7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour

7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour

Embark on an Overland odyssey from Adelaide to Alice Springs on this week-long journey through the Outback. From the rolling wine country of Clare Valley to the stark terrain of the Oodnadatta Track and entire towns located underground, this trip encompasses a great diversity of landscapes. Try your luck noodling for opals in Coober Pedy, see Australia's largest salt lake at Lake Eyre, learn of Uluru's cultural importance from a local indigenous guide, wander through 'the many heads' of Kata Tjuta and visit the major sites of Watarrka National Park on the Rim Walk.

Tour Highlights

  • Wilpena Pound
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Dingo Fence
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Tour Info

Code AD-AASE7
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 7 Days
Departures
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Vehicle All Terrain vehicle
Suitability 8+ Years
Start Adelaide @ 6.00 am
Finish Alice Springs @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia's oldest wine regions - and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you'll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state's biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there'll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag.

Total driving time takes around five hours.

**Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

**Included Activities

Wilpena Pound

**Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

Leaving the flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims 'Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)'. Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, we'll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia's largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek - base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours

** Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world's largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid afternoon we'll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life's better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you'll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck 'noodling' for opals, or finish the day at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage to see what's hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours

** Accommodation

Underground Multishare (1 night)

** Included Activities

Anna Creek Station

Coober Pedy Mine tour

Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

We'll be honest, there's a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

** Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

** Included Activities

Dingo Fence

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for 'Many Heads', the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually. Rising 546 m above the surrounding plain, Mt. Olga's tip is the highest point for miles around, while the site's ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you'll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land, on a guided walk.

Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars.

There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5-9km, depending on how much of Uluru's base you would like to walk.

** Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

** Included Activities

Mala cultural interpretative walk

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee

Uluru Base Walk

Uluru Cultural Centre

Kata Tjuta

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Uluru isn't Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you're keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock's base, we recommend an early rise. Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which there's the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day there's also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before we hit the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Today, driving time is about four hrs and walking is up to ten kilometres.

** Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

** Included Activities

Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia's answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City - all sites you'll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch it's back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where this adventure concludes.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

** Included Activities

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Inclusion

  • Experienced guide
  • Meals - 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Transport -  All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

BASIX accommodation is available on this trip. Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. In Coober Pedy we offer multishare mixed gender accommodation (underground bunkhouse). Families with children under the age of 18 will stay in a private room in Coober Pedy.

 

AD-AASE7 - Basix Trip

 

Night 1: Wilpena Pound - Simple permanent tents

Night 2: William Creek - Simple permanent tents

Night 3: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse

Nights 4 & 5: Yulara - Simple permanent tents

 

Night 6: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents

 

What to Bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • Water bottle
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping bag (can be purchased with us)

Dietary Requirements

  • Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
  • No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
  • No Dairy (soy milk provided)
  • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
  • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
  • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
  • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Notes

  • Tour commences in Adelaide on day 1 at approximately 6:30am
  • Tour finishes in Alice Springs day 7 at approx 18:00. All onward travel must be booked the following day.
  • Oodnadatta track accessibility dependent on weather conditions
  • Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • Moderate fitness required and the minimum age of this trip is 8 years. 
  • 24 passengers maximum 
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Our guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.
  • Package is made up of two separate tours, therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • Upgrade accommodation is budget style and may be located on a different premises to dorm.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Conversely, in July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Operation  if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Operation with your preferred accommodation pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.

Suitability

Discover the best of southern and central Australia on an epic road trip. Like a true Australian drover, spend your nights camping in a swag under the southern sky

Follow the route of the old Overland Telegraph line to the town of William Creek, situated on the largest cattle station in the world

The opal-mining outpost of Coober Pedy is like no other place in Australia, as scorching daytime temperatures have driven the town’s few residents to live underground. 'Noodle' for opals, hang out with some rescued joeys and spend the night in a subterranean bunker

See the best of Australia’s iconic Red Centre on guided walks around Uluru, Kings Canyon and the ancient red domes of Kata Tjuja.

The outback landscape is sacred to the local Aboriginal people. Learn about their special connection to the land on guided walks

ATTENTION

Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.

This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

When we stay underground in Coober Pedy the accommodation may be mixed gender multishare

Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.

Cancellation by the traveller

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

- 30 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;

- between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost

- 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.

Cancellation By Us

We may cancel a trip at any time up to 30 days before departure, subject to clause 13. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some styles of trips; your booking consultant will advise if differences apply.