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Wayoutback Desert Safaris

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2.5 Day MacDonnell Ranges 'Caterpillar Dreaming' 4WD Safari Itinerary

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Day 1 (Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation approximately 3.30pm before heading off to Oak Valley Aboriginal Community*.

Cross the famous Hugh River Stock Route before arriving late afternoon. Here you can relax and enjoy the evening joined by one of our Aboriginal Hosts who will share a few tales around the campfire set in beautiful surroundings. Tonight you will experience the magic of sleeping out under the clearest southern stars imaginable in an Aussie Swag.

* Hugh River Stock Route
* Oak Valley Aboriginal Community*

Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Enjoy a morning tour of Oak Valley* including rock paintings and carvings with your Aboriginal Host. From here we head along the Hugh River Stock Route on and into Owen Springs Reserve, 4 wheel driving along bush tracks through this old cattle station emerging at the West MacDonnell Ranges. The West MacDonnell Ranges stretch for over 200km in length enabling us to explore some stunning gorges, refreshing waterholes and walks through a landscape unique to this part of the world. The day will be packed with information, swimming, short walks and time out to enjoy your surrounds.

Be on the watch for Rock Wallabies and other fauna that use the retreat of the rugged ranges as a safe haven. At the day's end we set up our bush camp for a night under the stars situated on the Finke River. Here we will cook dinner over the campfire and share a few tales and an ale or two around the fire in true outback style.

* Oak Valley Aboriginal Community*
* Hugh River Stock Route
* Owen Springs Reserve
* Ormiston Gorge
* Glen Helen

Day 3 (Breakfast & Lunch)
Morning is at its best as the sun starts to rise followed with a hearty breakfast and a fresh pot of coffee. After breaking camp we head off around Namatjira Drive stopping at Tyler's Pass to view Gosse Bluff (comet crater) along the way.

Departing Hermannsburg we lock in the hubs and 4WD into Palm Valley. After lunch, hike through this picturesque valley discovering some of its hidden treasures before its back into the vehicle and home to Alice Springs where we'll have you back at your accommodation around 6pm.

* View Gosse Bluff (Comet Crater)
* Hermannsburg
* Finke River
* Palm Valley
* Alice Springs

* Oak Valley Aboriginal Community may be substituted with Rainbow Valley (Wurre) due to cultural and/or accessibility reasons. Rainbow Valley is operated by Arrernte traditional owner Ricky Orr and offers guests an authentic indigenous experience. Visit private rock art sites, hear of Creation stories and witness the most spectacular sunset you will ever see. We camp on Aboriginal land where your Aboriginal host will share campfire stories and their cultural knowledge.

+ Optional extras additional to wayoutback fare - Standley Chasm, Hermannsburg precinct, Sleeping Bags.

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Wayoutback is an 'Award winning' Advanced Eco Accredited 4WD adventure tour specialist operating in Central Australia since 1999. Our mission is and has always been to give our customers an opportunity to not just visit the Red Centre, but to really experience the desert. This is something that can only be achieved in small groups, along with a number of other factors listed below that combine so you begin to feel part of the desert, its massive expanse and the timelessness it engenders.