8 day / 7 night tour
Per person, Twin share
- Specialised small group tour (maximum 12 persons)
- Travel in fully equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4WDs
- Hosted by experienced tour guides
- All meals whilst on tour
- Airport transfers
This tour will take us through the very heart of Central Australia. From Coober Pedy, Opal Capital of the World, we’ll travel through the northern deserts of South Australia before heading across to the spectacular landscapes of Uluru, Kata-Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Marvel at the beauty of the West Macdonnell Ranges as we travel to our final destination of Alice Springs.
All accommodation is twin share (except when camping) – single supplement applies ($500pp)
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions. Whilst your guide will always try to run to the scheduled itinerary, it may at times be necessary to change the itinerary slightly to ensure passengers safety.
Due to the nature of our tours, we recommend you bring clothing that is suitable to the destination including swimming gear and comfortable walking shoes; along with your required toiletries, a towel, camera and extra money for snacks, alcohol or activities.
You should also bring a small day pack with hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch and insect repellent (Bushmans).
We also recommend you bring any medication and/or motion sickness tablets (if required),
We would also like you to bring your own pillow, because everyone likes their own pillow, and a sleeping bag to suit the climate you are travelling through.
Your baggage must be limited to one (1) duffel-style bag (max. 60ltr) per person for your clothing and personal effects; along with one (1) soft duffel-style bag for your sleeping bag and pillow.
Guests arrive in Coober Pedy from their home ports. Your flight will be met by our tour guides and guests transferred to your overnight accommodation in Coober Pedy – Opal Capital of the World.
Around 150 million years ago, Coober Pedy was covered by ocean – and when the water receded, the sandy silica minerals from the seabed flowed into the rocky cracks and cavities and solidified over time into multi-coloured gem-stone – which we know as opal.
In the afternoon we will jump on board with Arid Area Tours, who will offer an insight into this unique outback opal mining town. With a local guide you will experience the towns rich history, diverse culture, underground homes and churches and outback charm.
We will enjoy the Coober Pedy hospitality with a welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Coober Pedy Accommodation
This morning we’ll head out from Coober Pedy across to Oodnadatta, where we link up with the Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail.
Oodnadatta, South Australia, is landlocked by 7,800 square kilometres of cattle stations in arid pastoral rangelands close to the Simpson Desert.
The Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail route is an adventure of historical interest with railway sidings, stone railway buildings, track remnants, bridges and railway infrastructure. The route was also followed by the Overland Telegraph (est.1872) that linked Australia with the rest of the world for the first time with telegraph communication. Telegraph Repeater Station ruins and settlements are also on route. One of the main reasons the route evolved is because it follows the natural artesian springs that surface from the Great Artesian Basin, providing water at regular intervals.
From Oodnadatta, we’ll follow the trail to Dalhousie Springs. Dalhousie Springs is a group of over 60 natural artesian hot springs located in Witjira National Park on the western fringe of the Simpson Desert.
We’ll then travel through to Mount Dare, our stopover for tonight. Mount Dare is ideally situated on the Western edge of the Simpson Desert just 10km south of the Northern Territory border. We’ll will enjoy the facilities and hospitality of the Mount Dare Hotel before retiring to our campsite for the night.
Accommodation: Mount Dare campsite
This morning we’ll head north, crossing the border into the Northern Territory, with our first stop at Finke.
The community takes its name from the usually dry Finke River (one of the oldest river systems in the world dating back 350 million years) that meanders through the area traditionally known as Aputula. The name Aputula is still used by the approximately 160 local Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people when referring to their community of Finke.
Finke was originally established as a railway siding on the original Ghan railway line until in 1981 when the railway line was relocated 150km to the west. Apart from the general tourism in the area, Finke has become famous as the midway point for the annual Finke Desert Race. The race features bikes, cars and buggies competing over many kilometres of red sandy roads and is reputed to be one of the most difficult races in one of the most remote areas of the world.
From here, we’ll travel west, over the Newland Ranges to meet the Stuart Highway at Kulgera and through to Erldunda, where we join the Lasseter Highway to Yulara.
At Yulara, we’ll be staying within the Ayers Rock Resort complex. Our two night stay allows us to relax and gives us time to experience the natural wonders of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Accommodation: Ayers Rock Resort Outback Pioneer Hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll spend the morning at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you are free to wander.
Kata Tjuta and Uluru form the two major landmarks of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Kata Tjuta, formerly known as The Olgas, is a group of large ancient rock formations approximately 30 kilometres away from Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre.
The 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta are spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The highest point is Mount Olga, which was named in honour of Queen Olga of Württemberg.
After lunch, we have some spare time to relax before we enjoy the Sounds of Silence.
Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience. Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.
Accommodation: Ayers Rock Resort Outback Pioneer Hotel
Today we leave Yulara and head north along one of the Territory’s most famous drives, The Red Centre Way. This authentic outback journey takes in the vast chasms of Kings Canyon, in the Watarrka National Park. At Kings Creek Station, we’ll continue through to Kings Canyon Campground. After setting up camp, we will have lunch before doing the famous Kings Canyon Rim Walk, a 6km walk around the rim of the canyon. We will then return to camp for a campfire dinner under the stars.
Accommodation: Kings Canyon Campground
This morning, we’ll break camp and head the Red Centre Way to the beautiful village of Hermannsburg.
Experience a truly remarkable part of Central Australia’s history as you wander around the old Lutheran Mission and get a glimpse of life for the early pioneers.
Learn about how the European settlers and local Aranda people built a thriving community, despite many difficulties and setbacks. Enjoy their stories, art and culture and be sure to try some of the famous Apple Strudel.
We will then travel through to our overnight stay at the beautiful, Ormiston Gorge, located 135km from Alice Springs, the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and its permanent water hole provide a refreshing finale to our day’s travels.
Accommodation: Ormiston Gorge Campground
Today we travel the final leg of our drive journey along Namatjira Drive towards Alice Springs. En route we visit the Ochre Pits, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Stanley Chasm and Simpsons Gap.
We’ll have an opportunity to have a look around Alice Springs before completing the day with dinner, where we can recap our experiences from throughout the week.
Accommodation: Alice Springs Caravan Park
This morning we’ll enjoy breakfast together before being transferred to the airport for you return journey home. Your flights from Alice Springs will enable you to enjoy views of the Australian outback.