Off the beaten track in the great outdoors will be the focus of your ten days in Australia. Think of humpback whales, red kangaroos, scenic flights, bizarre birds, and wilderness experiences that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. You will experience marsupials, Southern stars, monoliths, and the escapism that only the Outback can provide. This ten-day vacation will provide you with all of these experiences and more, incorporating Ningaloo, Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, and Uluru...
Ningaloo – A Nighttime Snorkel or Dive
Australia is world famous for the Great Barrier Reef, which is an immense marine chain that is visible from space. However, the reefs have suffered from extensive bleaching and show signs of weariness from over-tourism. The outer reefs are in better shapes, but those that are accessible on half day trips can prove to be a disappointment. The highlight at Ningaloo is that some of the best diving and snorkeling can be done directly from the shore. Many of the points on this 160-mile, West Coast reef system are just meters from secluded beaches. There is a stunning conglomeration of marine life, and the ecosystem remains in excellent shape.
After flying into Exmouth, you will be transferred to Ningaloo. You should note that there are no international flights to Exmouth, so you will need to make a domestic transfer, which typically occurs in Perth. Your lodge is located on a quiet sandy beach with excellent snorkeling and diving that is available directly from the sand. After your arrival, there will be some time to rest and relax before a nighttime marine adventure. This can be a guided snorkeling trip with flashlights, and you are usually floating on a drift above a reef wall. It can also be a short, refreshing dive in the afternoon that is followed by a shallow, nighttime dive.
Ningaloo – Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales
Perth – More Marine Encounters and Overnight in Perth
Flinders Ranges – Scenic Flight Above Wild Red Australia
Flinders Ranges – Red Kangaroos and Gum Creek Lines
Kangaroo Island – Air Taxi to a Wildlife Safari in Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island – Intimate Animal Encounters on a Distinctive Island
Uluru – Sunset at the Monolith and an Evocative Desert Camp
Uluru – Hiking in Kata Tjuta and Another Beautiful Evening beneath Desert Stars
Uluru – Desert and Australia Departure
- Swim with whale sharks and cruise alongside humpback whales in Western Australia
- Experience the red center with two nights at a beautiful desert camp near Uluru
- Escape to the wilderness and explore the Flinders Ranges, where red kangaroos hop around gum tree creeks
- Savor intimate marsupial encounters during a wildlife safari on Kangaroo Island
- Discover Australia’s beauty from the air with scenic charter flights
- Snorkel or dive around Ningaloo Reef, where the marine landscapes are wonderfully pristine and preserved
- Explore the Southern stars with an astronomist guide
- Hike through a canyon at Kata Tjuta and watch the sunset at Uluru
- Lose track of the animal encounters, including rare species such as blue-tongued skinks and bearded dragons
So much of Australia is wilderness. Monoliths shimmer ochre in an epic desert, deserted coastlines are frequented by whales, sharks, and manta rays, and kangaroos hop about ancient creeks and rest in the shade of old gum trees. The stars will shine brightly almost every evening, and there is always a surprise with so much indigenous wildlife that surrounds you. This vacation will take you to Australia’s wildernesses, where you will enjoy intimate encounters with the continent’s rare and wondrous wildlife. It will also connect you to the Earth and provide an evocative escape in some of the world’s vast wildernesses.
East Coast Australia is deliberately missing from the itinerary. Yes, the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space, but those who are in-the-know about Australia tend to have their marine adventures on the West Coast, where the reefs have not been bleached, and open-sea encounters are guaranteed. On Kangaroo Island, you can see more in a smaller space, so it will be an excellent choice when you only have ten days in the country. Uluru is spectacular, and the experience is not just about one rock. Instead, it will concern the raw beauty of an ancient desert, especially how colors change through the day. Finally, the Flinders Ranges will offer an immersion in the Outback’s classic landscapes.
These four destinations will mean a rather action-packed vacation. Still, such wildernesses mean an escapist atmosphere and a vacation that can be very laid-back. You will begin with the marine life around Ningaloo. There is time for at least two scuba dives or snorkels in the day and after dark. On day two, you will go swimming with whale sharks and hopefully experience some acrobatic humpback whales. After Ningaloo, you will spend a night in Perth, which is a very outdoorsy kind of city. Then, on day three, you will fly to Adelaide and continue by private charter to the Flinders Ranges. Stark landscapes and sculpted ranges will make for a sublime two days in nature here with marsupial and dingo encounters that will add to the Aboriginal rock art and stunning hikes.
You will fly by charter to Kangaroo Island, where you can really experience the Outback from the air, especially when the pilot swoops low over the old creeks. Kangaroo Island offers you an intimate wildlife safari, and you can get up close with most of the country’s favorites along with the quirky, strange, and wonderful. It will also be possible to have some marine experiences here should you wish, notably with fur seals. You will end your vacation in Uluru, where you will watch the sunset across the monolith on day eight. While tucked into a remote desert camp, you can experience how this magical desert changes color with Kata Tjuta and the Southern stars being likely to create eternal memories from these final two days.
You should note that this ten-day vacation will be best enjoyed during the Australian winter. Ningaloo Reef is best from June to September, which are months when sightings of the big four marine giants overlap. These are humpback whales, whale sharks, manta rays, and three turtle species. Flinders Range and Uluru are far more pleasant during the winter when it is cooler and more comfortable to explore. Here, summer is one of the world’s hottest and arid, so it is not particularly pleasant. Kangaroo Island is a year-round destination, and it can get relatively cold at night. While the climate is not the best during the winter, by sandwiching the island between two destinations in the Outback, you will not mind a chill in the air.
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$10,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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