines while soaking up the natural splendor. Next up was historic Darwin, where they enjoyed a day at leisure.
They also visited the charming west coast town of Broome, where they rode camels on the beach and watched one of the world’s most famous sunsets over the ocean. Next on their escorted Australia vacation, they traveled to the small Outback town of Alice Springs and on to Uluru and the Red Centre. Here, they were awed by the sight of Ayers Rock changing colors in the sunset and enjoyed a fabulous dinner under the stars.
Finally, they stopped in the quaint town of Birdsville and enjoyed lunch at Australia’s most remote pub before ending their journey in Sydney.
Welcome to Australia! Leaving Sydney, your journey begins in the heart of the Outback at Longreach. This frontier township truly embodies the Australian Outback. Visit the Champion family at Longway Station, who will share incredible stories about their experiences in this harsh landscape. This evening, continue to the Qantas Museum to see the aircraft and history come alive. A gala welcome dinner will be served, surrounded by Australian aviation history.
4-star motel in Longreach
This morning, visit the historic Stockman’s Hall of Fame, where the legends, explorers, and pioneers of the Outback come to life. The journey continues to the Northern Territory and the township of Katherine, a region full of hidden secrets. Katherine Gorge itself is made up of 13 beautiful gorges with rapids and falls. This afternoon, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise of the stunning Katherine Gorge, taking in the quietly flowing creeks and still, deep rock pools. Experience the spectacular beauty of the gorge as the setting sun turns the ancient sandstone walls to a deep ochre.
3-star hotel in Katherine
This morning, experience a unique Aboriginal cultural tour with a local Jawoyn elder. As you walk in the footsteps of the traditional owners of the Katherine region, you will become immersed in the culture, heritage, and dreamtime legends of this magical location. Next, transfer by road from Katherine to Cooinda, the gateway to magnificent Kakadu National Park. Here, billabongs burst with wildlife, rock paintings date back 25,000 years, and waterfalls tumble over ancient sandstone. Enjoy a stunning cruise of the beautiful Yellow Waters Billabong. A complete contrast to the Katherine River, this area is teeming with native Australian wildlife.
3.5-star hotel in Kakadu
This morning, examine some of the finest examples of Aboriginal art at Ubirr Rock. The rock art in Kakadu reveals a close personal and spiritual relationship between the Aborigines and the environment. From the top of Ubirr, enjoy panoramic views of the floodplains and the escarpment. This afternoon, enjoy breathtaking views of the Arnhem Land escarpment before landing in Darwin.
4-star hotel in Darwin
Take a full day of leisure to explore the fascinating and turbulent history of Darwin. On Christmas Day 1974, Cyclone Tracy devastated the city. After the disaster, the population fell from 47,000 to 12,000 and many did not return. It is a tribute to those who stayed and those who came to live in Darwin “after Tracy” that the rebuilt city now thrives as an administrative and commercial center for Northern Australia. This afternoon, enjoy a breathtaking sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour aboard a traditional pearl lugger.
4-star hotel in Darwin
Departing Darwin this morning, your journey continues, as you fly over the fascinating Bungle Bungle Range, located in Purnululu National Park. The imposing, tiger-striped, beehive-shaped domes are made of sandstone and conglomerates moulded by rainfall over millions of years. On arrival in Kununurra, embark on a cruise of the Ord River, through the inspiring scenery of the Kimberley region. The cruise continues to the impressive dam wall. After the cruise, step back in time by exploring the historic Argyle Homestead, home of a famous pioneering family.
4-star hotel in Kimberley
This morning, re-board your aircraft and once again experience spectacular aerial views, this time over the remote far northwest coastline and the exquisite Buccaneer Archipelago. This isolated part of Australia is rarely seen, as it is virtually impossible to access from the ground. You may be lucky enough to see the unique horizontal falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Arriving at the historic pearling port of Broome, explore the notable Japanese and Chinese cemeteries and courthouse, as well as dinosaur footprints at famous Gantheaume Point.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Enjoy a full day at leisure to sit back and become immersed in the lifestyle and ambiance of beautiful Broome. Take the shuttle into town and amble through Chinatown, see a movie in the world’s oldest alfresco picture theatre, and explore a historic Pearl Lugger. Perhaps even take home a souvenir pearl as you meander through the famous pearl shops. For true relaxation, stroll the grand expanse of the famous white sandy Cable Beach, take a camel ride, then watch one of the world’s most famous sunsets over the low tide.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Transfer to the airport this morning, where the private aircraft awaits to take you to the remote town of Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides medical services to the furthest regions of Outback Australia. Continue to Standley Chasm, where surging flood waters have cut through the tough quartzite over thousands of years to form a picturesque natural alleyway. Visit the Telegraph Station, which was for many years the sole reason for the existence of a handful of people in this remote area.
4-star hotel in Alice Springs
Your journey continues this morning on an unforgettable flight to the Red Centre. Experience the impact of watching Uluru, the world’s largest monolith, appear on the horizon. The “Red Centre” of Australia is a land of vivid color and striking contrasts. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have great cultural significance for the Anang, the traditional owners of the land. Feast under the stars tonight at the magnificent Sounds of Silence dinner and experience the subtle color changes of Ayers Rock at sunset.
Sails in the Desert
Get early start today to experience the sublime sunrise at the rock. Watch as the giant monolith emerges from the inky landscape. Return for breakfast before continuing to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Kata Tjuta has great significance as a sacred area for the indigenous owners of the land. Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the facilities of the beautiful Sails in the Desert.
Sails in the Desert
On your final day, the first stop is the quaint Outback town of Birdsville, an area as remote as it is captivating. Here, you will have a short exploration of this unique town, followed by lunch at the famous Birdsville Hotel. This is Australia’s most remote pub, where you can experience true Outback hospitality. Re-board your private aircraft for your flight to Sydney, where you’ll catch your connecting flight home.