Cultural Immersion in Australia’s Red Centre

5 Days | Explore sacred sites with the Traditional Owners of the land in the Red Centre

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Immerse yourself in the culture of the Red Centre with this fascinating five-day trip to Country. On this trip, you’ll visit some of the sacred sites of the Western Arrernte people, learn about the community of Ntaria (Hermannsburg), hike rugged Tjoritja (the West MacDonnell Ranges) and be taken back in time as you explore the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. Stay on Homelands with Traditional Owners and learn Dreaming stories by the glow of the campfire, which have been handed down to your First Nations guides from their Ancestors. Deep dive into culture among those who know the land best as you hike Country, find community at camp and even learn how to make damper from wattleseeds.

Trip overview

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Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Theme
Expedition
Destinations
Australia
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PFRR
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Get to know the landscape of Tjoritja (West MacDonnell Ranges) with the Traditional Owners of the land by your side and spend your nights listening to Dreaming stories by the campfire.
  • Take an optional 13 km hike from Rodna Homelands to Yapulpa (Glen Helen Gorge). Refresh with a picnic lunch at the gorge next to the Finke River, then continue to Thwatharra Gorge.
  • Begin your stays at the Rodna Homelands campsite and the Mangama campground with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.
  • Tour the Ntaria (Hermannsburg) precinct with a local Aboriginal guide and learn the history of the area. Then, visit the former home of one of the most notable Australian artists – Albert Namatjira.
  • See the asteroid crater and sacred site of Tnorula (Gosses Bluff) and take in the ancient rock engravings. Then, swim in the Rutjupma (Redbank Gorge) waterhole.

Is this trip right for you?
  • For now, this adventure is just for a small group of our most loyal Intrepid Insiders. But we love your exploring spirit if you’ve found it by chance! Sign up to hear about when it might become available and for more travelling inspiration.
  • This is an exploratory trip and the itinerary is not set in stone. As this is a pilot trip departure we expect the unexpected, but this is what puts adventure into adventure travel. You will be instrumental in shaping the future of the trip.
  • You’ll be sleeping in four-person sized tents, with stretchers and swag mattresses. Solo travellers will have their own tent and those travelling with companions will share a tent. All that needs to be brought along is a warm sleeping bag and a pillow, and you're set for a comfortable night’s sleep. You will have access to daily hot showers and toilets, but will need to bring your own towel.
  • The campsites of Rodna and Mangama are on private Homelands approximately 140km west of Alice Springs. The current situation in Alice Springs, as reported by some media outlets, does not affect our trips and poses no danger to you while on Country. For your peace of mind there is the option of an airport pick-up on the first day and drop-off on the last day in Alice Springs at no additional cost.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Bush camping with shared facilities (4 nights)

Activities
  • Rodna - Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony
  • Rodna - Campfire Yarn, Dreamtime Stories & Stargazing
  • Yapulpa - Hike across Country to Yapulpa
  • Yapulpa - Glen Helen Gorge Visit with Picnic Lunch
  • Yapulpa - Visit to Thwatharra Gorge
  • Rodna - Cultural Activities with our Aboriginal Hosts
  • Ntaria - Hermannsburg Historic Precinct tour with Local Aboriginal Guide
  • Ntaria - Morning Tea at Kata Anga Tearooms
  • Ntaria - Visit to Hermannsburg Potters Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ntaria - Albert Namatjira’s residence
  • Mangama - Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony
  • Mangama - Campfire Yarn, Dreamtime Stories & Stargazing
  • Tjoritja - Half-day Tour of West Macdonnell Ranges, including Tnorula (Gosses Bluff), Roma Gorge & Rutjupma (Redbank Gorge)
  • Angkerle Atwatye - Visit Standley Chasm with Local Aboriginal Guide

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Important notes

START & END POINT LOCATION & TIME
Please advise us of your flight arrival into Alice Springs on day 1 of the trip so we can coordinate your pick-up. Alternatively we can also pick you up at your accommodation in Alice Springs if you have arrived a few days earlier. We'll get in touch with you closer to departure to advise of exact logistics. The trip ends upon arrival back in Alice Springs at around 11am on the last day, either in town at your hotel or at the airport in time for flights departing after 12:30pm. Please let us know your flight details so we can coordinate your drop-off.

CAMPING
Please bring a warm sleeping bag, pillow and towel.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Single travellers will be allocated their own tent at no additional cost.

ELECTRICITY
The camps are solar powered and there are a number of outlets that can be used to charge personal devices. We recommend bringing a fully charged power bank to recharge your phone or camera, rather than relying solely on power at the camp.

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Cultural Immersion in Australia’s Red Centre
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CAD $2,940