Days
7
Price from
$1,390AUD

Cross this great land from the Centre to the far East on this overland journey

Pack your sturdiest hiking boots and don’t forget the snorkel – itineraries like this are a very rare thing indeed. For those keen to check out two of Australia’s best-known attractions – and cover some serious ground while at it – this off-road adventure across the Red Centre and into Cairns offers the chance to encounter an Australia few ever do. Starting off in outback Yulara, spend a few days exploring the region’s spectacular natural features – Uluru and Kata Tjuta not least of them – before hitting the road east into Queensland. Over the next few days you’ll be getting to know a part of Australia very rarely travelled, with myriad landscapes whizzing past and included stop-offs at little-known outposts like Boulia, Hughenden and Winton. As you near Cairns and its coastline, the scenery unfurls in lush, tropical rainforest and waterfall-fed swimming holes. This journey is equal parts road trip and environmental showcase of Australia’s incredible biodiversity.


Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Cairns, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback, Queensland
Style
Basix
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Code
POBRQY

Why we love this trip

  • Cut through the centre of Australia on one of the most remote 4WD tracks in the country

  • See the striking sands of the Red Centre to the sparkling turquoise waters of the North-East

  • Travel with a small group of 16 in a custom built 4WD

  • Get off the beaten track in a region that no other travel companies go

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a camping tour, so you will spend some nights sleeping in permanent tents

  • The temperatures in Australia can be quite extreme and it's important to stay hydrated

  • This is an overland trip so there is a focus on driving long distances, which is all a part of the experience

Itinerary

Drive out from Yulara to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the home of the captivating icon, Uluru (Ayer's Rock). See the many-headed Olga's and spend an hour navigating the boulders and bornhardts of this gigantic rock formation by foot. The 36 giant boulders here stand side by side, forming deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. When the sun starts to set, toast Uluru’s backlit horizon with a glass of sparkling and watch the rock's colours change. While you’re doing this, your tour host will be busy preparing dinner.

Notes: Total walking time today is around an hour.
Accommodation
  • Permenant camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise and shine folks, this morning’s sunrise is one you really won’t want to miss. After watching day break over the world’s largest slab of sandstone, enjoy an unguided walk around Uluru’s base before the day-trippers arrive. (Or just head back to bed. It’s your call). Get to know Uluru – and hear about the traditions and beliefs of the region’s traditional custodians, the Mala people – during a cultural interpretive walk led by an indigenous guide. There’ll also be the chance to inspect Aboriginal arts and crafts at the onsite Cultural Centre before travelling on to Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permenant camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Set out on a six kilometre hike Rim Walk around the rugged Kings Canyon, taking in key geographical sites such as the Lost City, Garden of Eden, and several other hidden highlights. Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National ParkWatarrka National Park and is one very photogenic place, so don’t forget to bring the camera. After lunch it’s back to Alice Springs for a night in this tiny Outback hub.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Accommodation
  • Alice Lodge Backpackers (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a free day getting to know the sights and attractions of Alice Springs. Hear how Australia’s remote communities receive medical attention during a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service or drop in at the Reptile Centre and meet some of Australia’s most slithery and scaled critters.
Accommodation
  • Alice Lodge Backpackers (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We’ve got a fair bit of distance to cover today, so sit back and settle in for a day of driving (approx. 9 hours). The Australian Outback is often depicted as one vast desert wasteland, so you may be surprised at how much there actually is to see. Rocky escarpments rise abruptly from barren scrublands, pale skies merge into far-off horizons and you might even spy flocks of wild camel lumbering away in the distance. Entering Queensland from the Northern Territory by road isn’t a common occurrence, so relish the feeling of being one of a very select few in one extremely remote region.

Note: Total driving time takes around nine hours.
Accommodation
  • Permenant camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leaving Boulia, it’s back on the road again – this time to Hughenden. First stop for the day is Winton, a small town with a surprisingly eventful history. QANTAS, now Australia’s national airline, had its first home in Winton; Waltzing Matilda, the Australia’s unofficial anthem, was first performed in the town’s pub; and in 1999 the fossil remains of Australia’s largest dinosaur, ‘Elliot’, were discovered by a local grazier. Even former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson popped in for a visit when a flight he was on had to make a forced landing. Continuing the journey east, watch the landscape develop from the dry desert country of Queensland’s southwest into the tropical greenery of the north.

Note: Total driving time takes around six hours.
Accommodation
  • Permenant camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Explore the coloured sandstone cliffs, tranquil waterholes and savanna plains of Porcupine Gorge. Stop in at Lynd Junction for a frothy or two at Australia’s smallest pub, then cool off with a dip in Millstream Falls in the Atherton Tablelands. This outback adventure finishes up on arrival in Cairns early evening.

Note: Total driving time takes around six and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Included Activities
  • Millstream Falls
  • Porcupine Creek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Hostel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Millstream Falls
  • Porcupine Creek

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Important notes

1. This trip meets passengers at either the Airport or the Desert Gardens Hotel around midday on day 1, and finishes in cairns around 6pm on day 7.
2. Onward travel must be booked the following day
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag, you can bring you own or purchase one from us
4. Trip can also start in Alice Springs early in the morning on day 1 see POBRQ
5. Trip also runs in reverse see POBQR

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