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Off The Beaten Track: Touring With AAT Kings

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Off The Beaten Track: Touring With AAT Kings

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With so much to see and do during your time in Australia, sometimes it’s best to turn to the experts to get a great insiders’ perspective on the best sites to explore across the country.

Guided tours are also among the best ways to explore some of Australia’s most rural and remote regions, and can give you unprecedented access to spectacular and iconic landmarks you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

AAT Kings offers some of Australia’s most exciting and inspiring journeys to take you off the beaten track and help you make the most of your travels. With an emphasis on experience, you’ll find plenty of unique opportunities just waiting to be explored.

THE RED CENTRE
Australia’s stunning Red Centre represents the very heart of the Outback – and there’s no better way to get a close-up look at the remote interior of this vast country than by taking a tour.

Over five days, this itinerary takes you from Uluru to Alice Springs and everywhere in between.

Uluru features high on the wish list of many visitors to Australia. Also known as Ayers Rock, this gigantic monolith (it stretches to a height of 348 metres) has tremendous significance to the Anangu people, the local Aboriginal community who have called this area home for thousands of years.

Nearby, Kata Tjuta – or the Olgas – offers a series of fascinating dome-like formations that you can walk under. You won’t want to miss sunset at Uluru or Kata Tjuta, where the colours positively dance on the rocks due to the changing light at this time of day.

This tour also takes you to the stunning Kings Canyon, situated just over 300km from Alice Springs in Watarrka National Park. One of Australia’s most unique destinations, it offers up a lush oasis of palm trees in the middle of the desert and is one of the lesser travelled natural wonders. Take a challenging guided climb into the canyon (it has a depth of more than 270 metres), or you can opt instead for a gentle stroll – the choice is yours.

WILD AND WONDERFUL WESTERN AUSTRALIA
If you really want to get off the beaten track, Western Australia is the perfect place for you. From the bright lights of Perth to the sparkling beaches of Geographe Bay, remote Outback and everything in between, this vast state is perfect for exploring.

On your 15 day Western Escape tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of WA’s most spectacular natural landmarks including the Margaret River Caves. Here you can explore Jewel Cave, which is home to ancient fossil remains dating back millions of years.

Elsewhere, don’t miss the towering Gloucester Tree – the highest fire lookout tree in the world – or the world-famous Pink Lake in Esperance. You’ll also be able to take in some of WA’s most picturesque and rugged coastal scenery when you travel to Cape Le Grand National Park.

This tour also gets you up close and personal with the region’s fascinating and historic past. Be sure to check out the famous gold mines in Kalgoorlie for some insight into the earliest days of WA’s resources boom.

CONTRASTS IN THE KIMBERLEY
When it comes to striking landscapes, you can’t beat The Kimberley. This rugged and remote region of North-West Australia is somewhere that very few people have the privilege of seeing first-hand – a tour can help you make the most of every second.

The 11 day Wonders Of The Kimberley tour allows you to experience the true variety of the region, from stunning Cable Beach in Broome to the fascinating Prison Boab Tree near the Port of Derby, which is thought to be around 1,500 years old.

This is an excellent opportunity to spot some of Australia’s famous wildlife. As you make your way through The Kimberley, keep your eyes peeled for wallabies, fruit bats and even freshwater crocodiles – especially in Katherine Gorge and El Questro Wilderness Park, which spans an area of one million acres offering you a true taste of Australia’s wildest frontiers. You can also spot plenty of birdlife as you travel through the wetlands of the Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve.

No matter where you choose to travel, your AAT Kings guide will make sure you never miss a moment of the action – and will bring you right to the best destinations Australia has to offer.

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