Outback to the Red Centre–Adelaide to Alice Springs

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Adelaide to Alice Springs

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Forego the typical coach tour and get off the beaten track from Adelaide to Alice Springs and explore some of the most remote areas on Earth. From Adelaide, hit the Flinders Ranges and cut through the Outback to the Red Centre. Here you’ll meet some of the locals, experience the mysteries of Uluru, and gain insight into regional Aboriginal and European history. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers looking to hit the Outback’s highlights, this itinerary features lots of inclusions for less than you'd expect.

What’s included

  • Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley
  • Aboriginal cultural centre visit
  • Underground mine tour
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre
  • Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Count the millions of stars of the outback sky
  • Sleep underground in the historic mining town of coober pedy
  • Enjoy the sunset over uluru.

Itinerary

Day 1 Adelaide There are no planned activities during the day, so check in and explore the city. Opt to go for a cruise to swim with dolphins (seasonal), take the tram to Glenelg beach, visit a nearby winery, grab lunch at the Central Market, or enjoy time getting lost in the city. Additional Notes: Ever wanted to swim with wild dolphins? Now's your chance, by adding the 'Dolphin Swim and Cruise' extra to your tour. Head out from Adelaide and search for these majestic creatures, before hopping into the water and going for a swim as they play around you. Available mid-Sept to June. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Adelaide is highly recommended as this activity starts early on Day 1. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Adelaide/Quorn (1B) Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 3 Quorn/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D) Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 150km)
Day 4 Flinders Ranges/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D) We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 5 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B) Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 200km)
Day 6 Coober Pedy/Kings Creek (1B, 1D) Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) around a campfire and sleep under the Outback sky. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)
Day 7 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L) Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
Day 8 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D) The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aboriginals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Day 9 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B) Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Alice Springs. The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening. Included Activities: Valley of the Winds Walk Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)
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