RED CENTRE - ULURU & RED CENTRE
Commencing at Alice Springs or Ayers Rock, visit the highlights of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon and spend a night in the iconic Outback town of Alice Springs before returning to Ayers Rock for your afternoon flight.
Day 1 (Lunch*, Dinner)
It’s an early rise if you are joining us in Alice Springs where you will make the journey to Ayers Rock where you will meet your fellow travellers joining us there. On arrival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visit a camel farm and discover life atop one of the regions earliest forms of transport. This afternoon embark on an interpretive base walk of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, climate permitting. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and the Anangu people ask visitors to respect their law and do not climb it). The Cultural Centre is impressive and worth a visit before watching the ever changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at your private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
Uluru - Base Walk / Climb at Uluru - Cultural Centre - Sunset at Uluru - Ayers Rock private campsite
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an aboriginal word for “many heads”, to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as you travel to Kings Creek Station to spend the night at your private camp.
Uluru / Kata Tjuta Sunrise - Kata Tjuta - Kings Creek Station private campsite
Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning you enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After lunch, you make your way towards the iconic outback town of Alice Springs, arriving in the early evening. This town has a vast pioneering history and will feel like the big smoke after 2 and a half days in the ‘Bush’.
You won’t need your swag tonight, as your hostel accommodation is included (dormitory/twin or double room) along with dinner for your last night together. Later, you’ll have the chance to wash your dusty clothes before experiencing the nightlife of this charming Outback town.
Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park - Alice Springs - Overnight hostel accommodation.
Day 4 (Breakfast)
Today you have an early start. Following breakfast you leave Alice Springs and begin your journey to Ayers Rock. With a short stop along the way you will get you and your baggage to Ayers Rock Airport or resort before saying farewell to this magical destination.
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
*Lunch on Day 1 is only included for passengers beginning their tour in Alice Springs. Passengers starting in Ayers Rock will need to have eaten prior to pick up.
Departs: Daily (except January 1)
Alice Springs: From central accommodation from 4:50am
Ayers Rock Airport: 12.55 / 13.55 depending on season. 15.10 pick up also available (See note). Those arriving into AYQ in the morning can catch the free shuttle bus to Ayers Rock Resort for pick up from Outback Pioneer
Outback Pioneer (AYQ Resort): 12.55
Ayers Rock Airport: Day 4 at approximately 11am***
Outback Pioneer Hotel: Day 4 at approximately 1.00pm
Note: Those booking the 15.10 pick up from AYQ Airport will not have time to complete a full base walk of Uluru and will miss the Cultural Centre visit. A shorter walk of Uluru is still possible when arriving at this time.
*** Your estimated drop off time for Ayers Rock Airport is 11.00am. Whilst you will do our absolute best to have you at the airport on time you will not be held liable for any flights missed due to delays. These may include, but not limited to; Traffic delays, road closures, vehicle breakdowns and accidents. Travel insurance is highly recommended. During the summer months Jetstar offer a service departing Ayers Rock to Melbourne at 11.45am. Although we strive for an 11am arrival to Ayers Rock Airport we recommend you choose a flight at a later time.
Customers must bring their own sleeping bag or hire one for a $20 local payment (travel until March 31, 2016) or $30 local payment (travel from April 1, 2016).
For departures from April 1, 2016, tents are not included and swags are provided as standard. Customers wishing to sleep in a single pop-up tent will be required to pay a $60 local payment.
Both items must be pre-booked.