Discover Central Australia’s most iconic landmarks

Central Australia has been a perennial favourite of international visitors for decades, not least because the region offers iconic landmarks like Uluru, Kings Canyon and Katherine Gorge.

The classic journey from Adelaide to Darwin is packed with a variety of quintessentially Australian experiences and vistas from the picturesque Claire Valley wineries to stunning Wilpena Pound, and from unique outback towns like Coober Pedy and Alice Springs, all the way to tropical Darwin.

Whilst international borders remain closed, now is the perfect time to discover this unforgettable region for yourself. Find out why as we showcase one of our most popular Australian tours: the 15 day Central Australian Discovery tour. With just three special 2021 departures between July and September, this carefully crafted journey captures all the must-do experiences between Adelaide and Darwin.

Days 1 and 2 - Adelaide
Welcome to Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, renowned for its gourmet delights and thriving culture. There is something unique about Adelaide. On this tour, enjoy a trip on the tramline to Glenelg or opt to explore the heart of Adelaide’s foodie scene with a Central Market tour, enjoying the history of Adelaide along with amazing cheeses, wine and produce. Taste your way through the city and find out why it has such a well-earned reputation for its restaurants and bars. Every option is a great start for this adventure of the senses.
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market Tour
Days 3 and 4 - Adelaide - Wilpena Pound

Say goodbye to the delights of Adelaide and hello to the vast Flinders Ranges and the outback.  You will visit the renowned wine growing region of the Clare Valley with a stop at a local winery to try their famous Riesling wines. You could almost be forgiven for thinking you were in regional France with the picturesque vineyards and architecture dotting the region.  In the afternoon, head north through Peterborough and Orroroo, where the start of the majestic Flinders Ranges greets you with beautifully coloured ridges. The next major attraction on your itinerary is the dramatic natural amphitheater of Wilpena Pound, a giant stone crater. Take a 4WD adventure into the Flinders Ranges National Park and share stories with your fellow Evergreen Explorers. As you’ll only be here once in your lifetime, the optional flight over Wilpena Pound is highly recommended by past guests. 

Day 5 - Wilpena Pound - Port Augusta 

Your Australian Central Discovery journey continues to the historic town of Quorn. The old-style charm and historic buildings have made Quorn the Directors choice for scenes in classic films such as “The Water Diviner” with Russell Crowe, “Gallipoli” with Mel Gibson, and many others.

You will have the opportunity to visit the award-winning Wadlata Outback Centre and travel through the “Tunnel of life" in the outback, to gain a real feel what this land means to the people who first owned, explored and settled there.

Our home for the night is Port Augusta situated on the quiet waterways of the Spencer Gulf.

Day 6 Port Augusta - Coober Pedy 

We continue to head north through the centre of Australia with our first stop at Woomera. The Woomera Rocket Range Museum is packed with unique Australian history and an extensive range of rocket parts and much more. From here, we travel through dazzling salt lake country to the unique, underground town of Coober Pedy where a guided tour will show you what life is like in this township. 

Day 7 and 8 – Coober Pedy - Uluru

Leaving South Australia, we cross the border to the Northern Territory, entering the “Red Centre” of Australia. While you have seen the iconic image of Uluru a million times before, nothing can beat the experience of witnessing this geological marvel with your own eyes. You’ll experience our signature “You’re Invited” event, enjoy a sparkling drink and be entranced by the changing colours of Uluru as the sun sets. Truly a magnificent experience.

Over this two night stay you will have ample time to explore the surrounds. Tailor your journey by opting for one or more DiscoverMORE options. One of the best ways to appreciate the scale of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and its vast surrounds is from the air. We recommend you enjoy - as many visitors from abroad have done before you – and book an unforgettable scenic flight.

Another experience to get your adrenaline pumping is the Harley Davidson ride around Uluru. This exhilarating DiscoverMORE  tour takes you to the open road with a friendly and knowledgeable guide and offers a different perspective on the region. The sunrise Uluru Base Trek tour is popular for an alternative view of the landscape while the desert camel ride through red bush landscape is quite the adventure.

The sunrise over Uluru is a magical experience and the Mutitjulu waterhole is a serene retreat while the cultural centre offers insights into local culture and creation stories, and includes two galleries . The afternoon offers more natural wonders to explore at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. In the evening you’ll see the breathtaking Field of Light art installation which features thousands of frosted glass spheres of twinkling lights across the desert floor in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and white.

Field of Light-Uluru
Field Of Light
Days 9, 10 and 11 – Uluru – Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

With a fond farewell to Uluru, you’ll be warmly welcomed to the rugged but picturesque Kings Canyon where you can walk along the canyon floor and marvel at the 100m high walls. If you’re feeling energetic, you are invited to climb to the rim of the canyon for the spectacular views of the Watarrka National Park. A helicopter flight over Kings Canyon is on offer as a Discover More option

The next day you pass through the breathtaking MacDonnell Ranges as you approach Alice Springs, Australia’s most famous outback town. While in Alice for the next two nights there is plenty of time to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn about the important role this service plays for the outback community.

Take a stroll to the top of Anzac Hill to pay your respects and enjoy the panoramic view of Alice Springs. Take the Aboriginal Cultural tour and visit the Alice Springs Desert Park to meet some of the friendly local wildlife, then on to Alice Springs School of the Air in the afternoon. You’ll no doubt find a new appreciation of the unique nature of the country we live in and call home.

Days 12 and 13 – Alice Springs - Tennant Creek 

On this incredible journey you are being conveniently chauffeured through a colourful collection of experiences that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.  With no need to even think about the driving and touring details, you can truly relax and take it all in.

As we continue north on the Sturt Highway, you’ll find yourself in a truly remote part of Australia where you will see Wycliffe Well, the UFO capital of Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for the unusual or unbelievable as you never know what you might see!

One of our highlights on this leg of your adventure is the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles. These extraordinary natural creations stand up to six metres high. The Warmungu Aboriginal people believe them to be the fossilized eggs of the Rainbow serpent. Formed millions of years ago, they continue to crack and change.

Be sure to look up at the blackest of black night skies when you stay overnight at Tennant Creek. As the night sky comes alive, spot constellations and galaxies that are not possible in the cities and marvel at the vastness of the universe above.

On the agenda for day 13 is a visit to the famous Daly Waters Pub. Relax and enjoy a refreshing beer and take in the collection of items previous guests have left behind. The afternoon brings an opportunity to visit the beautiful Mataranka thermal springs, made famous in the novel “We of the Never Never”.

Devils Marbles
Days 14 and 15 – Katherine - Darwin

Only two days of your Central Australia Discovery remain! Reflect on the memorable past fortnight and look forward to the next leg of this unforgettable tour. Today you’ll cruise past the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. This is the land of the Jawoyn people, where you will learn about their relationship with this land on the two-gorge cruise.

Darwin is your next and final stop. Packed with history and culture, this cosmopolitan city has a laid-back lifestyle unlike any other capital in Australia. It’s easy to get around and explore in your free time or just relax with a cold drink and enjoy the sunset. This evening you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and the chance to reminisce on your adventure with your new-found friends. After a relaxing night's rest, it’s time to bid farewell to the Northern Territory and head home with wonderful memories of this special Central Australia Tour.

Katherine Gorge Cruise
Katherine Gorge 
If you’re eager to explore Central Australia for yourself, Evergreen Tours has departures on 12 July, 27 July, 19 September and 25 September, 2021. Earlybird savings are available and the tours are selling fast. Book now and secure your place on what will undoubtedly be your favorite memory of this year. Explore the 15 Day Central Australian Discovery tour itinerary now or view the brochure.  Find more of Evergreen’s Australian & NZ tours here
Central Australian Discovery Brochure