7 DAY ADELAIDE TO ALICE SPRINGS
Schedule Group Tour
Duration: 7 Days
Departs: Wednesdays (Year round)
From: Select Adelaide accommodation
Finishes: Select Alice Springs accommodation
Tour Code: OTS7N
Max People: 24
Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
We 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 a few different hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges. (L,D)
Day 2: Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track
Today we leave the Flinders Ranges and head north passing by the mining town of Leigh Creek and visiting the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. 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 and where we camp is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! (B,L,D)
Day 3: William Creek to Coober Pedy
We pass through desert landscapes and Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today’s first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the “Opal Capital of the World”. We take a town tour and view an underground house, as well as a 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. (B,L)
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 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 where we can swim in the pool or enjoy some relaxation time. (B,L,D)
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 Kata Tjuta. Get up close to this ancient geological formation. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Uluru to Kings Canyon
Enjoy a glorious Uluru sunrise and 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. It is a unique opportunity to share experiences 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). (B,L,D)
Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Get your hiking shoes on as we head out to explore the impressive 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 break before we make our way to Alice Springs. (B,L)
THE FINE PRINT
Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera, travel pillow, and sleeping bag (can be purchased for $45).
Experienced guide, national park entry fee, meals as indicated, sparkling wine and finger food for Uluru sunset, accommodation/Ayers Rock airport transfers, Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk (min 2 passengers required) and two night dorm accommodation with shared facilities, four nights standard camping.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements.