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Tour Name 10 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Adventure
Tour Code 10AA
Days 10
Price $1995
Local Payment $200
Group Size: Max 13 Guaranteed
Departs Adelaide 6am
Vehicle 4WD Truck
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Tour Inclusions

  • 10 Day Adelaide to Alice Adventure.
  • All food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 10
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • All Camping fees.
  • 4WD vehicle for bush access.
  • Dedicated wildlife hiking guide.
  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation.
  • All camping gear except sleeping bags.

Tour Exclusions

  • Sleeping Bags.

 Notes

  • Prices quoted are AUD – (Australian Dollars).
  • The 10 Day Outback Tour explores the fascinating outback regions of Southern and Central Australia in a small group of intrepid travellers. Accommodation is bush camping in a swag around the campfire. We use minimal facility campgrounds and bush camps (no facilities). It’s a backpacker tour with plenty of adventure, it will be hot, it will be dusty, it will be unbelievable.The Tour visits Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas, or Mount Olga) and Watarka (Kings Canyon), Coober Pedy and The Flinders Ranges. As well other less well known destinations including Lake Eyre, Finke Gorge, The West Mac Donnell Ranges, Curtin Springs, and of coarse Lake Cadibarrawirracanna.
  • Warning:Please note that we are Heading Bush Adventure Tours, not Heading Bush Comfortable, Predictable or Luxury Tours, travellers should expect adventure, challenges, longer hikes & swims and at times rough 4WD roads. This is not a bus tour.

Tour Itinerary

National parks visited on this tour include Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which is a world heritage area, Watarrka National Park, Flinders Ranges National Park, Witjira National Park and Lake Eyre National Park.

Hikes include the Ayers Rock base walk (8km), Valley of the winds walk at Kata Tjuta (6km) and the rim walk at Watarrka (6km), plus a selection of other walks throughout the expedition. There is also time to climb Ayers Rock if you wish.

Aboriginal culture is very strong in Central Australia, the outback tour visits a number of locations where there are opportunities to meet Aboriginal People and experience this culture. We visit the Arabuna Community at Marre (Finke). The tour also visits the Cultural centre in Ayers Rock Kata Tjuta National Park. Your guide will also be able to discuss with you the many aspects of this rich and varied culture, and will be able to show you sacred sites and ancient rock art.

 

day 1.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. These camping spots are normally in pristine wilderness and remote areas, which will make your experience even more special. Tents are provided for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.

Highlights

  • Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Warrens Gorge
  • Mambray Creek
  • Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies
  • Quorn Township
  • Camp: Bush Camp in the Heart of the Flinders Ranges

 

day 2. 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.

Highlights

  • Northern Flinders Ranges
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Wilpena Pound Hike
  • Bunyeroo Valley
  • Brachina Gorge
  • Activities: Hiking up to 4 km.
  • Camp: Bush Camp in the Heart of the Flinders Ranges

 

day 3.We leave the ranges behind and head for the Outback, the roads turn to dirt and sky gets bigger, The next 3 days we get really remote as we travel along a network of bush tracks making our way north towards the Northern Territory.

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.

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

Highlights

  • Oodnadatta Track
  • Arabunna Aboriginal Centre
  • Dingo Fence
  • Lake Eyre
  • Coward Springs
  • Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country

 

day 4.In the morning, visit the remote and unique William Creek Pub, population currently 6. Then travel through Anna Creek Station, at 30,000 square kilometres it is the same size as Belgium, population about 10 people!

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.

End the afternoon by visiting Josephine’s Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, a lovely couple rescuing kangaroos and joeys in a region as big as the size of Germany!

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!

Highlights

  • Anna Creek Cattle Station
  • Moon Plain
  • Coober Pedy
  • Go Underground in Coober PedyCamp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country

 

day 5.

We wake up early to catch the sunrise over the  Arckaringa Hills and start the day with a nice  walk through the hills of the Painted Desert. Maybe only talented painters would be able to catch the variety of colours in this unique landscape!

Depending on the time of year we have the option to push east into the Simpson Desert region or north to the Northern Territory border and onto Uluru.

Many beautiful locations await including Oodnadatta, Mount Dare, Lambert Centre, Eringa Waterhole, Musgrave Ranges and Dalhousie Springs. 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.

Our flexible travel style means that we can take advantage of any weather condition to see the best of the Outback, summer, winter, rain or shine. Heading Bush is currently the only company to take our intrepid travellers to experience this incredibly remote outback area.

One thing is guaranteed, at the end of the day we will be setting up camp around a small fire in a seriously remote and beautiful part of Central Australia, after cooking up a feast we’ll fall asleep in our swag with our now familiar bed partner, the Milky Way.

Highlights

  • Oodnadatta
  • Sunrise over the Arckaringa Hills
  • Red Sand Hills
  • Eringa Waterhole
  • Mount Dare
  • Painted Desert
  • Northern Territory Border
  • Musgrave Ranges
  • Activities: Swimming and hiking up to 3km
  • Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country 

 

day 6.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.

Highlights

  • Uluru
  • Uluru Sunset
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Cultural Centre
  • Activities: Walk up to 10km
  • Camp: Wilderness Camp or Campground with showers and toilets

 

Day 7.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.

Highlights

  • Kata Tjuta
  • Valley Of The Winds Walk
  • Activities: Hiking up to 8km.
  • Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country

 

Day 8.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. Protected from the wind, enter the Garden of Eden, take time and soak up this ancient and special area. It will take your breathe away!

In the afternoon, continue north west through more red desert sand dunes covered with an amazing diversity of native flora and set up camp in the home of wild horses.

Highlights

  • Watarrka National Park
  • Kings Canyon Rim Hike
  • Activities: Hiking up to 7km.
  • Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country

 

Day 9.Tnorala Conservation Reserve (Gosse Bluff crater) will be our first stop of the day, and what a special place it is! Enjoy the quiet surroundings and listen to stories about the comet that crashed to Earth around 142.5 millions years ago…

If you enjoy 4WD, you will absolutely love today. Driving into Finke Gorge National Park is one of our most exciting drives of the tour and discovering Palm Valley, one of the most impressive place of central Australia, as we like to rate. The Arankaia Walk will take us into the heart of the palm groves.  Then, depending on the weather and if you’re up for a challenge, the Mpaara Walk will take us through some gorgeous sandstone country up to the Kalaranga for another spectacular sunset.

Highlights

  • Tnorala Conservation Reserve
  • Palm Valley
  • Activities: Swimming and hiking up to 8km.
  • Camp: Bush Camp in the Heart of Palm Valley

 

Day 10.Stop and say g’day to the outbush folks at Glen Helen then onto Ormiston Gorge located in the breathtaking West Macdonnell Ranges National Park. 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.

Highlights

  • Ormiston Gorge Hike
  • Swimming In Outback Waterholes
  • Activities: Swimming and Hiking up to 3km

 

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