This 10-day outback adventure tour through the Australian outback is rated by most passengers as one of the best experiences of their lives. We travel and explore some of the most remote areas on earth.

Unlike bus tours, our 4WD Expedition is the original outback camping expedition: Sitting round the camp fire, great bush cooking and sleeping under millions of stars. We take you where the others only dream of going, this is NOT your normal bus tour, we use 4WD vehicles and we explore some of the most isolated areas on earth including the Painted Desert, the Simpson Desert, Thermal Hot Springs, Finke Aboriginal Community, Lamberts Centre (the geographical centre of Australia), Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the Western McDonnell Ranges. We are the only company to include the Western McDonnell Ranges in an Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour.

Our Tour Guides are specially trained in leading desert expeditions, remote First Aid and can provide a wealth of local knowledge. You’ll swim in outback hot springs, hike and explore the untamed wilderness, experience Australia’s unique wildlife and witness the outback’s greatest landscapes. You will meet some of the locals, learn about regional Aboriginal and European history and have the best Adelaide to Alice Springs tour experience available.

So if you are a traveller that has come to explore one of the most remote and exciting frontiers in the world; if you understand that an expedition into the outback can always be unpredictable and offer challenging situations; if you are a happy, outgoing person, and are willing to help in camp and general expedition activities, then you are welcome to join our small group of outback adventurers.

Departure Dates

Second Monday of every month.

$2495 all inclusive

Discounted Price:

$1750 (10th Apr 2017)

 + LCF = $200

*Student Discounts Available

Please email at info@headingbush.com to receive special price

Land Content Fee are fees paid to National Parks, Aboriginal communities and the many outback businesses and communities that we visit and support.

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Itinerary:

SOUTHERN & CENTRAL Our epic journey departs Adelaide and heads north visiting coastal villages with their rich maritime history. By lunch time we are in the Flinders Ranges, one of oldest mountain ranges on earth. Walk through Mambray Creek National Park, where you have spectacular views of the mountains and Spencer Gulf. Enjoy lunch surrounded by towering peaks that are as old as time itself. Kangaroos and emus are abundant in this area. Travel through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to the classic old township of Quorn, which was once the start of the original Ghan Railway. Head out on the dirt tracks and search for the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies at Warren Gorge Conservation Park before settling in to a wholesome camp-cooked meal. Roll out your swags and sleep happy and contented under millions of stars.

Meals: (L) (D) Flush toilets available during the day

Night 1 ~ Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water.

WILPENA POUND & NORTHERN FLINDERS Today we visit an Aboriginal ceremonial site, where you will see rock art dating back thousands of years. Continue to Wilpena Pound for a beautiful bush walk with magnificent views of this amazing natural amphitheatre, one of the unique wonders of the world. Lunch is in the heart of Wilpena Pound, followed by an awe-inspiring drive along the northern side of Wilpena through the famous Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges known as the ‘Corridors Through Time’. This spectacular journey will show you 900 million years of geological history where you will see fossils dating back to the beginning of life on earth.

Meals: (B) (L) (D) Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time.

Night 2 ~ Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water

Marree & Dingo Fence
Leave the splendour of the rugged mountain scenery and travel north into the outback of Australia.  At Lyndhurst we begin our epic journey up the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway. At Marree we explore this remote outback town which is also the beginning of the famous Birdsville Track. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements, including many ghost towns.

Cross the Dingo Fence which is the longest man made fence in the world. This helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down. Check out Lake Eyre South, which is approximately 11m below sea level. The Lake Eyre Basin is about the size of Belgium.

Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries.

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time.

Night 3 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

Anna Creek Station, Moon Plains & Painted Desert
In the morning, visit the remote and unique William Creek Pub, population currently 6. Then travel through Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in Australia! Arriving at Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world, go underground on a mine tour and watch an opal
cutting display. You will have the opportunity to purchase this rare gemstone direct from the mine. Meet the locals who live in houses under the ground in one of the most arid landscapes in the world.

We now venture out into the real outback to the Painted Desert and camp amongst the beautiful Arckaringa Hills. No bus tours out here mate!

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time.

Night 4 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

Oodnadatta & Red Sand Hills
Continue our 4WD expedition to the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta, the last sign of civilisation
before heading out into the Simpson Desert. Oodnadatta has Australia’s first Royal Flying Doctor
Clinic which is still operating. Later in the day continue into the remote outback of South
Australia, crossing the red sand hills of the Simpson Desert.

WINTER: Soak the night away in a desert oasis at Dalhousie Hot Springs where the thermal
water bubbles up from the Great Artisan Basin at approximately 32°C.

SUMMER: Head to Eringa Waterhole and Mt Dare.

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time.

Night 5

WINTER: Bush camp near hot spring, shower and drop toilet available.
SUMMER: Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

Mount Dare, Finke Aboriginal Community & Lambert Centre
Further into the desert we go to Mount Dare, an old outback cattle station to re-fuel and stock
up on supplies. Onto Finke, a traditional Aboriginal community (Note: this is not a tourist area,
respect and privacy are required). Then it is onto Lambert Centre, the geographical centre of
the Australia. Heading Bush is currently the only company to take our intrepid travellers to
experience this incredibly remote outback area.

Spend the afternoon travelling into the heart of Central Australia, exploring this unique and
diverse land, which is alive with desert animals of all types.

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Showers and flush toilets available at Mount Dare.

Night 6 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

Base walk, Cultural Centre & Sunset at The Rock
An exciting morning heading to Uluru. Spend time at the cultural centre where we can relax
and learn the ways and listen to stories of the Anangu through displays and educational
information. Join our guided walk around the base of Uluru which introduces you to the
traditional food sources and spirituality of this area. Witness sunset over this ancient monolith
with your small group of fellow adventurers.

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Night 7 – Camp at Yulara camp ground, full facilities.

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas),Valley of the Winds walk
Sunrise at Uluru then head out to another sacred area for the Anangu and hike through the
spectacular canyons and rock formations of Kata Tjuta/ The Olga’s.

Learn about some of the bush tucker that grows in the area and photograph some of the most
beautiful scenery the desert has to offer.

After lunch we travel north towards Watarrka National Park and set up camp in the red sand
hills protected by the majestic desert oak trees.

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Showers and flush toilets available in the morning at Yulara.

Night 8 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

Watarrka National Park & 4 hour Rim walk
Regarded as one of the most rewarding walks of the tour, we spend approximately four hours
exploring Kings Canyon. Trek to places like the Amphitheatre and the Lost City in this land of
the Luritja Aboringinal people. Take time and soak up this ancient and special area.

In the afternoon, continue north west through more red desert sand dunes covered with an
amazing diversity of native flora. Pass the huge comet crater at Gosses Bluff and perhaps find
the elusive Thorny Devil which survive in this arid land.

Set up camp in the magnificent Western MacDonnell Ranges.

Meals: (B) (L) (D)

Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time.

Night 9 – Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water.

Swim, Laugh, Explore, Alice Springs
Stop and say g’day to the outbush folks at Glen Helen then onto Ormiston Gorge. We will be
able to swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole or Simpson Gap before entering Alice Springs at around
5.00pm. Then get cleaned up, and hit the town with your new Heading Bush mates!.

These last ten days together, sharing this unique experience will leave you with a great sense of
achievement, fulfillment and new friends for life.

Meals: (B) (L)

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What To Bring:

  • Carry on bag
  • Bag for clothing (stored in trailer)
  • Any special medication needs you have
  • Toiletries including towels
  • Warm clothing including long sleeve tops & pants
  • Shorts & t-shirts
  • Fly Nets (Snowys stock these)
  • Carry on bag
  • Insect Repellant, hat, sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water Bottle
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