Introduction to the Outback

An Indigenous Program for Junior School Students - Ayers Rock Airport, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Art Sites, Culture, sightseeing, Kings Canyon, Aboriginal Land, Alice Springs - Tour code UD MS 1 06 15 V1 -   ()

A compact tour of Central Australia. The opportunities provided for students to meet Aboriginal people, to participate in activities and to learn of the different cultures of the tribal groups across the Red Centre whilst having a lot of fun.

Day 1 – Fly into Ayers Rock Airport – Gateway To Uluru The World’s Largest Monolith Day 1

Uluru

  • Arrive at Ayers Rock Airport and transfer to Uluru Campground to set up camp.
  • Drive in to the National Park and around The World’s Largest Monolith – a twice listed heritage site.
  • View Uluru at sunset.
  • Evening free in camp

*National Park Entry exemptions are available – contact Austour

Meals:
Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Campground, Tent/Camping
  • 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.
  • 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, Kuniya & Mala Walks and Kata Tjuta- Valley of the Winds Day 2

  • 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 to see sacred sites.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 3

  • After an early breakfast head for Kings Canyon.
  • Stop at the viewing point to photograph Artilla (Mt Connor), 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, 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 4

  • 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 and Ormiston Gorge.
  • Arrive in Alice Springs, check into accommodation, and 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.
  • Alice Springs
    Called Mparntwe by the traditional owners, the Arrente people, and situated just 200km north of the geographic centre of Australia, framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and an intense desert landscape, the township of Alice Springs is Australia’s most famous outback town. The stories of Australian history and heritage overflow in Alice Springs, with a rich cast of characters, Afghan cameleers, flying doctors and outback explorers.

Alice Springs Town Tour, Sights and Attractions Day 5

  • After breakfast visit some of the sights and attractions of Alice Springs. These include the following;
  • Anzac Hill
  • School of The Air
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • An evening with Rex from Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort, Dorm room accommodation
  • 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 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
  • 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.

Souvenirs, Shopping and Goodbye Alice Day 6

Last minute shopping and sight seeing in downtown Alice before departing for the airport for onward flight home.  What a fantastic experience discovering the outback.

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Nil

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

Our students, parents and teachers wish to thank you for your exceptional organisation and friendly service in preparing a wonderful and highly successful 12 day camping tour of Central Australia.

We believe that you made constant efforts to accommodate our cost restrictions without compromising in any way the itinerary, the meals or the touring facilities. The coach and camping equipment were of a high standard and in excellent condition. The coach staff were at all times efficient, flexible and amenable and their friendly approach to the students promoted a great team spirit which made a major contribution to the success of the trip.

The tour was a wonderful experience, very much appreciated by all and we look forward to dealing with you again in the future.