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Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

About this tour: 7 Day Travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs on this overland adventure
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.

map of our PAASE7 Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

Tour Name: 7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Trip Code:
• PAASE

Trip Style:
• Basix

Trip Theme:
• Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St) at 06:30am

Tour Departs:
• 01APR17-31MAR18: Wed

Tour Finishes:
• Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 7

Max People:
• 24

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)

Prices:
• PAASE
AUD $980 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 aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

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ITINERARY

Why we love this trip
• 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

Is this trip right for you?
• 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.

 

Day 1: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges
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 5 hours. (L/D)

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Day 2: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek
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. (B/L/D)

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Day 3: Coober Pedy
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 midafternoon 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. (B/L/D)

The Breakaways Conservation Park is a protected area in Northern South Australia, just off the Stuart Highway 33 km (21 mi) north of Coober Pedy.

Day 4: Coober Pedy / Yulara
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. (B/L/D)

The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence is a pest-exclusion fence that was built in Australia during the ... along the border with New South Wales. It then joins a section known as the Dog Fence in South Australia, which is 2,225 km (1,383 mi) long.

Day 5: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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. (B/L/D)

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Day 6: Uluru/Kings Canyon
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 4 hours and walking is up to 10km. (B/L/D)


Day 7: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
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. (B/L)

 

Kings canyon rim walk

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, pillow, and sleeping bag (can be purchased at time of booking).

What's Included in tour:
• 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)
• Fees: Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee, Watarrka National Park Entry Fees,

Activities:
• 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, • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees, • Kings Canyon Rim Walk


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© • Kata Tjuta


© • Ayers Rock from a distance

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• Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Plus Underground Multishare (1 night)
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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Adelaide on day 1 at approximately 6:30am and finishes in Alice Springs day 7 at approximately 6.00pm. All onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. Oodnadatta track accessibility dependent on weather conditions
3. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies.
4. This trip requires a sleeping bag. Bring your own or pre-purchase at time of booking.

 

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.

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.

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

• 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)

• 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.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

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.

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.

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).

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

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:


All terrain tour bus vehicle

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.

Fitness Level: 3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll 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.

 

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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 that’ll 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.

 

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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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