There's no finer way to travel between Adelaide and Alice Springs than Topdeck's Outback Gem tour. See the best of South Australia including the Flinders Ranges, a Clare Valley winery, Parachilna, Quorn and underground mining town Coober Pedy. In the Northern Territory see sunrise over Uluru and camp under the stars near Kings Canyon for an amazing Outback experience. This Outback Gem is a beauty!
There's more wineries around here than flies on a sheep's... but today we're taking you to the oldest in the Clare Valley for a taste test; a wine drinker's dream. On the way, we stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall-there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. (D)
Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in its toy cupboard today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound-a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station-an abandoned sheep and cattle farm. (B, L, D)
After a #saltlakeselfie stop, we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. Then: time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild. (B, D)
It's time to cross the Mad Max landscape of the Moon Plain, but don't worry; we won't make you fight to the death. Then, check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. That resort pool is just what the doctor ordered. (B)
We're hitting the red ground running with a visit to a camel farm and then onto Yulara. It's off to Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own grub. Welcome to the outback, mate. (B, D)
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise sesh back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Do your best Attenborough narration as you keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. (B)
Get ready for some sole searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. (B, D)
Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.
If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: rad). (B, L)