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The Ultimate 10 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Adventure

$1,995.00 $1,775.00

Transport:
All Terrain Vehicle
Difficulty:
Challenging
Accom:
Swag Camping
Duration:
10 days, 9 nights
Food:
All Meals
Guided?:
Fully
Departs:
Wednesdays at 6am
Arrives:
Alice Springs 6:30pm on day 10
A 10 day adventure showcasing all the best that South Australia has to offer! This is not a bus tour!

Join the adventure of a lifetime and explore some of the most remote and beautiful locations Australia has to offer! This is an outback camping expedition, not a bus tour! It’s a unique adventure that some consider one of the best experiences of their life.

You’ll become immersed in the real outback culture and lifestyle, sleeping around the campfire, swim in hot springs, hike, explore, find bush tucker, visit unique locations, discover Australia’s unique wildlife and learn about giving back to the local Aboriginal communities.

You’ll travel in a comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicle to locations others only dream of going. We visit the Painted desert, the Simpsons Desert, Local Aboriginal Communities, Lamberts Centre, Western Mcdonnell Ranges and of course Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.

If you’re an adventurer that likes to have an authentic experience and challenge yourself then this is the trip for you!

Includes:

  • Trained, experienced, friendly tour guide
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Travel in comfortable 4WD vehicle
  • Unique locations and experiences

**$200 levy is payable on departure**

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Description

  • Explore the Flinders Ranges
  • Spencer Gulf
  • Visit the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy
  • Unique Outback experience
  • Visit Wilpena Pound
  • The Dingo Fence
  • William Creek Pub
  • Lake Eyre
  • Aboriginal culture
  • Drive the Oodnatta Track
  • Visit Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

Day 1 - Flinders Ranges

SOUTHERN & CENTRAL
Our epic journey departs Adelaide and heads north visiting coastal villages with their rich maritime history. By lunch time we are in the Flinders Ranges, one of oldest mountain ranges on earth. Walk through Mambray Creek National Park, where you have spectacular views of the mountains and Spencer Gulf. Enjoy lunch surrounded by towering peaks that are as old as time itself. Kangaroos and emus are abundant in this area. Travel through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to the classic old township of Quorn, which was once the start of the original Ghan Railway. Head out on the dirt tracks and search for the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies at Warren Gorge Conservation Park before settling in to a wholesome camp-cooked meal. Roll out your swags and sleep happy and content under millions of stars.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Night 1 - Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water (Flush toilets available during the day)

Day 2 - Flinders Ranges

WILPENA POUND & NORTHERN FLINDERS
Today we visit an Aboriginal ceremonial site, where you will see rock art dating back thousands of years. Continue to Wilpena Pound for a beautiful bush walk with magnificent views of this amazing natural amphitheatre, one of the unique wonders of the world. Lunch is in the heart of Wilpena Pound, followed by an awe-inspiring drive along the northern side of Wilpena through the famous Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges known as the ‘Corridors Through Time’. This spectacular journey will show you 900 million years of geological history where you will see fossils dating back to the beginning of life on earth.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 2 - Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water (Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time)

Day 3 - Oodnadatta Track

MARREE & DINGO FENCE
Leave the splendour of the rugged mountain scenery and travel north into the outback of Australia.  At Lyndhurst we begin our epic journey up the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway. At Marree we explore this remote outback town which is also the beginning of the famous Birdsville Track. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements, including many ghost towns.

Cross the Dingo Fence which is the longest man made fence in the world. This helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down. Check out Lake Eyre South, which is approximately 11m below sea level. The Lake Eyre Basin is about the size of Belgium.

Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 3 - Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water (Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time)

Day 4 - Coober Pedy

ANNA CREEK STATION, MOON PLAINS & PAINTED DESERT
In the morning, visit the remote and unique William Creek Pub, population currently 6. Then travel through Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in Australia! Arriving at Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world, go underground on a mine tour and watch an opal cutting display. You will have the opportunity to purchase this rare gemstone direct from the mine. Meet the locals who live in houses under the ground in one of the most arid landscapes in the world.

We now venture out into the real outback to the Painted Desert and camp amongst the beautiful Arckaringa Hills. No bus tours out here mate!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 4 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water (Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time)

Day 5 - Simpson Desert

OODNADATTA & RED SAND HILLS
Continue our 4WD expedition to the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta, the last sign of civilisation before heading out into the Simpson Desert. Oodnadatta has Australia’s first Royal Flying Doctor Clinic which is still operating. Later in the day continue into the remote outback of South Australia, crossing the red sand hills of the Simpson Desert.

WINTER: Soak the night away in a desert oasis at Dalhousie Hot Springs where the thermal water bubbles up from the Great Artisan Basin at approximately 32°C.

SUMMER: Head to Eringa Waterhole and Mt Dare.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

(Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time)

Night 5 -

WINTER: Bush camp near hot spring, shower and drop toilet available.
SUMMER: Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

Day 6 - Geographical Centre of Australia

MOUNT DARE, FINKE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY & LAMBERT CENTRE
Further into the desert we go to Mount Dare, an old outback cattle station to re-fuel and stock up on supplies. Onto Finke, a traditional Aboriginal community (Note: this is not a tourist area, respect and privacy are required). Then it is onto Lambert Centre, the geographical centre of the Australia. Heading Bush is currently the only company to take our intrepid travellers to experience this incredibly remote outback area.

Spend the afternoon travelling into the heart of Central Australia, exploring this unique and
diverse land, which is alive with desert animals of all types.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 6 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water (Showers and flush toilets available at Mount Dare)

Day 7 - Uluru

BASE WALK, CULTURAL CENTRE & SUNSET AT THE ROCK
An exciting morning heading to Uluru. Spend time at the cultural centre where we can relax and learn the ways and listen to stories of the Anangu through displays and educational information. Join our guided walk around the base of Uluru which introduces you to the traditional food sources and spirituality of this area. Witness sunset over this ancient monolith with your small group of fellow adventurers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 7 – Camp at Yulara Camp Ground, full facilities.

Day 8 - Sunrise over Uluru

KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS) & VALLEY OF THE WINDS WALK
Sunrise at Uluru then head out to another sacred area for the Anangu and hike through the
spectacular canyons and rock formations of Kata Tjuta/ The Olga’s.

Learn about some of the bush tucker that grows in the area and photograph some of the most
beautiful scenery the desert has to offer.

After lunch we travel north towards Watarrka National Park and set up camp in the red sand
hills protected by the majestic desert oak trees.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 8 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water (Showers and flush toilets available in the morning at Yulara)

Day 9 - Kings Canyon

WATARRKA NATIONAL PARK & KINGS CANYON WALK
Regarded as one of the most rewarding walks of the tour, we spend approximately four hours
exploring Kings Canyon. Trek to places like the Amphitheatre and the Lost City in this land of
the Luritja Aboriginal people. Take time and soak up this ancient and special area.

In the afternoon, continue north west through more red desert sand dunes covered with an
amazing diversity of native flora. Pass the huge comet crater at Gosses Bluff and perhaps find
the elusive Thorny Devil which survive in this arid land.

Set up camp in the magnificent Western MacDonnell Ranges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Night 9 – Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water (Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time)

Day 10 - Western Macdonnell Ranges

SWIM, LAUGH, EXPLORE ALICE SPRINGS
Stop and say g’day to the outbush folks at Glen Helen then onto Ormiston Gorge. We will be
able to swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole or Simpson Gap before entering Alice Springs at around
5.00pm. Then get cleaned up, and hit the town with your new mates!.

These last ten days together, sharing this unique experience will leave you with a great sense of
achievement, fulfilment and new friends for life.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

*This is a tour into the sometimes unpredictable outback of Australia. Passengers need to bring an easy going outlook and a willingness to assist the tour guide at times. Advertised itineraries may vary due to circumstances beyond our control. No refund will be offered if we are unable to achieve all locations within the itinerary.

**$200 levy is payable on departure**

What To Bring:

Sleeping bag hire available for $20 on board.

Departs: Mondays at 6.30am to 7.30am from your city accommodation or Adelaide Central Bus Station


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