On this incredible adventure designed specifically for Stella Maris College Manly, you will experience a section of The Larapinta Trail, one of the finest walks in Australia, sunset and sunrise over beautiful Uluru, wonderous Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), spectacular Ormiston Pound and the overall razorback rocky, red outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. We follow a diverse itinerary that will have you cover between five and ten kilometres for one day on The Larapinta Trail to give you a taste of this famous trail. You will need to carry only a light pack as a support vehicle will meet us at our campsites with bush tucker that will exceed 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 local art and the region in general. Included are also educational visits to the Flying Doctor Museum, School of the Air, Alice reptile centre and the Uluru Cultural Centre. We then 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 buildup of excitement, your Outback Adventure is finally here! Your flight today is with Qantas on QF790 and departs at 09:40 so please arrive at the Sydney Domestic Terminal with plenty of time. Your flight is flying direct to the desert city of Alice Springs and you will land at 12:30.
You will be met on arrival at Alice Springs airport by your World Youth Adventures representative and crew 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. You'll then jump on the back of a camel to literally ride into the desert sunset, on your way for your first overnight 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 around 6 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. 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. Following this, we visit Ellery Creek Big Hole for a short 2km 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 and farewell The Larapinta Trail.
Accommodation: Exclusive Eco Camps
We arise early with the sun (sunrises over the desert are not to be missed!), pack up camp and leave The Larapinta Trail behind, heading towards the Red Centre - the "Heart of Australia".
Today is a long driving day (7 Hours) and we continue West on Namatjira drive, leaving the West MacDonnell Range National Park behind us. As the spectacular red desert scenery whizzes past your window you will feel like you are in a different country! Excitement builds as in the distance, after a long day driving, we gain our first glimpse of Uluru, sitting pretty on the horizon and it is quite an impressive sight! We head straight for "Sunset Strip" this afternoon to catch the many changing faces and colours of this sacred rock at sunset and then retire for the evening at our campsite.
Today, we head to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk the Valley of the Winds. Depending on how we all feel, we have the option to walk the full 8km loop walk or take a shorter 3km section, then head to Walpa Gorge for a shorter 2.5km walk, walking 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. Our walking trails today combine flat, sturdy terrain, along with clambering up and over different rock formations.
We will rise with the sun today, witnessing again the beautiful colours that paint Uluru which are different compared to Sunset and prepare for our days exploration of Uluru. There are several walks in and around the ‘Rock’ that we can choose to discover. We can walk the base walk that takes around 4hrs and 11km, or many other shorter walks such as Mala, Kuniya, Liru or Dune. We visit the Cultural Centre and learn about the creation stories from the Anangu people of the area. 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 on VA1628, departing Yulara Airport at 13:50, arriving back in Sydney at 17:20. All services finish on arrival in Sydney.
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