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Go wild – and discover Australia’s amazing animals




This itinerary between Adelaide and Darwin is designed for those who love wildlife and Mother Nature’s highlights. 
Highlights include:

  • Fly with Singapore Airlines
  • Complimentary Singapore stopover*
  • Discover cultural Adelaide
  • Stay in Kangaroo Island’s eco-lodge
  • Explore Kakadu National Park
  • Relax in tropical Darwin

Price includes international and internal flights, accommodation and touring. 

To find out more, go to austravel.com/oceantooutback or call 0808 278 3953 and speak to one of Austravel’s expert travel designers.

* Limited time only, see austravel.com/oceantooutback for more information

Frill-necked lizards basking in the sun of northernmost Australia, whales cruising past the Fleurieu Peninsula, camels striding along with stunning Uluru as the backdrop, and cheeky wallabies delighting visitors to Kangaroo Island…

Australia’s wildlife is second to none, and a trip along the Explorers Way, from Adelaide to Darwin, or vice versa, via the Flinders Ranges and the spectacular Top End, is the best way to experience it.

This epic journey is 1,800 miles long – and the natural splendour is as intense as anywhere else on earth.

You will see creatures up close in their natural habitat, including vividly coloured birds, red kangaroos and sea lions. You will trek on camel back and cruise on a crocodile safari.

The best place to start your holiday is Kangaroo Island, a 30-minute flight from Adelaide. Australia’s third-largest island has sweeping beaches and is home to both indigenous and introduced creatures. Koalas feast in the treetops while dolphins frolic offshore. Stroll along the boardwalk at Seal Bay Conservation Park to see a colony of 800 Australian sea lions. On the western side of the island you can spot long-nosed fur seals, tammar wallabies, kangaroos and – if you are lucky – a platypus glinting in the mud of the riverbed.

The glories of Kangaroo Island are just the start of your wildlife adventure. On the Fleurieu Peninsula, about an hour’s drive from Adelaide, you can dive with dragons (that’s leafy sea dragons), or watch southern right whales cruising past the cliffs of Victor Harbor. To get even closer to Australia’s native creatures, head to Cleland Wildlife Park, one of the few places in the world where visitors can hold a koala. In all, the park is home to more than 130 species, including wombats and wallabies, many of them roaming freely through the bush.

A sea lion at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

An endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby

Moving north and into the Outback, there is the Arkaroola Sanctuary, a private wilderness in the Flinders Ranges characterised by dizzying granite peaks and zigzagging jagged gorges. Keep your eyes peeled to see the endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby as well as peregrine falcons. Birdlife in the ranges is rich and varied with more than 100 native species recorded, including the brilliantly coloured rainbow bee-eater and the red-capped robin.

The Red Centre may be most famous for majestic Uluru, but here you will see camels, dingos and lizards, creatures that are especially suited to the searing heat, as well as the fabulously named thorny devil.

As you continue north, another wildlife highlight is Kakadu National Park, east of Darwin. Its sandstone cliffs, thundering waterfalls and wild bushland are home to black wallaroos, flat-back turtle, black flying foxes and much more. Kakadu has 40 species of migratory bird but is home to nearly 300 species in all.

When you reach Darwin, you’ll find it teeming with exotic birdlife, mammals and reptiles. Basking in an endless summer, Darwin Botanic Gardens showcase the area’s plant life, from baobabs to mangroves. To see flatback turtles in their natural habitat, take a cruise to remote Bare Sand Island where a large population next in the sand dunes.

East Point Reserve, Darwin’s largest park area, is home to wallabies, bandicoots, brushtail possums and numerous species of reptiles, butterflies and birds. Make sure you keep your binoculars to hand as Darwin is an unexpected birdlife haven. Whether you’re watching whiskered terns at East Point or masked lapwings everywhere in the city, many of the species will be pleasingly unfamiliar.

To round off your holiday, a cruise on the Adelaide River – famous for its crocodile population – about an hour from Darwin, will bring you as close as you would want to get to these prehistoric creatures. Australia’s wildlife is truly special. Prepare to be amazed…

An endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby

Thorny devils have adapted to the searing heat of the Red Centre

Did you know?

  1. Koalas sleep for 20 hours a day; they spend four hours eating
  2. New-born kangaroos are hairless, deaf and blind
  3. Pelicans have a 5m wingspan and can fly for nearly 150km
  4. Kangaroos are splendid swimmers
  5. Koalas only feed on 30 of the 600 varieties of eucalyptus
  6. Flying foxes have underarm nipples
  7. Australian sea lions are among the world’s rarest species
  8. The koala is a marsupial not a bear
  9. Flying foxes mate upside down
  10. Saltwater crocodiles are up to 6 metres long

Thorny devils have adapted to the searing heat of the Red Centre