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6 Day Alice Springs To Adelaide Rock To Water Tour

Challenge yourself with an overnight bunker sleep out in Coober Pedy

Start your Journey in the Red Centre, camping under the outback starts and exploring the spectacular sights of this area. We visit the town of Coober Pedy, unique in its opal mining history and underground dwellings. Experience the scenic Flinders Ranges before arriving at our destination.

Departing from Alice Springs or Uluru, we take in all the sacred Indigenous culutres and sights around Uluru and Kata Tjuta. See the sun rise and set over Uluru! Hike to the rim of Kings Canyon and explore the red sandstone rocky paths. Feed orphaned kangaroo joeys and sleep underground in Coober Pedy. Dodge waterways through the scenic red sandstone gorges of Alligator Gorge in mount Remarkable National Park. 

 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 10

Fitness Requirement: High level of fitness - up to 11km walks

What's included

  • All meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners)
  • 3 nights camping under the stars in swags
  • 2 nights dorm style accommodation
  • National Park entry fees

What To Bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • 3L water bottle
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sleeping Bag

Itinerary

Day 1 : Alice Springs to Uluru
From Alice Springs, we journey across the rugged Outback to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Nothing will prepare you for the sight of Uluru – it’s awesome! We learn about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy walk around the base of Uluru and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. There’s no better way to finish the day than watching the amazing sunset over Uluru, before snuggling inside your swag under the star-studded desert sky.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Uluru / Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
After an early breakfast, we’ll head to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) for a sunrise and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds, with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. If your feeling adventurous, fall from the skies with our adrenaline option, skydive over Uluru (extra cost). After lunch, we drive to an authentic station where we set up camp for the night.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)
Today we set out for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive red sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and breath-taking gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours) experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about local Aboriginal culture. This afternoon we drive to one of our campsites at Kulgera, Erldunda or bush camp in swags.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Coober Pedy
We hit the highway to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you will notice the incredible change of scenery from mulga woodlands to vast open plains. We will get the chance to visit the Opal Mine and Museum where we’ll learn the history of the town and sift for our own opals. The highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Soon after you’ll get the chance to taste one of the most amazing pizzas in the outback before spending the night in a bunkhouse sleeping the way the locals do – underground!
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Coober Pedy to Southern Flinders Ranges
After breakfast, we journey south into the foothills of the magnificent Flinders Ranges. On the way, we stop at Pimba and get a chance to view the salt lakes. We’ll stop en-route for lunch before driving to Wilmington where we’ll sleep among the river red gum trees.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Southern Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
We enjoy a morning walk through the towering red sandstone cliffs of Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers and amazing wildlife: you might get the chance to spot kangaroos or wallabies. We enjoy our last lunch together, before heading to Adelaide arriving at approximately 5pm.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

2019/2020

Every Wednesday & Sunday

Picks up from all Alice Springs accommodations from 5:30am or Uluru (Ayers Rock Public Campground reception from 12:00pm)

Arrives Adelaide at 5:00pm approximately

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Outback
  • Hiking

Available Extras

Adrenalin Plus Options
Camel Safaris, Scenic Flights - Segway tours and Skydiving at Uluru 

Accommodation Upgrades

Private single, twin or double rooms/permanent tents (3 nights only - the 2 nights in Uluru are mandatory camping in dome tent and swags) – Contact GGT for availability and pricing. 

Passengers travelling with a child less than 15 years-old must upgrade to a private room

Package Only Rates

The PACKAGE ONLY Rate is applicable if you book TWO or more multi-day tours (not including BV). GGT will be monitoring bookings to ensure that the rate is used correctly. If we find that you have booked the PACKAGE ONLY rate for ONE booking, we will refund the voucher and you will need to re-issue the correct voucher.

The Barossa Valley tour can be sold for the PACKAGE ONLY rate if you book TWO or more multi-day tours, or if you book ONE full priced multi-day tour.

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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This 6-day tour to the Outback takes you across all the highlights. Visit the iconic Uluru, enjoy the Alligator Gorge hike at the Flinders Ranges, search for opal at Coober Pedy and sleep under the beautiful night sky.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Trip Advisor

    We'd done the Red Centre before in our Landcruiser, and while the pictures were spectacular, it felt like we'd missed the point of being there; the cultural side, which is why we went back.

    We were lucky to have Craig as our guide, his knowledge of culture, flora, fauna, geology and history was clear, and he managed to answer every question the group had.

    Craig's passion for travel, people and learning was obvious, and consistent, whether it be first thing in the morning or the last thing at night.

    The Red Centre leg was all about timing, with sunset and sunrise being game time, and there are many, many other buses out there trying to do the same thing. We were always first there, and often lady out, giving us the best unobstructed views and time to let it all soak in.

    Swag camping under the stars is a special experience, and the equipment was of such good quality, it felt like we were home in bed, except with the milky way for our TV.

    The Southern stretch of the Stuart Highway is an area we haven't travelled before, and Coober Pedy was pretty awesome! We had an underground museum tour included, and slept in an underground hostel, it was pretty cool!

    For anyone looking to do Alice Springs to Uluru to Adelaide (or the same in reverse), this is hands down the best way to see it all, rather than flying and missing out on outback South Australia.

    On Trip Advisor

    When you want to get in touch with the Australian desert and outback this is the best way! It is a perfect mix of hiking, culture and enjoying the unforgettable landscape. The first day we visited the Uluru and yes, the Uluru is so red and looked so amazing like on the pictures. After that we visited the Aborigine visitor centre. At the centre you get a great insight from the culture und values of the Aborigene and about the landscape. After that we enjoyed the Uluru sunset - incredible! Then we all cooked together and enjoyed the evening. Sleeping in Swags under the stars is a really special and awesome experience. On day 2 we took a hike to the Valley of the Winds on the Kata Tjuta. It is a little exhausting walk sometimes but it's worth it believe me! The night on day 2 it the best because you see so many stars and the milky way - beautiful! On Day 3 we climb up-hill to the rim of the Canyon. During the walk you will see a beautiful insight. On day 4 we visited the interesting underground city ''Coober Pedy''. At Coober Pedy you visited the Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage where you can feed joeys by hand. It's a nice place, also for souvenirs. On day 5 you enjoy the day at the Flinders Range after a walk through the towering red sandstone cliffs of Alligator Gorge. On your walk you will see Kangaroos and maybe like I do a Kangaroo with a joey. On day 6 you arrived Adelaide. This is an amazing outback tour. You learn so much and have so much fun. Specially the evenings and nights are great when you all cook together (The food is really nice). I really recommend this tour, it was an awesome time and I met so many great people!

    On Trip Advisor

    The best outback tour you could ask for 

    Travelled alone on a group tour with like-minded people from all different backgrounds. By the time we got to Adelaide we were a family.

    Our tour guide, Craig, was a top bloke, and thoroughly knowledgeable about the area, its flora and fauna, things which you'd walk/drive past ordinarily without giving it a second glance, whereas Craig would have a fascinating story or fact about it!

    Whether camping under the stars at Uluru or living with the mole people of Coober Pedy, it was a wonderful tour that will stay with me for many years.

    Smooth booking process with flexible options made Groovy Grape Tours the only choice for me...and you too!

    On Trip Advisor

    My three month walkabout in Australia is almost over, and the best memories are from the two tours with Groovy Grape tours. Alice Springs to adelaide and then the great Ocean Road.
    What an adventure, from the interior desert to the rain forest of the Ocean Road to the coastal drive, and even some wine tasting along the way. CANT be beat! Camping under the stars, hostels that I would go back to in a heart beat, but most of all the knowledgeable and very out going guides. In my case I had Craig for both trips, and I cant say enough about Craig or The Company, Groovy Grapes. They Dont cut corners when it comes to food and fun like some of the other companies I have toured with in my three months here in Australia. Definitely will be the highlights of my extended holiday. Dont have a second thought about touring with Groovy.
    Dave the Fossilman

    On Trip Advisor

    This trip was an absolute dream and possibly the best week of my entire life. A perfect way to have a genuine experience, meet lovely people and visit incredible amazing places. I cried happy tears at least 5 times.
    If you are lucky enough to have Sid as a tour guide then prepare yourself for endless kindness and knowledge, and potentially the greatest road trip soundtrack of all time.

    On Trip Advisor

    Perfect adventure

    Honestly, I have no complaints at all, it was a perfect experience and everything went very smoothly. Our tour guide was Sam, who had a lot of experience and had every detail worked out, despite not having a fixed plan, which added excitement to the adventure. He is a great cook as well, so we had varied, healthy and elaborated meals every day. He was very passionate about the tour and aboriginal culture, so we learned a lot during the trip, and also had nice, educated debates about many topics during the long drives. Everyone’s tastes and needs were always taken into consideration when it came to food or other things such as camping in the wild or at a proper campsite, but we had a very easy going group so it went very smoothly. I assume everyone booking this tour is aware, but be ready for outback camping conditions, meaning no shower or proper toilets only at some points, and cold nights in the swags in contrast with hot days with a lot of flies. If you bear this in mind (which is part of the thrill and is really fun) and have the right mindset, you will honestly have the best time ever!!

    P.D.: Look for flights to Ayres Rock airport as well as Alice Springs, since we only considered Alice Springs and that was veeeery expensive (500$ return ish) but apparently the other airport was only 150$ or so in late April/early May.

    On Trip Advisor

    Recently enjoyed Rock2Water tour with Groovy Grape. Have done many tours over the years in Europe, USA, South America & Africa & SE Asia...and this 6 day outback is right easily in my top 3 of all time. It was great to see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon as they've long been on the domestic bucket list, but the true fun was sharing it with all the rest of the tour group and probably the best tour guides ever in Sid! Sid said this could be the best 6 days we ever have and he wasn't wrong. He's a wealth of indigenous and geological knowledge and explains all those necessary tour guide facts in a hilarious way. Struck gold with the group too. Everyone got along great with plenty of laughs along the way. Was very sad when it came to an end.

    Recommend this tour if you want to see the best of the best of central Australia. You might not get the same luck with the other people on tour as I, but if you get Sid as your guide, you'll at the very least get an awesome road trip sound track for your 6 days.

    On Feedback Form

    The tour was amazing! I got to experience the real Australia. What i liked the most was that the tour was unlike the commercialised ones that make one feels so alien and isolated from the remarkable richness and uniqueness each places we visited possessed. The tour mostly felt like a family trip. One gets to meet strangers but end up making friendships as we traversed together, what we felt sometimes, the most uncharted territories. Of course, thanks to our tour, Sam, who made all joy, fun, togetherness, and learning about Australia possible. I should not forget to mention that food was beyond expectation. Meals were very balanced (I could've not imagined that i would be enjoying fresh salads and veggies in the middle of the desert :)). Salam to our guide, who was an amazing chef too, Salam to Sam!