From the Red Centre to the Top End, this tour encompasses Australia at its most remote, historic and starkly beautiful. Encompassing vast Indigenous heartlands, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history from ancient to pioneer to the modern day, the tour includes a range of professional visits and talks and is supported by the RACGP.
Starting in Alice Springs, visit the dramatic MacDonnell Ranges, go stargazing at pristine night skies at the Earth Sanctuary, explore the historic town and learn about the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and outback medicine. Board the Ghan for a magnificent 24-hour journey – a top bucket list experience. In Katherine, explore unspoiled wilderness on a cruise along Nitmiluk Gorge and learn about Indigenous culture. Arrive in Darwin and explore the city through guided visits and learn of its history. Visit the Botanical Gardens and learn of the work of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. Take a sunset cruise for dinner, visit beautiful Litchfield National Park and see the jumping crocodiles on a cruise along the Adelaide River.
“The tour ran like clockwork. …the local guides were excellent. It was one of the best run tours I have been on. The highlight of this trip definitely was our night on The Ghan. What a spectacular way to see the NT. The trip had a great mix of medical visits, local sites and scenery. Every moment of the tour was filled with a great activity for everyone and interesting information.” Emma Whalley, participant on the medical study tour From the Red Centre to the Top End, June 2021
Dr Matt Young has been a GP for over 25 years. His practice at Medeco Inala won the RACGP Australian General Practice of the Year in 2018 and acts as the home base for his mobile Hep C eradication crusade, the Hep C Kombi project, which he co-founded.
As well as medicine, Matt loves travelling the globe and has visited over 100 countries across all seven continents. He has a deep fascination with foreign cultures and loves immersing himself in their stories. He is most at home rafting rivers, climbing mountains and hiking through jungles.
Having completed an Archaeology Degree (UQ) and History Diploma (UQ), his areas of special interest are Australian WW1 history and ancient civilisations. Matt finds these studies significantly enhance all his intrepid travelling experiences. Matt writes for the AMAQ’s 'Doctor Q' magazine and worked on 4BC as the 'Ocker Doctor' on radio talk back. He loves a yarn, a laugh and writing poetry for fun.
He has been South's Rugby Union club doctor for 17 years and has captained Brisbane’s Ned Flanders Cricket Club for over two decades, leading the team to international victories against national teams on every continent.
Extension to the Tiwi Islands
NB: Medical visits are subject to current Covid guidelines.
The ground cost of the tour is $4,980 pp sharing (excluding flights and arrival and departure transfers)