From Adelaide to Alice in a week. Travel the Red Centre and see the Flinders Ranges, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Olgas, Coober Pedy and so much more! Highlights include Aboriginal Culture, Aboriginal Guided Mala Walk, Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, The Breakaways, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru Sunrise and Wilpena Pound.
Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
DEFAULT PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am
We leave South Australia’s capital city behind and head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views of Flinders Ranges as we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one of Australia’s most magnificent natural features. We have the option of few hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges(LD)
Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track
Today we breakout from the Flinders Ranges as we head north passing the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. We are now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line but before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the renowned Oodnadatta track as we pass by Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! Tonight we temporarily increase the population as we camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – William Creek to Coober Pedy
Desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains feature as we pass through Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today’s first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna- yes that is the longest lake name in the world. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. We take a town tour and view an underground house, and we also take mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try ‘noodling’ (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)
Day 4 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda
Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, before we leave Coober Pedy and head out across the Moon Plain. We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, and take in the view of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, made famous by the movie Mad Max III. Early afternoon we arrive at Erldunda, located almost right in the geographical centre of Australia. Here we can take a swim in the pool or enjoy some relaxation time at our campsite for the night. (BLD)
Day 5 – Erldunda to Kata Tjuta and Uluru
We start the day by heading to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before making the journey to one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. Get up close to this ancient geological formation during a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (BLD)
Day 6 – Uluru to Kings Canyon
Rise early and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh, enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you embark on 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. (BLD)
Day 7 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. You’ll really appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, and discover the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden, and the North and South Walls. Enjoy a lunch before we make our way back to Alice Springs. (BL)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
National park entrance fees
Meals as indicated
Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk*
Standard Accommodation: 1 night dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 5 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites).
Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking; only applies to accommodated/non-camping nights): 1 night private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), and 5 nights standard camping (nights 1 and 2 in non-permanent campsites with swags/pop up tents, all other nights in permanent twin-share tent campsites).
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2014 - 2015 season. The 2015 - 2016 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2015 - 31st March 2016. The 2016 - 2017 season rates commence on the 1st April 2016.