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. 

Tour Highlights

  • Guided tour of Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Guided tour of Alice Springs School of the Air
  • Alice Springs Sightseeing Tour
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • National Road Transport Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Simpsons Gap & Stanley Chasm  
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges and gorges
  • Historic Hermannsburg
  • Palm Valley
  • Kings Canyon including time for Rim Walk
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset
  • Uluru base tour & Kuniya Walk
  • Free afternoon at Yulara for personal sightseeing
  • Optional (no extra expense) Uluru Sunrise Tour
  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) Tour with walk to Valley of the Winds
  • Mount Conner Lookout  
Departing
05/08/2018
Duration
8 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Sunday 5 August 2018 - Toowoomba - Brisbane - Alice Springs

Transfer to Brisbane Airport for the flight to Alice Springs. On arrival, meet your coach crew and head into the town centre to Todd Mall where you can purchase your lunch. This afternoon, visit the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for an enjoyable and informative guided tour of the heritage museum and precinct. This is a great way to become immersed in the history of the region and discover more about the importance of this station in the early days of Alice Springs. Next, travel to the Alice Springs School of the Air which has been bridging education gaps to students in remote locations and providing schooling to children on cattle stations, roadhouses, Aboriginal communities and national parks since 1951. The school broadcast area covers 1.3 million square kilometres including most of the Northern Territory and provides daily lessons via satellite broadband to children aged 4 to 13 years. Join a guide for a tour of the facility, view the film and presentations on the history and the classroom studio operation. Hear an actual recorded lesson and enjoy the displays and shop. Meals: D

Day 2: Monday 6 August 2018 - Alice Springs Sightseeing

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day, departing for Alice Springs after breakfast. A sightseeing tour of Alice Springs will reveal ‘The Alice’ from Anzac Hill, travel past the Todd River, explore the town centre, Lasseter’s Casino and Heavitree Gap separating the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. Arrive at the Alice Springs Desert Park, an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s desert environment including the unique plants, animals and people of this arid regions. Wander through 3 distinctive areas of the park, Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodland Habitat. Next  head to the National Transport Hall of Fame to discover the history of Australia's road transport industry from camel trains to road trains and of course, luxurious coaches. Explore the unique collection of workhorses from yesteryear, then visit a special museum dedicated the Old Ghan Train. Meals: BLD

An optional balloon flight over the red centre is available this morning. Beginning before dawn when the wind is gentle, soar majestically over the awesome and vast landscape which stretches out endlessly underneath.

Day 3:Tuesday 7 August 2018 - Western MacDonnell Ranges      

Leave Alice Springs behind and head into the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges. Explore several of the gaps, gorges and waterholes beginning with Simpsons Gap, a stunning gorge carved out of the West MacDonnell Ranges by Roe Creek. Next, come to Standley Chasm where an hour either side of noon the sheer walls glow from reflected sunlight to create a breathtaking display of rich colour. This afternoon, visit Ochre Pits used by local Aboriginals to mine ochres for their ceremonies and to trade with other groups. See Ortmiston Gorge where massive geological forces created towering red walls. Travel to Glen Helen Resort and check in to your room. Take a leisurely 10 minute walk to the nearby Gorge which was formed by the Finke River. These sandstone ranges form steep, broken ridges which hide the Finke River waterhole,  an important refuge in the hot summer months. Meals: BLD   
An optional scenic helicopter flight providing an aerial view of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges and Glen Helen Gorge, Finke River, Ormiston Gorge, Mt Sonder and Gosse Bluff is available.

Day 4: Wednesday 08 August 2018  -  Hermannsburg and Palm Valley

Begin Day 4 with a short hop across the road to Mount Sonder lookout, the Northern Territories fourth highest mountain at 1380 metres. Namatjira Drive passes Goose Bluff on the way into Hermannsburg, the Aboriginal settlement and home of Aboriginal landscape watercolour artist Albert Namatjira. Explore the National Trust-listed Hermannsburg Historic Precinct which features a series of historic German-style whitewashed buildings that were constructed when the mission was established. From Hermannsburg we head to beautiful Palm Valley, certainly one of the most impressive places in central Australia. Palm Valley is a maze of sandstone amphitheatres, pinnacles and gorges and is home to the Red Cabbage Palm which is unique to this location and only about 3,000 plants of this variety exist. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before the Palm Valley walk. This 1 hour, easy grade walk enters the heart of the palm groves and provides insight into it's formation and unique vegetation. Early afternoon, head back through Hermannsburg and journey to Kings Creek Station. Meals: BLD
This afternoon you may like an optional sunset camel ride before dinner.

Day 5: Thursday 9 August 2018 - Kings Canyon & Ayers Rock Sunset

After breakfast,head into Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park. One of the best experiences to be had here is the Rim Walk, however you'll need a moderately level of fitness in order to complete this 3 hour walk. Our coach crew will escort those wishing to take the Rim Walk, but for those who don’t feel up to this big walk, there are other options including the easy Kings Creek Walk which follows a gently sloping track meandering up Kings Creek canyon. If you don’t feel up to any of the walks, you can either relax in the Canyon picnic area or stay at Kings Creek Station until the group returns for lunch. 
The Rim Walk begins with an initial steep climb with 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’.
After lunch, travel south to the Lasseter Highway which leads to Curtain Spring and Yulara. After arriving at the accommodation in Yulara, enjoy a striking sunset viewing over glass of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink and nibbles while witnessing a red centre sunset behind the ever impressive Ayers Rock. Meals: BLD

Day 6: Friday 10 August 2018 - Ayers Rock

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, then head to the Ulura – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Learn about Uluru and its traditional owners through interesting displays before a drive around the base of Ayers Rock with a guide who will provide details on its geology and significance. Hear fascinating Aboriginal stories dating back many thousands of years, then take a short walk to Mititjulu Waterhole, an important source of water to the Aboriginal people in the area. See Aboriginal rock painting and learn their meaning and cultural significance. Later this afternoon, return to Yulara and spend the afternoon as leisure. Take one of many optional activities or tours that are available including scenic flights, motorcycle tour, camel rides or even sky diving. For those wishing to do the Uluru Base Walk, the coach will transfer back to Uluru, allow 3-3.5 hours for the base walk's 11km circuit. Meals: BD 

An optional sunrise excursion will depart the hotel 45 minutes before sunrise and return approximately 30 minutes after the sun has risen.

Day 7: Saturday 11 August 2018 The Olgas-Curtain Springs-Erldunda 

Begin 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 rocky domes. Kata Tjuta is an aboriginal word and means ‘many heads’ representing the 36 steep-sided domes in the national park. Wonder at their formation from the general viewing area, then drive through the Valley of the Winds. An optional guided 1 hour walk into The Valley of the Winds is available and offers breathtaking views. Return to Yulara one last time and enjoy lunch at the Outback Pioneer Hotel before departing for Erldunda. On the way, stop to view Mount Conner, a flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped inselberg, part of the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru and Kata Tjuta. This mountain often fools into thinking they've reached Ayers Rock. Meals: BLD

Day 8:Sunday 12 August 2018     Erldunda-Alice Springs-Brisbane-Toowoomba

The Centralian Tour ends today after travelling through Stuart Well to Alice Springs Airport. The direct Qantas flight to Brisbane departs around lunchtime and on arrival, a Stonestreets driver transfer you back to Toowoomba. Meals: B

Linked Tour: Looking to extend your holiday? Combine this tour with our 12 day Plenty Highway and Corner Country tour. You’ll travel along the Plenty highway and back in to Queensland near Boulia, then head south to Birdsville and Innamincka before arriving at Cameron Corner. Return to Toowoomba via Sturt National Park, Thargomindah and St George. Perhaps you’d like to start earlier and ‘Tackle the Tanami’ Track on our 8 day tour from Kununurra in the East Kimberley region through to Halls Creek and the down the Tanami to Alice Springs and the East MacDonnell Ranges. Ask us for a price to package any of these tours.

Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Coach

Flights:

  • Brisbane /  Alice Springs
  • Alice Springs / Brisbane

Accommodation: 

  • 7 Nights in Motel Accommodation

Activities:

  • Guided tour of Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Guided tour of Alice Springs School of the Air
  • Alice Springs Sightseeing Tour
  • National Road Transport Hall of Fame & Museum Entry
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Ulura (Ayers Rock) Sunset
  • Ulura Base Tour & Kuniya Walk
  • Optional (no extra expense) Ulura Sunrise Tour
  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) Tour with walk to Valley of the Winds
Departing
05/08/2018
Duration
8 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $3,995.00
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