Outback & Northern Territory holiday highlights

Australia’s most famous Outback Town, Alice Springs is many people’s gateway to the Red Centre. Visit local historic landmarks like the old telegraph station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service museum, and take in the views from Anzac Hill and the Alice Springs Desert Park. Slightly further afield are the rugged MacDonnell Ranges where you can take walks to spectacular gorges. Visit on the third Saturday in August and you may encounter the Henley-on-Todd Regatta.

From Alice Springs, it’s around five and a half hours’ drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where you can stay within sight of the great sandstone monolith for the famous sunset and sunrise views. In nearby Kings Canyon, you can get close-up edge views of the steep canyon below and visit the ‘Garden of Eden’.

Then there's Australia's Top End. Darwin is known for its sunsets and markets, and maintains a frontier aura, with the bush clamouring at the city limits. In Nitmiluk National Park, the 13 gorges of the Katherine River are a stunning sight for both day trippers and the resident crocodile.

Outback & Northern Territory key facts

Time difference

GMT +9½ hours

Capital

Darwin

Currency

Australian Dollar

Flying time to destination

Darwin 17¾ hours, Alice Springs 24 hours

Language

English

Passport & visas

All British passport holders require an Electronic Travel Authority Visa (ETA). ETA Visas are processed by Kuoni and electronically linked to your passport.

Outback & Northern Territory good to know

Tipping

If you feel that you have received an excellent service and wish to show appreciation for this then a discretionary tip of 10% may be given.