Alice Springs to Cairns

Alice Springs to Cairns 

Starting off in the outback town of Alice Springs, spend a few days exploring the region’s spectacular natural wonders – Uluru and Kata Tjuta not least of them – before hitting the road East into Queensland. During this tour, you’ll get to know a part of Australia very rarely traveled, including stops at little-known outposts like Boulia, Hughenden and Winton. As you travel near Cairns, the scenery unfurls in lush, tropical rain forest and waterfall-fed swimming holes. This journey is equal parts road trip and environmental showcase of Australia’s incredible biodiversity.


Alice Springs to Cairns

7 days Overland

starting from $1,390

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru 

Starting in Alice Springs, you’ll set off to experience the wonder of the iconic Uluru. On the way, you’ll stop at an authentic outback camel farm where you can experience a camel ride (at your own expense). Enjoy lunch on to the permanent campsite at Yulara before embarking to explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation. As the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch Uluru’s colour change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your tour host will have dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp.

Total driving time is approx.4.5 hours. Total walking time is approx. 1 hour. Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities). Meals: Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon

An early start is rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning is still fresh, enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people during a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter). This is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to learn about the oldest living culture on Earth. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before you travel to the exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where your group will camp for the night.

Total driving time today is approx. 3.5 hours. Total walking time is approx. 2 hours.
Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities). Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Discover the Lost City and the Garden of Eden on a 6km hike at Kings Canyon. Admire and explore the towering walls and crevices of Watarrka National Park. The photo opportunities are endless in Kings Canyon, so be sure to bring your camera. At the end of the trek it’s time to refuel with a bite to eat before making the journey back to the remote town of Alice Springs.

Total driving time is approx. 5 hours. Total walking time is approx. 3 hours. Accommodation: Hostel or Backpackers Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4: Alice Springs to Jervois Station

You’ll have half day to explore the remote town of Alice Springs – visit the Reptile Centre or just relax with a coffee in one of the local cafes. Then get ready for pick-up at 1pm and departure to Jervois Station where you’ll camp for the night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping at Jervois Station. Meals: Dinner included.

Day 5: Jervois Station to Boulia

Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you make your way to Boulia through some of the most remote country spots in the world. Crossing from the Northern Territory into Queensland, you’ll be travelling on one of the most remote tracks in the world!

Total driving time is approx.9 hours.
Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities). Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6: Boulia to Hughenden

Departing Boulia we travel through the remote country towards our first stop – Winton (Home of Waltzing Matilda). This is truly a very special part of the world. Experience ever-changing scenery from the dry desert country in South Western Queensland into the tropical North.

Total driving time is approx. 6 hours.
Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities). Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7: Hughenden to Cairns

Visit the cliffs of coloured sandstone, vine forest and deep permanent waterholes along Porcupine Creek contrast strikingly with the savanna plains surrounding Porcupine Gorge. We stop at the smallest pub in Australia at Lynd Junction. Before reaching our destination we drive through the Atherton Tablelands where you can go for a swim in Millstream Falls. Arrive in Cairns in the early evening.

Total driving time is approx. 6.5 hours. Total walking time is approx. 3 hours. Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

What you need to know…

  • This trip leaves Alice Springs at approximately 6am on day 1 and finishes in Cairns around 6pm on day 7.
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag, you can bring you own or purchase one from us (at extra cost if required).
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced both in the outback and along the coast, especially overnight.
  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • This trip can be done in reverse, from Cairns to Alice Springs.

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