Central Australia

Experience the life-changing impact of the outback as you camp in the wilderness and learn about ancient Aboriginal culture. Absorb the beauty and wisdom of sites such as Uluru and Kakadu National Park, witness an opal cutting and polishing demonstration at Cooper Pedy and lose yourself among sandstone cliffs and natural rock pools at Kings Canyon.

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Central Australia

Experience the life-changing impact of the outback as you camp in the wilderness and learn about ancient Aboriginal culture. Absorb the beauty and wisdom of sites such as Uluru and Kakadu National Park, witness an opal cutting and polishing demonstration at Cooper Pedy and lose yourself among sandstone cliffs and natural rock pools at Kings Canyon.

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10 Days*

Highlights

The Royal Flying Doctors BaseSchool of the AirAlice Springs Desert ParkWatarrka National ParkUluruAnzac HillCoober Pedy

Learning Areas

Humanities and Social SciencesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and CultureVisual Arts

Your Adventure

1 Adelaide
  • Travel to Adelaide
2 Adelaide - Coober Pedy
  • Coober Pedy sightseeing tour Take a guided tour of the town famous for opals and its underground population. See Faye's Underground Home and the Old Timers Mine, visit an underground Church, and learn about the quality and different types of opals at an opal cutting and polishing demonstration at the Umoona Opal Mine.
3 Coober Pedy - Alice Springs
  • Travel to Alice Springs via Breakaway Reserve Begin your journey to Alice Springs. Just 10km out of Coober Pedy, see if you can spot Breakaway Reserve – a unique series of flat top mountains that have broken away from the main mountain range. Fun fact: Mad Max filmed scenes here in the 80’s!
4 Alice Springs
  • Royal Flying Doctors guided visit See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology as the heroic stories of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) are brought to life. Through the use of holograms and touchscreen portals, interact with John Flynn, founder of the RFDS, who tells of the heroic tales of its birth and growth.
  • Alice Springs School of the Air guided visit Appreciate the unique, and first of its kind, educational facility that is Alice Springs School of the Air. Discover its history and its success in providing schooling and daily lessons to children in remote locations since 1951.
  • Old Telegraph Station guided visit Be immersed in the history of Telegraph Station, the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Learn about the lives of the early telegraphers and their families, and delve into its Stolen Generation history.
  • Alice Springs Desert Park visit and Nature Theatre Learn about wildlife, conservation and culture as you explore the Desert Park. Continue your journey to the Nature Theatre to be enthralled by birds of prey and other predators of the desert.
  • Optional: Alice Springs Reptile Centre Be delighted as you receive a visit from the friendly reptiles at Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Accompanied by experienced handlers, get to know these fascinating reptiles and have the opportunity to feed or handle them - if you dare!
5 West MacDonnell Ranges
  • MacDonnell Ranges visit Spend the day exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges, from its breathtaking scenery and world-class hikes, to swimming holes and natural treasures. Stop along the way to enjoy the sights of Standley Chasm, John Flynn’s Grave, Simpson’s Gap, Glen Helen Gorge and Ormiston Gorge.
  • Anzac Hill lookout visit Take in the panoramic view of Alice Springs and the beautiful surrounding ranges from the peak of Anzac Hill. The Anzac Hill Memorial is dedicated to those who have served in defence of their country during all wars Australia has participated in.
6 Alice Springs - Watarrka
  • Optional: Camels experience Enjoy a short camel ride in natural bushland right at the foot of the magnificent James Ranges. Discover how the camel farm processes wool and turns it into wonderful textile pieces during an educational presentation.
  • Travel to Watarrka Travel from Alice Springs to Watarrka and along the way spot a huge rock mountain in the distance. Often mistaken for Uluru, Mt Conner can be distinguished by its long flat top.
  • Cultural immersion program Delve into an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience and learn about seasonal bush tucker food and the importance of grinding stones, the types of plants that are used as bush medicine by the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) people and understand the history and meaning of Aboriginal dot paintings.
7 Watarrka - Uluru
  • Watarrka National Park visit Head to the national park where you can explore Kings Canyon, the Garden of Eden and the Lost City. With spectacular sandstone cliffs, natural rock pools and lush vegetation it's natural beauty at its finest.
  • Bush medicine demonstration Learn how the Anangu people use and produce traditional bush medicine.
  • View the sunset on Sunset Strip Witness the unforgettable sunset over Uluru from the Sunset Strip. Watch as the sunlight plays with the landscape and the rock formations change colour before your eyes.
8 Uluru
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre visit Explore the many meanings and practices encompassed within the religion, law and moral systems of the Anangu culture, the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Explore the base of Uluru and absorb its magnificence, including Aboriginal rock paintings and caves. Renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, see the stunning changes of colour on the rock from red to orange to purple.
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit Discover the natural and cultural wonders of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, featuring spectacular geological formations that dominate the vast red sandy plain of Central Australia. Uluru and Kata Tjuta form part of the traditional belief system of one of the oldest human societies in the world. The traditional owners of this land are the Anangu Aboriginal people.
9 Uluru
  • Depart the Northern Territory After breakfast, say your goodbyes to the territory as you begin your journey home.
10 Arrive home

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NT Learning Adventures Save & Learn program

The Australian Curriculum places a strong emphasis on a society that is culturally diverse and values our Aboriginal culture and history. Educational tours to the NT expose students to external environments and assist educators in delivering practical experiences to reinforce General Capabilities, Learning Areas and Cross-curriculum Priorities such as Humanities and Social Science, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture, Science and Sustainability.

The NT Learning Adventures Save & Learn program provides $1000 towards the cost of your tour to the Northern Territory for travel between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. We can assist with your school’s application.

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