G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with special Driver/Guide


The touring and adventure experience is subject to permit approval to enter Aboriginal Homelands – it provides a unique opportunity to immerse in Aboriginal culture, meet Aboriginal families and learn about the legends, mythology and history both pre and post European settlement. This itinerary can be flexible and adaptable therefore providing many meaningful, life changing experiences.

Uluru South Through Homelands to APY Lands Day 1

Your adventure begins by leaving Uluru and travelling east on the Old Ayers Rock Road and then south to Putji an area 80 kilometres from Uluru. The Aboriginal people in the 1930s and 40s were moved to another location because of European visitation to the then Ayers Rock area and issues of Aboriginal children being taken away from families. Schools are now camping out with Aborigines as Aboriginal cultural learning experiences. You will continue south towards Mount Woodroffe (Ngaruijaranya), South Australia’s highest mountain. You are now in APY Lands Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara. Your next stop will be Pukatja, once called Ernabella, a Presbyterian Mission. An indigenous guide will be joining you this day to enhance your learning experience. Your overnight accommodation is at Umuwa South Australia’s most northern town, an administrative centre for the nearby communities.

APY lands (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara): is incorporated by the 1981 Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act whereby the SA Parliament gave Aboriginal people title to more than 103,000 square kilometres of arid land in the far northwest of South Australia. All Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra people who are traditional owners of any part of the Lands are members of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.

Ernabella Mission: The Ernabella Mission was established by the Presbyterian Church in the Musgrave Ranges of north-west South Australia in 1937. A school operated at the Mission. In 1970 the State Government took administrative control of the Mission and in 1972 this transferred to the Commonwealth Government. In 1974 the administration of Ernabella Mission passed to the Pitjantjatjara Council. It was later renamed Pukatja.

Ernabella Community (Pukatja): is located in South Australia in the Musgrave Ranges about 30 km south of the Northern Territory border. It lies approximately 330 km south west of Alice Springs and approximately 25 kilometres north of Umuwa, the major administrative centre within the APY Lands and the base for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Executive. The land surrounding Pukatja is of great cultural significance to the local community. The population of Pukatja ranges between 600 and 700 people, including a number of Piranpa (non-Aboriginal) people who work in the community to support Anangu.

Umuwa:is the main administrative centre for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands). It was established in 1991

Mount Woodroffe (Ngaruijaranya): is South Australia’s highest peak, at 1,435 metres. Mount Woodroffe is located in the far northwest of South Australia, in the Musgrave Ranges. The mountain range rises some 700–800 metres from the surrounding plains and comprises massifs of granite and gneiss. In Indigenous Australian mythology, the mountain embodies the mythological creature Ngintaka.


morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Umuwa 3 star

APY Lands Community Visits Ernabella Art Gallery, Church and Schools Day 2

This morning you will visit an interesting project by the Federal and State Governments, The Trade Training Centre for Secondary School Students in Umuwa. This centre addresses the Indigenous low accredited skill base and will therefore increase opportunity for pathways into employment on the APY Lands. You will also visit Pukatja to learn about Ernabella Art, Ernabella Choir and life today in a larger community. After lunch you will visit Kenmore Park, an extremely well resourced primary school, where you could meet the school principal and APY Land’s Elder. Return to Umuwa for tonight’s accommodation.

Trade Training Centre Umuwa: officially opened on 6 November 2012 and began delivering one-day training courses early 2013. Over a series of visits, students will be able to obtain a formal qualification in horticulture, construction, automotive repairs, commercial cooking, metal fabrication or another job-forced area.

Ernabella Art Gallery: Ernabella Arts Inc. is Australia’s oldest Indigenous art centre. It has been operating continuously since 1948. Ernabella Arts is a community based arts association through which artists can sell their work or come in and paint on a daily basis. Ernabella is known for its magnificent fabrics as well as printmaking on paper and paintings on canvas, linen and silk.

Ernabella Art Style: From the beginning women and girls have produced art in many different media, all incorporating the distinctive Ernabella design. Batik has been synonymous with Ernabella since the mid 1970s and the resultant silks have featured in many national and international exhibitions. Silkscreened fabrics have been produced there since the late 1980s. Woollen work became less economical to produce by the late 1960s and the artists were introduced to batik as a fabric decoration technique. Batik quickly became a signature art form for Ernabella. Artists also used the batik design medium for hand-tufted rugs and carpets. Batik (lost wax) technique is also used to decorate a range of ceramic pieces made in the Ernabella ceramic studio which began in 2003. Painting styles went through radical developments from 2002 and Ernabella painting now encompasses subjects drawn from Tjukurpa (Dreaming stories); mai putitja (bush food stories) and elements of the early anapalyaku walka (Ernabella style).

Ernabella Choir: was formed in 1954 when the Queen visited Adelaide, selected singers from Ernabella were chosen and performed together. They piled onto the tray of an open-backed truck and travelled 1500 klms to Adelaide. At the time 1200kms of the journey was over rough dirt roads. By the time they reached Adelaide, the Ernabella Choir was born.

Ernabella Choir Sydney Olympics: Members of the Choir last sang at 2000 Sydney Olympics after which the group disbanded. Six of the original group is living in a nursing home.

Kenmore Park Community: The majority of students at Kenmore Park are Anangu and their first language is Pitjantjatjara or Yankunytjatjara as this is usually the language spoken at home. The students are only introduced to English when they start school. A significant factor for Anangu Communities and Schools is the transient nature of the population. The School can have students who attend for periods of days or weeks and then return to their home communities.

Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Umuwa 3 star

Homelands, Outback Cattle Stations, Stuart Highway Day 3

Our local guide may show us some additional sacred sites before we say farewell as we travel across Victory Downs Cattle Station. We join the Stuart Highway at Kulgera a small settlement with a town population of approximately 20. On our return journey to Alice we will detour into Rainbow Valley and into Simpson Desert Country as we follow The Ghan Railway north to rejoin the Stuart Highway. On arrival at Alice Springs we will take you to your overnight accommodation and say farewell.

Victory Downs Cattle Station: is a homestead in the south of the Northern Territory situated about 1130km north-northwest of the nearest capital city Adelaide.

Kulgera: is a locality in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is 275 kilometres south of Alice Springs and 21 kilometres north of the border with South Australia, making it the southernmost permanent settlement in the Northern Territory. It sits on the junction of the Stuart Highway and the road to Aputula. In the 2006 Australian census it had a population of 50.

Rainbow Valley: The main features of the Rainbow Valley area are the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. These free standing cliffs form part of the James Range, and are particularly attractive in the early morning and late afternoon when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted. The coloured rock bands in the sandstone cliffs were caused by water. In earlier wetter times, the red iron of the sandstone layers was dissolved and drawn to the surface during the Dry Season. The red minerals formed a dark iron surface layer with the leached white layers below.This dark red capping is hard and weathers slowly, whereas the softer white sandstone below weathers quickly into loose sand.  Weathering and erosion are also responsible for the valley shape, where sandstone blocks have been eroded into rock faces and squared towers.

The Ghan Railway: is a passenger train between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin on the Adelaide–Darwin railway in Australia. Operated by Great Southern Rail, it takes 54 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres with a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.

Stuart Highway: is one of Australia’s major highways. It runs from Darwin, Northern Territory, in the north, via Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, to Port Augusta, South Australia, in the south – a distance of 2,834 km (1,761 mi). Its northern and southern extremities are segments of Australia’s Highway 1. The principal north-south route through the central interior of mainland Australia, the highway is often referred to simply as “The Track”.  The highway is named after Scottish explorer John McDouall Stuart, who was the first European to cross Australia from south to north.The highway approximates the route Stuart took.


Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea


Prices Adult Child
Premium Class $2950 $2,360
Gold Class N/A N/A
Platinum Class N/A N/A
Safari Class $2,620 $2,095

prices are per person, twin share, minimum/maximum 4 persons.

Prices valid to 31st March, 2017.

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date from 1st April through to 31st October



Tour Cost Includes:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two breakfasts, three lunches and  two evening meals
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide


  • Travel to/from Ayers Rock & Alice Springs
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.

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.

Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.