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7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs + Uluru Tour

Adelaide to Alice Springs Tours

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Product Info

Duration 7 Days
Meals 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Group Size 1-24
Starts Adelaide
Ends Alice Springs
Tour Style Budget
Accommodation 5 x Camping and 1 x Dorm

Details

Get ready to embark on an epic adventure from Adelaide to Alice Springs, where you will experience the beauty and isolation of the beautiful Australian Outback. Meet some Kangaroo orphans, explore the spectacular opal mines that have made the township of Coober Pedy famous, visit Lake Eyre and the beautiful William Creek and still have plenty of time to explore the magnificent Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which is home to Uluru, the Olgas, Kings Canyon and the Valley of the Winds. 

  • Visit the worlds largest cattle station
  • Explore the beautiful Coober Pedy, home to the worlds largest Opal mine
  • See Uluru, Kings Canyon and the Olgas
  • Relax in the Clare Valley region
  • Visit to a Kangaroo orphanage

Itinerary

Day 1: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you’ll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state’s biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there’ll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag. Total driving time takes around five hours.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek

Leaving the Flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims ‘Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)’. Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, we’ll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek – base for the night. Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Coober Pedy

Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid-afternoon we’ll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life’s better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals, or finish the day at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage to see what’s hopping about. Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Coober Pedy / Yulara

We’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy, we 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. Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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 'the rock', which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. We 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 and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. . Head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, see the landscape from a different angle, perhaps from a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is optional and comes at an additional cost. There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5km.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Uluru/Kings Canyon

Uluru isn’t Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you’re keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock’s base, we recommend an early rise. Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which there’s the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day there’s also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before we hit the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Today, driving time is about four hrs and walking is up to ten kilometres.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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. Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch


Where You Sleep

Sleeping in Swags1 night will be spent in comfortable mixed-dorm accommodation with shared facilities. 2 nights will be spent in non-permanent standard camping pop-up tents or swags. 3 nights will be spent in a comfortable permanent tent with beds and mattress in a private campsite. All of your linen is provided including a pillow, pillow case and fitted sheet.

A swag, often used in the outback is like a giant sleeping bag which props up off the ground to give plenty of room and head space inside. It has 2 entry points, a very tough mosquito net to ensure your sleep will be undisturbed and a dense foam mattress.


Pickups / Departures

Departure Days: Wed

Joining point: Default pick up YHA Adelaide (135 Waymouth Street) @ 06.30am

The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Finishing point: Central Alice Springs accommodation

Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.


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