Days
9
Price from
$1,475AUD

Journey from the sunburnt Outback to lush Kangaroo Island

Capture the sprit of the Australia and discover its amazing diversity on this adventure from the heart of the Outback to the tip of Kangaroo Island. From Alice Springs to Adelaide, take a tour around Uluru with an Indigenous guide, discover the Lost City in the Kings Canyon, head underground in the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, explore the historic township of Port Augusta, and drive through the beautiful Clare Valley wine region. Stop in up-and-coming Adelaide, then travel to Kangaroo Island and sample a pristine nugget of the natural goldmine that is Australia. Check out a sea lion colony in Seal Bay, give sand boarding a shot in Little Sahara and perhaps head out on a walk in search of Vivonne Bay's wildlife. Spot koalas in Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, clamber about the bizarre natural sculptures of Remarkable Rocks and peer out at the ocean through the natural overhang of Admirals Arch. With plenty of activities on offer and abundant adorable wildlife, this 9-day trip makes for a unique Outback and island getaway.


Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback, South Australia, Kangaroo Island
Style
Basix
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Code
PBOSC

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

  • Dine 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

  • 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

  • Loll about with the local sea lions at Seal Bay

  • Give sandboarding a crack amid the white sand dunes of Little Sahara

  • Walk through Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in search of koalas in their gumtree hideouts

  • Take in the impressive coastal views from Remarkable Rock

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is made up of two separate tours and you'll be traveling with a different Guide for the Red Centre and Outback portion of your trip and Kangaroo Island. Each Guide specialises in their region of touring

  • The Kangaroo Island portion of the trip are two full days of touring. Whilst there isn't too much physical exertion, there are early starts and arrival back into Adelaide on the second day is late in the evening around 10:30pm.

Itinerary

Say a quick G’day to Alice, then board a bus for a journey into the Red Centre. First stop for the day is a working camel farm. Here you’ll have the chance to hop atop one of these iconic Arabian creatures for a glimpse of how Australia would have looked through the eyes of early explorers. Yep, much of Australia’s interior was first chartered with the use of camels. Enjoy lunch, then drive on to the giant red rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Late afternoon we head to Uluru, where dinner, sunset and a glass of bubbles await.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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
  • Lunch
  • 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. Head on to Adelaide, where you'll spend the next couple of nights.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a free day in Adelaide, one of those cities that has a little bit of something for everyone: award-winning gardens, 19th century churches, fresh seafood and enough good wines and wine bars to send a sommelier giddy. Discover the vibrant, eclectic, modern side of this city, with an emerging art and theatre scene to rival anything you’ll find in Melbourne or Sydney. Hit Hanley Beach, explore the nearby Barossa Valley, relax by the River Torrens, pick up some chocs at the Haigh's Factory, experience some Teutonic charm in the German neighbourhood of Hahandorf, or just indulge in the world class food and coffee.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We’ve got an early start this morning from your accommodation, before travelling along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing the water, look out over the side of the boat – it’s no unusual to be joined by a few dolphins along for the ride. Touch down on the island then make your first stop at Rob's Shearing and Sheepdogs to see firsthand a very Aussie occupation – sheep shearing. Continue on to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial distillery of the infinitely useful eucalyptus oil in South Australia. Next up is the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you’ll have the chance to see rare Australian sea lions up close in a wild breeding colony. From the sea to the desert – head to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara and give sand boarding a shot, before arriving at our exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. You’ll then have a spot of free time for kayaking on the Harriet River, taking a walk along one of the property’s tracks, hopping on a bike, dipping in for a swim, or just kicking back on Vivonne Bay beach. You’ll spend the night in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).

Note: The coach transfer from Adelaide to the ferry is approximately 1.5 hours, with a sailing time of 45 minutes. On the Island, you will spend approximately 2 hours in the vehicle with frequent sightseeing. Walking and active time will depend on which optional activities you choose in the afternoon.
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and search for koalas lazing in the eucalyptus trees. Next up it’s Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find a collection of boulders that really live up to their name – the Remarkable Rocks. You’ll arrive ahead of the crowds that come to see this signature sight of giant weathered stones that guard the view over Kirkpatrick Point. Ramble across the rocky coastline, admire the seascapes, then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks. Depending on the time and weather, make a few stops en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before our arrival back in Adelaide.

Note: Driving time whilst on the Island will be the majority of the day, with constant stops for sightseeing. The ferry Journey is approximately 45 minutes back to the mainland with a journey of 1.5 hours back to central Adelaide. Arrival time will be approximately 10:40pm. Walking distances are several hundred metres at each location.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

6 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Transfer coach, Ferry

Accommodation

Multishare dormitory (3 nights) Permanent tented camp (3 nights) Underground multishare (1 night) Lodge 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. This trip departs Alice Springs at 6:00am on day and and finishes at approximately 10:30pm on day 9. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. This trip can also start in Yulara, see code PBOSCY
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag
4. Accommodation in Adelaide on night 6 is at the Adelaide Central YHA. Please make your way to the Adelaide Central Bus Station at 6:45 on day 7, a 2 minute walk away.

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