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Back Track Adventures have been exploring the far reaches and searching for the most interesting off-the-beaten-track experiences across the globe for over 35 years.
Thanks to current circumstances, we’ve now turned our gaze homeward and have uncovered some true and unexpected Australian gems, and have collated them together in this once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable exploration of our great nation.
This itinerary offers the best of Australian culture, including exploring UNESCO Heritage Listed Rock Art, attending an Indigenous Dance Festival, visiting the iconic Birdsville Pub and our exclusive, private access to the Ernabella Arts Community in far-north South Australia.
We also take in the best of the natural environment. Visit the northernmost point of Australia at Cape York, swim with turtles on Bremer Island, spot birds and other wildlife on safari in Kakadu and seek out near-extinct wallabies on Kangaroo Island.
Along the way, you’ll stay in some of the most exclusive and remote eco lodges, villas and camps Australia has to offer, and travel on a private plane from destination to destination. Take a trip through our backyard in style, uncovering hidden gems and unique experiences most Aussies will never see.
The itinerary is outlined below.
Arrive in Laura, Transfer to Jarramali CampDepart Brisbane travelling in exclusive style on-board a Beechcraft King Air private charter flight to Laura, the centre for the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in the world. Enroute there will be a refuelling stop in Mackay; total flying time 4 hours, 30 minutes. Upon arrival, you will be met by your indigenous guide and transferred 1.5 hours to the Jarramali Camp. On arrival at the Jarramali Camp, you will be taken to your respective accommodation, comfortable tents with stretchers, and mattresses. Put your feet up and enjoy the sunset or explore the sandstone escarpment and views whilst your dinner is being prepared. Enjoy tea & coffee (alcoholic drinks not supplied but can BYO, not a dry community) by the warmth of the campfire, offsetting the cool nights experienced at this time of year. (D)
Jarramali Camp & Quinkan Rock ArtAfter breakfast, the real rock stars will be seen. Laura is the only place in the world where you can see the world famous Quinkan Rock Art, regarded by UNESCO as one of the 10 most significant bodies of rock art in the world. Out of the 10,000 Quinkan Rock sites near Laura, you will be taken to a pristine and culturally significant rock art site called ‘Magnificent Gallery’ that archaeologists predict is a 20,000-year-old outback museum. This ancient gallery is outstanding for its variety, quantity and quality, and is home to over 450 pieces of art. Your knowledgeable Kuku-yalanji guide will lead you through the gallery and interpret the art for you. After a refreshing lunch, drive to another section of sandstone escarpment where you will visit another rock art site called Rainbow Serpent Gallery, only recently discovered. After dinner, enjoy star-gazing and stories of how the Kuku-yalanji people viewed the night sky. (B, L, D)
Laura Dance FestivalDepart Jarramali Camp for the closing ceremony of the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - a celebration of Aboriginal culture in Cape York. The Festival is a biennial event celebrating and showcasing the culture of the Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula through song, dance ceremony and performance. People from about 20 different communities located across the Cape will meet at the festival grounds in Laura, the site of a very old, traditional Bora ground. At this respected and sacred site, gain an insight into the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture. Your indigenous guide will host you through the Laura Dance Festival where seating will be arranged to witness this amazing festival. Enjoy a true Cape York-style lunch as you sample local delights from the many food stalls. No alcohol permitted at this event. After witnessing traditional dancing from Cape York, you will be transferred to the Laura airstrip for your short flight to Cooktown; flying time 12 minutes. (B, L, D)
Fly over Cape York to the TipAfter breakfast, fly by private aircraft from Cooktown to Bamaga; a flying time 1 hour, 24 minutes. This Scenic Flight is low level, covering approx. 1100 kms of remote and spectacular reefs, rainforests and outback. Your Cape York private day tour is designed to show you the highlights of Cape York, both from the air and by 4WD. The 4WD section of the tour starts with a visit to the Tip of Cape York - you finally made it! You are now standing on the northernmost tip of the continent. Later, drive to historical Somerset beach and visit the original Jardine homestead site. Walk along Somerset beach, overlooking Albany pass (the old shipping passage) across to Albany Island, discovering the Jardine family and pearl divers gravesites. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the beach. Your day will conclude with a visit to WW2 plane wrecks and a drive through the Torres Strait Islander towns of Bamaga and Seisia. Re-board your aircraft for your flight to Gove, followed by a 10-minute scenic flight to Bremer Island (and your accommodation, Banubanu Beach Retreat) in a smaller aircraft. (B, L, D)
Relax on Bremer IslandToday is at leisure to enjoy the total experience and bliss of the remote solitude, clear skies, swimming, beachcombing and the bright starry night around the campfire. Spend the day doing one of the optional activities on offer, including fishing & crabbing tours with the traditional land owners, deep-sea fishing, bird watching, conservation activities, hiking or turtle watching (additional costs may apply). (B, L, D)
Arrive in Kakadu National ParkAfter breakfast, take a short flight back to Gove, then from Gove to Swim Creek; a flying time of 1 hour, 18 minutes. On arrival, you will be met by a Bamurru Plains representative and transferred 20-minutes to your luxurious accommodation at Bamurru Plains. The focus of your stay at Bamurru is in the environment around you and the wildlife and birdlife for whom it is home. The individual tent-style safari suites are designed to blend with the surrounding bush and as such expose guests to the sights and sounds of the bush around you. (B, D)
Explore Bamurru PlainsToday is at leisure to participate in the wilderness experiences at the Lodge. Across the 300 square kilometre property, there are four distinct habitats - floodplains, melaleuca forests, savannah woodlands and riverine. Take some time today to explore a few of these in a variety of activities and develop a real appreciation for the diversity of Kakadu National Park. (B, L, D)
Explore Kakadu National ParkToday depart on a full day tour to Kakadu National Park. Commence with a scenic flight to Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu where a field guide and custom built vehicle will be waiting to explore the park’s escarpment landscapes and ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Join a cruise on the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide by your side revealing local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals and bush survival skills before returning overland, with a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre, in time for sundowner drinks, canapes and the comfort of your safari lodge as the sun sets over Bamurru Plains. (B, L, D)
Arrive UluruFly Swim Creek to Tennant Creek for refuelling, then continue onto Uluru; a flying time of 3 hours, 48 minutes. Arrive at Longitude 131° to a warm signature welcome. Settle into the relaxed luxury of the surrounds and savour the magnificent views from your balcony as the light shifts and changes over Uluru. Observe the sights and sounds of the desert along one of the circular walking tracks or simply relax in tent, on the balcony or by the swimming pool with a refreshing beverage at arm’s reach. Later, capture the changing lights reflected over Uluru’s many faces as the sun slips down below the horizon, chilled glass and canape in hand. Experience Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed art phenomenon, Field of Light. Created from 50,000 bud-like stems and crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres, the installation blooms and appears to sway as darkness descends over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Feast on four delicious courses complemented with the finest Australian wines. Later, Longitude’s resident astronomer regales the gathering with tales of the Southerly constellations. (B, L, D)
Explore Kata Tjuta-Uluru National ParkAfter a leisurely breakfast, explore the impressive formation of Kata Tjuta, the walls of Walpa Gorge rising obliquely on each side and discover how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created today’s landscape. Pause for a long-distance perspective and photo opportunity before a visit to the Cultural Centre where informative and interactive displays provide insight into the spiritual and cultural meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon, join the lodge guide for a gentle walk along a portion of Uluru’s base and learn about the history of the Mala people, viewing cave paintings and other relevant sites important to both Anangu and the early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the rocks walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Revel in the silence with sunset drinks and canapes. (B, L, D)
Visit Ernabella Arts CommunityAfter breakfast, you’ll fly into the Ernabella Arts Community. Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is the oldest, continuously running Indigenous arts centre in Australia. Today its varied group of artists is a mix of young and old, men and women who continue to evolve the centre from its first incarnation as a craft room, into a culturally strong contemporary art centre producing works in a variety of mediums drawing world-wide acclaim. By special arrangement, we have arranged for you to visit the closed community to meet the artists and gain insight into the ancient techniques and stories which form the basis of their artworks and understand the indigenous symbols used by the artists to depict their Tjukurpa (sacred stories of country and law), providing inspiration to create your very own ceramic tile. Before heading back to Longitude 131, peruse the gallery and perhaps find a unique take home momento. (B, L, D)
Lunch at Birdsville Pub, Arrive Flinders RangesRise early and discover Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as the sun lights up the ancient monolith, or have a lie-in. Return to Longitude 131 for breakfast in the Dune House. Take stock of the journey and capture some last images, before transferring to the Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight to the outback town of Birdsville. Enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s most iconic pubs – the Birdsville Hotel; a flying time of 2 hours, 6 minutes. After lunch, experience a spectacular journey over Lake Eyre enroute to Leigh Creek for refuelling, then continue onto Rawnsley Park Station. Prior to landing, your pilot will dip down for a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Wilpena Pound. Total flying time 1 hour, 36 minutes. Enjoy a drive to Wilpena Pound for a short walk followed by watching a stunning Flinders Ranges sunset as you sip on local wine and enjoy delicious canapés. This evening a 3-course dinner at the Woolshed restaurant is included. (B, L, D)
Explore Ikara Flinders Ranges National ParkAfter a leisurely breakfast in your villa, head out by 4WD to discover more of the spectacular scenery, wildlife and geological attractions of the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park. Admire the rugged rock formations of Bunyeroo Gorge and keep an eye out for the elusive yellow-footed rock wallaby at Brachina Gorge. Brachina Gorge also provides a window through 130 million years of the earth’s history and offers insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early life forms. Sit down to a lunch of the Prairie Hotel’s famous ‘Flinders Feral’ food which focuses on local produce and bush tucker. Emu, kangaroo, quandong anyone? After lunch travel to the old copper mining town of Blinman before returning to Rawnsley Park. Spend the afternoon at your leisure in your eco-villa with the amazing views. Enjoy a 3-course dinner tonight at the Woolshed Restaurant. (B, L, D)
Travel to Kangaroo IslandFly from Rawnsley Park Station to Kangaroo Island; a flying time of 1 hour, 6 minutes. Travel to Seal Bay Conservation Park and take a private tour with your guide among Australian Sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Break for lunch at a private bush camp and enjoy a delicious meal featuring local produce. Look for small wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo endemic to Kangaroo Island and a variety of other birds, plants and animals on a guided bushwalk. Visit Kangaroo Island Spirits, the home of South Australia’s first boutique distillery to sample the range of high-quality liqueurs and spirits that reflect local and native ingredients. This evening feast on a three-course dinner using fresh local produce prepared by a private chef with premium Kangaroo Island and South Australian wines. (B, L, D)
Explore Kangaroo IslandBegin the day on the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. Check out wildlife surveys targeting tiny endangered mammals and get an introduction to the bush, so the fire ecology experienced later in the day has context. After an elegant picnic lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive shapes of Remarkable Rocks, a natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean. Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of Long-nosed fur seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves. This evening enjoy a three course dinner using fresh local produce prepared by a private chef with premium Kangaroo Island and South Australian wines. (B, L, D)
Depart Kangaroo IslandThis morning after breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to the Kingscote Airport for your flight to Adelaide; a flying time of 18 minutes, where you are free to continue to discover South Australia or head home. (B)
- Travel in a luxurious King Air private aircraft from Brisbane to Adelaide.
- Back Track Adventures leader throughout.
- All accommodation as detailed on a Double share basis with private facilities.
- Meals & beverages as specified on the itinerary (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners).
- Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle complete with bottled water.
- Services of a driver/guide and/or representative for sightseeing where specified.
- Any flights and/or airport taxes not mentioned in inclusions
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- We strongly recommend travel /cancellation insurance.
- Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax, or telephone charges and transfers/sightseeing or meals not included in inclusions.
- Excess baggage charges.
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