Red Centre Adventure Safari

Alice Springs to Melbourne A Family Tour - Ages 7 to 70 -   (AM CF 4 09 15 V1)

The journey from Alice Springs to Melbourne is the ultimate adventure for the Australian family. Mum and Dad and three children ranging from seven to 15 camping out under the stars, meeting an Aboriginal, learning about their culture, legends and mythology, exploring Uluru, walking around the rim of Australia’s largest canyon, sleeping underground at Coober Pedy, swimming with two or three metre long tuna; there is just so much to see and do and its fun all the way.

Many Europeans and Americans meet up with their Aussie families and before you know it, you have your group of 10. Plan now for your Australian adventure. You will be welcomed aboard by other passengers from all around Australia and the world who may have joined this tour in Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns or Darwin. This is a family experience that will bring back memories for a lifetime.

Accommodation: Two styles are offered:

Style A) 3* motel; cabin, YHA or similar

Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

Day 1: TO ALICE SPRINGS Day 1

Make your own travel arrangements to get to Alice Springs prior to noon and transfer to your accommodation venue as set out in the personal itinerary provided. In the afternoon join your coach to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Standley Chasm and Simpson Gap before settling in to your comfortable motel accommodation for 2 nights. Enjoy a swim in the pool. Tonight our Indigenous friends will visit to cook and sample kangaroo tail and bush tucker. Learn how to play a didgeridoo. An evening of cultural experiences and learning with Damien and Uncle Arthur.

Theme for the Day: The Explorers and the Telegraph connects to London, 1870s

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = 3* Motel; Style B = Budget room Desert Palms Resort

Day 2: ALICE SPRINGS – A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE Day 2

A free day to explore “A Town Like Alice”. Perhaps a day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges; a city sights tour or time to wander around the township shopping and visiting the art galleries. Many choices with which your crew can assist. This evening your dinner will be at Earth Sanctuary, a leader in the field sustainability, education and tourism. The owners and guides will entertain, participate in a star watch, cook a damper and lots of learning experiences. Return to your accommodation for your overnight.

Theme for the Day: Sustainability, the earth and environment

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = 3* Motel; Style B = Budget room Desert Palms Resort

Day 3 : TRAVEL VIA THE MEREENIE TRACK TO KINGS CANYON Day 3

Depart Alice Springs and travel west through the beautiful ranges, visit rock pools, the ochre pits and beautiful Alice Springs remote resort. Photograph a comet crater, one of the world’s most significant impact sites. Travel through Aboriginal land (permits only) along the Mereenie Track. Perhaps see kangeroos, birds of prey, wild camels, brumbies, goats and magnificent scenery. Your destination is Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon. After camp dinner, evening entertainment, music and conversation at the club bar at the Kings Canyon Resort.

Theme for the Day: Aboriginal Land and Indigenous cultures

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Kings Canyon Resort Campground

Day 4: ULURU KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK Day 4

Morning exhilarating Kings Canyon rim walk. Travel via Kings Creek Station, where you can try a camel burger, then onto Curtin Springs Station and Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and The Olgas). There will be time today to travel into the National Park and to photograph Uluru at sunset. Stay for 2 nights at Ayers Rock Resort Campground.

Theme for the Day: The significance of Uluru

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Day 5: WORLD HERITAGE – ULURU Day 5

Up early to travel to Uluru for sunrise photographs. Afterwards visit the National Park Cultural Centre, time to explore and visit some of the sacred sites. Optional helicopter flights available, and Aboriginal cultural tours available at passengers own expense. Or just explore Uluru at your own pace. Remainder of afternoon free.

Theme for the Day: World Heritage Twice Listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Day 6: ACROSS THE OUTBACK TO OPAL FIELDS – COOBER PEDY Day 6

Head towards South Australia and across the gibber plains to Marla. Tonight you are in Coober Pedy, the world’s richest opal fields. A late afternoon guided tour of the town shows you an underground church and house, a disused opal mine – maybe see opals cut and polished and purchase one! Spend the night underground in a Coober Pedy dugout – a night to remember!

Theme for the Day: Opal Mining in Australia

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B: Budget underground dugout Coober Pedy Opal Cave

Day 7: TO PORT LINCOLN VIA WOOMERA Day 7

On the road again, you are now in sheep country, saltbush, mulga scrub, sand dunes and salt lakes. Today’s destination is Port Lincoln on the lower coast of Eyre Peninsula. A commercial fishing centre that has the distinction of having the most millionaire business men and women per head of population anywhere in Australia – a fish dinner tonight!

Theme for the Day: The fishing industry

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Port Lincoln Caravan Park

Day 8: SWIMMING WITH THE TUNA, & TRAVEL TO ADELAIDE Day 8

An exciting adventure in store today as you travel by catamaran to the outer fish ponds and breeding pens. On with the wetsuits and flippers and goggles and after an interesting talk and briefing on tuna fishing, its time for a swim with the tuna – two and three metres and longer. If you don’t want to swim, it’s fun to watch. Then alas its back to the mainland and onto the coach, visit a winery in the Barossa Valley nearby. Motel accommodation in the heart of Adelaide. Our last dinner together; a banquet in Chinatown!

Theme for the Day: Adelaide the capital, South Australia the state

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B: 3* star motel - Adelaide

Day 9: TO MELBOURNE - TOUR CONCLUDES Day 9

International Passengers may choose to conclude their tour in Adelaide and fly on to other ports.

Depart Adelaide at 7.00 am for road journey direct to Melbourne. All tour itineraries conclude on arrival in Melbourne. Transfers to airport or hotels own arrangements.

Theme for the Day: Victoria the state, Melbourne the city

Meals:
Breakfast

Your tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a modern five star touring coach, air-conditioned, rest-room.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
  • The services of a Tour Manager who is also responsible for catering camp safari meals
  • The provision of specialist guides who join the coach on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information on the Theme of Day
  • 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.
  • The payment of all accommodation costs, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • The provision of accommodation style chosen by you at the time of making your tour reservation. Style A) 3* motel; cabin, YHA or similar | Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
  • Domestic air travel.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Accommodation Style B) Linen, bring your own towel, sleeping bag, liner and small pillow.
  • Single accommodation costs for Styles A & B are available upon request but cannot always be guaranteed

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

Testimonials

This is our second trip to Central Australia with overseas relatives, yet this particular tour has been one of the most informative. Our relatives have marveled at the quality of service, and attention to detail shown by our driver and tour guide Graham. It makes us proud to be Australian.
Josephine, Luciano, Gianne & Carlo