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Depart Alice Springs and travel in our custom built 4WD vehicle through some of the countries most remote regions. Explore Uluru National Park, Kings Canyon, Warburton, Kalgoorlie and Hyden as you make your way to Perth where your tour concludes.

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a magical evening at the Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Visit the Old Telegraph Station at Alice Springs
  • Visit the breathtaking gorges of the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Explore beautiful Palm Valley
  • Hike along the rim of Kings Canyon
  • Experience Uluru and Kata Tjuta up close
  • Journey along a section of the original Gunbarrel Highway

Tour Details

Accomodation: Hotel
Group Size: 24
Bus Type:4WD
Departs: Alice Springs
Bring: Camera, hat, water bottle, walking shoes, swimwear
Inclusions: Transfers to and from airport, Comfortable touring in 4WD vehicles
Breakfasts:9
Lunches:5
Dinners:9

Fitness Level (1-4):

Tour Fitness level 3 out of 4

  
 
 
 

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APT The Outback Way & Gunbarrel


Day 1. Alice Springs

Upon arrival into Alice Springs, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure before relaxing over a delicious Welcome Dinner at the resort.
Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Daily Meals Included:
Dinner

Day 2. West MacDonnell Ranges, Glen Helen

Today, visit the Old Telegraph Station, an Alice Springs institution, constructed in 1871. Then, take in the highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges including the towering cliffs of Simpsons Gap. Next, discover the beautiful Standley Chasm, gouged by flood water over millions of years. See rugged and beautiful Ormiston Gorge, often thought of as the jewel of the MacDonnell Ranges. Here, the water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native flora and fauna. Continue on to Glen Helen Gorge, and see the mesmerising contrast between the blue sky and the red sandstone.
Stay:
Kalgoorlie, All Seasons Plaza
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Dinner

Day 3. Palm Valley, Finke River, Kings Canyon

Set out along the Mereenie Loop Road to the remarkable Palm Valley. Located in the heart of Finke Gorge National Park, Palm Valley is home to more than 400 species of plant life, creating a colourful oasis among the rugged rocks and gorges of the harsh central Australian desert. See Finke River, the oldest river in the world. Tonight, stay at APT's exclusive wilderness lodge, located among Desert Oak trees in a secluded part of Kings Creek Station. In the heart of the country, Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge is sure to give you a truly unique Australian Outback experience.
Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, in tented cabins with private
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4. Kings Canyon, Alice Springs

Discover the remarkable formation of Kings Canyon this morning, where you'll have the choice between two guided walks. The 2.5 hour walk takes you to the canyon rim and through the Lost City to the Garden of Eden, a sheltered valley with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation (requires a good level of fitness). The easier canyon floor walk takes you deep into the canyon between the towering orange walls. Rejoin as a group this afternoon and see the flat-topped, mesa formation that is Mt Conner en route to Ayers Rock Resort.
Stay: Two Nights: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Sounds of Silence Dinner

Today, experience Uluru up close and in-depth. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day watching the fabulous sunrise. Take a tour around the base of Uluru before lunch at the Uluru Cultural Centre (own expense). This afternoon, travel to the famous landmark of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), an impressive group of 36 domed rock formations. Take a walk through Walpa Gorge, a striking red rock feature where you can experience the sheerness of the domes and the vastness of the landscape. This evening, prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you are treated to a special event dinner - the truly unique Sounds of Silence experience. Shortly before sundown you are driven to a special desert location to enjoy drinks whilst listening to the sounds of the didgeridoo as the sunsets over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Then, indulge in a delicious feast of Australian delicacies under the night sky.
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Dinner

Day 6. Lasseter's Cave, Giles Weather Station, Gunbarrel Highway, Warburton

Special permits are required for our journey today as we join the Great Central Road. This unsealed road travels westward and passes by the Petermann Ranges, the formation of which has long puzzled geologists. Visit Lasseter's Cave, named after the eccentric man who claimed to have discovered a rich gold reef in Central Australia, and died in mysterious circumstances on an expedition to recover it. Travel a section of the original Gunbarrel Highway to Giles Weather Station, where you'll learn about the fascinating work done by some of the country's top meteorologists. Continue on to the remote community of Warburton, famed for its extraordinary glass work and traditional Aboriginal art. Experience this for yourself at the Warburton Arts and Cultural Centre. Here, see the collections produced by local artists and learn about the amazing Ngaanyatjarra world, where every feature of the landscape is known and named.
Stay: Warburton Roadhouse
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7. Great Central Road, Leonora


Set off early this morning and continue the journey along the Great Central Road, part of The Outback Way, a 2,800 kilometre series of roads linking Queensland with Western Australia. Vast salt lakes, scenic nature reserves, waterholes, natural springs and caves feature here. Keep an eye out for the herds of wild camels that call this area home. See the gnamma holes, a useful source of water for the local Ngaanyatjarra people.
Stay: Leonora Motor Inn
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8. Lake Ballard, Kalgoorlie

Located on the outskirts of Leonora is the ghost town of Gwalia, deserted since the closure of the major employer, a gold mine, in 1963. The mine was once managed by a young geologist named Herbert Hoover, who later became the 31st president of the USA. Frozen in time, the town is now a monument to its own fascinating history. Travel onwards to Lake Ballard, where you'll stop for lunch and to explore the statues created by world-renowned artist Antony Gormley. Situated round the salt lake, these ghost-like steel figures shimmer in the heat, fusing art and nature to moving effect. This afternoon we visit the Ora Banda Historical Inn, a delightful old pub with a colourful past including it's very own ghost. Tour Kalgoorlie, known as the City of Gold, producing more than half of the gold mined in Australia. See Kalgoorlie's 'Golden Mile', still regarded as one of the richest gold deposits anywhere in the world.
Stay: Kalgoorlie, all seasons Plaza
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9. Coolgardie, Hyden

Journey to Coolgardie, the original site of Western Australia's gold rush. Visit the Gold Museum, offering an excellent introduction to the early history of the Coolgardie Goldfields. Continue across the wheat belt to the Outback town of Hyden. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Hyden, Wave Rock Hotel
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast Dinner

Day 10. Wave Rock, York, Perth

Explore the mesmerising natural wonder of Wave Rock, rising 15 metres high, appearing ready to crash onto a prehistoric surf. Visit historic York, the oldest inland town in Western Australia, classified by the National Trust. Here, enjoy a tour with a local guide. Cross the Darling Ranges on the way to Perth arriving at approximately 5.30pm where your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport.
Daily Meals Included:
Breakfast


Trip Notes
Days 2 and 6 - Accommodation is in a remote location and facilities are basic
Solo travellers may be required to share accommodation
Passengers should note that a tolerance of Outback conditions is required as is a good level of fitness
Weather events may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations


2013 DEPARTURES
July 8*, 19.
Aug. 8*, 20.
Sept. 6*, 17.
*Itinerary operates in reverse (PC10) enquire for details

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