Explore the center of Australia with its wondrous Jewels
Welcome aboard for our Northern Territory Adventure. Today we travel along the Murray Valley Highway, with morning tea at Echuca and lunch at Swan Hill. We travel through the Mallee Region and Hattah National Park to Red Cliffs for afternoon tea. We then continue along the Sturt Highway, crossing the South Australian border, as we make our way to Berri for our Overnight Stay at the Berri Resort Motel.
Today we see more of the Murray Riverland enroute to Morgan and the copper-mining town of Burra, see the historic buildings built by Cornish craftsmen. Then across the lower Flinders Ranges to Port Augusta, where we visit the exciting Wadlata Outback Centre. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn.
Our journey inland then begins as we join the Stuart Highway, heading north past the great salt pans to Pimba, a small settlement near Woomera. We enjoy our morning tea stop at the Woomera Information Centre. We then continue through Glendambo to the fascinating town of Coober Pedy. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Desert Cave Hotel.
An exciting day begins with a local guided tour of Coober Pedy. We visit an underground home and church as we discover life in a true opal town. We also learn how opal is transformed into fashionable jewellery, seeing an opal cutter at work, and browse through the beautiful opal displays. We continue north across the vast Gibber Plains to Marla as we travel the Stuart Highway stopping at the Northern Territory border for some camera shots. We continue on to Erldunda where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Desert Oaks Motel.
A relaxing start today as we join the Lasseter Highway, travelling through Ebenezer and Curtain Springs, stopping to view Mt. Conner which rises almost 300 metres above the plain. On arriving at the Ayers Rock Resort, we settle in to our rooms. Then we travel out to Kata Tjuta ( Olgas ), a cluster of 36 conglomerate domes standing higher than Uluru (Ayers Rock) itself. On return we enjoy an Uluru (Ayers Rock ) sunset, a truly magical sight. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at the Outback Pioneer, Yulara.
This morning we visit Uluru ( Ayers Rock), the worlds greatest monolith. We tour around the base with its many interesting caves and Aboriginal Rock Paintings. We also visit Mutitjulu ( Maggie Springs) and the Cultural Centre. This afternoon we farewell Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, heading north through remote desert terrain following the intriguing George Gill Ranges to Kings Canyon, located in the Watarrka National Park - a magnificent geological formation and a photographers delight. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon.
This morning after a hearty breakfast we venture in to Kings Canyon for an exhilarating walk through the Canyon floor and gaze in awe at the skyline and majestic red sandstone walls. Leaving Kings Canyon we travel east to Finke River, then on to Camels Australia, where we enjoy a ride and learn the habits of these unique desert creatures. Continue onto The Alice for our three night stay at the Diplomat Motel, Alice Springs.
Today we explore the picturesque Western MacDonnell Ranges. See the grave of John Flynn, founder of the Flying Doctor Service, as well as Simpsons Gap, a haven for tiny rock wallabies. We then travel onto Ormiston Gorge where we have lunch before we explore this wonderful Ormiston Gorge which offers visitors all the spectatular geology and landforms of the MacDonell Ranges. The water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native fauna and flora, including a number of relict plant species. The recent rediscoveries of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Centreal Rock Rat in the Ormiston Gorge vicinity demonstrate what an important role the Park plays as a fauna refuge. Ormiston Gorge is also home to a major ranger station.
Today we visit the Award Winning Desert Park which showcases the landscape, animals and plants of Australias Desert. See the Birds of Prey and Nocturnal House and informative film. Return to Alice where we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base. We also visit the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, now a museum and site of the Springs from which Alice gets its name. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Anzac Hill before we return to the motel.
This morning we transfer to the Alice Springs Airport for our return flight to Melbourne. You will be met at Melbourne and transferred to your respective destinations at the conclusion of a fascinating tour of Australias Red Centre.