Alice Springs to Perth Camping Expedition
Alice Springs – Perth
Explore some of the most remote areas in Central Australia at a relaxed pace with a small group of like- minded people. We expect the wildlife to be plentiful, and the scenery and sunsets to be spectacular.
The focus of the trip will be the arid zone plants, birds and other wildlife plus the diverse geology and the history of the tracks themselves. Our visits to remote Aboriginal communities and the occasional bores providing water in the heart of the desert country add other interesting experiences.
The trip starts with time exploring the geology and wildlife of the West MacDonnell Ranges where there will be time here to undertake a couple of the walks. Using back tracks we travel from the West MacDonnell’s travelling to the Great Central Road. The Great Sandy Blight Junction Road will be a particular highlight with plenty of time to experience its many dunes, Desert Oaks and spectacular scenery. Len Beadell considered this road to be his showcase of the Central Australian outback.
The Great Central Road has been described as one of Australia’s best short cuts but when we last travelled it we found it to be slow going due to the wonderful botanical display, the history and the total outback experience.
Our diversion to Lake Ballard will let us discover the Antony Gormley’s Inside Australia art works. There are a total of 51 sculptures all of which were derived from laser scans of residents from the local town of Menzies.
1 Alice Springs to Ormiston Gorge
Leaving Alice Springs early this morning we will spend the day exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges. We will spend time at Stanley Chasm, Serpentine and Ormiston Gorges.
Accommodation: Campsite Ormiston Gorge LD
2 Ormiston Gorge
Today we will explore Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorge. The area offers great walks, plentiful wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Accommodation: Campsite Ormiston Gorge BLD
3 Ormiston Gorge – Redbank Gorge – Mt Liebig Area
Today will be an early start as we take time to explore Redbank Gorge before leaving the West MacDonnell Ranges and move onto our bush camp on the Garry Junction Road. We will travel via the Aboriginal Community of Papunya to our camp in the Mt Liebig area.
Accommodation: Bush camp Mt Liebig Area BLD
4 Mt Liebig area to Sandy Blight Junction Road Area
This morning we continue on the Garry Junction road onto Kintore (Walungurra) to refuel and re-stock before we travel on Down the Sandy Blight Junction Road.
Accommodation: Bush camp BLD
5-8 Sandy Blight Junction Area – Great Central Highway
The next four days will be spent travelling and camping along the Sandy Blight Road. This is one of the highlights of the trip and with its many ranges, dunes and desert oaks and spectacular scenery was called by Len Beadell his Central Australian Showcase. The four days spent here will provide us with plenty of time to fully experience and enjoy this wonderful area.
Accommodation: Bush camps BLD
9 Sandy Blight Junction Road to Giles (Warakurna) Great Central Highway
We will have an early start today as we head onto the Great Central Highway and our campsite at the Warakurna Roadhouse. There will be time here to have a look at the weather station and to enjoy a long overdue shower.
Accommodation: Campsite at Warakurna Roadhouse BLD
10-12 Giles (Warakurna) – Warburton – Laverton
The next three days we continue our westward journey on the Great Central Highway as we make our way to Laverton. Accommodation during this section of the trip will be a mixture of bush camps and roadhouse campsites. The three days will provide plenty of time to explore the areas we pass through, looking for wildlife, historic markers and aboriginal history.
Accommodation: Bush & Roadhouse campsites BLD
13 Laverton – Lake Ballard
This morning we move onto Lake Ballard where we set up camp and spend the afternoon discovering some of the many Antony Gormley’s inside Australia statues. The statues were derived from laser scans of residence of Menzies.
Accommodation: Bush camp BLD
14 Lake Ballard – Southern Cross
Leaving lake Ballard behind we head towards Southern Cross. Our journey will take us via the mining towns of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie. There should be time to explore a couple of the man made old water storage areas and the wildflowers that are found around them. Dinner tonight will be at a local Hotel (At participants own expense).
Accommodation: Cabins Southern Cross BL
15 Southern Cross to Perth
Today we continue down the Great Eastern Highway into Perth and the end of this magnificent adventure. Our arrival into Perth is expected to be Mid to Late afternoon. On arrival in Perth you will be transferred to your chosen Perth city hotel BL
NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
15th – 29th August 2019
- 14 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 13 Dinners
- 2 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and driver/cook
- Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly
reclining, coach-style seats
- Easy to erect dome tents and camp chairs with arms
- A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
- All eating utensils
- Morning tea each day
- Fruit for snacking throughout the day
- Campsite fees
- All national park entrance fees
- Travel permits as required
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“Travelling along Len Beadell’s Sandy Blight Junction road – walking in the steps of history!
Diana was a good foil and her knowledge of plants and birds very good. The amount of hard work both leaders put into the trip was very much appreciated.”