Day 1 We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we’re heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. We’ll head to Quorn where we’ll settle in our dormitory style accomodation for the night before taking a dip in the swimming pool or walking around town.
Day 2 Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles, will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy, and hear about the local indigenous people at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre. There’ll also be time to explore this remarkable town above and below the ground; try your luck fossicking or “noodling” for opals or just browse one of the many opal shops. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight we sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.
Day 3 It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach Uluu –nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluu sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 4 We start the day by learning about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluu Kata Tjua Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluu. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. We relax back at our campground and witness another brilliant Uluu sunset.
Day 5 After experiencing another glorious sunrise over Uluu while devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast, we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjua (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times, with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. After the walk we hit the road to reach Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we’ll camp for the night.
Day 6 Our last day is spent exploring Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch we begin our journey into Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.