Day 1: Adelaide
Private sedan transfer to the hotel
Day 2: Adelaide
The world famous wine region of the Barossa Valley is steeped in history and German heritage, swathed in rolling landscapes of vines, orchards, pasture and bushland and full of great characters.
Discover the rich bounty of the Adelaide Hills with its charming villages, so close to the city. Explore the enchanting town of historic Hahndorf with its unique Bavarian ambiance.
Highlights of this tour
- View the grand and historic homesteads of North Adelaide
- Approach the Barossa Valley through the magnificent Seppeltsfield Estate
- A welcome and wine tasting at this historic winery
- Learn the art of winemaking on a guided tour at Wolf Blass
- Uncover the mystery of wines at a tutored wine tasting of Gold Label wines and the award winning Black Label
- An exclusive preview Penfolds tasting with lunch
- Visit Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement with its Elm tree-lined main street, quaint cottages, inns, cellar doors, craft shops and galleries, artisan cheese and smallgoods makers, bakers and tea rooms
- Delight in the Adelaide Hills’ villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater.
Activities and Services
SIC TOUR OF BAROSSA VALLEY
- SIC DAY TOUR - PICK UP FROM CERTAIN HOTELS ONLY
Any other meals or beverages
Day 3: Adelaide
Day free for an Optional tour of KI
Kangaroo Island is a treasure island of renowned natural beauty. After your sea voyage across the Backstairs Passage from spectacular Cape Jervis, you’ll discover its awesome beauty, rugged unspoilt wilderness and abundance of marine wildlife and seabirds as well as wallaby, goanna, echidna, koala and kangaroo.
Highlights of this tour
- Pass through the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula on our way to Cape Jervis
- Cruise across Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island
- Walk amongst wild Seals as they laze on the beach and surf the waves into shore
- Seal Bay is home to over 500 Australian Sea Lions
- Enjoy an Aussie style lunch in a charming country setting
- Lookout for Koalas and Echidnas in their natural habitat
- The unspoilt wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park
- Astounding rock formations at Remarkable Rocks
- Discover the popular haven for New Zealand Fur Seals and soaring sea birds at Admirals Arch
- Return to Penneshaw and cruise back to Cape Jervis and journey onto Adelaide
Day 4: The Ghan
Sedan Transfer to the Adelaide Parklands Station
Check in for your train journey for departure at 1215PM
A leisurely midday departure is complicated with a gourmet lunch being served soon after we pull away from the Adelaide Parkland Terminal. Travelling through the picturesque id-North, you then pass by some of the oldest rock formations on the planet – the Flinders Ranges. Perhaps indulge in a pre-dinner drink or two, followed by a superb meal and some excited discussions with fellow diners as you anticipate tomorrow morning breathtakingly beautiful Outback Experience.
Activities and Services
- Private Sedan transfer to the Station
- The Ghan - All inclusive Journey
Day 5: Alice Springs
Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA.
Rising early, you alight the train to watch the sun come up over the desert. You have never truly experienced a sunrise until you have seen one in the heart of the Australian outback. And as you look out to the horizon and of its dramatic, beautiful colors as you look down and realize the very earth you are standing on is equally vivid and deep red.
Back on board, it's time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you're in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you'll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs.
Brunch is served on the train soon you are crossing the state border and into the Northern Territory. Then glide through the MacDonnell Ranges and arrive at Alice Springs (or the Alice, as it known by the locals) in the afternoon.
145PM - Arrive at Alice Springs Station
SIC transfer to the Hotel
Afternoon free for personal activities
All meals, Drinks - Alcoholic and non- Alcoholic, tea/coffee
Day 6: Alice Springs
Experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Marvel at towering fiery red walls set aglow by the desert sun as you drive along the ranges. We tour through these amazing ranges all day and stop at beautiful gorges and waterholes, where we can enjoy a refreshing swim in the warmer months.
The spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as we travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits, and Ormiston Gorge for lunch. Our next stop is at Glen Helen, then on our way back to Alice Springs, we stop for afternoon time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months!
The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs.
Activities and Services
SIC full day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges by coach
SIC Full Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
- Simpsons Gap
- Standley Chasm
- Ochre Pits
- Ormiston Gorge
- Glen Helen
- Ellery Creek Bighole
- Flynns Memorial
- Sunset Camel Ride (optional, at your own expense, Oct-Mar only)
- Optional swim at Ellery Creek Bighole (summer only)
What’s Included: 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
- Morning tea
- Afternoon snacks
- Accommodation Pick-up & Drop-off
- Experienced Friendly Guide
- Air Conditioned Vehicle
- Entry Fee to Standley Chasm
Day 7: Yulara
An amazing journey in the heart of Central Australia where you will experience the wonders of Kata Tjuta & Uluru.
Our professional tour guides show you the real outback they love and enjoy so much.
We collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6am and head to our first stop at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.
After a quick stop we provide you with a freshly made packed lunch to eat on the drive to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
We travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) for the first walk of the day into Walpa Gorge. Embrace the domes of Kata-Tjuta on your first walk of the day, while taking in the views of the open plains on the return walk.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre
We then visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy some souvenirs. The Cultural Centre was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people. It is built on a sacred site and has very special meaning to the local Anangu people.
Uluru – Mala Walk
We then head to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is next to the entrance to the Uluru climb. From here one of the two guides will take you on a guided Mala Walk. The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where there are many fine examples of Anangu rock art, and you can experience the wonder of the sheer vertical walls. The guide will tell dreamtime stories of the Anangu People.
Uluru – Mutitjulu Waterhole
We drive from the front of Uluru around to the Kuniya car park, which is at the back of Uluru. From here we start our second Uluru guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. The guide will take you along a short track to the Mutitjulu Waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. The guide will share stories of local traditions and explain how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today.
The Sunset BBQ
The scene has been set, the highlight of the day, the breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly(or BYO beer) and a delicious Aussie BBQ. A spectacular day never to be forgotten. After sunset, we set off to Alice Springs. Or if you’re ending the tour at Ayers Rock Resort you’ll be dropped off at Desert Gardens after sunset.
Alice Springs to Uluru Tour
- Uluru Sunset with glass of bubbly
- Uluru: Guided Mala Walk
- Uluru: Guided Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk
- Kata Tjuta: Walpa Gorge Walk
- Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Mount Connor Lookout (Alice Springs start only)
- Professional, accredited tour guide
- Luxury coach with on board toilet
- BBQ at sunset with sparkling wine
- Buffet breakfast (Alice Springs start only)
- Freshly made packed lunch
- Accommodation pick-up & drop-off
- Uluru Park entrance fee
- Fruit & snacks throughout the day
Day 8: Yulara
Watch the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert plains. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as the sun slowly changes the colour of Uluru. Take advantage of the amazing photo opportunities that this experience provides. As the sun rises, so too does the incredible birdlife that calls Uluru home. Listen as the birdsong welcomes the new day and experience the tranquillity of nature.
Today you’ll be up early to drive to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku – the Uluru sunrise viewing area. During the journey your experienced Driver Guide will share some history on the numerous sacred sites that you’ll pass along the way. These stories form part of what is known to the local Anangu people as Tjukurpa – the foundation of Anangu life and culture. Tjukurpa encompasses Anangu religion, law and moral systems, the creation period and the relationship between people, plants, animals and the land.
- Morning Tea: Once at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku you’ll be served a morning tea of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and an assortment of sweet biscuits while you begin to familiarise yourself with the beautiful surroundings. You can just relax and take a seat or wander around the viewing area in search of your own personal place to watch the sunrise.
- Talinguṟu Nyakunytjaku Viewing Area: Simply translated, ‘Talinguruul Nyakunytjaku’ means ‘to look from the sand dunes’ and this area of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park lets you do just that. You’ll be captivated by the view from the dunes as the sun rises over Uluru in the foreground and Kata Tjuta in the distance.
- Sunrise over Uluru: The Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing platform allows you to see for many kilometres. From here you’ll witness first light as it gently embraces the desert landscape. You’ll no doubt want to take advantage of the amazing photo opportunities that this experience provides. As the sun rises so too does the incredible birdlife that calls Uluru home. Listen as the birdsong welcomes the new day and experience the tranquillity of nature.
What to Bring
- Enclosed walking shoes
- Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
- Water bottle
- Warm layers in cooler months
- Flynet in summer months (optional)
Activities and Services
Uluru Sunrise Tour:
90 minutes prior to sunrise
from Ayers Rock Resort
75 minutes approximately
after sunrise to Ayers Rock Resort
Optional Kata Tjuta Sunset - AU$ 90.00 per adult
This tour takes you to the inspiring red-hued sedimentary rock domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) to watch the sunset. They are thought to have originally been one huge piece of rock, much like Uluru, that has weathered over millions of years to become an intriguing series of individual formations. As evening approaches, each passing minute brings something new as the domes continue to change colour with the setting sun.
- Leave the resort and travel out to the 36 steep-sided domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – the hidden gem of Central Australia
- Along the way on this scenic outback drive your Driver Guide will provide an overview of the area's history, flora and fauna
- Enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles as you view the magnificent sunset at Kata Tjuta
Return to the resort in time for dinner.
Day 9: End of Itinerary
Shared transfer to the Yulara airport