South Australia, Red Centre & Sydney Adventure

17 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Explore some of the country's perhaps lesser-known highlights, including Coober Pedy where you can dig for Opals, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and the Barossa Valley Wine Region. Travel onboard The Ghan Train to Alice Springs and visit Ayers Rock, ending your holiday in Sydney.

THE GHAN

Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia.

A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape. From the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges, this first stage of the journey offers a perspective on South Australia you simply can't afford to miss.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE ADELAIDE – FLY ADELAIDE TO COOBER PEDY – DESERT CAVE TOUR

Upon arrival in Adelaide, connect to your flight to Coober Pedy. Transfer by shuttle coach to your accommodation.

2:00pm Join your afternoon tour.
The rainbow flash of opal, underground homes, easy-going lifestyle and the mystery of the dusty lunar landscape make Coober Pedy a unique and special place. An “underground” town where you could arrive with just the shirt on your back and leave a millionaire? Coober Pedy holds a fascination for visitors from all over the world. Tour the town, hear about its history, about our precious water supplies and power generation. Every element of life is hard-won in Coober Pedy.

On a Desert Cave Tour you visit:

  • A Working Opal Field to see Opal mining methods. Venture down a former working mine to see opal traces embedded in the sandstone.
  • The Breakaways, a range of colourful exposed sandstone outcrops – spectacular views over the Moon Plain – once an inland sea. This dramatically beautiful area has been the set for many internationally known movies.
  • The famous Dog Fence (dingo fence) – stretching 5,300km across Australia.
  • The Serbian Underground Church – spectacular excavation, traditional Serbian Orthodox architecture and fascinating sand stone carvings
  • A genuine underground home or “Dugout” - see how the locals live.
  • Professional advice on opal quality and price.

At the end of your tour, join the tour guide for a complimentary drink in the underground bar.
Accommodation: Desert Cave Hotel (Standard Underground Room)

DAY 2 - DOWN N DIRTY OPAL DIGGING EXPERIENCE

8:00am Depart on your half day tour this morning.
For those who want to experience the thrill of digging for a fortune, this tour offers a comprehensive hands-on opportunity.

This 4-hour tour includes:

  • Informative, instructional and entertaining video on opal mining to open up the mysterious world of discovering the stone of fire “The Coober Pedy Opal”.
  • A visit to a working mine field to understand the various styles of opal mining, and to relive the hardship and joy of earlier times of Opal mining.
  • Entry to the Quest Mine where you will be supplied with a hard hat, torch and handpick. Get down and get dirty, mining and fossicking for your own fortune, with live machinery.
  • Access to the “Jewellers Shop” mullock heaps for an experience in noodling (fossicking).
  • Experience the safe, fun, informative way to mine your own opal.

Remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Accommodation: Desert Cave Hotel (Standard Underground Room)

DAY 3 - COOBER PEDY TO ADELAIDE (AIR) – ADELAIDE TO KANGAROO ISLAND (AIR)

This morning is at leisure for final exploration in Coober Pedy. Transfer by shuttle coach to the airport for your flight to Adelaide.

12:40pm Depart Coober Pedy on your flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival to Adelaide, connect to your Regional Express flight to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival to Kangaroo Island, you are met by a local representative and transferred to your accommodation.

"Stranraer" is set on 1290 hectares of working property, producing prime lamb, wool and grain. Adding to its beauty, the property has two large, bird filled lagoons surrounded by hummocks, beautiful scenery and wildlife. "Stranraer" offers a country experience with peace and tranquility. The homestead's central location on the island makes it convenient for exploring local highlights, natural beauty and wildlife. Relax in one of the four guest rooms, which have cosy fireplaces, and indulge in gourmet meals served in the elegant dining room.

Accommodation: Stranraer Homestead (Double Guest Room) (D)

DAY 4 - FULL DAY KANGAROO ISLAND ISLAND LIFE TOUR – NOCTURNAL TOUR

Join your tour today. Visit the redgum forest along the Cygnet River valley - seek out koalas sleeping in the forks of the trees. Travel through some of the best wool-producing areas on the Island to a conservation park on the north coast. Here we take a walk through the habitat of Kangaroo Island kangaroos, tammar wallabies and the endangered glossy black cockatoo. Enjoy a delicious seafood barbeque lunch served with fine South Australian wines before heading to a colony of Australian Sealions. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn of their unique breeding biology. In the afternoon visit Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park including D'Estrees Bay - where ospreys nest, and kangaroos come out late in the day to feed.

Accommodation: Stranraer Homestead (Double Guest Room) (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - FULL DAY FLINDERS CHASE FOCUS TOUR – KANGAROO ISLAND TO ADELAIDE (AIR)

After breakfast, depart on your Flinders Chase Focus tour. Flinders Chase National Park is a 74,000 hectare (190,000 acre) wilderness which covers the entire west end of the Island. Visit Rocky River Homestead - originally a small farm and now the Park headquarters. This area is home to kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and many birds including the rare Cape Barren Goose. At Cape du Couedic on the south-west tip visit a New Zealand furseal colony which is rapidly expanding. These animals can be observed at rest on the rocks or frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch - a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland above is Cape du Couedic Lighthouse which plays an important role in navigation. Further down the coast explore Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures on the cliff top. Lunch today is a picnic in the bush before exploring more of the Island. Depending upon the day we might take a walk to a secluded cove, or watch for a platypus by a quiet pool. Return to the eastern end via Vivonne Bay, one of the few protected bays on the south coast.

Your touring concludes today at the Kangaroo Island Airport for return flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival to Adelaide, transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Adelaide (Standard Room) (B,L)

DAY 6 - FULL DAY BAROSSA VALLEY AND HAHNDORF TOUR

This full day tour takes you to South Australia's premium wine region, to sample some of the Barossa's finest wines and view 100 year old vines. Then wind your way through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide's oldest German settlement where you will enjoy a German style lunch and have free time to explore the many shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts and produce.

Your afternoon continues onto Cleland Wildlife Park for the chance to cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos and see Australian wildlife in its natural habitat.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Adelaide (B,L)

DAY 7 - ADELAIDE TO ALICE SPRINGS ONBOARD THE GHAN TRAIN

Check out of your room this morning, with time at leisure until a private transfer to the Adelaide train station for your overnight journey to Alice Springs on the Ghan. (Please note – The Ghan departs Adelaide on Sundays and Wednesday only, for the journey to Alice Springs, arriving Monday and Thursday to Alice Springs).

12:20pm Depart Adelaide on board The Ghan.
Originally, The Ghan followed the trail of the explorer John McDouall Stuart and The Afghan camel trains along the base of the Flinders Ranges. In 1980, a new and less trouble-prone track was opened 100 kilometres to the west. Never-the less, The Ghan today, travels through much the same terrain and provides travellers with a taste of the history and romance of the original. During the first part of the journey, you will see the rich and beautiful pastoral lands of southern Australia. Then, once past Port Augusta, and under the canopy of darkness, the landscape changes, such that you wake the next morning to a complete contrast: the harsh, yet hauntingly beautiful, Red Centre.

Accommodation: Overnight on the Ghan (Gold Service Cabin – includes all meals on board) (B,D)

DAY 8 - ARRIVAL ALICE SPRINGS ON THE GHAN TRAIN – ALICE SPRINGS TOWN TOUR

The sight of the rugged McDonnell Ranges announces that your Ghan adventure is nearing its destination: Alice Springs.

1:45pm Arrive to Alice Springs.
Disembark the train, and you are collected by private vehicle to transfer to your accommodation.

This afternoon, join a tour of the town of Alice Springs. Alice Springs - the world's most famous outback town, the fascinating capital of Australia's red centre, truly 'The Heart, The Soul, The Centre' of this vast land. History, culture and ingenuity abound with a will to survive the reality of Outback Australia. An experience not to compare with any other in the world!

See the Stuart Town Gaol and the Old Court House. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how medical and health assistance is provided in remote regions. Visit the Alice Springs School Of The Air – the world’s largest classroom covering over 1 million square kilometers. Travel through a harsh rocky environment to Alice Springs Telegraph Station – the original site of Alice Springs. Take a tour of the Telegraph Station and learn of the development of the area and communications. See spectacular views of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill Lookout.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs (Mountain View Room) (B,L)

DAY 9 - ALICE SPRINGS TO AYERS ROCK – SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER

This morning you are collected from your accommodation for a coach tour through to Ayers Rock. Travel through remarkable desert scenery for your journey to Ayers Rock. On arrival to Ayers Rock, check into your accommodation.

Uluru is more than just a great snapshot. Sitting at the heart of the continent, it defines the physical and cultural landscape of Australia. Here is a place at the centre of the social and physical world for Anangu, Aboriginal people, who have lived here for more than 20,000 years. It is also a spiritual place for travellers who want to experience the silent beauty of the vast Outback.

This evening enjoy the "Sounds of Silence" - the quietest restaurant on earth. You will be transferred to a desert dune where you will sip champagne and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo as you watch a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta. When the sun has finally set, lanterns are lit and a delicious Northern Territory gourmet barbecue is served. After dinner the lights go down revealing a star filled sky, clearer and brighter than most city dwellers will ever see. The resident Astronomer will then introduce you to the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel (Standard Room) (B,D)

DAY 10 - SUNRISE AND OLGAS TOUR– ULURU AND SUNSET TOUR

Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colours change on Kata Tjuta. Learn about the many attributes of this diverse environment. Walk between the mighty conglomerate rock walls into Walpa Gorge and hear how the 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. A gourmet picnic breakfast will be provided this morning.

At the conclusion of the tour, enjoy some time at leisure before this afternoon’s tour. Embrace the culture, geology and environment that is Uluru. Meander around the monolith walking into waterholes and art sites with your guide and learn of Uluru’s cultural significance to the Anangu (local Aboriginal) people. Witness a spectacular sunset and absorb the majesty of this powerful place. Nibbles and drinks are provided.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel (B)

DAY 11 - AYERS ROCK TO SYDNEY (AIR)

Check out this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival transfer to your accommodation.

Radiating from the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, Australia’s largest city stretches from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Along with outstanding natural assets – stunning beaches, extensive parklands and the vast expanse of the harbour – Sydney boasts an impressive list of urban attractions, including world class shopping venues and a host of superb restaurants and nightclubs. Its cityscape ranges from sandstone buildings of Georgian elegance to skyscrapers of futuristic design.

Accommodation: The Grace Hotel (B)

DAY 12 - HALF DAY SYDNEY CITY SIGHTS TOUR – SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE CLIMB

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House & Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint. Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers & Sydney's best panoramic view. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross & city centre. Your tour concludes at Circular Quay.

1:45pm This afternoon take part in a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Climb departs from 5 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. Climbers must arrive and check in 15 minutes prior to climb time.
2:00pm A professional team will take you on an exhilarating climb all the way to the top! Come and feel the thrill of making your way over the catwalk to the Pylon and then setting out across the arch on your way to the summit. Before you lies a spectacular 360 degree view of one of the greatest harbours, and one of the greatest cities. The climb leader will be equipped with the latest in digital photographic technology to ensure that every climber has that all important picture of themselves and their team members at the summit of the Bridge. The climb takes three hours from the time of check in to return to base.
Accommodation: The Grace Hotel (B)

DAY 13 - FULL DAY BLUE MOUNTAINS TOUR WITH WILDLIFE PARK

Small group backcountry 4WD sightseeing in the breathtaking Blue Mountains. See kangaroos, koalas, waterfalls, the 3 Sisters, hidden canyons. Enjoy fully inclusive morning tea in the bush as well as a superb lunch in a historic Blue Mountains hotel. Travel in A/C, luxury All Terrain vehicles seating 6-18 passengers. Enjoy full commentary with expert driver/guide.

Depart your city hotel this morning and travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games site before enjoying morning tea with wild kangaroos deep in the Australian bush. See kangaroos up close plus friendly parrots and cockatoos. In the high Blue Mountains today you'll see waterfalls, magnificent canyons and Australia's most famous sight - the remarkable 3 Sisters.

Travel on backcountry 4WD tracks leading to amazing lookouts that only our modified, small group vehicles can access. Lunch today is at a gorgeous historic mountain hotel with fantastic views, great food and friendly Aussie hospitality. This afternoon, visit the thrilling Scenic Railway in Katoomba (optional). Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world (entry is at own expense) or enjoy a short walk to nearby Katoomba waterfalls & gallery. Mid afternoon, overnight passengers are picked up/dropped off at their Katoomba hotel before we return to Sydney.

Enroute to Sydney see, photograph, pat Koalas and Kangaroos at Sydney's premier Australian animal wildlife park. Return to all Sydney city hotels for drop-offs having enjoyed a Blue Mountains day with memories for a life time.

Accommodation: The Grace Hotel (B, L)

DAY 14 - DEPART SYDNEY

Check out of your accommodation this morning and transfer to the Sydney airport for your departure flight. (B)

PRICES ON REQUEST (EXC. INTERNATIONAL & CERTAIN AUSTRALIAN FLIGHTS)

There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three, four & five star), the season, and the complexity of the itinerary.
Prices are for private arrangements and are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. Group prices are available on request.

Holiday Includes:

  • Accommodation based in 4 – 5 star properties with private facilities
  • Meals as indicated by (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, and (D) Dinner
  • Airport transfers as indicated by either private vehicle or shuttle service as indicated
  • Touring as indicated in the itinerary
  • Return airfare Adelaide to Coober Pedy
  • Half Day Desert Cave Tour (includes hotel pick up / drop off)
  • Half Day Down N Dirty Opal Digging Experience (includes hotel pick up / drop off,
  • Return airfare Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
  • Full Day Island Life Tour (includes pick up / drop off, entrance fees, lunch)
  • Full Day Flinders Chase Tour (includes pick up / drop off, entrance fees, lunch)
  • Full Day Barossa Valley and Hahndorf Tour (includes hotel pick up / drop off, lunch)
  • One way on the Ghan Train (Gold Service Sleeper which includes all meals on board)
  • Alice Springs Town Tour (includes hotel pick up / drop off, entry fees)
  • One way Alice Springs to Ayers Rock transfer
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner Experience (includes transfers, entertainment, canapés, beer, wines and non-alcoholic beverages, gourmet barbecue, dessert, tea, coffee, port, star talk and stargazing)
  • Sunrise and Olgas Tour (includes hotel pick up / drop off, breakfast, guided tour)
  • Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park Entry Tickets
  • Uluru and Sunset Afternoon Tour (includes hotel pick up/drop off, guided touring, nibbles and drinks)
  • Half Day Sydney City Sights Tour (includes hotel pick up, Circular Quay drop off)
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Full Day Blue Mountains Tour (includes hotel pick up / drop off, entry to
  • Featherdale wildlife park, lunch)
  • Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST) @ 10 %

South Australia, Red Centre and Sydney Adventure - 14 Days
Discover some of Australia's unusual highlights.