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Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

AUD $882.00

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Highlights

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. Follow the route of the old Overland Telegraph line to the town of William Creek, situated on the largest cattle station in the world. The opal-mining outpost of Coober Pedy is like no other place in Australia, as scorching daytime temperatures have driven the town’s few residents to live underground. ‘Noodle’ for opals, hang out with some rescued joeys and spend the night in a subterranean bunker. See the best of Australia’s iconic Red Centre on guided walks around Uluru, Kings Canyon and the ancient red domes of Kata Tjuja.

Overview

Travel into Australia’s magnificent Red Centre on this Overland journey from Adelaide. From the red-rock moonscapes of William Creek and the Oodnadatta Track, the underground mining town of Coober Pedy to the towering domes of The Olgas, 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 (Ayres Rock) as you discover more about this breathtaking Australian region.



Breakfast Included: 6

Lunches Included: 7

Dinner Included: 6

 

 

Trip Dates

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26-JUN-2019 02-JUL-2019 AUD $882.00 N/A
03-JUL-2019 09-JUL-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
10-JUL-2019 16-JUL-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
17-JUL-2019 23-JUL-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
24-JUL-2019 30-JUL-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
31-JUL-2019 06-AUG-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
07-AUG-2019 13-AUG-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
14-AUG-2019 20-AUG-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
28-AUG-2019 03-SEP-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
11-SEP-2019 17-SEP-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
18-SEP-2019 24-SEP-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
25-SEP-2019 01-OCT-2019 AUD $833.00 N/A
02-OCT-2019 08-OCT-2019 AUD $882.00 N/A
09-OCT-2019 15-OCT-2019 AUD $882.00 N/A
16-OCT-2019 22-OCT-2019 AUD $882.00 N/A
23-OCT-2019 29-OCT-2019 AUD $882.00 N/A
30-OCT-2019 05-NOV-2019 AUD $882.00 N/A
06-NOV-2019 12-NOV-2019 AUD $980.00 N/A
13-NOV-2019 19-NOV-2019 AUD $980.00 N/A
27-NOV-2019 03-DEC-2019 AUD $980.00 N/A
18-DEC-2019 24-DEC-2019 AUD $980.00 N/A
25-DEC-2019 31-DEC-2019 AUD $980.00 N/A
01-JAN-2020 07-JAN-2020 AUD $980.00 N/A
22-JAN-2020 28-JAN-2020 AUD $980.00 N/A
29-JAN-2020 04-FEB-2020 AUD $980.00 N/A
19-FEB-2020 25-FEB-2020 AUD $980.00 N/A
26-FEB-2020 03-MAR-2020 AUD $980.00 N/A
18-MAR-2020 24-MAR-2020 AUD $980.00 N/A



Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

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 for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley, passing through a string of classic country towns on the way. 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. Spend the night camping in the Flinders Ranges, within the comfort of a swag (Australian bedroll). Total driving time takes around five hours.

Oodnadatta Track/William Creek

Today, head north out of the Flinders Ranges and pass through the mining town of Leigh Creek. Visit Lyndhurst for the outdoor gallery of eccentric outback sculptor, Talc Alf. You’re now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the overland telegraph line. Before you veer off the beaten track, stop in Marree for lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. Steer onto the renowned Oodnadatta Track and pass by Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake. Your last stop for the day is at William Creek, which has a population of about ten people. Temporarily increase this number as you bunk down in your swag for the night. Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours

Coober Pedy

Today drive through red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains on the way to Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station. Continue onto 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. Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours

Coober Pedy / Yulara

This morning, head out on a long day of driving (approximately 8-9 hours). Leave Coober Pedy and journey across the Moon Plains. Pass the Dingo Fence (the longest fence in the world) and take in views of the Breakaways Reserve, which was made famous by the film of Mad Max III. Late in the afternoon, arrive into Yulara in time for the sunset and enjoy some relaxation time at your campsite. Tonight sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag. Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

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. We walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru where you wiill 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts for you to browse. Head back to camp for lunch. There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5km.

Uluru/Kings Canyon

Today, explore one of the Red Centre's greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. The Olgas, as they're also known, are 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. Driving time is about six hours today, and you will walk approximately 2km.

Kings Canyon/Alice Springs

Put your hiking shoes on this morning and head out to explore the impressive formations and rock faces of Kings Canyon. Trek for 6 km along the Rim Walk, which takes you through a natural amphitheatre, past the striped sandstone domes of the ‘lost city’ and into the green oasis of the Garden of Eden. Enjoy a last lunch before making your way to the outback hub of Alice Springs (approximately five hours), where your adventure comes to an end. There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to depart. Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.










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Trip Code: PAASE7

Group Size: 24

Start: Adelaide

End: Alice Springs

Duration: 7

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