Are your clients craving a journey to the destination synonymous with rich Aboriginal culture, red sand and some of the country’s most iconic experiences? Thanks for NT Now by Holidays of Australia and Tourism Central Australia’s current Mates Rates sale, you can save them up to $1000pp and make their domestic travel dreams a reality for when borders reopen.
Okay, so maybe you’ve already booked your clients to the Red Centre icons – Uluru, Kata Tjuta and spectacular Kings Canyon – what’s next?
Thankfully, the Red Centre has a plethora of other adventures ready and waiting for them to explore; with big savings and commission for you; their wonderful travel agent.
Plus, if you make it as one of the first 100 agents to book a Mates Rates deal in the month of September for travel until 30 April 2022, you will bag yourself a bonus $50!
So, whether your clients are keen to get active, looking to relax, on a budget or ready to splurge, here are 7 top picks for unique Red Centre experiences for you to share, that will promise to fulfil their expectations:
1. Take in views 1,000ft up
Outback Ballooning offers the incredible experience of floating over Alice Springs and its surroundings, with the MacDonnell Ranges illuminated in the distance as the sun rises.
Seriously, there’s no better way to see the outback than 1,000 feet up, floating silently above the desert.
Complete with sparkling wine and light refreshments, this experience is worth every minute of the early start to the day!
2. Admire the sunrise or sunset on the back of a camel
Read/watched Tracks? Now it’s your time; give it a go! (Well, kind of).
There is something nomadic in meandering across the red desert landscape on the back of one of the world’s earliest forms of transport.
With camel rides offered in both Alice Springs and Uluru, you can watch the desert come to life as the sun rises or watch it transform as desert colours change and deepen while the sunsets.
3. Visit your mate, Skippy
A celebration of the iconic Australian Red Kangaroos, the Kangaroo Sanctuary, located just outside of Alice Springs, offers a guided sunset tour where you can hand-feed orphaned joeys – CUTE!
This isn’t your regular wildlife park visit, but rather deep insight into these beautiful native animals and their transformations from rescue.
4. Indulge at the Sounds of Silence & Under a Desert Moon
With the magical Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park as the backdrop, The Sounds of Silence is a 3-course, bush tucker inspired buffet menu incorporating native ingredients complemented by some of Australia’s finest wines.
With canapés and sparkling wine to start, lose yourself under the outback sky as you are serenaded by the sounds of the didgeridoo performance and guided through the starry night sky by a resident star talker.
Under a Desert Moon in Kings Canyon, the lesser-known, but by no means less incredible, is an elegant five-course degustation dinner beginning with canapés and a glass of sparkling wine followed by dinner in a hidden location under a canopy of stars and the desert moon.
5. Marvel at the stunning Field of Light
If you didn’t think Uluru could become more spectacular than it already is, then the Field of Light art installation will blow your mind.
As the day comes to an end and darkness begins to fall, the giant red monolith is thrown into a silhouette and the surrounding bush into serene darkness.
This is when Field of Light illuminates, lighting up the landscape for as far as the eye can see in a gentle rhythm of interchanging colours.
The installation covers over seven football fields and includes over 50,000 spindles of light set on swaying stems, creating a never-before-seen fantasy garden.
6. Take a dip at one of the many Gorges and Waterholes
Like a desert oasis, the gorges and waterholes of the Red Centre provide a welcoming and refreshing dip and some of the most unique scenery in the state.
Ormiston Gorge is the outback’s answer to the beach with sandy banks and quintessential Aussie towering gum trees surrounding the still gorge waters.
Glen Helen is another beautiful outback gorge, often considered one of the most picturesque in the country.
Ellery Creek Big Hole is one of the most popular waterholes to visit in the Red Centre for not only its unique setting between two towering red cliffs, carved by thousands of years of floods, but also for a fantastic outback camping, hiking and swimming experience.
7. Get onya bike for a spot of Outback cycling
Outback Cycling offers signature Red Centre experiences via some of the country’s most prominent and unique riding destinations.
Not too into pedalling like a maniac and keen on a cold one too? No worries. The E-Bike Overnight + Brewery Tour explores the bush, geology, history and culture of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell ranges with a quintessential outback experience of sleeping for a night under the stars in a swag topped off by a visit to the Alice Springs Brewing Co.
That’s the kind of cycling adventure we can all get around.
Save yourself up to $1000 per person on Red Centre accommodation and tour packages thanks to the Mates Rates sale, in partnership with Tourism Central Australia.
Simply book by 30 September for travel by 30 April 2022. A flexible COVID-19 policy also applies.
Travel agents – These deals are commissionable. Incentive offer: The first 100 agents to make a Mates Rates booking in the month of September for travel until 30 April 2022, will receive a $50 bonus incentive.
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