Explore the many highlights of Kings Canyon and Uluru during the 3 Day Rock the Centre Tour from Alice Springs to Alice Springs. Stay overnight in a swag (Aussie bedroll), learn about Aboriginal culture and watch the sunset over Uluru. Uluru and Kings Canyon – in only three days.
The Outback and its attractions may be big, but that doesn't mean you need heaps of time to see them. This trip, which offers the choice of starting and finishing in either Alice Springs or Yulara, makes it possible to see the region's best-known attractions in a short amount of time. Get to know Uluru guided or on your own, navigate the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds Walk and discover lost cities and a Garden of Eden on the Rim Walk through Kings Canyon. The Outback's never been so accessible.
Pushed for time? Strapped for cash? This trip gets you to the Outback's biggest drawcards in minimum time, at a minimum cost.
Day 1: Alice Spring to Uluru
Leaving Alice Springs behind, hit the road for Australia's legendary Outback. First stop for the day is an outback roadhouse for a quick breakfast (at your own expense). Then it's back on the road for the drive to Yulara, stopping off along the way for views of Mount Connor and the Salt lakes.
After lunch, jump back in the vehicle and travel into Uluru National Park. We'll check out the Cultural Centre with coffee in hand, before we walk over to the main attraction, Uluru. Depending on how active you're feeling, you may choose to do the full base walk of Uluru which is around 10km. No two angles of the Rock are the same, and it's sheer size will leave you gobsmacked by the time you've lapped it. If you'd rather do a shorter walk follow the signs to the Mala Walk before strolling to the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
In the evening, watch a spectacular Uluru sunset while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and some snacks. Once the sun has set we'll drive on to our night's campsite for hot showers and a hearty dinner. This evening sleep in a swag (Aussie bedroll) under the stars.
Note: Total driving time today is about 6 hours from Alice Springs, and Walking time will depend on which option you choose in the afternoon.
Uluru Base Walk
Uluru sunset drinks
Uluru Cultural Centre
Day 2: Uluru Sunrise and The Valley of the Winds
Rise early for an included breakfast and memorable Uluru sunrise. Next, head to Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) for a guided 5.5km walk through the legendary Valley of the Winds, returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, drive to our remote bush camp in Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and freshen up with a hot shower. Tonight’s dinner will be an authentic Outback BBQ.
Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Valley of the Winds walk
Day 3: Kings Canyon Rim Walk and back to Alice Springs
After breakfast, drive to Kings Canyon for a guided hike along the Canyon Rim Walk (6km). This varied landscape of chasms, canyons and cliffs is one of the most spectacular and surprising in the Outback. Enter a natural amphitheatre, discover the Lost City, cool off under the shade of the Garden of Eden's leafy palm trees and admire panoramic views from the North and South Walls.
After lunch we'll make tracks back to Alice Springs with a few leg-stretches on the way, before pulling into Alice early evening.
Note: Total driving time today is about five hours, and walking is approximately 3 hours.
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Camping with basic facilities (2 nights)
Activities as indicated
Meals as indicated
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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 to the 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.