There's no finer way to travel between Adelaide and Alice Springs than Topdeck's Outback Gem trip. See the best of South Australia including the Flinders Ranges, a Clare Valley winery, Parachilna, Quorn and underground mining town Coober Pedy. In the Northern Territory see sunrise over Uluru and camp under the stars near Kings Canyon for an amazing Outback experience. This Outback Gem is a beauty!
- Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
- Stay underground in Coober Pedy
- Visit a kangaroo orphanage
- 'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
- Guided hike of Kings Canyon
- View the magic of the Flinders Ranges
Day 1 - Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
There are more wineries around here than flies on a sheep. On our way to the Clare Valley, we'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall – there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. There is a classic Aussie pub at the end of the road today.
Day 2 - Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges National Park has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound – a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru.
Included today: Wilpena Pound guided walk, National Park entry
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 - Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy
Destination: Coober Pedy. Where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Along with these subterranean houses, this place is know for another little gem. Opals. 75% of the world's opals come from here. We’ll take a mine tour to check it out. Then: time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild. Cute!
Included today: Opal mine tour, Visit a kangaroo orphanage
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Coober Pedy to Alice Springs
It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then, check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. That resort pool is just what the doctor ordered.
Day 5 - Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red.
Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.
Included today: Visit Mount Conner, Uluru sunset drinks & snacks, National Park entry
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6 - Uluru
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Optional activities today include a scenic flight over the rock, a skydive, or a camel ride. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.
Included today: Sunrise over Uluru, National Park entry, Uluru base walks, Anangu Visitor centre, Guided walk by your crew
Optional activities: Scenic flights, Camel rides, Skydiving, Sounds of Silence, Guided astrology tour
Day 7 - Uluru to Kings Canyon
After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.
Included today: Valley of the Winds walk & National Park entry
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8 - Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Get your hiking boots on! This morning we start with the hardest part of the famous Rim Walk in Kings Canyon, aptly named ‘Heart Attack Hill’. But believe us, it’s worth the effort. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Australia. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden make today even more awesome. After a picnic lunch, we’ll board the coach back to Alice Springs.
Included today: Guided hike of Kings Canyon, Garden of Eden walk
Day 9 - Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Be wowed with a trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges. They’re pretty special if we do say so ourselves. We’re back to Alice Springs afterwards to explore the town centre. Get involved in some of the optional activities today. Hit up the Reptile Centre and learn about some of the local animals. You can also check out the Kangaroo Sanctuary (omg) or go exploring through the Desert Garden. Say goodbye to your travel mates, this is the end of the road, for now.
Included today: Visit Standley Chasm & Visit Simpsons Gap
Optional activities: Visit Desert Park, Visit Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Visit a kangaroo sanctuary
9 day Adventure from £999
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18 - 39 Adventure
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- 8 nights accommodation
- Transport and sightseeing
- 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
- Entrance fees to national parks
- Modern vehicles
- Awesome driver / guide
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