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Alice's Secret Travellers Inn

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

Tour inclusions

  • 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)
  • Swags

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Itinerary

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

Please fill out the booking form to start organising your Rock Patrol adventure

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    Tour departs Rues and Sat (April-November) and Tues, Thurs and Sat (December-March)

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    Covid-19 Information

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our operations have been severely impacted. So here’s just some info on how we are going about all this.

    We are OPEN for business and we are working closely with the Department of Health. Hence you can be assured that we are going the extra mile to keep our staff, current and future guests safe.

    Given the circumstances any guest wishing to stay with us is required to provide the completed border arrival form and show evidence about the whereabouts over the past month.
    Reception hours are limited but don't worry, you will be able to get a hold of us via email ([email protected]) or over the phone (+61 (0)8 8952 8686) until 7 pm daily.
    Please get in touch to schedule a check-in time or discuss any queries or questions - we're happy to help :-).

    Note that we reserve the right to cancel reservations at any time if we are under the impression that accepting a booking will keep us from complying with the rules.

    From July 17th NT borders will be open to many areas of Australia, however remain closed to arrivals from from declared hotspot areas.
    If you are travelling from a hotspot area you will you will be directed into mandatory supervised quarantine in an identified facility in Alice Springs, and charged $2500.

    See https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au for more detailed information.

    These are very tough times and we are hoping to get through this, so we can still be there for you on the other side. If you feel like supporting us, please BOOK DIRECT once travel becomes possible again. Small thing for you, big impact for us ;-).

    Thank you and stay healthy & strong!

    Love,

    Seb and Miriam