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Tour Central Australia Explorer

8 day / 7 night tour

$5200

Per person, Twin share

Central Australia
  • 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

Central Australia Explorer

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  • Requirements
  • Itinerary
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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.

  • 8 day / 7 night tour
  • Specialised small group tour (maximum 12 persons)
  • Travel in fully equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4WDs
  • Hosted by experienced tour guides
  • 2 nights’ outback accommodation and hospitality
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort Hotel
  • 3 nights’ glamping under the stars with camp fire dinner
  • All meals whilst on tour
  • All entries, tours, attractions as specified in full itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Tour the town sites and spend a night at Coober Pedy, the Opal Capital of the World.
  • Follow the Old Ghan Heritage Trail as we skirt the Painted Desert and Pedirka Desert
  • Have a refreshing dip at Dalhousie Springs before a night under the stars at Mount Dare
  • Experience Sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Enjoy the Sounds of Silence dining experience and astronomy tour
  • Explore Witjira & Watarrka National Parks
  • Marvell at the night skies and the richness of the outback landscapes
  • Walk the majestic Kings Canyon rim
  • Discover Hermannsburg, the Ochre Pits and Ormiston Gorge
  • Witness the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Discover the sites of Alice Springs

Premium Passenger

 

  • $5200 per person twin share
  • Includes all accommodation, all meals, inclusive tours, necessary permits.
  • NB: Tour costs exclude transfers to and/or from Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.
  • Regional Express (REX) Airlines have scheduled flights to Coober Pedy

 

Tag Along Participant

 

  • $1600 per person
  • Includes welcome & final dinner,  all camping fees & NP & Desert Park permits
  • Excludes:  inclusive tours and accommodation (Options are available)
  • NB: Tag Along participants must have suitable vehicle for tour destination

 

Departing

 

  • 9 MAY 2017
  • 15 JUNE 2017
  • 17 JULY 2017
  • 15 AUGUST 2017

Accommodation

All accommodation is twin share (except when camping) – single supplement applies ($500pp)

Itineraries

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.

Tour Requirements

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.

DAY 1: Coober Pedy (L,D)

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

DAY 2: Mount Dare 420 km (B,L,D)

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

DAY 3: Yulara (Uluru) 571 Km (B,L,D)

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.

DAY 4: Yulara (Uluru) (B,L,D)

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

DAY 5: Kings Canyon 303KM (B,L,D)

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

DAY 6: Ormiston Gorge 311KM (B,L,D)

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

DAY 7: Alice Springs 136KM (B,L,D)

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

DAY 8: Home Ports (B)

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.

 

  • 9 MAY 2017
  • 15 JUNE 2017
  • 17 JULY 2017
  • 15 AUGUST 2017
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