Taking Tracks to The Red Centre

Tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs into the Red Centre visiting Roxby Downs, Lake Eyre, Uluru/Kata-Tjuta, Kings Canyon, West Macdonnell Ranges and more.....

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guided tour of Adelaide including an Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour and morning tea
  • Wadlata Outback Centre and guided tour at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
  • Entry to Woomera Heritage & Visitor Information Centre
  • Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam Tour
  • Lake Eyre South and Oodnadatta Track
  • Optional Lake Eyre and/or Painted Hills scenic flight
  • Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Guided tour at Old Telegraph Station & Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs
  • Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Ortmiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge
  • Self-guided tour of Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
  • Guided Rim walk at Kings Canyon
  • Sunset drinks and nibbles at Uluru
  • Uluru guided tour
  • Kaka-Tjuta guided tour

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

 

Departing
06/07/2020
Duration
14 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Medium
Transport
4x4 Coach
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Day 1                                                                  HOME - ADELAIDE                                      Mon 6 Jul 20 (D)

Welcome to our incredible tour from Adelaide to the Red Centre. Arriving in Adelaide, we meet our coach captain and head to our hotel to settle in for the next two nights. Tomorrow you’ll begin to uncover the delights of this intriguing state by visiting some of the must-see places unique to South Australia!  Adelaide Rockford (PH: 08 8211 8255)

Day 2                                                                  ADELAIDE                                                    Tue 7 Jul 20 (BD)

Good morning travellers! We meet our local guide, who will introduce us to the beautiful city of Adelaide. At Monteflore Hill, we can see the spot from where Colonel Light planned a great city of the future in the sweeping valley below. Nearby is one of Adelaide’s most prominent landmarks – St Peters Cathedral, which overlooks the city from North Adelaide and below us is the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval, where we embark on a guided tour. The redeveloped oval offers a unique blend of new and old – from the latest in stadium design to the heritage listed scoreboard and century old Moreton Bay Fig trees. The afternoons touring is up to you. Wander the North Terrace cultural precinct where you’ll find the Art Galley and South Australian Museum. You might like to stroll the Adelaide Zoo, which is home to Wang Wang and Funi, the Southern Hemispheres only breading pair of Giant Pandas. We’ll reconvene tonight for dinner at our hotel.  Adelaide Rockford (PH: 08 8211 8255)

Day 3                                                   ADELAIDE – PORT AUGUSTA                                 Wed 8 Jul 20 (BLD)

Travelling through the well-known wine region of Clare Valley we then head to the very top of the Spencer Gulf, Port Augusta. Here, we stop at the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre. Though impressive exhibits and audio-visual presentations, the culture of the outback, local history and the incredible achievements of both the Aboriginal and European people who have lived here are displayed. At the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, we are granted superb views of the spectacular Flinders Ranges and a unique garden that showcases a range of arid zone environments. Our visit is enhanced by a guided walking tour with the opportunity to ask questions and involve ourselves in the garden’s features. When we are ready, we are transferred to our overnight accommodation, where we have arranged dinner for this evening.  Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta  (PH: 08 8642 4033)

Day 4                                             PORT AUGUSTA – ROXBY DOWNS                              Thu 9 Jul 20 (BLD)

Departing Port Augusta this morning, we stop in Woomera, home to the testing site of long-range missiles and rockets. It remains the largest land-based range in the world and we have a chance to discover its interesting history at the Heritage Centre. Later, we arrive Roxby Downs for lunch and time to relax before our Roxby Discovery Tour. We are given a unique insight into the workings of Roxby Downs township and one of the most ‘hi-tech’ mining operations in the world, Olympic Dam.  Roxby Downs Motor Inn (PH: 08 8671 0311)

Day 5                                            ROXBY DOWNS – WILLIAM CREEK                              Fri 10 Jul 20 (BLD)

We’ll travel north this morning along the Borefield Road to Lake Eyre South where we’ll make a stop to take in the views.  From here we commence our journey along the Oodnadatta Track, visiting Mound Springs and Curdimurka Railway Terminal before arriving into William Creek for lunch.  William Creek is South Australia’s reputed smallest settlement, with a population of six and a dog. This special little town was first settled in 1887 as a support station for camel drivers building the Overland Telegraph. Situated in the centre of Australia's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station, it became a hotel in 1943. This afternoon take to the skies for an incredible optional scenic flight over Lake Eyre and beyond. (additional expense). Choose from 1 or 2-hour Lake Eyre flights or a 1 hour Painted Hills scenic flight.  Perhaps combine Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills and enjoy a 2-hour flight.  William Creek Hotel (PH: 08 8670 7880)

Day 6                                                  WILLIAM CREEK - MARLA                                    Sat 11 Jul 20 (BLD)

Today we tackle just on 430km of the legendary Oodnadatta Track between William Creek and Marla. The track follows the traditional Aboriginal trading route, which follows a series of springs fed by the Great Artesian Basin. We’ll stop off in Oodnadatta for lunch at the famous Pink Roadhouse and a take look around before continuing north to Marla via some pretty flat and arid landscape.  Travellers Rest Hotel Motel, Marla (PH: 08 8670 7001)

Day 7                                                    MARLA – ALICE SPRINGS                                    Sun 12 Jul 20 (BLD)

Our drive today takes us north across the state border and into the Northern Territory. Stretch your legs as you walk into an out of this world landscape that was literally shaped by a meteor hitting the earth at Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. We continue to lunch at Stuarts Well before arriving in Alice Springs.  Check in to our accommodation mid-afternoon and enjoy a little leisure time before dinner. Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseter’s (PH: 08 8950 7777)

Day 8                                                              ALICE SPRINGS                                            Mon 13 Jul 20 (BD)

Today we uncover the highlights of Alice Springs. Our first stop is at ANZAC Hill for panoramic views of the town and surrounding area. At the Alice Springs Desert Park, we immerse ourselves in the beauty and mystery of Australia’s amazing deserts. We wander through the ancient landscapes from dry riverbeds to dense woodlands full of life. There is a café onsite where we can purchase lunch. We will also take a look at the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We hear the incredible history of one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia. Our afternoon is spent at the Old Telegraph Station and the original Alice Springs. With incredible indoor and outdoor displays, the story of the connection of Australia and the rest of the world through Telegraph Communication unfolds.  Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseter’s (PH: 08 8950 7777)

Day 9                                               ALICE SPRINGS – GLEN HELEN                                Tue 14 Jul 20 (BLD)

Leaving Alice Springs head into the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges where we’ll visit several of the gaps, gorges and waterholes.  First, we visit Simpsons Gap a stunning gorge carved out of the West MacDonnell Ranges by Roe Creek, where water flows through a small gap in the range.  Next we come to Standley Chasm where it is most dramatic an hour either side of noon on a sunny day.  This afternoon we call in to the Ochre Pits, where the Aboriginals mined ochres for their ceremonies, but also for trading with other groups.   Also see Ormiston Gorge, where massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and Pound.  Travel to Glen Helen Resort, check in and then take a leisurely 10-minute walk to the Gorge which was formed to make way for the Finke River.  Glen Helen Lodge (PH: 1300 269 822)

Day 10                                             GLEN HELEN – KINGS CANYON                             Wed 15 Jul 20 (BLD)

A short hop across the road and we make our first stop of the day at Mount Sonder lookout, to view the Northern Territories fourth highest mountain at 1380 metres.  Continue along Namatjira Drive past Goose Bluff to Larapinta Drive and into Hermannsburg.  The Aboriginal settlement of Hermannsburg is famous as the home of Aboriginal landscape watercolour artist Albert Namatjira.  Time here to wander around the National Trust-listed Hermannsburg Historic Precinct – a series of historic German-style whitewashed buildings that were constructed when the mission was established  After lunch, travel along one of the most scenic desert roads in the country – the Mereenie Loop Road that connect the old Hermannsburg Mission with Kings Canyon. After checking in you at Kings Canyon Resort you may like to walk to the nearby viewing point to watch the sun set behind Carmichaels Cragg and the George Gill Range.  Kings Canyon Resort (PH: 08 8956 7442)

Day 11                                                KINGS CANYON - YULARA                                   Thu 16 Jul 20 (BLD)

This morning after breakfast we head into Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park.  One of the best experiences here is the Rim Walk, however you definitely need to be moderately fit in order to complete this 3-hour walk.  Your coach crew will escort those wishing to take the Rim Walk, however if you don’t feel up to this big walk there are other options including the easy Kings Creek Walk which will takes you along a gently sloping track and meanders up Kings Creek within the canyon.  For those deciding to do the Rim Walk we start with an initial steep climb, then the walk offers spectacular views from the Canyon rim.  Along the way are the weathered domes of the ‘Lost City’ and the lush vegetation of the ‘Garden of Eden’.   If you don’t fell up to any of the walks you can either relax in the Canyon picnic area or if you prefer to stay at Kings Creek Station and we’ll meet up with you again when we return for lunch.  After lunch travel south to join the Lasseter Highway to Curtain Spring and on to Yulara and our accommodation.  Late this afternoon we head out to the Sunset Viewing area where we enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink and nibbles as we witness an amazing red centre sunset and the changing colours of ‘The Rock”.  Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel, Yulara (PH: 02 8296 8010)

Day 12                                      ULURU – KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK                           Fri 17 Jul 20 (BD)

Today we get up close and personal to the rock as we embark on the Mala Walk. This is a lovely stroll to the edge of the Kantju Gorge. Learn about Aboriginal perceptions of Uluru, its powerful spiritual significance and how Anangu traditional owners and rangers are looking after the Park together. There are many fine examples of Anangu art to see along the way. We spend some time at the Cultural Centre to learn about the ancient aboriginal culture and the role of Tjukurpa (their creation stories and laws). This afternoon we have allowed some free time for your to explore your own personal interests in this magnificent location.  Tonight, you may like join an optional tour to the magnificent Field of Light.  As darkness falls 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted glass spheres will gently bloom with rhythms of coloured light.  Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel, Yulara                  (PH: 02 8296 8010)

Day 13                                                   KATA-TJUTA - ERLDUNDA                                    Sat 18 Jul 20 (BLD)

Start the day with a scenic drive to Kata-Tjuta National Park stopping along the way at the Dunes viewing area for the spectacular views over these massive domes.  Kata Tjuta is an aboriginal word and means ‘many heads’ and there are 36 steep –sided domes in the national park.  We’ll stop at the general viewing area and then drive around to Walpa Gorge for a guided walk through the gorge. The area is like a desert refuge for plants and animals and you may see wallabies hopping around or rare plants rising.  Enjoy these stunning surrounds before returning to Yulara for lunch. This afternoon we farewell Yulara and travel along the Lasseter Highway to Curtain Springs and Mount Connor lookout before arriving into Erldunda for our overnight accommodation.  Desert Oaks Resort, Erldunda (PH: 08 8956 0984)

Day 14                                        ERLDUNDA – ALICE SPRINGS - HOME                     Sunday 19 Jul 20 (B)

Return to Alice Springs where sadly your tour concludes, but what a fantastic time we’ve had. Lots of laughs between new friends and amazing experiences had by all. With our suitcase full of memories, we board our flight home.

Optional Tour must be pre-booked and prepaid, please ask Stonestreets Travel to details on any optional scenic flights or tours.

Pre and post tour accommodation, extra tours along with fights and airport transfers can be arranged through Stonestreets Travel, please inquire when making your booking

Inclusions

Meals:   13 Breakfast, 9 Lunch, 13 Dinner

Accommodation:  13 Nights Hotel/Motel

Activities:

  • Guided tour of Adelaide including an Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour and morning tea
  • Wadlata Outback Centre and guided tour at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
  • Entry to Woomera Heritage & Visitor Information Centre
  • Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam Tour
  • Lake Eyre South and Oodnadatta Track
  • Optional Lake Eyre and/or Painted Hills scenic flight
  • Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Guided tour at Old Telegraph Station & Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs
  • Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Ortmiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge
  • Self-guided tour of Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
  • Guided Rim walk at Kings Canyon
  • Sunset drinks and nibbles at Uluru
  • Uluru guided tour
  • Kaka-Tjuta guided tour

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

Departing
06/07/2020
Duration
14 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Medium
Transport
4x4 Coach
Need Flights?
Please contact us
Price
AUD $6,595
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