Red Centre – Tracks, Trucks and Trains – Tag along Tour – SA & NT

Destination: Red Centre (Tracks, Trucks and Trains) 4WD Tag along Tour – SA & NT

Overview Itinerary A detailed itinerary will be provided upon 4WD Tour booking and full payment of the tour cost
Dates: 5th – 18th of August 2017 (inclusive)
Duration: 14 Days – 4WD Tag along Tour/Vehicle (2 people)
Trip Cost: $2,995.00/vehicle  (inc GST) Per vehicle – 2 people (Additional costs for extra adults or children)
Where: Alice Spring via Oodnadatta Track following the old Ghan line and West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon, Uluru and Coober Pedy.
Degree of difficulty:

Driver Experience:

Moderate 4WDriving with rough sections on the old Ghan line.

Some prior 4WD experience on gibber and in rocky terrain would be useful but we will help you along the way or perhaps you’d like to attend one of our Driver Training Courses prior to the trip. Do you require 4WD Training?

Accommodation:  Bush camps and some powered camping sites
Fees: Camping, Aboriginal Lands Permits (Uluru), Underground Motel stay in Coober Pedy and End of Tour dinner at the Austral Inn Hotel in Quorn.
Approximate Distance: 4000 km’s approx. (return from Adelaide)

 

Days 1 – 3 Day 1  – We start off filled with nostalgia as we travel along the old Ghan Railway line from Quorn in the Flinders Ranges to Marree and we’ll visit various Ghan ruins along the way. Then we turn west on to the famous Oodnadatta Track and make camp at Coward Springs.  01 Photos for Collages sm
Start Date: August 5th Day 2 We visit several hot artesian springs and some old railway infrastructure as we make our way along the Oodnadatta Track to the remote outpost of William Creek and out to the edge of Lake Eyre to Halligan’s Bay.
  Day 3 – Morning tea and a photo stop at the famous Algebuckina Bridge and then onto Oodnadatta itself. A visit to the famous Pink Roadhouse and then we head north to Hamilton Station. 
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Days 4 – 5 Days 4 & 5 – Forging north we follow the old Ghan Line into very remote and hospitable country to see the challenges they faced when building the railway and travelling through this unique part of Australia. A visit to the most remote pub in Australia, Mount Dare and then on to Finke and we’ll make a slight detour and visit Lambert Centre (the Geographical centre of Australia). Another minor detour out to Chambers Pillar before re-joining the last part of the old Ghan Railway line literally, as we drive on sections of it, where the tracks once laid, all the way into Alice Springs.  02 Photos for Collages1 sm
 Days 6 – 8 Days 6 to 8 – At Alice Springs we get to relax and visit the Truck Museum and the Ghan Museum and check out the RFDS Base and Museum also, so important as a ‘Mantle of Safety’ in the Outback. After a 2-night stay and refuelling and resupplying, we leave ‘The Alice’ and head west through the West McDonnell Ranges and camp in and explore this ancient part of Australia with its waterholes and gorges, so unique in the desert.
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 Day 9 – We make our way down to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop Road (another iconic Track) to explore Kings Canyon itself. The ‘Canyon Rim Walk’ is a must and a visit to the local pub for a feed is recommended.
   03 Photos for Collages2 sm Day 10 to 11 – From there we head south to Yulara so we can visit Uluru (Ayres Rock) and either climb it or do the base walk (depending on how you feel) and then on to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to walk the ‘Valley of the Winds’. We’ll also have some drinks and nibble’s as we take the opportunity to view the sunsets at both on the two nights we’re there – the sunsets really are something special!
 
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Days 12 – 13

 

Day 12 to 13 – When we eventually leave ‘The Rock’ we get to see the new (transport), as we’ll see numerous modern Road Trains and freight Trains as we make our way home. We make a brief detour into the ‘The Breakaways’ as we make our way into Coober Pedy for a unique overnight stop and stay in an underground motel room with all the luxury of modern conveniences and a ‘posh shower!!   6385 - To Coober Pedy adj sm
 End Date: 18th August  ** Day 14 – From there we head home via a stop at Lake Hart where we’ll no doubt see the latest heavy freight and ‘Super Freighter’ Trains, as we head to Pimba and then home. Back in Quorn and we’ll spend the last tour night together having an end of tour dinner at the Austral Inn Hotel and a chance to relive the highlights and our favourite moments of our trip. 
   ** If you’re exhausted after all that perhaps have a few relaxing days in Quorn before heading home **
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**  Clients are advised to ensure they have extra time available. Delays may occur depending on the condition of the roads, possible weather events and any unforseen mechanical issues.
Note: To take advantage of the full 14 days, it is requested that you are packed and ready to go on the Saturday morning from Quorn which is approximately a 4hr (336km) drive from Adelaide.

If you choose to stay at the Quorn Caravan Park, please say you’re doing a Tour with us and you’ll receive a discount off your campsite or accommodation. Gary & Bronwyn at the Quorn C.P. can be contacted on (08) 8648 6206.

Price includes all Camping fees, Aboriginal Lands Permits (Uluru), Underground Motel stay in Coober Pedy and End of Tour dinner at the Austral Inn Hotel in Quorn.

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Price: $2,995.00

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