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Adelaide - Alice Springs Tour Details

Day 1:

Adelaide - Wilpena Pound. We are leaving Adelaide and head north toward the famous wine region of the Clare Valley. The road brings us through the “Bread Basket of South Australia, through breathtaking scenery straight up north to Hawker “Gateway to the Central Flinders Ranges” and on to our base at the Wilpena Pound area.

Day 2:

Wilpena Pound - Central Flinders Ranges. After Breakfast you are able to enjoy the beauty of the Wilpena Pound by air. This is really a must because you will be able to see this natural wonder only properly from the air. After returning from this fantastic experience we had around the pound with our first stop at Arkaroo Rock (Aborigine Paintings) and on to the Sacred Canyon (Aborigine paintings and rock carvings).

After lunch we head of to check out some of the best sceneries the Central Flinders Ranges has to offer; we travel through the Buneryoo Valley and on to the Brachina Gorge (a geological trail, which needs to be seen to be believed). The way back to our accommodation brings us through the Morolana Scenic Drive, which is the finishing track around the Wilpena Pound.

Day 3:

Wilpena - Marree. This morning we are going to head north through the Central Flinders Ranges all the way to Blinman (which is the starting point of the Northern Flinders Ranges). On the way we stop at scenic points to enjoy once more the beauty of the area we are passing through. We go on the way to Arkaroola and pass through the Italowie Gorge and on to Copley to visit the largest open cut coal mine in the World. This is an awesome site und with a bit of luck we will be able to see one of the longest trains in Australia’s (4.2 km long from the locomotive to the last carriage).

In the evening we will arrive at Marree, which is at the crossroads of the famous Birdsville and Oodnadatta track. Marree used to be a very important town, where the cattlemen drove their cattle to and put them on the train, which brought them down to Port Augusta and on to the ships to be exported all over the world.

After the relocation of the railway track from Port Augusta to Alice Springs further to the west, Marree lost its important position and is very quiet town these days. Nevertheless Marree still kept the original Pub/Hotel, and old world charm, with fantastic food and great outback hospitality.

Day 4:

Marree - Coober Pedy. After a hearty breakfast we will start our journey up north on to the famous Oodnadatta track. The country becomes more and more arid and for some of us it is almost impossible to understand that this is still pretty good cattle country (thanks to the underground water – the artesian basin). We stop at Lake Eyre South (Lake Eyre South and Lake Eyre North hold fresh water only once or twice a century). The vastness of the lake is enormous and a fantastic photo opportunity.

We follow pretty much the “Old Ghan” railway track and stop at ruins and old railway stations, till we reach our turning point at the small settlement of William Creek were we will enjoy a well earned lunch. This settlement is located on the world’s largest Cattle property “Anna Creek” station. Here we leave the Oodnadatta track and travel toward Coober Pedy.

Day 5:

Coober Pedy - Curtain Springs/Yulara. Once we leave Coober Pedy we will travel north on the Stuart Highway and see the millions of mounds of old and current Opal diggings. We will be visiting an extra ordinary area called “The Breakaways” and the "Painted Desert".

Back on the Stuart Highway we travel toward the boarder of South Australia and the Northern Territory. On the way we will encounter a great number of wild life, namely the Australian Wedge tail Eagle. This is a truly majestic bird of considerable size and they just sort of sit beside the road and wait till some other poor animal gets run over by one of the many “Road trains”. These Road trains are about 65 m in length and tow 3 trailers and more. Only on these remote roads trucks are allowed to tow this amount of trailers.

At Marla we cross into the Northern Territory and on toKulgera; from there we don’t have far anymore to the turn off toward our destination at Curtain Springs/Yulara at the famous Ayers Rock.

Day 6:

Yulara. This morning we will visit Uluru for a fantastic sunrise. After Breakfast we will visit Uluru, the cultural centre to see and hear the story of this famous rock. You will have the chance to use the walking tracks around the rock, take plenty of pictures. The rock is sacred to the local Aborigine people which live behind the rock.

SA Nature Tours respects the Aborigine Sacred areas and does not allow its guests to climb Uluru. In the event that guests insist on climbing Uluru, these guests must sign a waiver form, which releases SA Nature Tours of all its liabilities.

After a well earned rest and a good lunch, we will drive out to the other sacred area the “Olgas” Katja Tuta. Back at our resort accommodation you will have the chance to browse the numerous shops and or have a swim. In the evening we are driving back to Uluru and wait for the sunset, which can be very spectacular.

Day 7:

Yulara/Curtain Springs - Kings Canyon. Today we drive through an area, which is covered with Desert Oaks (these trees only exist in this area in Australia). On the way to Kings Canyon we will encounter all kind of wildlife mostly camels, which is quite a sight. After checking in at our accommodation we will enjoy lunch and then we go and explore Kings Canyon. This plateau and Canyon are really worth seeing and we will take about 5 hours to explore.

Day 8:

Kings Canyon - Alice Springs. Well after all that “Central Desert Experience” it is about time to head back to civilisation. Today we drive back east toward the Stuart Highway and north to our final destination Alice Springs.