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The outback


Big blue skies and vast red earth; golden sunsets and dazzling night skies.
From Uluru and Alice Springs in the heart of Australia’s iconic Red Centre, to the Kimberley and Kings Canyon, the Flinders Ranges to Far North Queensland; the landscapes and legends of the Australian outback will captivate and inspire.

Stay on iconic outback cattle ranches in the most remote reaches of the great Australian continent or in a luxury tented pavilion in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre.
Ride legendary rail journeys to follow in the footsteps of pioneers and Afghan cameleers, hike the King’s Canyon’s scenic rim at sunrise and circumnavigate the base of Uluru with an expert ranger by your side.
Listen to Aboriginal Dreamtime legends and epic tales of early explorers; spellbinding stories as captivating as the landscapes they’re woven in.
Helicopter over Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
Weir and Escarpment, Mount Mulligan
Soar over ancient landscapes with a scenic heli-flight, sample nutritious native bush tucker foods, learn traditional painting techniques from a local Aboriginal artist and simply enjoy the awe-inspiring luxury of space in the vast Australian outback.
Captivating from sunrise to sunset, and all of the star-studded hours in between, heading to Australia’s outback need not leave life’s luxuries behind.

Some of our favourite outback experiences

Itinerary Inspirations

These itineraries have been designed to inspire you with a small selection of the many unique adventures to be had in this beautiful region. Once you have a feel for the destinations and experiences that best resonate with you, we will tailor every element of your perfect luxury travel itinerary, exclusively for you. 

Out Of The Ordinary Outback

Explore the extraordinary outback in our own backyard

Unfamiliar to most Australians (other than as the backdrop to films such as Mad Max II and Mission Impossible II, A Town Like Alice and Priscilla Queen of the Desert); and all too often overlooked, Broken Hill is the gateway to an extraordinary collection of outback experiences.
Over seven adventure-packed days, travel on red dirt roads and picnic beneath red river gums, noodle for opals in the underground township of White Cliffs and cruise the vast Menindee Lake waterways and wetlands. Watch the sun set over the ‘Walls of China’ in Mungo National Park and dine under the outback stars in Broken Hill. Walk in the footsteps of Australia’s legendary early explorers (Sturt, Burke and Wills) and learn about a history more ancient than any other (with local Aboriginal heritage dating back some 40,000 years). Enjoy insights into life on the land with a stay on a working outback sheep station; and to life underground with a stay at White Cliffs’ Underground Motel. From Wilcannia to White Cliffs, Mungo to Mutawintji, experience an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and meet a colourful collection of outback characters.
  • Inclusions

    6 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Broken Hill Outback Resort, 1 night Mungo Lodge, 1 night Warrawong on the Darling, 1 night The Underground Motel, 1 night Eldee Station). Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 6 dinners. 5 days’ private touring. Outback Astronomy Sky Show Experience. Private return Broken Hill accommodation-airport/train station transfers.

  • Notes

    Travel to / from Broken Hill is NOT included.

Refined & Rugged

Experience South Australia’s Diversity. Barossa Valley, Flinders Ranges And Adelaide.

Explore South Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley wine region with a three-night stay at The Louise. Dine at the luxury lodge’s award-winning restaurant, Appellation, and spend a day touring the region with an expert wine guide to provide you with an insider’s taste of the Barossa. Enjoy introductions and tastings at some of the finest cellar doors and fresh produce finds.
Continue north on the open road to Rawnsley Park Station. From here, explore the fabulous Flinders Ranges with a guided 4WD tour of the region and a 30 minute scenic flight to appreciate the breathtaking scale and beauty of Wilpena Pound. Ancient landscapes steeped in rich geological, indigenous and pioneering history provide a taste of the captivating Australian outback.
On your return to Adelaide, enjoy a stay at the Mayfair Hotel for the opportunity to explore Adelaide’s fabulous restaurants, food markets and roof-top bars.
  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (3 nights The Louise, 3 nights Rawnsley Park Station and 1 night Mayfair Hotel) inclusive of daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner allowance at Appellation Restaurant. Private hosted full day tour of the Barossa Valley including cellar door tastings, Shared full day 4WD tour of the Flinders Ranges, 30 minute shared scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. 4WD rental vehicle including insurance (max cover), unlimited kilometres and GPS.

This is the outback!

Experience the outback in style. Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy and Ayers Rock

Departing from Adelaide, enjoy a taste of the Clare Valley, en route to Arkaba. Set on a private wildlife conservancy, surrounded by the spectacular Flinders Ranges, Arkaba offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the story of the Australian bush; through prehistoric geology, ancient indigenous cultures, a rich pioneering past, diverse wildlife and the chance to get ‘hands-on’ with the property’s conservation programs. During your stay, enjoy a scenic heli-flight over Wilpena Pound to spend a night in a luxury swag under the star-filled outback skies.

Travel by private prop-jet to Coober Pedy to sleep underground in the opal capital of the world. A private tour will take you beneath the earth to discover a labyrinth of underground houses, hotels, churches and shops, visit one of the local opal mines and enjoy a breathtaking outback sunset over the beautiful Breakaways.

Continuing by private plane to Uluru, enjoy three nights at the luxurious Longitude 131. Visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta, learn the art of Aboriginal dot painting during a private class and enjoy a memorable private dining experience on a jaw-dropping dune top during your stay in the Red Centre.

  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (2 nights at Arkaba Homestead, 1 night at private Arkaba Wilderness Camp, 1 night at Desert Cave Hotel, 3 nights at Longitude 131) inclusive of daily breakfast, 7 lunches and 7 dinners per person. Private touring Adelaide-Arkaba via Clare Valley, Private tour of Coober Pedy, Exclusive small group touring at Arkaba and Longitude 131, Private Aboriginal dot painting workshop, Private dune top dinner at Longitude 131. Private prop-jet flights Flinders Ranges-Coober Pedy-Ayers Rock, Private helicopter flight over Arkaba and Wilpena Pound with overnight outback swag experience, Private airport transfers.

  • Note

    Outback Wilderness camp experience at Arkaba is only available Monday -Wednesday from May until October.

Red Centre revealed

Introducing Australia’s spiritual heart with an escorted Red Centre escape: Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru

Begin your Red Centre journey in Alice Springs. Enjoy a half-day guided introduction to the outback town’s highlights and a full-day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges before being transferred to Kings Canyon where your itinerary also includes a privately guided Kings Canyon Rim Walk and an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience to see, smell, touch and taste bush tucker and bush medicine in the engaging company of welcoming local hosts.

Enjoy a guided transfer with scenic stops en route to Ayers Rock. Staying at Sails in the Desert, your time in Australia’s spiritual heart includes private Uluru sunrise and sunset touring as well as guided Kata Tjuta (Olgas) touring and some of the region’s most rewarding short walks.

Alternatively, upgrade your experience to end on a luxurious high with a three-night stay at one of the iconic Luxury Lodges of Australia, Longitude 131, inclusive of selected activities, unique experiences and all meals.
  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights Kings Canyon Resort, 3 nights Sails in the Desert) inclusive of daily breakfast and 4 lunches per person. Alice Springs Meet and Greet with Private half day touring including entrance fees, Private Full Day MacDonnell Ranges Tour with lunch, Private guided transfer Alice Springs-King Canyon with scenic stops, Private guided Kings Canyon Rim Walk, One Hour Shared Aboriginal Experience, Private guided transfer Kings Canyon-Ayers Rock with scenic stops, Private Uluru sunset tour with canapes and sparkling wine, Private Uluru sunrise viewing, Private guided Mutitjulu Waterhole and Mala Walk, Private Guided Walpa Gorge Walk. Private transfer to Ayers Rock Airport.

  • Note

    The Longitude 131 upgrade option includes: daily breakfast, 7 lunches and 3 dinners with selected beverages and shared small-group Uluru and Kata Tjuta touring exclusive to Longitude 131 guests and a Field of Light Experience (in place of the above described private Uluru touring and walks).

Outback to Ocean

An iconic outback self-drive adventure along the Gibb River Road from Kununurra to Broome.

Collect your 4WD rental vehicle in Kununurra and embark on an epic outback driving adventure following the Gibb River Road. Staying in the relaxed comfort of some of Australia’s most far flung wilderness lodges, explore the remote reaches of our breathtaking continent. Travelling through the dramatic outback gorge country, stay at Emma Gorge and Bell Gorge; and visit Windjana Gorge and Geikie Gorge National Parks. Take up the opportunity to visit engaging Aboriginal communities, hike to majestic waterfalls, swim in tranquil waterholes and take a dip in
outback thermal springs. There are also opportunities for birdwatching and barramundi-fishing, horse-riding and guided hikes (additional costs may apply). The spectacular 60-minute scenic flight over the ancient striped domes of the Bungle Bungle and the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park that we have included with your itinerary, is sure to be one of the many highlights of your iconic outback self-drive adventure!

On arrival in Broome, enjoy a relaxing 3-night stay at the Cable Beach Resort and Spa and a stunning flightseeing adventure to visit Cape Leveque and witness the awe-inspiring natural spectacle of Horizontal Falls.

  • Inclusions

    11 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights El Questro Emma Gorge, 1 night Home Valley Station, 2 nights Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, 1 night Fitzroy River Lodge and 3 nights Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa) inclusive of 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners per person. Shared 60-minute scenic helicopter flight of the Bungle Bungles, Small group (shared) scenic seaplane flight to the Horizontal Waterfalls including lunch. 4WD rental vehicle including 800 kms, collision damage waiver and excess reduction.

  • Note

    Due to seasonal closures, this itinerary is available from April through to October.

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