EXPEDITION INTO THE OUTBACK
Routing: Adelaide to Alice Springs
Duration: 11 Days
From AUD$2,108.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 11 nights’ accommodation, 11 days unlimited km use of an intermediate sized car, full breakfast in Wilpena Pound, 20min scenic flight, half day 4WD tour, Desert Cave Experience tour and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,383.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 11 nights’ accommodation, 11 days unlimited km use of an intermediate sized car, full breakfast in Wilpena Pound and in Kings Canyon, 20min scenic flight, half day 4WD tour, Desert Cave Experience tour and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Adelaide to Wilpena Pound (460 km)
Heading North today, you will travel through Port Peirie and onto Port Augusta. This is quite a pleasant drive and will take around 4 hours, we recommend you stop and take a walk before continuing on up to Wilpena Pound. This extraordinary landscape is 800 million years old and has been home to Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years.
DAY 02: Wilpena Pound
Today you have a scenic flight with Air Wilpena, enjoy the stunning scenery and discover the history of this natural wonder. You also have a half day 4WD tour that will give another perspective of this amazing landscape.
DAY 03: Wilpena Pound to Port Augusta (162 km)
Travel back down the way you came, along the Hawker-Stirling North Road. There is plenty of time to stop in at the sleepy towns of Hawker and Quorn before arriving back in Port Augusta for the night. Port Augusta is a busy seaport town which is the last major centre along the road linking Western Australia with South Australia. Make sure you stock up on any necessities as this is the last major town until you reach Alice Springs.
DAY 04: Port Augusta to Coober Pedy (540 km)
Leaving Port Augusta travel north on the Stuart Highway into the real outback and desert of Australia. Travel on to the unique township of Coober Pedy. The name ‘Coober Pedy’ is Aboriginal for ‘white fellow’s hole in the ground’. This is extremely appropriate as most of the population live underground in dug-outs to protect them from the severe summer temperatures, often reaching 45C.
DAY 05: Coober Pedy
Today you have the Desert Cave Tour, where you will visit the working opal mine, and learn about the history and quirkiness of the unique underground city. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 06: Coober Pedy to Marla (235 km)
More time to explore Coober Pedy. Leaving Coober Pedy, continue travelling north on the Stuart Highway and pass through Cadney Homestead and onto Marla, which marks the start of the famous Oodnadatta Track.
DAY 07: Marla to Ayers Rock (500 km)
Leaving Marla, continue travelling through Kulgera, and then continue north another 75 kilometres to Erldunda and then turn off to Ayers Rock and Yulara Resort. This afternoon head out to the Rock, we suggest taking a slow drive around it before heading to “Sunset Strip” to see the famous Ayers Rock.
DAY 08: Ayers Rock
An entire day at leisure to explore all that the region has to offer. Take a walk around the Rock, a visit to the Cultural Centre, a Harley ride around the Rock or a scenic flight. This afternoon try a picnic lunch at the Olgas and a walk through the Valley of the Winds before viewing another spectacular sunset.
DAY 09: Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon (318 km)
This morning is at leisure to explore more of Ayers Rock. You may wish to rise early to experience the beautiful sunrise over Ayers Rock or take a walk into the majestic Olga Gorge. Leaving Ayers Rock behind take the Lasseter Highway and pass by the majestic flat topped mountain, Mt Conner. Turn left and take the Luritja Road to Kings Canyon. Skirt the rim of the Canyon and hold your breath
as you gaze 300 metres down to the valley floor. The soaring sandstone walls frame the “Garden of Eden”, a unique waterhole surrounded by palms and ferns. The best time of day for the Kings Canyon Rim Walk is early in the morning when it is cool.
DAY 10: Kings Canyon to (Alice Springs 476 km) OR Kings Canyon to Alice
Springs via the Mereenie Loop Road (390 km) 4WD access only
We recommend taking the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon early this morning, but it will be a very early morning to allow you enough time to drive onto Alice Springs. Depart Kings Canyon and return to the Lasseter Highway and turn left. Pass the Henbury Meteorite craters, formed around 4,700 years ago. Take the Stuart Highway north to Alice Springs. Spend the rest of the day exploring this beautiful part of the Australian Outback.
DAY 11: Alice Springs
Enjoy a full day of leisure in Alice Springs today, to explore the attractions and the surroundings areas or to simply rest up after the long drives of the past few days. Why not visit the Old Telegraph Station, the Aviation Museum or the original Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Alice Springs Desert Park provides a great opportunity to observe the bird and animal life in the desert, and is well worth a visit. Note, your vehicle is booked until tomorrow and should be returned by the same time it was collected on Day 1 to avoid additional charges.
Prices are subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid until 31 March, 2017. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.