6 Day Adelaide to Alice inc Uluru from $895
Hike through the southern Flinders Ranges, experience life underground in Coober Pedy, amazing sunrises and sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.
Trip length: 6 Days
Group size: 21
Start: Adelaide Tue, Sat (PLUS Thur DEC- MAR)
End: Alice Springs
Vehicle: Air Conditioned Coaster bus
Sleep: 4 nights Camping, 1 night underground bunkhouse
Day 1- Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
7.00am We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we’re heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. Our first night is spent camping the traditional Australian way: in a comfortable swag under the outback stars. (L,D)
Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy
Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles, will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy, and hear about the local indigenous people at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre. There’ll also be time to explore this remarkable town above and below the ground; try your luck fossicking or “noodling” for opals or just browse one of the many opal shops.
A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight we sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Coober Pedy to Uluru
It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach Uluru –nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Uluru and Kata Tjuta
We start the day by learning about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. We relax back at our campground and witness another brilliant Uluru sunset. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Uluru to Kings Canyon
After experiencing another glorious sunrise over Uluru while devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast, we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times, with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. We camp nearby in Kings Creek for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 6– Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Our last day is spent exploring Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch we begin our journey into Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm. (B,L)
We Provide: All meals as stated, Expierenced Guide and Air Conditioned Transport, National Park Entry camping equipment, 4 nights camping under the stars in swags + 1 night undergound bunkhouse accommodation and accommodation pickup.
You Bring: Hat, Towel, Swimwear, change of clothes, warm clothing in winter (May - Sep), comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, camera, sleeping bag (can hire for $20).
Luggage limit is 20kg applies in a soft bag or backpack. Passengers are allowed to bring alcohol as long as there is no glass.
It is your responsibility to advise if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.