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15 days Opals & Outback

From Adelaide to Darwin, Topdeck's 15 day Opals & Outback tour reveals the gems hidden in Australia's heart. From the opal mines of Coober Pedy to stunning scenery in Kakadu, majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the gorgeous Flinders Ranges, the landscapes of South Australia and the Northern Territory will blow you away. Travel from south to north through the 'Red Centre' on this unforgettable Aussie road trip from Topdeck.

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Day 1: Adelaide to Parachilna
There's more wineries around here than flies on a sheep's... but today we're taking you to the oldest in the Clare Valley for a taste test; a wine drinker's dream. On the way, we stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall-there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. (D)

Day 2: Parachilna to Quorn
Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in its toy cupboard today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound-a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station-an abandoned sheep and cattle farm. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Quorn to Coober Pedy
After a #saltlakeselfie stop, we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. Then: time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild. (B, D)

Day 4: Coober Pedy to Alice Springs
It's time to cross the Mad Max landscape of the Moon Plain, but don't worry; we won't make you fight to the death. Then, check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. That resort pool is just what the doctor ordered. (B)

Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running with a visit to a camel farm and then onto Yulara. It's off to Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own grub. Welcome to the outback, mate. (B, D)

Day 6: Uluru
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise sesh back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Do your best Attenborough narration as you keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. (B)

Day 7: Uluru to Kings Canyon
Get ready for some sole searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. (B, D)

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Day 8: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: rad). (B, L)

Day 9: Alice Springs
Get to know Alice with a free day, smack bang in the epicentre of Australia. Jump into the joey nursery at Kangaroo Dundee's place (aka the man who should win 'mother' of the century for hand-rearing orphaned joeys) and hold a baby kangaroo while you're there. Travel through time with a historic look into the amazing services of the Royal Flying Doctors or get lost in the mystery of the Australian outback at Desert Park Gardens. Art galleries, souvenir shops and all of the supplies for your next adventures are all here in Alice. (B)

Day 10: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Dust off the red Alice Springs dust... actually, never mind. You'd better get used to that for another couple of days at least. Technophiles beware! Think your old Nokia was out-dated? Wait till you see the Overland Telegraph line at the Barrow Creek Hotel! Text mum to let her know you're heading off in Morse code like they did back when this place was a Telegraph Station. To round off the afternoon, we've got some pretty epic granite boulders for you at the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). (B, D)

Day 11: Tennant Creek to Katherine
Taking this trip is thirsty work, and you'll soon be able to re-hydrate with an ice-cold beer at one of 'Straya's best-known watering holes, the Daly Waters Pub. Located 'in the middle of somewhere', this place was the site of Australia's first international airport back when flights to London took eight days. Strewth. Later, drift off into the Dreamtime in the steamy thermal springs of Mataranka in the heart of the Never Never. Never never thought you'd find this in the outback, hey? When you're done, take in a game of lawn bowls at the local Country Club and enjoy a good ol' fashioned BBQ with the locals. (B, D)

Day 12: Katherine
You've got a front row seat for the wicked wildlife and scenery while canoeing along the Katherine River - the Gorge is yours to explore. But if you'd rather not be up the creek with a paddle, take your trip next level by upgrading to a three-gorge cruise and venture even further into the wilderness. We'll spend the afternoon absorbing the majestic Edith Falls - #nofilter necessary. (B)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Canoeing replaced with Katherine Gorge Boat Cruise.

Day 13: Katherine to Kakadu
The only thing more terrifying than the plastic clog variety are the crocs that can be found in Kakadu. Luckily, the areas we're heading to today are saltwater crocodile free. If this place looks familiar, you've probably seen Crocodile Dundee one too many times. Still too freaked out to swim? Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view over the escarpment that marks the borderline of Arnhem Land. (B, D)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Waterfalls replaced with other Kakadu site depending on road and weather conditions.

Day 14: Kakadu
At half the size of Switzerland, there's a lot of Kakadu to see. Get ready to rock early, because we're rolling deep into the park to check out some Aboriginal Rock Art sites and cruise the East Alligator River to see how many crocs we can snap. We've also got special permission to enter Arnhem Land for a lesson in traditional Aboriginal hunting methods and a cruise down the river. Hope you've got good aim because that's how we're catching lunch today. Kidding, you'll have to buy your grub. Climb to the top of Ubirr Rock Crocodile Dundee style and take in the fiery sunset. (B)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Today's stops visited on previous day and today's itinerary going straight to Litchfield National Park. Overnight: Batchelor Motel, Litchfield.

Day 15: Kakadu to Darwin
Seen one waterfall, seen 'em all? Well no, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that way by now. Our trip ends at - you guessed it - the refreshing waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Switch off and towel off for one last swim. Go on, you deserve it-you've got outback in your soul for good now. (B, L)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Start at Batchelor Motel and spending more time in Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.


15 days Opals & Outback from £1545
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Accommodation
14 nights accommodation including:
12 nights in hoels, lodges and cabins
1 nights in a swag
1 night underground

Meals
25 meals including 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Bucket List Inclusions
Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
Stay underground in Coober Pedy
Visit a kangaroo orphanage
'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
Guided hike of Kings Canyon
East Alligator River Cruise in Kakadu
Aboriginal guide and entry into Arnhemland
Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
Experience the remote setting of Parachilna and the famous outback BBQ

Options
Local activities and excusions
Pre/Post night accommodation
Reverse direction - Darwin to Adelaide

Group size
Average 15, maximum 24

Transport
Modern air-conditioned vehicles

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Why Book with Oz Adventure

With Oz Adventures you can enjoy the type of holiday you are looking for - with the help of our Free Planning Service.

Mix and match any of our hostels, hotels and touring options to create your complete Australia adventure.
All our consultants have travelled downunder and their expert advice will make your adventure special.
Fully protected - We are ABTA & ATOL
bonded and part of Freedom Australia.
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Topdeck Travel designs epic trips for 18 – 30 somethings. Started by friends in 1973 who shared a passion for adventure, Topdeck Travel has a long history of delivering authentic and fun group travel.

Today, Topdeck Travel continues to seek out and explore the hottest new travel destinations. Topdeck's trip programme spans Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East & North Africa and Africa.

Topdeckers from around the world enjoy a travel experience steeped in history, which retains the company's original sense of adventure combined with authenticity, friendship and great stories to share.

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Each Topdeck trip is designed with you in mind! Our 40 years of experience and thousands of satisfied travellers will help us to deliver your holiday of a lifetime.

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Your age, 18 to 30-something. Your mind-set. And your new 'instant' circle of friends from all over who will share loads of amazing experiences with you.

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Our staff are as enthusiastic about travel as you are! They know their stuff, they are highly motivated and they'll make sure you have the best trip possible.

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Each individual traveller has different interests and ideas on how to spend their own time. We give you as much free time as possible to explore at your own pace.

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Whether it's our professional Trip Leaders in Europe, talented Drivers in Australia or expert local guides in Egypt, we'll share our inside knowledge, tips and local specialities with you. Fact!

Lots more included
Accommodation, transport, food, guided tours and 'Totally Topdeck' experiences as clearly displayed on our itinerary pages. In other words – heaps you don't need to budget for.

expert sales consultant

Why Book with Oz Adventure

With Oz Adventures you can enjoy the type of holiday you are looking for - with the help of our Free Planning Service.

Mix and match any of our hostels, hotels and touring options to create your complete Australia adventure.
All our consultants have travelled downunder and their expert advice will make your adventure special.
Fully protected - We are ABTA & ATOL
bonded and part of Freedom Australia.
For expert help & advice call
0333 234 3941
or enquire online
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