6 Days Adelaide to Alice Springs Rock Patrol
Join us for this amazing adventure where we will be hiking through southern Flinders ranges, experience life underground in Coober Pedy, enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets at Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.
Day 1 We start off our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, then we head into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We take an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which will sometimes be bursting with wild flowers. The first night is then spent camping in a comfortable swag under the outback stars, the traditional Australian way.
Day 2 We start the day by heading along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – this is where you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles, will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy, and hear about the local indigenous people at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre. You will also get the chance to explore this remarkable town above and below the ground; try your luck fossicking or “noodling” for opals or just browse one of the many opal shops. One of many peoples highlights is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight we get to sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.
Day 3 Today begins by driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Todays mission is to reach Uluru where nothing can prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We set up camp quickly before experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to admire the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 4 We start today by learning about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. We get to Hike through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Guide. We relax back at our campground and absorb another brilliant Uluru sunset.
Day 5 We witness another glorious sunrise over Uluru while devouring yet another delicious breakfast, we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes can be challenging here at times, with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. Tonight we camp nearby in Kings Creek.
Day 6 For our last day, we spend exploring Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll witness the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch we begin our journey into Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.
The tour will include all meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners), 4 nights camping under the stars in swags + 1 night underground bunkhouse accommodation & National Park entry fees.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2018 - 2019 season. The 2018 - 2019 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019. The 2019 - 2020 season rates commence on the 1st April 2019.