Tour Code
WAC05
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Price
AUD$1920 (Adult)
Departs
from 12-May-2015Tuesday
from 9-Jun-2015Tuesday
from 7-Jul-2015Tuesday
from 11-Aug-2015Tuesday
from 8-Sep-2015Tuesday
Alice Springs
6.00am
Finishes
Day 5
Ayers Rock Airport / Resort
1.00pm
Alice Springs
5.30pm

Note: This tour is run by Walking Country.
*Includes National Park Fees

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5 Day Central Australian Aboriginal Arts and Culture Tour

Trip Detail | Trip Itinerary

This 5 Day / 4 Night Arts and Culture Tour is a kaleidoscope of colour, variety, mystery, culture, landscapes and Alcheringa (Creation time) - the inspiration and the creation behind some of the most sought after art in the world today.

We will visit 6 Aboriginal Communities in Central Australia and cover many of the region’s most beautiful and dramatic areas including the icons of UluruKata Tjuta and the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Special Features:

  • Visit 6 remote Aboriginal Communities
  • Visit 3 of the regions finest art distribution facilities
  • Interactive Aboriginal Cultural experiences
  • Visit the icons of Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Remote Private Campsites

An Insight into the Art and Life of an Ancient Culture

This is the land, the country and home to the likes of Albert Namatjira, Possum, Polly and Emily Kngwarreye and the many fine young artists following in their famous footsteps. Their spirits and legacy live on, strongly influencing the artists of today.

Central Australian art has evolved over the years from the traditional Dot Art and Landscapes to more contemporary and abstract designs. Contemporary Aboriginal art is a vital part of the world's oldest continuous cultural tradition. It is also one of the most brilliant and exciting areas of modern art, all decisive in their impression on art lovers and collectors worldwide.

Travel into their country, the remote Communities to witness and admire the commitment and patience as their stories unfold with infinite accuracy. These stories and beliefs do not go back generations but thousands of years.

Visit Aboriginal Communities and Regions that precious few have the opportunity to

The tour departs Alice Springs following the West MacDonnell Ranges before weaving through the Western Region of Central Australia visiting locations that few visitors will ever experience. Take in art and culture from the Clan regions of Utopia, Walpiri, Arrente, Luritja, Anmatyere and Pitjantjatjara.

For those wishing to know more about individual artists in Central Australia please click here.  

Not for the Faint Hearted

Not only is this an art extravaganza, it is an experience full of traditional culture and understanding. It is not a tour for those that are hotel or motel dependant. Visitation to remote Communities requires a commitment and one must be prepared to experience traditional Aussie bush camping, although in relative style.

Wayoutback Desert Safaris offer a truly authentic opportunity for the art connoisseur to cut loose from the outside world whilst exploring some of the most beautiful and remote locations in Central Australia, with indigenous art the focus.

Your Chance to Really Experience the Outback as it Should Be

This is a true outback experience in 4-wheel drive vehicles, small groups (max 16 persons), camping (tents can be provided), open fires at night, sensational camp fire meals with quality food, all equipment provided and fully catered. Camping and sleeping under the sensational star-filled southern night sky will be a memory of a life time. You, the wild and no other!

There is an old adage – “the best locations are the hardest to get to” and this is where Wayoutback’s name and tradition come from. People expect the best and we leave no stone unturned in achieving this.

Tour price includes:

All camping equipment including swags, pillows, sheets and sleeping bags. All park entry fees and admissions costs. Pick up from Alice Springs accommodation and return to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock airport/resort accommodation. All meals and snacks and hot/cold non-alcoholic beverages whilst touring. Meals included are indicated on itinerary. Fresh drinking water and reference books. All sightseeing as per itinerary. Tents are available FOC on request.

What to bring:

Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, fly net, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, warm clothing in winter, personal items such as toiletries and medications and towel. Alcoholic beverages are BYO and cold storage is provided. Please note that some areas and communities visited do not allow alcohol.

Note:

  • Visitation to all communities is subject to local cultural activities
  • Outback track access dependent upon weather conditions at time of travel
  • Private charters are available on request
  • Please note this is a specialist tour and children are not especially catered for. Should you wish to bring children please note the minimum age is 8 years. No discount applies for children.

Day 1 (Dinner)

A 6.00am collection from your Motel and your experience into the inspirational raw world of Aboriginal Art and Culture begins.

We travel west of Alice via the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges for approx 1.5 hours until we arrive at the historical Glen Helen Resort at the base of the Yeperenye Hills on the banks of the Finke River. Enjoy a rest break, a coffee, a stroll to the tranquil Glen Helen Gorge, a short helicopter flight over this rugged interior (own expense) or simply peruse the broad collection of Ngurratjuta art and the history of the great Albert Namatjira.

After our break, it’s time to hit the dirt and venture where few travellers have the opportunity to go. Not only is there some stunning scenery and wildlife, but some tough miles on raw outback tracks as we visit the two communities of Haasts Bluff and Papunya. The variation of art within the two communities is incredibly diverse with this small region famous for producing many of the finest artists in the Aboriginal art world.

Papunya is not only famous for its artists but also its musical talents. The Walpiri Band hails from Papunya and is arguably the most famous Aboriginal recording band alongside Yothu Yindi. Papunya was also the famous setting for the recording of the chart topping Midnight Oil album, Diesel and Dust. In that memorable track, ‘Beds are Burning’ is the reflection of the iconic Uluru being handed back to the traditional owners in the mid 1980’s. The Sound Studio is a legacy and is still used today by budding musicians of the area.

At some stage along our journey we will select our campsite for the night. Your first experience into the true solitude of the outback, a glorious dinner cooked over the campfire, the southern night sky with stars you simply won’t believe and a few stories typical of the stockman’s life.

Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Up with the birds and a hearty breakfast, we pack and break camp with a busy schedule ahead. A one hour drive will take us to the Areyonga Community nestled within the Krichauff and Razorback Ranges. You will find it difficult to comprehend that the scenery just keeps getting better and better, yet it does.

Areyonga lies on the western limit of the traditional tribal lands of the Western Arrente and north to the limit of the Pitjantjatjara land. The people of Areyonga are of the Pitjantjatjara tribal group with a few Arrente and Walpiri who have joined the community through marriage.

After lunch we will journey approximately one hour to the oldest Lutheran based Aboriginal Community in Australia – Hermannsburg. The history and art from this region is over powering. We will take time to view the old Historical Precinct, the Namatjira Family Gallery, the famous Hermannsburg potters, the ladies workshop and some of the finest silk art you can witness.

Late in the afternoon we will travel east and into the gorgeous Owen Springs Conservation Park. This is the first and only central Northern Territory property that was acquired by the famous late Sir Sidney Kidman, once the world’s largest landowner outside of monarchy and Governments.

Spend another sensational night under the stars with a spectacular campfire meal. You wouldn’t believe you could cook so much variety in a camp oven!

Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After another hearty breakfast, the sequence of the previous mornings is repeated. We journey through Owen Springs, steeped in beauty and history. The track we follow is very close to the line of the famous explorer John McDouall Stuart and the overland telegraph line that followed.

The Hugh River in the Lawrence Gorge supplies a wonderful array of dramatic scenery.

Approximately mid morning we will arrive at the Titjikala Community south of Alice Springs, the land of the Southern Arrente clan.

After lunch we will travel up the old south road to the property of the Le Rosignol family known as Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. The Aboriginal cultural experience and interaction will leave you speechless. Craig and Rob are very talented artists in their own right and have their own gallery of art and artifacts on the property. 

Tonight we will camp at the Community with Craig and his family as our hosts. Apart from our normal succulent meal there could be some traditional surprises to entice those with a liking for exotic game cuisine.

Shower and toilet facilities available on site.

Day 4 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After breaking camp we travel the famous Hugh River Stock Route adjacent to the Ghan railway line. The contrast of scenery will amaze. We meet the Stuart Highway and the realisation that there are actually sealed roads in the centre of Australia.

Once concluded it’s off along the Lassetter Highway to our next stop, Curtin Springs Cattle Station homestead. A rest break, coffee and a laugh or two for those with a sense of humour followed by a one hour drive to the famous Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park.

Upon arrival at the Park we stop at the Cultural Centre with plenty of time to view the art and artifact facilities within the Cultural Centre whilst a BBQ lunch is prepared. 

After lunch an extremely privileged opportunity will present itself with a visit to the Maruku Art Warehouse. Very few people have access to this facility which contains the single largest collection of Anangu art on display.

From Maruku (time dependant) we will undertake a small cultural walk, either the Mala or Mutitjulu walk at Uluru prior to retiring to a secluded location to observe the famous sunset on Uluru. Sipping a sparkling wine and simply contemplating the awe of our surrounds removes one to another time.

For the truly converted it’s off to our campsite for our last special evening meal and night under the Southern Cross.

Day 5 (Breakfast / Lunch)

No visit to Uluru is complete without the powerful and awe inspiring base walk. Rising before sunrise, we travel to Uluru as the rays of the new day penetrate the eastern horizon. The walk of approx 2.5 hours with the sun rising, bringing together the stories of the Alcheringa (Creation time) and Tjukurpa (Laws and Creation), is a soul fulfilling experience.

After your walk, another hearty breakfast will greet you. Time to consider the wonderful experiences of the past week and the friendships created. Without doubt, a mind blowing six day experience of one of the most beautiful cultures and locations on the planet.

For those leaving us in Uluru, we will take you to your chosen accommodation or the airport. For those finishing their tour in Alice Springs, we return to Alice after lunch for drop off at your desired location.

And as the locals would say “Palya”.

Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.