FROM AYERS ROCK G4 10 “A DIFFERENT WAY TO THE ALICE” AN ADVENTURE – Premium & Safari Class – 3 DAYS

A JOURNEY TO KINGS CANYON, THE ERNEST GILES ROAD, RAINBOW VALLEY AND OUTBACK TRACKS

Curtin Springs – Kings Creek Station – Kings Canyon –Ernest Giles Track – Rainbow Valley – Owen Springs Station to The Alice Tour Code G4 10 -   (G4 10)

A JOURNEY TO KINGS CANYON, THE ERNEST GILES ROAD,

RAINBOW VALLEY AND OUTBACK TRACKS

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

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

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

Curtin Springs – Kings Creek Station – Kings Canyon – Ernest Giles Track  Rainbow Valley – Owen Springs Station to The Alice  

Introduction

If you would like an Outback Journey that is different this tour might be what you are looking for. Walk in the bed of the Finke River, the oldest watercourse in the world, visit a multiple meteorite site, picturesque Rainbow Valley and a journey across Sir Sidney Kidman, a famous Australian pastoralist’s, first property.

 

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon via Cattle Stations, Salt Lakes, Desert Oak Forest Day 1

Farewell Uluru – we trust you have enjoyed your stopover and have many wonderful memories of your visit to this wondrous site, the world’s largest monolith. Your first stop is at Curtin Springs Cattle Station for a cuppa and a quick look around the Station Homestead. Other stops along the way will include a photo stop at Atilla (Mt Connor), an unusual mountain formation and Lake Amadeus, a huge salt pan. Also you will travel through a unique desert oak forest and perhaps see a dingo or two or wild camels as you journey towards Watarrka National Park and the mighty Kings Canyon.

Stop at Kings Creek Cattle and Camel Station for a quad bike ride – from here camels are exported to many Arabian countries. The camels are recognized as being the purest bred camels in the world and are also exported for camel meat. The option is provided for you to have a camel burger for lunch.

This afternoon will walk through the base of the canyon following a creek bed as its winds itself through beautiful and lush vegetation. Your overnight stay tonight is at Kings Canyon Resort, an award winning tourism facility. Photograph the sunset on the George Gill Range from your room or nearby as you sample a wine or soft drink before your evening meal.

  • Rim Walk: The Rim Walk begins with a strenuous steep climb. The walk ascends to the top of the canyon and follows 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Meals:
Kings Canyon Resort 4 to 5 star
Accommodation:
Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner

Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Explore The Ernest Giles Track to Stuarts Well Day 2

Up early this morning for a brisk walk around the Canyon Rim as dawn breaks over the rocky faces of this huge canyon. This is Australia’s largest natural canyon. Your journey this morning follows the route of the explorer, Ernest Giles, as you cross one of the largest rivers of Central Australia, The Palmer, which flows into the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert and has the potential to break through the sand dunes and flow again into Lake Eyre. We are now in part of the Great Lake Eyre Basin. The plateau we can view to the north was once the coastline of Southern Australia. Fossils and outcrops of Stromatolites provide ancient records of life on earth by fossil remains, which might date from more than 3.5 billion years ago.

We will also stop to view the scars on the earth’s surface made by meteorites landing and exploding – The Henbury Craters. Rejoin the Stuart Highway and travel into Stuarts Well; a small settlement where we will stay in air-conditioned cabins with private bathroom as we enjoy and evening with the locals and tourists at Jim’s Place, a tavern – a pub and certainly an iconic Outback stopover. This was once home to the singing dingo, Dinky.

  • 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.
  • The Palmer River: The Palmer River begins its life in the Western MacDonnell Ranges and flows into the Finke River and is one of three large water courses; the others being the Finke River and Hugh River. They are recognized as being the oldest river courses on the planet. The ground surfaces never having been covered by ocean waters. Early European explorers followed these rivers to find their way across Australia and eventually find a route through the Northern Coastline. John McDouall Stuart achieved this journey in 1863.
  • Stuarts Well, Jim’s Place: Ninety kilometres south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, Stuarts Well is the perfect base for exploring some of the Northern Territory’s most beautiful landmarks. The caravan park at Stuarts Well Roadhouse, also know as Jims Place, is lovely. It’s not 5-star and there’s an awful lot of red dust, and the amenities might be old but they’re also very clean. There are lots and lots of marvellous gum trees for shade; there is a sparkling pool, and a dam that is full to the brim.
Meals:
Jim’s Place 3 star
Accommodation:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner

Rainbow Valley, Owen Springs Reserve (formerly Cattle Station) to “The Alice” Day 3

“See Ya Mate” as you say goodbye to the crew at Jim’s Place, only to detour again onto dirt road to nearby Rainbow Valley, a beautiful mountain range of yellow and red sandstone bluffs and cliffs. This is a regular location for movies and television photo sessions. Just imagine a white salt lake in the foreground framed by mulga scrub, the brilliant colours of the mountain range and the blue sky with the occasional fluffy white cloud. The ideal spot for a cuppa and cake on a campstool for morning break. Alas it’s back to the Stuart Highway and within a kilometre or two back onto dirt tracks as we travel through Owen Springs Reserve, originally Owen Springs Station. The first cattle station owned by Australia’s largest cattle station owner – 20 huge properties or more – Sir Sidney Kidman. Sir Sidney provided most of the horses that went overseas during the Second World War and sadly never returned.

Rejoining bitumen road in the Western MacDonnell Ranges you will travel to Glen Helen Gorge and Ormiston Gorge for lunch before returning to Alice Springs, the heart of Australia, arriving approximately 6.00pm. You will love “The Alice”.

  • 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.
  • Owen Springs Reserve: Owen Springs Reserve covers 1780 square kilometres, and were formerly known as Owen Springs Cattle Station. It was purchased by the Northern Territory Government in 2000 and opened in 2003 for public enjoyment. The area protected within the Owen Springs Reserve is steeped in Territory history. The main access track through the Reserve closely follows John McDouall Stuart’s route through Central Australia. His explorations between 1860 and 1862 opened the area to white settlement.
  • West MacDonnell Ranges: The 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 too much of Central Australia.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Prices:                          Adult Twin Share:          Child:

Premium Class:         $3455                                $2765

Safari Class:                $3080                              $2465

G4 2 Premium:         $5455                               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.
  • The provision of 1 x 4 star, 1 x 3 star cabin accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two cooked breakfasts, three lunches and two 2 course 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

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 – please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel as listed on our website. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Note: accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

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

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