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New! Outback Australia to the Great Barrier Reef

Trip Length 10 days

From $5,895

  • Journey from Uluru, the sacred rock at the heart of Australia's Red Center, to the Great Barrier Reef on one see-it-all adventure!
  • Immerse yourself in Kakadu National Park's wetland, waterfalls, and wildlife—and spot ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Kayak, swim, and snorkel the lush, coral-ringed Family Islands, nestled in the rich marine ecosystem of Australia's world-famous reef

There are some world-famous sights that you just have to see to believe, and Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef are among them. This epic Aussie adventure showcases them both and more—including devilishly red Outback trails and emerald-green Kakadu National Park. Over the course of 10 unforgettable days, we walk, hike, kayak, cruise, swim, and snorkel our way through the remarkable landscapes of the Red Center, the tropical wetlands of the Northern Territory, and the Great Barrier Reef’s idyllic Family Islands. Along the way, through interpretive talks and traditional welcomes, we learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal culture and history. Just want to relax and take it all in? No worries, mate—travelers of all activity levels and interests will have the ultimate experience of Oz’s premier national parks, natural wonderlands, and cultural offerings. And of course, Mountain Travel Sobek serves up the very best of the Land Down Under in award-winning style!

Day 1: Arrive at Uluru

Welcome to the Red Center! Today you make your way to Uluru, the spiritual and (almost) geographical heart of Australia. If arriving by air, your Trip Leader—who will accompany you throughout your 10-day journey—meets you at the airport. Together you transfer to the Ayers Rock Resort, your home for the next two nights and the closest base for exploring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon we warm up our legs with some short walks around Uluru, taking in the fantastic late-afternoon colors and postcard-perfect sunset.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ayers Rock Resort

Day 2: Experience Kata Tjuta and Uluru

After breakfast at the resort we depart for Kata Tjuta in our private vehicle. Some say that these mystical rock formations, also called the Olgas, are even more impressive than Uluru itself. Here we undertake the Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge walks, surrounded by sheer rock walls and breathtaking views, while learning about the deep cultural significance of this area to its traditional Aboriginal owners. Then we return to Uluru and complete the meandering base walk, which circumambulates this sacred site. Dinner is enjoyed under the star-studded Outback sky at the decadent Sounds of Silence dinner.

Walking time: 5 hours; Walking distance: 9 miles

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ayers Rock Resort

Day 3: Go trekking and glamping on the Larapinta Trail

We are up early to watch the sunrise electrify the sky and ignite Uluru’s fiery colors before catching a short flight to Alice Springs. A transfer to exclusive Nick’s Camp lands us at our “glamping” campsite on the Larapinta Trail, one of Australia’s great long-distance walks. We trek a section of the trail, enjoying Simpsons Gap and catching glimpses of black-footed rock wallabies. Today includes a traditional Aboriginal welcome to the country and a local interpretative talk.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Eco Camp - Australia

Day 4: Explore Tjoritja National Park

Today we explore Tjoritja National Park, which showcases the spectacular geology and landforms of the West MacDonnell Ranges. We go on several scenic walks and take in the grand Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, Serpentine Gorge, and other scenic spots. The permanent waterhole at Ellery Creek Big Hole offers a rest and a refreshing swim.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Eco Camp - Australia

Day 5: Head to Darwin and Kakadu National Park

We leave Tjoritja National Park and head back to Alice Springs for our flight to Darwin and a transfer to Kakadu National Park. After a traditional welcome, we take an enchanting walk in Ubirr, known for its ancient rock art. Tonight we rest our heads at a private camp in Kakadu’s Muirella Park.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Private Camp — Kakadu

Day 6: Relax in Kakadu

This morning we join Yellow Water Cruises for an early breakfast cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands. A spectacular array of wildlife and birds (Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species—over 280 of them!) stir into action for the day before our eyes. Heading south, we explore some of the park’s stunning waterfalls and gorges, stopping for photos and refreshing swims along the way. The sunset views from the crystal-clear plunge pool atop Gunlom Falls are some of the most published images of the Northern Territory. Come evening, we say farewell to Kakadu and return to civilization for dinner and a night at the Darwin Central Hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Darwin Central Hotel

Day 7: Enjoy a day in Cairns

After an early breakfast, we fly to Cairns, where rainforest, sea, and urbanity collide. This Queensland city is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Before venturing into the area’s remarkable wilderness and waters tomorrow, we enjoy a day in Cairns and its immediate environs, including nearby Kuranda, wildlife-rich Atherton Tableland, and gorgeous Crater Lakes National Park, where we enjoy a relaxing swim.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Double Tree by Hilton Cairns

Day 8: Embark on a two-day kayaking adventure

The past week warmed us up for the climax of our journey: a two-day open-sea paddle on which we embark today! After an early breakfast we are picked up from our hotel at 8am. Then we load up the kayaks, receive a safety briefing and paddling instruction, and launch ourselves into the sparkling waters surrounding the beautiful Family Islands. Located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, this group of continental islands is clad in lush rainforest and woodlands. Lunch is had on verdant Wheeler Island, where we set up camp for the night. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure—exploring, snorkeling, or simply relaxing in the tranquility of this uninhabited tropical island.

Kayaking time: 3 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Beach Camp — Australia

Day 9: Paddle and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Today we spend a magical day exploring the outlying Family Islands. After breakfast we paddle along the coast of Coombe Island (one of “the twins”). Then we head over the reef to visit the farther Smith, Bowden, and Hudson Islands (“the triplets”). From here we snorkel right off the beach, witnessing the vibrant fringing reef and clouds of incredibly colorful fish. We spend the afternoon exploring these gem-like islands and their stunning granite-boulder coastlines before kayaking back to the mainland and landing at the Mission Beach Resort for the night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mission Beach Resort

Day 10: Hike up Bicton Hill and depart from Cairns

On our final day together, we have a leisurely breakfast and then leave our hotel for a short hike up Bicton Hill and a spectacular panoramic view of the coastline and islands. From here we return to the Cairns Airport, where our Aussie adventure together concludes.

  • Breakfast

May 02 - 11, 2018

Aug 22 - 31, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$6,395 (5-7 members)
$5,895 (8-16 members)
$1,100 single supplement

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Ayers Rock Resort — Yulara

Beach Camp — Australia — Family Islands

Darwin Central Hotel — Darwin

Double Tree by Hilton Cairns — Cairns

Eco Camp - Australia

Mission Beach Resort — Mission Beach

Private Camp — Kakadu — Muirella Park

  • Journey from Uluru, the sacred rock at the heart of Australia's Red Center, to the Great Barrier Reef on one see-it-all adventure!
  • Immerse yourself in Kakadu National Park's wetland, waterfalls, and wildlife—and spot ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Kayak, swim, and snorkel the lush, coral-ringed Family Islands, nestled in the rich marine ecosystem of Australia's world-famous reef

There are some world-famous sights that you just have to see to believe, and Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef are among them. This epic Aussie adventure showcases them both and more—including devilishly red Outback trails and emerald-green Kakadu National Park. Over the course of 10 unforgettable days, we walk, hike, kayak, cruise, swim, and snorkel our way through the remarkable landscapes of the Red Center, the tropical wetlands of the Northern Territory, and the Great Barrier Reef’s idyllic Family Islands. Along the way, through interpretive talks and traditional welcomes, we learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal culture and history. Just want to relax and take it all in? No worries, mate—travelers of all activity levels and interests will have the ultimate experience of Oz’s premier national parks, natural wonderlands, and cultural offerings. And of course, Mountain Travel Sobek serves up the very best of the Land Down Under in award-winning style!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Uluru

Welcome to the Red Center! Today you make your way to Uluru, the spiritual and (almost) geographical heart of Australia. If arriving by air, your Trip Leader—who will accompany you throughout your 10-day journey—meets you at the airport. Together you transfer to the Ayers Rock Resort, your home for the next two nights and the closest base for exploring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon we warm up our legs with some short walks around Uluru, taking in the fantastic late-afternoon colors and postcard-perfect sunset.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ayers Rock Resort

Day 2: Experience Kata Tjuta and Uluru

After breakfast at the resort we depart for Kata Tjuta in our private vehicle. Some say that these mystical rock formations, also called the Olgas, are even more impressive than Uluru itself. Here we undertake the Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge walks, surrounded by sheer rock walls and breathtaking views, while learning about the deep cultural significance of this area to its traditional Aboriginal owners. Then we return to Uluru and complete the meandering base walk, which circumambulates this sacred site. Dinner is enjoyed under the star-studded Outback sky at the decadent Sounds of Silence dinner.

Walking time: 5 hours; Walking distance: 9 miles

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ayers Rock Resort

Day 3: Go trekking and glamping on the Larapinta Trail

We are up early to watch the sunrise electrify the sky and ignite Uluru’s fiery colors before catching a short flight to Alice Springs. A transfer to exclusive Nick’s Camp lands us at our “glamping” campsite on the Larapinta Trail, one of Australia’s great long-distance walks. We trek a section of the trail, enjoying Simpsons Gap and catching glimpses of black-footed rock wallabies. Today includes a traditional Aboriginal welcome to the country and a local interpretative talk.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Eco Camp - Australia

Day 4: Explore Tjoritja National Park

Today we explore Tjoritja National Park, which showcases the spectacular geology and landforms of the West MacDonnell Ranges. We go on several scenic walks and take in the grand Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, Serpentine Gorge, and other scenic spots. The permanent waterhole at Ellery Creek Big Hole offers a rest and a refreshing swim.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Eco Camp - Australia

Day 5: Head to Darwin and Kakadu National Park

We leave Tjoritja National Park and head back to Alice Springs for our flight to Darwin and a transfer to Kakadu National Park. After a traditional welcome, we take an enchanting walk in Ubirr, known for its ancient rock art. Tonight we rest our heads at a private camp in Kakadu’s Muirella Park.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Private Camp — Kakadu

Day 6: Relax in Kakadu

This morning we join Yellow Water Cruises for an early breakfast cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands. A spectacular array of wildlife and birds (Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species—over 280 of them!) stir into action for the day before our eyes. Heading south, we explore some of the park’s stunning waterfalls and gorges, stopping for photos and refreshing swims along the way. The sunset views from the crystal-clear plunge pool atop Gunlom Falls are some of the most published images of the Northern Territory. Come evening, we say farewell to Kakadu and return to civilization for dinner and a night at the Darwin Central Hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Darwin Central Hotel

Day 7: Enjoy a day in Cairns

After an early breakfast, we fly to Cairns, where rainforest, sea, and urbanity collide. This Queensland city is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Before venturing into the area’s remarkable wilderness and waters tomorrow, we enjoy a day in Cairns and its immediate environs, including nearby Kuranda, wildlife-rich Atherton Tableland, and gorgeous Crater Lakes National Park, where we enjoy a relaxing swim.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Double Tree by Hilton Cairns

Day 8: Embark on a two-day kayaking adventure

The past week warmed us up for the climax of our journey: a two-day open-sea paddle on which we embark today! After an early breakfast we are picked up from our hotel at 8am. Then we load up the kayaks, receive a safety briefing and paddling instruction, and launch ourselves into the sparkling waters surrounding the beautiful Family Islands. Located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, this group of continental islands is clad in lush rainforest and woodlands. Lunch is had on verdant Wheeler Island, where we set up camp for the night. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure—exploring, snorkeling, or simply relaxing in the tranquility of this uninhabited tropical island.

Kayaking time: 3 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Beach Camp — Australia

Day 9: Paddle and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Today we spend a magical day exploring the outlying Family Islands. After breakfast we paddle along the coast of Coombe Island (one of “the twins”). Then we head over the reef to visit the farther Smith, Bowden, and Hudson Islands (“the triplets”). From here we snorkel right off the beach, witnessing the vibrant fringing reef and clouds of incredibly colorful fish. We spend the afternoon exploring these gem-like islands and their stunning granite-boulder coastlines before kayaking back to the mainland and landing at the Mission Beach Resort for the night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mission Beach Resort

Day 10: Hike up Bicton Hill and depart from Cairns

On our final day together, we have a leisurely breakfast and then leave our hotel for a short hike up Bicton Hill and a spectacular panoramic view of the coastline and islands. From here we return to the Cairns Airport, where our Aussie adventure together concludes.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Ayers Rock Resort — Yulara

Beach Camp — Australia — Family Islands

Darwin Central Hotel — Darwin

Double Tree by Hilton Cairns — Cairns

Eco Camp - Australia

Mission Beach Resort — Mission Beach

Private Camp — Kakadu — Muirella Park

Dates and Pricing

May 02 - 11, 2018

Aug 22 - 31, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$6,395 (5-7 members)
$5,895 (8-16 members)
$1,100 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 10 days

From $5,895

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