Day 1: Arrival in Adelaide
Your tour begins in the southern Australian city of Adelaide, capital of the state of South Australia. Arrive in Adelaide and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Mannum and the Murray River Cruise
You have the morning free to explore the highlights of this vibrant city before boarding the 1:30pm bus for the two-hour drive across undulating landscape
to Mannum and then boarding the PS Murray Princess. You sail late afternoon from historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and
communication, and head upriver while you enjoy a dinner. As you cruise under floodlight to your overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal
wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species.
Day 3: Murray River Cruise
Early morning is time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes
pelicans, wrens and swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks, which maintain the flow
and levels of water. This afternoon you moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for the overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade,
join a guided tour of Burk Salter Wines vineyards and surrounding wetlands and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door, which is fitted out with
beautiful red gum bars.
Day 4: Murray River Cruise
After breakfast, cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. First settled in the 1850’s, the town was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle
stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel, where you
can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (additional cost). Later on join the guided walking tour to visit the Swan Reach Museum,
a must see. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquility as the landscape slides by. When you arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore
for the Woolshed Show as guests recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later visit the Native Wildlife Shelter, where some of South Australia’s
most interesting native animals are cared for. And then, of course, there is the great Aussie BBQ, cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks
of the mighty Murray River.
Day 5: Murray River Cruise
After a city tour of Saint John, including Reversing Falls, travel to the quaint village of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, with a treasure trove of beautiful
architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life. Visit 27 acre Kingsbrae Gardens with over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens. Our
stay tonight is the Algonquin Resort, one of Canada’s premium historic seaside resorts, overlooking the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay.
Day 6: Murray River Cruise and Adelaide
Today you leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast, say farewell as you arrive at Mannum Wharf and then depart by coach back to
Adelaide, arriving at approximately 12:30pm. This afternoon explore the sights of Adelaide, and then join a local food expert for a guided tour
of 140-year-old Adelaide Central Market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, sample the culinary delights, meet the traders and share the history and
secrets of the colourful marketplace. Tonight you dine at one of Adelaide’s newest restaurants, La Boca Bar and Grill.
Day 7: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges
Today travel to the Clare Valley for a wine tasting at Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the region. Explore the picturesque
grounds, including St. Aloysius Church, and take a stroll through the vines before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the spectacular
Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares. Pass the intriguing ruins of deserted pastoral
leases and keep an eye out for mobs of emu on the plains as dusk draws near.
Day 8: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta
Take a spectacular walk to Hills Homestead and Wangara Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. You are likely to see wild emus and kangaroos
grazing along the riverbank. Journey through Pichi Richi Pass and historic Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre,
and then venture to Cena on Chapel for a delicious dinner.
Day 9: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy
Visit Woomera, then travel through salt lake country, watching as the landscape changes as you near isolated Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital!
Visit an underground church and home with a local guide and view an opal demonstration. You stay at the well-known Desert Cave Hotel in Coober
Day 10: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock
Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enter the dual World Heritage-listed national park to
enjoy gourmet canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip'. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings
out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.
Day 11: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and the Red Centre
See the Red Centre set alight by the morning's first rays of sunlight. After sunrise, tour the base of Uluṟu. You may like to take a self-guided stroll
around the 11-kilometre base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk with your tour leader to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll view aboriginal rock paintings
as your guide interprets their meaning and significance. You'll also learn about the flora, fauna and cultural traditions of traditional owners,
the Anangu. Visit Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made aboriginal art and learn more about the Western
Desert region. This afternoon visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed
between two of the main domes. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles.
Day 12: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon
Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way, marvel at Attila (Mount Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’, and stop for a lunch break
at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Learn
the intriguing story of owners Ian and Lynn Conway and their dedication to aboriginal children in the region's remote communities. You can do a
six-kilometre rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park, where you’ll be able
to see as far as the horizon and get a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor
is also available.
Day 13: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Today you journey to Alice Springs. Travel across vast cattle properties and get a feel for just how expansive the outback is. Visit the historic Telegraph
Station in Alice Springs, established in 1872, first serving for 60 years as one of 12 stations positioned along the Overland Telegraph Line that
stretches 3,000 kilometres to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. It later served as a school for aboriginal children and was known as
'The Bungalow'. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs.
Day 14: Alice Springs
Learn about the life and survival of the Arrernte people, including the search for water and bush food, from a local aboriginal guide at Alice Springs
Desert Park. Visit the Nocturnal House and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn
how the facility brings first-class health services to people living in the bush. This evening enjoy a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth
Sanctuary World Nature Centre as you listen to tales of ecology, culture and astronomy, and even join a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo
and guitar. It will be a night to remember!
Day 15: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek
Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live classroom lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres to children living in remote
locations who would otherwise have no access to public education. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek, stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well
on the way to visit Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles). You'll have plenty of time to walk around the precariously balanced boulders. End the day at
Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway.
Day 16: Tennant Creek – Katherine
Today travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’.
Here you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie
Gunn’s life in the outback. Or, you may take the palm-lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to
Katherine for the night.
Day 17: Katherine – Kakadu
Join the local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this
ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via
Pine Creek and treat yourself to a mango smoothie along the way from Mayse's Cafe! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water
Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas, and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You'll
also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows. Continue to Ubirr and view aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years.
Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views in the dusk light over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise
the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee!
Day 18: Kakadu – Darwin
This morning, maybe take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land before you travel to Litchfield National Park. You'll stop at the amazing termite
mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim
in the large crystal-clear waterhole before you continue to Darwin. Why not take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
for a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea.
Day 19: Darwin – the Top End
A day to unwind and explore tropical Darwin with suggestions from your tour leader before meeting up with fellow travellers for a farewell dinner cruise
on Darwin Harbour as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area.
Day 20: Depart Darwin
This incredible trip comes to an end after breakfast as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.