A diverse journey from the Red Centre via the icons of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon to Coober Pedy and the Flinders Ranges. Stay in campsites and bunkhouse accommodation which is a highlight in itself including staying underground at Coober Pedy.
|ALICE SPRINGS < > ADELAIDE EXPLORER|
|TOUR CODE: PASAE5 / PASAE5Y
:: ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
:: KATA TJUTA
:: KINGS CANYON
:: COOBER PEDY
:: FLINDERS RANGES
DAY 1 :: ALICE SPRINGS TO KINGS CANYON & ULURU
Journey deep into the remote ‘Red Centre’ as we head towards Kings Canyon. There’s a lot to explore here and we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South Walls. After a bite to eat, we’ll pass Mt Connor and Curtin Springs cattle station on the way to Uluru. Tonight, you’ll be glad to curl up in your swag (Aussie bedroll) after dinner as millions of stars fill the sky. (LD)
DAY 2 :: ULURU AND KATA TJUTA
Sunrise over Uluru is magical! It’s an early start to catch it. While the morning's fresh (and your legs are too!) take a walk around Uluru’s base or climb to the top if you choose – however, the Anangu traditional owners prefer it if you don’t. Gain a further insight into the land, its stories and the people who inhabit it at the Cultural Centre, where you’ll also have the opportunity to invest in original arts and crafts by Indigenous artists. After refuelling with some lunch, we head to fascinating Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to discover the secrets of this ancient landform and their spiritual significance to the Anangu. A glass of Australia sparkling wine is perfect while the desert sun sets over Uluru. Dinner is a traditional camp oven cookup back at our permanent camp. (BLD)
DAY 3 :: ULURU TO COOBER PEDY
We get away early this morning as we cross the Northern Territory/South Australian border on the way to Coober Pedy. Time to go underground! Learn about this unique place with a mine tour, including an opal cutting demonstration. If we’ve got time, try your luck at 'noodling' for opals yourself! Tonight we sleep in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)
|DAY 4 :: COOBER PEDY TO QUORN|
This morning we check out the sites of Cooper Pedy on a town tour which includes an opal cutting demonstration and mine tour with the opportunity to try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals! We continue our journey south and stop at ancient salt lakes which are remnants of an inland sea. We stop at the small town of Glendambo (population 30!) and Pt Augusta before arriving in Quorn, the quaint and historical railway township nestled at the entrance to the Richman Valley. We stay two nights in private accommodation at the historical “Mill”. Get ready for tonight’s BBQ dinner – it doesn’t get any more Aussie than this! (BLD)
DAY 5 :: FLINDERS RANGES & WILPENA POUND
The Flinders Ranges has been recognised as one of Australia’s National Landscapes and today you’ll get to experience and explore this magical region! Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre located in a huge stone crater and you will spend the morning hiking and exploring its wonder! After lunch, it’s a short walk to Yourambulla Caves to view Aboriginal rock paintings. Learn about the hardships of sheep farming in the mid 1800’s as you view the ruins of Kanyaka Homestead. As we travel back to Quorn, there’s an opportunity to spot for the shy and elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby on a quiet stroll through peaceful Warren Gorge. Overnight at the Quorn “Mill”. (BLD)
DAY 6 :: QUORN TO ADELAIDE
Eat a hearty breakfast, because this afternoon we hike to the summit of Dutchman's Stern for stunning 360° views of Quorn, Spencer Gulf and the Flinders Ranges! We then say farewell to the "Flinders". Near the frontier township of Melrose we take a short walk across a swinging bridge and enjoy panoramic views from the Mt Remarkable lookout. Our last stop is in the infamous Clare Valley before arriving late afternoon into Adelaide. (BL)
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, towel & toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera & film, pillow, sleeping bag (can be hired for AUD$15).
Experienced guide, meals as indicated, accommodation transfers, camping fees & equipment, hostel accommodation where stated, Opal Mine tour, park fees within South Australia.
Upgrade accommodation is budget style and may be located on different premises to hostel accommodation. This tour includes 3 nights dorm accommodation and 2 nights camping.
|Adult $755 ($AUD)
Valid between 01/04/14 - 31/03/15
Year Round: Sundays
Tour PASAE5 = Alice Springs accommodation at 5:40am
Tour PASAE5Y = Ayers Rock at 1:45pm from Desert Gardens Hotel
Adelaide accommodation early evening Day 5
MAX PEOPLE - 24
Valid till 31 March 2015
|Hikes up to 6-8kms per day.|
|Maximum 24 front facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle.|
|Permanently erected tents (multi-share), permanent cooking facilities and purpose-built fire pits, screened eating areas, share showers and toilets.
Dorm or Twin/Double rooms with shared facilities
|Safaris must be reconfirmed by 4.00pm the day before travel. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal & extreme weather conditions, Traditional Owner and national park requirements. Luggage limit of 15 kg applies - backpack or soft bag.|