Darwin - Arnhem Land - Red Centre – Adelaide – the Barossa - Flinders Ranges
Travel to the vast and rugged wilderness of Arnhem Land, discover galleries of spectacular rock art and meet remote Aboriginal communities. Visit the spiritual heart of Australia and watch the sunrise over sacred Aboriginal sites. Catch the mighty barramundi on a Heli fishing experience then relax and unwind amidst the vineyards of the Barossa. End your trip on a high with a 3 day walk through the beautiful Flinders Ranges.
- Darwin – Arnhem Land (50 minutes by light aircraft)
- Darwin – Uluru (Ayers Rock) (7.5 hours by air)
- Uluru – Adelaide (5.3 hours by air)
- Adelaide – the Barossa Valley (1 hour)
- Adelaide – Arkaba (1 hour 20 minutes by air charter)
- Arkaba – Adelaide via the Clare Valley (8.5 hours by car)
Day 1 – 3
Darwin to Arnhem Land
Board your light plane for your 50-minute flight to Arnhemland Safari Lodge, owned and operated by Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris. The lodge is located on a 700 km exclusive lease at Mt Borradaile in northwest Arnhem Land. Mt Borradaile is a registered Aboriginal sacred site and Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris has been entrusted by the Traditional owners, the Ulba Bunidj people, to show small groups of people this unique and special part of Australia.
Spend three nights at the Lodge exploring the local area with the knowledgeable guides. There is no set itinerary, visitors decide their own activities and the guides accommodate their choices.
- Cruise along the billabong to see the sun set over the floodplain and Mt Borradaile light up with magnificent colours.
- Explore the wetlands and observe the wildlife including freshwater and estuarine crocodiles and the brilliantly coloured Leichhardt grasshopper.
- Discover galleries of spectacular Aboriginal rock art and amazing landscapes of open woodland, floodplains and monsoonal rainforests.
- Walk through the catacombs and see evidence of burial sites and artefacts of stone and wood.
Arnhem Land to Darwin
Fly back to Darwin and spend the rest of the day exploring this tropical city. Walk or bike ride through the parklands, see Aboriginal art in the museum and taste the city's multicultural flavours at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Visit chic Cullen Bay Marina and take a heritage walk round the wharf.
- Browse Aboriginal art and learn how Cyclone Tracey devastated Darwin in 1974 in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
- Meander through orchids, bromeliads, cycads and palms in George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
- Taste food from around the world while watching the sun go down over the Timor Sea at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market (Thursdays or Sundays from April-October).
Full Day Heli fishing Tour
Today it’s time to target the mighty barramundi on a full day Heli fishing tour with Helifish.
- Fly over spectacular Top End wetlands teeming with wildlife to remote fishing spots.
- Spend around six hours of fishing time at up to five different locations.
- Catch bigger Barra in larger quantities – ten or more is the average!
Darwin to Uluru
Located in the southern part of the Northern Territory, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is located 450km (280 miles) drive south west of Alice Springs. Uluru is one of the great natural wonders of the world and will entrance you with its changing colours and mystical ambience.
Fly from Darwin to Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport) where you will be transferred to your accommodation at Longitude 131°.
Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° is sited to face majestic Uluru and is the ultimate, exclusive Australian outback experience. This is the spiritual and geographical heart of Australia. Longitude 131°’s 16 luxe elevated pavilions have unsurpassed private views of Uluru.
- Discover the desert and indigenous heart of the continent via Longitude 131°’s intimate touring program within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
- Learn about the ancient cultures of the traditional custodians.
- Arrive at dusk to experience the interactive artwork of artist Bruce Monroe’s internationally acclaimed solar installation Field of Light and then enjoy spectacular dining under the stars at Table 131°, Longitude 131°’s signature dining experience.
- Uluru Sunrise Guided Base Walk – Experience the remarkable changing colours of the entire desert landscape and the spectacular sight of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at dawn on an Uluru Sunrise Guided Base Walk.
- Discover the massive domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) with a guided tour of Walpa Gorge, or, for the more energetic, Valley of the Winds hike.
- Visit Yulara town centre and take part in a fun and educational dot painting workshop with a local Anangu artist. Learn about traditional art, symbols, tools and more to create your own artwork. Maruku Arts runs Aboriginal Cultural Workshops twice daily all year round.
- Indulge at the lodge’s Spa Kinara.
- Enjoy sundowners and private dining on the dunetop with dual views of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Field of Light shimmering in the distance.
Uluru to Adelaide
Fly from Uluru to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. A hub for fabulous food, wine and internationally acclaimed festivals, Adelaide has much to offer.
- Discover the gourmet delights of Adelaide Central Market, one of Australia’s largest produce markets.
- Wander the galleries, museums and colonial buildings of North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural boulevard
- Check out the wine bars, boutiques, art house cinemas and elegant restaurants on nearby Rundle Street.
Adelaide to the Barossa
This morning tee off early at the prestigious Royal Adelaide Golf Club. Located in Seaton along the city’s western railway, the course highlight, the 3rd tee, is perched on the side of the railway line. The occasional train passes by as the golfers are lining up their shot!
On completion of your golf experience, transfer to the Barossa – the heart of Australia’s wine industry, home to gourmet delights and an area blessed with a rich cultural heritage. There is a strong sense of cultural identity and community spirit, which adds to the appeal of the region. With over 70 cellar doors to choose from, there are plenty of wineries to visit including world-famous wineries such as St Hugo, Yalumba, Seppeltsfield and Jacob’s Creek.
On your way to the Barossa stop at the historic town of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.
Spend tonight in the heart of the Barossa at The Louise, a boutique vineyard retreat with sweeping vistas across thousands of acres of verdant vineyards.
- Explore the boutiques and souvenir shops of Hahndorf and sample cheese at Udder Delights Cheese Cellar.
- Make your own bottle of blended wine to suit your own taste on a Blend Bar Experience at Jacob’s Creek.
- Stay at The Louise, in one of its 15 luxuriously appointed suites, each with their own private terrace, overlooking the vineyards and vistas of the Barossa.
- Dine at Appellation, The Louise’s award-winning restaurant and one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences.
- Explore the region – activities include hot air ballooning, cycling, hiking, bespoke tasting experiences and a visit to the acclaimed Barossa Farmers Market (Saturday morning only).
The Barossa – Adelaide
This morning see kangaroos up close in their natural habitat on the Louise’s unique Breakfast with the Kangaroos experience.
Spend today exploring the Barossa and tour some of the region’s most iconic wineries before returning to Adelaide. Alternatively, spend another night at the Louise and transfer to Arkaba in the morning by car (4 hours’ drive).
- Breakfast with the Kangaroos – enjoy a picnic style breakfast with the local wildlife.
- Enjoy a 4 Course Degustation menu at St Hugo or splash out on a Prestige Experience with a helicopter flight, VIP tasting and 8-course lunch.
- Visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop at Nuriootpa. Maggie is one of Australia’s most loved cooks and here you can sample and buy a wide range of her signature produce – jams, patés, verjuice, olive oils and more.
- Alternatively, join a private tour to some of the smaller boutique and artisan tasting rooms.
Adelaide to Arkaba
Make your way to the General Aviation Terminal at Adelaide Airport for your private charter flight to Hawker. On arrival your Arkaba guide will transfer you by road to Wilpena Pound to begin your walk.
Set off on foot through the basin of Wilpena Pound before walking onto Arkaba's 60,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy and descend into Black's Gap Signature Camp.
- Admire the panoramas of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range as the mountains glow with the red light of sunset.
- Sleep under the stars in Arkaba’s signature ‘star beds’ then enjoy the final night in the luxurious Arkaba Homestead.
- Spot Red and Western Grey Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Emus, Wedge-tailed Eagles along with numerous parrots.
- Take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound (on arrival or prior to departure).
*Thursdays or Fridays only between March and October
Day 12 & 13
Hike through creeks and open hill country approaching the foothills of the Elder Range to Elder Camp.
Walk across varying terrain through Mallee and cypress forests before ascending the beautiful Red Range for views across the neighboring ranges and crossing Arkaba Creek to arrive at Arkaba Homestead. Arkaba is a 64,000-acre outback property that has been transformed from sheep station to wildlife conservancy by owners Wild Bush Luxury, who have implemented on ground conservation management on the property.
Scenic road transfer to Adelaide
Depart Arkaba Homestead after breakfast for a scenic transfer through charming outback towns with wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley wine country.
Other transfer options:
- Charter flight from Hawker to Adelaide
- Scheduled flight from Port August (one-hour drive and 30- minute flight)