Indigenous Outback Experience

Trip For Middle School Students -   (MUTC 3 09 15 V1)

This economical outback experience provides the opportunity for students to experience the vast outback of Australia, its fascinating landscapes and to introduce the Indigenous culture of the first Australians. The level of engagement with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia can be tailored to meet the needs of the school, whilst experiencing the adventure of travelling across Australia.

Journey Across Victoria to Adelaide Day 1

Depart Melbourne and travel via the Western Highway to Adelaide. Detour to Bordertown for a lunch break in a central park near shops. Lunch by own arrangement, afternoon stop en route, overnight stay in Adelaide at West Beach.

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Tent Accommodation – Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Destination Coober Pedy – The Opal Fields Day 2

The journey today takes you along the Northern Highway through Port Wakefield to Port Augusta. Visit Woomera and see Lake Hart, a vast salt lake. View an opal cutting demonstration in the famous mining town of Coober Pedy where you stay overnight.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Bunk Rooms - Coober Pedy Dugouts

The Vastness of the Australian Outback Day 3

This morning you will take a brief tour of Coober Pedy as you head out on a short detour to photograph the Dingo Fence & the unusual Breakaway Country. From here it is back to the Stuart Highway to travel north to the Northern Territory. You will arrive at Ayers Rock Resort in time to travel into the National Park and photograph the spectacular Uluru at sunset. (School to apply for entry fee exemption)

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tent Accommodation - Ayers Rock Resort Campground

An Amazing Experience Discovering Uluru Day 4

Today you will have a day to explore Uluru and Yulara Township. Wake up early to see Uluru from the new sunrise viewing platform whilst enjoying a light breakfast. This morning meet with a National Park Ranger for an informative talk and briefing, then walk, explore and learn about the legends and mythology of Uluru including the Mala Walk and Kuniya Walk. Return to the Ayers Rock Campground for lunch.

In the afternoon walk to the Town Centre to participate and learn from an Indigenous host offering interactive activities such as Spear Throwing and Hunting Yarn, from 3.30pm see how local Anangu set up a traditional bush kitchen, learn about bush tucker and view various traditional methods and items such as grinding stones, wooden artefacts and food preservation. View dot paintings in progress with local artists. Afterwards make your way to the campground viewing site for one last glimpse of both Uluru and the Olgas at sunset.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tents - Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Salt Lakes, Desert Oaks and Unusual Landscapes Day 5

This morning after breakfast (early start) you will embark on the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta. After lunch depart Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park for Kings Canyon, The first stop is at Curtin Springs Station. Also stop to photograph Artila (Mt Conner), a salt lake and many desert oaks forests. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort late afternoon to set up camp for the next two nights.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tents - Kings Canyon Resort Campground

Australia’s Biggest Canyon – Kings Canyon Day 6

This morning you will take a rim walk around Watarrka National Park/Kings Canyon – Australia’s largest canyon and a magnificent wilderness region. Once the group has finished the rim walk return to the campground for lunch and a free afternoon by the pool. Evening free to participate in the resort provided entertainment.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tents - Kings Canyon Resort Campground

To Alice Springs Via The Mereenie Track & West MacDonnell Ranges Day 7

Travel through Aboriginal Homelands – a restricted area, permit entry only. Beautiful scenery – graceful desert oaks and maybe see wild dingoes, horses, camels and donkeys. View Gosses Bluff, a comet crater and stop at Glen Helen for lunch and a walk to Glen Helen Gorge. Then onto Ormiston Gorge where you may be able to have a swim in a rock pool depending on the weather. Next stop is at the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site before arriving in Alice Springs. Evening entertainment with Rex the Reptile Man – his educational talk on Australia’s lizards and snakes is most informative. Overnight at Desert Palms Resort in multi share bunkhouse accommodation.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort – Multi share dorm

Alice Springs, West Macdonnell Ranges, Indigenous Culture Day 8

This morning travel to Simpson’s Gap to see the rock wallabies and visit Alice Springs Desert Park where you will see the feeding of the Birds of Prey, a nocturnal house which features some Australian native marsupials on the verge of extinction as well as a variety of desert environments. Return to Alice Springs for free time, shopping and a swim in the resort pool. Enjoy 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 of playing a didgeridoo.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort – Multi share dorm

Home Time Day 9

Free time in camp to pack and clean up before transfer to the Alice Springs Airport for homeward flight.

Meals:
Breakfast

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

Just arrived home with information overload.

Thank you for a great two weeks of information and amazing sights. Max, your knowledge of Australia is awesome. It’s a credit to you and your company. You make it all look so easy. It’s not until you go on a trip like this do you realise the amount of time and energy that needs to be put into a camping safari such as this.

Once again thank you for a very informative and enjoyable trip.