Day 1: Ayers Rock Resort/Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)
The Outback. The Red Centre. Down Under. The Never Never. Australia’s rugged, rust-cloaked centre has gained itself a fair few monikers over the years, but you really need to travel in the region to appreciate its size and scenery. Following an early afternoon pick-up, we set out across the stark, dramatic terrain of central Australia. The Territory’ can be a pretty unforgiving place and, in cruising through this landscape, you’ll quickly understand how and why it became so engrained in the Australian psyche. Many early pioneers brought camels over to help them traverse what was then one great big unknown. Today you’ll have the opportunity to see Australia just how they would’ve. Our first stop for the day is Kings Creek Station, an authentic outback station. By late afternoon we will have arrived at our night’s secluded campsite located not far from Kings Canyon. Note: *Pick up times vary at different times of the year as flight schedules change. Please confirm your meeting time and location with our Reservations team.
Day 2: Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Uluru sunset
It’s a 6 km walk around King’s Canyon (a route known as the Rim Walk), so it’s a pretty early start today. We set out after breakfast before the day gets too hot. Learning from your guide about the area’s flora and fauna as you go, you’ll enter upon the Lost City – a solitary expanse peopled by craggy sandstone domes – then hike up the surrounding ridges for expansive views along the north and South Walls. The descent down into the Garden of Eden is pretty steep in parts, but well worth the effort. Getting back on the road, we’ll drive past the flat-topped rise of Atila (Mt. Conner) and the Curtin Springs Station Roadhouse before arriving at Kata Tjuta. We’ll spend some time here wandering around the site’s red rock domes on a guided walk, then finish the day toasting the outback’s famous Uluru sunset.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Uluru sunrise Ayers Rock Resort
You’ve already witnessed an Uluru sunset, but watching the sun rise up over the world’s largest rock is another spectacle altogether. Shade and shadow slide down the rivets lining its side and the colours of the rock itself seem to change. While spellbinding from a distance, Uluru is equally impressive checking out up close on an unguided morning walk around the base. Caves, springs, ancient rock art and a range of flora and fauna are all concealed in its folds, and early on in the day is the quietest (and coolest) time to see them. When you get back, an indigenous guide will give some background to the spiritual significance of the area during a cultural interpretive walk – a privileged insight into one of the world’s oldest remaining cultures. After a visit to the onsite Cultural Centre, the tour comes to an end in Yulara before lunch.
01DEC17-31MAR18: Wed Fri
01APR18-30JUN18 & 01NOV18-31MAR19: Fri
01JUL18-31OCT18: Wed Fri
Joining point: Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort or Airport (dependent on flight arrival time, confirm at time of booking)
Please note pick up times from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) do vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. The Yulara Airport Shuttle (free) is available to catch from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Please be ready and waiting for pick up at the correct time and location as above.
Problems and emergency contact information: In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator on 1800 883 355. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.
Issues on your trip:
While we always endeavour to provide you the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader/specialist guide or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader/guide to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
Tour finishes at the Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort approximately 12:00pm on the final tour day.
If your flight departs before 12:30pm on day two you may require a private transfer to the airport. A compulsory $35 transfer cost will apply. Please note that in order to arrive at the airport in time, you may have limited or no time exploring the Uluru Cultural Centre. Please ask our Reservations team for more details, if the levy is not paid in advance we will require payment to your Leader.
Sleeping bag is required. Bring your own or purchase from us for AU$45.