As New Town High’s longest-running trip, the Central Australia Tour is a rite of passage of sorts for senior students. Boys fly directly to Uluru then, over the course of the next twelve days, bus up to Darwin. Departure is typically on the last Wednesday of Term Two (July), returning on the second Monday of the school holidays. The group have their own bus, bus driver and cook for the duration of the tour.
Some highlights of the packed (and perfected-over-time) itinerary include:
- walks at Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Ubirr Rock and King’s Canyon;
- visits to School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Crocodylus Park, Darwin Museum and Art Gallery, and Darwin Military Museum;
- cruises of Yellow Waters Lagoon (croc spotting!), Katherine Gorge, and Darwin harbour;
- swimming at Mataranka Thermal Springs, Litchfield National Park, and Leanyer Recreation Park (waterslides!);
- shopping for souvenirs at Mindil Beach Markets, Casuarina Square, and Darwin city centre; Staying inside three national parks Cultural talks and guided walks from indigenous National Park Rangers;
- plenty more!
In addition to being a highly enjoyable and entertaining trip, the tour is invaluable in broadening students’ knowledge and understanding of our country.
Approx. $2,600. (Includes return flights, coach transport, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees).
Date/year will run
Departs during the final week of Term 2 and typically returns on the second Monday of the school holidays. The trip runs biannually (in every odd-numbered year).
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The Central Australia Tour is open to all eligible senior (Grade 9 & 10) NTHS students. Numbers are limited to a ‘busload’ – usually a maximum of 48 students (with four teachers accompanying).