Central Australia and Community Service

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                      Central Australia and Community Service
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                      Central Australia and Community Service
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                      Central Australia and Community Service

The Concept

Suitable for: Secondary students

This 6 day immersion program is designed for schools looking to make a difference in the indigenous community. Students will be introduced to the stunning landscape of central Australia and develop their understanding and appreciation of our unique indigenous people and their relationship to the land through participation in numerous community service projects.

Another highlight is the opportunity to form relationships with the Lilla and Ulpinyali children, through classroom interaction and sporting activities.

This tour is suitable for secondary school students. Participants will increase their understanding of team work and leadership, improve cultural awareness and gain a greater understanding of nature.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 ARRIVE YULARA (D)

Arrive in Yulara this afternoon. Meet your guide and travel by minibus to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and enjoy an orientation walk around the base of Uluru. This evening, enjoy taking in the awe-inspiring, changing colours of the rock as the sun sets. Travel to Yulara campground and settle in to the spacious, permanent camp tents that sleep four on stretcher beds.

DAY 2 YULARA – LILLA (B, L, D)

An early start for breakfast before packing up camp. This morning you will travel to Kata Tjuta and walk the Valley of the Winds loop. After lunch, travel to Lilla and set up camp. Accommodation for the next four nights will be in dome tents that accommodate two people in swags. This evening, enjoy a welcome ceremony by traditional owners of the land.

DAYS 3-5 COMMUNITY SERVICE DAYS (B, L, D)

Over the next three days you will participate in community projects. Some of the many projects include; painting houses, fencing, creating walking trails and building wilchas (traditional shelters). Afternoons are spent learning about the Luritja culture and taking part in activities such as dot painting, jewellery making, sacred walks and traditional bush cooking. There is also an opportunity one afternoon to walk around the rim of Kings Canyon.

DAY 6 LILLA – ALICE SPRINGS (B, L, D)

An early start for breakfast before packing up camp and farewelling the Lilla family. Drive to Alice Springs, and on to the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. This afternoon is spent learning about sustainable living. Spend your final night here enjoying dinner and a star show, then sleep in swags around the campfire.

DAY 7 DEPART ALICE SPRINGS (B)

After breakfast, pack up and transfer by coach to Alice Springs airport.

Alice Springs Options:

at additional cost

Alice Springs

Accommodation Upgrades
Take a break from camping, with nights in bunkhouse or cabin accommodation, as part of any Northern Territory itinerary.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

More than 100 reptiles are exhibited indoors and outside, in naturally landscaped surrounds. Learn how to avoid encounters with wild snakes and how to apply appropriate first aid measures, on this guided tour of the Reptile Centre. Option for the Reptile Centre to visit your accommodation.

Sounds of Starlight Didgeridoo Show

Experience a spellbinding musical and visual journey through the ancient land forms, history and space of Australia’s Outback. The journey takes you from the heart of the desert to beyond the stars with dynamic rhythms, as the didgeridoo creates the pulse of life itself.

Alice Springs Desert Park

A must-see for every visitor to Central Australia. In the space of just a few hours, discover many of the secrets of the desert. Wander through the ancient landscape and discover the diversity of hundreds of species of plants and animals found in the region. Special itineraries can be organised for all group sizes.

Camel Rides

Choose from a range of camel rides available at various sites in Central Australia.

Royal Flying Doctor Base

Learn about the incredible history that has shaped the RFDS of today, including amazing film footage and some extraordinary stories. Staff will direct you to the museum where you can wander at leisure.

School of the Air (Guided Tour)

At the Visitor Centre, discover the unique teaching methods used by the school from its foundation through to the present day. A short film is available for viewing, providing you with an historical overview of the school and how it operates.

Old Telegraph Station (Guided Tour)

The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide.

Earth Sanctuary Stargazing

This advanced ecotourism site specialises in ecology, culture and astronomy, offering an entertaining tour that includes discussions on sustainability, spirituality, stargazing and indigenous stories of creation.

Darwin Options:

at additional cost

AquaScene Fish Feeding

For a truly unique experience, try AquaScene in Darwin. Hundreds of fish visit the shallows of Doctors Gully at high tide, looking for a free meal. You can hand-feed fish species including milkfish, bream, catfish, mullet and barramundi.

Mindil Markets (subject to opening times)

Open Thursdays and Sundays in the dry season, (late Apr–Oct), enjoy the tastes of five continents, with over 1200 different menu items and an extensive array of handmade craft including crocodile products, Indigenous art and jewellery. Live entertainment includes bands, street performers, cultural dance, acrobatics and fire shows.

Inclusions
  • 1 night Permanent Camp Yulara
  • 4 nights camping at Lilla community
  • 1 night camping at Earth Sanctuary Alice Springs
  • Quality coach with air-conditioning and seat belts
  • Experienced cook to prepare all meals
  • Swags (and dome tents)
  • Fully accredited guide (including Wilderness First Aid and Working with 
Children Check)
  • All ground transport as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and activities as per itinerary
Exclusions
  • Airfares (contact G.E.T Educational Tours for the best available airfares)