Australia’s Top End

The Northern Territory

Code: ADWHW

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Activity types:

  • Rural peace

Level

  • Medium
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £4,599.00 - 14 to 16 nights

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Holiday overview

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A wonderful combination of the Aboriginal culture of Australia’s Red Centre with the largest national park, the Kakadu.

Spend two nights in Uluru to see iconic Ayers Rock. Trek through the West MacDonnell ranges on the Larapinta Trail, staying in comfortable camps, before heading north to Darwin and enjoy day walks in the best of Australia’s northern landscapes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the unique features of Australia’s Red Centre, learn about the Aboriginal culture and their Dreamtime stories
  • Walk around the base of Uluru, and discover Alice Springs
  • Trek through the West MacDonnell ranges on the Larapinta Trail
  • Camp in Australia’s largest national park, the Kakadu
  • Stare up at the southern night skies
  • Relax in tropical Darwin

Prices include:

  • 14 nights' accommodation, includes 8 nights' camping
  • Full board from dinner on day 3 to breakfast on day 17 (less 1 lunch)
  • A full programme of guided walks led by 1 or more specialist local leaders
  • National park entrance fees, permits, internal flights and all travel
  • Tips

Accommodation

On arrival in Uluru we stay in the centrally located 3-star Outback Pioneer Hotel, or similar (2nts).

On the Larapinta trek you’ll be staying in permanent camps which are set up with tented lounge and dining facilities, hot showers, eco-toilets (long-drop) and a campfire to relax around in the evenings. You’ll spend one night each at Nicks Camp, Charlie’s Camp and Camp Fearless. The hot water for the shower is heated over the campfire, and gives you approx two minutes of hot water, but the night skies whilst you look up will take your breath away.

In Alice Springs we’ll stay at Lasseters, Chifley or Double Tree Hilton (1nt). We’ll then spend one night in Darwin at the Darwin Central Hotel before heading into the Kakadu National Park.

In the Kakadu, you’ll spend two nights at Muriella Camp, followed by three nights at the Gunlom camp. Showers and toilets are available in the adjacent National Park campsite. Tents, swags, sleeping bags and off the ground stretcher beds are provided.

At both Larapinta and the Kakadu you camp with swags and tents. You will be experiencing the Territorian style of camping so your participation will be appreciated. The guide will prepare all the meals and run the camp, but you may be asked to contribute by rolling out your swag. The tents are a custom built safari tent, offering plenty of room for two people, swags and gear. The inner tent has mesh walls so you can remove the fly screen and sleep under the stars.

Finishing in Darwin we’ll spend the final two nights at the contemporary 4-star Darwin Central Hotel.

 

Itinerary

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HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard

Walks are full day and multi-day with some sightseeing, up to 10 miles. Terrain can be rocky underfoot, with some significant stretches of ascent and descent. This holiday has been graded level 4 due to the multi-day trek and remote locations that this tour visits. You must have a good level of fitness to enjoy this unique chance to explore Australia’s Top End on foot.

Days 1-2: Flight from the UK.

Days 3-4: Arrive in Uluru (2nts). Do the Valley of the Winds and Gorge walk at Kata Tjuta before walking around Uluru. Enjoy a starlit Sounds of Silence dinner.

Days 5-7: After a dramatic sunrise at Uluru, fly to Alice Springs and explore the West MacDonnell ranges on the Larapinta Trail (3nts camp) visiting Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Serpentine Gorge before heading to Ochre Pits. Option to climb Mt Sonder at sunrise.

Days 8-9: Return to Alice Springs (1nt). Explore this Outback town, with visits to the Telegraph Station, Flying Doctors and School of the Air. Fly to Darwin (1nt).

Days 10-14: Aboriginal Welcome to Country, then travel to the Kakadu National Park and pass wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. Cruise on the Yellow Waters, home to astounding wildlife and birds. Camping (5nts). Visit Jim Jim and Twin Falls, see the impressive rock art. Spend the next few days exploring the waterfalls and gorges of the Kakadu.

Days 15-16: After the final night at camp we return to Darwin (2nts). Visit the Crocodile Park, Wildlife Park, and spend time relaxing in this coastal city.

Day 17: Depart Darwin.

Day 18: Arrive UK.

 

No flight holidays start on day 3 and finish on day 17.

General Information

Passport

A full passport, valid for the length of stay, is required to enter Australia.

Visas

Canadian and US citizens require an ETA (electonic travel authorisation). These must be applied for in advance, and cost AUS $20. Please go to www.eta.immi.gov.au or consult your embassy for advice. British and EU passport holders need an eVisitor visa (subclass 651). To do this you need to create an Immiaccount via https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login . There is no charge for an eVisitor visa.  Please see https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651- for further information.

Health advice

Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:

www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk    www.traveldoctor.co.uk 

There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK, in emergencies only, which allows residents from the UK free hospital treatment.

Country information

You will be travelling through Aboriginal land with a living culture and rich heritage. When on Aboriginal land it is necessary to accept that there may be some conditions of travel and that local and traditional obligations take precedence over permission to travel. Consider that Aboriginal land is essentially private land and that permission to enter is a privilege. There is incredible diversity in Aboriginal culture and each local clan may have their own language and culture.

Climate

In the centre, the four traditional seasons are more distinct and temperatures are extreme, plummeting below freezing on winter nights (June to August) and soaring to the high 40°s (105°F plus!) on summer days (December to January). Trekking on winter days is often pleasant with mild daytime temperatures (15‑25°C, or 60‑80°F) and light winds. Please make sure that you prepare for the cold evenings on winter treks: there can be frost most evenings from June-August. The shoulder seasons of April‑May and September are mild with some warmer days. Night frosts are unlikely and daytimes are warm and occasional hot days may require an adjustment to the itinerary (ie: less walking, more swimming!). Rain is not common in the desert but it does rain on occasion; please be prepared for wet and windy conditions on all trips.

In the Kakadu it is generally fine, rain-free and there is plenty of sun between May and October. The days are quite warm (top temps 35°) and evenings can be cooler (15°).

It is essential that you drink plenty of water (4 litres per day) to avoid dehydration.

Money

The local currency is the Australian dollar (A$). Major credit cards are accepted. Use may be restricted in small towns and outback areas. ATMs are found in all major towns and cities. However, you may have limited or no access to ATMs in small towns and outback areas. Exchange facilities are available for all incoming and outgoing flights at all international airports in Australia. International-class hotels will exchange major currencies for guests. It is recommended that visitors change money at the airport or at city banks. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Tipping

Tips are included in the price of this holiday.

Other

Walking boots must be clean of mud/soil before entering Australian immigration.

 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Travel

We offer return flights from Heathrow to Darwin via Singapore.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
11 May 2017 ADWHW - Australia’s Top End The Northern Territory
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 11 May 2017, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 May 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ayers Rock

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 27 May 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2017, 3:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Darwin International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £5,299.00 Book Now
11 May 2017 ADWHW - Australia’s Top End The Northern Territory
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 11 May 2017, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 May 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ayers Rock

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 27 May 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 31 May 2017, 3:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Darwin International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £5,299.00 Book Now
13 May 2017 ADWHW - Australia’s Top End The Northern Territory 14 £4,599.00 Book Now
31 Aug 2017 ADWHW - Australia’s Top End The Northern Territory
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 31 Aug 2017, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ayers Rock

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 3:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Darwin International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £5,299.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 ADWHW - Australia’s Top End The Northern Territory 14 £4,599.00 Book Now

Information:

  • Single room: £570 (singles are not guaranteed at camps)
  • No flight holidays start on day 3 and finish on day 17
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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