6 Day “Rock Patrol” tour – Adelaide – Uluru – Alice Springs (AU$945)
Groovy Grape Tours provides interactive tours that embrace the Indigenous cultures of the diverse destinations we visit, with local authentic experiences in a fun, informative and adventurous style.
This particular tour offers a unique experience sleeping under the stars in swags and will take you through some spectacular Australian country including the Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Uluru, King’s Canyon and Kata Tjuta.
This tour runs every Tuesday and Saturday (April-November) and Tues, Thurs and Sat (December-March).
What you win
- FREE night in a 6 bed mixed dormitory or upgrade to a private double/twin for only AU$25
- $30 off tour price as a thank you for booking with us
- Experienced Australian guide
- All park entry and camping fees
- Free pick up and drop off at accommodation
- Air-conditioned bus
- All meals as stated in itinerary (dietary requirements catered for)
Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges (L, D)
We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we’re heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. We’ll then settle in the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges for the night.
Day 2 Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy (B, L, D)
Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mine and Museum you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight, we sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.
Day 3 – Coober Pedy to Kings Canyon (B, L, D)
It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach the majestic Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we’ll camp for the night in an authentic station.
Day 4 – Kings Canyon to Uluru (B, L, D)
We get up early to explore Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch, we begin our journey into Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before learning about the local Aboriginal History at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Soon after we’ll be experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 5 – Uluru (B, L, D)
We start the day at dawn taking a (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. Later, we relax back at our campground or join one of our Adrenalin Plus options such as skydiving over Uluru.
Day 6 – Kata Tjuta – Alice Springs (B, L)
After devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast we’ll experience a glorious sunrise over Kata Tjuta, before we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. After lunch, we’ll hit the road to Alice Springs, arriving approximately at 6:30pm.
What to bring
- Hat + sunscreen
- Good walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- 3L water bottle
- Swimwear + towel
- Sleeping bag (hire for $30/person)
- A sense of adventure