Unleash your inner adventurer on this epic eight-day overland tour from Uluru to Adelaide through Australia’s untamed outback. Feel connected to Country as you immerse yourself in the Red Centre, the spiritual heart of Australia.
Experience moments in nature that will stay with you for a lifetime on this eight-day bucket list adventure from Adelaide to Uluru through Australia’s outback. Rich in Indigenous culture, this camping trip encompasses a great diversity of wilderness and untamed landscapes. Hike the ancient gorges of the Flinders Ranges and be amazed by the stark terrain of the Oodnadatta Track. Descend beneath the ground to discover an underground labyrinth in Coober Pedy. Experience the Red Centre. A colourful, otherworldly landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites. Reflect on each day over magical outback sunsets and campfire stories with friends new and old.
- Adelaide City, Australia
- Yulara, Australia
- Northern Territory,South Australia,Uluru
- Swag Camping
- New trips
- Physical rating
- Min 12
- Group size
- Min 8, Max 20
Why you’ll love about this trip?
- Discover the historic Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
- The famed Oodnadatta Track takes you off-road to witness bizarre lunar vistas.
- In Coober Pedy, sleep in a dugout hidden beneath the Earth’s surface.
- Hiking in nature can be both uplifting and fulfilling.
- Spiritual sights such as Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon will captivate you.
- Connect with your homeland via real Indigenous cultural experiences.
- View a spectacular sunset above Uluru.
- Stargaze from your couch at the Milky Way’s billions of stars.
- Participate in some worthwhile conservation effort.
Is this trip right for you?
- To get the most out of this journey, you must appreciate the outdoors, be able to trek, and be prepared to deal with harsh weather conditions.
- A reasonable degree of fitness is essential, and you should be prepared to walk between 3 and 12 miles on certain days. This may involve tough terrain and maybe becoming wet.
- Please notify us of any particular dietary needs when making your reservation. We give a wide range of options and make every effort to supply fresh items. Snacks, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages are not covered.
Begin your 8-day outback journey at 6 a.m. in Adelaide with a warm welcome from your Storyteller Guide. Start with a morning walk at Alligator Gorge in the Southern Flinders Ranges. Pause for a refreshing coffee break in Port Wakefield, the perfect launch point within Mount Remarkable National Park.
After lunch, head to Quorn’s Pichi Richi Railway and explore your surroundings with a walk around. Then, travel to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, for a culturally rich walk to Arkaroo Rock, significant to the Adnyamathanha people. Experience the Adnyamathanha language during Wilpena Pound Resort’s Welcome to Country ceremony. Settle in at Skytrek Willow Springs Station, your hub for the Flinders Ranges.
Enjoy your dinner and finish the night by stargazing.
Covering a distance of about 510 kilometres today.
Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station
Explore the timeless Flinders Ranges fossils, a look into Earth’s history during the Ediacaran period. Set out on a morning hike to ancient river red gums, waterholes, and breathtaking vistas. Engage in conservation efforts with a Park Ranger, actively participating in restoration at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Travel across Brachina Gorge on a scenic drive and enjoy a pit stop at a rural pub. Return to camp, relax, and have a camp dinner.
The total driving time is 3 hours.
Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station
Come along a unique journey to the iconic Oodnadatta Track, a quintessentially Australian dirt road. Cross lunar-like deserts, passing by Lake Eyre, the continent’s largest salt lake, and the artistic Mutonia Sculpture Park. Explore Anna Creek Station, a cow ranch larger than Belgium. Arrive in the remote hamlet of William Creek. After dinner, visit the historic 1887 William Creek Hotel. Retire to your swag beneath the stars at the campground, covering around 500 kilometers today.
Swag camping at William Creek
Kickstart your day with breakfast before visiting the subterranean marvel of Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital. Uncover its lunar landscape, unique lifestyle, and Umoona Opal Mine & Museum’s hidden secrets. Explore Josephine’s Gallery and the Kangaroo Orphanage, then discover an Aboriginal Art Gallery showcasing pieces by Indigenous artists. Enjoy free time to explore attractions. Experience a night in an underground bunkhouse and enjoy dinner at subterranean eateries.
Today’s journey covers approximately 170km.
Umoona Opal Mine – underground bunk, multi-share
Head North, passing the Dingo Fence and the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, revealing Moon Plains. Reach Watarrka National Park, home to Kings Canyon. Settle in at Kings Creek Station’s campground, where you can relax by the pool, witness a desert sunset, and enjoy a dinner at the Station restaurant before settling in for the night.
Covering a distance of approximately 770 km today.
Swag camping at Kings Creek Station
Walk to Kings Canyon Rim, exploring the majestic Watarrka National Park. Come close to sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, and stunning vistas. Witness iconic landmarks like Priscilla’s Crack, Lost City, and Garden of Eden. After lunch, travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Witness Uluru’s mesmerizing sunset and enjoy supper at camp, sleeping under the stars.
Today’s drive is approximately 350 kilometers.
Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground
Begin your day with a sunrise over Uluru, witnessing its beauty. Engage with Uluru through a guided 10km base walk, discovering waterholes, ancient trees, and hidden caverns. Visit the Cultural Centre for insights into Anangu culture and the park’s environment. Create your artwork during a hands-on dot painting session with an Anangu artist. Relax by the pool or partake in Ayers Rock Resort’s activities. Conclude with a camp meal.
Today involves minimal driving, around 60 km. The Uluru base walk covers up to 10km, but shorter options are available.
Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground
It is an early morning today to witness the sunrise over Kata Tjuta, ‘Many Heads’ in Pitjantjatjara. Embark on the Valley of the Winds guided walk, immersing in Anangu culture and the natural beauty of Kata Tjuta. Experience stunning views. As the morning comes to an end, your journey concludes with a return to Yulara. Departing guests receive transfers from the resort to Uluru Airport. Yulara to Alice Springs bus transfers are also available.
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- This tour commences in Adelaide on day one at approximately 6 am and finishes in Yulara (Uluru) on day eight at approximately noon. Please book onward travel with this in mind.
- Transfers from Uluru or Yulara to Alice Springs depart from the Desert Gardens Hotel at 12:30 pm (October – March) or 1 pm (April – September). These are operated by AAT Kings and cost approximately $189pp. You can visit their website for more details.
- To get the most from this experience, you need to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and be able to cope with extreme weather conditions.
- A moderate fitness level is required, and you need to be prepared for walks between 3-12 kilometres on some days. This may involve rough ground and perhaps getting wet.
- Please advise of any special dietary requirements when you book. We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.
- Bags are restricted to 1 × 15 kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.
- As part of our COVID-Safe protocols, all passengers must complete online check-in, including a ‘Fit for Travel’ self-declaration to confirm they are free from illness. This is mandatory and must be completed at the latest 24 hours before departure.
- This is a camping tour, and involvement from the passengers is required. This can include helping with meals and packing up camp.
- Camping on this tour is at a mixture of national parks and campgrounds. All campgrounds do have basic toilet and shower facilities.
- When camping, we use single swags. Swags are ‘Aussie Bed Rolls’ made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. Passengers need to provide a sleeping bag and pillow to insert into the swag.
- Swag Upgrade – if you would like to upgrade to a deluxe double swag that comfortably sleeps up to two people, you can pay a $300 upgrade fee during the booking process. This swag features a high-density foam mattress and mesh windows. Due to the size of this swag, there is limited availability, so it is first in best dressed.
- Our wet weather option is a 3-person dome tent shared by two people.
- Weather conditions in the Australian outback can change quickly and dramatically. Our experienced guides will always put the safety of our passengers first and stay abreast of weather conditions.
- Itinerary changes may occur to ensure we provide the best possible experience. For example, in the hot summer months, from December to March, we may change the times of hikes to earlier in the day. Any itinerary changes will be communicated to the group in advance.
- The Oodnadatta Track accessibility is strongly dependent on weather conditions. See below for further information.
OODNADATTA TRACK CLOSURE ALTERNATE ITINERARY
The Oodnadatta Track is an unsealed dirt road, and the conditions of the track depend heavily on the weather. If the road is deemed unsafe to drive on, or there is a possibility that sections of the road will close after we have commenced driving on the track, our Guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary and take a different route. If, for safety reasons, the decision is made not to travel on the track, the itinerary for day three will be changed as follows;
Port Augusta | Coober Pedy via Stuart Highway | Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage & Gallery | Coober Pedy township | Umoona Opal Mine & Museum | Overnight Coober Pedy
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