Kao Gu Australia

Explore Arnhemland's ancient culture, Ayers Rock, and the site of Jurassic-era dinosaur tracks.

Country Information

Australia

Eastern Standard Time GMT +10 NSW, ACT, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania

Central Time GMT +9.5 Northern Territory and South Australia

Western Time GMT +8 Western Australia

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Kao Gu Australia New Reality

(Countries Visited)

Australia


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

12 Days


Tour Highlights

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  • Explore the multi-faceted city of Sydney, with its iconic opera house and harbor, its convict past, and sophisticated present
  • Enjoy an exclusive visit via a short helicopter flight to Mt Borradaile to an extremely sensitive and sacred site to see stunning Aboriginal art and the burial sites
  • At Uluru (Ayers Rock), share an authentic experience that will allow you a chance to immerse yourself in the mystery and spirituality of this remarkable desert region
  • Travel deep into the remote and rarely visited Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Lands of central Australia for an unparalleled cultural experience to see the magnificent cave paintings of the Seven Sisters creation story graphically illustrated on the rock walls of the most significant art site in the center
  • Venture back 200 million years as you explore an early Jurassic-era site with more than 300 dinosaur tracks

 

Day 1:  Arrive Sydney, Australia
Arrive in Sydney, where you are welcomed by our representative who takes you by private car to your accommodation.  Sydney, Australia’s oldest and largest settlement, is a cosmopolitan city encircling one of the most spectacular harbors in the world.  The city is instantly recognizable by the unique architecture of the famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Today is at leisure to enjoy optional activities ranging from a climb up Sydney Harbour Bridge, to dinner and a performance at the Opera House, to a visit to an outback working sheep and cattle station by air.  Add world-class shopping, museums and restaurants, and Sydney has something for everyone.  Four Seasons Hotel – Harbour View Room

Day 2:  Sydney
This morning, you meet your private driver/guide for a delightful day discovering Sydney.  Begin your private tour with an insider’s look at Sydney’s best sights, from the historic Rocks area and Botanic Gardens around to the scenic shores, dotted with glamorous homes.  Cross Harbour Bridge and wind your way up the impressive coastline of the Northern Beaches, home to some of Sydney’s best surfers.  Then visit the relatively unknown beauty of Pittwater, an inlet off Broken Bay surrounded by bush and national park that remains as wild and untamed as it has been for generations of Sydney’s Aborigines.  Enjoy a gourmet, two-course lunch with wine and local cuisine in a superb setting within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, on the shores of Broken Bay with spectacular outlooks of the fourth oldest national park in the world.  This gourmet retreat is one of the secrets of Sydney.  After lunch, continue through the park as your guide explains some aspects of Aboriginal culture and the park.  Return to your hotel along some famous surfing beaches.  Four Seasons Hotel – Harbour View Room (L)

Day 3:  Sydney / Rockhampton
This morning, your private car and driver transfer you to the airport for your flight to Rockhampton, where you are greeted by your private car and driver and transferred to your hotel.  Straddling the Tropic of Capricorn and the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton is the nation’s beef capital, and is also home to fine examples of colonial architecture.  Many of the city’s buildings on Quay and surrounding streets were designed by gifted architect J.W. Wilson and are listed by the National Trust.  Today is at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as a history tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, St Aubins Village, Old Glenmore Homestead; a ride on historic Purrey Steam Tram; visits to art galleries,  Pilbeam Theatre, and Dreamtime Cultural Centre, or explore Kershaw Gardens’  rainforest, waterfalls, and scented garden.  The Edge Luxury Apartment Hotel – Double Room

Day 4:  Rockhampton
This morning, set out with your private car and driver for Mt Morgan’s caverns and Jurassic Dinosaur Trackways.  In a far corner of the old gold mine are the famous massive Mt Morgan fireclay caverns.  These were excavated by miners over 100 years ago for the purpose of lining the many mine's furnaces during the smelting process.  The first evidence of dinosaur prints there didn’t come until the 1950s, 30 years after the caverns were abandoned.  Today over 300 prints have been discovered and quite strangely enough located in the cavern's ceiling.  They date back 200 million years ago from the early Jurassic age.  They are some of the best dinosaur tracks in Australia.  Return to Rockhampton for lunch.  This afternoon travel to Capricorn Caves for a two-hour tour of an ancient landscape that reveals the evolution of the earth with marine fossils from the Devonian era corals and mega fauna bone deposits in the Queensland Museums paleontology dig site.  Past climate change is documented in the survival of rare flora and fauna.  Walk along undeveloped pathways and explore the cave by torch light.  Return to Rockhampton by private car in the late afternoon.  The Edge Luxury Apartment Hotel – Double Room

Day 5:  Rockhampton / Darwin / Arnhemland
Today you fly to Darwin.  Upon arrival, you are met by your private car and driver and transferred to the General Aviation Terminal for your onward private charter to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Camp at Mt Borradaile in an exclusive pristine wilderness in northwest Arnhemland.  Much of this property is sacred lands to the original Aboriginal people.  The camp has permission from the land owners to take guests through these sacred areas, a unique opportunity in Australia.  The camp is equipped with airy, twin-share tents, with toilets and showers nearby.  There is a large communal dining and lounge area.  The outdoor deck around the pool is a fine place to relax.  Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris Camp at Mt Borodaille (D)

Day 6:  Arnhemland
Today you are free to explore the area.  Within a half-hour drive from the camp, you can see stunning rock art that spans thousands of years; take a boat trip through the channels and floodplain to see some of the 275 bird species here; walk up one of the many escarpments to find spectacular stone arrangements and art filled occupation sites and explore the rainforest areas and discover a completely different ecosystem with a distinct array of plants and animals.  Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris Camp at Mt Borodaille (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Arnhemland
During your stay at Davidson’s Safari Camp, you have the opportunity to visit an area that only Max Davidson, the camp’s owner and renowned local expert, has seen and has permission to visit.  A short helicopter flight takes you to the site.  On arrival, the senior traditional owner of Mt Borradaile will be present as this is an extremely sensitive and sacred site.  Both the art and the burial sites in this location are stunning.  At the end of your exclusive visit, return to the camp by helicopter.  Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris Camp at Mt Borodaille (B,L,D)

Day 8:  Arnhemland / Darwin
Today, fly back to Darwin, where you are met by your private car and driver and transferred to your accommodation.  Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to spectacular UNESCO World Heritage areas including Kakadu National Park.  Once a remote outpost, Darwin is a thriving modern capital city.  Its history includes three cyclones, with the worst being Cyclone Tracy in 1974, which destroyed most of the town.  Darwin was rebuilt and now houses a number of galleries and museums, including many Aboriginal collections.  Aboriginal culture is very much etched into the community.  Today is at leisure.  Some of the optional activities available include a half-day city tour, discover the unique Indo-Pacific Marine on Darwin’s waterfront, visit fascinating Crocodylus Park, shop at one of Darwin’s many markets, or spend a day in the Tiwi Islands learning about the life, art and craft skills of the Tiwi people.  Mantra Pandanas – Water View Room (B)

Day 9:  Darwin / Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Fly to Ayers Rock, one of the iconic symbols of Australia.
You are greeted and escorted to your lodge, Longitude 131°.  Australia’s world famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) is 3.6km long and towers to 348 meters high from the surrounding red desert.  This is an area of deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal people who gave the name Uluru to the rock and to the National Park, which surrounds it.  Yulara is the village that services the area and contains hotels, visitors’ center and a variety of shops.  As a guest at Longitude 131°, you share unique experiences with only a few others.  Your time here has been developed with the aim of sharing an authentic experience that will allow you a chance to immerse yourself in the mystery and spirituality of this remarkable desert region.  Note:  During your stay at Longitude 131°, touring options specified are available, but do not always operate daily and the resort will confirm your program on arrival.  Longitude 131° (D)

Day 10:  Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Enjoy your touring program included in your Longitude 131° experience.  Tours exploring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park include the spectacle of sunset at the rock as it changes colors with the setting sun; the dramatic Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and Walpa Gorge; Uluru Cultural Centre; dinner under the magnificent southern skies; Mulgara Gallery and township;  and a walk with an Aboriginal guide around Kuniya and Liru.  Longitude 131° (B,L,D)

Day 11:  Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cave Hill
Travel deep into the remote and rarely visited Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Lands of central Australia for an unparalleled cultural experience.  Anangu hosts will guide you to the magnificent cave paintings of the Seven Sisters creation story graphically illustrated on the rock walls of the most significant art site in the center.  Learn about Tjukurpa (dreaming and Dreamtime) and the Songlines relevant to Anangu life in the desert.  Your tour today includes a scenic helicopter flight either en route to Cave Hill or on the return flight to Uluru.  Return helicopter flights can be arranged at additional cost.  Longitude 131° (B,L,D)

Day 12:  Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Depart
This morning, you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.  (B)

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