Make tracks through South Australia and the Northern Territory

Journey through the Red Centre from Adelaide, hitting up Coober Pedy, the Olgas and Uluru before wrapping up in Alice Springs. Learn about the spiritual beliefs of the local Aboriginal population, meet some furry, native animals and stand in awe of the everlasting vistas and burnt-red plains that exist in this spectacular part of the world.

Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Overland
Code
PAASE7
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Go underground in search of opals in Coober Pedy
  • See the beautiful vineyards surrounding the city of Adelaide
  • Explore an outback amphitheatre at Wilpena Pound
  • See a magical sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Hike through the Northern Territory's Kings Canyon

Itinerary

Head into the Clare Valley, one of Adelaide's premier wine regions, to sample some of the local tipple. After lunch, weave through the Flinders Ranges toward Wilpena Pound. Admire knotted gumtrees, old farm stations and myriad other natural features dotting the landscape on a hike before settling in at camp in the evening.
Visit the outback gallery of Talc Alf, a self-taught artist whose impressionist sculptures are a major drawcard for folk passing through Lyndhurst. Continue along the route of the old Ghan railway and take a brief break at Lake Eyre to admire Australia's largest lake. In the evening, set up camp in the tiny town of William Creek for an evening spent under the stars.
Travel past Anna Creek Station, the world's largest cattle ranch, which stretches across 24 000 sq km of South Australia. Continue travelling towards Lake Cadibarrawirracanna - the longest lake name in the world - before arriving at Coober Pedy, the 'opal capital of the world'. Take a tour around town and learn why it is necessary for patrons of the city to live underground. Perhaps even spend some time 'noodling' (fossicking) for rare gems before spending the night in an underground bunkhouse.
Meet some furry locals at Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Wander through an Aboriginal art gallery, trial a didgeridoo and feed a kangaroo before travelling to Erldunda.
Journey across the Red Centre towards Australia's most impressive natural gems. Snack on lunch in the imposing shadow of Uluru before hiking through Kata Tjuta's Valley of the Winds. Also known as the Olgas, these bizarrely bulging landforms are a sacred sight for local Aboriginals.
Rise with the sun and watch an incredible sunrise over Uluru before getting a little closer to the action on a short walk around the rock's base. Later, join a knowledgeable guide for an informative tour around a local town. Learn about the Mala Aborigines of the area before perusing traditional artworks in a local gallery. Head back to camp for a final evening camping out under the stars.
Venture into the natural wonderland of Kings Canyon. With blushing rock faces, crumbling sandstone walls and a maze of weathered rock domes, trekking through this region is sure to be the perfect finale to this journey. Hike through the Amphitheatre to discover the Lost City and the lush Garden of Eden before travelling back to Alice Springs.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Adelaide on day 1 at 06:30 from Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St)
2. Tour finishes in Alice Springs day 7 at approx 18:00. Please consider these times when booking flights and accommodation.
3. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay here.
4. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies.
5. Please bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase one for AU$30. Please enquire at time of booking.
6. This trip is operated by our experienced local partners Outback Tour Services.

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Reviews

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