Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
Day 1. Perth to Alice Springs (D)
Your outback adventure commences with courtesy transfer to Perth Airport for your flight to Alice Springs. Overnight: Aurora Hotel, Alice Springs
Day 2. Alice Springs Desert Park (BD)
Enjoy 360 degree panoramic views overlooking Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill. The Alice Springs Desert Park is a unique park which depicts the central Australian desert. Professional guides will interpret how the plants and animals have adapted to the harsh landscape and how they are used by the Aboriginal people. At the historic Telegraph Station, discover what life was like 130 years ago. Connecting Adelaide and the rest of Australia with England, the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line was one of the greatest engineering achievements of the nineteenth century. Overnight: Aurora Hotel, Alice Springs
Day 3. MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorges (BLD)
From Alice Springs we travel west through the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, the second longest and highest mountain range in Australia, taking time to appreciate the beauty and history of the area. Enjoy lunch at Glen Helen Gorge then travel off road via the Red Centre Way to Kings Canyon. Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort, Watarrka National Park
Day 4. Kings Canyon (BLD)
Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls sculptured by the elements rising up 100 metres to a plateau of rocky domes. Energetic travellers can embark upon the 6km Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Half way along the walk is the Garden of Eden, a delightful area of cool waterholes and riverine vegetation. Alternatively, there is a more leisurely 2.6km walk along Kings Creek to a great lookout point. Next, we are on our way to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in time to catch the stunning sunset. Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Uluru
Day 5. Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) (BLD)
The spectacular sunrise over Uluru will last with you for a lifetime. The first rays of dawn set the desert alight and as the sun lifts above the horizon, marvel at the ever changing colours of The Rock. At the Cultural Centre, learn about the indigenous culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu people, and the unique environment of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Our next destination is the 36 steep sided domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas). For those keen to discover the splendour of the Red Centre environment there will be time for the Valley of Winds walk or shorter Walpa Gorge walk. Relax over a picnic lunch at Kata Tjuta then in the afternoon time will be available to enjoy Uluru’s nature trails and another sunset viewing. Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Uluru
Day 6. Over the Border (BD)
Experience another Uluru sunrise before farewelling the Red Centre and crossing the border into South Australia, on our journey deep into the Australian Outback. Overnight: Marla Traveller’s Rest, Marla
Day 7. Oodnadatta Track and Painted Desert (BD)
Leaving the bitumen behind we join the legendary Oodnadatta Track stock route. Lunch is at Oodnadatta, once an important stopover point on the Old Ghan railway. The town has a rich and colourful history, including the Transcontinental Hotel, where scenes in the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert were filmed. The Painted Desert, an area of spectacular colourful hills that nature has taken 80 million years to create, features some of the most spectacular outback country in Australia made famous by the Mad Max movies. Overnight: Mud Hut Motel, Cooper Pedy
Day 8. Coober Pedy (BD)
Enjoy a town tour including Saint Peter and Paul’s underground Catholic Church, the Big Winch - Coober Pedy’s most prominent landmark and a guided tour of an old opal working mine. Located a short distance north, The Breakaways are a striking and unique arid landscape providing breathtaking views from the flat-topped mesas. Enjoy time at your leisure to explore this unique underground outback township. Overnight: Mud Hut Motel, Cooper Pedy.
Day 9. Lake Eyre South, Afghan Camelmen (BD)
From Coober Pedy our outback adventure continues as we re-join the Oodnadatta Track. Enjoy a refreshing stop at Coward Springs, a permanent wetland oasis and amazing desert ecosystem of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles. Following the route of the Old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph we pass Lake Eyre South. At Marree, on the junction of the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks, learn about the important role Afghan Camelmen played in the development of Australia’s outback. Overnight: Leigh Creek Tavern, Leigh Creek.
Day 10. Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary (BD)
Our off road adventure continues into the northern Ikara -Flinders Ranges to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Winner of a coveted SA Tourism Hall of Fame award featuring rugged mountains, towering granite peaks, magnificent gorges and home to over 160 species of birds and the endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, it is South Australia’s premier ecotourism destination. In the afternoon, in specially constructed open-top 4WD vehicles, we embark upon the Arkaroola Ridge Top Tour. With the Sanctuary’s accredited ecotourism tour guides journey to the depths of ancient seabeds and across the razor-back ridges and peaks of the Flinders Ranges’ most rugged mountains, to the magnificent climax at Sillers Lookout, for 360-degree panoramic views. An optional “Tour the Universe” astronomy tour of Australia’s largest privately owned astronomical observatory is available in the evening (at own expense). Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Ikara-Flinders Ranges
Day 11. Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound (BD)
Leaving Arkaroola we travel south to the edge of the Strzelecki Desert near Lake Frome then over the Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Blinman. Visits to Parachilna Gorge, Brachina Gorge and Razorback Lookout are included on our spectacular Flinders Ranges scenic drive to Wilpena Pound. Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort, Wilpena Pound.
Day 12. Moralana Scenic Drive, Pichi Richi Pass, Wadlata Outback Centre (BD)
Moralana Scenic Drive, passing between the southern wall of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Elder Range, features stunning scenery and is one of the best drives through the Ikara-Flinders Ranges. Appreciate and photograph the stunning red cliffs of Warren Gorge, then travel via the Pichi Richi Pass to Port Augusta. We finish our outback touring at the Wadlata Outback Centre, one of the best interactive museums in Australia. The Tunnel of Time will take you on a journey through time in the Flinders Ranges and outback of South Australia. Overnight: Best Western Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta
Day 13. Horrocks Pass, Melrose Museum and Clare Valley (BD)
Travel via Horrocks Pass to Melrose where we visit the Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre to discover its living history. At Laura, home of famed Golden North ice cream, savour the delicious ice cream flavours at friendly cafés in the main street. Travelling into the Clare Valley wine region we stop to explore the charming town of Clare. At Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest and most famous winery in the Clare Valley, taste their outstanding wines and experience the winery’s unique heritage and spiritual character. Sevenhill Cellars was established by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1851 to produce sacramental wine and the tradition still continues today. Continue through the Clare Valley to Adelaide where, over farewell drinks and dinner, relive the unforgettable sights and experiences of your epic outback discovery adventure. Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, Adelaide.
Day 14. Homeward Bound (B)
We transfer you to the airport for your return flight to Perth where our courtesy small charter vehicle will be waiting to transfer you safely home.
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