Four Day Finke River
Earth and Stars Trip
Connect with the ancient landscapes and vast starscapes of Central Australia on a four day remote camping trip. Resonate with the sounds of the outback, and observe the changing natural light as the sun sets and rises.
On this trip we look to the stars from the Earth and consider micro and macro environmental rhythms. Your guide will share information about the night sky and Central Australia’s unique environment. Artist Anna Dakin will lead you though a series of creative workshops intended to act as an investigation of our sensory relationship to this unique wilderness environment.
This Earth and Stars tour follows the remote Boggy Hole 4wd track through the Finke River national park. It is one of the most remote locations in Central Australia, and the world. There is no light pollution at night so the Milky Way sings in pristine clarity. We time our departures for this tour to take place during the darkest phase of the moons cycle. There are not many, if any other tour companies driving this track so nights are guaranteed to be quiet, and our group size is small, so you will have the time and space to resonate 1 on 1 with this special place.
What to Expect
We will pick you up from your Alice Springs accommodation and head off into the West MacDonnell Ranges. There is an optional 8km hike today, so step onto the bus ready to walk!
Tonight we camp next to the ancient Finke River. We will be following this river system for the next couple of days.
We wake up early and watch the sunrise over Gosses Bluff, a 3km wide comet crater. We drive through the Aboriginal Community of Ndaria (Hermansburg), and onto the infamous 4WD Boggy Hole Track. We spend the afternoon exploring on foot, and aim to set up camp well before dark. There will be art workshops today, and the opportunity to absorb your unique environment.
Today we spend the morning at camp, and meander to the end of the Boggy Hole Track after lunch. Our campsite for tonight is on a Gibber Plain next to the Henbury Meteor Craters. Tonight we count shooting stars from a location that holds traces of the ancient impact of their cosmic bothers and sisters.
After breakfast, we head to the Henbury Meteorite Craters for a final look at the impact of the Stars on the Earth. The afternoon is all about getting back to Alice Springs, and reflecting on our trip. We will cross the Finke River for a final time and say goodbye to the remote outback.
We aim to get back to Alice Springs well before before sunset.
What to Bring
- Our vehicles are top of the range 4 wheel drives built for comfort. They come with vehicle recovery equipment just incase the Boggy Hole Track lives up to its name!
- We don’t go anywhere without a sat phone and first aid kit, and our guides are very experienced in digging vehicles out of sand. They also have remote first aid qualifications.
- All bedding is provided – we will be sleeping in swags with comfortable duvets and sleeping bags. This is the best way to see Central Australia’s sea of stars!
- We provide quality camp-fire meals and can cater to any combination of dietary requirements.
- All art materials needed for the workshops are included! Feel free to bring your own art materials if you would like to make additional work. There will be time.
- Our friendly and approachable guides have years of experience and will share their knowledge about the local environment and lead you through art making experiences.
This trip is great for corporate groups and design studios! The sense of adventure, team building opportunities, and art classes are perfect for creative development.
Contact us to find out more!