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7 Day Reef to Rock Overland - Cairns to Alice Springs

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About this tour: Get a fix of tropical Australia in Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands, then hit the road west through the Outback to Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Cairns tropical coastline and the dusty expanses of the Red Centre might be two of Australias most visited traveller attractions, but very few ever make the journey between them by road. For most, the distance is just too long, the roads are a bit too rough and the stop-offs en route too lacking in renown. For others, these factors are precisely what excite. Post getting your fix of tropical splendour in Cairns and the Atherton Tableland, hit the road west for tastes of genuine Outback culture at such little-known outposts as Hughenden, Winton, Porcupine Creek and Boulia. Get to know Alice Springs under your own steam, then spend a few days exploring by foot the boulders, gullies, canyons, chasms, ridges and ravines of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park). This off-road adventure is for travellers wanting to know Australia both through and beyond its big name attractions.

uluru aerial view

Tour Name: 7 Day Reef to Rock Overland

Valid:
01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Trip Code:
POBQR - Cairns to Alice Springs

Trip Style:
Basix

Tour Departs From:
Default pick up: Cairns Central YHA (20-26 McLeod Street) @ 06:30am

Tour Departs:
APR 2018: 11 25, MAY 2018: 09 23, JUN 2018: 06 20, JUL 2018:04 18, AUG 2018:01 15 29, SEP2018: 12 26

Tour Finishes:
Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 7

Max People:
Min 1, Max 16

Ages:
Min 12

Tour Theme:
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking

Accommodation:
Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (4 nts), Multishare hostel (2 nts)

Prices:
POBQR
AUD $1390 per person
AUD $45 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix)

All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
Levies included: National Park park fee.
Children minimum age 12 and above allowed.

Map of 7 Day Reef to Rock Overland - Cairns to Alice

Why we love this trip
Cut through the centre of Australia on one of the most remote 4WD tracks in the country
See the striking sands of the Red Centre to the sparkling turquoise waters of the North-East
Travel with a small group of 16 in a custom built 4WD
Get off the beaten track in a region that no other travel companies go
Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more

Is this trip right for you?
This is a camping tour, so you will spend some nights sleeping in permanent tents
The temperatures in Australia can be quite extreme and it's important to stay hydrated
This is an overland trip so there is a focus on driving long distances, which is all a part of the experience

Daintree rainforest

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cairns to Hughenden
You will be collected from your Cairns accommodation for an early start and drive to Hughenden. Visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and visit Millstream Falls. Stop at the smallest pub in Australia at Lynd Junction. Visit the cliffs of coloured sandstone, vine forest and deep permanent waterholes along Porcupine Creek contrast strikingly with the savanna plains surrounding Porcupine Gorge. Accommodation at Hughenden.

Note: Total driving time takes around six and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (1 night)

Included Activities Millstream Falls Porcupine Creek

Meals Included Lunch Dinner

millstream falls -  Atherton Tablelands where we visit Millstream

Day 2: Hughenden to Boulia
Youll notice the scenery quickly starts to change the further west you go; the greenery of the bush giving way to the vast, rest dust horizons of the Outback. Pass through the town of Winton birthplace of QANTAS and Banjo Pattersons Waltzing Mathilda for a night spent in Boulia, rumoured hotspot of the mysterious Min Min Lights.

Note: Total driving time takes around six hours.

Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (1 night)

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Boulia to Jervois Station
View spectacular scenery as we make our way through some of the most remote country in the world! Crossing from Queensland into the Northern Territory, our track is mostly dirt road between Boulia and Alice Springs and is one of the most remote tracks in the world! Enjoy a night camping under the stars at Jervois Station.

Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (1 night)

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Jervois Station to Alice Springs
Arrive in Alice Springs before lunch to enjoy an afternoon to relax in Central Australias most iconic town, Alice Springs. A great opportunity to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Reptile Centre and many other attractions. (Entry fees not included).

Accommodation Alice Springs YHA (1 night)

Meals Included Breakfast

Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayres Rock)
For those keen to experience the outback from a different perspective, this morning offers the chance to call in at a working camel farm and clamber up for a ride (Please note that this is an optional activity at own expense). Break for lunch in Yulara (our permanent campsite for tonight); then head out on a guided walking tour through the colossal rock forms of Kata Tjuta. As the sun starts to set, charge a glass of sparkling to one epic Uluru sunset. While youre soaking up the spectacle, your tour host will be readying dinner for your arrival back at camp.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (1 night)

Meals Included Lunch Dinner

Uluru Ayers Rcck


Day 6: Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
Rise and shine folks, this is one sunrise youd really regret missing. After watching day break over the worlds largest slab of sandstone, enjoy an unguided walk around Ulurus base minus the day-trippers. Get to know Uluru and hear about the traditions and beliefs of the regions traditional custodians, the Mala people during a cultural interpretive walk led by an indigenous guide. Therell also be time to admire Aboriginal arts and crafts at the onsite Cultural Centre before driving into our exclusive campsite in Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park).

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (1 night)

Included Activities Mala cultural interpretative walk Uluru Base Walk Uluru Cultural Centre Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Enter a Lost City, tour a Garden of Eden and test the acoustics of an all-natural Amphitheatre during a guided 6km hike through Kings Canyon. Watarrka National Park is one extremely photogenic place, so dont forget the camera. At treks end its time for a bite to eat before the drive back to Alice, where your Reef to Rock adventure winds up.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately four and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.

Included Activities Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch


Kings Canyon

What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport 4WD Vehicle
Accommodation Camping with basic facilities (4 nts), Multishare hostel (2 nts)

Included activities:
Included activities Millstream Falls Porcupine Creek Mala cultural interpretative walk Uluru Base Walk Uluru Cultural Centre Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Accommodation:
Camping with basic facilities (4 nts), Multishare hostel (2 nts)
Accommodation POBQR
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.
Accommodation in Alice Springs and Darwin is in mixed gender multishare accommodation.
Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.
Night 1: Boulia - Camping with basic facilities
Night 2: Hughenden - Camping with basic facilities
Night 3: Jervois Station - Camping with basic facilities
Night 4: Alice Springs YHA - multishare hostel with shared facilities
Night 5: Yulara - Permanent tents with shared facilities
Night 6: Kings Canyon - Permanent tents with shared facilities
Multishare Accommodation:
For BASIX travellers, when not camping the standard accommodation is multishare, and may be in mixed-sex dorms.
Finish Times
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.
Particpatory Camping:
To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.



Sunrise


Sunset


Kata Tjuta - the Olgas
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Kata Tjuta - The Olgas

Important notes

Fitness Level:
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.

 

1. This trip leaves Cairns at approximately 6:00am on day 1 and finishes in Alice Springs around 6pm on day 7.

2. Onward travel must be booked the following day

3. This trip requires a sleeping bag, you can bring you own or purchase one from us

4. Trip also runs in reverse see POBRQ or POBRQY (ex Yulara)

5. ^Where an Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

6. The Valley of the Winds walk is quite often it is closed due to weather etc. There is another option other than the Walpa gorge walk to do half the Valley of the Winds which still gets to the good viewing point without doing the full walk which is often in the direct sun. (Agent note only-RH)

7. Please note pick up times from Ayers Rock Resort vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes.
Please contact our Reservations team for further information. The free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Lunch is not included on Day 1.

8. 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.

10. Itineraries
* Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

11. Luggage
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

12. Weather
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 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. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

13. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

14. Default Pickup Point
The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). 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.

15. Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

16. Meal Abbreviations
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

16. Children
Children minimum age 12 and above allowed.

Tour Operator
The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle: similar or a Land Cruiser if low numbers (Re notes;RH)


Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle

Ayers Rock often with it's many colurful skies at sunrise or sunset.

The Tour Difference
Scheduled tours operate.
As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of soft adventure and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

Basix accommodation - Accommodation Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Hostel (2 nights)

www.Australia4tours.com, based in Darwin, Northern Territory and is proudly Australian owned and one of the oldest specialist travel specialists in Northern Territory which is Australian licensed and locally operated by Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals Group - Australia is one of the Northern Territory's leading small group safari, sightseeing, charter, tour and selfdrive specialists' it is a Darwin Northern Territory Travel Agent.

Australia4Tours.com - Goholi Australia - Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals Group - Australia
Reichardt Road, Winnellie 0820
Darwin, Northern Territory Australia
Tel: International +61 8 7999 7511
WithinAustralia Free call 1800 107 371
Email: info@Australia4tours.com

MISSION STATEMENT

Our very experienced Northern Territory staff - our travel boss has been here when the industry basically started living in Alice Springs for 6 years in the 90's and in Darwin since the 80's. We will help you discover the best of these unique and special tours offers across Australia with camping safaris to one day sightseeing coach trips, eco tours Australia adventure camping safaris in Kakadu National Park and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort (Uluru) in Northern Territory. We seek out tours from only reputable experienced tour companies to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park. From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from our ancient Aboriginal Culture to our rather unique Australia outback wildlife - then onto Adelaide and now Cairns we have sourced an excellent range of tours for your next vacation in Australia. Our experienced staff have collectively over 30 years in the travel industry will help you discover the best of these unique and special adventure and sightseeing guided tours.

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