In response to guest demand for more of its outback tours, award-winning Australian travel operator APT has announced a significant expansion of its Cape York and Outback Wilderness Adventures program for 2016.
From today, travel agents can offer clients a choice of four new tours, with APT’s portfolio now offering a total of 14 different 4WD land tours across Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. In addition APT has also announced a long list of exciting newSignature Invitations.
New tours include a 16-day Central Australia Discovery from Darwin through the red centre of the country to Adelaide. Highlights include a breathtaking flight over the sandstone outcrops of the ‘Lost City’, two nights at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, two nights at Sails in the Desert including the Sounds of Silence dinner, a base tour of Uluru, Coober Pedy and the Flinders Ranges.
Also new is the 10-day Kangaroo Island, Coober Pedy & Lake Eyre, an immersive exploration of South Australia that includes the chance to visit Kangaroo Island’s Seal Bay Conservation Park, a journey along the Oodnadatta Track with the chance to see Finniss Springs which is not normally open to the general public and a flight over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre;
The 12-day Best of Corner Country taking in the Flinders Ranges, Birdsville, Cameron Corner, Broken Hill and Mungo National Park; and the10-day Kakadu and Tiwi Explorer which offers the chance to journey the East Alligator River, two nights in the Tiwi Islands and it features a stay at Cicada Lodge in Katherine, complete the new tours in the program.
APT is also offering exclusive Great Barrier Reef charters with Coral Expeditions. These can be combined with three of the Queensland itineraries
APT’s new brochure also reveals details of its new partnership with Australia Zoo which will give guests travelling on its most popular tour, the11-day Cooktown to Cape York, exclusive access to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
One of its included Signature Invitations sightseeing highlights, APT has secured behind-the-scenes access to this pristine eco-reserve set in over 330,000 acres of private parkland on the Cape York Peninsula. Off limits to the general public, the reserve is Queensland’s first-ever ‘strategic environment area’. Accompanied by an Australia Zoo ranger, APT guests will learn about the wildlife, sonar detector tracking of crocodiles and the endangered speartooth shark and uncover the region’s geology, bush tucker and native flora.
Other new Signature Invitations to join the portfolio in 2016 include: in Queensland a glass bottom boat discovery of Hinchinbrook Island and the chance to join the Australian Age of Dinosaurs team in Winton for the rare chance to work with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils; in South Australia the chance to visit the Seal Bay Conservation Park and visit Mungo National Park; and in the Northern Territory, Kings Canyon and the Goose Creek Cruise in the Tiwi Islands.
Commenting on the new brochure, Rob Tandy, General Manager of APT’s Kimberley and Outback Wilderness Adventures said, “Outback touring is increasing in popularity. People want new and exciting itineraries that cover the breadth of the country, but they want to travel in style too. We’ve responded by adding more of our popular all inclusive small group 4WD drive tours, taking people to new, but just as adventurous destinations.
According to Rob Tandy, the fact that APT has secured guests exclusive access to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve illustrates the commitment the company has to protecting the environment. “Next year marks ten years since Steve Irwin sadly passed away and so we are honored to take our guests to this protected part of Australia to learn first-hand about this incredible conservation project where he conducted his famous crocodile ‘capture and study’ research project,” he said.
Travel agents can offer clients a choice of two APT SuperDeals for 2016. An Air Credit saving of up to $1,400 per couple is available on all Cape York, Savannah Explorer, Northern Territory or Western Australia tours. Alternatively book an Essence of the Outback or South Australia tour and APT will offer a saving of up to $1,200 per couple. These are combinable with APT’s Early Payment Discount of $400 per couple when tours are paid in full 10 months prior to departure; and a Group Saving of an additional $100 per person when four or more people book a holiday together.
APT hosts small groups of no more than 20 people on all inclusive outback adventures. Staying at some of Australia’s most remote hotels, stations and resorts APT guests travel across Australia in custom designed 4WD vehicles and are escorted by expert driver-guides throughout their tour.
APT is widely recognised as being one of Australia’s leading tourism providers. Awarded Best Domestic Tour Operator for the last four years running (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) at the National Travel Industry Awards, APT was also voted Best Land Operator at Australia’s Northwest Awards in 2014 and won the Tourism Council of Western Australia’s Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award 2014.
APT’s Cape York and Outback Wilderness Adventures 2016 brochure is available now.