Days
6
Price from
$756AUD

Travel from Alice Springs to Adelaide on this overland adventure

Explore the natural wonders of Central Australia on an offroad adventure from Yulara to Adelaide. Take a tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock) with a local Indigenous guide, discover the Lost City of Kings Canyon, head underground in the world's opal capital for an insight into mining, explore the historic township of Port Augusta and wind through the world famous wineries of the Clare Valley.


Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback, South Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Code
PASAE6Y

Why we love this trip

  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand

  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru

  • Camp under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback

  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon

  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal communities on guided nature walks

  • Pack your swimmers! Our Uluru campsite has a swimming pool, and you can also take a dip at Kings Canyon pool after the rim walk.

  • In the opal-mining outpost of Coober Pedy, scorching daytime temperatures have driven the town’s few residents to live in underground ‘dugouts’. Explore the opal mine, hang out with some rescued joeys and spend the night in a subterranean bunker

Is this trip right for you?

  • Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.

  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

  • Camping out in the open may not appeal to some people, you'll need to bring a sleeping bag and be sleeping in tents for a couple of nights

  • Accommodation at Coober Pedy and Quorn is multishare and may be mixed gender.

  • Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Meet your group after lunch and drive on to the giant red rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Late afternoon we head to Uluru (Ayers Rock), where dinner, sunset and a glass of bubbles await. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or a swag (Aussie bedroll) under the stars.

Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking time is approximately one hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Rise and shine folks, you won’t want to miss this sunrise. After watching the world’s biggest rock gain its colour, set out for a walk around its base. When you get back there’ll be the opportunity to learn about Uluru’s local legendry on a cultural interpretative walk led by an indigenous guide. You might also want to check out the traditional arts and crafts on display in the on-site Cultural Centre. Tonight we camp out in Watarrka National Park – in an exclusive campsite, no less.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If one were to build a canyon fit for a king, Kings Canyon would be it. As Ernest Giles, the first European to enter the place asserted, if Kings were transported to any civilized land its ‘springs, glens, gorges, ferns, zamias and flowers would charm the eyes and hearts of toil-worn men who are condemned to live and die in crowded towns.’ During your time here we’ll get you to the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the Garden of Eden and the North and South walls. Then it’s on to Erldunda for another night’s camping.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking time is approximately two and half hours hour.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Southbound we go, over the state border and into South Australia. Lunch today is in the tiny town of Marla – population 72 – and then it’s on to Coober Pedy. While outwardly a little nondescript, this dusty desert outpost is the world’s opal capital. It’s also where Max Max: Beyond Thunderdome was filmed. Cool. Due to the region’s intense heat, most of the town here is underground. You’ll be taken through the main attractions on a guided tour and then meet the world’s cutest orphans at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. In keeping with the local way of doing things, we’ll be spending tonight underground. Also cool. And cooling.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Accommodation
  • Underground Multishare (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Underground Mine & Opal Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The populations just keep getting smaller as we make our way south along the Sturt Highway: Glendambo, the day’s first stop, has 30 residents (and 22,500 sheep). Central Australia’s salt lakes make for another interesting pass-by, as does the military weapons testing site of Woomera. We’re not allowed to visit here – presumably because it harbours top-secret military hardware or something – but this is your best chance of seeing Australia launch a satellite. Following lunch, we arrive in Port Augusta and carry on over the Pichi Richi Pass into Quorn, a sweet little historical railway township at the entrance to Richman Valley.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.
Accommodation
  • Dormitory (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Get the day underway with a morning hike up the Flinders Ranges. Roos, wallabies, emus, goannas, wedge-tailed eagles and more call these Ranges home, so keep your eyes peeled and be vewy, vewy quiet… The final leg of the journey rolls through the lush, rolling hills of Clare Valley. This is wine country. And it’s mighty pretty. The adventure wraps up on arrival in Adelaide.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Dormitory (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Underground Mine & Opal Tour

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Important notes

1. Your pick up may be from the Yulara Airport or the Desert Gardens Hotel, this will depend on your arrival flight time.
2. Trip finishes in Adelaide day 6 at approx 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag
4. You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on Day 1; please see tour code PASAE6.

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