You'll visit a range a huge range on NT national parks on this tour! Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Watarrka National Park, Flinders Ranges National Park, Witjira National Park and Lake Eyre National Park are all on the list. Hikes include the Ayers Rock base walk, Valley of the winds walk and the rim walk at Watarrka.
You'll also discover the strong Aboriginal culture in Central Australia, as you visit a number of locations where there are opportunities to meet Aboriginal People. Visit the Arabuna Community at Marre (Finke) and the Cultural centre in Ayers Rock Kata Tjuta National Park.
Day 1: Adelaide - Flinders Ranges - Mambray Creek National Park - Quorn - Warren Gorge Conservation Park
Your epic journey starts in Adelaide and from there, heads north to the coastal villages with their rich maritime history.
By lunchtime, you're in the Flinders Ranges, one of oldest mountain ranges on earth. Stretch your legs with a 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, so keep your eyes peeled.
Next, travel through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to the classic old township of Quorn, which was once the start of the original Ghan Railway. After a break here, head out on the dirt tracks and search for the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies at Warren Gorge Conservation Park.
Later, settle into your bush camp for the night and enjoy a wholesome camp-cooked meal. Roll out your swags and sleep under millions of stars. These camping spots are normally in pristine wilderness and remote areas and will make your experience even more special. Tents are provided for those a little nervous about the under-the-stars experience.
Day 2: Northern Flinders Ranges - Wilpena Pound - Bunyeroo Valley - Brachina Gorge
Today, visit an Aboriginal ceremonial site, where you will see rock art dating back thousands of years.
Next, continue to Wilpena Pound for a beautiful bush walk with magnificent views. This amazing natural amphitheatre is one of the unique wonders of the world. Lunch is in the heart of Wilpena Pound. Follow up your meal with 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! You'll see fossils dating back to the beginning of life on earth.
Enjoy camping tonight in the heart of the Flinders Ranges.
Hiking length is up to 4 km today.
Day 3: Oodnadatta Track - Arabunna Aboriginal Centre - Dingo Fence - Lake Eyre - Coward Springs
Leave the ranges behind and head for the Outback today. The roads turn to dirt and sky gets bigger. Over the next 3 days things get really remote as you travel along a network of bush tracks towards the Northern Territory.
Once you reach Lyndhurst, it's time to begin your epic journey up the famous Oodnadatta Track. You're following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway!
At Marree, 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.
Later, 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. Pass by the stunning Lake Eyre South, which is approximately 11m below sea level.
Along the way, visit thermal springs that have been the lifeblood of this arid land for centuries.
You'll enjoy a camp private wilderness camp on Station Country tonight.
Day 4: William Creek Pub - Anna Creek Station - Coober Pedy - Arckaringa Hills
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 but with a population of 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'll 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 aridest landscapes in the world.
End the afternoon and escape the heat by visiting Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Run by a lovely couple rescuing kangaroos and joeys, you'll make lots of furry new friends here.
Afterwards, it's time to venture out into the real outback to the Painted Desert and camp amongst the beautiful Arckaringa Hills.
Day 5: Oodnadatta - Dalhousie Springs - Red Sand Hills - Eringa Waterhole - Mount Dare - Painted Desert
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the Arckaringa Hills. Start the day with a walk through the hills of the Painted Desert.
Next, depending on the time of year, you;'l have the option to push east into the Simpson Desert region or north to the Northern Territory border and onto Uluru.
No matter which route you take, many beautiful locations await! Oodnadatta, Mount Dare, Lambert Centre, Eringa Waterhole, Musgrave Ranges and Dalhousie Springs are all ahead.
Spend the afternoon travelling into the heart of Central Australia, exploring this unique and diverse land and catching glimpses of the many desert animals that inhabit it.
At the end of the day, you'll be setting up camp around a small fire in a seriously remote and beautiful part of Central Australia. After cooking up a feast fall asleep in your swag under the Milky Way.
Swimming and hiking up to 3km today.
Day 6: Uluru - Uluru Sunset -Uluru Base Walk - Cultural Centre
It's an exciting morning today as you begin the journey into Uluru. Spend time at the cultural centre where you can relax and learn the ways and listen to stories of the Anangu people through displays and educational information.
Join the guided walk around the base of Uluru which introduces you to the traditional food sources and spirituality of this area.
As night falls, witness a sunset over this ancient rock that will leave you speechless!
Walk up to 10km today. You'll camp at either a wilderness campsite or a campground with showers and toilets.
Day 7: Kata Tjuta - Valley Of The Winds Walk
Wake for sunrise at Uluru then head out to another sacred area for the Anangu. Hike through the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Kata Tjuta/ The Olga’s and earn about some of the bush tucker that grows in the area. You'll have the chance to photograph some of the most beautiful scenery the desert has to offer.
After lunch, travel north towards Watarrka National Park and set up camp in the red sand hills protected by the majestic desert oak trees.
Hiking up to 8km today.
Day 8: Watarrka National Park - Kings Canyon Rim Hike
Regarded as one of the most rewarding walks of the tour, today is the day you hit Kings Canyon! You'll spend approximately four hours exploring the area.
Trek to places like the Amphitheatre and the Lost City and learn about the Indigenous Australia culture. Protected from the wind, enter the Garden of Eden, take time and soak up this ancient and special area. It will take your breath away!
In the afternoon, continue north-west through more red desert sand dunes covered with an amazing diversity of native flora. Set up camp in the home of wild horses.
Hiking up to 7km today.
Day 9: Tnorala Conservation Reserve - Palm Valley
Tnorala Conservation Reserve (Gosse Bluff crater) will be your 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 million years ago.
If you enjoy 4WD action, you will absolutely love today! Driving into Finke Gorge National Park is one of the most exciting drives of the tour. Palm Valley, one of the most impressive places in central Australia, is one exciting drive away! Take the Arankaia Walk 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 you through some gorgeous sandstone country up to the Kalaranga for another spectacular sunset.
Swimming and hiking up to 8km today. You'll set up camp in the heart of Palm Valley
Day 10: Ormiston Gorge Hike - Swimming In Outback Waterholes
Stop and say g’day to the out bush folks at Glen Helen then it's onto Ormiston Gorge. Located in the breathtaking West Macdonnell Ranges National Park, this is a great spot for some hikes and a swim. You'll also be able to swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole or Simpson Gap before entering Alice Springs at around 5.00pm.
Get cleaned up, and then hit the town with your new Heading Bush mates! These last ten days together will leave you with a great sense of
achievement and new friends for life!
Swimming and hiking up to 3km.
This is a 10-day tour starting in Adelaide and finishing in Alice Springs.