Outback & Kangaroo Island Adventure

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Capture the sprit of the Australia and witness its diversity on this adventure from the heart of the Outback to the tip of Kangaroo Island. From Alice Springs to Adelaide, take a tour around Uluru with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guide, discover the Lost City in the Kings Canyon, head underground in the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, explore the historic township of Port Augusta, and drive through the beautiful Clare Valley wine region. Stop in up-and-coming Adelaide, then board a ferry to Kangaroo Island, home to more than just its namesake roos. Search for koalas and sea lions, board down sand dunes at Little Sahara, hike through the bush, and marvel at iconic rock formations. This is a journey through the heartland of Australia, rich in wildlife, culture, and enchanting natural beauty.

Highlights
  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand
  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru
  • Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback
  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon
  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal communities on guided nature walks
  • In the opal-mining outpost of Coober Pedy, scorching daytime temperatures have driven the town’s few residents to live in underground ‘dugouts’. Explore the opal mine, hang out with some rescued joeys and spend the night in a subterranean bunker
  • Loll about with the local sea lions at Seal Bay
  • Give sandboarding a crack amid the white sand dunes of Little Sahara
  • Walk through Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in search of koalas in their gumtree hideouts
  • Take in the impressive coastal views from Remarkable Rock
Transport
  • Minibus , Transfer coach , Ferry
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Erldunda Emu Farm
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Underground Mine & Opal Tour
  • Rob's shearing and sheepdogs
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Remarkable Rocks
  • Admirals Arch
Accommodation
  • Multishare dormitory (3 nights) Permanent tented camp (3 nights) Underground multishare (1 night) Lodge multishare (1 night)
Destinations
  • Admirals Arch
  • Uluru
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide
  • Cape Jervis
  • Melbourne
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Australia
  • Australasia
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • Wildlife
  • Small Group
  • Adventure
Day 1 Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
Starting in Alice Springs, we make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes. We then head to Australia's most iconic landmark - Uluru. As the sun begins to set below the horizon, enjoy some tasty snacks and watch the rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars. Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.

Day 2 Uluru sunrise
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insights into the land and the local First Peoples of Australia on an interpretive cultural walk to the Mutijulu waterhole with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guide. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art and craft of the First Peoples of Australia at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night. Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Day 3 Kings Canyon rim walk
Put your hiking shoes on after breakfast and head out to explore the formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. The sheer size of the canyon is breathtaking. Trek for 6 kilometres along the Rim Walk, which takes you through a natural amphitheatre, past the striped sandstone domes of the ‘lost city’ and into the green oasis of the Garden of Eden. Stop for lunch before making your way to a campsite on the homestead of Erldunda, where you’ll spend the night at the Desert Oaks campsite at Erldunda, where you can meet one of Australia most unique wildlife species, the Emu at the Erldunda emu farm. Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking time is approximately two and half hours hour.

Day 4 Coober Pedy
Depart early this morning and make your way to Coober Pedy, crossing the Northern Territory/South Australian border on the way (approximately five hours in total). Take a break to stretch your legs and enjoy lunch in the outback town of Marla. Coober Pedy is known as ‘The Opal Capital of the World’ and was one of the locations used to film the third Mad Max movie. Due to extremely hot temperatures in the area most of the town is constructed underground, with residents living in cave-like houses carved into the hillsides. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the town, underground opal mine and museum. End the day hanging out with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight stay in a multi-share underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy. Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Day 5 William Creek
Today after breakfast we will travel into areas seldom seen by most tourists as we leave the sealed roads of the Stuart Hwy behind us and travel on unsealed roads to one of the remotest towns in the world, William Creek. On the way we will travel through the largest Cattle Station in the world, Anna Creek. As we drive gaze out at the endless horizons as we pass by the lake with the longest name in the world, Lake Cadibarrawirracanna. Arriving into town we will set up camp and have dinner. After dinner lay down in your swag and fall asleep as you count the shooting stars. Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Day 6 Adelaide
Today will be a long day of driving as we travel the famous Oodnadatta track to Quorn. Along the way we will visit Australia’s Largest lake, Lake Eyre. Visit the outback towns of Marree, Lyndhurst and Hawker. Stay tonight in private accommodation at the Mill Lodge tonight, where you’ll also have dinner. Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Day 7 Adelaide
In the morning, eat a big breakfast and hike up one of the many peaks in the Flinders Ranges. Make your way back to Adelaide through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Clare Valley, arriving in the early evening. We will drop you at your Adelaide city accommodation, the Adelaide Central YHA for a good nights rest before you head off to Kangaroo Island tomorrow. Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Day 8 Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
After an early morning start from the Adelaide Central Bus Station (meet at the SeaLink desk at 6.15am for a 6.45am departure), travel along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing, it is not uncommon to have an escort of local dolphins that can be viewed from the dolphin deck on the boat. Once you disembark, stop in at Rob's Shearing and Sheepdogs to check out how sheep are shorn, then continue to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia. Next up is a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see rare Australian Sea-lions up close in a wild breeding colony. Travel on to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara, where you’ll get the chance to give sand boarding a shot, then arrive at your exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. Enjoy some free time to kayak on the Harriet River, go for a self-guided walk along the property’s tracks, head out trail bike riding or swimming, or simply kick back along Vivonne Bay Beach. Accommodation tonight is in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).

Day 9 Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for a walk among eucalyptus trees in search of lazing koalas. Next, continue on to Flinders Chase National Park, arriving at iconic Remarkable Rocks ahead of the crowds. Ramble across its craggy coastline, marvel at its dramatic seascapes, and then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks. If time and weather permits, there might be several stops made en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before you arrive back in Adelaide.

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