Day 14 April
Students will depart Brisbane at 10.25am arriving into Alice Springs at 1.10pm. Note, if you live outside of the Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast area we will book your flights from your nearest regional airport.
On arrival in Alice Springs we visit the School of the Air and learn how children living in remote areas are educated by distance.
We then travel to the Royal Flying Doctors Service and learn about this important service for Australians in remote areas.
Finally we head to our camp site where your Safari Driver will now demonstrate the tent set up and dismantle routine. Watch carefully as you will be expected to do this with your own tent. Your EQI Tour Supervisors will go through the Tour Rules, Rosters and what to expect on tour.
This evening we enjoy a visit from the Reptile Centre where you can see Thorny Devils, frill neck lizards; large pythons up close and personal. There is hands-on fun for everyone. You will learn all about Australia’s reptiles and have the opportunity to have your photo taken with large snakes wrapped around your neck.
Scenic flights over Uluru are available at own expense (approx. $150pp). If you want to do a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru you need an email from your parents giving you permission to participate in the flight. Print the email with your parent permission and give to the Safari Driver on the 1st day of the tour. NOTE you are NOT guaranteed a scenic flight - numbers may be limited due to time constraints and/or flights may be cancelled due to weather conditions.
This morning we enjoy a Dreamtime & Bushtucker Tour. You will meet with members of the Warlpiri tribe, learn about and taste bush tucker (including witchetty grubs) see indigenous weaponry and try boomerang throwing. You have the opportunity to purchase genuine artworks but you need to take cash, there are no EFTPOS facilities.
After that informative and hands on experience it’s time to head into town to enjoy a town tour of Alice Springs. See the view from the Memorial including the Macdonnell ranges. You can purchase your lunch and have some free time before we head to the West MacDonnell Ranges, one of the most popular and interesting National Parks. We head West and before long we arrive at Simpsons Gap. We enjoy a short stroll along a walking track, see if you can spot the black footed rock wallabies. Head back to camp late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 36 April
Today we say farewell to Alice Springs and head South, we arrive early afternoon at Kings Creek Station to set up camp. Tonight we enjoy marshmellows around the campfire (fire bans permitting) before placing our sleeping bags on a tarpaulin and sleeping underneath the stars provided the weather is clear. (no washing facilities)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 47 April
Early rise this morning, we pack up before heading off to explore Kings Canyon. The sheer walls of the Canyon rise up 270 metres, making it the deepest gorge in Central Australia. All students MUST have 2lt of water to do the walk.
If you have reasonable fitness you can walk to the rim of the Canyon, which offers spectacular views over the ‘Lost City’ and ‘Garden of Eden’. Or you can walk the base of the Canyon and look up at the spectacular cliff faces.
After this exhilarating walk we enjoy breakfast before continuing on to Yulara, arriving mid afternoon. On arrival, students who have booked the scenic helicopter ride will be taken to the airfield. The remainder of the group can relax at camp, swim in the pool or take a short scenic walk to see Uluru from a distance.
Day 58 April
This morning we visit Uluru for a base walk and information session with a Park Ranger about the history of the rock and the Aboriginal people. NOTE we do not allow any passengers to climb Uluru. We respect the cultural beliefs of the indigenous people that this is a sacred site. Time to visit the Cultural Centre and learn about the history of the local tribes, dreamtime and sacred ceremonies.
We return to camp for lunch before heading off to visit Kata Tjuta this afternoon - even larger and, some say, more brooding than Uluru. Walk to the lookout and marvel at the imposing domes before returning to camp. Time to relax at the pool or catch up on some washing.
Late afternoon we visit Sunset Strip and photograph the amazing colours of this magnificent monolith as the sun sets. Tonight is our last night in tents!
Today we head south, across vast plains. At journey’s end we arrive at the town of Coober Pedy. We enjoy a town tour and visit the Underground Church and some homes to see how the residents live. Temperatures can reach over 50 degrees here, so the majority of the town sleeps underground, and tonight so do we!
Early rise this morning as we continue South, stopping at Lake Hart one of the largest salt lakes in Australia for some excellent photo opportunities. We stop at Woomera home of the rocket testing range before continuing on through Port Augusta where glimpses of the Spencer Gulf may be seen. We arrive late evening into Adelaide.
This morning we pack up and explore Adelaide known as the city of churches, we enjoy a town tour before there is free time to explore this picturesque city. Time to say farewell to all your friends catching a flight at 4.30pm arriving into Brisbane at 7.25pm.
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