Travel Challenge: A two-week trip through the Australian Outback

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a journey through the Australian Outback. Prices are for two people travelling for 14 nights together (on the ground) and include return Qantas/Jetstar flights from Heathrow via Singapore and transfers...

Qantas Holidays

£3,818: Guided soft adventure safari from Darwin to Alice Springs

Departs 5 November, and includes flights to Darwin returning from Alice Springs via Melbourne, hotel accommodation in Darwin and Alice Springs and camping and motel accommodation with most meals on tour. "This exciting package combines Australia's Red Centre and the Top End, home to Kakadu National Park which is one of Australia's gems and little known by international travellers. To truly experience the natural beauty of the Outback, camping under the stars is a must. Enjoy spectacular desert sunsets, swim in natural pools, discover ancient aboriginal rock art and hike through gorges. Hotel stays add a touch of comfort," says Qantas Holidays' Esther Ward. (020-8222 9125; )

Bridge & Wickers

£6,398: Escorted tour from Adelaide to Darwin

Departs 6 November and includes flights to Adelaide returning from Darwin, four- star accommodation with most meals, and all touring. "Not only does this tour take in some of Australia's highlights like Uluru and Kakadu National Park, but you'll also get a real insight to outback life with visits to a working cattle station and the opal mining town of Coober Pedy where people live underground to avoid the high temperatures during the day," says Rachel Gleave of Bridge & Wickers. (020-7483 6555; ).

Tailor Made Travel

£6,090: Escorted tour from Alice Springs to Darwin

Departs 5 November and includes flights to Adelaide returning from Darwin, room-only accommodation, two nights in a Gold Service cabin onboard The Ghan and all touring. "Enjoy the romance of a bygone era as you travel through Australia's Outback, discovering rich indigenous culture and an ever-changing landscape," says Tailor Made Travel's Lorna Curry. (0845 456 8050; )