Outback to the Red Centre—Adelaide to Alice Springs

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Route map for Outback to the Red Centre—Adelaide to Alice Springs (OAAR)

Day 1 Adelaide

Arrive in Adelaide at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to explore the city to visit a museum or visit a local vineyard.

Day 2 Flinders Ranges (1B)

Early departure this morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. South Australia has earned its place as one of the top wine regions in the world. Travel to Quorn historic town for the night.

Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Travel distance: 350 km

Day 3 Outback (1B,1L,1D)

Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Wilpena Pound is a stunning natural amphitheater of mountains. Visit Aboriginal Art sites while on a guided tour of the area by your CEO. Your CEO will explain about the early settler history before settling in at Beltana Homestead for the night.

Estimated travel time: 1 hour
Travel distance: 50 km

Day 4 William Creek (1B,1L,1D)

We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way. Visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre to learn about the importance of the area to indigenous people. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs. Overnight at the Historic William Creek Hotel. Due to the size of the town the accommodations here are rather basic.

Estimated travel time: 3 hours
Travel distance: 200 km

Day 5 Coober Pedy (1B,1D)

Travel a very basic track to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Estimated travel time: 3 hours
Travel distance: 150 km

Day 6-7 Uluru (2B,1L,1D)

Cross the border to the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru, while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. If you would like a bit more coverage, tents are also available.

The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Marla Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the locals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.

Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets. 

The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat.

Estimated travel time: 9 hours
Travel distance: 750 km

Day 8 Kings Creek (1B,1L,1D)

Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Kings Canyon. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll). If you would like a bit more coverage, tents are also available.

Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area.

Estimated travel time: 5 hours
Travel distance: 450 km

Day 9 Alice Springs (1B)

Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4 hour walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin, Alice Springs is the base for all trips through the Red Centre.

The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening at approximately 6pm. Opt to join the group for a night out in Alice Springs. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today.

Estimated travel time: 4.5 hours
Travel distance: 375 km