Across Australia To The Red Centre

A popular tour for International Students -   (MA IS 03 12 15 V1)

By popular choice, this itinerary has been called “The Best Ever”! A journey across Australia from Melbourne to the Red Heart of Australia – great activities to participate in and sights to see for International students which provides something different every day.

Discover Melbourne, Eureka Skydeck 88, Federation Square, Chinatown Day 1

  • Depart your home city by air (own arrangement) and arrive at Melbourne Airport before 2.00pm to meet your Austour crew. For those staying in Melbourne you will need to meet at 3.00pm in the foyer of ‘Urban Central Accommodation – 334 City Road, Southbank’ where you will meet an Austour crew member who will check you into the accommodation for the night.
  • Once the group is together and checked into Urban Central, it’s off to explore Melbourne – visits today include Federation Square, Southbank, Eureka Skydeck 88 the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform and an option, at your expense, to experience ‘The Edge’ – a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building – with you in it. Dinner in Chinatown.
Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Urban Central

Great Ocean Road, Jet Boat to see the Seals, Cape Bridgewater Day 2

  • Depart Melbourne. Travel to Colac to join the Great Ocean Road, see and photograph the rugged coastline.
  • Stop at the fishing village of Port Fairy and Portland, the first town in Victoria and a major port.
  • Then onto Cape Bridgewater for a seal sightseeing and jet boat experience.
  • Overnight stay at Cape Bridgewater Coastal Camp near Portland.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Cape Bridgewater Camp, Bunkroom Accommodation

Victor Harbour, South Australia & Historic Tram Ride Day 3

  • Today travel along the coast to Victor Harbour with stops along the way to view a volcanic crater lake, the stunning seaside town of Robe and the Coorong National Park.
  • Cross the mighty Murray River by ferry
  • Take a ride on the Victor Harbour horse-drawn tram to Granite Island
  • Overnight stay at the beautiful Victor Harbour Beachfront Holiday Park.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Victor Harbour Beachfront Holiday Park Tent / Camping

World Heritage Coorong NP, Coorong Cruise, Adelaide & Crystal Brook Day 4

  • This morning enjoy a cruise on The Coorong visiting the mouth of the Murray River
  • Then it’s off to visit the Mount Lofty Ranges, Hahndorf (rich in German culture) and the Barossa Valley – a wine growing region.
  • Your destination tonight is Crystal Brook Caravan Park.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Crystal Brook Caravan Park /Wallaroo Caravan Park, Tent/Camping
  • Adelaide
    Adelaide is a gracious, well-planned city situated on the Torrens River and is the only world major city completely surrounded by parklands. The Adelaide Arts Festival, held in March in even numbered years, attracts people from around Australia and the world with its concerts, carnivals and street theatre.

To Port Lincoln - Catamaran and Swim with the Tuna Day 5

  • Journey via Port Augusta or by the new ferry to Port Lincoln.
  • Today experience ‘Swimming with the Tuna’ with a 15-minute ride in a luxury catamaran out to the pontoon for this once in a lifetime experience. Grab your towel, pull on a wetsuit, snorkel, gloves and fins then jump in! Hand feed and swim with one of the fastest fish in the world, the Blue Fin Tuna.
  • Overnight stay at Port Lincoln Tourist Park.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Port Lincoln Tourist Park, Tent/Camping

Coober Pedy - Australia’s Richest Opal Fields Day 6

  • Journey across the remote outback of South Australia, see the gibber plains and salt lakes.
  • Visit Woomera, Australia’s famous rocket testing range
  • Stopover at Australia’s richest and largest opal fields, Coober Pedy – join a town tour to see, an underground home and church as well as see an opal cutting demonstration.
  • Overnight stay at Coober Pedy Underground Dugouts – The Opal Cave.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Coober Pedy, Bedrock Multi-Share bunks
  • Woomera
    Woomera is an Aboriginal word which means “spear-launcher.” This location used to be a weapons’ research facility. The Australian and the British governments established it back in 1946. It is located in the northern part of South Australia. Later on, it became a major settlement. Even though it is situated in the outback, it generates jobs for the Air force, Navy and the Army in Australia and from other foreign nations.
  • Coober Pedy
    Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 kilometers north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway. The town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its belowground residences, called “dugouts”, which are built due to the scorching daytime heat. The name ‘Coober Pedy’ comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means ‘white man’s hole’.

To Uluru The World’s Largest Monolith Day 7

  • Off to Uluru travelling the Stuart Highway to the Northern Territory.
  • Interesting roadside settlements with a stop at Erldunda and Curtin Springs Cattle Station
  • Arrive at Uluru Campground in time to travel to the National Park and photograph Uluru at sunset.

*National Park Entry exemptions maybe available for schools or Indigenous study programs

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Resort Campground, Tent/Camping
  • Curtin Springs
    Curtin Springs is located on the Lasseter Hwy just 85km east of the entrance to the  Ayers Rock/Olgas National Park and is conveniently located for your day trips to Uluru, The Olgas, Kings Canyon and Mount Conner. Curtin Springs is a working Cattle Station owned and operated by the Severin family. The family took over the pastoral lease 1956 and still live on and run the station today. The family extend the unique hospitality that has made them a legend in the NT  Peter Severin opened his homestead as a key stop for passing travellers on their way to Ayers Rock. They installed petrol pumps and a small store to help Len Tuit start tourism in the Ayres Rock area. Looking at the area now it’s hard to believe that the Severins only saw 6 people in their first year here.  They have watched the tourism industry grow ever since. Curtin Springs caters for the needs of the passing traveller by providing reasonable priced accommodation, free unpowered camping, powered sites, a licensed pub, home-style meals and station tours. The Store is open from 7am until late daily and offers petrol, diesel, auto gas, soft drinks, ice creams, food, souvenirs, basic groceries, tea and coffee as well as alcohol both to drink in or takeaway.
  • Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park
    This is Anangu land and you are welcome. Come share our story. See Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park through Anangu eyes. Watch as the sunsets over our Red Centre landscape, hear the echo of the beginning of time, Tjukurpa (law) whispering the story of creation to you. Come, learn from our land and from us, the oldest living culture on earth.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
    The Cultural Centre is a good starting point for visitors to the park as it offers information about activities and park info as well as an introduction into Anangu culture. Because of the deep spiritual nature of the area and what is contained within the Cultural Centre, visitors are asked not to photograph or video inside the building or precinct. This is to respect the wishes of the traditional owners, and protect Anangu’s cultural and intellectual property. Kanyangatja mulapa wali nganampa – Anangu marutju takum, Anangu uwankaraku | This building truly represents us Anangu people, it is for all people to visit.
  • Ayers Rock Resort Campground
    The campground is an ideal base from which to experience the beauty of the living cultural landscape in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A well-equipped campground with modern amenities – perfectly suited to families, independent travellers and groups.

Discover Uluru & Kata Tjuta - Kuniya and Mala Walk - Sacred Sites Day 8

  • Early morning to view sunrise from within the National Park, visit Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre and perhaps participate in a Ranger Briefing.
  • Undertake a guided tour of Uluru the Kuniya Walk and Mala Walks.
  • Return to the campground for lunch before an afternoon visit to Kata Tjuta where you embark on the Valley of the Winds walk
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Campground, Tent/Camping
  • Mala Walk to Kantju Gorge:
    This is where the Mala people camped when they first arrived at Uluru back in the beginning. There are many fine examples of Anangu rock art along this walk, marvel at the sheer vertical walls and profound peacefulness of Kantju Gorge.
  • Liru Walk:
    This walk will take you between the Cultural Centre and the base of the rock. The track winds through stands of wanari (mulga) and after rain, often displays of colourful flowers.
  • Walpa Gorge Walk:
    Walpa (windy) Gorge is a desert refuge for plants and animals. The rocky track winds gently to an ephemeral stream, passing rare plants and reaching a grove of spearwood. Walk within the sheer walls to experience the vast landscape.
  • Kuniya walk
    From the Kuniya car park, visitors can walk the short track to Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. In the special times of rain, experience the magical waterfalls, while in the warmer months watch for noisy finches and Australian hobbies rocketing through the serene landscape to catch small birds. For the keen bird watcher, you may spot nesting black-breasted buzzards or tawny frogmouths. Following the signs, learn more about the Tjukurpa of Kuniya in this area. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today.
    1 km return | 45 mins | wheelchair access
  • The Valley of the Winds Walk – Kata Tjuta
    The track to Karu (1st) Lookout, 1.1 km from the car park, is moderately difficult with some loose rocks to negotiate so please mind your step and wear sturdy footwear. The view is breathtaking and worth the little bit of effort. This lookout is also the closure point when the temperature reaches 36 degrees or greater. The track to Karingana (2nd) Lookout, 2.7 km from car park, is challenging and very steep in places but also worthwhile. The remainder of the Valley of the Winds Walk, 7.4 km complete circuit, takes you down between the domes, through creek beds and away from everyone and everything. 7.4 km full circuit | 3 hrs | commercial photography not allowed

Ayers Rock Resort to Watarrka National Park - Kings Canyon Day 9

  • After an early breakfast head for Kings Canyon.
  • Stop at the viewing point to photograph Artilla (Mt Connor), and Lake Amadeus a salt lake and many desert oak forests.
  • Visit Kings Creek Station, cattle and camels.
  • In the afternoon undertake a self-guided walk of the rim of Kings Canyon. Marvel at the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and towering walls. Continue through the domed rock formation of “The Lost City”, and then descend into the lushly vegetated valley where the “Garden of Eden” is found.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort Campground, Tent/Camping
  • Mt Connor
    Mt Connor is a huge mesa formation, commonly mistaken for Uluru at a distance. Situated in picturesque salt pan, dune, and Spinifex country. Like many large rock formations viewed from a distance, the climbing at Mt Conner looks awesome
  • Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)
    Watarrka National Park contains the western end of the George Gill Range. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rock holes and gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals, making the Park an important conservation area and major attraction of central Australia. Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls, sculptured by the elements, rising up 100m to a plateau of rocky dome

Mereenie Track to the West MacDonnell Ranges & Alice Springs Day 10

  • Cross Aboriginal lands to the West MacDonnell Ranges, see the world’s third largest comet crater, Gosses Bluff and a chance to swim in a rock pool.
  • Visit Glen Helen, Ormiston Gorge and the Ochre Pits.
  • Walk through Standley Chasm.
  • Arrive in Alice Springs, check into accommodation, enjoy a swim in the pool at the resort.
  • An evening meeting with our Indigenous colleagues who will talk about their culture, bush tucker and the traditional lifestyle of their ancestors. Also a chance to try playing a didgeridoo and to cook and sample kangaroo tail.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort, Dorm room accommodation
  • West MacDonnell National Park
    This vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges, located west of Alice Springs, is an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements. Cool scenic gorges are important refuges for a collection of plants and animals, many of which are found only here and some are relicts of a bygone era of tropical forests. There are many opportunities for visitors to explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area. Features of the landscape are significant in the stories of Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture, and have existed for many thousands of years.
  • Ochre Pits
    The Ochre Pits are located approximately 50 kilometers west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Trail. The pits consist of several layers of multi-colored, layered rock that was traditionally used by Aborigines in ceremonies and played an important role in the continent’s economy, being traded with neighboring clans and countries, in every direction on the continent. Ochre has always been an important part of Aboriginal culture and a vital part of everyday life. For medicinal purposes red ochre is mixed with grease and applied as an ointment and to relieve breathing congestion when mixed with eucalyptus leaves. White ochre was used as a magical charm, when mixed with water and blown from the mouth it is believed to abate the heat of the sun or the force of the wind. Weapons were painted with ochre to increase the success of hunting. It also protected the wooden weapons from termites. The Ochre Pits is a very important sacred site for local Aboriginal People. Please do not touch or disturb the ochre. Serious penalties apply for disturbing the ochre and the site.

Alice Springs Town Tour, Alice Springs Desert Park & Earth Sanctuary Day 11

  • After breakfast visit some of the sights and attractions of Alice Springs. These include the following;
  • Anzac Hill
  • Alice Springs Reptile Centre
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Tonight visit and stay at Earth Sanctuary a carbon neutral enterprise highlighting sustainable living, environmental standards, ecology, biology and astronomy. Participate in a star watch and enjoy a freshly cooked damper. Experience the magic of the Australian Outback.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Earth Sanctuary, Sleep out under the stars
  • The Royal Flying Doctors
    The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Visitor Centre in Alice Springs, commenced operations in the late 1970’s and since its inception it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Central Australia. The television series ‘The Flying Doctors’ which was based on the real life RFDS and viewed around the globe, has made the Centre a “must see” for many travellers. The Centre is interactive and you can choose to take part in a tour, stroll through the Museum, have a bite to eat in the Café, and wander through the gift shop to find that special gift to take home.
  • Alice Springs Reptile Centre
    The Alice Springs Reptile Centre is home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia. We display an extensive range of reptiles including Terry the Saltwater Crocodile, HUGE Perentie Goannas, Thorny Devils, Snakes and friendly pythons, Frill-neck Lizards and many other fascinating lizards including a varied selection of NT Geckos from the Alice Springs region, Barkly and the Top End on display in the amazing Gecko Cave.
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
    The Park is a great introduction to the natural and cultural environment of central Australia.  Features of the Park include, three detailed desert habitats displaying plants and animals of those habitats, animals of the night on display in the Nocturnal House, a variety of Guide Presentations on life in the desert.
  • Earth Sanctuary
    Experience the magic of the Australian Outback at one of the most magical locations in Central Australia, just 15 minutes south of Alice Springs. Earth Sanctuary is a family owned and operated centre for ‘Sustainable Living’ and has a number of tour and school programs that have educated, motivated and inspired local, national and international visitors for over a decade. The Earth Sanctuary was established in the year 2000 and boasts a level of excellence in environmental standards that has been the bench mark for national tourism and education operators. Evening meal and breakfast will be catered by Austour. You can choose to sleep in your tent and lay out under the million stars! (Swag hire for $10)

Earth Sanctuary and Free Time – Fly Home Day 12

  • Team building exercises – an hour of fun with your hosts from Earth Sanctuary.
  • A last minute stop in The Alice for souvenirs and refreshments
  • Transfer to airport for return flight
Meals:
Breakfast

Your tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a suitable modern touring vehicle to fit the needs and size of the group.
  • Fully equipped catering and luggage trailer
  • The services of an experience and accredited driver / guide.
  • Airport Transfers as applicable
  • The provision of a tour manager responsible for tour operations and catering safari style.
  • The provision of all accommodation on a multi-share 4, 5 or 6 students per room, or in twin-share pyramid tents with in built vinyl floors and comfortable mattresses, teachers twin-share. Single supplement additional cost.
  • The provision of all catering equipment inclusive of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals as per itinerary.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary excluding Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park entry fee (where applicable), school to apply for exemption – contact Austour.

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and arrival point to home.
  • Domestic air travel unless otherwise stated.
  • Complimentary travel on airline for teachers
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended- contact Austour for details and 20% rebate).
  • Linen (bring your own sleeping bag, liner and small pillow).
  • Towels and items of a personal nature.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park entry fee (School to apply for exemption – contact Austour).
  • Kakadu National Park entry fee (School to apply for exemption – contact Austour).
  • All prices quoted are on ground content only.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

Testimonials

Wow! What an experience, --12 days in the out back, seeing and experiencing wonders I never thought I would have the opportunity to see and enjoy.

Although our days were long, the journey and the sights we saw – were way beyond my expectations.