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Our Outback adventure begins! A scenic drive through the Blue Mountains stopping at Echo Point, Katoomba, for our morning break. We cross the Great Dividing Range and travel onto the regional city of Dubbo, our destination for the night. In Dubbo we will host supported Field Staff from the Dubbo region involved with scripture education in schools and enjoy our first group dinner spending time in fellowship together as we hear of the work that these faithful Christians do to spread the gospel.
This morning we visit Dubbo’s Royal Flying Doctor Base Education Centre; founded as a “mantle of safety” in 1927 by Presbyterian Pastor Reverend John Flynn, the RFDS continues to be an essential service for people who live, work and travel in remote Australia.
After lunch we head through where the land starts to flatten as we leave Dubbo behind and travel to Nyngan on the Bogan River. It is then to Cobar, an historic mining town still drawing copper from its rich lodes.
From Cobar we drive to Wilcannia where we meet the Darling River; during the great river boat era of the mid-19th century this was the third largest inland port in Australia.
From Wilcannia we continue west to Broken Hill a frontier mining town set in a sprawling, desert landscape of red earth and huge skies.
Overnight: Broken Hill
Share Sunday worship with Rev Jack and Lill Harradine who are ministering to the Living Desert Indigenous Church with the support of BCA. Enjoy spending time with these wonderful workers for God.
After church we will do a little sightseeing in and around this interesting and historic town; many people know Broken Hill as the home to BHP, Australia’s first large scale mining company, but it also was Australia’s first heritage-listed city. The hugely prosperous silver, lead and zinc mining industries of the 19th Century left the city a legacy of grand architecture and today Broken Hill is known as a cultural hub, home to many art galleries and museums encapsulating the city’s rich history.
We cap off a wonderful day with a sunset tour of the dramatic Sculpture Symposium, a group of monumental sandstone sculptures, set in the Living Desert State Park. What a way to spend a Sunday!
Overnight: Broken Hill
Such varied countryside today as we travel into South Australia; we pass through the Northern Ranges that lead into the Flinders Ranges and travel via Peterborough and the delightful little township of Orroroo, said to have the widest street in Australia. Orroroo is also very close to Goyder’s Line which, when surveyed in 1865, was deemed the limit of productive land in South Australia.
Our destination is Port Augusta at the head of the Gulf of St Vincent. Port Augusta has long been known as the “Crossroads of Australia” and the “Gateway to the Outback” and, by strange serendipity, the roads really do head to the primary points of the compass – north, south, east and west. The award winning Wadlata Outback Centre provides a wonderful introduction to this region and the lives and history of the Aboriginal desert people who, for over 40,000 years, have lived in the lands that surround this city. We are at the edge of the Outback- only one more sleep …
Overnight: Port Augusta
Where does the Outback begin? It is safe to say that we now really are entering that elusive region, central to so much Australian folklore. We divert off the Stuart Highway to stop in Woomera for a morning break in the National Aerospace and Missile Park, a legacy of a town once being one of the most secret allied establishments in operation during the Cold War.
From 1947 – 1982 Woomera Village operated as a “closed town” to support the operations of the Woomera Rocket Range during the Anglo-Australia Project. It’s hard to imagine but this tiny town in the middle of the Outback (permanent population now 136) once was home to around 7000 people!
This is true Outback scenery-we marvel at the distant desert land forms called Mesas as the many salt pans / lakes and the vegetation has become stunted with low level spinifex. Our surroundings feel immeasurably vast with the road extending to the horizon – and beyond.
Tonight’s destination is Coober Pedy; set in a sunbaked “lunar landscape” this is a truly unique township where most buildings are built underground creating a labyrinth of houses, hotels, shops and churches. We will drive around this iconic Outback town before visiting the underground Catacomb Church and learn of the long-term ministry that has been provided by the Bush Church Aid Society (BCA).
Enjoy an incredible Outback sunset before we fall asleep tucked beneath the earth’s surface in one of the town’s famous dugouts. Definitely a memorable day!
Overnight: Coober Pedy
Great excitement and anticipation today as we travel North towards the very heart of the Red Centre and Uluru (Ayers Rock) A ritual border crossing as we drive over into the Northern Territory and also the chance to stand on the Tropic of Capricorn before turning West into Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) with its magnificent backdrop of Uluru.
Yulara Resort offers numerous guest activities and our coach captain will see what is available for you to enjoy – you may elect to book an early morning flight for sunrise over this mighty monolith, schedule in an extra morning walk or simply relax.
Optional flights: You may elect to enjoy a flight around Kata Tjuta by helicopter or Uluru by fixed wing aircraft. These flights may be booked on tour.
Overnight: Yulara Village
Today is a very special day: we’re up before dawn for the drive into the area reserved for specialist sunrise viewing (wear plenty of warm clothes). A unique and wonderful experience as we watch the colours of the Rock and the surrounding desert transform as the sun rises.
After the glory of sunrise at Uluru, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and some time to explore Yulara village and join in the various free activities on offer. A complimentary shuttle bus operates throughout the village, and today lunch will be at your own choice and cost. After lunch, we will drive to the large ancient rock formations known as Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) -explore a part of this amazing geological feature as we walk amongst the 36 giant domes that give the area it’s Pitjantjatjara name that means “many heads”.
Return to witness sunset at Uluru whilst surrounded by the incredible Field of Light installation as its colours slowly light up the desert. Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, this exhibition invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white. Enjoy a heavenly evening with stargazing and wonderful fellowship as we dine under the stars. Glory in God’s Creation – a day certain to live in your memory as well as your heart!
Overnight: YuIara Village
We farewell Uluru and rejoin the Stuart Highway with our sights set on Alice Springs.
Located 1500km from both Adelaide and Darwin, ‘Alice’ was once an integral part of the Overland Telegraph Line as well as the terminus for the old Ghan train.
The entrance to Alice Springs is spectacular as we pass through the Heavitree Gap, a narrow space shared with the new Ghan Railway line, and we will take a drive around town so you can get your bearings for the next few days.
Overnight: Alice Springs
Make the most of this laid-back town as we do a bit of sightseeing as well as enjoy some time at leisure to wander, visit a gallery of Indigenous Art or simply relax and connect with new friends over a coffee.
Experience the main attractions of this very special Central Australian township including the original Overland Telegraph Station and an afternoon visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park to take in the Birds of Prey Show.
We top off our day with a twilight walk in the stunning gorge that is Simpson’s Gap before returning to our hotel.
What a great day!
NOTE: We will make an effort to arrange meetings with appropriate Christian leaders for this afternoon or as dinner guests.
Overnight: Alice Springs
We attend church in Alice Springs for another wonderful opportunity to gather with local Christian people to share in worship and fellowship. After lunch we drive into the nearby West MacDonnell Ranges – be amazed by the beauty of the sheer walls of the Standley Chasm as they glow a rich deep pink-red from the reflected sunlight.
A late afternoon sunset drive back to Alice is the perfect way to end a Sunday. It’s our final evening together so we will celebrate with a time of fun and fellowship.
Overnight: Alice Springs
We fly home from Alice Springs with full hearts and wonderful memories; our Outback tour may be ended but it has been a fun-filled holiday of incredible scenery, wonderful experiences and fellowship shared with new friends.
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