Hike through the southern Flinders Ranges, experience life underground in Coober Pedy, amazing sunrises and sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Travel the real Australian outback from Adelaide to Alice Springs on our Groovy Grape Rock Patrol tour.
Rock Patrol is a truly memorable experience that captures the beauty, authenticity, and culturally significant background of Outback Australia. Our guides are accredited experts in the region and have been touring there for many years. The food on tour is prepared fresh and always tasty, it’s not uncommon that we receive feedback on how good it is! From the locations, accommodation, and activities available, you can truly connect with nature, adventure, and make some new tour friends along the way.
SWAG CAMP UNDER TWINKLING OUTBACK SKIES
ALLIGATOR GORGE HIKE IN THE FLINDERS RANGES
SIFT FOR OPALS IN THE UNDERGROUND TOWN OF COOBER PEDY
HAND FEED JOEYS AT JOSEPHINE’S KANGAROO ORPHANAGE
WALK THE BASE OF ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
HIKE VALLEY OF THE WINDS AT KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS)
EXPLORE WATARRKA KINGS CANYON AND THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Day 1 – Adelaide > Flinders Ranges
Welcome to Adelaide! Home to beautiful wineries, award-winning beaches, and bars galore. We’ll pick you up bright and early from a range of pickup points in the Adelaide CBD. From here we begin our adventure through the picturesque wine region of the Clare Valley. Enjoy a pitstop at Melrose, the gateway to the Flinders Ranges where you can grab a coffee, last-minute supplies, and get to know your tour mates. We enjoy an easy stroll through the towering red sandstone cliffs in Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wildflowers. We’ll then settle in the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges for the night.
Day 2 – Flinders Ranges > Coober Pedy
Hitting the highway to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you will notice the incredible ever-changing landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for Kangaroos, Emus, Horses, and Eagles as we thunder across a very Mars-unique-looking landscape.
In town, we’ll take an underground Opal Mine and Museum tour where you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight, we sleep as the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation. You’ll have some free time to explore this afternoon, be sure to find a hilly spot and admire the glowing pink sunset or try your hand at noodling for opals.
Day 3 – Coober Pedy > Kings Canyon
It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pitstops en-route. We have an epic playlist to serenade your ears with and fun bus activities to keep you entertained.
Watch the changing landscapes from Mulga woodlands, escarpments, and nearby ranges. Our mission today is to reach the majestic Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we will camp for the night on an authentic outback station.
Day 4 – Kings Canyon > Uluru
We’re not going to lie, today is an early wakeup. Trust us though, it’s worth it. Have your water bottle at the ready as we hike up Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and witness yet another jaw-dropping sunrise that silhouettes the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor, and stunning gorges perfectly.
On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch, we begin our journey into Uluru (Ayers Rock). Nothing will prepare you for the sight of Uluru. You know it’s big… but it’s bigger than you think. We quickly set up camp before learning about the local Aboriginal History at the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Soon after we’ll be experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 5 – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
We start the day at dawn by taking a (4 hour) hike to the majestic Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Be prepared to be blown away with the size of these ancient rock formations and the extraordinary views. Later, we relax back at our campground for a dip in the pool or join one of our Adrenalin Plus options, such as skydiving over Uluru. or the Field of Lights
Day 6 – Uluru > Alice Springs
After devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast we will experience another sunrise. It’s impossible to grow tired of the vibrant colors, especially when this ones at Uluru. Walk the base of Uluru where you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at Uluru’s geological wonders such as Mututjulu Waterhole, and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. After lunch, we’ll hit the road to Alice Springs, arriving approximately at 6:30 pm.
*You can also be dropped off at Ayers Rock Campground for your flight out of Ayers Rock.
In Alice Springs we say goodbye to each other. It’s okay to get teary, it’s been an action-packed week. Take a picture with them for the memory book and tag us @groovygrapetours
The Rock Patrol tour is from Adelaide to Uluru/Alice Springs, it can also be travelled in reverse on our Alice Springs/Uluru to Adelaide Rock 2 Water tour.
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