15 April 2014

As Kate Middleton Jets In To Australia, Here's 10 Ways To Holiday Like A Duchess

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are jetting off from New Zealand to Australia in mere hours. They'll be heading Uluru in the country's Northern Territory for a whistle stop tour of the Outback.

The couple will start their trip by spending a night without Prince George at a super luxe camp site called Longitude 131°. They'll be able to dine under the stars, relax in oasis pools and gaze over views of the wild countryside. All while in the lap of luxury - of course.

Their schedule will then take them to south to Adelaide. Wowza. That's what we call a royal tour.

Here's how to make like the couple and holiday like a Duchess in Australia…

1. Go glamping

Kate and Wills camping? Yep, we were surprised too. But Longitude 131°, where the couple are staying during their visit to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock), is actually a super-luxe tented resort, with incredible views of the iconic landmark at the heart of Australia's Red Centre. Boasting 15 private en-suite pavilions, an oasis pool, desert dining experiences, plus an explorer-inspired lounge and restaurant serving fantastic food and the finest Australian wines, this is camping we can definitely do.

[Longitude 131°]

2. Ride a camel

Give the horse and carriage a night off and hop on a camel – the only way to travel in the desert. For extra 'wow' factor, ride with expert cameleers across the sand dunes to a Sounds of Silence sunset dinner overlooking Uluru, before enjoying a magical star talk under the dazzling, diamond-studded Australian sky.

3. Cruise down the river

The appropriately named Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park is one of the most scenic spots in the Northern Territory. Take a boat trip into the awe-inspiring gorge with a local Jawoyn Aboriginal guide and discover ancient rock art, while spotting cockatoos, turtles and crocodiles.

[Longitude 131°]

4. Travel on a luxury train

One of the world's great rail journeys, The Ghan runs through the Outback, between Adelaide in the south and tropical Darwin in the north. Snuggle down in your private en-suite carriage, gaze at the changing landscapes drifting past your window, and indulge in gorgeous food and wine in the regal Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

5. Watch a regatta

K-Mid loves the social season, but the Henley-on-Todd Regatta in Alice Springs, which takes place every August, is a boat race with a difference – because the Todd River that runs through the Alice is completely dry. Australia's famously quirky Outback town is also home to fantastic art galleries and the Alice Springs Desert Park, showcasing some of the country's cutest critters.

[Longitude 131°]

6. Visit a natural spa

The stunning waterfalls of Kakadu National Park are perfect spots to experience some TLC from Mother Nature herself. After a work-out scaling the Park's stunning sandstone outcrops, cool off with a heavenly hydrotherapy session under the cascading Gabarra Falls, while tiny freshwater shrimp nibble your toes and perform a unique open-air pedi. Bliss.

7. Meet the locals

Follow Kate and Wills' lead by finding out more about Australia's Aboriginal people on a sunrise tour of Uluru with a local Anangu guide. Then stop in at the Cultural Centre to see desert art, try traditional bush tucker and discover why this very special National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

[Longitude 131°]

8. Take to the skies

Every princess loves a private jet, so hop in a six-seater plane to view one of the Northern Territory's most breathtaking natural wonders. The ancient Arnhem Land Plateau stretches 500 kilometres, with majestic red and orange cliffs soaring into the sky and the mighty Jim Jim Falls thundering below.

9. Dine with royalty

Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove has named two of its giant saltwater crocs William and Katherine after the Royals, and have even called one of their babies George (rumour has it he'll be flying to Uluru to meet 'mum and dad' during their visit). Take the VIP tour and you'll not only get up close and personal with some of the world's biggest crocodiles, you'll get to feed them, too. Yikes.

10. Do a Royal walkabout

Head out at dawn to catch sunrise over the epic Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Walk the 100-metre-high Canyon rim, before descending to the shady pools in the impossibly beautiful Garden of Eden. And don’t forget your picnic – us princesses deserves a little treat after a hard morning at work... 

For further information, or to make a booking, call 01993 838 800 or visit www.audleytravel.com For more on the Northern Territory’s Outback, go to www.australiasoutback.co.uk 

By Lauren Jarvis


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Jimmy Jimbob (Wed Apr 16 16:46:59 BST 2014): paris says, that's hot
Jacqui Barrett (Wed Apr 16 20:29:50 BST 2014): K-Mid?! Love it. Well jel of this itinerary.
Jane Liddiard (Fri Apr 18 08:12:49 BST 2014): Well if it's good enough for a Duchess then it's good enough for me. This is now on my travel list
Victoria Lenza (Wed Apr 23 07:24:36 BST 2014): Really makes me want to go!