Introduction Into Aboriginal Studies, Sustainability & Ecology

Melbourne – Wedderburn – Sea Lake – Ouyen – Loxton – Burra – Coober Pedy – Alice Springs – West MacDonnell Ranges- Mereenie Track – Angas Downs – Kings Canyon – Uluru Express Home via Adelaide - 10 Days -   (MM DSS 03 10 16 V1)

Melbourne – Wedderburn – Sea Lake – Ouyen – Loxton – 

Burra – Coober Pedy – Alice Springs – West MacDonnell Ranges- Mereenie Track – Angas Downs – Kings Canyon – Uluru

Express Home via Adelaide – 10 Days

Tour Code: MM DSS 03 10 16 V1

Introduction                                                                

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.

Melbourne to Ouyen, Loxton and Burra Day 1

Your journey today takes you the most direct and picturesque way to Central Australia. Travel the Calder and Ouyen Highways through the Riverina, across the Murray River to the historic Cornish mining town of Burra.

Meals:
Lunch and dinner
Accommodation:
Burra Town Hall

Destination Coober Pedy – The Opal Fields Day 2

A brief guided tour of Burra and see the Burra jail where the film Breaker Morant was shot. The journey this morning takes you through the town of Peterborough, an historic railway township. Cross the lower Flinders Ranges to Port Augusta and continue to your destination of Coober Pedy. Enroute visit the rocket-testing town of Woomera and stop to photograph a vast salt lake. At Coober Pedy a local guide will take you on a town tour including a visit to an underground church and underground home. Whilst your cook is preparing an evening meal view an opal cutting demonstration in the famous mining town.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
The Opal Cave – Underground multi share bunk rooms

The Vastness of the Australian Outback Day 3

This morning head out of Coober Pedy on a short detour to photograph the Dingo Fence & the unusual Breakaway Country – a vast area of eroded mountains that occasionally take floodwaters into Lake Eyre. From here it is back to the Stuart Highway to travel north to the Northern Territory. Lunch stop at South Australia’s most northerly town of Marla. Afternoon stop at Camel’s Australia for an optional camel ride (at own expense). Today’s destination is Alice Springs – upon arrival check in at the Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park and set up camp. Time permitting enjoy a game of basketball.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park - tents

Alice Springs Visits & Sightseeing including Indigenous Culture Day 4

Our first visit this morning is to the School Of The Air – the world’s largest classroom covering more than 1.3 million square kilometres (502,000 square miles) then on to Royal Flying Doctor Service – which has served the people of Australia over the past 85 years with first class health services. Stop at Anzac Hill for an excellent panorama of the West MacDonnell Ranges and the town of Alice Springs.

Travel to Simpson’s Gap to see the rock wallabies and visit Alice Springs Desert Park to 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.

5.30pm visit Rex’s Alice Springs Reptile Centre (own arrangement) – home of the largest reptile display in Central Australia,

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park – tents

West MacDonnell Ranges Via Mereenie Track to Watarrka NP and Angas Downs Day 5

Depart Alice Springs, visit the Ochre Pits – a sacred site; Ormiston Gorge for a swim in a rock pool (depending on the weather) and stop at Glen Helen for lunch and a walk to Glen Helen Gorge. View Gosses Bluff, a comet crater. Travel through Aboriginal Homelands on the Mereenie Track – a restricted area, permit entry only. See beautiful scenery – graceful desert oaks and maybe wild dingoes, horses, camels and donkeys.

Pass through Kings Canyon Resort to Angas Downs, ex Ranger Head quarters for a 2 night stop over and Immersion Program. Angas Downs Ranger Headquarters is a pastoral lease held by the Imanpa Development Association. Welcome by some of the Imanpa Community members. Campfire dinner.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Angas Downs - tents

Angas Downs and the Imanpa Community Immersion Program Day 6

Travel to Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon to begin your self-guided rim around the canyons sandstone walls, which formed when small cracks over time eroded to create the spectacular canyons we have today.

Visit Kings Creek Station a working cattle and camel property that runs cattle and exports camels. Established in 1982, the Station covers an area of 1800 sq.

Return to Angas Downs for an afternoon and evening of cultural activities such as dot painting, boomerang throwing, spear throwing, tracking, bush tucker, digging for sugar ants, witchetty grubs and cooking a kangaroo, perhaps dancing.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Angas Downs - tents

Australia’s Biggest Canyon – Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock Resort Camp Ground Day 7

Farewell our friends at Angas Downs and depart for your journey to Uluru. Stops will include Artilla (Mt Conner) a 300 metre high flat topped and horseshoe-shaped monolith and often mistaken for Uluru. Opposite and short climb up the sand dune to see Lake Amadeus a huge salt lake and many desert oak forests. Stop at Curtin Springs Station a privately owned cattle station with over 4000 head of cattle. Arrive at Ayers Rock Resort Campground to set up camp and with time permitting travel into the National Park and photograph spectacular Uluru at sunset.

(School to apply for National Park entry exemption)

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

An Amazing Experience Discovering Uluru and Kata Tjuta Day 8

A day to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Wake up early to travel into the National Park 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. This afternoon embark on the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta and return to the viewing lookout to witness both Uluru and Kata Tjuta for a spectacular sunset.

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

Ayers Rock Resort for South Australia and Coober Pedy Day 9

Pack up camp and depart for home. Our first stop is at Mt Ebenezer Road House which is also an outlet for the artwork produced by members of Imanpa community. The building houses an art gallery showcasing the items made by people from the bush community, such as paintings, traditional wood carvings, and necklaces fashioned out of nuts and seeds. Join the Stuart Highway and travel South past the town of Kulgera and onto South Australia. Lunch at the small town of Marla – own expense. Our destination is Coober Pedy, here our second driver will join us for our express journey to Melbourne. Evening meal break, dinner at own expense.

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Nil

Adelaide to Melbourne Day 10

Your arrival in Adelaide from the express journey will be approximately 6 am. Stop for a road house breakfast – own expense. Your journey today takes you across the Mt. Lofty Ranges through the town of Murray Bridge and onto Victoria. Lunch stop will be approximately Horsham – own expense. Continue through Ararat then a comfort and snack stop at Ballarat or Bacchus Marsh – own expense. Arrival Melbourne approximately 5pm and onto your school.

Meals:
Nil
Accommodation:
Nil

Tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a suitable touring vehicle to fit the needs and size of the group. The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • 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 twin-share pyramid tents with inbuilt vinyl floors and comfortable mattresses, teachers twin-share. Single supplement additional cost.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Bring your own individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate – (no paper plates/cups or soft plastic plates/cups)
  • 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.
  • Kakadu National Park entry fee, school to apply for exemption (if applicable).

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