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Uluru & Kata Tjuta 25-Minute Helicopter Experience

1. Uluru & Kata Tjuta 25-Minute Helicopter Experience

See both the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjutaon this helicopter experience. This tour will showcase Kata Tjuta, which means 'many heads'. It is made up of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes, the highest of which stands 198 meters taller than Uluru. Ensure that you don't miss out on seeing the entire formation by taking a ride in by helicopter. With the wide spread of the domes and local restrictions due to sacred sites, access from the ground is restricted to only 75% of Kata Tjuta. Embark on a trip that combines this experience with viewing Uluru, and which will leave you with cherished memories and photographs that will last a lifetime.

Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

2. Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

Spend a day in the natural habitat of fascinating wildlife creatures at Litchfield National Park. After being picked up from your accommodation, ride to the famous Adelaide River. There, you'll board your private boat and cruise up the river. Feed the crocodiles from the boat that teem in the water and see an abundance of wildlife all around you. You may even see a crocodile launching itself out of the water with the power of its tail. At the famous Litchfield National Park, you'll visit three waterfalls – the Wangi, Florence and Buley rock holes – and get the opportunity to swim in all three. Lunch is prepared in the park by your guide – a big bush picnic with an array of wraps, cold meats, bread, salad and fruit. Snacks are also included along the way if you're ever feeling peckish. Local and knowledgeable guides will give you thorough commentary throughout the day and stop for lots of photo opportunities. Marvel at the magnetic and cathedral termite mounds, and take time to visit the butterfly farm. Return to your accommodation in Darwin, or on Sundays and Thursdays, at the famous Mindil Beach Markets.

Litchfield National Park: Full-Day & Lunch from Darwin

3. Litchfield National Park: Full-Day & Lunch from Darwin

Enjoy a full-day trip to Litchfield National Park from Darwin. See lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls, and cascades. Experience a park that includes the spectacular Tabletop Range, a sandstone plateau surrounded by cliffs. During the green season, 4 major waterfalls thunder down to tropical rock pools below. They flow more gently in the dry season, making them perfect spots for a refreshing swim. Follow the Stuart Highway to reach Litchfield National Park. Visit park waterfalls like Florence Falls, where you’ll enjoy a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. Go for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Continue on to Tolmer Falls and see water cascading down into a deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Visit Wangi Falls, which features a large, crystal-clear pool that’s a perfect spot for a cool dip. Finally, enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the park’s natural wonders.

From Alice Springs: Uluru Full-Day Tour with BBQ Dinner

4. From Alice Springs: Uluru Full-Day Tour with BBQ Dinner

Depart Alice Springs early to get a taste of the Australian Outback with a stop at Erldunda for a buffet breakfast. Then, continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see the domes of the rock formations on your first walk. Learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people at the cultural center. Then, go to the base of Uluru for a guided walk to see the Anangu rock art. Head to Mutitjulu Waterhole for a short hike to the home of the ancestral Wanampi water snake and share some traditional "dreamtime" stories. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset over Uluru, and end the day with a barbeque dinner before the return journey to Alice Springs.

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

5. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation at 7:45 AM and set off on a day of adventure and exploration! Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Stop at Standley Chasm for morning tea and a leisurely stroll. At Ochre Pits, discover rock walls covered by natural colored ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Aboriginal people. Ormiston Gorge is up next: a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. By now, you will have certainly worked up an appetite for lunch. The next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colors with the light.  On the way back to Alice Springs, witness the famous and enchanting Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months. Visit Flynns Memorial and from October to March, you may decide to partake in an incredible Sunset Camel Ride at the Camel farm (optional, at your own expense). The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 5:30 PM.

Uluru: Sunset, Sparkling Wine, Cheeseboard & Gourmet BBQ

6. Uluru: Sunset, Sparkling Wine, Cheeseboard & Gourmet BBQ

Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Uluru National Park. When you arrive at the Uluru Sunset viewing platform, be greeted by a selection of Australian wines and a cheese board as you begin to absorb the beauty of your surroundings. Find your ideal spot, and then just sit back and relax as you watch the sun disappear behind the horizon and change the colors of the rocks in a million splendid ways. After sunset, you will be transferred to an exclusive barbecue site. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights to provide a clear view of the stars in the southern sky. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travelers on beautiful white tablecloths, enjoying sparkling wine. Dine on an Australian gourmet barbecue menu of steak, kangaroo meat, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads, and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of red and white wines, beer, and soft drinks.  After dinner, tea, coffee, and dessert will be served and your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight. The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort. 

Uluru: Guided Walking Tour at Sunrise with Light Breakfast

7. Uluru: Guided Walking Tour at Sunrise with Light Breakfast

Wake early for this tour of a lifetime! Enjoy a light breakfast and hot tea or coffee as you absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings. Board your coach for the drive to the sacred site of Kuniya Piti and be captivated as your driver shares the Tjukurpa.   Hike around the base of Uluru on the Mala Walk. See some of the sacred sites where Aboriginal communities live and prepare for their ceremonies. Some believe that as you walk through this area, you’ll be surrounded by the spirit of the Mala Tjukurpa – the hare-wallaby people. See the vision of a powerful waterfall in a desert at Kantju Gorge! Continue along the Lungkata Walk and hear the Tjukurpa story of a cheeky Blue Tongue Lizard. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the Indigenous and European history of Uluru. End at Kuniya Piti, where you will get a certificate of your achievement.

Uluru: Morning 45-Minute Camel Ride

8. Uluru: Morning 45-Minute Camel Ride

 After meeting the friendly cameleers, listen to a special safety briefing. You will then be introduced to your friendly camel by name and learn how to get on and off the camel. When it is your time to climb on, the camel experts will guide you through every step of the way. Once you are on your camel's back, you will be guided to the bush track and embark into the spectacular dessert for your 45-minute camel ride. Your skilled cameleer guides will entertain and educate you by telling you stories about the territory. Learn many interesting camel facts from their history in Central Australia to their behaviors, personalities and biology. The guides will be able to answer any questions you have about your camel. Enjoy stunning views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from atop a sand dune. Here, you will have plenty of photo opportunities. You will then return to the farm and may choose to enjoy a drink or purchase various items including bush dukkah and other souvenirs and trinkets to commemorate your time at the camel farm. Enjoy some spare time to take in the surroundings, speak to the staff and say goodbye to your new camel friend. You may also take some time to feed the barnyard animals such as kangaroos, water buffalos, emus, ducks and more.

King's Canyon 15-minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

9. King's Canyon 15-minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

See the incredible Kings Canyon from above on an exciting 15-minute helicopter flight! Keep your camera poised as you swoop low over the Kings Canyon and enjoy startling views of the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Kings Creek and Carmichael Crag in an air-conditioned helicopter. Starting from the resort pad, you will fly through the Watarkka National Park, taking in the front view of the George Gill Range. Your flight follows Kings Creek up into Kings Canyon where you can see the paths for the Kings Creek walk and the Rim walk from above. Enjoy the spectacular view of the 100 metre high cliff walls, the Garden of Eden and the Domes of the Lost City. During the flight, your pilot will point out the incredible scenery along the way.  The return leg of your flight takes you alongside Carmichael's Crag and the Dingo pups for incredible views out over this impressive landscape. The sky will come alive with marvellous colors as you fly over the mix of rugged bushland and red sand desert. Your pilot will return you to Kings Canyon at the end of your flight.

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Day Trip

10. Darwin: Kakadu National Park Day Trip

Enjoy 1.5 hours of spectacular scenic flying, cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and visit the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take part in an experience which varies between wet and dry seasons: 8:30 AM: Check-in at Kakadu Air Terminal 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Kick start the day with a 60-minute scenic flight paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator rivers. 11:30 AM: Visit the Yellow Water Billabong, rich with flora, wildlife and changing landscapes. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at Barra Bar and Bistro. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Transfer to the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take in personal histories, videos and artifacts in a place developed by Aboriginal traditional owners. Browse the gallery gift shop offering traditional didgeridoos, local artwork, and much more. 3:00 PM: Depart Kakadu on a 45-minute ferry flight back to Darwin. 4:00 PM: Farewell in Darwin. DECEMBER – APRIL ITINERARY (WET SEASON) 8:30 AM: Check-in at Kakadu Air Terminal, Darwin 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Kakadu comes to life in the Wet season. Start your morning with 1.5 hours of scenic flying paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator Rivers. Finish off your aerial sightseeing with views over the mighty Jim Jim and Twin Waterfalls. 11:30 AM: Visit the Yellow Water Billabong ,which comes alive in the wet season. Enjoy a place rich with flora, wildlife and changing landscapes. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands as you keep an eye out for crocodiles sunbathing. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch at Barra Bar and Bistro. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Transfer to the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take in personal histories, videos and artifacts in a place developed by Aboriginal traditional owners. Browse the gallery gift shop offering traditional didgeridoos, local artwork, and much more. 3:00 PM: Depart Kakadu on a 45-minute ferry flight back to Darwin. 4:00 PM: Farewell in Darwin.

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The guys that picked me up from the campground were on time, kind and polite. The transport van's were comfortable and safe. The helicopter flight was absolutely amazing. I am so glad i got to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta from an aerial view. It really does give a lot of context when you do the walks around both sites. The pilot was very knowledgeable of the area and of both culture sites. It was a very safe and enjoyable flight. We landed at the airport and got driven back to our pick up accommodations. There isn't room in the helicopter for bags, just need to take phone, wallet and camera on your helicopter flight.

A great day in the air , on the ground and on the water including food and drinks exploring Kakadu Friendly staff at Kakadu Air , helpful and entertaining guide who was also our pilot.

Very informative tour, our guide Meatloaf was a wealth of knowledge. Fantastic scenery and loads of wildlife.

Such a great way to see Uluru This is not a guided ride Don't forget your pass!

excellent experience, Ma is a fantastic guide and Brandon an excellent teacher