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Desert Patrol (7 Days Adelaide to Alice Springs)
- Included in price:
- All Meals (6 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners), accommodation & National Parks entry fees
- Able to be purchased/hired:
- $20 optional sleeping bag hire $30 optional Double Swag hire
- What to bring:
- Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, insect repellent, water bottle, bathers, sleeping bag (or hire one from us for $20). Otherwise all the usual stuff, and most important a sense of adventure.
- Fitness level required:
- Child policies:
- Child prices apply to children between the ages of 5 and 10 years inclusive. Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
- Departure points:
- Adelaide, South Australia
- Departure time:
6:45 AM Fri
- Pickup/departure instructions:
- Adelaide CBD: 6:45 am, North Adelaide at 7:20am
- 7 days/6 nights
- Approximate Return Time:
- Alice Springs 6:30pm
- Groovy Grape Getaways
- Ayers Rock (Uluru), Alice Springs, Flinders Ranges, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Coober Pedy, Kings Canyon and William Creek
- Departs From
Day 1 We escape the city heading north to the Flinders Ranges and the starting point for our outback desert adventure. Passing through small country towns like Quorn and Hawker, the scenery gradually changes to the legendary landscapes of the oldest continent on earth. Tonight we stay at Angorichina, in the magnificent Parachilna Gorge.
Day 2 Destination outback, with a day of driving the dirt ahead of us. From Marree, rich in its history of camel trains, along the Oodnadatta Track, we follow the Old Ghan Railway and its long abandoned railway settlements. This is remote territory, with red, stony plains stretching to the horizon. We traverse the bottom of Lake Eyre and stop at Coward Springs for a relaxing, all-natural spa. At William Creek (SA’s smallest town) we camp under the desert stars and drink a beer in the iconic Aussie pub with the locals.
Day 3 Taking an isolated track through Anna Creek , the world’s largest cattle station, we head for the opal capital of the world - Coober Pedy. We take an underground tour to learn about the history of Coober Pedy and its opal. Free time is available to explore the charms of the town or look for opals on your own. Tonight we sleep like the locals, underground.
Day 4 It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway with several pit-stops en route. Our goal for the day is Uluru (Ayers Rock). We set up camp at Ayers Rock Resort Campground, for nights four and five before watching the sunset over Uluru, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 5 A sunrise breakfast at Uluru, followed by a guided cultural walk around the base. Hear about Tjukurpa, the religious and social beliefs of the Anangu people leading you to an understanding of the cultural landscape. We visit the Cultural Centre and then head back to the camp for lunch and a relaxing afternoon.
Day 6 We spend the morning at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), hiking the magnificent Valley of the Winds followed by lunch and an afternoon drive to Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Camping tonight at Kings Creek cattle station.
Day 7 A morning at beautiful Watarrka, through the sandstone domes and down into the Garden of Eden. Cool off in the waterhole before returning to camp for a feed. Then it’s on to our final destination Alice Springs. Approximate arrival time 6.30pm.