Day 1 We escape the city heading north to the Flinders Ranges and the starting point for our outback desert adventure. Passing through small country towns like Quorn and Hawker, the scenery gradually changes to the legendary landscapes of the oldest continent on earth. Tonight we stay at Angorichina, in the magnificent Parachilna Gorge.
Day 2 Destination outback, with a day of driving the dirt road ahead of us. Along the Oodnadatta Track, we follow the Old Ghan Railway and its long abandoned railway settlements. This is remote territory, with red, stony plains stretching to the horizon. We traverse the bottom of Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake. We then stop at Coward Springs for a relaxing, all-natural spa. At William Creek (SA’s smallest town) we camp under the desert stars and drink a beer in the iconic Aussie pub with the locals.
Day 3 Taking an isolated track through Anna Creek, the world’s largest cattle station, we head for the opal capital of the world - Coober Pedy. We take an underground tour to learn about the history of Coober Pedy and its opal. Free time is available to explore the charms of the town, such as Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and Aboriginal Art Gallery or “noodle” for opals on your own. Tonight we sleep like the locals do, underground in bunkhouse accommodation.
Day 4 It’s a big day of driving up the Stuart Highway to Uluu (Ayers Rock) with several pit stops en-route. We set up camp at Ayers Rock Resort Campground, for nights four and five before watching the sunset over Uluu, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 5 A sunrise breakfast at Uluu, followed by a guided cultural walk around the base. Hear about Tjukurpa, the religious and social beliefs of the Aangu people leading you to an understanding of the cultural landscape. We visit the Uluu Kata Tjua Cultural Centre, before heading back to the camp for lunch and later, another stunning Uluu sunset.
Day 6 We spend the morning at Kata Tjua (The Olgas), hiking the magnificent Valley of the Winds followed by lunch and an afternoon drive to Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Camping tonight at Kings Creek.
Day 7 A morning at the spectacular Watarrka, through the sandstone domes and down into the Garden of Eden. We return to camp for lunch and then begin our journey to our final destination, Alice Springs where we arrive at approximately 6.30pm.