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.
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. Understand and appreciate the world’s oldest living culture during powerful Indigenous experiences and take in striking desert landscapes and otherworldly rock formations. In outback South Australia, sleep in an underground dugout, noodle for opals and cross vast cattle stations. Traverse iconic outback tracks, and unearth the ancient Flinders Ranges. Your days will be filled with unforgettable adventures and evenings with magical outback sunsets, campfire banter and stargazing at the constellations of the southern skies.
- Yulara, Australia
- Adelaide City, Australia
- South Australia,The Outback,Uluru
- Swag Camping
- Physical rating
- Min 12
- Group size
- Min 8, Max 20
Why you’ll love this trip?
- Uluru is one of the world’s most spectacular natural marvels.
- During actual cultural encounters, learn from First Nations people.
- Otherworldly sceneries such as Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon will captivate you.
- Witness the Red Centre’s stunning sunsets and sunrises.
- Explore a section of one of Australia’s most renowned unpaved roads, the Oodnadatta Track.
- Sleep in a dugout under the Earth’s surface at Coober Pedy.
- Discover the historic Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
- On pleasant treks, immerse yourself in nature.
- Participate in Flinders Ranges conservation volunteering.
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 eight-day journey at 2 p.m. as you meet your Storyteller Guide at Desert Gardens Hotel. Start your exploration at the Cultural Centre within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Gain insight into the rich spiritual significance of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
You will hear revelations of Anangu stories through exhibitions and informative talks by Anangu locals and park rangers. As the sun sets, witness Uluru in all its forms from a viewing platform.
In the evening, gather around the campfire for your dinner, offering a perfect opportunity to bond with your new travel buddies.
Today’s journey covers just 60 km.
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.
Travel this morning from Yulara to Watarrka National Park, towards Kings Canyon. Before that, look out for Kata Tjuta. Towering at 546 meters, this sacred site is a Red Centre landmark. Its ridges and ravines, aptly named ‘Many Heads’ in Pitjantjatjara, are steeped in Indigenous creation legends. Go on a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds. Come across the stream valley nestled between Kata Tjuta’s towering domes, a home to vibrant flora and fauna, from wallabies to splendid wildflowers.
This afternoon, reach our campsite at Kings Creek Station, covering 325kms today.
Swag camping at Kings Creek Station.
Take off on a Kings Canyon Rim Walk this morning. Watarrka National Park, boasts 300-meter-high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern-clad forests, canyons, chasms, and caves.
Witness the magic of Priscilla’s Crack, famed by the iconic Australian movie “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” and take in the 360-degree panoramas. Discover the Lost City’s sandstone domes and the lush foliage and watering hole of the Garden of Eden.
Relax and gear up for a cross-border expedition into South Australia from the Northern Territory. The road holds various captivating stops before we arrive at Coober Pedy, known as “The Opal Capital of the World.” Due to soaring temperatures, much of the town is underground, with cave-like dwellings carved into the hillsides.
Tonight, settle in at a subterranean bunkhouse and go out to the town’s restaurants, covering approximately 760 km today.
Umoona Opal Mine – underground bunk, multi-share.
Begin at Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, learning about the tapestry of Aboriginal heritage and European colonization. Uncover the lives of early miners and partake in opal ‘noodling’. Head to Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Established in 2008, this refuge for orphaned kangaroos is the size of Germany. Explore the world-class Aboriginal Art Gallery, housing a vast collection of relics and masterpieces from Indigenous artists.
Cross over Anna Creek, the world’s largest cattle station, and pass Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, sporting the world’s longest name.
Arriving in William Creek, set up camp and enjoy dinner at the historic William Creek Hotel.
Covering approximately 170 km today.
Swag camping at William Creek
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.
Pause for a unique outback community lunch before arriving at Skytrek Willow Springs Station, nestled in the stunning Flinders Ranges. This 70,000-acre sheep ranch offers remote bush camping, hiking trails, natural springs, and ancient Aboriginal rock etchings.
The Flinders Ranges boast some of the Southern Hemisphere’s finest skies. After a campfire feast, lay your swag beneath a star-studded sky.
Today’s journey covers approximately 500 km.
Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station.
In the morning, explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Witness geological wonders that have evolved over 540 million years.
We will then meet with a Park Ranger, who will explain the conservation efforts within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Depending on the season, engage in meaningful conservation activities, contributing positively to the environment.
Following a picnic lunch, cross over Brachina Gorge on a scenic drive. Return to camp for relaxation. The day’s total driving distance is around 160 km.
Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station.
Start your final day with breakfast and prepare your belongings. Set forth on the Arkaroo Rock Trail, promising awe-inspiring views of the Chace Range. Discover the sacred significance of Arkaroo Rock to the Adnyamathanha people, featuring remarkable rock paintings depicting Ikara’s Yura Muda (Dreaming or Creation Story).
Pause for a picnic lunch before our journey continues to Alligator Gorge in the Southern Flinders Ranges. Our final stretch leads through the picturesque Clare Valley wine region, culminating in our arrival in Adelaide around 6 p.m.
Today’s drive reaches approximately 450 km.
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- This tour commences in Yulara (Uluru) on day one at approximately 2pm and finishes in Adelaide on day eight at approximately 6pm. Please book onward travel with this in mind.
- 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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