Splendours of the Outback and Top End

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                      Splendours of the Outback and Top End
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                      Splendours of the Outback and Top End
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                      Splendours of the Outback and Top End

The Concept

Suitable for: Secondary School students

This stunning 12-day tour begins at Coober Pedy and works its way north, through the heart of the desert. Students will visit landmark destinations and experience indigenous culture, from the grandeur of Uluru, Kings Canyon and Katherine Gorge to historic Alice Springs, to wildlife at Kakadu.

This tour is designed for secondary school students to increase their knowledge of

Australia's unique environment and experience our amazing geographic wonders. 

Students will improve team bonding and leadership skills, experience camping and

living in remote areas, and gain a better understanding of indigenous life.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 SCHOOL – ADELAIDE (D)

An early morning departure for Adelaide, where you will stay overnight in bunkhouse accommodation.

DAY 2 ADELAIDE – COOBER PEDY (B, L, D)

An early start for the long journey into the vast South Australian Outback, to the opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy. Stay underground, and visit a local underground home and church.

DAY 3 COOBER PEDY – ULURU (B, L, D)

Continue travelling north to Marla, then drive across the Northern Territory border to Uluru and set up camp for one night. This evening enjoy the remarkable sunset at Uluru (time permitting).

Day 4 ULURU AND KATA TJUTA – KINGS CANYON (B, L, D)

Begin the day at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where Anangu, (local Aboriginal people), have worked with architects, designers and interpreters to create a dynamic experience of indigenous life. View or walk around the world’s greatest monolith, rising to 348m and 9km in circumference. Then travel to Kings Canyon and set up camp for one night.

DAY 5 KINGS CANYON – ALICE SPRINGS (B, L, D)

This morning, climb to the top of the canyon rim and be rewarded with spectacular views. Marvel at the sight of red sandstone walls plunging into lush vegetation and natural rock pools. Here, you will truly feel as if you are in the heart of Australia. After packing up and leaving Kings Canyon, travel at leisure to Alice Springs. Set up camp for two nights.

DAY 6 ALICE SPRING AND WEST MACDONNELL RANGES (B, L, D)

A full day exploring Alice Springs, visiting the historic Old Telegraph Station, the site of the original township, Royal Flying Doctor Base, School of the Air and the Alice Springs Desert Park, for an exciting introduction to the natural wonders of Australia’s deserts.

DAY 7 ALICE SPRINGS – DALY WATERS (B, L, D)

Enjoy free time this morning, at your teachers’ discretion, before visiting the Devil’s Marbles. Continue on to Daly Waters via Tennant Creek and set up your overnight camp.

DAY 8 DALY WATERS – KATHERINE GORGE (B, L, D)

An early departure to Mataranka for a welcome swim in the revitalising natural hot springs. Continue to Katherine Gorge to set up camp.

DAY 9 KATHERINE GORGE – KAKADU (B, L, D)

Enjoy a two hour cruise into the spectacular gorge. After lunch, travel northwest to Kakadu National Park to set up camp at Cooinda for two nights.

DAY 10 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Explore the timeless grandeur of the Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Today, your program includes Park Ranger Headquarters and Bowali Visitor Centre, Ubirr Art Site, Yellow Waters Cruise and Nourlangie Rock.

Day 11 KAKADU – BERRY SPRINGS – DARWIN (B, L, D)

Depart Kakadu and travel to Berry Springs. Visit the Territory Wildlife Park, home to thousands of animals including several rare, or endangered in the wild. Arrive in Darwin late afternoon to set up camp.

DAY 12 DARWIN – CAPITAL CITY (B)

Depending on flight times, you may wish to visit AquaScene or Crocodylus, before transferring to Darwin Airport for the return flight to your capital city.

Inclusions
  • 2 nights bunkhouse accommodation & 9 nights camping
  • Quality coach with air-conditioning and seat belts
  • Experienced cook to prepare all meals
  • Coober Pedy underground home and underground church visit
  • Opal cutting and polishing demonstration
  • Old Telegraph Station
  • Royal Flying Doctor Base
  • School of the Air
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • 2 hour Katherine Gorge tour
  • Yellow Waters cruise
  • Territory Wildlife Park
Exclusions
  • Airfares (contact G.E.T Educational Tours for the best available airfares)