ACEM Winter Symposium

Cost:   $490 per person

Day One - Saturday 25 July:

  • Arrive into Ayers Rock Airport at 1340
  • Lunch provided & afternoon visit to the Cultural Centre
  • Camel ride at sunset to Sounds of Silence dinner*
  • Overnight accommodation at local campsite (pop up tents and swags)

*Meander for one hour through red sand dunes on your friendly camel with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop, while your experienced cameleer describes the unique flora and fauna of the landscape that surrounds you. As your peaceful ride comes to a close, you will be greeted and offered sparkling wine as you arrive at the sand dune viewing platform where your Sounds of Silence dining experience begins.

Day Two - Sunday 26 July:

  • Awake early with continental breakfast provided at camp site
  • Drive to Uluru to watch sunrise 
  • Partake in short walks at Uluru OR visit Kata Tjuta for the Walpa Gorge Walk 
  • 0930 back at airport to depart for Alice Springs at 1030

Tour inclusions: Experienced and accredited tour guide, air-conditioned minibus, park entry fees, camels at sunset and Sounds of Silence dinner, camping fees, camping equipment, breakfast on 26th July and transfers to and from Ayers Rock Airport.

Tour exclusions: Flights – you must ensure you book your own flights into Ayers Rock Airport to arrive at 1340 on Saturday 25th July and depart Ayers Rock Airport to Alice Springs Airport at 1030 on Sunday 26th July


Minimum and maximum numbers apply for these optional activities and positions will be allocated upon receipt of registration and payment. If minimum numbers are not reach the organisers reserve the right to amend or cancel the activity.

 Sunday 26 July
Monday 27 July
Tuesday 28 July
Wednesday 29 July
From sunrise for 4 hours

Hot Air Ballooning
1400 - 1600
Camel safari
 Camel safari
1400 - 1630
Desert Park
Desert Park
Desert Park
1300 - 1630
Mountain Bike riding
Mountain Bike riding
Mountain Bike riding

1330 - 1700
Standley Chasm

1330 - 1730
West MacDonnell Ranges Bus Trip
West MacDonnell Ranges Bus Trip
1500 - late

Simpsons Gap & Mbantua Starlight Bus Dinner

Camel Safari: Pyndan Camel Tracks
$60 for adults $30 for children
Inclusions: one hour camel rise including transfers from Alice Springs Convention Centre

See Australian animals like kangaroos and other native wildlife and experience the ‘red centre’. The camels are well trained, gentle and each has their own personality. We are situated in the beautiful White Gums Valley, among the MacDonnell Ranges, explored during our camel rides.

Guests are to wear comfortable clothing that protects you from sunburn, sunscreen, a hat and a water bottle.

Desert Park
$42 for adults $22.50 for children
entry to Desert Park, self-guided tour and transfers from Alice Springs Convention Centre

Immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of Australia's deserts. Wander through the ancient landscape. Experience the animals of the night. Discover the diversity of desert plants. Be inspired by ancient living cultures with local Aboriginal guides. Marvel at the energy and spirit of free flying birds.

Mountain Bike Riding: Outback Cycling
$130 for adults
2 hour guided Mountain Bike tour, bike, helmet, and transfers from Alice Springs Convention Centre

On tour with our experienced local rider, you will be treated to some amazing single trails that takes you through the scrub catching some awesome views as you go. You’ll venture deeper into the bush and find the best trails only known to the locals. Minimal experience, or heaps of experience, it doesn’t matter. All riders are advised to wear comfortable clothing (loose trousers are not advised) and runners/walking shoes. Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses.

West MacDonnell Ranges Bus Trip
$140 for adults
Private charter to pick up/drop off from Convention Centre

The highlights of the tour include;
  • ANZAC Hill 
  • Rev. John Flynns Grave 
  • Simpsons Gap 
  • Standley Chasm 
  • Billy Tea (boiled on an open campfire) and served in a pannikin
Hot Air Ballooning: Outback Ballooning
60 minute Balloon Flight $313 per person
Transfers from your hotel, sparkling wine and refreshments and insurance

Outback Ballooning is Australia’s only balloon company specialising in remote Outback operations. In Alice Springs they operate every day, weather permitting. The reliable desert weather means they have one of lowest cancellation rates in the world. The tour duration is generally 4 hours and pick up time is about an hour before sunrise but this gets confirmed closer to the day.

Standley Chasm
$110 per adult
Private charter to pick up/drop off from the Convention Centre and afternoon tea

RT Tours Australia invites you to experience a Aboriginal prospective of the Beautiful and spiritual landscape. Standley Chasm (Angkerle) is Aboriginal Titled Land and is part of the Iwupataka Land Trust and is bordered by the West MacDonnell National Park. Leaving from Alice Springs travel along the majestic MacDonnell ranges to Standley Chasm. Surging flood waters over thousands of years have cut its way through the tough quartzite is responsible, for what we know in the modern History as Standley Chasm The chasm is well known for its ever changing colours. As the Sun moves across the visitors are treated to a magnificent display of colours and forms. A reliable trickle of water (Rare Natural Spring) has ensured the survival of it original people with a food source, water source for thousands of years. Standley Chasm water source is still a commodity today. There are many species of flora and Fauna that are unique to this area a must see when in Central Australia.

Afternoon tea to include tea, coffee, soft drink, homemade Quondong wattleseed and apricot and cake plus bush treats (emu sausage native duka mix mytle oil with homebaked bread, bush tomatoes, fruit).

Simpsons Gap and Mbantua Bush Dinner
$120 per adult
Private charter to pick up/drop off from the Convention Centre, 3 course dinner with beverages (BYO alcohol)

Visit Simpsons Gap and then watch Master Bush Chef Bob create his Mbantua Dinner on an open fire under the stars at a Traditional Aboriginal Campground. This unique dining experience includes a 3 course meal (as outlined below) and beverages (BYO alcohol).
  • Entrée - Traditional homemade Vegetable soup with Tasmanian thyme. Smoke flavoured homebaked bread
  • Bush food treats - Homemade emu sausage with mustard and sundried tomato, grilled kangaroo fillet, wattleseed duka with olive oil mytle mix, bush tomato, roasted macadamia nuts with wattle seed & bush tomato seasoning. 
  • Main - Outback beef hotpot, sweet potato fritter with saltbush, steamed vegetables with soy & lemon myrtle. Spicy Vegetable Dish 
  • Desert - Steamed pudding quondong, apricot, wattleseed and white chocolate topped with coconut and caramel sauce

Delegates should bring along a hat, sunscreen, appropriate seasonal clothing (warm jacket, beanie, scarf etc.), closed in walking shoes and camera.