Discover the highlights of Adelaide and Hahndorf on a morning sightseeing tour. This tour offers an opportunity to see some of Adelaide city, the historic Adelaide Oval, beautiful views from Mount Lofty Summit and the old German village of Hahndorf.
All about the 10 Day 4WD Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour Safari
This Outback Adventure through the Australian outback is rated by most passengers as one of the best experiences of their lives. We travel and explore some of the most remote areas on Earth. Learn about Aboriginal culture and experience Australia's unique wildlife.
This 10-day outback adventure tour through the Australian outback is rated by most passengers as one of the best experiences of their lives. We travel and explore some of the most remote areas on earth. Unlike bus tours, our 4WD Expedition is the original outback camping expedition: Sitting around the camp fire, great bush cooking and sleeping under millions of stars. We take you where the others only dream of going, this is NOT your normal bus tour, we use 4WD vehicles and we explore some of the most isolated areas on earth.
We still hit the main hotspots of Lamberts Centre (the geographical center of Australia), Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the Western McDonnell Ranges. This is the only tour to include the Western McDonnell Ranges in an Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour.
You'll swim in outback hot springs, hike and explore the untamed wilderness, experience Australia's unique wildlife and witness the Outback's greatest landscapes. You will meet some of the locals, learn about regional Aboriginal and European history and have the best Adelaide to Alice Springs tour experience available.
10 Day 4WD Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour Safari Itinerary - 10 days
Flinders Ranges: Southern and Central
Our epic journey departs Adelaide and heads north visiting coastal villages with their rich maritime history. By lunch time we are in the Flinders Ranges, one of oldest mountain ranges on earth. Walk through Mambray Creek National Park, where you have spectacular views of the mountains and Spencer Gulf. Enjoy lunch surrounded by towering peaks that are as old as time itself. Kangaroos and emus are abundant in this area.
Travel through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to the classic old township of Quorn, which was once the start of the original Ghan Railway. Head out on the dirt tracks and search for the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies at Warren Gorge Conservation Park before settling into a wholesome camp-cooked meal.
Roll out your swags and sleep happy and contented under millions of stars.
Flinders Ranges: Wilpena Pound and North
Today we visit an Aboriginal ceremonial site, where you will see rock art dating back thousands of years. Continue to Wilpena Pound for a beautiful bush walk with magnificent views of this amazing natural amphitheatre, one of the unique wonders of the world.
Lunch is in the heart of Wilpena Pound, followed by an awe-inspiring drive along the northern side of Wilpena through the famous Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges known as the ‘Corridors Through Time’. This spectacular journey will show you 900 million years of geological history where you will see fossils dating back to the beginning of life on earth.
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time. Night 2 ~ Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water
Oodnadatta Track, Marree and Dingo Fence
Leave the splendour of the rugged mountain scenery and travel north into the outback of Australia. At Lyndhurst we begin our epic journey up the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway. At Marree we explore this remote outback town which is also the beginning of the famous Birdsville Track. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements, including many ghost towns.
Cross the Dingo Fence which is the longest man-made fence in the world. This helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down. Check out Lake Eyre South, which is approximately 11m below sea level. The Lake Eyre Basin is about the size of Belgium.
Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries.
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time. Night 3 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.
Coober Pedy, Anna Creek Station, Moon Plains and Painted Desert
In the morning, visit the remote and unique William Creek Pub, population currently 6. Then travel through Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in Australia! Arriving at Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world, go underground on a mine tour and watch an opal
cutting display. You will have the opportunity to purchase this rare gemstone direct from the mine. Meet the locals who live in houses under the ground in one of the most arid landscapes in the world.
We now venture out into the real outback to the Painted Desert and camp amongst the beautiful Arckaringa Hills. No bus tours out here mate!
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time. Night 4 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.
Simpson Desert Oodnadatta and Red Sand Hills
Continue our 4WD expedition to the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta, the last sign of civilisation before heading out into the Simpson Desert. Oodnadatta has Australia’s first Royal Flying Doctor Clinic which is still operating. Later in the day continue into the remote outback of South Australia, crossing the red sand hills of the Simpson Desert.
WINTER: Soak the night away in a desert oasis at Dalhousie Hot Springs where the thermal
water bubbles up from the Great Artisan Basin at approximately 32°C.
SUMMER: Head to Eringa Waterhole and Mt Dare.
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time.
Night 5 WINTER: Bush camp near hot spring, shower and drop toilet available. SUMMER: Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.
Finke Aboriginal Community, Dalhousie Hot Springs, Uluru
Mount Dare, Finke Aboriginal Community and Lambert Centre. Further into the desert we go to Mount Dare, an old outback cattle station to re-fuel and stock up on supplies. Onto Finke, a traditional Aboriginal community (Note: this is not a tourist area, respect and privacy are required). Then it is onto Lambert Centre, the geographical centre of the Australia. Heading Bush is currently the only company to take our intrepid travellers to experience this incredibly remote outback area.
Spend the afternoon travelling into the heart of Central Australia, exploring this unique and
diverse land, which is alive with desert animals of all types.
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Showers and flush toilets available at Mount Dare.
Night 6 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.
Uluru Base walk, Cultural Centre and Sunset at The Rock
An exciting morning heading to Uluru. Spend time at the cultural centre where we can relax
and learn the ways and listen to stories of the Anangu through displays and educational
information. Join our guided walk around the base of Uluru which introduces you to the
traditional food sources and spirituality of this area. Witness sunset over this ancient monolith
with your small group of fellow adventurers.
Meals: (B) (L) (D)
Night 7 – Camp at Yulara camp ground, full facilities.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Valley of the Winds walk
Sunrise at Uluru then head out to another sacred area for the Anangu and hike through the
spectacular canyons and rock formations of Kata Tjuta/ The Olga’s.
Learn about some of the bush tucker that grows in the area and photograph some of the most beautiful scenery the desert has to offer.
After lunch we travel north towards Watarrka National Park and set up camp in the red sand
hills protected by the majestic desert oak trees.
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Showers and flush toilets available in the morning at Yulara.
Night 8 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.
Kings Canyon Watarrka National Park and 4 hour Rim walk
Regarded as one of the most rewarding walks of the tour, we spend approximately four hours
exploring Kings Canyon. Trek to places like the Amphitheatre and the Lost City in this land of
the Luritja Aboriginal people. Take time and soak up this ancient and special area.
In the afternoon, continue north-west through more red desert sand dunes covered with an
amazing diversity of native flora. Pass the huge comet crater at Gosses Bluff and perhaps find
the elusive Thorny Devil which survive in this arid land.
Set up camp in the magnificent Western MacDonnell Ranges.
Meals: (B) (L) (D) Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time.
Night 9 – Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water.
Western MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs
Swim, Laugh, Explore, Alice Springs. Stop and say g’day to the outbush folks at Glen Helen then onto Ormiston Gorge. We will be able to swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole or Simpson Gap before entering Alice Springs at around 5.00pm. Then get cleaned up, and hit the town with your new Heading Bush mates!.
These last ten days together, sharing this unique experience will leave you with a great sense of achievement, fulfilment and new friends for life.
|Tour code: HB10DAY|
Earlybird special. Book 90 days in advance. For travel AFTER 1 April 2018.
Land content fee
From central Adelaide accommodation at 6.30am:
Apr 7, May 7, Jun 4, Jul 9, Aug 6, Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 19, Dec 3 and 17,
Jan 14 and 28, Feb 11 and 25, Mar 11 and 25.
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Fees paid locally include Aboriginal Communities ($175) and Uluru National Park Fee ($25).
Itineraries are subject to change due to weather & road conditions and cultural & national park requirements.
Luggage should be kept to 15 kg in a softback or backpack with an additional daypack.
The 10 Day Outback Tour explores the fascinating outback regions of Southern and Central Australia in a small group of intrepid travelers. Accommodation is bush camping in a swag around the campfire. We use minimal facility campgrounds and bush camps (no facilities). It’s a backpacker tour with plenty of adventure, it will be hot, it will be dusty, it will be unbelievable.The Tour visits Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas, or Mount Olga) and Watarka (Kings Canyon), Coober Pedy and The Flinders Ranges. As well other less well-known destinations including Lake Eyre, Finke Gorge, The West Mac Donnell Ranges, Curtin Springs, and of coarse Lake Cadibarrawirracanna.
Warning: Travelers should expect adventure, challenges, longer hikes & swims and at times rough 4WD roads. This is not a bus tour.
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