Enter a land of great natural beauty and profound spiritual significance on this 4 Day adventure into Australia's Red Centre. Search for native wildlife while hiking the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Learn about the geological forces that gave rise to the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Hear of indigenous connections to Uluru during a Mala cultural interpretative walk and explore the the creeks, gorges and gullies of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Melbourne might have the arts scene and Sydney the beaches, but Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand Australia proper. Approximately 70% of the Australian continent is classed as arid or semi-arid – and little old Alice Springs sits right in the middle of it all. First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you’ll have the chance to lope through the outback on a ‘ship of the desert’. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes – you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sky cast glorious colours over The Rock and then as evening begins, it’s time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines.
Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
1000 Star Dinner
Day 2: Uluru Sunrise
It’s an early rise today but seeing Australia is what you came for, right? After watching a fiery outback sun rear up over the world’s biggest rock get a real sense of the rock’s scale on an unguided walk around its base. Then learn about the cultural significance of this iconic landform on a cultural interpretative walk with an indigenous guide. In their creation time stories, the Anangu’s ancestral beings the Mala settled here after being chased to the region by an evil dog-like creature called kurpany. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. Tonight we spend the night in an exclusive campsite in Watarrka National Park.
Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Uluru Cultural Centre
Day 3: Kings Canyon rim walk
The centrepiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site’s deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous sites – the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls. Then it’s lunch, rest, and back to Alice for the night where we will drop you at your accommodation, Alice Lodge Backpackers.
Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Hostel (1 night)
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Day 4: Alice Springs to the Western MacDonnell Ranges
Leave Alice Springs at 7am from your accommodation, watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Reaching this national park, we’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. If it takes your fancy, see the colours of the ranges change during sunset from atop a camel on an optional sunset ride.
The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km.
Sunset Camel Ride (Adult) - AUD70
Sunset Camel Ride (Child) - AUD40
Flights must be booked to depart Alice Springs the day after the trip finishes.
Basix Camping Accommodation
This is a camping trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback.
Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. Alice Springs accommodation is at Alice Lodge Backpackers in multishare mixed gender accommodation. Families with children under 18 will be staying in private rooms. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish.
Original Camping Accommodation
This isn't a bare bones camping experience, as you'll be treated to creature comforts such as proper beds, linen, electricity and cooling fans.
Original camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. Alice Springs accommodation is twin share motel rooms at the Alice Motor Inn, if you are a single traveller you will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is available at Original level.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2016 - 2017 season. The 2016 - 2017 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.