Cross this great land from the Centre to the far East on this overland journey

Pack your sturdiest hiking boots and don’t forget the snorkel – itineraries like this are a very rare thing indeed. For those keen to check out two of Australia’s best-known attractions – and cover some serious ground while at it – this off-road adventure across the Red Centre and into Cairns offers the chance to encounter an Australia few ever do. Starting off in the archetypal outback town of Alice Springs, spend a few days exploring the region’s spectacular natural features – Uluru and Kata Tjuta not least of them – before hitting the road east into Queensland. Over the next few days you’ll be getting to know a part of Australia very rarely travelled, with myriad landscapes whizzing past and included stop-offs at little-known outposts like Boulia, Hughenden and Winton. As you near Cairns and its coastline, the scenery unfurls in lush, tropical rainforest and waterfall-fed swimming holes. This journey is equal parts road trip and environmental showcase of Australia’s incredible biodiversity.


Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Cairns, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking
Code
POBRQ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Cut through the centre of Australia on one of the most remote 4WD tracks in the country

  • See the striking sands of the Red Centre to the sparkling turquoise waters of the North-East

  • Travel with a small group of 16 in a custom built 4WD

  • Get off the beaten track in a region that no other travel companies go

  • Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a camping tour, so you will spend some nights sleeping in permanent tents

  • The temperatures in Australia can be quite extreme and it's important to stay hydrated

  • This is an overland trip so there is a focus on driving long distances, which is all a part of the experience

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 March 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Starting in Alice Springs, we set off to experience the wonder of the iconic Uluru. We make a stop at an authentic outback camel farm and for those that are keen there is the option to go for a short ride on the back of one of these desert animals (at your own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara for lunch before embarking to explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation.

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. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your tour host will have dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp. (L,D)

Notes: Total driving time is approximately four and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
An early start is rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning is still fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people during a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter). It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (B,L,D)

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Discover the Lost City and the Garden of Eden on a 6km hike in Kings Canyon. Admire and explore the towering walls and crevices of Watarrka National Park. The photo opportunities are endless in Kings Canyon so be sure to bring your camera. At the end of the trek it’s time to refuel with a bite to eat before making the journey back to the remote centre of Alice Springs. (B,L)

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Accommodation
  • Alice Springs YHA (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend half a day free in Alice Springs to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Reptile Centre or relax in Central Australia’s most iconic town. (Entry fees not included). Then be ready for pickup at 1pm for departure to Jervois Station where we camp for the night under the stars.
Accommodation
  • Camping with basic facilities (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Enjoy the Spectacular scenery as we make our way through some of the most remote country in the world! Crossing from Northern Territory into Queensland our track is mostly dirt road between Alice Springs and Boulia. You are now on one of the most remote tracks in the world!
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Departing Boulia we travel through the remote country towards our first stop – Winton (Home of Waltzing Matilda). This is truly a very special part of the world. Experience ever-changing scenery from the dry desert country in South Western Queensland into the tropical north. (B,L,D)

Note: Total driving time takes around six hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Visit the cliffs of coloured sandstone, vine forest and deep permanent waterholes along Porcupine Creek contrast strikingly with the savanna plains surrounding Porcupine Gorge. We stop at the smallest pub in Australia at Lynd Junction. Before reaching our destination we drive through the Atherton Tablelands where we visit Millstream Falls. Arrive in Cairns in the early evening.

Note: Total driving time takes around six and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Included Activities
  • Millstream Falls
  • Porcupine Creek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

4WD Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Hostel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Millstream Falls
  • Porcupine Creek

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Important notes

1. This trip leaves Alice Springs at approximately 6:00am on day 1 and finishes in cairns around 6pm on day 7.
2. Onward travel must be booked the following day
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag, you can bring you own or purchase one from us
4. Trip can also start in Yulara (Uluru) around midday on day 1 see POBRQY
5. Trip also runs in reverse see POBQR

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