The Lake Eyre to Central Australia Connection

A journey from Melbourne to Alice Springs

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A journey from Melbourne to Alice Springs travelling via Burra, 

Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre.  Visit Alice Springs, Glen Helen, 

West Macdonnell Ranges, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings Canyon

 – Fly home from Ayers Rock Airport.

Saturday 2 September 2017 - Melbourne to Mildura and Wentworth via the Calder Highway Day 1

Depart Baxter Village 7.30am and travel along Eastlink to Melbourne. Travel via the Calder Highway to Bendigo for first comfort stop and morning tea at own arrangements. Continue through Wedderburn, Ouyen to Mildura. Visit Loch Eleven, overnight is near the junction of the Darling River from the north and the Murray River from the east. A pleasant location and friendly management will ensure a great start to your Outback adventure.

Meals:
Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Two Rivers Motel Wentworth – Twin share 3 star

Sunday 3 September - Perry Sandhills, Burra, Hawker and the Gateway of Flinders Ranges Day 2

Visit the Perry Sandhills, 10 hectares of striking red sandhills that originated after an ice age (40,000 years ago). Thousands of tourists pass through this region without knowing this attraction is nearby, you will pick up a local guide who will tell a wonderful story of the Perry Sandhills. Follow the Murray River to Morgan, a once important river port. Lunch at the historic copper mining town of Burra. Continue North through Hawker to your overnight at the gateway of the Flinders Ranges – Paxton Square Cottages – enjoy the character of yesteryear in contemporary comfort.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Paxton Square Cottages - Twin share

Monday 4 September - Flinders Ranges, The Old Ghan Railway, Leigh Creek, Outback Town of Maree Day 3

Travel through the Flinders Ranges and north following the route of the Old Ghan Railway stopping at some of the ruins of early settlement. Detour into Leigh Creek, a coal mining settlement. Your destination is Maree at the junction of the Birdsville Track and the Oodnadatta Track. A quaint town trying to survive in a remote region, an enthusiastic owner of the Maree Hotel has renovated the property and will come to chat to you in the evening, and add inspiration to the evening.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Maree Historic Hotel – twin share 2 star

Tuesday 5 September - Discover The Lake Eyre Region and Coober Pedy Day 4

Today experience a wonderful flight over Lake Eyre. Photograph amazing bird life that thrive on the abundance of fresh water. In 2011/12 the hundred year drought provided record flooding and again the floods came in 2015 an unexpected bonus. This year 2017 the country will still be thriving and lush. After lunch travel north on the Oodnadatta track stopping at Lake Eyre South. Perhaps walk down to the shores of the Lake to walk on the salt pan

or hopefully take a paddle in the water. Afternoon stop at William Creek, a quaint town with its famous outback pub. On to Australia’s largest opal mining town, Coober Pedy, where your guide will show you the local sights. Overnight at the Desert Cave will be memorable. Your host has built an iconic hotel that tourists disembark the Ghan Train just to stay a night in this hotel! Enjoy the atmosphere and imagine what it would be like to live and mine in Coober Pedy for 365 days a year.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Cave Hotel – 4 star twin share

Wednesday 6 September - Coober Pedy, Breakaway Country to Alice Springs Day 5

Departing Coober Pedy travel out to the Breakaway Country to photograph this unusual eroded and colourful land mass and stop to photograph the Dingo Fence. From here it is back to the Stuart Highway through South Australia’s most northerly town of Marla. Travel across the border and into the Northern Territory. Afternoon stop at Stuarts Well continuing to Alice Springs. Your overnight accommodation is at the best in town at Hilton Double Tree Hotel. Enjoy the atmosphere and relax in the hotel restaurant.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Hilton Double Tree Hotel – twin share 4 star

Thursday 7 September - A Day In The Town of Alice Springs Day 6

Starting this morning with an orientation tour of the town including Anzac Hill. Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park and see over 200 Central Australian animals and 400 plant species, Aboriginal guide presentations and other exciting activities. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service and the Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, walk the Todd St Mall and see many art galleries along the way. This evening you are invited to enjoy a memorable evening at the spectacular Earth Sanctuary for the Spirit of the Outback Dinner and Show including star gazing. Our Indigenous colleague will play the didgeridoo and taste bush tucker, participate in cooking damper and tell stories about his culture, life in a community and growing up in the town of Alice. Also his life in the western world as a musician in a rock band.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Hilton Double Tree Hotel – twin share 4 star

Friday 8 September - Alice Springs to Camels Australia and Kings Canyon Day 7

Departing Alice Springs your first stop is at Camel’s Australia for an optional camel ride (at own expense). Travel to Watarrka National Park for the spectacular Kings Canyon Creek Walk with stunning views of the sheer Canyon walls ending at a viewing platform. An option for a spectacular 2 hour rim walk. Return to Kings Canyon Resort and take a short walk to the viewing platform to see the sun setting over the George Gill Range. Enjoy evening entertainment at the resort bar.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort – twin share 4 star

Saturday 9 September - Kings Canyon & Uluru for an afternoon sightseeing sunset Day 8

Depart Kings Canyon your first visit is at 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. An option for a helicopter ride over the property or a quad bike ride among the camels. Travelling on stop to see 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 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 before arriving Desert Gardens Voyages Resort part of the Ayers Rock Resort. Travel out to the National Park to witness a spectacular sunset over Uluru. Tonight Field Of Light Uluru, described as a once in a lifetime experience – an exhibition by the acclaimed artist Bruce Munro with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of seven football fields. Pathways draw viewers into the installation, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Gardens Voyages Resort – twin share 4 star

Sunday 10 September - Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park Day 9

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 an Indigenous Guide for an informative talk and brief walk, explore and learn about the legends and mythology of Uluru including the Mala Walk. Return Desert Gardens Voyages Resort for lunch. This afternoon embark on the Walpa Gorge Walk at Kata Tjuta. Return to your hotel to freshen up for a new evening activity, Sounds Of Silence – an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Canapes, 3 course bush tucker inspired buffet, didgeridoo performance and a guided tour of the night sky. An award winning evening!

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Gardens Voyages Resort – twin share 4 star

Monday 11 September - Town Square and Farewell Central Australia Day 10

Catch the Resort Shuttle Bus or walk over the sand dunes to visit the Ayers Rock Resort Information Centre and the Town Square for some last minute souvenirs. Return to your accommodation for your transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight home. Activities today are dependant on your flight schedule and adjustments will be made accordingly.

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
nil

Inclusions:

  • The provision of a 5 star touring coach fully equipped with toilet and restroom.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver/guide and Tour Manager.
  • The provision of 3 – 4 star accommodation – twin share basis.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts, lunches and two course evening meals as per itinerary
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment.
  • National Park entry fee
  • Transfers from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

Exclusions

  • Single accommodation – on application.
  • Airfares – Uluru to Melbourne
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance

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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