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5 Day Alice Springs Explorer

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**Mention your NRMA Membership number when booking to claim the Member discount**

Experience the best of Alice Springs and surroundings with this exclusive five-day escape designed by Krystle Wright, a pioneering director and adventure photographer.

Regarded as one of the world's leading female extreme adventure photographers, Krystle Wright has put together her favourite Central Australia experiences in this self-drive package. Drive around in comfort and discover swimming holes, beautiful desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, a strong Aboriginal culture and many adventures along the way.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 5 days car hire

• Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (4 nights)

• Rainbow Valley Cultural Tour

• Kangaroo Sanctuary Sunset Tour

• Balloon Flight Sunrise

• Alice Springs Desert Park

• Sunset Camel Tour

• 4 breakfasts

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide from Krystle Wright with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops

Price per person (twin-share).

From: $2,190 AUD
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Storyteller

Krystle Wright

Krystle Wright is an adventure photographer, cinematographer, and director from Australia, although she now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle in her quest to capture and present unique moments from extreme sports, expeditions, and adventures across the globe. National Geographic lists Krystle as one of the leading female adventure photographers who is pushing the limits in the industry.
What's included

Included

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 5 days car hire
• Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (4 nights)
• Rainbow Valley Cultural Tour
• Kangaroo Sanctuary Sunset Tour
• Balloon Flight Sunrise
• Alice Springs Desert Park
• Sunset Camel Tour
• 4 breakfasts

Excluded

Package Excludes:

• Flights (unless otherwise included)
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol (unless otherwise mentioned)
• Visas

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DAY 1

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Day 1: Alice Springs

Start your Alice Springs adventure by exploring the vibrant city. Visit the social enterprise project, Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fiber art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Then join an afternoon cultural tour to Rainbow Valley with your host, a Traditional Custodian.

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Pick up your rental car

Pick up your rental car in Alice Springs. The Toyota Corolla hybrid hatch (or similar) is one of the most popular and trusted cars around. It’s roomy, easy to drive thanks to power steering, and comes with a reversing camera to help you park and back in those tricky spots. Plus, the 7-inch colour screen display means you have a range of features at your fingertips to control the audio system, or you can use the buttons on the steering wheel itself. Finally, the new 1.8-litre hybrid engine charges while you drive, delivering compromised performance and effortless acceleration, so you’re always quick off the mark. Working in perfect harmony, the hybrids petrol engine and electric motor unite to create one powerful, fuel efficient system.

Rainbow Valley Cultural Tour

Travel to Rainbow Valley to meet your host, a Traditional Custodian. Relax and get introduced to the amazing Culture and Country. Your host will then share the spectacular art site of Rainbow Valley where you will experience rock art, engravings and occupation sites never before open to the public. In the afternoon, your guide will reveal the ancient landscape of Rainbow Valley and explain some of its cultural significance. In the late afternoon, admire the changing colours of a spectacular sunset.

- Overnight

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4,5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your suite has either a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views, with free WiFi, in-house entertainment, concierge services, resort pool, spa and Sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Breakfast included.

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Day 2: Alice Springs to West MacDonnell Ranges

Wake up early and drive west through the West MacDonnell National Park to witness a spectacular stretch of natural formations including chasms, gorges and desert waterholes. Explore Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek and Ormiston Gorge just to name a few. Splash, hike or sit back in awe of the landscape – it’s truly spectacular!

- Overnight

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4,5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your suite has either a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views, with free WiFi, in-house entertainment, concierge services, resort pool, spa and Sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Breakfast included.

DAY 3

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Day 3: Alice Springs

Wake up early for a hot air balloon adventure. You’ll get picked up from your hotel in the early hours and head out of town. Drift peacefully over the historic Owen Springs Reserve, an old cattle station, and alongside the rugged caterpillar ranges, with never ending views of the red dirt and desert carpet below. Spend the afternoon exploring the many art galleries in Alice Springs before visiting the iconic Kangaroo Sanctuary for a sunset tour.

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Alice Springs Balloon Flight

What better way to see some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in Central Australia? Your morning begins before dawn when the wind is gentle and a new day is about to begin. Soaring majestically over the terrain you will be overcome by the awesome and vast landscape which stretches out endlessly underneath. Watch the kangaroos grazing as the peaks of the ancient MacDonnell Ranges stretch out like a family of caterpillars crawling over the heart of Australia. Spinifex Ballooning has been operating in the Alice Springs area since April 1992. After your flight toast your morning experience with sparkling wine and fruit juice. This will give you time to truly appreciate the vast tranquility of the desert before returning to your accommodation.

Kangaroo Sanctuary Sunset Tour

The Kangaroo Sanctuary is a place to celebrate the beauty of the Red Kangaroo – an Australian icon. On this guided sunset tour you will experience a leisurely walk through the Sanctuary’s 188 acre wildlife reserve where you might meet the kangaroo characters from Kangaroo Dundee (BBC/Nat Geo Series) and many others. The Sanctuary is located just outside Alice Springs (the centre of Australia) and is home to Brolga and Tahnee’s kangaroo family. The kangaroos come first, and because kangaroos sleep during the day we don’t disturb them. This is why the guided tours are in the late afternoon — just when the kangaroos are starting to wake from their day-time sleep!

- Overnight

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4,5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your suite has either a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views, with free WiFi, in-house entertainment, concierge services, resort pool, spa and Sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Breakfast included.

DAY 4

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Day 4: Alice Springs

Spend the day exploring the city. Visit the many Aboriginal Art galleries along Todd Mall, drive out to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and the Alice Springs Desert Park. To finish the day you’ll enjoy a Sunset Camel Tour followed by some sunset drinks.

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Alice Springs Desert Park - Admission

There’s much more to deserts than meets your eye. In the space of a few hours see how the desert comes alive! No longer think of deserts as empty barren wastelands but understanding that they are rich diverse environments, rich with life and full of thousands of stories waiting to be explored. Take easy walking trails through three desert botanical habitats including Desert Rivers, Woodland and Sand Country. Explore a living culture with Aboriginal guides, witness free-flying birds of prey in the Nature Theatre, see rare and endangered animals in the spectacular Nocturnal House, and take a cinematic journey through four and a half billion years of desert creation.

Sunset Camel Ride

Join a one hour sunset tour and ride a camel through a scenic valley, up close to the MacDonnell Ranges. As the sun sets, the colours of the ranges deepen to a glowing red and the sky shifts from cobalt blue to orange pink. What better vantage point than from the top of a camel! Meet your camel and cameleer, and experience transport from another era. See a variety of native wildlife, relax and enjoy the ride. After your ride relax at the camel lounge with sunset drinks, bar snacks and a chance to talk all things camel.

- Overnight

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4,5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your suite has either a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views, with free WiFi, in-house entertainment, concierge services, resort pool, spa and Sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Breakfast included.

Day 5

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Day 5: Alice Springs

It’s time to say goodbye to Alice Springs and head home. If you can't get enough of Alice Springs —which we totally understand— we can always extend your stay.

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