25 Day Adelaide to Darwin and Return

Day One and Day Two

We depart Adelaide at 7:00 am for Yorke Peninsula. At Point Pearce Aboriginal Lands we experience some Aboriginal culture and environment with the Narrunga People.


Day Three

We depart Yorke Peninsula at 8:00 am for Wilpena Pound Resort travelling via Port Pirie, Port Germein, and Port Augusta (the crossroads of Australia). At Port Augusta we explore the Flinders Ranges and Outback in Wadlata Outback Centre's Tunnel of Time. We learn about the origins of the Flinders Ranges, the Aboriginal Dreaming, European settlement, and much more.

After lunch we head towards Wilpena Pound via Quorn and Hawker. From Hawker we visit Kanyaka ruins and Death Rock. If you are feeling energetic we can climb up to see the Yourambulla Caves, where you will discover Aboriginal rock painting.

We spend the night at Wilpena Resort.


Day Four and Day Five

After breakfast we take a peaceful bushwalk to Wangarra Lookouts and the Hill Homestead. We then visit Sacred Canyon, a major Aboriginal Art site. We then travel the geological trail through the Brachina Gorge. The gorge traces the geological history of the area for hundreds of million years.

Our next stop is the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna where we taste some Feral food (emu and kangaroo). After morning tea we head to Iga Warta (the place of the native orange), where we spend some time learning about the Adnymathanha culture and environment. Iga Warta is an Aboriginal owned and managed environmental and cultural interpretive centre.

We camp Iga Warta
overnight.


Day Six

Our destination on this day is William Creek travelling via the Oodnadatta Track. Our first stop is Lyndhurst where we visit the spectacular red and brown ochre cliffs. The ochre pits provided ceremonial colour for the aborigines. The deep, wide pit, which is like an open cut mine, is a glowing spectrum of colour. From the ochre cliffs we head to the ghost town of Farina, which was set up in 1882 as a farming centre and railhead for wool and cattle. From Farina ruins we head to Marree and visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre.

After lunch we continue along the Oodnadatta Track, where
remnants of the old Ghan Railway are abundant. Take in the land's contrasts, like red gibber plains stretching to the horizon, mound springs that create bush oases and wetlands (we visit Bubbler Springs and Blanche Cup Springs), Red Gum-lined creeks, and vast areas of grey saltbush and spiky Spinifex. At Coward Springs you have the opportunity to have a relaxing soak in a hot pool.

You have the option to take a flight over Lake Eyre North and South at your own expense. Lake Eyre North, which covers 8430 square kilometres, is 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide. It is by far the larger of the two lakes. The creek-like Goyder Channel joins Lake Eyre South to Lake Eyre North. At its narrowest it is only 150 metres wide. At the lake's lowest point it is 15.2 metres below sea level, and drains more than one sixth of the continent.


At William Creek,
the world's most isolated pub, where you can indulge in a well-deserved Australian beer. The most important claim to fame for William Creek is that it is the smallest town in Australia. It is also situated on the world's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station (32,500 square kilometres). We can walk along the old Ghan railway line to the bridge at Breakfast Time Creek.

We stay at William Creek Hotel
overnight.


Day Seven

On this day we head to Coober Pedy, an opal wonderland in the heart of South Australia's vast outback. Coober Pedy takes it's name from the Aboriginal word Kupa (meaning 'uninitiated man' or white man), and Piti (hole).

We spend the night in underground accommodation.



Day Eight and Day Nine


Today
we spend some time visiting mines and interpretive centres in Coober Pedy, which offer great insight into the town and it's mining operations. If you would like to purchase some opal, there are more than 30 opal shops to choose from in the town. We also visit The Breakaways, Moon Plain and The Dingo Fence, the world's longest fence (5300km long).

We spend the night in underground accommodation.


Day Ten

After breakfast we head to the Explorer Highway where we enjoy a sealed road again. On the way to Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park we visit Mintabie, which is an active opal mining town. Noodling for opal on old dumps is a popular pastime.


Day Eleven


After breakfast we travel to Uluru/Ayers Rock along the Explorer Highway, passing through Kulgera and Erldundato. From Erldunda we follow the Lassetter Highway to Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park arriving just in time to see the magical sunset.

We camp in Yulara
overnight.


Day
Twelve and Day Thirteen

We stay at Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. You have the opportunity to appreciate the Aboriginal culture and environment on a 2 hour tour with an Aboriginal Guide.

Optional tours include a Harley Davidson Motorcycle tour of Uluru/Ayers Rock, or a helicopter flight over Uluru/Ayers Rock. These are at your own expense.

We camp at Yulara both nights.



Day Fourteen and Day Fifteen

After breakfast we head to Kings Canyon. A breath-taking walk around the rim of the canyon allows you to gaze down in awe at the sandstone chasm, which plunges 270 metres to the canyon floor. Otherwise, you can venture down into the chasm and discover luxuriant cycads around the permanent waterhole in the exotic Garden of Eden.

You can also discover traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Culture on a journey through an area of sacred caves and paintings, with Lilla Aboriginal Tours. Learn about traditional medicine and bush tucker and try your hand at spear, and boomerang throwing.

We stay at Kings Creek Station
overnight.


Day Sixteen


We travel along the Mereenie Loop Road through Aboriginal land to Alice Springs via the West MacDonnell Ranges. We arrive in Alice Springs at approximately 6:00 pm.


Day Seventeen

This is a day when you can feel free to explore Alice Springs.


Day Eighteen

We depart Alice Springs and head to the Western Australian town of Halls Creek, travelling along The Tanami Track. The Tanami is the epitome of what most of us regard as a desert; a vast, flat and featureless landscape where water is scarce. The notorious track cuts a 1050 kilometre sandy course from Alice Springs to Halls Creek through unforgiving country where many early expeditioners perished trying to conquer the harsh terrain. The track takes us past the rich Tanami and Granites gold mines.

We stay at Tilmouth roadhouse
overnight so that we can spend a couple of days on an outback station, which is to be confirmed.


Day Nineteen

We stay at Tilmouth Roadhouse.


Day Twenty

We travel the Tanami Track to Rabbit Flat (where the population once doubled overnight... When twins were born to the owners!)


Day Twenty-One


We leave Rabbit Flat for lunch at Wolfe Creek meteorite crater, the second largest meteorite crater in the world. We then head to Halls Creek.

We stay overnight in Halls Creek or The Bungle Bungles (Purnululu). The spectacular rock formation of
The Bungle Bungles consists of dome shaped mountains, sheer walls and deep gorges over an area of 500 square kilometres. An optional helicopter flight over the Bungles is recommended as it is very difficult to appreciate this region from the land.


Day Twenty-Two

After breakfast we visit Wyndham and Kunanurra. At Wyndham discover the five rivers lookout for views of the gulf.

We stay at Lake Argyle
overnight.


Day Twenty-Three

We leave Lake Argyle and head to Katherine where we spend the night at Katherine Gorge.


Day Twenty-Four

Depending on how much time we spend at Tilmouth, we head to Kakadu after breakfast.


Day Twenty-Five

We travel from Katherine to Darwin, arriving at approximately 6:00 pm.

 COST PER PERSON; AU$11390:00 INCLUDING GST

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Operates: On demand (excluding December), approximately 7:00 am day one to 6:00 pm day twenty-five.

Includes:

  • Twenty four nights twin share accommodation and camping,
  • All breakfasts,
  • Most dinners,
  • Most lunches,
  • Morning and afternoon teas,
  • Entry to Wadlata Outback Centre,
  • Park entry fees,
  • Pick up / drop off at your accommodation by arrangement.

Excludes:

  • All other meals, unless specified in itinerary,
  • Mobile phone calls, souvenirs, optional tours and personal items,
  • Admission to attractions, unless specified in itinerary.


* It is suggested that appropriate sickness, accident & personal liability insurance be taken out. *


TOUR CONDITIONS: “JUST CRUISINreserve the right to alter or modify itinerary if prevailing weather, road conditions or adverse conditions require such change. Tour costs do not include additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses incurred from flooding, natural delays, unavailable connections or other unforseen circumstances. It is suggested travel insurance is purchased to cover additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses resulting from flooding, natural delays unavailable connections or other unforeseen expenses prior to departure. Due to the nature and remoteness of outback travel it is suggested anyone with health problems should seek advice from their doctor if necessary.


BOOKING CONDITIONS: A deposit of 20% is required to confirm your reservation. Balance is payable 21 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be made 14 days prior to departure or full deposit is forfeited.

DON'T FORGET: Your camera, good walking shoes and hats. Please limit luggage to a small bag.

MOST OF ALL: Don't forget your sense of adventure!!!