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6 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour with Uluru

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Head into Australia’s incredibly surreal red centre on this fascinating Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour with Uluru. The tour takes in monolithic landmarks, picturesque canyons, and ancient scenery. Over the course of six days, you’ll learn about the natural history of this region and the rich cultural heritage that pervades it. Camp under the stars to marvel at the stunning night sky under the Milky Way and drink in the magical change of colours of Uluru at sunset. This tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs is an unforgettable experience in Australia’s epic Red Centre.

Tour Details

Operates: Tuesday & Saturday

Departs: 6:30am

Returns: 6:30pm - Alice Springs / 1:00pm - Uluru

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Minimum age 10 years. If you are travelling with a child under the age of 16 years old, you will need to upgrade to a private room. Please call us prior to making the booking to check for availability.

Some hikes involve steep climbs in extreme heat during summer. A reasonable level of fitness is therefore required for this tour. We do not recommend this tour for travellers over 60 years, however contact us if you consider yourself young at heart and still wish to join the tour.

If you want to finish the tour in Uluru we can drop you off at the Ayers Rock Campground Reception at 1:00pm. There is a free shuttle bus to the airport from there. Please let us know if you wish to be dropped off at the campground when you book.

6 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour with Uluru Itinerary

Travel from the rolling hills of Adelaide into the very heart of Australia’s magnificent Red Centre on our 6 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs with Uluru. Our 6 Day journey will take you to experience the traditional outback experience of sleeping under the stars in swags as you travel through the Northern Territory. Visit the Opal Capital of the World in Coober Pedy and explore the Umoona Mine and Museum, to learn the fascinating history of this region. See some of the most iconic landmarks of the Northern Territory on guided walks around Kings Canyon, Uluru and the ancient rock formation of Kata Tjuta. Witness the spectacular sunset over sandstone monolith of Uluru and immerse yourself in the local Aboriginal culture and history.

Take a stroll through the Alligator Gorge Visit the Opal Capital of the World Guided tour of of the underground Opal Mine and Museum Swag camping under the stars Learn about the cultural history of the Indigenous People View picturesque scenery of Uluru’s sunset Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

On the first day, we’ll start by taking you through the lush vineyards of the Clare Valley. After that, it’s on into the Outback, passing through the charming historic town of Melrose, which acts as a gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We’ll take a walk through Alligator Gorge and bed down for the night in the middle of the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Accommodation: Swag camping (summer) / Dormitory accommodation (winter)

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Cooper Pedy

Today, we’ll make our way to the Opal City of the World, Coober Pedy, where you can spot native wildlife and marvel at the surreal landscape that characterises this part of Australia. We’ll take you on a guided tour of an underground mine, where you can learn more about the region’s history, and a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage. Overnight, we’ll stay in a bunkhouse underground, just like the locals.

Accommodation: Dormitory accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Kings Canyon

We’ll start the third day by driving up the picturesque Stuart Highway, stopping along the way at various hotspots. We’ll end up at the stunning Watarrka National Park where we’ll camp overnight.

Accommodation: Swag camping

Day 4: Kings Canyon to Uluru

It’s an early start today, as we head out to explore Watarrka (Kings Canyon). You’ll have the chance to discover the soaring sandstone walls and take the Canyon Rim Walk, checking out the Garden of Eden and local Aboriginal life along the way.

When lunch is over, we’ll make our way to Uluru, one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Here, we’ll visit the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, experience the sunset over the huge rock and camp for the night under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Uluru

After breakfast, it’s on to Kata Tjuta for sunrise. We’ll take you on a hike to the mesmerising lookouts that surround the landmark, and visit the Valley of the Winds. Our guide will tell you all about the Aboriginal way of life in this part of the country before we head back to the campsite.

Optional activities: Camel Rides, Helicopter Flights, Segway Tours and Skydiving in Uluru.

The above upgrades are available for purchase from purchased from the driver on the morning of your tour, and cannot be pre-booked

Day 6: Uluru to Alice Springs

We’ll kick things off  with a walk around the base of Uluru. You’ll pass through majestic woodlands and clay pans, spotting native wildlife as you go. In the afternoon, we’ll start to make our way to Alice Springs, where the tour from Adelaide unfortunately comes to an end.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

What's Included?

  • All meals as indicated*
  • Accommodation (4 nights swag camping + 1 night bunkhouse accommodation)
  • Camping equipment
  • National park and camping fees
  • Airconditioned transport
  • Friendly and experienced local guide

Sleeping bags can be hired in advance of your tour date for an additional $30 per person.

*Please include any dietary requirements in the notes when you book. 

Optional Upgrades

  • Double swag - $50
  • Double tent - $50

Please select upgrades at the time of booking. Upgrades are to be paid to your guide on the day of your tour.

Private room upgrades - $900 per room (minimum of 2 travellers) / $695 single

  • Night 1 and 2: private room with en-suite bathroom
  • Night 3: safari tent and linen
  • Night 4 and 5: dome tent, single swag and sleeping bag

Accommodation upgrades must be booked and paid for at the time of booking. Please contact us to check availability.

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Head out from Alice Springs to Uluru on one of our famous Red Centre group adventure tours.

Want to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on tour? Take one of Real Aussie Adventures’ popular Uluru tours from Alice Springs.

Explore the Australian outback on our Alice Springs tours and packages departing from Alice Springs to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and other Red Centre highlights.

Tours will pick up from almost all Alice Springs accommodation providers. Explore the cultural centre of Australia as you drive from Alice Springs out to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta National Park. Here you can take the Valley of the Winds walk, view the sunset and sunrise over Uluru and experience the aboriginal culture.

You can also depart from Alice Springs to head south on an Alice Springs to Adelaide tour.

For those wanting to explore more of the Northern Territory, you can head north on an Alice Springs to Darwin tour package to see the Top End region including Kakadu National Park before ending in Darwin.

Tours from Alice Springs to Uluru and Kings Canyon

Alice Springs lies at the heart of Australia. You can fly directly into the airport here from most major capital cities in Australia. It is a remote outback town with a charm that reflects the arid environment in which it is located.

Fly into Alice Springs the day before departure to start your tour.

We also have transfers by bus from Alice Springs to Uluru/ Ayers Rock and Ayers Rock back to Alice Springs .

For more detail on our Uluru tours from Alice Springs, you can check out our detailed blog Best Uluru tours.

If you are keen to explore more of the Northern Territory we have a blog for you. Find out more here: Top destinations to see in the Northern Territory.

Many of our Uluru tours are perfect for families and children. So check out our family-friendly tours in the outback .

Our most popular Uluru Ayers Rock tour is our 5 Day Red Centre Tour. 

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Whether you’re looking for a budget adventure or a high-end outback experience, Real Aussie Adventures has you covered.

Check out our range of tours from Alice Springs including our 3 day Uluru tour and our 5 Day Uluru Tour. On both you can start your adventures in Alice Springs and head out into the outback to Uluru.

Both of these tours end in either Uluru at the resort or airport or you can return to Alice Springs. Both tours involve camping in the outback, we do have permanent tents with beds for a little added comfort on tour.

There are adventures from Alice Springs to Uluru and Kings Canyon. If you start these adventures in Alice Springs then it’s best to fly in the day before the tour commences. And fly out the day after. So you will need to book a pre and post-night in Alice Springs. Ask us for more details we can help you out with that.

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Flinders Ranges Lake Eyre, Painted Deserts MacDonnell Ranges Classic Outback Tour

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Discover yourself exploring a stunning and ancient outback landscape, where presence is bound to awaken all your senses

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Single Supplement AUD$ 1540. Special Discounts apply to this tour. Early Bird price reverts to the Regular Price 6 months prior to each tour departure date. Small group - maximum 7 participants

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Journey into the classic outback heartland filled with beauty, grandeur and isolation in intriguing abundance, enjoyed in comfort and style..

Follow the songlines and pathways of our First Peoples, Explorers, Afghan Cameleers, Ghan Railway and Overland Telegraph gangs through the South Australian deserts to Central Australia and Alice Springs.

Visit the iconic Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Prairie Hotel and Lodge, world heritage Nilpena Fossil discoveries, Lake Eyre , Oodnadatta Track, Painted Desert, Coober Pedy, Hermannsburg, Palm Valley, Chambers Pillar, Rainbow Valley, plus Ormiston and other extraordinary gorges of the imposing MacDonnell Ranges – Discover the ancient geological wonders of heartland Australia.

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From our guests:

I wanted to thank you both for the trip over the last two weeks. It was quite a journey and I really appreciated your efforts to make it a special one for us all. As it was my first time in this unique part of our country I feel privileged to have experienced it with your guidance and expertise. Your passion for this part of the country, the landscape, the people, the flora and fauna is obvious and it was wonderful to be able to share it with you." - Helen VIC  

"I have travelled on some splendid bush tours with John and Ros Thompson who personally run a small specialist touring company. It is highly professional and very friendly. The first trip was a memorable journey to the Corner Country, out where the borders of three States meet, where Burke and Wills died at the Dig Tree at Cooper Creek. Then, the Thompson’s took us on an exploration of the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, up to Lake Eyre, the Painted Desert and the Red Centre, visiting vast outback stations, the most ancient Nilpena fossil fields, Parachilna, Leigh Creek, Marree and Coober Pedy. What is great about a Nature Bound Tour is the Thompson's  superb knowledge of flora, fauna, water, history and the legends of the bush. The dialogue is highly educational and fascinating.”  - Everald AUS

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Find yourself immersed in evocative and sublimely beautiful desert landscapes, contorted ranges and imposing monoliths dating back 80 to 550 million years. An exceptional experience and travel opportunity.

  • Witness newly discovered fossil evidence of the beginnings of a complex life - from which we have all descended
  • Enjoy the surreal experience of setting foot on the salt encrusted Lake Eyre where horizon and sky merge as one
  • Appreciate why artist Hans Heysen was so inspired by the Flinders Ranges describing them as “the bones of the earth laid bare”
  • Experience the extraordinary colour and panoramic form of the Breakaways and Painted Desert, the opal treasures of an underground community
  • Explore the spiritual gorges of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges snaking across the ancient landscape
  • Stand in awe of early exploration beside the towering monolith Chambers Pillar
  • Wander beneath the sacred ramparts of Rainbow Valley, ablaze in the setting sun.
  • Indulge yourself in one of Australia's finest holiday adventures enjoyed in comfort and style for an all-inclusive price

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Day 1 - Adelaide to Historic Melrose

Depart Adelaide for a scenic drive through Clare Valley vineyards to the oldest village in the Flinders Ranges, followed by an afternoon trail walk

  • Picturesque drive through Clare Valley with its string of quaint villages.
  • Selection of 40 small wineries, home of Australian Rieslings.
  • Visit Seven Hills winery where in 1848 Jesuit priests produced the first sacramental wines.
  • Free time in Melrose, the oldest village in the Flinders Ranges , named by explorer Edward John Eyre.
  • Afternoon village roam and trail walk toward the summit of Mount Remarkable.

Accommodation

Private en-suite rooms in a Melrose Stone Cottage

Local cafe M/Tea, A/Tea

Popular local bakery al fresco Lunch

Evening dinner at heritage Melrose Hotel

Self serve Continental Breakfast

Driving:  284 kms in 4 relaxed stages over half a day

Walking:  Up to 4 hour relaxed roaming and trail walking/climbing by choice

Day 2 - Melrose to Wilpena Pound

A relaxed scenic drive from Melrose to Wilpena Pound with a variety of feature stops along the way

  • Roam the streetscape of Quorn, scene of classic movie making
  • Back road scenic diversion into Warren Gorge home of the Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies
  • Following parts of the Hans Heysen 1200kms walking trail toward Wilpena Pound
  • Exploring the historic ruins of Kanyaka Station and early settler life
  • A visit to the Jeff Morgan Gallery with its spectacular, panoramic circular vista of the Flinders Ranges
  • More scenic back roads winding beneath the grandeur of Wilpena Pound

Luxury ensuite resort accommodation for 2 nights

Cafe/coffee shop M/Tea

Village al fresco Lunch and tailgate A/Tea

Evening restaurant dinner and breakfast

Driving: 247kms in 5 relaxed stages throughout the day

Walking: Casual roaming at various feature stops and serendipity moments

Day 3 - Discovering Wilpena Pound and Flinders Ranges

A delightful trail walk this morning followed by an afternoon of scenic driving, exploring the beauty and magnificence of the Flinders Ranges

  • Relaxed walk through Wilpena Pound Gap to an elevated platform, to view the inner Pound
  • Learn of early settlement and Aboriginal connection to the Pound
  • Back road journey through the scenic gorges of the Flinders Ranges
  • Chance viewing of “delightfully coloured” and endangered Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies
  • Visit the valley and shepherd’s hut ruins where celebrated artist Hans Heysen found inspiration for his creative works
  • Glorious sunset over the Ranges

Luxury ensuite resort accommodation

Resort restaurant based breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning walk sustenance and tailgate A/Tea

Driving:  122 kms in  6 relaxed stages during the afternoon with many scenic stops

Walking: Optional easy grade 7.8kms 3 hr morning walk to view Wilpena Pound. Roaming at afternoon features and serendipity moments

Day 4 - Wilpena Pound to Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

Today you journey through the ranges to an historic copper mining town, then a convulsed ancient landscape to remote Parachilna for lunch and an adventure in chef prepared feral food

  • Pass through the northern reaches of the Flinders Ranges with towering bluffs and rocky crags rearing upwards and backwards
  • Learn of the exploits of Thomas “pegleg” Blinman and cattle duffer Joseph Wills, the brutality of life in the outback in the 1800’s
  • Visit the now sleepy historic ex-copper town of Blinman
  • Test your taste buds with classic chef-prepared feral food at the jewel in the outback - Prairie Hotel
  • Prepare for tomorrow's discovery, 555 million year old fossil evidence of the earth’s first animals and life from which we all descended

Deluxe ensuite rooms at remote Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

Tailgate or village hotel M/Tea

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at iconic Prairie Hotel

Driving:  97kms in 4 relaxed stages on back roads to Parachilna

Walking: Roam at various feature stops

Day 5 - Fossil Discoveries of Nilpena Station

Today we visit Nilpena Station north of  Parachilna for an extraordinary viewing of the earliest evidence of life

  • Visit Nilpena, an historic wool and cattle station in the desert where an accidental discovery of ancient fossils occurred just a few years ago
  • Learn of the ongoing discoveries by a team of American scientists sponsored by NASA, providing insights into possible life on other planets still to be visited
  • Now protected by National Park dedication and soon a world heritage declaration, possible through the generosity of the owners of both Nilpena and the Prairie Hotel
  • View the 555 million year old fossil evidence of the earth’s first animals and life from which we all descended
  • Relax and socialise with locals and travel mates in one of Australia's most awarded outback hotels

Tailgate M/Tea

Driving:  80 kms return trip to Nilpena Station

Walking: Roaming at various fossil features

Day 6 - Parachilna to Marree

You leave the bitumen and follow the gravel toward the outpost towns of Lyndhurst and Marree, taking in  Aboriginal and Afghan history, early settler and railway endeavours. Pass through the southern intersections of outback adventure tracks, the Strzelecki and the Birdsville.

  • History abounds at Beltana around the Thomas Elder land and sheep empire
  • Here was the nursery of Camel importation and exploration across Australia leading to 600,000 creatures now running wild
  • Extensive salt bush country emerges and beyond the vast gibber plains await
  • Slag heaps remain in memory of South Australia’s open cut coal fields
  • The contribution of Afghan Cameleers opening up the desert lands is not forgotten
  • The great northern rail line laid down in 1882, now long abandoned, was forerunner to The Ghan, now linking Adelaide to Darwin
  • The fully restored and functional underground bakery in the desert ruins at Farina is a complete surprise
  • Visit the striking palette of rich earthy colours at the spectacular ochre pits of our First Peoples, once supplying their trade across vast distances

Comfortable, detached hotel ensuite cabins for 2 nights

Tailgate M/Tea and fresh delights at a unique underground bakery

Counter lunch, a restaurant dinner and breakfast at historic Marree Hotel

Driving:  193kms outback travel toward the desert lands, enjoyed in 5 relaxed stages

Walking:  Roam at various feature stops and serendipity moments

Day 7 - Day visit exploring Lake Eyre

A remarkable day journey to the lowest point in Australia, the extensive salt sink and surreal experience of Lake Eyre

  • Pass through the 5,600kms long wild dog or Dingo Barrier Fence crossing Australia
  • Arrive at an amazing place and space, eerily empty and devoid of life, ready to capture all your senses
  • Discover there are two lakes south and north connected by the Goyder Channel
  • Heart of a 1.3 million sq kms drainage basin, one of the largest in the world
  • Cause of great excitement and adventure when it floods from monsoonal rains in Australia’s far north
  • Scene of one of nature’s greatest transformations with Pelican and waterbird migrations in pursuit of a flooded harvest and breeding frenzy
  • The 5 metre deep crust in the lake’s centre enabled Donald Campbell’s world land speed record of 650kms/hr in 1963/4
  • Seeing is believing. Experience the void. Gaze into infinity.

Comfortable, detached hotel ensuite cabins

Picnic tailgate tea breaks and lunch provided by our friends at the Marree Hotel

Driving:  198kms return on outback road and sandy tracks to Lake Eyre

Walking:  Travel breaks and surreal roaming on iconic salt encrusted Lake Eyre

Day 8 - Marree to William Creek

Journey along the Old Ghan Railway and legendary 615 kms long Oodnadatta Track toward William Creek, located in the centre of the world’s largest cattle station of 6 million acres

  • Discover mounded springs percolating up from the depths of the Great Artesian Basin below, following a 2 million year water flow from its source in the Great Dividing Range.
  • Follow the vital Aboriginal Song Lines, Explorer and Afghan Camaleer pathways across the desert lands
  • Pass by restricted access, Aboriginal homelands and pause at the remnant rail sidings of the Old Ghan Railway
  • What possesses a former mechanic to turn artist and create out of waste, a post-apocalyptic sculpture park in the desert, for you to view and contemplate
  • Gibber plains give way to crimson sand ridges, outliers from the Simpson Desert
  • After lunch, free time to relax or if you wish, join a scenic flight over Lake Eyre or the Painted Hills of Anna Creek Station, a selection of flights on offer at your discretion and cost
  • Embrace the sense of isolation and adventurous spirit of 4WD travellers, drawn to the outback from far and wide

Basic but comfortable, air-conditioned, ensuite transportable cabins

Lunch, afternoon refreshments, dinner and breakfast at the isolated William Creek Hotel

Driving:  199kms with several stops at natural and historic features along the way

Day 9 - William Creek to Coober Pedy

Head west this day across cattle station holdings as big as small countries to discover Coober Pedy, acknowledged as Australia’s Opal Capital

  • Journey through the vast Anna Creek Station, and far reaches of the old Woomera rocket testing range
  • One of the loneliest roads, described as “occasionally maintained” with a bit of traffic now and then
  • Here the local mail run is 600kms long, twice a week, serving 6 stations and 2 villages
  • Remember the desert lake with a big name and it’s fabled story
  • Visit the strange if quirky landscapes of opal mining spoils surrounding Coober Pedy, evidence of treasures beneath, set down 150 million years ago
  • Join a guided tour through an old Opal Mine exploring its tunnels and rooms
  • The cosmopolitan population of underground dwellers boasts 45 nationalities
  • If you care to invest there are a number of outlets to inspect and purchase exquisite opal jewellery

Chance in a lifetime to sleep comfortably underground in a deluxe Coober Pedy Motel room. Every convenience except no window views.

Tailgate M/Tea near Lake Cadibarrawirracanna

Lunch and Dinner at local family style restaurant

Continental breakfast underground

Driving:  A relaxed morning drive of 168 kms to Coober Pedy in two easy stages

Walking: Rest and relax, enjoy the journey

Day 10 - Coober Pedy to Marla

Today you’ll pass through the striking Painted Desert region few Australians are aware of, before joining a sealed highway run to the Marla Roadhouse and Motel

  • Journey through the “Breakaways” landscape with outstanding views of country laid down more than 80 million years ago and featuring the “Salt and Pepper” hills
  • Here were the feature settings for movie classics “Mad Max”, “Thunderstorm” and “Ground Zero”
  • Alongside the Wild Dog Barrier Fence discover a blackened moonscape sparkling in gypsum and petrified wood
  • Pass through 2 million acres of desert grazing lands, another two stations held by the Anna Creek Station owners the Williams Cattle Company
  • The Painted Desert located in Arckaringa Station offers spectacular breakaway land forms rich in many colours, bold and beautiful
  • The Stuart Highway Run is the life vein for transport and tourism linking the Northern Territory and South Australia, following the discovery pathway of early explorer John McDouall Stuart.

Comfortable but basic ensuite highway motel units at Marla Retreat

M/Tea, A/Tea  and Lunch all picnic tailgate style

Roadhouse restaurant dinner and breakfast

Driving:  367 kms at relaxed pace through the desert in 5 comfortable stages

Walking:  Casual roaming at feature stops plus an optional 2.5 kms return walk with a modest climb on warn trails in the Painted Desert

Day 11 - Marla to Alice Springs

Today you’ll enjoy an easy highway run into the Northern Territory bound for Alice Springs. Later in the afternoon we’ll share the extraordinary Rainbow Valley experience, roaming around the ramparts of a giant sandstone feature ablaze in the setting sun..

  • Highway travel with shared stories relating to the true location of the centre of Australia
  • Further story telling on the exploration accounts of John McDouall Stuart and Charles Todd and the establishment of the Overland Telegraph Line
  • Learn of the achievements and legend of Len Beadell grading a 1350kms straight track through three states across the desert wilderness, from nearby Victory Downs. Eventually to be known as the notorious “Gunbarrel Highway” it passes through the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (not normally accessible by the general public)
  • Enjoy a late afternoon trail walk toward the sandstone bluffs and ramparts of Rainbow Valley. 350 million year old free standing cliffs, a sacred site to the Southern Arrernte People.
  • Stand in awe as the joints and fractures, dramatic shapes and colouration, fire up in the setting sun. Turn around to witness the Desert Oaks silhouetted against the golden parting glow of the day

Comfortable, spacious ensuite rooms at Mercure Alice Springs Resort for the next 4 nights.

Tailgate M/Tea and casual roadhouse lunch

Resort restaurant for dinner and breakfast

Driving: 447 kms sealed highway drive crossing into the Northern Territory, plus diversion into Rainbow Valley

Walking:  Rest and relax, enjoy the road journey. 2 kms Rainbow Valley stroll to visit features

Day 12 - Day visit exploring East MacDonnell Ranges

An early start and relaxed scenic drive along the East MacDonnell Ranges to visit various gaps and gorges cutting through the range. Enjoy an elevated rim walk overlooking Trephina Gorge. Later an afternoon visit to the award winning Desert Park with its informative fauna, flora and cultural exhibits. Closing the day with an elevated view of Alice Springs from the town lookout, Anzac Hill.

  • Emily and Jessie Gaps offer intimate scenic viewing and are important spiritual sites to the Eastern Arrernte People
  • Rock paintings depict the Caterpillar Dreaming creation stories and a totem respected widely across Alice Springs, described as “caterpillar country”
  • The grey column of dolomite known as Corroboree Rock was laid down in a salty lake 800 million years ago. Traditional owners regard it as a sacred men’s site for storage of ceremonial objects
  • Trephina Gorge is a paradise of sheer red quartzite cliffs sheltering a delightful sandy watercourse lined with River Red Gums supporting bird and wildlife
  • You’ll visit a wonderful specimen of the classic Australian “Ghost Gum” estimated to be 350-400 years old. We’ll share the significance of Ghost Gums to Aboriginal and other home loving people. The species came to world prominence through the art of Albert Namatjira.
  • Visit the quality wildlife exhibits at the Alice Springs Desert Park carrying David Attenborough’s endorsement “there is no zoo or wildlife park in the world that can match it”

Quality ensuite rooms at our Mercure Resort tour base.

M/Tea at Trephina Gorge

Cafe Lunch at Desert Park

Dinner at Resort restaurant

Driving:  Total 158 kms of sealed road in 5 relaxed stages linking the days features

Walking: 3 short walks each approx.1.5 kms long to take in the natural beauty

A  2 kms / 1 hr loop walk at Trephina Gorge with a short opening climb

Day 13 - Day discovery of Chambers Pillar

Today we head into the fringes and sand ridge outliers of the Simpson Desert to an iconic landmark that once guided early explorers and settlers, but today few tourists witness - Chambers Pillar.

  • Visit an isolated claypan beside which rust red rock clusters have been engraved with non-representational circles, lines and geometric motifs. They are thought to be up to 40,000 years old. Custodians say the meaning of the petroglyphs is sacred and too dangerous to reveal to non-initiated people.
  • At “Maryvale” Station the Titjikala Art Centre may be open for our visit. Your interest may be drawn to the lady artists at work with their “connection to country” dot painting, inspired by the beauty of the arid and colourful landscape you too are experiencing
  • The Pillar beckons from afar during our desert crossing, a towering sandstone plug deposited in the area 350 million years ago. Its isolation, presence, historical and cultural significance can’t be denied
  • For Europeans the pillar is a tangible link to the first sighting by early explorer John McDouall Stuart in his quest to cross Australia south to north, other explorers, surveyors and pastoral settlers

Quality en-suite rooms at our tour base

Tailgate tea breaks and picnic lunch at the Pillar

Dinner and breakfast at the tour base restaurant

Driving:  328kms in 4 relaxed stages on back roads and tracks across desert sand ridges

Walking: Relaxed roaming at various feature stops and a short staircase climb up the pedestal of the pillar

Day 14 - Day Visit to Hermannsburg and Palm Valley

A big day ahead as we travel to Hermannsburg and Palm Valley along Larapinta Drive

  • Free roam the art galleries, grounds and buildings of the historic Hermannsburg Historic Precinct once a struggling Lutheran Mission determined to advance local Aboriginal lives and souls
  • Albert Namatjira was born at the Mission and his landscape paintings and fame reached all corners of the world. We’ll reflect on the trials and injustices in his life and the Ghost Gums that featured extensively in his works
  • Crossing the dry sandy bed of the Finke River can be deceiving. It has followed this original course for 350million years while the mighty Colorado River in the US is only 21 million years old
  • The Red Cabbage Palms grow only in Palm Valley where a maze of rust red amphitheatres, pinnacle and gorges play host to a diverse range of rare or unique plants
  • Time permitting, visit the crater site of an enormous comet which impacted the earth 142 million years ago, now a sacred site of the Western Arrernte People

Cafe M/Tea &/or lunch at Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

Dinner and breakfast at the Mercure or Alice Restaurant

Driving:  248 kms in 4 relaxed stages throughout the day

Short roams at various feature stops. Possible 1.5 kms return walk / climb in Palm Valley for an elevated view.

Day 15 - Day visit exploring West MacDonnell Ranges and Ormiston Gorge

Focus today is on the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges and a 4 hour walk through Ormiston Pound and Gorge. Returning to “Alice” we’ll include short visits and strolls at 3 other feature locations

Time too, to reflect on the variety of experiences enjoyed in your 15 day / 3,200 kms journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs

  • Ormiston Creek cuts through the 250m high gorge and is a tributary to the ancient Finke River still flowing its original course from 350 million years ago
  • Around you, extraordinary earthly convulsions have heaved and thrust hundreds of metres of quartzite on top of itself in contorted fashion
  • The ancient sandy creek bed is littered with large coloured boulders and a near permanent water hole is 14 metres deep
  • Learn of the geological upheavals that folded and formed the ranges 1000 million years ago
  • Dry sandy river beds with occasional water holes here are some of the most ancient in the world
  • A colourful outcrop of ochre is an important trading resource to the Western Arrernte People. The many colours mixed with animal fats and water are used for ceremonies, medicines and paintings
  • Water charging through the gaps and gorges of the range create picturesque swimming and picnic sites, also calling points sustaining dingoes and other wildlife. You’ll visit the Ellery Creek Big Hole, created thousands of years ago
  • One deep red cleft carving through the range over millions of years is named after the first non-Aboriginal woman to visit the site. So narrow and sheer the chasm is most dramatic when the sun penetrates into the cleft around mid-day
  • Time to remember the great Aboriginal artist as you travel the Albert Namatjira Drive into Alice Springs

End of tour accommodation pre-arranged with tour guests - not included in tour

Resort restaurant based breakfast

Walking sustenance

Cafe lunch and tea breaks at Ormiston Gorge

Driving:  296 kms in 5 relaxed stages throughout the day

Walking: Optional 8.5 kms / 3.5 to 4hr through Ormiston Pound and Gorge with a few short climbs, rock and boulder sections to negotiate. Non-walkers can enjoy passive time free roaming through the delightful gorge, possibly to greet the walking group coming through the gorge.

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  • Day 6 The Ghan, Alice Springs
  • Day 7 Alice Springs – Uluru – Kata Tjuta Sunset
  • Day 8 Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Uluru Sacred Sites & Sunset – BBQ
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And adelaide to uluru tours, adelaide to alice springs lake eyre tours or reverse – includes flight over lake eyre, travel the oodnadatta track, following the old ghan railway line, visit marree, coober pedy opals, william creek, coward springs, leigh creek, copley – 3 or 4 days., details – alice springs / uluru to adelaide tour via lake eyre & oodnadatta track  or reverse direction..

Day 1 – From Uluru or Alice Springs, travel via Stuart Highway to South Australian border via spectacular desert scenery and remote desert landscapes and bustling roadhouses of Australia’s main North South connector. Time permitting we visit the Breakaways moonscape where the Mad Max movies were filmed. Arrive Coober Pedy for a local meal (own cost) before a comfortable underground sleep in our dug out motel room. L

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Day 3 – From Marree, we take a 1 hr 30 min scenic flight over Lake Eyre. Our flight allows us to see the Warburton Groove, the main inflow channel to Lake Eyre, Elliot Price Conservation Park, Halligan Bay, Lake Eyre South and the Marree Man ( a giant sculpture in the landscape). On return to base, we see some of the sights of Marree, this once thriving Ghan Railway town. Marree is caretaker for some interesting railway relics, plus the old mail truck used by legendary outback mailman Tom Kruse on his run from Marree to Birdsville. The Birdsville track commences in Marree. We visit the shores of Lake Eyre and Lake Eyre National Park and connect with the wonder of the bird and plant life revitalised by recent flooding rains in a permanent waterhole. Overnight in Marree with yarns around the campfire (optional), the bar, or just take it easy. BLD

Day 4 – Today we view the giant Leigh Creek coal mine, can enjoy a local Quandong Pie at Copley’s famous Quandong Bakery & Cafe and travel via old Ghan railway towns of Parachilna and Brachina, in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges to Hawker and picturesque mountain landscapes to arrive Adelaide around 5-6 pm, delivered to your local accommodation or airport connection. BL

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  •  Scenic Flight over Lake Eyre – 1 hrs 30 mins or optional 2 hr with Cooper Creek
  •  All delicious meals, including vegetarian, unless noted in itinerary.
  •  Comfortable motel or cabin accommodation or camping gear which is modern and easy to use.
  • Accommodation Upgrades to local hotels available
  •  All World Heritage and National Park entry and accommodation fees, hotel pickups
  •  Contributions of tour price supports Outback Kids and nature care programs.

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4 day Tour including Lake Eyre flight, all meals except 1, 4WD transport, comfy camping accommodation. 4 day tour includes extra night at Marree to explore lake shore and surrounds.

3 day Tour including Lake Eyre flight, all meals except 1, 4WD transport, comfy camping or fully accommodated 3 day tour excludes extra night at Marree to explore lake shore and surrounds.

Also here are 6 or 8 day tours options – Commence in Adelaide to Uluru 6 days / 5 nights or Alice Springs 8 days /7 nights

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  • Wilpena Pound, walks or Wilpena Pound flight option,
  • Marree – walk into Pound, Brachina & Bunyeroo Gorges, hotel
  • Coober Pedy – Lake Eyre flight option, Oodnadatta Track, OTL, Old Ghan Railway, William Creek, Anna Creek
  • Cattle station, sleep in underground motel – view opal mine & museum, underground church, lookout
  • Uluru – camp with campfire & BBQ
  • Uluru – camping – sunrise, Uluru guided walks, cultural centre, sunset
  • Kings Canyon – Kata Tjuta tour and walk
  • Alice Springs – morning walks at Kings Canyon – afternoon to Alice Springs airport for Darwin flight

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In life, there are some unforgettable experiences and it is undoubtedly the case for my Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs. By crossing over 2,600 kilometers through the Northern Territory and South Australia, I was able to live a unique experience in the land of the Kangaroos. 

Moreover, the Northern Territory and South Australia are two very different states which are home to some of the must-see places in Australia. Places like Uluru, Coober Pedy, Kings Canyon, etc. You can do the trip by renting a car. However, I believe the ideal way is to join a tour.

Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs

It is a good opportunity to meet other backpackers from all around the world and share experiences and tips. Interested in learning more about my Adelaide to Alice Springs Road Trip? If so, I’ll reveal all the secrets in this guide.

Mulgas Adventures Tour

One of the main reasons why I chose Mulgas Adventures Tour out of all the other travel agencies is because they truly care about Aboriginal culture. 

With the Mulgas Adventures Tour, I was able to do my Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs without thinking about every detail.

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Thanks to the travel agency, I was able to see Uluru at sunset, learn more about the aboriginal culture, and admire a magnificent starry sky. Additionally, all of Mulgas Adventures Tour guides are extremely kind and helpful. 

Furthermore, the travel agency invites you to collect firewood and help prepare meals. These extra activities add a special vibe to the group’s conviviality.

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Hostel in coober pedy : radeka downunder underground motel & backpacker inn..

If you’re looking to live a unique unforgettable accommodation experience, I highly recommend Radeka Downunder Underground Motel & Backpacker Inn. 

Why do I recommend it? Well, first and foremost, most of the hotel’s rooms are actually underground accommodation.

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They are warm in winter and cool in summer because they are tunneled out of the sandstone surroundings. Another reason why I recommend Radeka Downunder Underground Motel & Backpacker Inn is because of its location. 

It is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and bars. Additionally, the accommodation is very clean with all the necessary equipment for sleeping underground. I believe even claustrophobic people can try it!

Hostel at Alice Springs: Alice Lodge Backpacker

Another great accommodation I tried is Alice Lodge Backpacker. What’s so unique about this Australian accommodation? Firstly, Alice Lodge Backpacker is located 5 minutes from the Town’s Mall. 

Secondly, Alice Lodge Backpacker is a fantastic place to rest while discovering the beautiful town of Alice Springs. Thirdly, all of Alice Lodge Backpackers rooms have comfy beds, individual air-conditioning/heating, desk with office chair, a fridge, and security lockers. 

Additionally, you can enjoy a fully equipped shared kitchen, TV lounge, and a barbecue area. Furthermore, it is a good place to meet new friends in Alice Springs.

Campsite: Ayers Rock Campground

Ayers Rock Campground or Uluru Campsite is a special home base located 20km from the city. Uluru Campsite is a massive campground with great facilities and large powered sites. It provides numerous services and facilities including a playground, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and bbq facilities.

Additionally, you can watch the sunset over Uluru from the camp and when you wake up, you’ll be surprised by a beautiful egg & bacon breakfast that you won’t soon forget! Furthermore, you’ll find an On-site food van that offers delicious dishes.

What will you need for the Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs?

● Sunscreen 

● Walking shoes/boots 

● Insect repellent 

● Water bottle 

● Bathers/towel 

● Toiletries 

● Sleeping bag (can be hired for $30) 

● Otherwise, bring all the usual stuff – and, most importantly, a sense of adventure!

In what physical condition do you need to be in to do the Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs?

To do the Road Trip Adelaide to Alice, you must know that a reasonable level of fitness is required. You may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in challenging conditions. 

Additionally, in Australia, the weather can be very harsh depending on the region you’re visiting. 

Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs Australian Outback

You could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C). So, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions, I recommend you advise the travel agency.

What to expect from the Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs?

As far as I’m concerned, there are numerous things to expect from the Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs especially if you choose a tour. Concerning the hostels, they range from 4 up to 8-bed dormitories. You can also choose to sleep in Twin or double bedrooms. 

Additionally, most of the rooms have bathroom facilities. Also, you can opt for traditional and bush camping. They are campgrounds with tents erected by the guide and group. Some of the campgrounds have hot showers while others don’t have any shower facilities.

BBQ Uluru Northern Territory Australia

Lastly, you can opt for swag, an Australian bedroll. It is a great alternative for a real bed. You only need to put your sleeping bag inside and enjoy your sleep while admiring the stars. 

Other than accommodation, you can expect to have a professional guide that will show you around and explain everything to you. Additionally, the tour price includes all meals (5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners), camping fees and equipment, and National Parks fees. 

Furthermore, numerous activities are available such as helicopter flight, quad bike safari, and camel rides. Lastly, concerning the vehicle, the tour agency offers a mini Coach air-conditioned with 16 up to 24 forward-facing seats.

Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs highlights

Day 1: woomera and coober pedy.

We started the Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs from Adelaide CBD. It is the main shopping area in the town. There you’ll find Topham Mall, Central Market, and Rundle Mall. 

Additionally, Adelaide CBD is bursting with culture and entertainment events.  In this area, you’ll also find an endless collection of museums, music shows, and award-winning restaurants. In short, Adelaide CBD is a great point of start for your Road Trip in Australia.

Aircraft at Woomera South Australia

After discovering Adelaide CBD, we headed to Woomera, one of the most unique places in Australia and perhaps even in the world. From 1946, Woomera served as a base for the British atomic and space program. 

Moreover, tests took place near Woomera causing catastrophic radioactive fallout on the Aboriginal tribes. In this Australian town, there are plenty of rockets and military planes. 

Furthermore, the army still tests their machines in this prohibited zone. The next stop during the first day was Lake Hart, a salt one accessible from the rest area. The place is extremely photogenic and next to a railway track. 

Additionally, Lake Hart is as beautiful by day as it is by night. It is distinguished by a shallow pink color and a high concentration of salt. The lake’s seclusion in the backcountry gives it incredible stargazing, however, it is just as awe-inspiring as the salt shines in the sun. 

Woomera Salt Lake South Australia

After taking some amazing pictures that will undoubtedly leave numerous people jealous, I continued my journey towards Coober Pedy where I’ll have a rest for the night. 

Located 846 km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy supplies 80% of the worldwide opals. This Australian village is a must-see place during your Road Trip from Adelaide to Alice Springs. It is the first cave city in Australia. 

Additionally, the red dust and the drought give Coober Pedy the appearance of an abandoned city or another planet. 

However, be careful about the extreme temperatures in the area, they can even reach 50 degrees sometimes. So, I urge you to wear a hat, hydrate yourself and stay safe!

Day 2: Exploring Coober Pedy - South Australia

After a pleasant calm night, it was time to explore Coober Pedy, an Australian gem. We started our day with a visit to the Kangaroo Orphanage. 

It is in fact a shop presenting local Aboriginal crafts which organize at the end of every day a visit to their back shop, converted into an orphanage for kangaroos. Coober Pedy Kangaroo Orphanage takes care of injured kangaroos and joeys.

Opal Museum Coober Pedy Australia

Additionally, when you enter the Orphanage feeding area, you’ll find a small fence where you can see and feed all the kangaroos. After some fun time with kangaroos, it was time to learn more about the Opal industry. As I wrote before, Coober Peddy is related to opal. 

You only need to walk around the town center for a few minutes to realize this. To learn more about opal and how to find it, you can visit one of the city’s many mines. 

For AUD 15 per person, it is possible to descend into the mine and follow an explanatory route about the mine and how to find opal.

Kangaroo Orphenage Coober Pedy Australia

Additionally, some mines offer a free demonstration early in the morning. For our part, we went to the Umoona Opal museum. 

This institution teaches you a little more about miners, the discovery of opals in the 1910s, and the transformation of Coober Peddy. I put on a helmet and I strolled through this maze of galleries, old mines, and old dwellings.

Coober Pedy Australia

Additionally, in Umoona Opal Museum, you can watch free movies about the miners’ lives and admire free exhibitions about the history of the town. 

Lastly, I finished the day by admiring spacecraft, abandoned vehicles, big spiders, and colorful mountains of the breakaways. I must admit Coober Pedy is one of the most unique places I have ever been in!

Day 3: Cooper Pedy to Alice Springs

On the third day, it was time to say goodbye to Coober Pedy and head to Alice Springs. On the way, we got the chance to see the SA/NT Border Wall. SA stands for South Australia and NT stands for the Northern Territory which was previously a part of SA.

Breakaways Mountain Australia

This border wall runs for 257 km southwards along the border with New South Wales. After 7 hours, we arrived at Alice Springs. 

It’s the Red Center of Australia because it is located exactly in the center of the Australian continent. Additionally, the city has more art galleries per capita than any other city in the country. 

SA-NT Border Australia

Furthermore, it is a city with lots of shops, restaurants, malls, etc. On top of that, according to legend, the area surrounding Alice Springs was created by ancestral figures (nomadic boys, two sisters, and animals). 

This legend of Alice Springs is one of the founding stories in Australia. Before starting your visit to the town, you must first stop at the famous “Welcome to Alice Springs’ ‘ sign. 

Welcome to Alice Springs Sign

It is a big, long, and red sign similar to the landscape. Located on the Stuart Highway, the Welcome to Alice Springs sign sends out a Northern Territory greeting style as you’re getting ready to enter the town. 

Concerning the accommodation, I stayed at Alice Lodge Hostel that I previously mentioned. As for activities, I started with paying a visit to Alice Springs Camel Farm. 

Riding a Camel at Alice Springs Camel Farm Northern Territory Australia

Owned by Marcus William, a camel man since 1982, Camel Farm is a natural area that leaves minimal impact on the environment. Visiting Camel Farm is a great opportunity to learn about camels and their history in the region. 

Additionally, you can ride camels while a farmer makes them run fast when you ride them. After a blessing time at Camel Farm, I went to Anzac Hill. 

Anzac Hill Alice Springs Australia

It is Alice Springs’s most visited attraction and the perfect place to get a bird’s-eye view of the town. Anzac Hill offers panoramic views of Alice Springs and the surrounding mountains that surround it. 

Additionally, The Anzac Hill Memorial was inaugurated on April 25th (Anzac Day). It serves as a tribute to all members of the army forces who lost their lives during World War I. Today, Anzac Hill Memorial is a tribute to all who have served and defended Australia.

Day 4: Kings Canyon - Northern Territory

We started the fourth day of this road trip by visiting the famous Watarrka National Park. It houses the Kings Canyon and is one of the Australian wild wonders sculpted by nature. 

Concerning Kings Canyon, it is distinguished by vertiginous reddened cliffs and offers splendid views over the whole of Watarrka Park.

Kings Canyon Northern Territory Australia

At the bottom of the deep gorges, you’ll find water points that have allowed in some places the development of lush vegetation in an otherwise desert environment. 

Additionally, Kings Canyon is a refuge for the surrounding flora and fauna. Furthermore, The Watarrka National Park has been populated by the arboreal Luritja people for over 20,000 years. 

They are the ones who named the region “Watarrka ” after a genus of acacia that is abundantly found there. 

Additionally, the Watarrka region was a sacred place for the Luritja, which also served as an area of refuge during severe droughts thanks to the many waterholes in Kings Canyon. Also, I couldn’t go to Kings Canyon without trying its famous walk. I walked 6km in 3.5 hours.

Orange Rocks Kings Canyon Australia

To meander through Kings Canyon you have to climb it first to see its orange cliffs. At the top of the Canyon, the view is worth it! On the horizon, the desert spread out before my wide-open eyes. 

I felt my energy, boosted by the excitement, rising in me! I was ready for hours of walking in this Australian landscape. After a few meters, I arrived at a sort of stone amphitheater.

Swiming at the garden of Eden - Kings Canyon Australia

Monoliths stood in layers and surrounded me. The show was really cool! I continued my walk in astonishment until I arrived at the famous Canyon. 

It’s unbelievable how orange dominates, it even reigns supreme. Additionally, don’t miss out on the Garden of Eden. It is a green oasis located behind the large crevasse.

Remake of Lion King at Kings Canyon Australia

In the Garden of Eden, the vegetation reigns supreme, making it the perfect place to organize a picnic.  Furthermore, when the heat gets stifling atop the rocks, there is the extraordinary possibility of swimming in the shade in a natural pool bordered by a small waterfall. 

Also, if you can spot a rock, you can make a remake of the lion king! You’ll make many friends jealous for sure!

Day 5: Mount Conner, Kata Tjuta and Ayers Rock

On the fifth day of this Road Trip in Australia, we explored Mount Conner. It is a plateau mountain 350 m in height. The aborigines nicknamed it Atila. Mount Conner is part of the same rock formation similar to Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Mount Conner Northern Territory Australia

Additionally, The region enjoys a dry and sunny climate all year round. Therefore, it can be visited at any time. Furthermore, seeing the rain streaming down Mont Conner is a rare and exceptional sight! 

There, you’ll find a small parking lot with toilets and a viewpoint to photograph it. We continued our journey by discovering Kata Tjuta Domes, also known as the Olgas.

The Olgas Australia

Kata Tjuta Domes are an integral part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, located near the small town of Yulara. We were completely mesmerized by the Olgas’ red color. From a distance, it looked like the area was covered in dust, but when we looked up close they were actually rock formations. 

There was a collection of 36 rounded rock formations that emerged from the desert. Concerning Kata Tjuta Domes’ view, it was as impressive as it could be! From the observation platform, we could see the size of the rocks and the immensity of the area.

Kata Tjuta Kinga Canyon National Park Australia

Additionally, when you do the Olgas’ walk, you’ll visit the valley of the winds. It offers a magnificent view of several rocks, all rounded but very high.  Furthermore, while doing the Kata Tjuta walk, you’ll have the chance to visit Walpa Gorge.

It  will lead you straight into a canyon, surrounded by mountains, each more impressive than the next. To end this amazing day, me and the rest of the tour participants went to admire Uluru’s sunset.

Uluru Ayers Rock Northern Territory Australia

From Uluru’s Viewpoint, we saw the sun setting behind us little by little. The show was purely magical! We saw the rocks changing colors as the sun went down. Additionally, the van was carrying a Charcoal Grill BBQ Catering Trailer. 

We had the opportunity to enjoy BBQs during the whole tour. We ate Kangaroo meat which is very tender, low in calories, and particularly lean. We also ate Camel Mea which is low in fat and has numerous nutritious benefits.

Day 6 : Uluru Caves

On the sixth day, we continued our Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs towards Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site with over 600 million years old history. Uluru site is now visited by more than 300,000 tourists per year. Additionally, its walk spreads to 10km.

Uluru - Ayers Rock Caves - Australia

Long ago, it was allowed to climb to the top but following a few incidents and to save this sacred site, climbing was prohibited since 2019. But even if you can’t climb Uluru, I invite you to go see Uluru Ayers Rock.

It offers one of the most beautiful sunset views in the world. You’ll have the chance to see the last rays of light hit Uluru’s Rock.

When the sun is at one of its lowest points, you’ll see the entire rock turning red for a couple minutes. It is a beautiful moment to witness so be sure to pay attention when the time comes.

Also, I suggest you visit it at sunrise, there are fewer people and the show is also magical.  We also had the opportunity to visit Uluru’s caves. They are wind and shallow caves which were used by the Australian aborigines as shelters. Uluru’s caves are cool and provide shade which is a blessing in hot times.

Day 7: Back to Alice Springs and Flight to Cairns

Just like anything in life, everything has a beginning and an end. On the seventh day, it was time to finish this amazing tour. Time to go back to Alice Springs and then head to the airport to catch my flight. 

During these 7 days, I met new friends, admired beautiful landscapes, and experienced numerous adventures. In only 7 days, I made so many unforgettable memories that I will always cherish. It was the end of a beautiful journey but also the start of a new one!

The Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m so glad I did it with the tour agency because it made my life so much easier. 

However, if you don’t want to do a tour, it is absolutely doable with a group of people by renting a 4*4 car and going for the adventure! 

I  hope this guide helped you in your Road Trip preparations. Please, don’t forget to tell me about your expectations and experiences. I look forward to reading your comments!

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7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Adventure

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$ 1,995.00

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On this 7 day 6 night ultimate adventure you’ll experience the best of South Australia and the Red Centre.

You’ll explore the Flinders Ranges and the Clare Valley in depth and even have time to try some local wine!

Visit Coober Pedy the famous underground opal mining town and have a go at “noodling” for some opals yourself.

Journey the Red Centre and checkout Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon before finishing in Alice Springs, what an adventure!

  • Friendly, professional tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Camping (with basic facilities – 1 night), Camping (with shared facilities – 1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities – 3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

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  • Explore the Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Experience the underground opal mining town of Coober pedy
  • Visit 'The Rock' in the Red Centre
  • Climb 'Heart Attack Hill' and explore Kings Canyon
  • Walk through the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
  • Sleep under the stars

Day 1 – Adelaide to Quorn

Welcome to South Australia, where your adventure begins. You’ll be picked up from the Adelaide Central YHA at 8.30am, so please arrive at least ten minutes before. Leave South Australia’s capital behind and head north to the quintessential country town of Quorn. After lunch, enjoy expansive views of the Flinders Ranges as you drive towards Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of rocky mountains. Enjoy an easy group hike to explore the area, then settle into your camp among the trees .

Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours

Accommodation

  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Wilpena Pound

Meals Included

Day 2 – Dutchman's Stern/ Warren Gorge/Quorn

Return to Quorn via a winding country road that passes rugged mountain ranges and crumbling colonial-era homesteads. Spend the day exploring this wild country. Hike through the orange rock spires of Warren Gorge, taking in pockets of unique flora along the way. Trek through low-lying native shrubbery and gnarled trees that mark the trails around Dutchman’s Stern, a small and attractive mountain that’s part of the Flinders Ranges. As the sun sets, rest your weary limbs in the comfort of your accommodation for the evening, a historic grain mill.

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Day 3 – Coober Pedy

Leave Quorn in the rear-view mirror and head to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. Due to extremely hot temperatures in the area most of the town is constructed underground, with residents living in homes carved into the hillsides. Upon arrival take a guided tour of the town, an underground house and the opal mine (with opal cutting demonstration). The rest of the afternoon is free to explore. You may even like to try your hand at 'noodling' (fossicking) for opals. End the day with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight stay in a multi-share underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy.

Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours

  • Underground Multishare (1 night)
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Day 4 – Coober Pedy to Yulara

We’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
  • Dingo Fence

Day 5 –Uluru

Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for ‘Many Heads’, the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually. Rising 546 m above the surrounding plain, Mt. Olga’s tip is the highest point for miles around, while the site’s ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you’ll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land, on a guided walk.

Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars.

There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5-9km, depending on how much of Uluru's base you would like to walk.

  • Mala Cultural Interpretative Walk
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park fee
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre

Day 6 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

Uluru isn’t Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you’re keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock’s base, we recommend an early rise. Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which there’s the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day there’s also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before we hit the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Today, driving time is about 4 hours and walking is up to 10 kilometres

  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

Day 7 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia’s answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City – all sites you’ll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch it’s back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where this adventure concludes.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

What sort of camping is done on this trip?

Accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

You will definitely want a sleeping bag in winter as it can get quite cold at night, especially the further south you are and in the Red Centre, around Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. In summer it is advisable as it can still be cool at night. We advise to bring along your own sleeping bag, otherwise you can pre-purchase  one for $45.

I've heard the flies are bad in summer. Is this true?

In the warmer months there can definitely be a lot of flies while travelling through the outback. It is advisable to bring a fly net in the warmer months.

What clothes do I need?

In summer the temperatures can be extremely hot when travelling through the outback. A shirt and shorts is all that is needed during these months though we recommend a light long sleeved top and light long pants (zip off) to minimize your exposure to the sun. It can still get cool at night and in the morning so you will want a jumper as well.

Definitely bring swimmers as there will be opportunities to swim at some locations. Sunglasses, as well as sunscreen SPF 30+ or better, are also a necessity no matter what time of year.

During winter the temperatures can be mild during the day but cold at night and in the morning when travelling through the centre of Australia. You will want a mixture of warm and cool clothes for this time of year. Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie, gloves and warm socks are recommended for use at night and in the morning. Further north near Darwin the temperature will not be so cold.

At all times of the year you will need a hat, preferably wide brimmed.

What to bring:

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • Water bottle
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Travel pillow

Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max

Sleeping bags available to purchase for $45 or you can bring your own.

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    Day 6 : Uluru Caves. On the sixth day, we continued our Road Trip Adelaide to Alice Springs towards Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site with over 600 million years old history. Uluru site is now visited by more than 300,000 tourists per year. Additionally, its walk spreads to 10km.

  20. 6 Days Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour $1995

    Departs: Tuesday and Saturday at 6:30am. Arrives: Approx 6:30pm. Home / Australian Tours / Adelaide / Adelaide to Alice Springs / 6 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Cheap as Chips. $ 1,995.00.

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    Australia's Red Centre boasts soaring mountain ranges and deep gorges, but the sheer distances between the landmarks make exploring a challenge. With this small-group tour, limited to eight people, travel from Alice Springs to Adelaide with camping accommodation and minibus travel included. Visit the Watarrka National Park, catch sunrise at Ayers Rock, and delve into the opal mines of Coober ...

  23. 7 Days Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour $1995

    All Meals. Guided?: Fully. Departs: Wednesdays at 8:30am. Arrives: Alice Springs on day 7 at 6pm approx. Home / Australian Tours / Adelaide / Adelaide to Alice Springs / 7 Day Adelaide to Alice Springs Adventure. $ 1,995.00.

  24. AFL great named as 2024 Alice Springs Masters Games ambassador

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