Rock to Reef – Ultimate 4x4 Overland Adventure


Tour Details

Duration: 7 Days

Departs: Rock to Reef – Tuesdays (Apr to Sep)

From: Alice Springs accommodation

Finishes: Cairns accommodation

Tour Code: RR7A

Max People: 16


Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru

Starting in Alice Springs, we set off to experience the wonder of the iconic Uluru. We make a stop at an authentic outback camel farm and for those that are keen there is the option to go for a short ride on the back of one of these desert animals (at your own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara for lunch before embarking to explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation. As the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock’s rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your tour host will have dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp. (L,D)

Day 2: Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon

An early start is rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning is still fresh enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people during a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter). It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Discover the Lost City and the Garden of Eden on a 6km hike in Kings Canyon. Admire and explore the towering walls and crevices of Watarrka National Park. The photo opportunities are endless in Kings Canyon so be sure to bring your camera. At the end of the trek it’s time to refuel with a bite to eat before making the journey back to the remote centre of Alice Springs. (B,L)

Day 4: Alice Springs to Jervois Station

A half day free in Alice Springs to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Reptile Centre or relax in Central Australia’s most iconic town. (Entry fees not included). Then be ready for pickup at 1pm for departure to Jervois Station where we camp for the night under the stars. (D)

Day 5: Jervois Station to Boulia

Enjoy the Spectacular scenery as we make our way through some of the most remote country in the world! Crossing from Northern Territory into Queensland our track is mostly dirt road between Alice Springs and Boulia. You are now on one of the most remote tracks in the world! (B,L,D)

Day 6: Boulia to Hughenden

Departing Boulia we travel through the remote country towards our first stop – Winton (Home of Waltzing Matilda). This is truly a very special part of the world. Experience ever-changing scenery from the dry desert country in South Western Queensland into the tropical north. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Hughenden to Cairns

Visit the cliffs of coloured sandstone, vine forest and deep permanent waterholes along Porcupine Creek contrast strikingly with the savanna plains surrounding Porcupine Gorge. We stop at the smallest pub in Australia at Lynd Junction. Before reaching our destination we drive through the Atherton Tablelands where you can go for a swim in Millstream Falls. Arrive in Cairns in the early evening. (B,L)

This tour is also available in reverse, Cairns to Alice Springs.


Tour Map

Tour Map – Central Australia (Uluru) to Cairns

Availability & Bookings


Sturdy walking shoes, sleeping bag (or can be purchased for $45) hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, swimwear and towel in summer, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, and camera.


Meals as indicated, camping, Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk (min 10 passengers required) and national park entry fee.

Tour Notes

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements.

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure. It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure. From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles, which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Please review our Terms and Conditions of Travel documentation for more information.