Alice Springs to Adelaide Cheap as Chips
There is so much to see in the Red Centre and in South Australia. Get the most out of a modest budget and come on this awesome 6 day 5 night adventure from Alice Springs to Adelaide.
You’ll visit Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds and of course you’ll visit Uluru and get to walk around the base of this spectacular rock formation, words really can’t describe it!
Once you’re in South Australia you’ll cover the rugged terrain spotting wildlife on your way to Coober Pedy. Here you’ll stay in underground accommodation, get to explore the town and learn about the opal industry. Maybe even find an opal yourself!
The vast Flinders Ranges is the last port of call on this epic trip. You’ll see stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and do some bushwalking in this beautiful area.
Arrive in Adelaide on day 6 ready for more adventure!
- Friendly, informative guide
- All meals
- National Park entry fees
*This trip can be done in reverse, click here to check it out*
- Visit 'The Rock' in the Red Centre
- Climb 'Heart Attack Hill' and explore Kings Canyon
- Walk through The Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
- Sleep under the stars
- Enjoy the sunset at Uluru
- Discover the underground opal mining town of 'Coober Pedy'
- Explore the Flinders Ranges
From Alice Springs, we journey across the rugged Outback to Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of the Rock – it’s awesome! We learn about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy walk around the base of Uluru and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your culturally accredited guide. There’s no better way to finish the day than watching the amazing sunset over Uluru, before snuggling inside your swag under the star-studded desert sky.
After an early breakfast, we’ll head to Kata Tjuta for a sunrise and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds, with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times with steep sections and a duration of about 3 ½ hours. After lunch and optional activities, we then drive to Kings Creek Station where we settle under the stars for the night.
Today we set out early for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and breath-taking gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours) experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about local Aboriginal culture. This afternoon we drive to one of our campsites at Kulgera, Erldunda or bush camp in swags.
We hit the highway to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible change of scenery. We’ll get the chance to visit the Opal Mine and Museum where we’ll learn the history of the town. The highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Soon after you’ll get the chance to taste one of the most amazing pizzas in the outback before spending the night in a bunkhouse sleeping the way the locals do – underground!
After breakfast, we journey south into the foothills of the magnificent Flinders Ranges. On the way, we stop at Pimba and get a chance to view the salt lakes. We’ll stop en route for lunch before driving to Wilmington where we’ll sleep among the red gum trees.
We enjoy a morning walk through the stunning Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wildflowers and amazing wildlife: you might get the chance to spot kangaroos or wallabies. We enjoy our last lunch together, before heading to Adelaide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of camping is done on this trip?
Swag camping! A swag is a kind of bag that you can sleep in. It has a mattress and pillow inside and you can roll it up for storage. It has a flap you can put over your head for total cover but most people choose to fall asleep staring at the night sky!
Do I need a sleeping bag?
You will definitely want a sleeping bag in winter as it can get quite cold at night, especially the further south you are and in the Red Centre, around Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. In summer it is advisable as it can still be cool at night. We advise to bring along your own sleeping bag, otherwise you can hire one for $30.
I've heard the flies are bad in summer. Is this true?
In the warmer months, there can definitely be a lot of flies while travelling through the outback. It is advisable to bring a fly net in the warmer months.
What clothes do I need?
In summer the temperatures can be extremely hot when travelling through the outback. A shirt and shorts are all that is needed during these months though we recommend a light long-sleeved top and light long pants (zip-off) to minimise your exposure to the sun. It can still get cool at night and in the morning so you will want a jumper as well.
Definitely bring swimmers as there will be opportunities to swim at some locations. Sunglasses, as well as sunscreen SPF 30+ or better, are also a necessity no matter what time of year.
During winter the temperatures can be mild during the day but cold at night and in the morning when travelling through the centre of Australia. You will want a mixture of warm and cool clothes for this time of year. Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie, gloves and warm socks are recommended for use at night and in the morning. Further north near Darwin the temperature will not be so cold.
At all times of the year, you will need a hat. Preferably wide-brimmed.
April - November: Wednesday & Sunday
December - March: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
What to bring:
- Walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle
- Swimwear & towel
- Sleeping bag (or hire one from us for $30
- Most importantly, a sense of adventure!