3 Day Rock to Rock Red Centre Explorer
Get your Outback stripes on this three-day jaunt that takes in the most spectacular rock attractions of Australia's Red Centre. Hop aboard a camel for a saunter across the desert, explore lost cities and gardens of Eden along the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, navigate the chasms of Kata Tjuta on a guided tour and get to know Uluru on your own terms during an unescorted morning wander before returning to Yulara.
Walk the rim of Kings Canyon, and watch the sun rise and set over the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Day 1: Ayers Rock Resort/Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)
PICK UP: Desert Gardens Hotel, 1:45pm*
The Outback. The Red Centre. Down Under. The Never Never. Australia’s rugged, rust-cloaked centre has gained itself a fair few monikers over the years, but you really need to travel in the region to appreciate its size and scenery. Following an early afternoon pick-up, we set out across the stark, dramatic terrain of central Australia. The Territory’ can be a pretty unforgiving place and, in cruising through this landscape, you’ll quickly understand how and why it became so engrained in the Australian psyche. Many early pioneers brought camels over to help them traverse what was then one great big unknown. Today you’ll have the opportunity to see Australia just how they would’ve. Our first stop for the day is Kings Creek Station, an authentic outback station. By late afternoon we will have arrived at our night’s secluded campsite located not far from Kings Canyon.
Note: *Pick up times vary at different times of the year as flight schedules change. Please confirm your meeting time and location with our Reservations team. Total driving time is around three and a half hours.
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
Day 2: Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Uluru sunset
It’s a 6 km walk around King’s Canyon (a route known as the Rim Walk), so it’s a pretty early start today. We set out after breakfast, before the day gets too hot. Learning from your guide about the area’s flora and fauna as you go, you’ll enter upon the Lost City – a solitary expanse peopled by craggy sandstone domes – then hike up the surrounding ridges for expansive views along the north and South Walls. The descent down into the Garden of Eden is pretty steep in parts, but well worth the effort. Getting back on the road, we’ll drive past the flat-topped rise of Atila (Mt. Conner) and the Curtin Springs Station Roadhouse before arriving at Kata Tjuta. We’ll spend some time here wandering around the site’s red rock domes on a guided walk, then finish the day toasting the outback’s famous Uluru sunset.
Total driving time today is about three and a half hours.
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge Walk
Day 3: Uluru sunrise Ayers Rock Resort
You’ve already witnessed an Uluru sunset, but watching the sun rise up over the world’s largest rock is another spectacle altogether. Shade and shadow slide down the rivets lining its side and the colours of the rock itself seem to change. While spellbinding from a distance, Uluru is equally impressive checking out up close on an unguided morning walk around the base. Caves, springs, ancient rock art and a range of flora and fauna are all concealed in its folds, and early on in the day is the quietest (and coolest) time to see them. When you get back, an indigenous guide will give some background to the spiritual significance of the area during a cultural interpretive walk – a privileged insight into one of the world’s oldest remaining cultures. After a visit to the onsite Cultural Centre, the tour comes to an end in Yulara before lunch.
Note: Total driving time is about one hour. A compulsory transfer fee will apply for any flights booked to depart before 12:30pm. If the levy isn’t paid in advance then you’ll have to make payment directly to your leader.
Uluru Cultural Centre
Uluru Base Walk
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.