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Central Australia - Desert Dreaming - Walking Holiday

Region: Northern Territory // Dates: 21 - 31 July 2019 (10 nights)
Central Australia - Desert Dreaming Walking Holiday
Brenda Sanderson

Journey with us to the ancient red heart; walk parts of the famous Larapinta Trail and explore some of the lesser known parts of Central Australia. Alice Springs is the perfect starting point, introducing us to the pioneering and Aboriginal history of this beautiful area. This unique town is shaped by its mythical landscapes, shifting hues, Aboriginal culture and tough pioneering past. The surrounding area is a geological wonder of spectacular gorges, chasms and prominent waterholes that support diverse native fauna and flora. The mesmerising MacDonnell Ranges stretch east and west from the town centre and we discover ochre-red gorges, pastel-hued hills and ghostly white gum trees. Our second base is Glen Helen and we stop on route for walks at Standley Chasm, Ellery Big Hole and the Ochre Pits, still used by local Aranda people. During our stay at Glen Helen we will walk parts of Ormiston Gorge, Finke River (said to be one of the world’s oldest rivers), Roma Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Mt Sonder and Redbank Gorge. On our return to Alice Springs, we take in the view at Gosse Bluff and enjoy walks at Palm Valley and Hermannsburg. We then spend time in the east MacDonnell Ranges based at the Ross River Homestead and enjoy walks at Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge and Arltunga historical reserve (officially Central Australia's first town). You may like to extend your time in the centre with a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Overview

Journey with us to the ancient red heart; walk parts of the famous Larapinta Trail and explore some of the lesser known parts of Central Australia. Alice Springs is the perfect starting point, introducing us to the pioneering and Aboriginal history of this beautiful area. This unique town is shaped by its mythical landscapes, shifting hues, Aboriginal culture and tough pioneering past. The surrounding area is a geological wonder of spectacular gorges, chasms and prominent waterholes that support diverse native fauna and flora. The mesmerising MacDonnell Ranges stretch east and west from the town centre and we discover ochre-red gorges, pastel-hued hills and ghostly white gum trees. Our second base is Glen Helen and we stop on route for walks at Standley Chasm, Ellery Big Hole and the Ochre Pits, still used by local Aranda people. During our stay at Glen Helen we will walk parts of Ormiston Gorge, Finke River (said to be one of the world’s oldest rivers), Roma Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Mt Sonder and Redbank Gorge. On our return to Alice Springs, we take in the view at Gosse Bluff and enjoy walks at Palm Valley and Hermannsburg. We then spend time in the east MacDonnell Ranges based at the Ross River Homestead and enjoy walks at Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge and Arltunga historical reserve (officially Central Australia's first town). You may like to extend your time in the centre with a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Absorb the natural & geological history at the Museum of Central Australia
  • Walk through desert rivers, sand country & woodland habitats in Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Visit the Ochre Pits in West MacDonnell NP
  • Explore waterholes at Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole & Ormiston Gorge
  • Walk sections of the Larapinta Trail including Finke River, Redbank Gorge & Mt Sonder
  • Explore Standley Chasm, Roma Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Tnorala (Gosse Bluff)
  • Wander through Palm Valley, Hermannsburg, Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge & N’Dhala Gorge
  • View Aboriginal rock art & participate in cultural conversations

Details

Details:

21 - 31 July 2019 (10 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Alice Springs)
Advanced Early Bird: A$4,550 until 30/11/2018
Early Bird: A$4,750 until 22/02/2019
Regular: A$5,050
Single Supplement: A$890
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 5 guests

Special Interest:
Birding, Wildlife, Botanical, Culture, History

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 1-7km per walking day with some shorter or challenging options (dry heat). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Ronny Hickel

    Ronny Hickel is the creator of the Central Australia – Desert Dreaming walking holiday, which winds its way through the sacred red heart of Australia. Ronny has extensive experience leading walking trips, particularly on the Larapinta Trail and is also a specialist guide on yoga and meditation walks. Trained as an outdoor recreation guide and psychotherapist involved in adventure base youth work, his love for the outdoors has kept him in this field. Over the years he has furthered his naturalist knowledge. His familiarity of the history and connections with the people of the region, combine to make this a unique tour of this vastly beautiful area of Australia, known by many but accessible to the few who dare to venture there.

  • Ian Gray

    An adventurer by heart, Ian Gray has been involved in the field as a tour leader and caterer for numerous walking journeys throughout Australia’s wondrous National Parks and overseas throughout Asia/Pacific for many years. His geology and geomorphology knowledge will ensure a unique journey, engaging travellers to view destinations from a different perspective and return from a trip more aware of their surroundings. He has a keen eye for group dynamics and ensures participants experience the richness of being part of a community.  

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