3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara Trip Notes

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3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara
Trip code: PAR3Y
Validity: 01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015
Table of Contents
StyleGroup sizeFinish point instructions
MapAccommodationEmergency contact
ItineraryMealsWhat to take
Also available to purchaseTransportTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Culture shock rating Joining point Carbon offset
Physical ratingJoining point instructions
Physical preparationFinish point
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
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3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara
Itinerary
Day 1 Yulara/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
Kata Tjuta will fascinate you, as we spend the afternoon getting up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during the Valley of the Winds hike. You’ll be mesmerised as the desert sun sets over Uluru, and as the night grows darker, curl up in your permanent tent or choose to swag (Aussie bedroll) under millions of stars. (D)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 2 Uluru/Kings Canyon
An early start is rewarded with the sunrise over Uluru. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you embark on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to see more Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 3 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before we make our way back to Alice Springs. (BL)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
  • Sleeping Bag Purchase (PSB)
  • Sole use tent (PAR3)
  • Sole use tent (PAR3Y)
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES/COMMUNITIES:
    Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local Aboriginal communities may be unavailable.
    Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable in Red Centre an Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk. In Kakadu the Aboriginal Wulna-Limilngan cultural experience is only available during the dry season (Apr-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
    Physical preparation
    To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-8 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks.
    These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist in keeping well hydrated.
    Group size
    Maximum of 24 travellers per group.
    Accommodation
    Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nts)
    Simple permanent twin-share tents or option to swag camp (Red Centre trips only). Sleeping bags are required and are available for pre-purchase from us. Bathroom facilities are shared and are located a short walking distance from camp.
    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    AUD 100.00
    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
    Passengers with special meal requirements must ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. Vegetarians and those with any special meal requirements may need to provide additional assistance to the leader for meal preparation.
    Your tour includes meals as indicated in our brochure and online. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour. Please make sure you advise us of any special dietary requirements well prior to travelling and we will endeavour to do our best to cater to them.
    Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
    Transport
    Private vehicle
    Group leader
    All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised safari vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) and recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.
    Joining point
    Yulara
    Ayers Rock Airport or Ayers Rock Resort
    Yulara
    NT
    AUSTRALIA
    Joining point instructions
    Pick ups from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort): 6th October 2013 to April 5th 2014
    Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
    Qantas QF1851, 0950am – pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1310 (catch airport shuttle).
    This 1310 pick up will not be available for any other flight, and so may not operate all days.
    Virgin VA1627, 1145am – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
    Jetstar JQ660, 1235pm – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
    Qantas QF1941, 1450pm – no pick up available. (Please refer to trips departing from Alice Springs)
    Pick up from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort): 6th April to October 4th 2014
    Lunch will not be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
    Qantas QF1851, 0950am - pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1345 (catch airport shuttle).
    Virgin VA1627, 1315pm - pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1345 (catch airport shuttle).
    Jetstar JQ664, 12:20pm - pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1345 (catch airport shuttle).
    Jetstar JQ660, 1335pm - pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1400 (do not catch shuttle).
    Qantas QF1941, 1450pm - no pick up available. (Please refer to trips departing from Alice Springs)
    Pick up from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort): 5th October 2014 to 4th of April 2015
    Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
    Qantas QF1851, 0950am – pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1310 (catch airport shuttle).
    This 1310 pick up will not be available for any other flight, and so may not operate all days.
    Virgin VA1627, 1205pm – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
    Jetstar JQ660, 1235pm – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
    Qantas QF1941, 1450pm – no pick up available. (Please refer to trips departing from Alice Springs)
    Please note pick up times from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) do vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. Please refer to times above as a guide only and confirm details with your chosen airline ahead of travel. Please enquire with us if you need further information. The Yulara Airport Shuttle (free) is available to catch from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Please be ready and waiting for pick up at the correct time and location as above.
    So that your pick up can be made effectively you must advise Intrepid, via your agent at the time of booking, or at least 2 weeks prior to departure, at which of the locations above you will be collected from. You can also call through to Intrepid directly to advise your pick up point on the following number:
    1300 360 887
    If you are unable to make contact with your pick up representative on the afternoon of day 1 at the above mentioned times and locations please contact our local operating office in Alice Springs on the below number:
    1300 282 448
    Finish point
    Select Alice Springs accommodation
    Alice Springs
    Alice Springs
    NT
    AUSTRALIA
    Finish point instructions
    This tour finishes on arrival in Alice Springs at around 6pm. Finishing times may be earlier during the summer months. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward travel out of Alice Springs. We cannot guarantee arriving in time to board the Ghan or any flight on this day.
    We strongly recommend you book an extra night of accommodation to extend your stay here. Please contact our sales staff if you would like to arrange accommodation in Alice Springs after your tour.
    Emergency contact
    In the event of an emergency, or missed pick up on the day of departure, please call Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel on 1300 654 604.
    What to take
    CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
    Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures can reach below zero. Please ensure you pack appropriately. Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.
    Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however the extreme sunshine can cause sunburn- particularly in summer. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
    SLEEPING BAG & MAT:
    Comfortable foam sleeping mats are provided. Please bring a sleeping bag or purchase one for $30. (if you do not wish to keep your sleeping bag they are donated to local charities).
    WATER BOTTLE:
    Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Please avoid the purchase of bottled water by using the chemically sterilized water stored in the purpose-built storage tank or in water jerry cans in your overland vehicle. You're free to refill your bottle as many times a day as you like.
    BATTERIES/POWER:
    Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. We suggest you bring a mix of normal and rechargeable batteries and the appropriate recharging unit. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
    HEADLAMP OR TORCH:
    A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night. Some properties have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. It’s a good idea to bring a headlamp or torch to navigate your way around at night.
    LUGGAGE RESTRICTION:
    Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, Intrepid travellers can carry a maximum of 15 kg (10kg for any trips visiting Kakadu). You are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle. Intrepid cannot guarantee to carry overweight or oversized luggage. Please store bulky items at your pre tour accommodation. It may be necessary to freight excess luggage at your own expense.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
    If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Travel Insurance for Australians travelling on trips within Australia only: Australians are not required to be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation for trips within Australia. However we strongly recommend that you have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 502.00 kgs per pax.