Outback Adventures

Discover the Experience

 

Be inspired by Indian Ocean sunsets in Western Australia. Visit the stunning vineyards of the Barossa Valley or spot a crocodile in Kakadu, and you’ll soon realise Australia is a place of limitless discovery and outback adventures.

Browse the range of holiday options across this immense, sun-bronzed land - from city to country and coast to coast, there are quintessential Australian experiences waiting for you.


Western Australia

Western Australia is full of wide open skies, dramatic landscapes, ancient culture, fine wining and dining, outdoor activity and friendly locals. The capital city Perth is situated on the banks of the beautiful Swan River. Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville and Subiaco have buzzing nightlife, or try Cottesloe or Scarborough for a more laid-back surfie vibe.

Things to do in Perth:

  • Catch a free bus which will take you around the CBD where you can visit the Perth Mint, Swan Bells Tower and many more of Perth’s tourist attractions
  • Explore a stretch of over 80 kilometres of pristine white sandy beaches make Perth’s coast ideal for swimming and surfing
  • Take a day trip to Rottnest Island, or Rotto as it’s called locally, featuring some of the finest beaches and bays, as well as unique plant and animal life, including the famous rarity, the quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial
  • Take a day trip to the stunning Margaret River, this chilled out surfie town has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of fine wine, good food and spectacular scenery – just a 3½ hour drive south of Perth

Suggested holiday itinerary in Western Australia:

  • Day 1: Perth - Busselton - Starting in Perth, you have an easy two and a half hour drive along the Kwinana and Forrest Highways. Break the journey at Mandurah for a morning coffee before reaching Bunbury, where you have the opportunity to meet some friendly locals – the dolphins of Koombana Bay. Another 57 kilometres to the south brings you to the seaside town of Busselton and its two-kilometre jetty – a great spot to stretch your legs before continuing on to your accommodation.
  • Day 2: Busselton - Margaret River - The famous Margaret River Wine Region is the only place you can experience world-class vineyards and surf breaks, beautiful caves and some of the planet’s tallest trees, all in the space of just one day.
  • Day 3: Margaret River - This is your day to truly discover what Margaret River has to offer. Some of Australia’s best chefs can be found in Margaret River, producing a feast of top tucker to be had - think exquisite cheeses, jam, condiments, olives, marron (freshwater crayfish) combined with some of Australia’s premium wines.
  • Day 4: Margaret River - Head south along Caves Road to Boranup Karri Forest. Picnic, walk or drive among the majestic karri trees and be dwarfed by these 60-metre giants. Be sure to climb these giants with the Tree Top Walk.
  • Day 5: Margaret River-Perth - As you make your back to Perth, be sure to visit Augusta. There are also many spectacular caves to explore on the journey down to Augusta. Cape Leeuwin is the most south-western point in Australia. Gaze across the waters of the Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean and even spot whales (in season). To head back to Perth, retrace your steps along the coast via Bunbury.
  • Day 6: Perth - Spend the day leisurely exploring Perth. Take a drive to the beaches before dropping off the car.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is an ancient region of untamed wilderness, deserted coastline, wild animals and red desert. It’s iconic Australia, and a mesmerising holiday destination. The Northern Territory is a fascinating amalgam of Australian icons, Aboriginal culture and diverse and spectacular landscapes. The territory’s capital, Darwin, and the tropical north are wild, green places. The desert country is as vast as it is varied and the outback oasis of Alice Springs is your base for a trip to witness the exquisite ever-changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Things to do in the Northern Territory:

  • Visit one of the world’s greatest natural attractions, Uluru (Ayers Rock) representing the physical and spiritual heart of Australia. Located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Enjoy the tropical weather, rich indigenous traditions and national parks of the Top End including Katherine, Kakadu and Arhem Land
  • See the base for the vital Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air in Alice Springs

Suggested holiday itinerary in Northern Territory:

  • Days 1-2: Alice Springs - Hire a car from Alice Springs and spend two nights in Alice Springs exploring the wonders of one of Australia’s most loved outback townships. Whilst in Alice Springs, spend a full day admiring the West MacDonnell Ranges, Hermannsburg, Finke River and Palm Valley on the Palm Valley Safari tour. As you return to Alice Springs marvel at the ever changing colours of the ranges as the sun sets.
  • Days 3-5: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon - Take the car and make your way to Kings Canyon. The following day explore Kings Canyon with a guided three hour tour. As you climb, the views of the Watarrka National Park and the canyon are breathtaking.
  • Days 6-7: Kings Canyon - Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Drive from Kings Canyon to Uluru (Ayers Rock). You can see Uluru in the distnace, from your accommodation. The following morning, rise early and take part in watching nature at its best with the Uluru Sunrise and Base tour. Watch the colours of the sun as its rays transform Ayers Rock, something that you will never forget. In the evening spoil yourself with the Sounds of Silence dinner, sip champagne and enjoy canapés on a secluded sand dune as you watch the sunset and then be seated at your white-clothed dining table, ready for your gourmet barbeque. As dinner comes to an end, with the crackling of the campfire in the background, be captivated by the resident astronomer who will take you on a journey through the stars of the desert sky.

South Australia

South Australia entices visitors with its sweeping coastline, blue waters, beautiful wineries, native wildlife and its majestic outback landscape. Adelaide is home to some of the country’s best festivals including the Fringe festival, while the Adelaide Hills region is famous for it’s gourmet food and wine.

Things to do in South Australia:

  • Just 60 kilometres from the capital, the Barossa Valley brims with vineyards and cellar-door tastings, while Kangaroo Island, with its wealth of wildlife, is a must see
  • Come face to face with a great white shark on a cage dive in the Eyre Peninsula
  • Explore and discover the island, enjoy local produce, dive shipwrecks or just have relaxing break on Kangaroo Island

Suggested holiday itinerary in South Australia:

  • Day 1: Clare Valley - Hire a car and drive north to the Clare Valley. With more than 40 cellar doors the region is known for its Riesling. The appropriately named Riesling Trail connects restaurants, cafes and cellar doors. Perhaps hire a bicycle in Clare or Auburn and cycle part (or all) of the trail. Visit Sevenhill Cellars, which was established by Jesuits in 1851. It’s the oldest winery in Clare Valley and still produces sacramental wines. Stop off at the historic township at Mintaro and enjoy a regional platter at O’Reilly’s and don’t miss nearby Martindale Hall.
  • Day 2: Barossa Valley - Drive the short distance south to the Barossa Valley and stop at Wolf Blass Visitor Centre for a tasting. Head to the township of Nuriootpa where you will find Penfolds, the makers of ‘Grange’. Here, try being a winemaker for the day and ‘Make Your Own Blend’. Visit the Maggie Beer Farm Shop and try some of her products including verjuice, pate and pastes. Other recommended cellar doors include the world famous Jacob’s Creek and Peter Lehmann, or smaller producers such as Charles Melton and Rockfords.
  • Day 3: Adelaide Hills - Head south towards the Adelaide Hills visiting the south eastern part of the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley on the way. Henschke is one of the oldest wine names in the region - five generations have produced wine here. Try their world-renowned Hill of Grace Shiraz. Also stop at Chateau Yalumba, which is Australia’s oldest family owned winery, and produces some newer wine varietals including Viognier and Tempranillo. The Adelaide Hills wine region is known for its cool-climate wines which feature great Sauvignon Blancs.
  • Day 4: Adelaide Hills - Hahndorf is one of the most popular towns in the hills and is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement - still evident in its German bakeries, smallgoods outlets and pubs. Udder Delights Cheese Cellar is a must-try for their handcrafted goat and cow milk cheeses. Visit Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, sample some of the produce (relishes, chutneys and sauces). You can also pick your own strawberries between October and May.
  • Day 5: McLaren Vale - Depart Hahndorf and head towards McLaren Vale. The McLaren Vale region is a boutique wine region 10kms from beautiful beaches and the waters of St Vincent’s Gulf. It’s known for its Mediterranean style climate and Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Chardonnay. Don’t miss Bracegridle’s house of fine chocolate - the hot chocolates are delicious. Visit Medlow Confectionery & Fruchocs showcase to try two South Australian lolly and chocolate icons. Also try award-winning wines, Kalamata olives, extra virgin olive oils, pestos and gourmet food at Llloyd Brothers Wine & Olive Company. Stock up on great produce and wine, before returning to Adelaide