7 Day National Park Explorer Tour
Visit the wonderful sites of the outback such as Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, West MacDonnell Ranges and Palm Valley on our 7 Day National Park Explorer Tour. Highlights include; Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park and Alice Springs Desert Park.
Travel by Luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz and/or Scania coaches with an informative and experienced Driver guide who drives and commentates.
Day 1: Alice Springs
On arrival in Alice Springs you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12:30pm). This afternoon you will tour 'The Alice', including a visit to the historic Telegraph Station. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. At the Alice Springs Reptile Centre you will see unique Central Australian reptiles. Later enjoy panoramic views of Alice Springs and the ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
Hotel: Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis (Budget), Aurora Alice Springs (Standard), Lasseters Hotel (Superior) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (First Class), Alice Springs, 3 nights.
Day 2: West MacDonnell Ranges
Travel west from Alice Springs following the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges. Pass the John Flynn Memorial (founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service). Our first stop is at Simpsons Gap with its beautiful red gums. Continue to Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Walk along the stony watercourse lined with cycads, ghost gums, cypress pines and acacias.
A light lunch will be provided before you depart for Alice Springs Desert Park. Explore the Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodland habitats and discover many of the secrets of the Central Australian deserts. Visit the Nocturnal House and witness free-flying birds of prey in the nature theatre at the Birds of Prey presentation. Afterwards you will be transferred back to Alice Springs. Included Meals: Light Lunch
Day 3: Palm Valley 4WD Safari
This one day 4WD safari travels through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg**, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct which is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection and the works of Albert Namatjira. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of the oldest watercourses in the world, into Palm Valley. See spectacular rock forms, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees.
**Hermannsburg is closed to tourists Christmas week. Included Meals: Lunch
Day 4: Kata Tjuá¹¯a (the Olgas)
Travel south from Alice Springs through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Your Driver Guide will provide comprehensive commentary of your surrounds as you pass through the rugged scenery of the outback. Visit a camel farm where there is time to take a short optional camel ride (own expense) if you wish. Pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Later, travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the late afternoon we travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine.
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Budget Rooms (Budget), Outback Pioneer Hotel (Standard), Desert Gardens Hotel (Superior) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (First Class), Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 5: Uluá¹Ÿu (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluá¹Ÿu sunrise viewing area, Talinguá¹Ÿu Nyakunytjaku. Watch the first rays of the sunset the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. After watching the sunrise you will join your AAT Kings Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluá¹Ÿu. Travel by coach to the Muá¹¯itjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Muá¹¯itjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluá¹Ÿu. Visit the Uluá¹Ÿu – Kata Tjuá¹¯a Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts, before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. On days when the Uluá¹Ÿu Climb is open, those with a good level of fitness will have the opportunity to climb Uluá¹Ÿu as an alternative to the Uluá¹Ÿu Base Tour. Uluá¹Ÿu is a sacred site for the Aá¹‰angu people and they prefer that visitors do not climb it. With this in mind, we do not recommend it. You will enjoy time at leisure before travelling to Kings Canyon Resort.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Lodge (Budget), Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms (Standard or Superior), Kings Canyon Resort, or Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms (First Class), Kings Canyon.
Day 6: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
This morning join a guided climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. It is a 3 hour walk and is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulderstrewn canyon floor (an easier, shady walk). Stop at Kings Canyon Resort to purchase lunch (own expense) before travelling on to Alice Springs.
Hotel: Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis (Budget), Aurora Alice Springs (Standard), Lasseters Hotel (Superior) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (First Class), Alice Springs.
Included Meals: *Wilderness Lodge includes breakfast
Day 7: Depart Alice Springs
You'll be transferred to the Alice Springs Airport for your onward flights (flights anytime).
NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2017 - 2018 season. The 2017 - 2018 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2017 to the 31st March 2018. The 2018 - 2019 season rates commence on the 1st April 2018.