Traditional Outback Indigenous Adventure

A New Traditional Camping Safari Itinerary -   (MMTC 4 10 15 V1)

This is another new tour that travels via the Riverina and Burra as it heads towards Central Australia. It is an economical outback experience providing 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.

Day 1 - 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. Overnight in Burra .

Meals:
Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Burra Caravan Park - Tent

Day 2 -Destination Coober Pedy – The Opal Fields Day 2

A brief guided tour of Burra including the open cut mine. See the Burra jail where the film Breaker Morant was shot. The journey this morning takes you through the town of Peterborough, a 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

Day 3 -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. 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

Day 4 - Alice Springs Visits & Sightseeing including Indigenous Culture Day 4

This morning 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. 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:
Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park - tents

Day 5 - West MacDonnell Ranges Via Mereenie Track to Watarrka NP and Lilla Community 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. Arrive Kings Canyon Resort Campground in time to view the spectactular sunset on the George Gill Range.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort Camp Ground - tents

Day 6 - Lilla Community Immersion Program Day 6

At dawn begin your self guided Kings Canyon Rim Walk in Watarrka National Park. Then make our way to Lilla Community. Today learn about the culture and history of the Luritja country and its people through interactive and guided activities such as:

  • Walks around the historical and cultural sights of Lilla
  • Sit with local Aboriginal artists and do traditional dot painting or jewellery making with them
  • Learn how to throw the boomerang, spear and woomera
  • Watch and learn traditional sand drawings and hear the cultural stories behind them
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort Camp Ground - tents

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

Pack up camp for your journey to Uluru. Stops will include Kings Creek Station a cattle and camel property, photograph Artila (Mt Conner), Lake Amadeus a huge salt lake and many desert oak forests then a stop at Curtin Springs Station. Arrive at Ayers Rock Resort Campground to set up camp and travel into the National Park for a ranger briefing then to photograph spectacular Uluru at sunset. (School to apply for Park entry exemption)

 

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

Day 8 - An Amazing Experience Discovering Uluru and Kata Tjuta Day 8

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 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:
Ayers Rock Resort Campground - tents

Day 9 -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

Day 10 - 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 6pm and onto your school.

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

Damian and Uncle Arthur are local Arrernte men who are in the business of tourism and telling stories. These two amicable men could talk for hours about their people. They taught students about hunting and gathering and common symbols used in Indigenous art work and also discussed native title and life experience. They were an extremely valuable source of information