7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Explorer

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Duration | 7 Days
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Embark on an Overland odyssey from Adelaide to Alice Springs on this week-long journey through the Outback. Watch the landscapes change as you leave Adelaide, passing through one of their finest wine regions and then on to the stunning Flinders Ranges.

Take the road less travelled along the Oodnadatta Track, passing by the epic Lake Eyre salt lake along the way. Try your luck at finding some opals in the strange underground town of Coober Pedy. Then immerse yourself in the natural and cultural wonders of the Red Centre by hiking through the domes of Kata Tjuta, watching the colours change over Uluru and hiking around the magical Kings Canyon, before finishing in Alice Springs.

What makes it Great?

  • Hike the beautiful Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound
  • Travel along the famous Oodnadatta Track
  • Stop to check out Lake Eyre, Australias largest Salt Lake
  • Camp outside the most remote Pub in Australia, William Creek Hotel.
  • Stay underground in unique accommodation of the old Coober Pedy Opal Mines
  • Sunrise and Sunset at Uluru
  • Guided Mala Indigenous interpretive walk
  • Hike through Kata Tjuta red rock boulders
  • Hike the rim of Kings Kanyon
  • Experience sleeping under the stars in an Australian swag

Inclusions:

Experienced guide, national park entrance fees, meals as indicated, accommodation transfers, Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk (min 2 passengers required) and one night dorm accommodation with shared facilities, five nights standard camping.

Departure times & locations:
From: Select Adelaide accommodation
Finishes: Select Alice Springs accommodation

Itinerary:

Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

We head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views of Flinders Ranges as we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one of Australia’s most magnificent natural features. We have the option of a few different hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges. (L,D)

Day 2: Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track

Today we leave the Flinders Ranges and head north passing by the mining town of Leigh Creek and visiting the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. Following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line but before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the renowned Oodnadatta Track as we pass by Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day and where we camp is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! (B,L,D)

Day 3: William Creek to Coober Pedy

We pass through desert landscapes and Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today’s first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the “Opal Capital of the World”. We take a town tour and view an underground house, as well as a mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try “noodling” (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (B,L)

Day 4: Coober Pedy to 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 phones fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours. (B,L,D)

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 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. 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 come at an additional cost. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Uluru to 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Get your hiking shoes on as we head out to explore the impressive towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. You’ll really appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, and discover the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden, and the North and South Walls. Enjoy a lunch break before we make our way to Alice Springs. (B,L)

Things To Bring

Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera, travel pillow, and sleeping bag (can be purchased for $45).

Booking Info:
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Departure times & locations:
From: Select Adelaide accommodation
Finishes: Select Alice Springs accommodation