Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

This 7 day experience will take you travelling into Australia’s magnificent Red Centre on this Overland journey from Adelaide. Discover the real southern and central Australia on this epic road trip. Like a true Australian drover, spend your nights camping in a swag under the southern sky and so much more.


Tour Highlights

Our 7 day journey from the orange-rock spires of Warren Gorge, to the underground mining town of Coober Pedy and the towering domes of Kata Tjuta, make your way through some iconic Outback sights on your way to Alice Springs. See opal-cutting demonstrations, meet the furry residents of a kangaroo orphanage, 'Noodle' for opals, hang out with some rescued joeys and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritual beliefs on a guided walk at Uluru as you discover more about this breathtaking Australian region.

Departs Wednesdays


Day 1: Flinders Rangers

You’ll be picked up from the YHA Adelaide at 8.30 am, so please arrive at least ten minutes before.

Welcome to South Australia, where your adventure begins. You’ll be picked up from the YHA Adelaide at 8.30 am and head to the culinary epicentre of the State’s capital, the ‘Adelaide Central Market’. We’ll meander through the markets to collect some local produce that we can enjoy it a little later in the day. Next, visit Australia’s Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Tandanya. The First Nation precinct provides a wonderful opportunity to experience both traditional and contemporary aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Leave South Australia’s capital behind and head north to the Clare Valley, home to some of the country’s best wines. Perhaps purchase a bottle or two and pair it with your delicious lunch.

After lunch enjoy expansive views of the Flinders Ranges as you drive towards Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of rocky mountains. Experience the sunset at Wilpena Pound before settling into your accommodation for the night.

Lunch & Dinner Included. 

Day 2: Quorn

It’s an early but worthwhile start this morning as you enjoy a short and leisurely walk along one of the many tracks in Flinders National Park. Spanning a massive 450 km, you won’t be able cover it all, but your guide will choose the best trail for your group, depending on the time of year. Travel to the site of the Yourambulla Caves where you’ll have the opportunity to view some local First Nation rock art before stopping for lunch at Quorn. Spend the afternoon enjoying a couple of walks. 

Warren Gorge provides stunning ochre rock faces that complement the blue skies. Keep your eyes peeled for the very well camouflaged local rock wallabies. Tonight, you’ll stay in the quintessential South Australian town of Quorn.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Coober Pedy

Accommodation: Underground Multishare 1 night

Leave Quorn in the rear-view mirror and head to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. Due to extremely hot temperatures in the area most of the town is constructed underground, with residents living in homes carved into the hillsides. Upon arrival take a guided tour of the town, an underground house and the opal mine (with opal cutting demonstration). The rest of the afternoon is free to explore. You may even like to try your hand at 'noodling' (fossicking) for opals. End the day with some rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight, stay in a multi-share underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Coober Pedy/Yulara

Accommodation: Permanent tented camp with shared facilities- 1 night

We’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy travel past the Dingo Fence and Breakaways Reserve, and into the Northern Territory. Be prepared to ‘hold-on’ as your guide hits the indicator on the vehicle for the first time, leaving the Stuart Highway and turning left onto the Lasseter Highway towards Uluru. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy!

*Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Yulara/Uluru

Accommodation: Permanent tented camp with shared facilities- 1 night

Rise early this morning and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the day is still fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of this incredible sandstone formation, which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. Walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru where you will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape. This exclusive experience will give you an insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts for you to browse. Head back to camp for lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Uluru/Kings Canyon

Accommodation: Permanent tented camp with shared facilities- 1 night

Today, explore one of the Red Centre's greatest treasures, Kata Tjuta, a group of domed red rocks rising spectacularly out of the desert. Like Uluru, they’re sacred to the Anangu people and are believed to be 500 million years old. Return to camp for lunch before travelling to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Spend the night in an exclusive campsite inside the park.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs

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. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City – all sites you’ll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch, it’s back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where this adventure concludes.

Breakfast & Lunch Included

Additional Info

All terrain vehicle transport included

6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners included

Underground Accommodation in Coober Pedy may be mixed-gender multishare.

Group participation makes up a lot of this trip. You'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up.

This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking. 

Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. 

For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you.

Tour finishes in Alice Springs on Day 7 at approximately 6 pm. All onward travel must be booked for the following day.

A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies.

A single supplement is available for this trip- excluding Day 3 in Coober Pedy which is mixed-gender multi-share accommodation.

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