The Overland

Immerse yourself in this true outback experience and discover the exceptional natural beauty of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

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, Ormiston 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
  • Devils Marbles Conservation Park
  • Historic Daly Waters Pub
  • Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Nit Nit Dreaming 2 Gorge Tour
  • Katherine Outback Experience dinner and show
  • Edith Falls
  • Yellow Waters Cruise
  • Full day Kakadu guided tour
  • Optional Sunset scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land Escarpment
  • Jumping Croc cruise on Adelaide River Queen
  • Window on the Wetlands
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Guided tour of Darwin
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service, Darwin
  • Dinner cruise onboard the Spirit of Darwin

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

Departing
06/07/2020
Duration
23 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 - ADELAIDE                                             Mon 6 Jul 20 (D)

Welcome to our incredible tour from Adelaide through the Red Centre and Top End to Darwin. 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. Through 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 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 Lasseters (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 Lasseters (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 you in 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 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 feel 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 Springs 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 you to explore your own personal interests in this magnificent location.  Tonight, you may like to 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                            Sunday 19 Jul 20 (BD)

Return to Alice Springs where we’ll enjoy for some free time on the city Mall for lunch.  Check in to your accommodation early afternoon, then take an optional tour to the Alice Springs National Transport Museum and Hall of Fame. Next door is the Ghan Museum which is also worth a visit.  Alternatively, you might like to just relax at the resort and recharge the batteries.  Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (PH: 08 8950 7777)

Day 15                                             ALICE SPRINGS – TENNANT GREEK                      Mon 20 Jul 20 (BLD)

Sit back and relax as we travel to Tennant Creek today, cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pause at Central Mount Stuart, which was originally thought to be the geographical centre of Australia. Visit Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles steeped in aboriginal legend as the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. Time here to marvel at the collection of massive granite boulders, that formed millions of years ago before continuing to Tennant Creek, a modern outback mining town, whose minerals include copper, gold and tin.  Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek (PH: 08 8962 2617)

Day 16                                            TENNANT CREEK - MATARANKA                              Tue 21 Jul 20 (BLD)

Continue north along the Stuart Highway, through Renner Springs and Elliott to Daly Waters where we stop for lunch at the iconic Daly Water Pub.  Later, arrive into Mataranka check in into our accommodation located at Mataranka Thermal Springs.  Enjoy a dip in the thermal mineral pools before dinner tonight.  Mataranka Homestead (PH: 08 8975 4544)

Day 17                                                   MATARANKA - KATHERINE                                Wed 22 Jul 20 (BLD)

Enjoy a journey of discovery through the magnificent Nitmiluk Gorge and be transported to the spiritual world of Jawoyn culture and history as you cruise down the gorge. We enjoy lunch over spectacular views of the Katherine River at the Sugarbag Café before checking in to our hotel. Tonight, we are in for a real treat as Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire, Tom Curtain, delights and entertains us with his Katherine Outback Experience. The dinner and show celebrate the life in the outback through real horse-starting, working dog demonstrations, live music and humour bush tales.  Best Western Pine Tree Motel, Katherine (PH: 08 8972 2533)

Day 18                                                         KATHERINE - COOINDA                                Thu 23 Jul 20 (BLD)

This morning we visit the scenic Leliyn/Edith Falls, an idyllic spot to relax, bush walk or swim in the natural pool at the base of the falls.  Next, check in to our accommodation at Cooinda Lodge, then head out on the Yellow Waters Billabong for a 90-minute sunset cruise – a ‘must do experience’ when visiting Kakadu.  This beautiful billabong is home to remarkable scenery and wildlife.   About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands. Whistling Ducks and Magpie Geese are the most abundant.  Eagles can be seen hovering searching for prey, and at times you will see distinctive Jabirus and may even get to see Brolgas dancing.  There are plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains.  Kakadu Lodge Cooinda (PH: 08 8979 1500)

Day 19                                                           COOINDA - JABIRU                                          Fri 24 Jul 20 (BLD)

Experience the magic of the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders with remarkable scenery and unique flora and fauna. Our first stop is Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site, which has served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years, providing windows into a rich spiritual tradition. Next, head to the Bowali Visitor for a delightful lunch, then explore Australia’s 50,000-year Indigenous heritage through the incredible natural rock art gallery, Ubirr Rock. Marvel at the Main Gallery, where we will see representations of the many animals the Aboriginal people hunted including hunters carrying spears and fish and birds and animals presented in x-ray style,  Late afternoon you have the opportunity for an optional spectacular sunset flight of the Kakadu and the Arnhem Land Escarpment (additional expense), where you can sit back and take in the magnificent views  whilst absorbing the informative commentary and watching the sun head towards the horizon.  Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (PH: 08 8979 9000)

Day 20                                                       JABIRU - BATCHELOR                                       Sat 25 Jul 20 (BLD)

Witness the fabulous Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise. See powerful saltwater crocodiles as they propel themselves high out of the water to snatch their prey. With the help of our experienced guides, we learn more about these magnificent creatures while watching the crocs jump for food from the safety of our boat. After lunch we enjoy superb views across the wetlands and spend time learning about the regions Aboriginal and European history at Window on the Wetlands. The centre stands on Beatrice Hill, one of the highest places on the Adelaide River floodplains. Later, we continue to Batchelor for our overnight stay.  Litchfield Motel, Batchelor (PH: 08 8976 0123)

Day 21                                                        BATCHELOR - DARWIN                                  Sun 26 Jul 20 (BD)

Today we explore the beautiful Litchfield National Park. With untouched rainforests, stunning waterfalls and magnificent scenery, Litchfield has gained the reputation as the jewel of the Northern Territory’s crown. There are some great photo opportunities as we stop to see the magnetic anthills and see the cascading Florence Falls. For anyone looking for a swim - take a dip in the Wangi Falls plunge pool. Following our sightseeing, we make our way down to the award-winning Territory Wildlife Park. Wander through treetop aviaries, stroll around a natural lagoon or walk into the tunnel beneath an aquarium and stand nose to nose with a 4-metre saltwater crocodile. Late afternoon we arrive in Darwin for our final two nights of the tour.  Oaks Elan Darwin (PH: 08 8982 1888)

Day 22                                                                 DARWIN                                                 Mon 27 Jul 20 (BD)

Uncover the fascinating sites and interesting past of Darwin with a local expert. The present city centre was established in 1863 with many of its original historical buildings such as the Old Court House and Government House still standing. We also see the new Parliament House built on the site of the Darwin Post Office which was bombed during World War II. We then take a drive through Fannie Bay, popular with sailors, windsurfers and water skiers. We have free time before heading to the Stokes Hill Wharf with a visit to the Bombing of Darwin tourist facility. Our farewell dinner is aboard the Spirit of Darwin for a sunset dinner cruise on amazing Darwin Harbour.  Oaks Elan Darwin (PH: 08 8982 1888)

Day 23                                                             DARWIN - HOME                                              Tue 28 Jul 20 (B)

Sadly, we farewell Darwin and make our way to the airport for your flight home, 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:   22 Breakfast, 15 Lunch, 22 Dinner

Accommodations:   22 Nights Motel/Hotel

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, Ormiston 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
  • Devils Marbles Conservation Park
  • Historic Daly Waters Pub
  • Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Nit Nit Dreaming 2 Gorge Tour
  • Katherine Outback Experience dinner and show
  • Edith Falls
  • Yellow Waters Cruise
  • Full day Kakadu guided tour
  • Optional Sunset scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land Escarpment
  • Jumping Croc cruise on Adelaide River Queen
  • Window on the Wetlands
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Guided tour of Darwin
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service, Darwin
  • Dinner cruise onboard the Spirit of Darwin

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

Departing
06/07/2020
Duration
23 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Need Flights?
Please contact us
Price
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