Head to the heart

Travel to the outback with CT Travel.

Head to the very heart of our great country on an 18-day tour that begins with a flight to Adelaide

on 1 June, and cover the miles through the Red Centre to Darwin.

“It’s a journey that will feed your soul and stir your spirit,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel.

“This is a chance to explore the Red Centre and majestic landscapes of the Top End, covering the vast

distances and seemingly endless horizons in the comfort of our luxury air-conditioned coach”

Think the world’s largest land-based testing site for long-range missiles and rockets at Woomera and

the labyrinth of underground houses, hotels and shops at Coober Pedy.

Cross the border to the Northern Territory and travel through a spinifex and desert oak landscape.

See Mt Connor, a sandstone mesa, that’s often confused with Uluru en route to Yulara, gateway to

our famous 348-metre monolith and the Kata Tjuta National Park.

There’s spectacular viewing as the colours of the rock change while the sun goes down. Return in the

morning when a guide explains Uluru’s spiritual significance.

Walk into the Mount Olga Gorge and experience the Sounds of Silence, sipping a wine and nibbling

canapes in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. A bush tucker inspired buffet is followed by a resident

star talker decoding the night sky.

At Alice Springs, see panoramic views from Anzac Hill, and visit the School of the Air, the Royal Flying

Doctor Service’s base and the Old Telegraph Station 

From Alice, see the soaring cliffs at Simpsons Gap, towering walls at Standley Chasm, watch

performances at the Araluen Cultural Precinct and enjoy the Earth Sanctuary, a dinner show venue

overlooking the East MacDonnell Ranges. 

Visit the Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles, a collection of massive granite boulders, historic Tennant Creek

and stay at the famous Daly Waters pub while discovering the country made famous in Aeneas

Gunn’s novel, We of the Never Never.

Take a sunset cruise of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and enter the spiritual world of the Jawoyn

culture against the backdrop of sandstone walls and breathtaking scenery.

The Kakadu Highway leads to the Top End’s most important asset, the World Heritage-listed Kakadu

National Park,

After seeing crocodiles leaping from the Adelaide River, head to Darwin to learn about the bombings

that brought World War II to Australian shores, visit Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and join the Spirit

of Darwin for dinner on the harbour.

Litchfield National Park has magnetic anthills and cascading Florence Falls. A ferry ride to the Tiwi

Islands takes two hours where a local guide leads a journey through the progressive Aboriginal

community of Wurrumiyanga.

The tour wraps up with a flight home from Darwin.

And if you can’t wait to get going, try a short four-day escape

Stay at the Crowne Plaza Resort at Broadbeach while exploring the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers,

including Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Nimbin and Mount Tamborine. Cruise the Tweed River, for

lunch and see the Australian Outback Spectacular – Departing 27 April.

Or from 11 May, catch the autumn colours of the Southern Downs, Granite Belt and New England.

From Stanthorpe’s cider, cheese, “Big Apple” and wineries to the historic Tenterfield Saddler and the

home of Dad and Dave at Nobby, there is plenty to learn about our neighbours.

Full itineraries plus a list of other upcoming tours are available on the CT Travel website.

Visit cttravel.com.au or call 5391 1648.

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