2.5 Day - MacDonnell Ranges
Catapillar Dreaming 4WD Tour
This tour does not visit Ayers Rock however it takes you to places usually not
seen by people visiting this region. You will experience aboriginal culture and
visit an outback aboriginal community where you will meet your aboriginal guide who will give you a true insight into the aboriginal way of life in these remote locations.
You will learn about ancient myths and stories of their land and try out your
taste buds with some bush tucker. You will learn how to throw a spear and a
boomerang as well as viewing paintings and artifacts which can be purchased.
This tour will take you well off the beaten tourist track and into the real
Australian Outback experiencing a night in the bush under the magnificent
outback sky where you can watch falling stars and if you concentrate, an
orbiting satellite or two while relaxing at a true outback camp sleeping in
Day 1 You will be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation approximately 3.30pm before we head off to our private campsite at Glen Helen. Enjoy a campsite dinner while being mesmerised by the out back night sky and the millions of stars that can be seen from your outback swag.
Day 2 Today we explore the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges. We travel along a 4WD dirt track to Ormiston Gorge. Keep your eyes open to spot Perentie Lizards relaxing along the banks and take time for a swim in the rock holes. We hike along the Ghost Gum Walk before taking the 4WD track again to drive through to Owen Springs Reserve. This is the same route taken by the first European explorers. Tonight we relax round the campfire with a hearty dinner and wonder how tough it was for the first explorers to survive out here. Another incredible night sky to fall asleep under.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Morning is at its best as the sun starts to rise followed with a hearty breakfast and a fresh pot of coffee. After breaking camp we head off and cross over the Hugh River Stock Route. Travelling on we arrive at the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community to spend time with the traditional owners exploring their land. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang, see ancient aboriginal rock paintings and carvings and learn about the deep understanding the owners have of this pristine remote land.
Travelling along along the Old South Road back to Alice Springs we take time out to visit the Erwinga Art site before arriving back in Alice Springs around 5.30pm. Have a shower and join the other passengers for a post tour get together for a farewell meal and a few cold beers (optional).
Note: optional activities at own expense
Things you should bring:
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, water bottle, towel, pillow, toiletries, torch, warm clothing in winter months, insect repellent, camera & film.
Experienced tour guide, meals as indicated, camping fees & equipment
Tour Code WO2
This tour departs and returns to Alice Springs
1st December 2012 to 31st March 2013
Tour Departs Alice Springs 3.30pm Monday - Thursday - Saturday
1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014
Tour Departs Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Tour Finishes Alice Springs 5.30pm
Maximum People for this tour 16 people
Accommodation Accommodation on this tour is sleeping in swags at a permanent campsite
Transport Mitsubishi Canter 4WD or Troop Carrier with sideways facing seats
Hike Difficulty Basic fitness is required for this tour return hikes of 6 to 8 kilometres.
Price per person
Adult: $445.00 includes local fees
Child (8 to 15): $445.00 includes local fees
Extra Costs Optional activities
Price valid until 31st March 2014