8 Day Uluru to Adelaide Cultural and Adventure Tour

Adelaide, Northern Territory

Unleash your inner adventurer on this epic eight-day overland tour from Uluru to Adelaide through Australia’s untamed outback. Feel connected to the Country as you immerse yourself in the Red Centre, the spiritual heart of Australia. Understand and appreciate the world’s oldest living culture during powerful Indigenous experiences and take in striking desert landscapes and otherworldly rock formations. In outback South Australia, sleep in an underground dugout, noodle for opals and cross vast cattle stations. Traverse iconic outback tracks, and unearth the ancient Flinders Ranges. Your days will be filled with unforgettable adventures and evenings with magical outback sunsets, campfire banter and stargazing at the constellations of the southern skies.

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Day 1: Yulara & Uluru Sunset

Stop At: Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Lasseter Highway, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory Australia
Your eight-day adventure begins at 2 pm, where you’ll meet your Storyteller Guide in front of the Desert Gardens Hotel. After a meet and greet, visit the Cultural Centre in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to soak up its mesmerising natural beauty and rich culture. Uluru and Kata Tjuta both hold great spiritual significance as they are places where many creation stories converge. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you’ll learn a little about the local Anangu culture and appreciate the beauty of their land through exhibits and free presentations with Anangu and park rangers.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ayers Rock Campground, 173 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia
After setting up camp this evening, head to a viewing platform to experience the famous changing colours of the magical Uluru at sunset. This is a great time to contemplate the vastness of the desert. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over our first campfire dinner. And roll out your Aussie swag for the first time underneath a sky full of sparkling stars.

Today we only drive around 60km.
Duration: 14 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Day 2: Uluru

Stop At: Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
Rising early, breathe deep and soak up the serenity of a sunrise over Uluru. As the sunlight plays with the landscape, the rock formations change colour before your eyes. Next, it’s time to get close to Uluru, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. At 348 metres high and some 550 million years old, feel a powerful presence the moment you set eyes on it. A guided 10km Uluru base walk is your best opportunity to connect with the rock and learn its stories. Relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ayers Rock Resort, 170 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia
After lunch, return to camp for some free time. Relax by the pool or engage in some of the activities at Ayers Rock Resort, such as a didgeridoo performance, a guided garden walk or discovering artifacts at the museum. Enjoy a tasty dinner at camp tonight.

Today we only drive around 50km. You may walk up to 10km today if you do the full Uluru base-walk. However, shorter Uluru walks are available.
Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Swag camping at Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Day 3: Yulara to Kings Canyon / Watarrka

Stop At: Kata Tjuta – The Olgas, Kata Tjuta Rd, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
This morning, we depart Yulara and make our way towards Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon. But first, it’s time for another untamed moment as Kata Tjuta materialises before you. Rising 546 metres above the ground, this sacred site is a defining feature of the Red Centre. Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for ‘Many Heads’, the site’s ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous Indigenous creation-time stories. Embark on the Valley of the Winds guided walk for a moment in nature you will never forget. A sanctuary for plants and animals, including wallabies and gorgeous wildflowers, we’ll wander along the narrow creek valley between two of Kata Tjuta’s largest domes.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience & Tours, Wanmara, Petermann NT 0872, Australia
After a lunch stop, travel to Kings Creek, where we will enjoy the one-hour Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Learn about areas of importance for the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Arrernte) people as they share stories about bush tucker and art.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kings Creek Station, Stuart Highway NT, Kings Canyon, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
This afternoon, arrive at our camp at Kings Creek Station and enjoy some chill time before dinner at your leisure.
Today you will cover about 325kms.

Duration: 13 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Swag camping at Kings Creek Station

Day 4: Kings Canyon to Coober Pedy

Stop At: Kings Canyon, Kings Canyon, Red Centre, Northern Territory
It’s an early start this morning for the spellbinding Kings Canyon Rim Walk, which is guaranteed to be one of the most magical experiences of your life. With its 300-metre-high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia’s answer to an oasis. Take in the 360-degree views and journey through Priscilla’s Crack, made famous by the classic Australian movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert. From there, see the sandstone domes known as the Lost City and the lush greenery and watering hole of the aptly named Garden of Eden.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Coober Pedy, Coober Pedy, South Australia
Rest your legs and settle in for a long drive today as we travel across the Northern Territory and South Australian border. There are plenty of stops along the way before we arrive in Coober Pedy, ‘The Opal Capital of the World’. Due to scorching temperatures, most of the town is underground, with residents living in cave-like houses carved into the hillsides.
Tonight, you will stay in a unique underground bunkhouse and have some free time to explore and grab dinner at one of the many eateries. It’s big numbers today, covering approximately 760km.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Umoona Opal Mine – underground bunk, multi-share

Day 5: Coober Pedy to William Creek

Stop At: Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, 131 – 133 Hutchison St, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723 Australia
After breakfast, spend time with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Established in 2008 to take in orphaned kangaroos from the far north of South Australia, it is about the size of Germany! It just so happens the gallery here is a world-class Aboriginal Art Gallery with an extensive range of Aboriginal artefacts and significant works by many of Australia’s best-known Indigenous artists.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, 14 Hutchison St, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723 Australia
Have some time to browse before our next stop at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum. Here you will learn about Aboriginal and European settlement, see how the early miners lived, and try your hand at ‘noodling’ for opals.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: William Creek, William Creek, South Australia
Next, travel into areas seldom seen by most tourists as we leave the sealed roads of the Stuart Highway behind us and travel on unsealed roads to one of the remotest towns in the world, William Creek. On the way, travel through the largest cattle station in the world, Anna Creek. Gaze out at the endless horizons as we pass by the lake with the longest name in the world, Lake Cadibarrawirracanna. Arriving in town, set up camp and have a hearty counter meal at the heritage-listed William Creek Hotel. Further on, unearth a piece of Australian history as we cross the Dingo Fence. At 5,614 kilometres, it is the world’s longest fence and marks the entry point to the Yalata Aboriginal lands.

Stop At: William Creek, William Creek, South Australia
Fall asleep as you count shooting stars snuggled up in your swag.

Today we travel approximately 170km.

Duration: 11 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Swag camping at William Creek

Day 6: William Creek to Flinders Ranges via the Oodnadatta Track*

Stop At: Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park, 75 Km South of William Creek 130 km northwest of Marree, track 3 km to the west, Marree, South Australia 5733 Australia
Today, continue off the beaten path and travelling along a section of one of Australia’s most iconic unsealed roads, the Oodnadatta Track. Drive through eerie lunar-like landscapes
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Eyre, South Australia Australia
A quick photo stop at Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake), officially known as Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, s an endorheic lake in east-central Far North South Australia.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mutonia Sculpture Park, Oodnadatta Track, 30km from Marree, Marree, South Australia 5733 Australia
Drive through eerie and moonlike desert scenery as the landscape uncovers highlights, like the Mutonia Sculpture Park.
Duration: 15 hours

Stop At: Farina SA 5733, Australia
Grab lunch at one of the quirky outback towns along the way
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Skytrek Willow Springs Station, 16430 Flinders Ranges Way, Hawker SA 5434, Australia
We arrive at Skytrek Willow Springs Station in the magnificent Flinders Ranges. This 70,000-acre working sheep station features secluded bush camping, walking trails, natural springs and Aboriginal rock etchings.
The Flinders Ranges is famed as having some of the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies. So, for the next two nights, enjoy front-row seats to one of Earth’s most spectacular light shows. After a campfire dinner, roll out your swag under a sea of stars blanketing the ancient landscape and spend the evening marveling at the Milky Way and counting constellations.

Today we will drive approximately 500 km.

Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station

Day 7: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Stop At: Flinders Ranges National Park, Flinders Ranges National Park, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
This morning, it’s time to unearth the magnificent Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Experience the geological grandeur forged over more than 540 million years. Ancient gorges invite exploration, and beauty reveals itself at every turn. So, pull on your hiking boots for a hike through tall river red gums and pines, past waterholes and a historic ruined homestead, culminating with breathtaking views over the surrounding wilderness.

Regeneration is at our core, so meet with a Park Ranger to learn about conservation efforts within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Then, give back by participating in meaningful conservation work, which will vary depending on the time of year.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Road, Via Hawker, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia 5434 Australia
After a picnic lunch, take a beautiful scenic drive at Brachina Gorge.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Skytrek Willow Springs Station, 16430 Flinders Ranges Way, Hawker SA 5434, Australia
After lunch, travel to Elliston for a short coastal drive. Finally, head back to camp to relax and have our final dinner together.

The total driving distance today is approximately 160km.
Duration: 16 hours

Stop At: Mikkira Station, 30KM Southwest From Port Lincoln On Mikkira Lane Of Fishery Bay Road, Port Lincoln, South Australia Australia
Mikkira Station to set up camp for two nights. This private property is home to the Eyre Peninsula’s only wild koala population, with around 170 koalas and lots of kangaroos and emus calling Mikkira home. Head to a nearby beach for a swim and soak in the sunset before dinner at the campsite. Tonight, fall asleep under koala-filled gum trees.

Travel 400 kms today (4.5 hours) and stay at Mikkira Station which has shower and toilet facilities.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Swag camping at Skytrek Willow Springs Station

Day 8: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide

Stop At: Arkaroo Rock, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia Australia
After our final breakfast together, it’s time to roll up your swag one last time and set out on the Arkaroo Rock Trail, which has impressive views over the Chace Range. Arkaroo Rock is also a significant cultural site for the Adnyamathanha people. It has an incredible example of Adnyamathanha rock art depicting the Yura Muda (Dreaming or creation story) of Ikara.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Alligator Gorge Rd, Wilmington, South Australia 5485 Australia
Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling to Alligator Gorge in the Southern Flinders Ranges. Located in Mount Remarkable National Park, this is the perfect way to end the tour.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Adelaide, Adelaide, Greater Adelaide, South Australia
Our last stint on the road will see us travel through the picturesque Clare Valley wine region before arriving in Adelaide at around 6 pm.

Today we travel approximately 450km.
Duration: 15 minutes

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.


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