FROM ALICE SPRINGS G4 07 “AN ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU TOO!” – Premium & Safari Class – 3 DAYS

JOHN MCDOUALL STUART AND ERNEST GILES BOTH TRAVELLED THIS WAY

Rugged tracks to see Chambers Pillar, The Simpson Desert, Stuart Wells, Kings Canyon and Uluru Tour Code G4 07 -   ()

JOHN MCDOUALL STUART AND ERNEST GILES BOTH TRAVELLED THIS WAY

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE – 3 Days

G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist Driver/Guide

Introduction

A seldom visited icon of Central Australia is Chambers Pillar, a tall slim colourful outcrop of rock used to guide the explorers across the outback. Stuart was first to pass it; Giles and Gosse started their expeditions from this point and discovered Kings Canyon and Uluru. This tour follows the Ernest Giles Track passing meteorite craters; the Finke, Palmer and Hugh Rivers and provides an interesting route to travel from Alice Springs to Uluru, highlighting bush tracks and 4WD experiences – a tour with a difference.

Alice Springs to The Simpson Desert, Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley Day 1

Departing Alice Springs travelling south to the Finke River country where the annual Finke River Race is conducted, your destination Chambers Pillar. Great photographs and magnificent sights. Travelling east you will cross the old Telegraph Line, the old Ghan Railway and the new Ghan Railway, Perhaps you may even see this famous train today. Your afternoon destination is Rainbow Valley another unusual and colourful rocky outcrop. Overnight is at Jim’s Place, a typical bush hotel with a lot of character, an ideal place to meet the locals and have a hearty meal and pre dinner drink on Austour.

  • Finke Desert Race: is an off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. “Finke” as it is commonly known, is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory and has the reputation of being one of the most difficult off road courses in one of the most remote places in the world.
  • Chambers Pillar: is a pillar of sandstone which towers 50 metres above the surrounding plain. Sandstone deposits were laid down in the area 350 million years ago. Since then, wind and rain have eroded away the softer material, leaving this solitary column of pebbly sandstone.
  • Rainbow Valley: The main features of the Rainbow Valley area are the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. These free standing cliffs form part of the James Range, and are particularly attractive in the early morning and late afternoon when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted. The coloured rock bands in the sandstone cliffs were caused by water. In earlier wetter times, the red iron of the sandstone layers was dissolved and drawn to the surface during the Dry Season. The red minerals formed a dark iron surface layer with the leached white layers below. This dark red capping is hard and weathers slowly, whereas the softer white sandstone below weathers quickly into loose sand. Weathering and erosion are also responsible for the valley shape, where sandstone blocks have been eroded into rock faces and squared towers.
  • Jim’s Place: as the locals know it, will appeal to travellers looking for a truly outback-Central Australian experience. Meet unique characters and browse through the pictorial history of tourism in Central Australia.
Meals:
Morning Tea, Picnic Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Jim’s Place, Stuarts Well - twin share 3 star cabin

Ernest Giles Track to Kings Canyon Day 2

An early morning camel ride before you leave the Stuart Highway and head across country towards Kings Canyon, following very closely to the explorer’s track, now called The Ernest Giles Road. The Henbury Craters are another of the Northern Territory’s notable impact sights. On today’s journey pass a point noted in Ernest Giles Diary, “there appears to be an aboriginal camp between our route and the nearby mountain range (now called the George Giles Range)” the party showed not to visit this area but suggested there could be water at the foothills of this range. Many years later modern day explorers found art sites at this location and one of the drawings on the rock wall was identified as a white human and an unknown and unusual animal (horse) that was all joined together as one. A section of this road was once the main route to Ayers Rock (Uluru). In 1963 the existing road to Uluru from Erldunda was opened.

An afternoon stop will be made at Kings Creek Station, a large cattle station, that is now mustering and exporting camels worldwide. Detour into Kings Canyon, Australia’s largest canyon, for a pleasant walk along the floor/creek bed, a variety of bird life, flora and perhaps a Rock Wallaby or two. We are now at Watarrka National Park and the award winning Kings Canyon Resort. Photograph the sunset on the George Gill Range followed by a welcomed drink and your evening meal.

  • Kings Canyon: is part of the Watarrka National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. Sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, Kings Canyon is approximately midway between Alice Springs and Uluru. This ancient formation of tall red rock faces that soar above dense palm forests of palms is an important conservation area and refuge for more than 600 species of native plants and animals, many unique to the area. The soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon were formed when small cracks eroded over millions of years. Derived from an Aboriginal word referring to the umbrella bush that thrives here, the Luritja Aboriginal people have called the Watarrka National Park area home for more than 20,000 years.
  • Ernest Giles Track: The Giles Track is a 22-kilometre walking track located within Watarrka National Park, which offers you the chance to experience impressive natural landscape and wildlife, indigenous history and culture.
  • Henbury Craters: located 145 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, the reserve contains 12 craters that were formed when the Henbury Meteor, weighing several tonnes and accelerating to over 40,000 kilometres per hour, disintegrated before impact.
  • Watarrka National Park: contains the western end of the George Gill Range. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rockholes and gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals, making the park an important conservation area and major attraction of central Australia.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner.
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort - 4 star twin share accommodation

Rim Walk, Kings Creek & Curtin Springs Cattle Stations, Ayers Rock Resort Day 3

Up early for a sunrise, guided walk around the canyon rim, which is a breathtaking, and invigorating experience (approx. 3 hours). Travel to Kings Creek Station. Continue your journey towards Uluru, a stop to photograph a beautiful desert oak forest amidst the red sand dunes. Another photograph opportunity is the unusual Attila (Mount Conner) and one of Australia’s largest salt lakes (Lake Amadeus).

Lunch today could be at Kings Creek or Curtin Springs Cattle for a hearty lunch and friendly country hospitality. A brief walk around the homestead to learn about life on a large remote outback station. The section of your journey to Uluru will be on the Old Ayers Rock Road (subject to permit approval), a dirt track. Following the journey made be the explorer William Gosse who was the first European to reach Uluru. He named it Ayres Rock after a South Australian Chief Secretary, Sir Henry Ayers. Arrival at Uluru will circumnavigate the world’s greatest monolith and stop at a viewing area to photograph Uluru at sunset. Your tour concludes on arrival at your chosen accommodation venue at approx. 7pm (depending on sunset times). Accommodation and additional touring can be arrange through Austour, your travel agent or book online on our online website.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Curtin Springs: is a working cattle station owned and operated by the Severin family. The family took over the pastoral lease in1956 and still lives on and run the station today. The family extends 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.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Prices:                          Adult Twin Share:          Child:

Premium Class:         $3425                                 $2740

Safari Class:                $3030                               $2425

G4 2 Premium:           $5550                                 N/A

 Notes: Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.  G4 2 Premium Class: 2 adults minimum / maximum private charter

Prices valid to 31st March 2017

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 23rd December to 26th Dec and 28th Dec to 01 Jan)

Inclusions

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two cooked breakfasts,  two evening meals,
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide
  • Accommodation: Jim’s Place – cabin or safari tent; Kings Canyon Resort – 4 star resort or safari tent

Exclusions

  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Note: accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

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