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 Remote Secrets 5 Day Tour $2650 pp.

 

Arrival Day.

 

We Greet you at the Alice Springs Airport. Then it’s into Alice Springs for your town tour.

 

Visiting Anzac Hill, Alice Springs Telegraph Station and a picnic lunch by the Todd River, School of the Air, Araluen Arts Centre and the RFDS.

 

Then it’s off to your B&B, the Squeaky Windmill to relax at sunset. Dinner is cooked by you but supplied by us!

 

Day 1. East MacDonnell Ranges Day Tour. 300km Sealed and unsealed.

 

Your journey taking you across the Todd River towards the East MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Stop at Emily Gap, where the mountain range is broken by a small meandering stream, have a refreshing cup of morning tea at the Coroboree Rock, and take a stroll in the wide sandy creek bed of Trephina Gorge.

 

Experience the Rugged and mesmerising landscape of the East MacDonnell Ranges on this revealing full-day tour. Uncover fascinating geological formations and fossils as you visit sacred rock art sites and an ever-changing landscape. Stand before an enormous Ghost Gum and enjoy a homemade Sandrifter ploughman’s lunch.

 

We make our back to Alice Springs by driving through riverbeds and cattle stations along the legendary Binns Track, with afternoon tea by the riverbed, Cattle Yards and a southern cross windmill, a true Northern Territory scene.

 

We arrive home by 530pm Then it’s off to your B&B, the Squeaky Windmill to relax at sunset. Dinner is cooked by you but supplied by us!

 

 Day 2. Old Andado. 330km 4x4 unsealed

 

Today we depart for the fringe of the Simpson Desert, 330 km south-east of Alice Springs is Old Andado. The route traverses fascinating terrain that includes mountain ranges, rocky gibber plains, desert sand dunes and floodplains. It truly is a breathtaking experience and one that you will not expect to see in Central Australia. On our drive, we chat about the history of the old homestead and life prior to electricity, running water and phones.

 

On arrival, you can spend hours wandering through the 1920s homestead, which has been restored as a museum. Andado is the largest station bordering the Simpson Desert and is located further into the desert than any other property. Andado, is 10,859 square kilometers and is the third largest single station in the Northern territory (about 2,000 square kilometers smaller than Wave Hill and Brunette Downs). Tonight, we camp out under the 5 million star hotel. (Tents or camp quarter accommodation is available, your choice)

 

Day 3 Dalhousie Springs - Mt Dare. 250km 4x4 unsealed road.

 

We head off for Mt Dare along the Binns Track and cross the oldest water course in the world, the Finke River. A splash of fuel at this outback pub and we head off across rocky gibber plains to the Dalhousie Station Homestead ruins. The park includes the National Heritage-listed Dalhousie Springs, used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as a source of food, shelter and medicine. You can swim in the main spring’s warm waters. The area is home to unique species of fish such as the Dalhousie hardy head and other rare aquatic life found nowhere else in the world.

 

What makes Dalhousie special is that the water emerges at 38-40ºC all year round and a swim in the large lake formed by the springs provides a welcome relief to the dry desert conditions surrounding them. Be warned however, that swimming in water at this temperature can be very tiring, so make use of the rubber tubes supplied and don’t swim far from the steps.

 

We return to Mt Dare Hotel late in the afternoon. Your accommodation here is cabin style.

 

Day 4 Mt Dare to Chambers Pillar. 400km unsealed

 

After breakfast, we depart back to Chambers Pillar along the Ghan Heritage Track.

 

If Time permits we may also visit the geographical centre of Australia. 

 

We have lunch under the shade of an ancient gumtree by the dry Hugh River then head to Chambers Pillar for the afternoon and camp out for the night under the big sky.

 

This is a stunning sunset in Central Australia.

 

Day 5 Chambers Pillar to Alice. 200km unsealed

 

We wake early to take in the sunrise over the pillar with hot coffee and breakfast.

 

You can wander the reserve for the early morning whilst camp is packed up. We leave the pillar and travel back to the Titjikala Arts Centre. Here you can see local ladies and traditional owners working away and peruse the art gallery. You have the option to purchase artwork here. We travel back to Alice Springs also visiting the Ewaninga Petroglyphs, a sacred men’s site with carvings thousands of years’ old.

 

Arrival into Alice Springs by midday and we say our goodbyes. We drop you at the Aurora hotel that is centrally located in Alice Springs.

 

                                                                              Inclusions

 

Entry fees into the Telegraph station, Arts Centre School of the Air and RFDS

 

 

Accommodation in order.

 

2 x Nights at The Squeaky Windmill

 

1 x Night at Old Andado. This can be camping or the basic camp quarters. 2 single beds.

 

1 x Night at Mt Dare Hotel,

 

1 x Night camping at Chambers Pillar

 

1 x Night at the Aurora Alice Springs.

 

 

 

Meals

 

Arrival Day

 

Lunch and dinner on your arrival day. Dinner is a BBQ, Salad & Sweet Hamper provided by Sandrifter for you to cook.

 

Day 1, East Macs

 

Breakfast at the SW, Lunch on tour and Dinner again prepared by Sandrifter for you to cook.

 

Day 2, Old Andado

 

Breakfast at the SW, Lunch on tour and Dinner

 

Day 3 Old Andado – Mt Dare

 

Breakfast, Lunch and refreshments by Sandrifter. Dinner at Mt Dare Hotel included. (Cash Bar Available)

 

Day 4

 

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

 

Day 5

 

Breakfast

 

All wine, Beer and Refreshments. Morning and afternoon teas

 

 

 

Trip Total PP

 

$2650 pp.

 

 

 

Please Remember. We are travelling in remote parts of Australia. We will provide you with a what to bring and what to expect closer to your departure date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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