FROM AYERS ROCK RESORT G4 08 “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK” – Premium, Gold, Platinum & Safari Class Class – 3 DAYS

A JOURNEY TO ALICE SPRINGS VIA THE MEREENIE TRACK, WEST MACDONNELL RANGES AND ALICE SPRINGS

From Uluru via Curtin Springs and Kings Creek Station – Walk Kings Canyon Rim – Travel the infamous Mereenie Track – Discover the Rugged MacDonnell Ranges – Photograph a Comet Crater, Glen Helen and Ormiston Gorges – A day of Discovering Alice Springs Tour Code G4 08 -   ()

A JOURNEY TO ALICE SPRINGS VIA THE MEREENIE TRACK, 

WEST MACDONNELL RANGES AND ALICE SPRINGS

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

Introduction

Travelling “Off the Beaten Track” enables you to experience the real feeling of Outback Australia – the Desert Oak forests, the red sand dunes, the wild animals; native and introduced species. Visit the remarkable Gosses Bluff (Tnorala) – a comet crater and one of the world’s greatest impact sites. Enjoy a day of Alice Springs sightseeing.

Depart Uluru and Spend The Day “Off The Beaten Track”, Cattle Stations & Tourist Attractions Day 1

Depart Uluru at 7.00 am to travel to Curtin Springs for a morning cuppa where you can imagine what its like to live on a cattle station of 1.6 million acres. Along the way you will see another unusual mountain; Atilla, the Rain God of Dreamtime and Australia’s third largest salt lake, Lake Amadeus, with the opportunity to take photographs. We’ll stop if we see a frilled necked lizard or the opportunity arises to photograph camels, kangaroos or wild horses and donkeys. Your destination is Kings Canyon Resort with a brief stop on the way at an Indigenous owned cattle station – Kings Creek Station. In the afternoon you can spend three hours walking around the rim of Australia’s largest canyon. Some say they enjoyed their time at Kings Canyon more than anywhere else in The Centre. Photograph the George Gill Range from your 4 star hotel room as you sip a pre-dinner drink at this award winning resort.

  • Curtin Springs: Curtin Springs is located on the Lasseter Hwy just 85km east of the entrance to the Ayers Rock/Olgas National Park. Curtin Springs is a working Cattle Station owned and operated by the Severin family. The family took over the pastoral lease in 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 Ayers Rock area. Looking at the area now it’s hard to believe that the Severins only saw 6 people in their first year here.
  • 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.
  • 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. It 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.
  • 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.

 

Today’s photo image is Canyon Rim Walk

Meals:
Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort 4 star - twin share

Follow The Mereenie Track to The MacDonnell Ranges Day 2

Commence your journey along the Mereenie Track – this is the real Outback. Travelling on a dirt road that is out-of-bounds for most of the tourist coaches of today. This is Aboriginal Homelands – permit only country. Stop to photograph the ‘jump up’ where one plateau intersects another and inland sea once met the northern landscape. Visit a comet crater – an impact that cracked the earth’s surface to 25 kilometres deep and pushed up a circle of the plain to a height of 3,000 metres. An impact of many thousands of atomic bombs; impacting in a second. Continue through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges visiting Glen Helen and Ormiston Gorges as well as spectacular Standley Chasm as you journey to your destination locally known as ‘The Alice’. A great little town loved by the locals and those who pass this way. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the hotel bar.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gosses Bluff: 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.

Today’s photo image is Glen Helen Gorge Finke River.

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner.
Accommodation:
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 5 star - twin share or similar

A Day of Alice Springs Sightseeing Day 3

What a wonderful day for sightseeing and learning about the real heart of Australia. Geographically it is less than 100kms away from the geographic centre of this continent. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn about how this medical centre provides ‘a mantle of safety’ for those in remote regions. Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park; a multi million dollar nature park that showcases the flora and fauna of many desert environments. Visit the Old Telegraph Station where in 1873 Australia was connected to the world via the Overland Telegraph. Visit the School of the Air where children in remote regions have direct communication with their teacher via radio, phone, satellite and now of course, the web. Time to drive to the top of Anzac Hill for a great panoramic view – visit art galleries, maybe visit Rex’s Reptile Centre, the Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame or sample the coffee and souvenir shops in the town. The day will conclude with a dinner and show at the award winning attraction Earth Sanctuary. Here you will participate in making your own damper, learning about Aboriginal culture and experiencing star watching.

We will conclude today with an evening and meal at 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.

After dinner and activities return to your accommodation which has been specially arranged by your travel company, yourself or Austour.

  • 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.
  • School of the Air: Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre was set up as an initiative of the School Council to directly support the students of the largest classroom in the world. The funds raised assist with student enrichment programs such as interstate excursions, in town activities and provide funds for the purchase of expensive ICT equipment. From the Visitor Centre discover the unique teaching methods used by the school from its founding through to the present day. A short film is available for viewing providing you with an historical overview of the school and how it operates. Live lessons may be viewed during the school’s teaching program (school days only) with the opportunity to become familiar with the radio used until 2005 when the final high-frequency radio lesson was conducted. Today, the school utilises Interactive Distance Learning – IDL technology, including satellite broadband Internet to broadcast lessons to students. If you wish to observe a specific class taking place you may contact us for relevant information; please be aware however that the class timetable is subject to change without notice. On days/times when school is not in operation, for example, after school hours, weekends, public holidays and semester breaks, we have a variety of recorded lessons for you to view providing you with a full interpretation of how the lessons take place during class times.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Old Telegraph Station: The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, it is the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line. Construction of this Telegraph Station began in 1871. The township of Alice Springs takes its name from the waterhole a short distance to the east of the Station buildings. This Telegraph Station operated for 60 years, and then served as a school for Aboriginal children.
  • 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’. The Earth Sanctuary was established in the year 2000 and boasts a level of excellence in environmental standards that has been the benchmark for national tourism and education operators. We can guarantee you a wonderful and informative experience that will compliment your once in a lifetime journey into the heart of this ancient and magnificent country. We specialise in teaching local culture, ecology and astronomy.

Today’s photo image is an aerial view of Alice Springs

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner

Prices:                          Adult Twin Share:          Child:

Premium Class:         $3950                                 $3160

Gold Class:                   $4275                              $3420

Platinum Class:       $4550                               $3640

Safari Class:                $3840                               $3075

 Notes: Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

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 driver / guide.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two breakfasts, three lunches and 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: Kings Canyon Resort – 4 star resort or safari tent; Alice Springs Doubletree Hilton Hotel – 4 star or Desert Palms Resort – 3 star

Exclusions

  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – 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.

 

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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