The Centralian

Stunning central Australian landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history, combine with century old dreamtime stories to tell a diverse and exhilarating tale. Explore Mparntwe, commonly known as Alice Springs, framed by the MacDonnell Ranges. Visit nationally iconic Uluru, which the traditional custodians, the Anangu, believe was created by their ancestors at the beginning of time. Come and experience the majesty and cultural significance of Central Australia on an outback trek of a lifetime. 

Highlights

  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Guided tour at Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • Guided tour at Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs
  • West MacDonell Ranges
  • 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
  • Free afternoon at Yalara for own person sightseeing
  • Optional Field of Light pass or tour
  • Kaka-Tjuta guided walking tour  

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

Departing
12/07/2020
Duration
8 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
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Day 1                                                        HOME – ALICE SPRINGS                                         Sun 12 Jul 20 (D)

Welcome to our incredible tour of the Red Centre. Arriving in Alice Springs, meet your coach captain and head to your hotel to settle in for the next two nights. Tomorrow you’ll begin to uncover the delights of this intriguing area by visiting some of the must-see places unique to Alice Springs!  Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (PH: 08 8950 7777)

Day 2                                                              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 Lasseters (PH: 08 8950 7777)

Day 3                                            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 Ortmiston 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 4                                                  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 5                                                       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 6                                             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 7                                                     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 8                                               ERLDUNDA – ALICE SPRINGS                               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.

Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Coach

Accommodation:  7 Nights in Motel Accommodation

Activities:

  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Guided tour at Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • Guided tour at Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs
  • West MacDonell Ranges
  • 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
  • Free afternoon at Yalara for own person sightseeing
  • Optional Field of Light pass or tour
  • Kaka-Tjuta guided walking tour  

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

 

Departing
12/07/2020
Duration
8 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Need Flights?
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Price
AUD $4,350
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