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Adelaide to Alice Springs: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,098

Take the chance to get off the beaten track by spending seven days exploring the iconic highlights of South Australia and the Northern Territory, combining camping and budget accommodation.


Spend 9 days getting off the beaten track in South Australia and the Northern Territory on this budget friendly tour designed specifically for 18 to 39 year olds.

The Flinders Ranges are your gateway to the vast Australian outback. A scenic hike will work up an appetite for a hearty pub meal and drinks with locals. You can even try some emu or kangaroo. Known as ‘The Opal Capital of the World’, Coober Pedy is your first desert stop. Head underground to tour a working opal mine and museum, before departing for the Northern Territory.

Kings Canyon is home to some of the outback’s most spectacular walks and views. Sleep under the stars here, before going on to Uluru. Sunset at ‘the Rock’ is a sight that will stay with you forever. You’ll also visit another sacred site, Kata Tjuta (aka the Olgas), as well as the nearby Cultural Centre to learn more about the region.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,098

Itinerary

Day 1

Adelaide to Quorn (Flinders Ranges)

Departing Adelaide heading for the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall, a fascinating accident of design with surprising results. Continuing on for a short break in the town of Claire with its local deli and wine selections in every store, this town is a living history book and a very picturesque one at that. End the day with a spectacular sunset across the western plains highlighting the breathtaking Central Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a feast and a drink in a local pub tonight then settle into this evening's accommodation in the historic town of Quorn.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Austral Inn Hotel

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    The Austral Inn Hotel is ideally located in the middle of the Flinders Ranges, at Quorn. Visitors enjoy a clean, relaxing place to rest while they use Quorn as a base to experience the beauty of the Southern and Northern Flinders. The Austral offers great ...

    The Austral Inn Hotel is ideally located in the middle of the Flinders Ranges, at Quorn. Visitors enjoy a clean, relaxing place to rest while they use Quorn as a base to experience the beauty of the Southern and Northern Flinders. The Austral offers great meals, good South Australian wines and cold beers.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Quorn (Flinders Ranges)

Today, experience all that the majestic Flinders Ranges have to offer. Spot emu and kangaroo early on while enjoying a scenic drive through Parachilna Gorge, one of Australia's most attractive and iconic natural landscapes. Upon entering the Flinders Ranges National Park, take in the views from Stokes Hill Lookout then hike into the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound. After this morning's exploring you'll no doubt have worked up an appetite so it's off to Wilpena Pound Resort for lunch - this is real outback hospitality! This afternoon, immerse yourself in the history of the area with a number of great outback photo stops followed by a visit to Kanyaka Ruins - a modern day reminder of the hardship European settlers endured in this harsh environment.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Quorn to Coober Pedy

Departing the Flinders Ranges early, continue north with Port Augusta, known as the 'Crossroads of Australia', today marking the beginning of your true desert adventure. Marvel at the enormous salt lakes and flat, saltbush plains of the Woomera Area where you'll learn the interesting history of Australia's military weapons testing before exploring the surface of a salt lake for some excellent photo opportunities. Make a brief stop in the sheep-farming township of Glendambo - with a population of just 30 - before arriving in the Opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Known as the Opal Capital of the World, this afternoon, check out the unique sights of this remarkable underground town -- it's like nothing you've ever seen before! It's off to the multi award winning outback eatery, John's Pizza Bar, for dinner this evening before our visit to meet some local wildlife and learn about rescued Joey's at a local Kangaroo Orphanage.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Umoona Opal Mine

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    Umoona Opal Mine



    Located in the Australian Outback, 846 km north of Adelaide along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs, lies a town fascinating enough to draw visitors from all over the world. It has been described as looking much like the surface of the moon -- dotted ...

    Located in the Australian Outback, 846 km north of Adelaide along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs, lies a town fascinating enough to draw visitors from all over the world. It has been described as looking much like the surface of the moon -- dotted with mine shafts and mullock heaps from 8 decades of mining. The opal mining town of Coober Pedy (Kupa piti -- an aboriginal expression meaning something like "white man's hole in the ground") is a name synonymous with Australia's national gem, and offers a truly unique tourism experience for visitors to this remote outback area.

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    • Bunkhouse
    • Communal Showers
    • Kitchen
    • Lounge

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Day 4

Coober Pedy to Alice Springs

Departing Coober Pedy, cross the Moon Plain, where you'll discover the spectacular scenery used in the filming of many Hollywood movie blockbusters such as the riotous Australian comedy 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'! Passing the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, take in the awe-inspiring Breakaways Scenic Reserve on route to the real heart of central Australia, Alice Springs. You will pass some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory where the resort pool is calling and a very comfy night is guaranteed!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis

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    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis



    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is a great place to stay whether the stay is leisure or business related. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Alice Springs town centre where you can explore the attractions of Alice Springs. The hotel includes ...

    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is a great place to stay whether the stay is leisure or business related. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Alice Springs town centre where you can explore the attractions of Alice Springs. The hotel includes 102 rooms which vary in sizes all equipped with the essentials.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 5

Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

G'day and welcome to your Rock 'N' Canyon trip with Topdeck! Your adventure in the Northern Territory begins with a visit to an outback camel farm before arriving into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. This afternoon, you will marvel at the natural wonder that is Uluru (Ayres Rock) as you enjoy an informative walk around a section of its base. You will then get all of the insight into the local Aboriginal culture from your Topdeck crew before watching in awe as the desert sunset, as if by magic, changes the colour of Uluru right before your eyes. With a glass of bubbles in hand and new mates to chat with -- this is sure to make the best cover photo ever! After such a jam-packed first day on your NT travels, it is time for a filling feast at the Outback BBQ and maybe even a 'coldie' at the local bar.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Outback Pioneer Hotel

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    Outback Pioneer Hotel



    If you are looking for traditional Aussie hospitality, you will find it at the Outback Pioneer Hotel. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ. Swap stories of your day's adventures, or sing along with the nightly entertainment. Alternatively, ...

    If you are looking for traditional Aussie hospitality, you will find it at the Outback Pioneer Hotel. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ. Swap stories of your day's adventures, or sing along with the nightly entertainment. Alternatively, opt for the peace and quiet of the Bough House Restaurant over a buffet dinner. Combined with all the luxuries of the Resort, the Outback Pioneer Hotel is ideal for both couples and families who want to enjoy all that Ayers Rock (Uluru) has to offer.

    With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days will be action-packed. Ride a camel across the dunes, hop on a Harley, or embark on a base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 6

Uluru, Kata-Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and Olgas)

It's an early start today as you make way back to the natural wonder and famous Australian Icon that is Ayres Rock to witness a magical Uluru sunrise - you are challenged to find a more stunning way to start the day! The morning allows time for a full base walk of the rock or perhaps the fast view from a Harley Ride or Scenic Flight is more your style. Later, there's an opportunity to wander through the local Aboriginal Art markets. You may even choose to try your hand at a dot painting class to create that perfect take home souvenir. Grab a bite to eat from a choice of menus on offer in the Resort. Out there in the Red Centre is the best place for a little star gazing! Once the night sky is upon you, you can venture not too far from your room to experience the glory on offer peeping into the far outer layers of the Southern night sky. Crank your neck back and check out what is all on display right above your head, finding some famous star formations and you may even spot some of the nearby planets; some are visible with the naked eye.

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Day 7

Uluru to Kings Canyon

After a hearty breakfast, spend a few hours back in the National Park this time bound for Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Here you'll explore the magnificent and very different features of this ancient geological formation on a hike through the "Valley of the Winds". Take some time out with lunch before making your journey across the dessert plains and into the Watarrka National Park, the home of the mighty Kings Canyon. Afterwards, an evening dinner under the stars and around the campfire with some special treats is the perfect way to end the day. Bed down tonight in a great Aussie Swag and drift off to sleep, and perhaps even spot a shooting star or that favourite constellation you found last night! Rest up, for the morning hike into the magic Kings Canyon is certainly worth the effort.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kings Creek Station

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    Kings Creek Station



    Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel.

    Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel.

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    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Communal Refrigerator
    • Kitchen
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Shower Facilities

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Day 8

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Start today by exploring the spectacular landscape that is Kings Canyon -- this will certainly be a highlight of your central Australia adventure. The Rim Walk skirts the edge of the canyon, allowing you to peer over into the sandstone gorge below. Also you'll come across age-old cycads, a mini version of the Bungle Bungles of eroded dome shapes and an oasis as you reach the Garden of Eden, which has the all important shade, a permanent waterhole. Up some more stairs and across to the south edge, views taking in the breathtaking North Walls and the many sandstone colours are on offer. You will soon discover exactly why Kings Canyon is a favourite among Topdeck guides! Fill up with a picnic lunch before tracking your afternoon drive, returning to the central Australian metropolis of Alice Springs.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis

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    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis



    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is a great place to stay whether the stay is leisure or business related. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Alice Springs town centre where you can explore the attractions of Alice Springs. The hotel includes ...

    Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is a great place to stay whether the stay is leisure or business related. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Alice Springs town centre where you can explore the attractions of Alice Springs. The hotel includes 102 rooms which vary in sizes all equipped with the essentials.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 9

Alice Springs to West Macdonnell Ranges

The chance exists early this morning for a breath taking hot air balloon ride. The serenity as the sun rises and the views of the outback are absolutely awesome. Back to earth, venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Stops will include the peaceful setting of Simpsons Gap and the impressive five metre wide Standley Chasm. Return to Alice Springs with time to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon is a great opportunity to check out the variety of local Aboriginal Art Galleries in Alice or a visit to Desert Park Gardens, test your nerves at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre you will have the rest of the day to explore this unique town or book in the late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 6; May 4; Jun 1, 29; Jul 27; Aug 24; Sep 21; Oct 19; Nov 16; Dec14.

2018: Jan 11; Feb 8; Mar 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, lodges and hostels
  • Tours may also include accommodation in underground properties or in swags
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet where available
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only.

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