Summary

Red Centre explorer

6 daysDepart 02 Mar 2022Return 08 Mar 2022
Total $3,214.62
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Red Centre explorer

Alice Springs, NT

Spend six days exploring the best of Australia’s Red Centre on a culturally rich and naturally wonderful small group adventure. Admire Uluru from Yulara, explore the depths of Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta National Park and the West MacDonnell Ranges. 

With First Nations experiences, comfortable accommodation, a knowledgeable leader and a number of other inclusions, this Red Centre adventure is the whole package. 

Inclusions

  • 5 nights / 6 days tour
  • 2 nights in a tent and 3 nights in a hotel
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Private vehicle and guide
  • Guided walks in Uluru, King Kanyon, and surroundings.

Image Credit: Tourism NT, David Kirkland, Felix Baker, Matt Glastonbury, Mitchell Cox, Shaun Jeffers, Laura Bell, Matt Cherubino, Nicholas Kavo, Jess Caldwell & Luke Riddle, Backyard Bandits, Mark Fitzpatrick

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 03 Nov 2021
  • 01 Dec 2021
  • 05 Jan 2022
  • 02 Feb 2022
  • 02 Mar 2022

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Yulara

Welcome to Yulara, on Anangu land in the Red Centre of Australia. You are welcome to arrive at any time before 5pm, where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers. 

Although deep in the Outback, Yulara is surprisingly accessible, with flights from major Australian cities and transfers available from Alice Springs, approximately 4.5 hours’ away. 

Once you’ve had your briefing, you’ll join your leader and possibly a First Nations guide as they lead you on a Welcome or Acknowledgement of Country. 

Then, enjoy dinner at one of the on-site restaurants and retire to your accommodation, or witness the Field of Lights before heading off to bed. 

You do have the option to sleep under the stars in a swag or you can enjoy a comfortable tented room with a bed and electricity.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Permanent tented camp.
Day 2: Uluru

Rise and shine for a spectacular sunrise as you make your way to Kata Tjuta, where you’ll embark on a walk to the Walpa Gorge. Sandstone cliffs rise high, shrouded by shadows and full of First Nations history. 

If you’ve got the energy you can tackle the legendary Valley of the Winds. This six-kilometre walk can be challenging, but you’re rewarded with a spectacular perspective of mind-blowing rock formations. Return to camp for lunch, with a number of dining options available in Yulara. 

Enjoy some free time in the afternoon – perhaps book yourself on an Outback ride with a bike or a camel– then reconvene with the crew for a memorable sunset. 

Graze on locally sourced bush tucker, take the time to understand the importance of this sacred rock to the local Anangu people. Afterwards, spend the night enjoying an Outback barbecue dinner under the stars, then swap stories sitting around the campfire. Tonight, you also have the option of sleeping in a swag or tent.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation: Permanent tented camp
  • Uluru - Valley of the Winds walk
  • Uluru - Outback BBQ Dinner
  • Uluru - Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Uluru - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru - Uluru Sunrise
  • Uluru - Uluru Sunset with Nibbles Platter.

Day 3: Kings Canyon

Get up at sunrise and embark on a walk around Uluru, watching as the colours of the rock shift as night turns to day. No two angles of the sacred monolith are the same. Continue to Kings Canyon – where you will spend the night. Snack on a packed lunch and – from April 2021 onwards – enjoy a tour to discover the bush tucker and bush medicines used for spiritual and healing purposes by the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) people. 

When you arrive in Kings Canyon, you’ll have some free time by the pool. You could use this time to book in an optional activity, with options like a plane or helicopter experience over Kings Canyon. Be sure to ask your group leader about your options. 

Soak up the views and the last of the day light at the perfectly positioned sunset viewing platform, before choosing your dinner.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Kings Canyon - Kings Canyon Sunset
  • Uluru - Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru - Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon - Karkke Cultural Experience.

Day 4: Kings Canyon

Get ready for another day of sun-soaked scenery in Australia’s Outback. 

Join the group on a morning walk along the rim of Kings Canyon. Admire the marbled red cliffs, making sure you capture the scenery with some epic panorama images. Discover its Amphitheatre, Lost City, North and South Walls and the surprisingly lush Garden of Eden, which owes its cycads and plant life to a permanent waterhole down in the canyon. 

If you’re feeling like an easier walk, you can take the Kings Creek Walk by yourself – it’s shorter but won’t miss the spectacular views of the canyon. Make your way to Alice Springs and join your travel pals for dinner at a local restaurant.

Inclusions

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Kings Canyon - Kings Canyon Rim Walk.
Day 5: West Macdonnell Ranges - Alice Springs

Spend today exploring the Outback scenery of the West Macdonnell Ranges. Head to Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge for a swim or relax on the beach, perhaps taking a hike to check out the area. 

These two stops are a traveller favourite – not only for the swimming options, but the incredible outback scenery that greets you at every turn. In the afternoon, make your way to Alice Springs. After freshening up, enjoy a memorable bush tucker and stargazing experience. Under a blanket of stars, follow the constellations above as you listen to expert guides tell the stories of the ground beneath your feet and the heavens above. Afterwards head back to your accommodation in town.

Inclusions

  • Lunch
  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Alice Springs - Ellery Creek
  • Alice Springs - Ormiston Gorge
  • Alice Springs - Earth Sanctuary Dinner & Star Talk
Day 6: End of tour in Alice Springs

With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time. That doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end!

Exclusions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Comprehensive travel insurance. 
Terms and Conditions
  • Trip commences in Yulara on Day 1 at 5pm at the cafe within the Desert Gardens Hotel and finishes in Alice Springs (Day 6) after breakfast 
  • For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of three litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles 
  • If your trip departs on a Saturday you will be running on a slightly altered itinerary. Instead of the Karkke Cultural Experience in Kings Canyon on Day 3 of your itinerary you will visit an amazing dot painting workshop on the afternoon of Day 2, where you will be taught by a local Anangu artist about traditional art, symbols, tools and more.