Central Australia Indigenous Immersion Tour

Aboriginal Homelands – Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park – Cave Hill - Kings Canyon – Glen Helen – Larapinta Trail – West MacDonnell Ranges - Alice Springs - Indigenous Studies 12 Days -   (AA SSTS 12 16 V8)

Aboriginal Homelands – Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park – Cave Hill – Kings Canyon – 

Glen Helen – Larapinta Trail – West MacDonnell Ranges – Alice Springs

 Indigenous Studies 12 Days

 

Tour Code: AA SSTS 12 16 V8

Arrival Ayers Rock Airport - Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Tour Day 1

  • Arrive at Ayers Rock Airport.
  • Drive into the National Park and around Uluru.
  • Stop to photograph Uluru up close.
  • Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre to begin your cultural experience and guided walk.
  • Walk along the Liru Track with your guide who will explain animal tracks, bush tucker, traditional tools, sand drawing and ancestral stories of the blue tongue lizard, an ancient visitor to Uluru.
  • View and photograph Uluru from the sunset viewing area.
  • Overnight camp at Ayers Rock Camp Ground.

Highlights

  • 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.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre The Cultural Centre offers information about activities and the park 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.
Meals:
Box Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Resort Camp Ground – twin share tents
  • 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.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre The Cultural Centre offers information about activities and the park 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.

Uluru Kata Tjuta Exploring Day 2

  • View Uluru at sunrise from the National Park viewing platform.
  • Further discovery of Uluru and it’s art sights and sacred grounds
  • Lunch at camp
  • Afternoon exploration of Kata Tjuta – 3 hour walk of the Valley of the Winds and another short walk at Walpa Gorge near Mount Olga
  • Learn Aboriginal stories and discuss Tjukurpa and the Songlines. Learn their relevance to Anangu life in the desert
  • View the cave paintings – possibly one of the most significant art site in Central Australia

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Valley of the Winds Walk The track to Laru Lookout, 1.1 km, is moderately difficult with some loose rocks to negotiate. Wear sturdy footwear. The view is breathtaking and worth the effort.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Camp Resort Ground – twin share tents
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Valley of the Winds Walk The track to Laru Lookout, 1.1 km, is moderately difficult with some loose rocks to negotiate. Wear sturdy footwear. The view is breathtaking and worth the effort.

Curtin Springs to Cave Hill & onto Kings Creek Station Day 3

  • Depart early with your specialist guide as you head towards Cave Hill, Central Australia’s most isolated and significant rock art site.
  • Your first stop is Curtin Springs Cattle Station.
  • Learn about station life.
  • Your destination for late morning is Cave Hill in South Australia for an indigenous cultural experience.
  • Aboriginal elders will discuss Tjukurpa and the Songlines and learn of their relevance to Anangu life in the desert.
  • View magnificent cave paintings – only open to tour visitors in the past 10 years.
  • Mid afternoon departure for Kings Creek Station.
  • Say farewell to your guide at Curtin Springs Station
  • Photograph Attilla – an unusual mountain formation
  • Climb a sand dune to photograph a salt lake in the Amadeus Basin
  • Then journey to Kings Creek Cattle & Camel Station an indigenous owned property for an overnight camp

Highlights

  • Curtin Springs: is a working cattle station owned and operated by the Severin family. The family took over the pastoral lease in1956 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.
  • Cave Hill Travel deep into the remote and rarely visited Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Lands of Central Australia for an unparalleled cultural experience. Cave Hill tells the story of the Seven Sisters Dreaming and is also described as one of the most spectacular art sites in Central Australia. Here, you will meet the traditional Yankunytjatjara custodians of Cave Hill, who still have incredibly strong ties to their culture and are very connected to the land. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today.
  • Attila: Mt Conner (Attila) is a huge mesa formation, commonly mistaken for Uluru at a distance. It is situated in picturesque salt pan dune, and Spinifex country.
  • Lake Amadeus: is a large salt lake in the southwest corner of Australia’s Northern Territory, about 50 km north of Uluru. Lake Amadeus is 180 km long and 10 km wide, making it the largest salt lake in the Northern Territory. It contains up to 600 million tonnes of salt; however, harvesting it has not proved viable, owing to its remote location.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
King’s Creek Station – tents twin share

Kings Creek Station & Kings Canyon Resort Day 4

  • After a campfire hearty breakfast pack up camp.
  • Travel to Kings Canyon for a 3 hour canyon rim walk.
  • Travel through Watarrka National Park to Kings Canyon Resort.
  • Picnic lunch at Kings Canyon Resort.
  • Afternoon short canyon base walk.
  • Return to Kings Creek Station for a special talk and DVD presentation – life with cattle and camels.

Highlights

  • King’s Creek Station: Ian and Lyn Conway established Kings Creek Station in 1981. The station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks. Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping over night. The station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia and sells camels for live export, live domestic sales and meat.
  • Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) 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.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
King’s Creek Station – tents twin share

Mereenie Track, Gosses Bluff & Glen Helen Resort Day 5

  • Travel the infamous Mereenie Track through Homelands
  • Maybe see kangaroos, camels, wild donkeys, horses, bird life & reptiles
  • Photograph a comet crater — the earth’s number 3 impact site and if possible detour into Gosses Bluff for viewing one of the worlds largest impact sights.
  • After lunch onto Glen Helen Resort in the heart of the MacDonnell Ranges – beautiful
  • Walk 200 metres or onto Glen Helen Gorge.

Highlights

  • Rim Walk: The Rim Walk begins with a strenuous steep climb ascending to the top of the canyon and following the rim around before descending to the car park. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, a beautiful area of cool waterholes and river vegetation.
  • Kings Creek Station: was established in 1982 by Ian and Lyn Conway. The station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks. The Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel. The station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia and sells camels for live export, live domestic sales and meat.
  • Gosses Bluff: Known as Comet Crater, is thought to be the eroded remnant of an impact crater and is located near the centre of Australia, about 175km west of Alice Springs. With most other impact craters the whole formation is visible, but at Gosses Bluff the outer wall has been removed by erosion leaving only the former central area that forms a pound surrounded by a circular mountain range. It is also a sacred site, known as Tnorala, to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people.
  • The Mereenie Track: Provides for an alternative scenic route from Alice Springs to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) via the Western Macs. The loop is recommended for 4×4 as weather conditions make the road conditions difficult for standard vehicles.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Glen Helen Resort Camp – tents twin share

Larapinta Trail Walk to Ormiston Gorge Day 6

  • Depart Glen Helen Resort for an exhilarating walk on the Larapinta Trail, section 10 to Ormiston Gorge. An excellent sample of this famous wilderness experience.
  • Settle in camp at Ormiston Gorge
  • Maybe dangle your feet in the rock pool, perhaps an NT National Parks Ranger will talk to you tonight.

Highlights

  • Larapinta Trail is an extended walking track in the Northern Territory, Australia. Its total length covers 223 kilometres (139 mi) from east to west, with the eastern end at Alice Springs and the western end at Mount Sonder, one of the territory’s highest mountains. It follows the West MacDonnell Ranges, sometimes along the ridge line, other times on the plain below, in the West MacDonnell National Park.
  • Ormiston Gorge: Massive geological forces created the towering red walls and landforms that showcase Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located within the West MacDonnell National Park, 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole, estimated to be up to 14 metres deep at its southern end. The area contains an interesting variety of native fauna and flora including a number of relict (or relic) plant species remaining from a tropical past.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Ormiston Gorge Camp – tents

Another Walk on Larapinta Trail Around Ormiston Gorge Day 7

  • Walk part of the Larapinta Trail along the rim around the formation of Ormiston Gorge.
  • Maybe a paddle at Ormiston Gorge depending on weather or just relax.
  • Evening camp fire and evening bird watch.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Ormiston Gorge Camp – tents

Ormiston Gorge to Hermannsburg Day 8

  • Pack up camp
  • Option to visit Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ochre Pits and join church service at Hermannsburg.
  • Their first church Lutheran was established in the 1870s these celebration activities will be schedule with your program.

Highlights

  • Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission Precinct: It was established as an Aboriginal mission in 1877 by two Lutheran missionaries of the Hermannsburg Mission from Germany. The mission land was handed over to traditional ownership in 1982. The Hermannsburg Historic Precinct was included on the Australian National Heritage List in April 2006. The National Trust now protects much of the historic township.
  • Albert Namatjira Art Gallery and Museum: Is a feature gallery within the Araluen Arts Centre and is dedicated to showcasing Aboriginal art from Central Australia. This gallery offers the viewer a unique insight into the diversity, vitality, evolution and innovation of Aboriginal art from this region.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Ntaria Campground - tents

A Day at Hermannsburg Primary School Day 9

  • Morning and early afternoon of full immersion at Hermannsburg Primary School.
  • Lunch with the students
  • Afternoon visit to Palm Valley
  • Returning at approx. 6.00pm for dinner
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Ntaria Campground - tents

Hermannsburg to Alice Springs Day 10

  • Visit Albert Namatjira Gallery and a guided walk through the Hermannsburg Historical Precinct.
  • Morning visit to Standley Chasm now called Angkerie.
  • Orientation at Alice Springs Desert Park – a multi million dollar park with a one hour indigenous guide.
  • Visits to the major scenic attractions in and around the town including Simpsons Gap.
  • Option for a swim at the hotel pool.

Highlights

  • Standley Chasm called Angkerie by the Aborigines the Chasms European name honours Mrs Ida Standley who in 1914 became the first school teacher in Alice Springs.
  • 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.
  • West MacDonnell Ranges: rise dramatically from the Central Australian desert floor, stretching east to west for 400 kilometres on either side of Alice Springs. They provide a picturesque backdrop to the township of Alice Springs, lighting up each sunrise and sunset with a display of fiery reds, sunburnt oranges and deep purples. The Ranges are aged between 310 and 340 million years and emerged as a result of a massive earth movement that gave shape to much of Central Australia.
  • 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.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort – quad share bunk room with private facilities

A Walking Guided Tour of Alice Springs & Nearby Day 11

Note: No coach touring today)

  • Walk to the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens.
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base.
  • At Rex’s Reptile Park see and handle snakes, pythons, lizards and crocodiles.
  • Visit the Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.
  • Lunch by own arrangement.
  • Visit an art gallery.
  • Climb Anzac Hill for a great panorama of the town and ranges.
  • Free time for shopping and sightseeing.
  • An evening meeting with our Indigenous colleagues (Damien and Uncle Arthur) who will talk about their culture, bush tucker and their traditional culture – also a chance to try playing a didgeridoo.

Highlights

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service: (RFDS) Visitor Centre in Alice Springs, situated only 600m from the Post Office, 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
  • Rex’s Reptile Park 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, Frill-neck Lizards and many other fascinating lizards including a varied selection of NT Geckos from the Alice Springs region
  • The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the place of women in history for their special contribution to Australia’s heritage. Founded by Molly Clark of Old Andado Station in 1993 the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame Inc is one of only three women’s museums in operation in Australia. The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Folk Museum near Brisbane and the Pioneer Women’s Hut at Tumbarumba, NSW are of a more local and rural nature
  • Anzac Hill: In just over a century Alice Springs has grown from a clutch of stores and houses to a major tourism and commercial centre of 28,000 people. Nowhere can this growth be better observed than from the panoramic lookout on Anzac Hill. (Anzac is the abbreviation of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, representing men and women who fought in the great wars). The monument on the hill was designed and dedicated by Reverend Harry Griffiths, then President of the Returned Soldiers League (R.S.L.), and unveiled by Dudley Adamson, one time Telegraph Station operator, and later first Postmaster of the Alice Springs Post Office (from 1932-1946), in Railway Terrace. Funds for the construction of the monument were raised by public subscription.
Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort – quad share bunk room with private facilities

Sightseeing, Transfer & Flight Home Day 12

  • Morning free for last minute shopping and sightseeing
  • Join your transfer coach to the Alice Springs Airport.
Meals:
Light breakfast
Accommodation:
Nil

Your tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a suitable 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 tents and swags while on tour.
  • The provision of all catering equipment.
  • 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, Indigenous product and entry fees as per itinerary

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and arrival point to home.
  • Domestic air travel.
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended- contact Austour for details and 15 – 20% rebate).
  • Linen (bring your own sleeping bag, liner and small pillow).
  • Bring your own individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate – NO paper plates/cup or soft plastic plates/cup
  • Towels and items of a personal nature.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park entry fee (School to apply for exemption – contact Austour).
  • All prices quoted are based on ground content only.

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