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Day 16 April
Students will fly from Brisbane at 10.10am arriving into Adelaide at 1.30pm. Note, if you live outside of the Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast area we will book your flights from your nearest regional airport.
We explore the City of Churches and there is free time to explore Rundle Mall. After exploring the town it's time to head to our accommodation and get to know your new travelling companions. Your EQI chaperones will go through the Tour Rules, Rosters and what to expect on tour. Finally it is time to enjoy dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 27 April
Early rise this morning we have a long journey North, we pass through Port Augusta stopping Woomera, a former rocket testing range for lunch. Then we continue on, stopping briefly at Lake Hart, one of the largest salt lakes in Australia for some great photo opportunities. We arrive early evening into Coober Pedy. We sleep underground tonight (no washing facilities).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 38 April
This morning we explore the town including watching an opal demonstration. We visit the Underground Church and some homes to see how the residents live in a town where temperatures can climb as high as 50 degrees.
Time to continue North, travelling the flat red centre and endless horizon of Central Australia. We pass the oasis of the Marla Bore before arriving at Kings Canyon. Tonight we enjoy marsh mellows around the campfire (fire bans permitting) Star gazing will be very easy tonight provided the weather is clear. (no washing facilities)
Day 49 April
Early rise this morning, we pack the coach 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. Make sure you bring plenty of water it is very easy to become dehydrated in the Centre. If you are very fit 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. We enjoy a late breakfast after our physical morning. Time to head off, stopping at Erlunda for lunch. It's only a short drive to Yulara from here, who will spot Uluru first?
We arrive at camp and set up the tents. Our Safari Crew will show you how to set up and dismantle your tent – watch carefully as you will be responsible for your tent during your adventure to the Outback. Then we visit sunset strip and photograph the amazing colours of this magnificent monolith as the sun sets.
Day 510 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.
Day 611 April
Farewell Uluru, we head North stopping at Stuarts Well for lunch and a ride on a "ship of the desert". We continue North to Alice Springs, arriving early afternoon. We enjoy a town tour including the view from Anzac Hill where you can see the West Macdonnell Ranges. This afternoon we head to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn about this important service for Australians in remote areas.
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.
Day 712 April
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 where you can purchase your lunch and have some free time before heading 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.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 813 April
This morning its time to say farewell to your new
friends and fly back to Brisbane arriving at 5pm, with a lifetime of memories
and a camera full of photographs!
Meals included: Breakfast
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