Itinerary for the Northern Territory Trip

Red Centre Tour

Depart Friday September 6th

Return Friday 13th

 

Day 1

4.30am Students assemble at Hobart Airport

4.45am Check in for our flight to Alice Springs

Flight: Hobart – Alice Springs (via Melbourne)

11.55am Arrive Alice Springs, meet our coach driver 

1.00pm Alice Springs Desert Park 

– Self-guided tour & “Birds of Prey” show 

4.00pm Old Telegraph Station 

 – Guided tour (20min) + self-guided visit

Check-in: MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

 – 1 night camp

Evening: ANZAC Hill Lookout 

– View the sunset 

Survey all of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges from the memorial dedicated to all those who have served in the defence of their country.

 

Day 2

9.00am School of the Air

 – Guided tour (1hr)

10.30am Royal Flying Doctors   – Guided tour (1hr)

Travel: Alice Springs – Glen Helen Gorge

12.30pm Via, Standley Chasm

Check-in: Glen Helen Homestead

 – 2 nights’ camp

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Glen Helen Gorge 

– Self-guided visit

Gosses Bluff Crater  – Self-guided visit

1.30pm Hermannsburg Historical Precinct 

– Self-guided visit & educational talk + 30min drawing/reflection time

 

Day 4

Early morning: Glen Helen Gorge – Watarrka

Travel: – Via Alice Springs

 We will be able to stop en route for drawing and reflection time at Ellery Creek Big Hole or Ochre Pits

Check-in: Kings Canyon Resort

 – 2 night’s camp

 

Day 5

Early morning:  Watarrka National Park

Explore the spectacular sandstone cliffs, natural rock pools, lush vegetation, the “Garden of Eden” and the domes of the “Lost City”

 – Self-guided Kings Canyon + 30min drawing/reflection time

1.00pm Lilla Aboriginal Community

 – Cultural Experience (4hr)

 

Day 6

Early morning: Watarrka – Uluru 

 Kathleen Springs Walk

 – Self-guided walk (1.5hr approx.) + 30min drawing/reflection time

Check-in: Ayers Rock Campground 

 – 2 nights’ camp

Evening: Sunset Strip  – View the sunset over Uluru (self-guided)

 

 

Day 7

Uluru National Park

 – Explore the 9.4km circumference of Uluru and view the aboriginal rock paintings and caves

 – Visit Kata Tjuta – another scenic wonder of the Red Centre

 Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

 – Self-guided visit 

 Learn about the local Anangu culture and the spiritual meanings of the surrounding landscapes

 

Day 8

Uluru-Kata Tjuta 

 – Valley of the Winds Walk (6kms) 

Transfer: To Ayers Rock Springs Airport 

12.20pm Check in for our flight to Hobart

VIRGIN VA1628 DEPARTS AYERS ROCK 1.50PM/ARRIVES SYDNEY 5.20PM 

VIRGIN VA1536 DEPARTS SYDNEY 6.50PM/ARRIVES HOBART 8.45PM

 

What To Bring

Clothing:  Underwear, Socks, Jeans/pants, Shorts, Jumper, Raincoat,  Shirts/T-shirts, Tracksuit (ideal for sleeping), Bathers, Sandals/Thongs, Rubber  Soled Walking Shoes, Handkerchiefs.

General:  Towel, Toilet Requisites, Sunglasses, Torch, Camera, Clothes  Pegs, Games/Cards,  CD’S for the  Coach.

Tents:  Worldstrides will supply 3 man Pyramid style tents, Two (2) persons per tent.   Worldstrides will also supply sleeping mats, camping equipment / crockery and cutlery including pillows, sleeping sheets and sleeping bags for the entire group.

Please Note: A luggage limit of one duffle bag or medium size suitcase plus one day pack/ hand luggage applies per person. Duffle/Sports bags are the most suitable luggage for camping tours, as the sleeping bags can be packed inside, along with clothes. The school/travel bag is useful inside the coaches for day to day items (e.g. camera, towel, torch and games, etc.). Metal framed Rucksacks, Cricket bags or Backpacks are not accepted.

Luggage Limit: Suitcase; one which should not exceed the total linear dimensions of 140cm (i.e. length and width and depth) and weight of 15kgs.  Hand Luggage: One soft sided bag no larger than:- Width 23cm, Height 34cm, Length 48cm.  The hand luggage must be able to fit in the luggage racks above the seats, on the coaches. If this is not possible, the hand luggage will need to be repacked to fit on the racks or placed in the luggage bins under the coach. Any luggage that does not adhere to the above measurements may not be accepted by the coach captain due to limited luggage space.

 

A Typical Daily Menu 

Breakfast: Continental selection includes a choice of cereals (Muesli, Corn Flakes, Weetbix,  Rice Bubbles), tinned fruit, yoghurt, toast & spreads, with juice, tea, coffee &  milo. Hot selection may include: sausages, bacon, poached or scrambled eggs,  baked beans, spaghetti or pancakes.

 Some mornings may only be a continental breakfast, due to travelling times

Lunch: Most days there will be a selection of cold meats and tuna with cheese and salads to make your own sandwich. Lunches include fresh fruit (where available), sweet biscuits, water and cordial. Hot lunches may include hamburgers, hot dogs, or toasted sandwiches.

Dinner:  Each night you will have 3 courses to fill you up after a hard days exploring. 

   Entrée will normally be a soup (chicken noodle, thick vegetable, tomato,     pumpkin, creamy chicken) with sliced bread, or “nibbles”: a selection of chips,     shapes, cheese, cabana, cracker biscuits, vegetable sticks, etc.

  Main course may include spaghetti Bolognese, chicken schnitzels with potatoes and vegetables, a good old Sunday roast, BBQ meat & salads, chicken stir-fry, lasagna or fried rice with water & cordial (other main meals may be supplied, than those listed). 

 Dessert is always something yummy. May include chocolate mousse, ice cream & toppings, apple crumble & custard or fruit jellies. 

Supper:  Sweet biscuits with tea, coffee and milo