4 Day Red Centre Adventure departing Alice Springs

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4 Day Red Centre Adventure departing Alice Springs - AdventuresEnter 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 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. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you watch the Rock's colours change as the sun sets behind it, throwing magnificent colours into the sky. 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.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Uluru sunset drinks
1000 Star Dinner
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance

Meals Included
Lunch
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 creatin 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Uluru Cultural Centre
Mala cultural interpretative walk
Uluru Base Walk

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

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, Then it’s lunch, rest, and off we head toward Glen Helen where we camp this evening.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
3 Dinner

Day 4 - Western MacDonnell Ranges

This morning, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00am and journey 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. See the colours of the ranges change as the sun starts its descent, perhaps from atop a camel during an optional sunset ride.

The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km.

Included Activities
Western MacDonnell Ranges

Optional Activities
Sunset Camel Ride (Adult) - AUD70
Sunset Camel Ride (Child) - AUD40

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Highlights

Join an Indigenous Guide on a Mala walk around the base of Uluru.
This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand.
Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru.
Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback.
Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more.
Traverse the immense landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges and keep an eye out for an abundance of wildlife.
Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon.
Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal communities on guided nature walks.

Basix 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.

Original 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. Feel like you're in your own bed, but under the stars of the Red Centre. Proper beds, linen, electricity, and cooling fans provide that extra bit of comfort while you camp.

Departs

Alice Springs, Northern Territory | More Alice Springs Tours

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2018 - 2019 season. The 2018 - 2019 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019. The 2019 - 2020 season rates commence on the 1st April 2019.





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