Ideas for planning your own holiday
Use our Adelaide to Darwin route as a starting point, then talior-make your holiday by simply adding or removing any locations you want to include or leave out. If you have more time and want to explore further still, there are lots of additional places to see along the way.
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Days 1 -2 Fly from London to Adelaide with Singapore Airlines via Singapore.
Days 3 - 4 Arrive Adelaide and book into your hotel for two nights to get used to the time difference, and to explore Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
Days 5 - 6 Pick up your motorhome and take the ferry across to Kangaroo Island. Explore Seal Bay with ranger guided walks among basking Australian sea lions; Flinders Chase National Park, which includes Remarkable Rocks, Admiral’s Arch: the lighthouses at Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic. Yes, there are also plenty of kangaroos.
Day 7 Travel back to the mainland and the Barossa Valley, which is primarily known for its red wine, in particular Shiraz. Other main grape varieties grown in the region include Riesling, Semillon, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Days 8 - 9 Head up to the mountains and spend the night in the Flinders Ranges National Park. The park’s most characteristic landmark is Wilpena Pound, a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre covering nearly 80 km², containing the range’s highest summit, St Mary Peak (1,170 metres).
Days 10 - 11 A long drive into the Outback to Coober Pedy. The town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called “dugouts”, which are built to resist the scorching daytime heat.
Day 12 Continue through the Outback with the journey to Marla – official population 72, but it does have a campsite.
Days 13 - 14 Travel to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia’s most recognisable natural icon. Standing 348 metres high, the monolith has a great cultural significance for the traditional Aboriginal residents, the Anangu people.
Day 15 Travel to Kings Canyon, part of the Watarrka National Park. The walls of Kings Canyon are over 100 metres high, with Kings Creek at the bottom.
Day 16 Continue north to Alice Springs, a town of 30,000 people on the banks of the usually dry Todd River in Central Australia. This well appointed oasis in the desert is equipped with a wide range of facilities, attractions, tours and accommodation.
Days 17 Head for Tenant Creek where the Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts and Cultural Centre offers visitors an opportunity to learn about aboriginal life, history and the land in the region.
Day 18 Continuing through the Outback, travel to Katherine, on the River Katherine with the Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge nearby.
Days 19 - 20 Travel to Kakadu in Australia’s biggest national park. You’ll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 50,000 years old.
Days 21 - 22 The final destination of this trip is Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory.
Day 23 Fly from Darwin to London with Singapore Airlines via Singapore.
When is the best time to travel?
This trip is possible at any time of the year. Australians tend to travel in the peak
summer months of December and January so prices tend to be higher and campsites are much busier. The Outback can be very hot in the summer months so are probably best avoided. Local spring (October-November) and autumn (March-April) are good times to travel.
Let us personalise your trip and quote for your holiday. Call 0845 601 0905 or 024 7647 5340.
From £2,300 per person in April 2013.
- Return flights from the UK
- two nights in Adelaide hotel
- 19 days motorhome rental
Distance: 2,770 miles