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Overview

Delve into Australia’s wonderful rugged outback landscapes on this fantastic 11 day self-drive tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs. The tour will take you through impressive sceneries and past iconic natural landmarks in thrilling ways, including scenic flights over Flinders’ Ranges and Uluru, walks along Kings Canyon’s rim, caving tours in Coober Pedy, and 4WD drives around the Wilpena Pound desert. 

Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic flight over Flinders’ Ranges
  • Hop on a half day 4WD guided tour of Wilpena Pound
  • Embark on a Desert Cave Tour in Coober Pedy
  • Watch stunning sunrises and sunsets at Uluru
  • Take a Harley ride or scenic flight around Uluru
  • Enjoy a rim walk at Kings Canyon
  • Marvel at the amazing Henbury Meteorite craters

Details

Day 1

Adelaide to Wilpena Pound (460km)

Once you’ve collected your car you will head north through Port Pirie to Port Augusta, where you’ll stop off to visit the fascinating Wadlata Outback Centre. You’ll then travel to Wilpena Pound, the centre of the Flinders’ Outback that is home to magnificent mountains, soaring rock walls, gorges and Aboriginal rock art.

Day 2

Wilpena Pound

In the morning you’ll hop on a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, flying you over the colourful scenery. In the afternoon you’ll embark on a fun half day 4WD tour of the landscape.

Day 3

Port Augusta (162km)

Today is your opportunity to buy all the necessities you need as you back track to Port Augusta – this is the last major town you’ll visit until Alice Springs.

Day 4

Coober Pedy (540km)

Venture into the real outback and desert of Australia today, travelling north on the Stuart Highway to the township of Coober Pedy. The name Coober Pedy is Aboriginal for ‘white fellow’s hole in the ground’.

Day 5

Coober Pedy

Today you’ll join a thrilling Desert Cave tour, visiting the opal mine to learn about the history of the underground city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore.

Day 6

Marla (234km)

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, you will drive north on the Stuart Highway, passing through Cadney Homestead to get to Marla, the beginning of the famous Oodnadatta track.

Day 7

Uluru (517km)

Today you will travel along the orange gravel Oodnadatta track to Erldunda, before turning off at the incredible Uluru. The afternoon will be spent marvelling at ‘The Rock’ and enjoying a beautiful Uluru sunset.

Day 8

Uluru

The whole day is free for you to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. There’s plenty for you to do here, including lovely walks around the rock, a Harley ride or a scenic flight around the rock (at own expense), or visiting the Cultural Centre to find out more about the area’s geology. You could even tuck in to a picnic lunch at Kata Tjuta, and walk through the Valley of the Winds.

Day 9

Kings Canyon (321km)

Wake up early to view the sun rising over Uluru, or take a leisurely walk to Olga Gorge. You’ll then depart Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and drive along the Lasseter Highway, passing the magnificent flat topped Mt Connor mountain before arriving at Kings Canyon. For the rest of the day, skirt along the rim of the canyon, grazing down 300 metres below.

Day 10

Alice Springs (474km or via the Mereenie Loop Road 322km - 4WD access only)

It’s another early start today to enjoy the remarkable Rim Walk at Kings Canyon. Afterwards you will depart Kings Canyon and visit the spectacular Henbury Meteorite craters formed around 4,700 years ago, before joining Stuart Highway and driving to Alice Springs. There’s also the option to take the Mereenie Loop Road to Alice Springs, but this is only accessible by 4WD.

Day 11

Alice Springs

Today is free for you to explore Alice Springs – visit the Old Telegraph Station, the Aviation Museum, and the original Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Your car will be booked until the following day, and you will need to drop it off at the city or airport by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid any additional charges.

  • Car hire with GPS
  • Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis

What’s Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals
  • Harley ride or scenic flight around Uluru

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