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Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland tour
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Cultural Culture Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland package

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
7 days
From: $ 845 $ 121 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Discover the best of southern and central Australia on an epic road trip. Like a true Australian drover, spend your nights camping in a swag under the southern sky.
  • Visit the opal-mining outpost of Coober Pedy, where scorching daytime temperatures have driven the town’s few residents to live underground.
  • See the best of Australia’s iconic Red Centre on guided walks around Uluru, Kings Canyon and the ancient red domes of Kata Tjuja.
  • Journey into the heart of the stunning Flinders Ranges and take an easy hike around Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of rocky mountains.
  • 'Noodle' for opals, hang out with some rescued joeys and spend the night in a subterranean bunker in the Outback town of Coober Pedy.

Short Description

Travel into Australia’s magnificent Red Centre on this Overland journey from Adelaide. From the orange-rock spires of Warren Gorge, the underground mining town of Coober Pedy to the towering domes of Kata Tjuta, make your way through some iconic outback sights on your way to Alice Springs. See opal cutting demonstrations, meet the furry residents of a kangaroo orphanage, and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritual beliefs on a guided walk at Uluru as you discover more about this breathtaking Australian region.

Style Small group tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic (2*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Adelaide
End City Alice Springs

Itinerary

Day 1 Adelaide / Quorn / Wilpena Pound

Welcome to South Australia, where your adventure begins. You’ll be picked up from the Adelaide Central YHA at 6.30 am, so please arrive at least ten minutes before. Leave South Australia’s capital behind and head north to the quintessential country town of Quorn. After lunch enjoy expansive views of the Flinders Ranges as you drive towards Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of rocky mountains. Enjoy an easy group hike to explore the area.

Day 2 Warren Gorge / Quorn

Return to Quorn via a winding country road that passes rugged mountain ranges and crumbling colonial-era homesteads. Spend the day exploring this wild country. Hike through the orange rock spires of Warren Gorge, taking in pockets of unique flora along the way. Trek through low-lying native shrubbery and gnarled trees. As the sun sets, rest your weary limbs in the comfort of your accommodation for the evening, a historic grain mill.

Day 3 Coober Pedy

Leave Quorn in the rear-view mirror and head to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. Due to extremely hot temperatures in the area most of the town is constructed underground, with residents living in homes carved into the hillsides. Upon arrival take a guided tour of the town, an underground house and the opal mine (with opal cutting demonstration). The rest of the afternoon is free to explore. You may even like to try your hand at 'noodling' (fossicking) for opals. End the day with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight, stay in a multi-share underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy.

Day 4 Coober Pedy / Yulara

We’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Day 5 Yulara/Uluru

Rise early this morning and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the day is still fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of this incredible sandstone formation, which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. Walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru where you will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape. This exclusive experience will give you an insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts for you to browse. Head back to camp for lunch.

Day 6 Uluru/Kings Canyon

Today, explore one of the Red Centre's greatest treasures, Kata Tjuta, a group of domed red rocks rising spectacularly out of the desert. Like Uluru, they’re sacred to the Anangu people and are believed to be 500 million years old. Return to camp for lunch before travelling to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Spend the night in an exclusive campsite inside the park.

Day 7 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs

With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia’s answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City – all sites you’ll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch, it’s back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where this adventure concludes.

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I have never really camped before, now ready to book the Darwin to Perth, it was all just brilliant , can't believe I did it. I thought I loved India [ done 8 tours there] but now need to ditch the o/s brochures and work my way around the Australia one.
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it was brilliant, ive never really camped

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it was brilliant, ive never really camped before ,now ready to book the darwin to perth, _x000D_
it was all just brilliant , can't believe i did it,_x000D_
i thought i loved India [ done 8 tours there] but now need to ditch the o/s brochures and work my way around the aus one
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I'm 60yrs old and the other 6

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I'm 60yrs old and the other 6 travellers were all in their 20's. They were a wonderful fun group who connected so well. Cheif, our tour guide topped it off. He was a wonderful cook, incredibly knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone felt looked after. I especially liked the way he kept his eyes open for happenings in the wild eg wedge tailed eagles feeding, an obscure lizard, or wold horses. Things as an Australian I take for granted but were much appreciated by our visitors. _x000D_
It was a perfect time to be in the Outback weather wise. Cold at night but magnificent during the day._x000D_
Loved sleeping in the swags, sitting around the fire and learning so much about my own country that I wasn't aware of. Also interesting to hear about the journeys of the younger travellers and their perspective of Australia.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport All Terrain vehicle

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Accommodations

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt),Camping (with shared facilities) (1 nt),Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nts),Underground Multishare (1 nt)

Guides

All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Yor leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp or kitchen cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) as well as recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Central Alice Springs accommodation
  • Alice Springs
  • Alice Springs
  • NT
  • AUSTRALIA

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