Central Australia and Indigenous Community Stay

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                      Central Australia and Indigenous Community Stay
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                      Central Australia and Indigenous Community Stay
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                      Central Australia and Indigenous Community Stay

The Concept

This 7 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.

Another highlight is the opportunity to form relationships with the Lilla and Ulpinyali children at the local Watarrka Aboriginal School 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.


Teachers please note: we have made some changes to our Central Australia and Indigenous stay program for 2018 based on school feedback as follows:


Yulara

We have been finding 1 night at Yulara is rushing the activities too much, especially because it is a flight arrival day and arrival times can vary quite a bit. We have now decided to allow two nights at Yulara.

The campsite at Yulara has a number of permanent tents for teachers/adults. We sleep students in a large dorm style shed/building. It has separate sleeping areas and change rooms for boys and girls however most students choose to sleep outside under the stars.


Watarrka Primary School

The Principal has been very gracious to allow our groups into the classroom due to the strong relationship built up over many years in support of the Watarrka Foundation. Whilst we can promote this as an available activity, it is not guaranteed and may depend on the teaching schedule, time of year etc. Please note that we encourage visiting schools who visit the Watarrka School to support the school in some way either through the Watarrka Foundation or directly with the school.


Itinerary

We can reverse this around if required, i.e. start at Alice Springs for the first night and finish with two nights at the Yulara.

We can also add a day trip along the Western MacDonnell Ranges by either adding another night’s camping at the Earth Sanctuary to make the trip 8 days, or only doing two nights at Lilla in lieu of anther night in Alice.


Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 ARRIVE YULARA (D)

Arrive in Yulara this afternoon. Meet your guide and travel by bus to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and enjoy an orientation walk around the base of Uluru (Mala Walk). A short walk from the campsite is a viewing area for photographs of Uluru on sunset.

DAY 2 YULARA (B, L, D)

A morning walk through Kata Tjuta National Park to experience the Olgas along the Valley of the Winds Walk. The afternoon will be spent at the Uluru Cultural Centre.

DAYS 3-5 LILLA & KINGS CANYON (B, L, D)

Today is pack up and leave for Lilla, a remote Aboriginal community in the Watarrka National Park. Over the next few days, students will engage in a number of cultural activities with locals such as guided walks through Lilla exploring the sites of cultural importance such as waterholes, caves, and men’s and women’s areas. Learn about the dreamtime stories of the area, be welcomed to the land in the traditional Luritja way, learn about the development of community sustainability over the years, and try traditional dot painting art. If visiting during school term, there may be opportunities for selected students to visit the local aboriginal primary school and meet local students and interact with them in social or structured in class activity. Students will also walk the famous rim walk of Kings Canyon. In hotter months, swimming will also be available.

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 for your flight home.

Inclusions
  • 2 nights Permanent Camp Yulara
  • 3 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