Discovery Outback South Australia and Red Centre
Discovery Outback South Australia and Red Centre
14 days

Featuring Kings Canyon, Uluru and Clare Valley

Overview

Explore the Red Centre and outback South Australia aboard a four-wheel-drive luxury coach. Highlights include the Majestic MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), the Oodnadatta Track, Coober Pedy opal fields and the Flinders Ranges, including Wilpena Pound and the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.

Australian Destination Northern Territory, South Australia
International Destination
Tour Date 05 to 18 May 2021
Number Of Days 14 days
Tour Price From (per person twin share) $6,710
Tour Cost Adult$0
Tour Price Single Option $1,095

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highlights
  • Alice Springs
  • MacDonnell Ranges
  • Kings Canyon
  • Uluru
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Field of Lights Illumination
  • Oodnadatta Track
  • Coober Pedy
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Clare Valley

Pre/post tour transfers (ex Perth, WA)

Airfares and taxes* (ex Perth, WA)

29 meals

13 nights’ accommodation

Outback tours and attractions

Experienced 4WD Coach Captain

Professional Villa Tour Leader

Local Guides

Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
 
Day 1. Perth to Alice Springs (D)       
Your outback adventure commences with a courtesy transfer to Perth Airport for your flight to Alice Springs. Overnight: Aurora Hotel, Alice Springs
 
Day 2. Alice Springs Desert Park (BD)
Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views overlooking Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill. The Alice Springs Desert Park is a unique place depicting the central Australian desert. Professional guides discuss how the plants and animals have adapted to the harsh conditions and how they are used by the Aboriginal people. At the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, discover what life was like 130 years ago. Connecting Adelaide and the rest of Australia with England, the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line was one of the greatest engineering achievements of the nineteenth century. Overnight: Aurora Hotel, Alice Springs
 
Day 3. MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorge (BLD)
Travelling west, we will take in the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, which is the second longest and highest mountain range in Australia. Enjoy lunch at Glen Helen Gorge, then travel via the Red Centre Way to Kings Canyon. Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort, Watarrka National Park
 
Day 4. Kings Canyon (BLD)       
Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls sculptured by the elements rising up 100 metres to a plateau of rocky domes. Energetic passengers may choose to embark on the six-kilometre Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Half way along the walk is the Garden of Eden, a delightful area of cool waterholes and riverine vegetation. Alternatively, there is a more leisurely 2.6-kilometre walk along Kings Creek to a great lookout point. Next, we make our way to Uluru in time to view a stunning sunset. Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Uluru
 
Day 5. Uluru, Kata Tjuta & The Field of Lights Illumination (BLD)
Enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Uluru this morning, as the first rays of dawn set the desert alight. As the sun lifts above the horizon, marvel at the changing colours on this world-renowned rock. At the Cultural Centre, learn about the indigenous culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu people, and the unique environment of Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. Our next destination is the 36 steep-sided domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). For those keen to discover the splendour of the Red Centre environment, there will be time for the Valley of Winds walk or the shorter Walpa Gorge walk. Relax over a picnic lunch at Kata Tjuta, then in the afternoon there will be time to enjoy Uluru’s nature trails and sunset. Experience sunset at Uluru this evening, then admire the Field of Light Uluru illumination. Critically acclaimed and created by the internationally celebrated artist, Bruce Munro, the illumination is truly remarkable. Covering more than seven football fields, it will light up the desert as far as your eyes can see with colour! Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Uluru
 
Day 6. Over the border (BD)     
Experience another Uluru sunrise before leaving the Red Centre and crossing the border into South Australia on our journey deep into the Australian outback. Overnight: Marla Traveller’s Rest, Marla
 
Day 7. Oodnadatta Track and Painted Desert (BD)     
Leaving the bitumen behind, we join the legendary Oodnadatta Track stock route. Lunch is at Oodnadatta, which was once an important stopover point on the Old Ghan Railway. The town has a rich and colourful history, and the Transcontinental Hotel featured in the movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The Painted Desert, an ancient area of spectacular colourful hills is home to some of the most spectacular outback country in Australia, and was made famous by the Mad Max movies. Overnight: Mud Hut Motel, Coober Pedy
 
Day 8. Coober Pedy (BD)
Enjoy a town tour including Saint Peter and Paul’s underground Catholic Church, the Big Winch - Coober Pedy’s most prominent landmark and a guided tour of an old opal working mine. Located a short distance north, the Breakaways are a striking and unique arid landscape providing breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Enjoy time at your leisure to explore this unique underground outback township. Overnight: Mud Hut Motel, Coober Pedy
 
Day 9. Lake Eyre South and Afghan cameleers (BD)  
Leaving Coober Pedy, our outback adventure continues as we re-join the Oodnadatta Track. Enjoy a refreshing stop at Coward Springs, a permanent wetland oasis and amazing desert ecosystem of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles. Following the route of the Old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph, we pass Lake Eyre South. At Marree, on the junction of the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks, learn about the important role Afghan cameleers played in the development of Australia’s outback. Overnight: Leigh Creek Tavern, Leigh Creek
 
Day 10. Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary (BD)         
Our off-road adventure continues into the northern Ikara-Flinders Ranges to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Winner of a prestigious South Australia Tourism Hall of Fame Award, it is South Australia’s premier eco-tourism destination. Home to more than 160 species of birds and the endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby, the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is located amongst mountains, towering granite peaks and magnificent gorges. In the afternoon, we will set off on the Arkaroola Ridge Top Tour in open-top four-wheel-drive vehicles with experienced tour guides. On this tour, we will travel to the depths of ancient seabeds and across the razor-back ridges and peaks of the Flinders Ranges’ rugged mountains, to the magnificent climax at Sillers Lookout for 360-degree panoramic views. An optional “Tour the Universe” astronomy tour of Australia’s largest privately owned astronomical observatory is available in the evening (at own expense). Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Ikara-Flinders Ranges
 
Day 11. Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound (BD)     
Leaving Arkaroola, we travel south to the edge of the Strzelecki Desert near Lake Frome then over the Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Blinman. Visits to Parachilna Gorge, Brachina Gorge and Razorback Lookout are included on our spectacular Flinders Ranges scenic drive to Wilpena Pound. Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort, Wilpena Pound
 
Day 12. Moralana Scenic Drive, Pichi Richi Pass, Wadlata Outback Centre (BD)
Moralana Scenic Drive, passing between the southern wall of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Elder Range, features stunning scenery and is one of the finest drives through the Ikara-Flinders Ranges.  Appreciate and photograph the stunning red cliffs of Warren Gorge, then travel via the Pichi Richi Pass to Port Augusta. We finish our outback touring at the Wadlata Outback Centre, one of the best interactive museums in Australia. The Tunnel of Time will take you on a journey through time in the Flinders Ranges and outback of South Australia. Overnight: Best Western Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta
 
Day 13. Horrocks Pass, Melrose Museum and Clare Valley (BD)     
Travel via Horrocks Pass to Melrose where we visit the Melrose Courthouse Museum to discover the area’s interesting history. At Laura, home of famed Golden North Ice Cream, savour the delicious flavours at quaint caf├ęs in the main street. Travelling into the Clare Valley Wine Region we stop to explore the charming town of Clare. We will then stop at Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest and most famous winery in the Clare Valley to taste their outstanding wines and experience the winery’s unique heritage and spiritual character. Sevenhill Cellars was established by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1851 to produce sacramental wine and the tradition still continues today. Continue through the Clare Valley to Adelaide, where you can re-live the unforgettable sights and experiences of your epic outback discovery adventure over drinks and dinner. Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden, Adelaide
 
Day 14. Homeward bound (B)   
We transfer you to the airport for your return flight to Perth, where our courtesy small charter vehicle will be waiting to transfer you safely home.
 
Itinerary is subject to change. Terms and conditions apply. FreeCall 1800 066 272 for details.
 

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