Northern Territory Accommodation

Settle in for an Uluru sunset

Is there a more iconic vision of the Northern Territory than the sun setting on majestic Uluru? This massive natural monolith is perhaps the territory's most famous attraction and the ancient rock formation – which is also known as Ayers Rock and is located around 450 kilometres from Alice Springs – attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Visitors to Uluru are required to stay just outside the perimeter of the national park in the nearby service town of Yulara. Campsites are available, however the Yulara township is predominantly home to some of the most remote hotel accommodation in Australia.

Sleep out under the stars

At more than a million square kilometres in size, there's no shortage of open space in which to pitch a tent and sleep out under the stars. Camping is one of the most popular forms of Northern Territory accommodation and official campsites are dotted throughout this expansive region.

Campsite choices can be divided by region given the Northern Territory's vast expanse, with many visitors flocking to the picturesque Litchfield National Park and the tropical Kakudu National Park in the north of the territory. The Nitmiluk National Park further south is equally popular with visitors eager to explore the spectacular Katherine Gorge.

Dust yourself down in Darwin

The Northern Territory's cosmopolitan capital Darwin is one of the best places to dust yourself clean from the surrounds of the arid outback. This eclectic city boasts a wide range of accommodation and a distinctly Asian flavour, with Darwin undoubtedly one of Australia's most diverse cities.

Most visitors try to beat the tropical heat in Darwin with a stay in one of the city's numerous upscale hotels. The Hilton Darwin boasts a prime location in the heart of the city, while Mantra on the Esplanade offers unparallelled views out over the Arafura Sea.

Hotel PLUS

Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock + Tour

Ayers Rock

Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge Looking for traditional Aussie hospitality? You'll find it at the Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge - with your choice of 3.5* hotel or 2* lodge accommodation, from comfortable, affordable hotel rooms and budget rooms to dormitories. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer at the do- it- yourself Outback BBQ. Swap stories of your days adventures, or sing along with the nightly entertainment. Combined with all the amenities of the resort, the Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge is ideal for couples and families alike who want to do all that Ayers Rock (Uluru) has to offer. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days will be action packed. Ride a camel across the dunes, hop on a Harley, or embark on a base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock) Uluru Sunset Tour Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine as the sun sinks over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is famous. Don't forget your camera It is recommended that you photograph Uluru every 5 minutes to really capture the gradual colours changes of the rock. Occasionally, when it rains, you may be lucky enough to see the spectacular sight of water cascading over the sides of Uluru. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 June - 31 October 2015

3 nights
FROM $445*
3 nights FROM $445*

Kings Canyon Resort + Tours

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Resort Kings Canyon Resort is located in a loop off the main highway running between Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Alice Springs. The sensitively designed resort is just 7 kilometres from Watarrka National Park, the home of the magical sandstone formation of Kings Canyon. It is the perfect oasis from which to explore the natural wonders of Kings Canyon. Pass through the eerie formations of weathered rock known as "The Lost City." As you ascend from this sunken paradise, night begins to fall. The sun stretches out across the vast wilderness, setting the sky ablaze with colour. While great lengths have been taken to ensure that this resort has minimal impact on its surroundings, a deluxe spa room, a standard room, a budget lodge room or intimacy of a campsite, all offer you sanctuary from the rugged desert night. The award- winning "Sounds of Firelight" dinner featuring four delicious courses and flawless service, set against a backdrop of a star-speckled sky, ends a perfect day. Kings Canyon Scenic Climb Your Guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep places. It is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide. Return to Kings Canyon Resort. Under a Desert Moon Imagine the romance of a table for 2 in a wilderness setting under a canopy of the Southern Night sky. The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire. The only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapes followed by a 4 course dinner. Under a Desert Moon is exclusive to Kings Canyon. It is a unique outback dining experience with a menu focusing on the fresh local produce of Australia. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 July - 31 October 2015

2 nights
FROM $479*
2 nights FROM $479*

SKYCITY Darwin, Northern Territory + Crocosaurus Cove & Kakadu

Darwin

SKYCITY Darwin Skycity is Darwin's only 5 star beachfront resort. Set on 18 acres of lush tropical gardens with direct access to Mindil Beach and the sunset markets. Also walking distance to Cullen Bay and the CBD. All rooms & suites enjoy their own balcony or terrace area with sea views available. Complimentary features include valet parking, guest laundry, putting green, tennis, golf green fees at golf course adjacent, fitness centre, sauna, spa, scheduled transfers to the CBD 4 times daily, outdoor lagoon style swimming pool with infinity edge, wireless internet connection around the pool and direct beach access. - The bedrooms have a natural tropical feel. Timber Venetian blinds and warm earthy tones compliment the beautiful marble bathrooms and stunning views over the beachfront and gardens. The hotel is renowned for its casino. With 3 award-winning restaurants and five bars, this hotel is a complete resort in itself, providing everything for the perfect relaxing stay, and has been recognised as such with several awards including the NT Brolga Awards for accommodation in 2005/06 and the AHA 2007 award for Best Overall Hotel. Crocosaurus Cove - General Admission. 10am - Meet the Reptiles 11am - Barramundi feeding 11:30am - Big croc feeding and fishing for crocs platform 12:30am - Reptile feeding 1:30pm - Turtle presentation 2:30pm - Big croc feeding and fishing for crocs platform 3:30pm - Surface fish feeding 4pm - Fishing for crocs platform 4:30pm - Meet the reptiles 5pm - Nocturnal reptile feeding Kakadu National Park Explorer. Kakadu National Park is a timeless place - a landscape of exceptional beauty and diversity. Mangrove fringed coastal areas blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats. Teeming with wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air, there are many species which provide a diversity and concentration seen nowhere else. The land takes on different forms and different colours with the passing of each season. Travel across Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains and deep into Kakadu National Park. Stop at Nourlangie Rock, where you're Guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch we join our local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu, before returning to Darwin. There is the opportunity for an optional 50 minute scenic flight at own expense.View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 2 June, 12 August - 31 October 2015

3 nights
FROM $765*
3 nights FROM $765*

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge + Tours

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge Enhance your touring experience in Central Australia by staying at APT's Exclusive Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge located exclusively on Kings Creek Station set among the Desert Oak trees. Our 10 luxury tented cabins with full private en suite facilities offer the greatest of comfort in the Outback, with a perfect opportunity to absorb the natural landscapes. Gourmet Australian cuisine is served around the campfire under the stars of the southern sky. Sample such delicacies as camel, kangaroo and barramundi. After dinner enjoy the serenity of this exclusive Outback setting, explore the night sky with our on site telescope. 3 Course Dinner & Full Breakfast included. Kings Canyon Scenic Climb Your Guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep places. It is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide. Return to Kings Canyon Resort. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 June 2015 - 31 March 2016

2 nights
FROM $789*
2 nights FROM $789*

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock + Tours

Ayers Rock

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel A comfortable 4.5 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Garden Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort and touring facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to Deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days will be more action-packed. Ride a camel across the desert dunes, hop on a Harley, or embark on a base walk of Uluru. For a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended. You can also relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the resort. Kata Tjuta and Uluru Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner Travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way, enjoy panoramic views the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the late afternoon we travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying nibbles and a glass of wine. Uluru National Park, outside the Cultural Centre set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights so that there is a clear view of the stars in the southern sky. Once at the site, guests will be served a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, guests will be served tea, coffee and dessert and the guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. Camel to Sunrise Breathe in the cool morning air as you ride your friendly camel for one hour through the desert landscape as dawn breaks over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Watch the desert come to life and learn about the flora and fauna along the trail from your knowledgeable cameleer. After the ride enjoy our freshly baked beer bread damper with quandong jam and a cup of tea or freshly brewed coffee. Take some time to explore the camel museum and gift shop before we return you to your hotel. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 14 - 30 June 2015, 1 December 2015 - 31 March 2016

3 nights
FROM $845*
3 nights FROM $845*

Uluru and Kings Canyon Budget, 3 Days

Uluru

Day 1 Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way, enjoy panoramic views the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the late afternoon we travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying nibbles and a glass of wine. Additional Options: (not included in tour - additional cost) Y13B After sunset, guests are transferred to AAT Kings' exclusive barbecue site with their guide. The site is within the Uluru National Park, outside the Cultural Centre set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights so that there is a clear view of the stars in the southern sky. Once at the site, guests will be served a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, guests will be served tea, coffee and dessert and the guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. Day 2 Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Kings Canyon Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. After watching the sunrise you will join your AAT Kings Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts. On days when the Uluru Climb is open, those with a good level of fitness will have the opportunity to climb Uluru as an alternative to the Mutitjulu Walk and Cultural Centre. Return to Ayers Rock Resort. Time may be available for an optional helicopter flight (own expense). In the early afternoon depart for Kings Canyon Resort. In the evening you may be able to view the sun setting behind Carmichaels Crag. Day 3 Kings Canyon to Alice Springs This morning join a guided climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. The walk takes 3 hours and is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor. Stop at Kings Creek Station to purchase lunch (own expense) before travelling on to Alice Springs. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid on select departures 1 June 2015- 31 March 2016.

3 days
FROM $849*
3 days FROM $849*

Voyages Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock + Tours

Ayers Rock

Voyages Sails in the Desert In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Sails in the Dessert hotel beautifully contrast Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Soaring White sails crown Ayers Resort's Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites. In a destination where one of the world's oldest cultures still thrives, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert's modern design. More than luxury accommodation, Sails in the Desert hotel is a destination of exploration and indulgence. Sails in the Desert's stunning Mulgara Gallery takes you on an exploration through the unique styles and breathtaking stories of Indigenous art. Find each of your senses lulled into complete relaxation as you give in to one of the Red Ochre Spa's treatment. Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Awaken your taste buds with Mayu's signature a la carte dining experience, relax and feast in the brassiere-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar. Choose Sails in the Desert for an outback holiday in which this enigmatic living cultural landscape is brought to life with a unique style and modern luxury. Sounds of Silence Dinner At the Sounds of Silence experience you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, while your very own storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Kings Canyon and Outback Panorama Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station (included) along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor. After lunch (own expense) at Kings Canyon Resort, return to Ayers Rock Resort. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 - 8 June, 14 - 29 June, 1 December 2015 - 31 March 2016

3 nights
FROM $995*
3 nights FROM $995*

Darwin & Kakadu + Yellow Water Cruise

Northern Territory

Skycity Darwin Skycity is Darwin's only 5 star beachfront resort. Set on 18 acres of lush tropical gardens with direct access to Mindil Beach and the sunset markets. Also walking distance to Cullen Bay and the CBD. All rooms & suites enjoy their own balcony or terrace area with sea views available. Complimentary features include valet parking, guest laundry, putting green, tennis, golf green fees at golf course adjacent, fitness centre, sauna, spa, scheduled transfers to the CBD 4 times daily, outdoor lagoon style swimming pool with infinity edge, wireless internet connection around the pool and direct beach access. - The bedrooms have a natural tropical feel. Timber Venetian blinds and warm earthy tones compliment the beautiful marble bathrooms and stunning views over the beachfront and gardens. The hotel is renowned for its casino. With 3 award-winning restaurants and five bars, this hotel is a complete resort in itself, providing everything for the perfect relaxing stay, and has been recognised as such with several awards including the NT Brolga Awards for accommodation in 2005/06 and the AHA 2007 award for Best Overall Hotel. Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel From the marble foyer to the air-conditioned guest rooms, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu Nation Park's wilderness. All rooms were stylishly refurnished in 2007. The Hotel is the ideal base to explore Ubirr and Nourlangie rock art galleries and view the towering sandstone escarpment of Arnhem Land. The Hotel offers 110 guest rooms overlooking a central shaded courtyard and swimming pool, a range of dining rooms, an art gallery and gift shop plus excellent conference facilities. Guests have access to a 9 hole golf course and tennis courts at neighbouring Jabiru Township. Yellow Water Cruise. Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's most famous wetland, is located at thend end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. The river system, which is the largest in Kakadu, contains extensive wetlands that include river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. The sunrise cruises are very popular and advance bookings are recommended. There are plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, buffalo on the floodplains and depending on the season an abundance of bird species, including Jabirus, Brolgas, Kingfishers, Whistling Ducks and Magpie Geese. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 - 4 July, 12 - 18 July, 12 August - 30 September 2015

4 nights
FROM $999*
4 nights FROM $999*

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