Spend four days exploring the highlights of the Red Centre in a comfortable 4WD vehicle. Visit Uluru, discover Aboriginal artwork, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Kings Canyon and the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Highlights of this safari include a visit to the Outback Camel Farm with optional camel ride, sunset and sunrise at Uluru, a journey along the Mereenie Loop road and accommodation in comfortable permanent tents.
Day 1 – Alice Springs to Uluru
Flanked by rugged hills and ridges, Alice Springs is the gateway to Central Australia and the Outback. Spectacular Uluru awaits with its amazing colours. Explore its vast base and discover ancient Indigenous art and learn about the waterholes that bring life to the surrounding desert. Learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world with a visit to the Uluru and Kata Tjuta cultural centre. In the evening, enjoy a breathtaking sunset over Uluru with a glass of sparkling wine. (LD)
Day 2 – Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon Region
View a spectacular sunrise over the Red Centre at Kata Tjuta. Hike through winding gorges and past sandstone domes in the magical Valley of the Winds. Tonight, enjoy a traditional bush dinner cooked in the coals of the campfire. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kings Canyon to Wallace Rockhole
Hike between sheer cliffs and diverse plant species at Kings Canyon, then explore the Garden of Eden rock pool. Make tracks to Hermannsburg - a mission famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts - to learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira. Drive through the sands of the Red Centre to Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal Community. (BLD)
Day 4 – Western MacDonnell Range to Alice Springs
Visit Wallace Rockhole's ancient paintings with a local guide before continuing on to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Explore the earthy beauty of Standley Chasm and perhaps take a hike to spot local rock wallabies. (BL)
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Mereenie Loop Track
Outback Camel Farm
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Valley of the Winds
Western MacDonnell Ranges
Our Safari in Style tours combine the ultimate in small group adventure with decadent camping comfort and luxury air-conditioned vehicles. After a long day exploring the breathtaking beauty of Australia's most remote and iconic destinations, you will come ”˜home' each night to a freshly prepared meal, including indigenous bushtucker ingredients and tantalising Australian wines. Once the sun sets on your memorable day enjoy relaxing around the campfire before retreating into your permanent tent, complete with cosy bed, full linen, bedside table, lighting, wooden floors and fans for those warm outback nights! Groups of eight of more will also be provided with a host to ensure attentive service.
Twin share safari tents (including proper beds, linen, pillows, towels & fans)
National park entrance fees
Experienced tour guide and host**
Meals as indicated
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru
From busy Alice Springs, set off to experience the wonder of ancient Uluru. Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm and there is the option to go for a short ride on one of these desert animals (at own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara and enjoy a tasty lunch before exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. You'll get up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Finally, as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, grab a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your camp host will have a lovely dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp. (LD)
Day 2 – Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
An early start is rewarded with a beautiful Uluru sunrise. While the morning's fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).^ It is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kings Canyon and the Giles Track
There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we head back to Alice Springs via the Giles track where we settle in for the evening at our campsite. You may like to enjoy dinner in Alice Springs with your group tonight (own expense). (BL)
Day 4 – Alice Springs to Western MacDonnell National Park
The Red Centre's best kept secret, the Western MacDonnell Ranges will leave you awed at unsuspecting beauty that this part of the country holds. Start the morning fresh with a morning walk through the rainbow coloured walls of Ormiston Gorge and be awed by the contrasting colours the morning light casts on the cliff faces. Discover the breathtaking geological features of this hidden treasure, keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Embrace the panoramic views of Ellery Creek and perhaps take a dip in the still waters of this magnificent hidden gem.
Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, a prominent place in Aboriginal communities around the area where dreamtime stories cross paths. To finish off your outback experience, what better cherry on top than enjoying the breathtaking colours of the Western Macdonnell Ranges transform under the setting sun on an optional hour-long sunset camel ride (own expense). (L)
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2013 - 2014 season. The 2014 - 2015 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015. The 2015 - 2016 season rates commence on the 1st April 2015.