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The Outback Way and Red Centre

FROM $7,295

Venture along the iconic Great Central Road, part of the Outback Way. Discover the steel sculptures of Lake Ballard, experience the Sounds of Silence overlooking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and embark on the Kings Canyon rim walk.

  • DURATION 11 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY 4WD ADVENTURE
  • OPERATES JUN - SEP 2017
  • DEPARTS Perth

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Perth

Arrive in Perth and be transferred to your luxurious hotel. This evening, get to know your Tour Director, Driver-Guide and fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Dinner.(D)
Stay:Perth, Hyatt Regency

DAY 2 Perth, York, Wave Rock, Hyden

Cross the breathtaking Darling Ranges on the way to historic York, the oldest inland town in Western Australia, classified by the National Trust. Here, enjoy an informative tour with a local guide. Continue to Hyden and explore the mesmerising natural wonder of Wave Rock, rising 15 metres high, appearing ready to crash onto a prehistoric surf. This region is known for its Banksias, Mulla Mulla and Grevilleas.(BLD)
Stay:Hyden, Wave Rock Motel

DAY 3 Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Journey across the wheat belt to Coolgardie, the original site of Western Australia’s gold rush. Visit the Gold Museum, offering an introduction to the early history of the Coolgardie Goldfields. Tour Kalgoorlie-Boulder, known as the City of Gold, producing more than half of the gold mined in Australia. See the town’s ‘Golden Mile’, still regarded as one of the richest gold deposits in the world. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.(BLD)
Stay: Ibis Styles Kalgoorlie

DAY 4 Lake Ballard, Leonora

This morning, visit the Ora Banda Historical Inn, a delightful old pub with a colourful past including its very own ghost. Travel onwards to Lake Ballard, where you’ll stop for lunch and to explore the sculptures created by renowned artist Antony Gormley. On the white salt plains lie these 51 steel sculptures that span 10 square kilometres. The lake is also a breeding habitat for water fowl species. Located on the outskirts of Leonora is the ghost town of Gwalia, deserted since the closure of the major employer, a gold mine, in 1963. The mine was once managed by a young geologist named Herbert Hoover, who later became the 31st president of the USA. Frozen in time, the town is now a monument to its own fascinating history.(BLD)
Stay: Leonora Motor Inn

DAY 5 Great Central Road, Warburton

Set off early this morning and continue the journey along the Great Central Road, part of The Outback Way, a 2,800-kilometre series of roads linking Queensland with Western Australia. Keep an eye out for the herds of wild camels that call this area home. See the gnamma holes, a useful source of water for the local Ngaanyatjarra people. Arrive in Warburton, famed for its extraordinary glass work and Aboriginal art.(BLD)
Stay: Warburton Roadhouse

DAY 6 Gunbarrel Highway, Lasseter’s Cave, Giles Weather Station

Visit the Warburton Arts and Cultural Centre and the Giles Weather Station. Travel a short section of the original Gunbarrel Highway to Lasseter’s Cave, named after the eccentric man who claimed to have discovered a rich gold reef in Central Australia. He died in mysterious circumstances on an expedition to recover it. Search for the beautiful Sturt’s Desert Pea throughout Central Australia. This evening after dinner participate in an Australian first and the biggest Field of Light installation to date. A now global phenomenon, Field of Light installations first materialized at London’s Victoria and Albert Museums in 2004. Having further dazzled visitors at sites across the United Kingdom, United States and Mexico, this ambitious exhibition presents an inimitable opportunity to enjoy the spiritual nature of the destination in a unique and mesmerizing way. Installed by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro and his team, more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. A dream first imagined 24 years ago, Munro saw a landscape of illuminated stems like the dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light.(BLD)
Stay: Uluru, Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort

DAY 7 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Experience the magic of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Travel to Kata Tjuta – The Olgas and hike through Walpa Gorge. Tonight, join the renowned Sounds of Silence dining experience. Shortly before sundown you are driven to a special desert location to enjoy drinks whilst listening to the sounds of the didgeridoo as the sun sets over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Then, indulge in a delicious feast of Australian delicacies under the night sky.(BLD)
Stay: Uluru, Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort

DAY 8 Uluru, Mt Conner, Kings Canyon

Experience Uluru up close and in-depth. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day watching the fabulous sunrise. Take a tour around the base of Uluru before lunch at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Later, see the flat-topped, mesa formation that is Mt Conner en route to Kings Canyon, located within a secluded part of Kings Creek Station.(BLD)
Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

DAY 9 Kings Canyon, Alice Springs

Discover the remarkable sandstone formations of Kings Canyon this morning, where a challenging walk takes you along the canyon rim and through the Lost City to the Garden of Eden, a valley with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation. Afterwards, set out off-road along the famous Mereenie Loop Road to Alice Springs.(BLD)
Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

DAY 10 West MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm

Today, visit the Old Telegraph Station, an Alice Springs institution constructed in 1871. Then, take in the highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges including the towering cliffs of Simpsons Gap. Afterwards, discover the beautiful Standley Chasm, gouged by flood water over millions of years. See rugged and beautiful Ormiston Gorge, often thought of as the jewel of the MacDonnell Ranges. Here, the water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native flora and fauna. Tonight, sit down to a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.(BLD)
Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

DAY 11 Depart Alice Springs

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.(B)

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