Outback safari 1


​General information

Tour dates: 14–19 September 2024

Price for 2024: $2,190 per person + flights (including GST)

Applications close: 18 August 2024

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Day 1
14 September

You will depart Brisbane this morning arriving into Alice Springs around lunch time. 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, we visit Alice Springs Desert Park and Zoo to get up close to the local fauna and flora. The park covers 1,300 hectares of land 7 kilometres west of the Alice Springs town centre. With a core area of 54 hectares, the park presents and interprets the Australian desert environment and its inhabitants while contributing to the conservation of Australia's desert flora and fauna.

On the way to camp, we stop at Anzac Hill overlooking Alice Springs and views out to the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges.

At our camp site, the safari driver will demonstrate the tent set up and dismantle routine. Watch carefully, as you will be expected to do this with your own tent. Your Education Queensland International (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, see Bearded Dragons, frill neck lizards and large pythons up close and personal. You will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with large snakes wrapped around your neck.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2
15 September

This morning, we leave Alice Springs and head to Simpsons Gap. We enjoy a short stroll along a walking track, see if you can spot the black footed rock wallabies. We continue on to Kings Creek Station arriving early afternoon to set up camp.

Tonight, we enjoy marshmellows around the campfire (fire bans permitting) before placing our sleeping bags on tarpaulin and sleeping underneath the stars provided the weather is clear.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3
16 September

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. You can relax at camp, swim in the pool or take a short scenic walk to see Uluru from a distance.

This evening, we head to Sunset Strip. Make sure your phone/camera is charged, we enjoy snacks while watching the many colours of Uluru as the sun sets on this magnificent monolith.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4
17 September

This morning we visit Uluru. We respect the cultural beliefs of the indigenous people that this is a sacred site. We enjoy a guided base walk around the rock, you see sacred caves and learn about the ceremonies and religion of the indigenous people.

Time to visit the Cultural Centre and learn about the history of the local tribes, dreamtime and sacred ceremonies before we head to camp for lunch.

This afternoon, we visit Kata Tjuta. Some say this is more impressive than Uluru, you decide! Walk to the lookout and marvel at the imposing domes before returning to camp to relax.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5
18 September

Today, we experience an outback adventure on a 'ship of the desert'. Bond with your camel, on a ride through the desert with Uluru as a breathtaking backdrop, stopping for photos on a sand dune lookout.

Optional 15-minute helicopter rides (at own expense) are also available this morning. Experience seeing Australia's most iconic natural landmark from the skies with a helicopter flight over Uluru.

After an exciting morning, we head back after lunch to Alice Springs for our last night of our Outback adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6
19 September

This morning, we visit 2 icons of the Australian Outback. The School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctors Service.

At the School of the Air, we learn how children living in remote areas are educated by distance.

The world renowned Royal Flying Doctors Service provides a critically important medical service for Australians in remote areas, and is our last stop on our Outback adventure.

At noon, we say goodbye to the red centre as you fly back your Australian families. We hope you enjoyed your Outback safari.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Last updated 19 June 2024