7 Day Reef to Rock Overland
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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.
Tour Name: 7 Day Rock to Reef Overland
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018
Tour Departs From:
Select Cairns accommodation
Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 7
Explorer, Walking & Trekking
Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel
POBRQ - Yulara (Ayers Rock) to Cairns (Basix)
POBRQY - Alice Springs to Cairns (Basix)
AUD $1390 per person
AUD $45 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase
All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on
Levies included: National Park park fee.
Children minimum age 12 and above allowed.
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
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
Day 1: Cairns to Hughenden
Your Reef to Rock adventure gets underway this morning with an early
pick-up from your Cairns accommodation. First stop for the day is
Hughenden, a small town situated on the banks of the Flinders River.
For such a small town (at last count there was less than 1,200 residents),
Hughenden actually has a fair few attractions to its name. A life-size
statue of a Muttaburrasaurus occupies a roundabout (the town is
home to the Hughenden Dinosaur Festival); there's a Bullride and
Race Day every September, and in 2008 Hughenden hosted the inaugural
Hughenden Camel Endurance Challenge. Continuing up and into the
Atherton Tablelands, enjoy a dip in Millstream Falls; then stop
in at Lynd junction to check out Australia's smallest pub. Explore
the year-round waterholes and coloured sandstone cliffs of Porcupine
Creek, plus the barren plains of outlying Porcupine Gorge, before
settling down for the night in Hughenden.
Total driving time takes around six and a half hours. Total walking
time is approximately three hours. (L/D)
Day 2: Hughenden to Boulia
You'll 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 Patterson's Waltzing Mathilda - for a night
spent in Boulia, rumoured hotspot of the mysterious Min Min Lights.
Total driving time takes around six hours. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Boulia to Alice Springs
Prepare for a long day on the road as we continue our journey east.
From here to Alice Springs the road is mostly dirt - this is a route
through some of the world's remotest countryside after all!
Total driving time takes around nine hours. (B/L)
Day 4: Alice Springs
Arriving in Alice, enjoy a day getting to know this rustic, Red
Centre hub at your own pace. Pay a visit to the critters of Alice
Springs Reptile Centre, potter down to Todd River to see if any
water's flowing (unlikely), or just pull up a stool at the locals
for a few frothies (cold beers) with the town's colorful characters.
Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers 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 you're
soaking up the spectacle, your tour host will be readying dinner
for your arrival back at camp.
Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time
is approximately three hours. (L/D)
Day 6: Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
Rise and shine folks, this is one sunrise you'd really regret missing.
After watching day break over the world's largest slab of sandstone,
enjoy an unguided walk around Uluru's base minus the day-trippers.
Get to know Uluru - and hear about the traditions and beliefs of
the region's traditional custodians, the Mala people - during a
cultural interpretive walk led by an indigenous guide. There'll
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).
Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total
walking time is approximately two hours. (B/L/D)
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 don't forget the camera. At trek's end it's time for a
bite to eat before the drive back to Alice, where your Reef to Rock
adventure winds up.
Total driving time is approximately four and a half hours. Total
walking time is around an hour. (B/L)
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: 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: 4WD vehicle
Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Hostel (2
nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee,
Millstream Falls Porcupine Creek Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Mala cultural interpretative walk Uluru Base Walk Uluru Cultural
Centre Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
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1. 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 POBQR
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 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.
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
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)
^Where an Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Adventure Tours
/Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.
Those joining the trip at Yulara will not have the opportunity
to ride a camel, as the farm is on the journey to Yulara. Lunch
is not included on Day 1.
^^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.
Children minimum age 12 and above allowed.
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).
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
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
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 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.
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
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These
are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion
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.
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
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