This central Australia adventure has been designed specifically for Stella Maris College Manly. You will experience a section of The Larapinta Trail, one of the finest walks in Australia, as well as a sunset and sunrise over Uluru, the wonderous Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), the spectacular Ormiston Pound and much more. We've selected sections of the Larapinta Trail whereby you'll trek between five and ten kilometres in a day to give you a taste of this famous trail. You will need to carry only a light pack as a support vehicle will meet the group at our campsites, where the bush tucker prepare will exceed your expectations. Every day, you will be immersed in the stunning landscapes of the red centre, including some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets you will ever witness. We also spend time with local Traditional Owners as they talk to us about the tourism industry and the region. Included are also educational visits to the Flying Doctor Museum, School of the Air, Alice Reptile Centre and the Uluru Cultural Centre. We top off this amazing, culturally rich week with a visit to the famous "Rock" - Uluru. This is a school excursion that you DON'T want to miss!
After all the planning, preparation and anticipation, your Outback Adventure is finally here! Your flight today is with Qantas departing at 9:40am so please arrive at the Sydney Domestic Terminal 2 hours prior. Your flight is flying direct to the desert city of Alice Springs and you will land at 12:25pm. You will be met on arrival at Alice Springs airport by your World Youth Adventures guide and you will hit the ground running, with a city tour of Alice Springs. The city tour includes visits to The Royal Flying Doctor Museum, Alice Springs School of the Air, Alice Springs Reptile Centre and The Telegraph Station. We'll leave the town of Alice Springs for a short drive to meet with our camel driver who will talk to you about his tourism business before jumping on the back of a camel to ride into the desert sunset on your way for your first overnight camp.
Overnight: Private eco-camp
Today we will transfer to a section of the famous Larapinta Trail, to discover parts of the unique and stunning walk. The Larapinta Trail takes 12 days (one way) to complete, however due to our time restrictions we will only be undertaking some short walks today and checking out only a small handful of the incredible sights that are dotted along the trail. We will travel to Standley Chasm where we will be met by one of the Traditional Owners, Deanella. She will take us for a walk (1.5km) into the chasm to sit with us and chat about the land and aboriginal ways of the area, as well as the field of guiding. Following this, we visit Ellery Creek Big Hole for a short walk where you'll have the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the waterhole of this important geological site. For our afternoon walk we will take in the spectacular Ormiston Pound loop walk (approx. 7km), the most spectacular side walk of The Larapinta Trail, formed through movement of the earth, wind and rain over millions of years. We head west again from Ormiston Pound to our semi permanent camp below Mt Sonder at Fearless camp. There is free time before dinner around camp this evening to relax, share stories and take in the incredible sun setting over this brilliant landscape.
Accommodation: Private eco camp
We rise early for our drive to the Red Centre. After approximately two hours of driving we stop at Tnorala to stretch our legs with a short walk around an eroded remnant of an impact crater. Back on the road we continue for another 5 hours to reach our campsite at Wattarka National Park. We take another short walk before retiring at our campsite for an early night.
We rise early for breakfast and then a 3-4 hour drive to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). We walk the 3km section of the Valley of the Winds, before heading to Walpa Gorge for a shorter 2.5km walk between these massive domes. Kata Tjuta is a group of large, domed rock formations or bornhardts and form one of two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The Anangu Aborigines believe the great rocks of Kata Tjuta are homes to spirit energy from the 'Dreaming', and since 1995 the site is being used once again for religious ceremonies. Next we drive to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, just 1km from the Rock, a fabulous introduction to Uluru, where we'll take a guided tour. Displays and exhibits focus on Aboriginal law, religion and custom, as well as information on the natural and human history of the park. This evening we enjoy a spectacular sunset at Uluru.
We wake early for sunrise, witnessing again the beautiful colours that paint Uluru. There are several walks in and around the Uluru that we can choose to explore, including the base walk that takes around 4hrs/11km, or many other shorter walks such as Mala, Kuniya, Liru or Dune. Our walk will be lead by an indigenous guide. All walks are dependant on our flight departure time and will be finalised closer to the day. After an amazing and life changing journey in the Red Centre of Australia, you will be transferred to Yulara airport for your flight back to Sydney. Your flight today is with Virgin Australia departing Yulara Airport at 1:50pm, arriving back in Sydney at 5:20pm. All services finish on arrival in Sydney.
The scenery was spectacular, Counts Point and Ormiston Gorge being two highlights; the walking was enjoyable and included some good challenges; our guides Ange, Nicole and Ashton took good care of us; the camp site enhanced the experience, the food and sleeping under the stars in our swags were two more highlights. We will certainly recommend World Expeditions to anyone looking for a similar experience. We have already been reading about the other World Expedition Australian Walking holidays.
Robin & Jim McBride, NSW, Australia
World Expeditions do not disappoint! The guides, the meals and the level of organisation is of a very high standard. I have taken 2 trips and would not hesitate to travel anywhere in the world with them.
L. Nath, Leura, NSW Australia
World Expeditions Larapinta trail in comfort is terrific value in terms of experiencing one of the best walks in the world and be well guided and looked after in the process.
A. Rodger, West Pennant Hills, NSW Australia
The experience of walking the Larapinta Trail was excellent - I enjoyed all aspects of the trip and was very impressed by our guides who kept us safe, informed us, challenged us, fed us and managedlogistics all with wonderful care and good humour. The landscape was amazing and I really enjoyed learning about the geology, vegetation and birdlife as well as the cultural significance of the places we visited. It was a great trip and I would be very happy to do something like this again with World Expeditions.
J. Grant, Australia
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