Travel across the sunburnt Australian Outback to Uluru , Watarrka and south through the Flinders Ranges

Explore the natural wonders of the world's most sunburnt country. From Alice Springs to Adelaide, this journey will see you witness stunning sunsets over Uluru, visit jewel-filled mining towns and find secret oasis' in the middle of the Red Centre. Blossoming with and array of surprisingly unique beauty, from wonderful wildlife to spectacular landscapes, Australia will be sure to enchant and leave visitors yearning for more.

Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Explorer, Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife
Code
PASAE6Y
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 Max 24
Carbon offset
502kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand
  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru
  • Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback
  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon
  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal communities on guided nature walks
  • In the opal-mining outpost of Coober Pedy, scorching daytime temperatures have driven the town’s few residents to live in underground ‘dugouts’. Explore the opal mine, hang out with some rescued joeys and spend the night in a subterranean bunker

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Today explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta,and as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the Rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. Fall in love with the desert sun as it sets over Uluru, then enjoy a hearty meal before curling up in your permanent tent. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or a swag (Aussie bedroll) under the stars.

Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- National park fees
- Kata Tjuta
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. It's also a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on Earth. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some Indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- Mala interpretative walk
Put your hiking shoes on after breakfast and head out to explore the formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. The sheer size of the canyon is breathtaking. Trek for six kilometres along the Rim Walk, which takes you through a natural amphitheatre, past the striped sandstone domes of the ‘lost city’ and into the green oasis of the Garden of Eden. Stop for lunch before making your way to a campsite on the homestead of Erldunda, where you’ll spend the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking time is approximately two and half hours hour.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Depart early this morning and make your way to Coober Pedy, crossing the Northern Territory/South Australian border on the way. Take a break in the outback town of Marla, where you can buy lunch and stretch your legs. Coober Pedy is known as ‘The Opal Capital of the World’ and was one of the locations used to film the third Mad Max movie. Due to extremely hot temperatures in the area most of the town is constructed underground, with residents living in cave-like houses carved into the hillsides.

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the town, underground opal mine and museum. End the day hanging out with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight stay in a multi-share underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy. (B)

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- Underground mine and Opal Museum
After breakfast continue your journey south along the Stuart Highway. Stop at the small town of Glendambo (population 30) before continuing onto see some salt lakes. Pass by the rocket-launching town of Woomera, which was once part of a military test site. Afterwards, make your way to Port Augusta for lunch (at your own expense) and then cross over the Pichi Richi Pass towards Quorn, which is the historical railway township at the entrance to Richman Valley. Stay in private accommodation at the The Mill Lodge tonight, where you’ll also have dinner. (BD)

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.
In the morning, eat a big breakfast and hike up one of the many peaks in the Flinders Ranges. Make your way back to Adelaide through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Clare Valley, arriving in the early evening. As your journey comes to an end here, we will drop you at your Adelaide city accommodation.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Dormitory (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)
Included activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Underground Mine & Opal Tour

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Yulara at approximately 1:45pm and finishes in Adelaide day 6 at approx 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
3. You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on Day 1; please see tour code PASAE6.

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