Red Centre Camping Safari

A Traditional Budget Tour -   (MA TC 1 9 15 V1)

This tour has been the most popular camping safari to Central Australia for many years. It provides the opportunity for students to travel across Australia and gain an understanding of how vast and interesting our continent is. Highlights include the Woomera Rocket Range, Opal mining in Coober Pedy and of course Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. A great opporunity for student bonding and a lot of fun.

Day 1 - 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 shopping centre, (lunch by own arrangement). Afternoon stop at Murray Bridge where we cross the Mighty Murray. Overnight stay north of Adelaide

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

Day 2 - 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 a once important rocket testing range 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

Day 3 - The Vastness of the Australian Outback Day 3

This morning you will take a brief walk down the main street of this fascinating opal mining town. 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. (Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Entry Permit, School to apply for entry fee exemption – contact Austour)

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

Day 4 - An Amazing Experience Discovering Uluru and Kata Tjuta Day 4

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.

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:
Tents - Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Day 5 - Salt Lakes, Desert Oaks and Unusual Landscapes Day 5

This morning after breakfast visit the town shopping precinct where activities are organised by the local Indigenous community such as throwing a spear, boomerang and dot painting can be viewed. Time for shopping before heading off on our journey to Watarrka National Park/Kings Canyon. Our 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 Campground late afternoon to set up camp and maybe a swim. From your campground take a short walk to a new platform where you can view the sunsetting over the George Gill Range. Evening entertainment at the Resort.

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

Day 6 - Australia’s Biggest Canyon – Kings Canyon Day 6

This morning you will take a self guided rim walk around Kings Canyon – Australia’s largest canyon and a magnificent wilderness region. Our journey today to Alice Springs provides stops at Kings Creek Station, a cattle and camel property, community owned Mount Ebenezer Road House which offers an excellent Gallery display of art and artefacts. A short stop at Camel’s Australia for those who would like to ride a camel (at own expense). On arrival at Alice Springs settle into camp at the Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park with swimming pool and excellent facilities.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tents – Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

*If your itinerary is in Alice Springs on a Sunday morning Big 4 will treat you to a Pancake Breakfast

Day 7 - Alice Springs Visits & Sightseeing including Indigenous Culture Day 7

This morning travel to Simpson’s Gap to see 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.

In the afternoon visit the School Of The Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Anzac Hill for an excellent panorama of the West MacDonnell Ranges and the town of Alice Springs.

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 playing a didgeridoo.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tents – Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

Day 8 - Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges Day 8

This morning travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges with our first visit to the Ochre Pits – a sacred site where Aboriginals traded ochre used for ceremonial purposes; 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. In the afternoon visit Standley Chasm, a spectacular break in the mountain ranges and noted for its colourful rocks and Ghost Gums. Return to the Holiday Park for a swim or a game of basketball

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Tents – Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

Day 9 - Home Time Day 9

Free time to pack up and last minute shopping in the Mall before transferring 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 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).
  • The provision of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate (bring your own).
  • 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).
  • 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.