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5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Alice Springs - Adventure Tours Australia

4.5 (2 reviews)

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Highlights:

  • This 5-day small group tour is your chance to meet the outback on your own terms.
  • No set itinerary, no rushing around to pre-established timeframes – just you, your small group, and a well-versed local leader exploring the Red Centre at your own pace.
  • Get to all the big name attractions – Uluru/Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, the Western MacDonnell Ranges – and perhaps visit lesser-known sites like Trephina Gorge, Owen Springs, Ruby Gap and the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges.
  • Meet the curious inhabitants of the Outback Camel Farm.
  • Admire the breathtaking formations of Kata Tjuta.
  • Enjoy a morning walk around Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Check out the rarely travelled Eastern MacDonnell Ranges.

Included:

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Meals as indicated: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: Powered camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Bush camp (2 nights)
  • Travel in all-terrain vehicle
  • Activities as detailed in itinerary
  • National park entry fees
  • Breakfast : Some
  • Lunch : All
  • Dinner : Some

Itinerary

Day 1 : Alice Springs to Uluru

Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand the heart and soul of Australia. Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the Alice Springs pick-up point this morning and set off to explore the Red Centre. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. Only a short drive away walk off your lunch is Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s). With its 36 various-sized domes, it provides quite a contrast to Uluru, and much larger too with the highest point almost 200 meters higher than its counterpart. You’ll get to know Kata Tjuta’s rock formations and landscape pretty well in the afternoon hiking between the massive domes. As the evening unfolds, enjoy a light snack as the sun slowly sets, casting a variety of earthy tones across Uluru. 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. Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Total walking time is approximately 2 hours. Total driving time today is around 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Uluru Sunrise

An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise as the sun hits the icon like a beacon, before the light floods the surrounding landscape. While the morning is fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru taking in all of the textures and valleys of Uluru up-close, which isn’t evident from afar. Join a First Nation Cultural Experience at the Mutitjulu waterhole where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the ‘Tjukurpa’ the law and creation stories of the Anangu. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art at the Cultural Centre, hand-crafted by local First Nation Peoples of the Western and Central Deserts. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will have dinner and enjoy the stars. Accommodation: Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours (or up to 3.5 if you do the full 10km base walk).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Kings Canyon

The main attraction of Watarrka National Park is undoubtedly Kings Canyon – a huge gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls many meters high. With its porous sandstone, deep gullies and hidden rock pools, it provides shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point may of these out on a trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous locations such as the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre, and of course North & South Walls of Kings Canyon. We enjoy lunch before driving during much of the afternoon to our overnight camp in the East MacDonnell Ranges. Accommodation: Bush Camping (basic facilities) (1 night) Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : East MacDonnell Ranges

Leaving Launceston, a short drive takes us through Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’ and then onto Tasmania’s most famous alpine national park, Cradle Mountain. Cradle is home to an abundance of wildlife such as wombats and echidnas. Choose from a variety of incredible walks; the Dove Lake circuit is likely the best short walk in Tasmania, while the challenging walk to the summit of Marion’s Lookout offers unmatched views of the glacial carved wilderness. Easier options today include a stroll along Ronny Creek or down to the Boatshed. Departing Cradle, we travel to the harbourside village of Strahan on the West Coast, our accommodation for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : West MacDonnell Ranges

Spend the afternoon exploring the Outback scenery of the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Visit one of the most photographed places in the Red Centre; Ormiston Gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies while admiring the colourful, sweeping walls surrounding its waterhole. Continue to Redbank Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole, a popular spot for a refreshing dip. After a satisfying day spent exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges, we head back to Alice Springs where our epic five-day adventure ends. Total walking distance: up to 10 kms. Total driving time: about 3 hours

Meals: Lunch


Pickups / Departures

Departure Days: Select Sundays April to November in 2023 and May to October in 2024

Joining point:  Default pick up from Stay at Alice Springs Hotel (formerly Aurora Alice Springs) between 6-6.30am (Leichardt Terrace)

The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, and unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location, we will assume you will be waiting at Aurora Alice Springs at 6:00am. We also pick up from many other hotels in Alice Springs, please ask our Reservations team for options. It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Finishing point: Central Alice Springs accommodation

Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.


Extras

What to Bring:

Water bottle (at least 1.5 litres)
Sturdy walking shoes
Hat and sunscreen
Towel and toiletries
Camera/phone and batteries or charger
Headlight or torch
Insect repellent/flynet
Power pack for charging without electricity
A sleeping bag is required - bring your own or pre-purchase at time of booking.
Towel for swimming

Luggage Limit:

15kg in soft bag plus carry on day pack. No hard cases please.

Dietary Requirements:

Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking.

 

Extra Costs:

Sleeping bag is required for this trip. Bring your own, or pre-purchase from us.


Reviews

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Irina P. 18 May 2019
It was my first long tour organized by a tour company. I was not sure whether it is going to be good or not. But it turned to be just amazing. Tour guides were experienced and knowledgeable. We learned about flora and fauna, about aboriginal culture, saw beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It was the best holiday I had!
Jasmine G. 02 Nov 2018
I had a wonderful time on the 5 day tour thanks to our great Guide Matt and the Hosts who welcomed us in the camps. We all got along super well, constantly sharing jokes and stories. Everyone was fun , patient and professional. There were some long drives along the way, but it was to be expected, and Matt did a great job safely driving us around in bumpy bush tracks. Kara and Pearl where the best hostess, accommodating me and my food allergies with open arms :D

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