Australia – Northern Territory

9 days

Where could be better to meet and learn about the traditions, lives and ancestry of the Aboriginal people of Australia than in the heart of its most beautiful desert? On this 9 day tour of the red desert surrounding Alice Springs students will be immersed in both the landscape and culture of this fascinating, ancient region. From being guided around the world famous Uluru by a local Anangu guide, to looking at differences in contemporary society within Aboriginal communities in the MacDonnell Mountains, it is a truly enlightening journey. They will also gain insight into the lives of the isolated communities of the desert, spending time on a working cattle station, as well as learning about this unique landscape at the Earth Sanctuary. The trip begins and ends in the desert town of Alice Springs and focuses on curriculum-led topics such as social justice, geography and Aboriginal culture.

  • Program Highlights
  • Included
    • Uluru – Discover the heart of Australia’s majestic outback!  Explore Kata Tjuta National Park, home to the iconic and unmistakable red-hued rock and historically and culturally significant landscape around it.
    • Walpa Gorge – Learn about its importance to the Anangu (the traditional owners of Uluru) and get an introduction to the native vegetation and animals.
    • Aboriginal Cultural activity – Hear stories and learn about the traditional methods used by Anangu people to create the ancient craft of dot painting, and get the chance to create your own painting using the symbols and styles learnt.
    • Curtin Springs Station – Gain an insight into everyday life in such a remote spot, and learn about the history of the cattle station as well as sustainability and land management.
    • Earth Sanctuary, Alice Springs – Under pitch black skies we will gaze in awe at the splash of stars above on an Astronomy Tour, using telescopes to identify the major constellations and galaxies in the southern sky.
    • West MacDonnell Ranges – Explore the 644 kilometre-long MacDonnell mountain range whose magnificent cones have been sculpted by climatic elements over centuries.
    • School of Air, Alice Springs – Gain insight into the logistics of isolated living, where children from far-flung communities gather by radio and online to have their lessons.
    • Return economy class airfare
    • 2 nights Uluru (Lodge), 1 night Curtin Springs (Lodge), 3 nights Earth Sanctuary (Camping), 2 x nights Alice Springs (Hotel)
    • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 8 x dinners
    • All relevant transfers and transportation in private coach
    • Interactive tours and workshops
    • Experiential learning activities
    • Tours in Uluru, Curtin Springs, Earth Sanctuary, West MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs with local guides
  • Contact us for a detailed inclusions list and itinerary

Cross Curriculum opportunity