Australian Adventure Vacation: Australia’s Red Centre and Tropical North

See the highlights of Outback Australia and the Tropical Top End—from the famed Uluru/Ayers Rock to the multicultural capital city of Darwin. Enjoy gourmet meals under the stars, camel treks through the desert, and a sunrise hike at Kings Canyon.

From $2,799
per person
9 days
Airfare not included
Based on
2 travelers

This Australian Adventure Vacation was planned for 2 friends from Seattle who wanted to see the sights and learn about Aboriginal culture in the outback. This trip to Uluru/Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, and Alice Springs was the perfect Australian outback adventure!

They started their Australian Adventure Vacation in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, an awe-inspiring monolith in the desert that holds a sacred place in the local Anangu culture. They stayed at the fabulous Desert Gardens Hotel, an oasis in the middle of the outback. They took a sunset camel ride to see Uluru changing colors with the fading light. At the end of their camel tour, they arrived at the incredible Field of Light installation and were greeted with a glass of bubbles before enjoying a delectable dinner under the stars.

Next for their Australian Adventure Vacation, they traveled to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park to undertake the scenic Rim Walk before heading to Alice Springs, Australia’s most famous outback town. Along the way, they took in the ruggedly beautiful desert landscapes with local commentary from their guide.

Continuing their adventure, they traveled to Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. They took an incredible wildlife cruise to see crocodiles up close, and even saw giant crocs jumping out of the water! Finally, they stopped in tropical Cairns for 2 nights of sunshine and beach.

Their Australian Adventure Vacation was a perfect introduction to Australia’s outback and culture. They flew back home with incredible stories to tell from their great adventures!

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Day 1
Welcome to Australia’s Northern Territory—the real outback! Your adventure starts in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the spiritual heart of Australia, and over the next 2 days you will discover the strong sense of spirituality and Aboriginal culture here. Today, explore Desert Gardens Hotel in Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Take a dip in the pool, enjoy one of the resort’s free activities, or browse Aboriginal art at the Mulgara Gallery.

This evening, meander through the rich red sand dunes on the back of a friendly camel and watch in awe as Uluru changes color at sunset. With Uluru and Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas) as your backdrop, learn about the flora and fauna of the area from your skilled cameleer guide. As your peaceful ride comes to a close, be greeted with sparkling wine before enjoying dinner under a million stars. Following your gourmet BBQ dinner, walk through internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation.
Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 2 
This morning, enjoy a guided walk around the base of Uluru, where you’ll embrace the culture, geology, and environment that make up the essence of this amazing natural attraction. Find yourself in awe as you watch Uluru change colors at sunrise, visit waterholes, view ancient rock art sites, and learn stories of the Dreamtime that have been passed down over thousands of years by the local Anangu people.
Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 3
Relax at the resort and enjoy a delicious lunch before taking the scenic coach transfer to Kings Canyon. As you pass through rugged outback scenery, your guide will provide insight into local landmarks, history, and sacred sites.
4-star hotel in Kings Canyon

Day 4
Rise early this morning and take in the vastness and majesty of the outback as you hike to the rim of Kings Canyon. Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Climb the 100-meter cliff face and walk around the rim of the canyon with the help of an expert guide. Head back to your resort for an early lunch, then take a scenic transfer to Alice Springs, driving past rocky outcrops and rivers that glow red as the sun begins to set. Arrive in time for a sunset tour of The Kangaroo Sanctuary (additional cost), where you can hold a kangaroo joey in your arms!
4-star hotel in Alice Springs

Day 5
This morning, take a flight to the Northern Territory’s vibrant capital city, Darwin. Darwin is famous for its fabulous food, colorful outdoor markets, and a diverse bag of adventure activities. Mix with the locals at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, visit Aboriginal art galleries, learn about Darwin’s WWII military history, or witness a spectacular sunset onboard a harbor cruise or at one of many waterfront restaurants, cafés, or bars.
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 6
Today you will have the wonderful opportunity to get up close to the mighty saltwater crocodile! Experience crocodiles in their natural habitat from the comfort of a custom-built boat, allowing you great access to view these magnificent creatures. Your expert guide will talk you through how these prehistoric creatures have survived to this day.
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 7 – 8
Your adventure continues in tropical Cairns. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel situated right on the waterfront. The next 2 days are at your leisure to enjoy the sunshine, shopping, and incredible restaurants in town.
3.5-star hotel in Cairns

Day 9
This morning marks the end of your Australian adventure vacation. Enjoy a transfer from your hotel to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey home.

  • 2 nights Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru/Ayers Rock – includes transfers
  • 1 night Kings Canyon
  • 1 night Alice Springs
  • 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
  • 2 nights Cairns
  • Sunset camel ride and “A Night at Field of Light” experience in Uluru
  • SEIT Outback Australia – Uluru highlights tour
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Crocodile cruise outside Darwin
  • Scenic coach transfer from Uluru to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon
  • Airport transfers in Alice Springs and Cairns

Desert Gardens Hotel

Partner Information

  • Location: Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Type of Accommodation: Resort
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Rooms with Uluru Views
  • Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Red Ochre Spa
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free WiFi in Room
  • Free Activities Program

Things To Do

  • Sunrise or Sunset Tours of Uluru
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Camel Rides
  • Motorcycle Tours
  • Guided Kata-Tjuta National Park Tours
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experiences