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7 Day Reef to Rock Overland

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About this tour: Get a fix of tropical Australia in Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands, then hit the road west through the Outback to Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Cairns’ tropical coastline and the dusty expanses of the Red Centre might be two of Australia’s most visited traveller attractions, but very few ever make the journey between them by road. For most, the distance is just too long, the roads are a bit too rough and the stop-offs en route too lacking in renown. For others, these factors are precisely what excite. Post getting your fix of tropical splendour in Cairns and the Atherton Tableland, hit the road west for tastes of genuine Outback culture at such little-known outposts as Hughenden, Winton, Porcupine Creek and Boulia. Get to know Alice Springs under your own steam, then spend a few days exploring by foot the boulders, gullies, canyons, chasms, ridges and ravines of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park). This off-road adventure is for travellers wanting to know Australia both through and beyond its big name attractions.


Tour Name: 7 Day Rock to Reef Overland

01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Trip Code:

Trip Style:
• Basix

Tour Departs From:
• Select Cairns accommodation

Tour Departs:
• 01APR17-31MAR18: Wed

Tour Finishes:
• Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 7

Max People:
• 16

Tour Theme:
• Explorer, Walking & Trekking

• Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

• POBRQ - Yulara (Ayers Rock) to Cairns (Basix)
• POBRQY - Alice Springs to Cairns (Basix)
AUD $1390 per person
AUD $45 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix)

• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Levies included: National Park park fee.
• Children minimum age 12 and above allowed.


Why we love this trip
• Cut through the centre of Australia on one of the most remote 4WD tracks in the country
• See the striking sands of the Red Centre to the sparkling turquoise waters of the North-East
• Travel with a small group of 16 in a custom built 4WD
• Get off the beaten track in a region that no other travel companies go

Is this trip right for you?
• This is a camping tour, so you will spend some nights sleeping in permanent tents
• The temperatures in Australia can be quite extreme and it's important to stay hydrated
• This is an overland trip so there is a focus on driving long distances, which is all a part of the experience


Day 1: Cairns to Hughenden
Your Reef to Rock adventure gets underway this morning with an early pick-up from your Cairns accommodation. First stop for the day is Hughenden, a small town situated on the banks of the Flinders River. For such a small town (at last count there was less than 1,200 residents), Hughenden actually has a fair few attractions to its name. A life-size statue of a Muttaburrasaurus occupies a roundabout (the town is home to the Hughenden Dinosaur Festival); there's a Bullride and Race Day every September, and in 2008 Hughenden hosted the inaugural Hughenden Camel Endurance Challenge. Continuing up and into the Atherton Tablelands, enjoy a dip in Millstream Falls; then stop in at Lynd junction to check out Australia's smallest pub. Explore the year-round waterholes and coloured sandstone cliffs of Porcupine Creek, plus the barren plains of outlying Porcupine Gorge, before settling down for the night in Hughenden.

Total driving time takes around six and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours. (L/D)


Day 2: Hughenden to Boulia
You'll notice the scenery quickly starts to change the further west you go; the greenery of the bush giving way to the vast, rest dust horizons of the Outback. Pass through the town of Winton - birthplace of QANTAS and Banjo Patterson's Waltzing Mathilda - for a night spent in Boulia, rumoured hotspot of the mysterious Min Min Lights.

Total driving time takes around six hours. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Boulia to Alice Springs
Prepare for a long day on the road as we continue our journey east. From here to Alice Springs the road is mostly dirt - this is a route through some of the world's remotest countryside after all!

Total driving time takes around nine hours. (B/L)

Day 4: Alice Springs
Arriving in Alice, enjoy a day getting to know this rustic, Red Centre hub at your own pace. Pay a visit to the critters of Alice Springs Reptile Centre, potter down to Todd River to see if any water's flowing (unlikely), or just pull up a stool at the locals for a few frothies (cold beers) with the town's colorful characters.

Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
For those keen to experience the outback from a different perspective, this morning offers the chance to call in at a working camel farm and clamber up for a ride (Please note that this is an optional activity at own expense). Break for lunch in Yulara (our permanent campsite for tonight); then head out on a guided walking tour through the colossal rock forms of Kata Tjuta. As the sun starts to set, charge a glass of sparkling to one epic Uluru sunset. While you're soaking up the spectacle, your tour host will be readying dinner for your arrival back at camp.

Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours. (L/D)

Day 6: Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
Rise and shine folks, this is one sunrise you'd really regret missing. After watching day break over the world's largest slab of sandstone, enjoy an unguided walk around Uluru's base minus the day-trippers. Get to know Uluru - and hear about the traditions and beliefs of the region's traditional custodians, the Mala people - during a cultural interpretive walk led by an indigenous guide. There'll also be time to admire Aboriginal arts and crafts at the onsite Cultural Centre before driving into our exclusive campsite in Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park).

Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Enter a Lost City, tour a Garden of Eden and test the acoustics of an all-natural Amphitheatre during a guided 6km hike through Kings Canyon. Watarrka National Park is one extremely photogenic place, so don't forget the camera. At trek's end it's time for a bite to eat before the drive back to Alice, where your Reef to Rock adventure winds up.

Total driving time is approximately four and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour. (B/L)




What to bring on tour:
• Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
• Meals: 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
• Transport: 4WD vehicle
• Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
• Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee,

• Millstream Falls • Porcupine Creek • Kings Canyon Rim Walk • Mala cultural interpretative walk • Uluru Base Walk • Uluru Cultural Centre • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee

© • Sunrise

© • Sunset

© • Kata Tjuta - the Olgas
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For those keen to experience the outback from a different perspective, this morning offers the chance to call in at a working camel farm and clamber up for a ride (Please note that this is an optional activity at own expense).

Important notes
1. 1. This trip leaves Cairns at approximately 6:00am on day 1 and finishes in Alice Springs around 6pm on day 7.
2. Onward travel must be booked the following day
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag, you can bring you own or purchase one from us
4. Trip also runs in reverse see POBQR

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

• * Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

• The Valley of the Winds walk is quite often it is closed due to weather etc. There is another option other than the Walpa gorge walk to do half the Valley of the Winds which still gets to the good viewing point without doing the full walk which is often in the direct sun. (Agent note only-RH)

• ^Where an Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

• Those joining the trip at Yulara will not have the opportunity to ride a camel, as the farm is on the journey to Yulara. Lunch is not included on Day 1.

• ^^Please note pick up times from Ayers Rock Resort vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. Please contact our Reservations team for further information. The free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Lunch is not included on Day 1.

• Children minimum age 12 and above allowed.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle: similar or a Land Cruiser if low numbers (Re notes;RH)

A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle

Fitness Level: 3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.


The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.


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