Staying in Adelaide, spend a day in the Barossa Valley before relaxing in Gold Service for an overnight journey on The Ghan to Alice Springs. Enjoy 2 days of sightseeing in Alice including The Royal Flying Doctor’s Service and the West MacDonnell Ranges. In Yulara take a scenic flight over our unique monolith, enjoy a Mala Walk and camel trek, and witness the ultimate outback sunrise at Uluru.
8th May 2020
5th June 2020
Flights arrive in Adelaide where we board the coach and make our way via the Mount Lofty Ranges to the village of Hahndorf, classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Enjoy some free time here before making our way into Adelaide.
2 Night Stay: Rydges Adelaide
Our day takes us into the Barossa Valley travelling via Mengler’s Hill lookout and the famous Herbig Family Tree to arrive at the majestic Chateau Tanunda, the largest and oldest chateau in Australia. We take a tour of this beautiful estate, its vineyards, winemaking area and barrel hall before sampling some of the wines. Our next stop is the Maggie Beer Farm Shop where there’s time to samples Maggie’s signature products before sitting down to dine at The Eatery. Returning to Adelaide we stop in at the intriguing Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir.
This morning we enjoy a city sights tour including North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. We see St Peter’s Cathedral, the spectacular Adelaide Oval, and Botanic Gardens. At midday, we are scheduled to board The Ghan, one of the great train journeys of the world, bound for Alice Springs. Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged Mallee scrub and marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon as we make our way north into the Red Centre.
1 Night Stay: The Ghan in Gold Service
The Ghan makes a two hour stop in Marla where we enjoy a cuppa and sunrise experience before continuing on to Alice Springs. Disembarking The Ghan we join our local coach captain for transfers to our hotel to enjoy lunch before check-in.
3 Night Stay: Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs
We discover the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at Flynn’s Grave before a visit to Ellery Creek Big Hole. We take time at Standley Chasm renowned for the red rocks, blue skies and white ghost gums. Enjoy lunch at Glen Helen Homestead before departing for Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap.
Today we enjoy a city sights tour of Alice Springs starting with Anzac Hill, a lookout offering spectacular views of the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Next we take in the Outback Telegraph Station before arriving at the Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame located in the former Alice Springs Gaol. We then take a tour and lunch at the Royal Flying Doctor Service before having some free time this afternoon. Tonight, we enjoy an authentic bush BBQ celebrating the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. The evening is spent in the style of an old time cattle camp with a bush balladeer singing timeless Australian songs whilst locals share with you the epic story of their life and survival in this harsh land.
Leaving Alice Springs we take a leisurely drive stopping first at Erldunda then breaking for a photo stop at Mount Connor. Later we pause for lunch at Curtin Springs Station then continue our journey towards Uluru, arriving at Yulara. This evening we reboard the coach to witness the ever changing colours of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at sunset with drinks and canapés.
3 Night Stay: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Yulara
Witness the Field of Light just before sunrise and then watch dawn over Uluru – just magical. Following breakfast back at the hotel, we take a walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and continue along to the Mala Walk. We drive around the base of Uluru, followed by a visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Our afternoon has us climbing into the saddle for a camel trek for another way to enjoy fabulous views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. An outback adventure led by an expert cameleer who shares knowledge of the desert’s wildlife and ecology along the way
Enjoy the thrill of taking an aerial tour of Australia’s Red Centre during a scenic 25-minute helicopter flight showcasing the famous landmarks Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Our afternoon takes us to Maruku Arts for a dot painting workshop under the expert guidance of local Indigenous artists. Tonight, toast the beauty of Uluru as you watch the sun’s dwindling rays light the rock up one final time before making a hasty retreat. Enjoy this evening’s magic of a delightful dinner set under a canopy of stars. Savour four magical hours dining under the starry outback sky where storytellers share tales as told in the stars. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and as the sun sets we will feast on a BBQ of authentic Australian delicacies and classic desserts, all complemented by Australian wines. **Lunch is at own expense today
This morning we bid farewell to the Red Centre as we transfer to Uluru Airport for our respective flights home.
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