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Central Australia - Desert Dreaming - Walking Holiday

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Region: Northern Territory // Dates: 4 - 14 August 2022 (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 Lodge, we enjoy walks at Ormiston Gorge, Finke River (said to be one of the world’s oldest rivers), Glen Helen Gorge, and Redbank Gorge. On our return to Alice Springs, we take in the view at Gosse Bluff and enjoy a visit to Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. 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 Lodge, we enjoy walks at Ormiston Gorge, Finke River (said to be one of the world’s oldest rivers), Glen Helen Gorge, and Redbank Gorge. On our return to Alice Springs, we take in the view at Gosse Bluff and enjoy a visit to Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. 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 near Mt Sonder
  • Explore Standley Chasm, Glen Helen Gorge & Tnorala (Gosse Bluff)
  • Wander through Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge & N’Dhala Gorge

Details

Details:

4 - 14 August 2022 (10 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Alice Springs)
A$5,370

Single Supplement: A$1,180
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.

Group Size: 5-7 guests

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

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 1-8km 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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Leader

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  • 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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