3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara Trip Notes

3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. Other seasons in this trip: 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017, 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017.

Last Modified: 31 Jul 2015
3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara
Trip code: PAR3Y
Validity: 01 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2016
Table of Contents
StylePhysical preparationJoining point instructions
ThemesImportant notesFinish point
MapGroup sizeFinish point instructions
ItineraryAccommodationEmergency contact
Also available to purchaseMealsWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerTransportTravel insurance
Culture shock rating Group leaderResponsible Travel
Physical ratingJoining point Carbon offset
  • Our Original style trips have a great balance of included activities with your group and free time to explore independently. Where we stay ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched in a region’s people and culture, and provides them with unique local experiences that benefits the community too. In most locations we stay in simple tourist-class hotels (i.e. 2-3 stars), plus on many trips you'll also get to experience a night with a local family on a homestay or something a little different like a Bedouin camp in the Sahara. Original style trips come with all manner of transport modes and use a mixture of local and private transport. You might find yourself sailing in a dhow in Zanzibar, jumping on a rickshaw in Sri Lanka or sailing on a yacht through the Galapagos. No matter the mode, it's all about minimising our environmental impact and making getting around part of the adventure.
Short Breaks
3 Day Uluru Explorer ex Yulara
Day 1 Yulara/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
Explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta as you get up close to this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Fall in love with the desert sun as it sets over Uluru, then prepare for a real treat – our famous 1,000 star dinner. Sitting down to a candlelit spread of locally-sourced food and wines, red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, soak up the vastness of the Outback skies during a hosted dinner you’ll never forget. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in swag (Aussie bedroll) and enjoy a night under the stars. (D)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
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
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 (Red Centre) (PSBR)
    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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
    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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
    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. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-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.
    Important notes
    Please note that some of our planned activities are contingent on seasonal conditions. We will arrange alternative activities if this is the case. This is a flexible itinerary and may be altered to allow for better times to view certain inclusions depending on sunset/sunrise and weather conditions.
    Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 8 for all Original trips and 18 for all Basix trips (with the exception of trips that are camping only).
    All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's day to day care. Please note families/adults travelling with people under 18 must upgrade from dorm-share accommodation to private rooms; accompanying adults may be required to share with others in the group on a twin share basis.
    This tour is often combined with the Safari style trip that runs on the same itinerary (PAY3C/PAY3CY). This means you may travel with people who will stay in upgraded Safari-style tents.
    Group size
    Maximum of 24 travellers per group.
    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.
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    AUD 100.00
    Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA 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. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
    No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
    No Dairy (soy milk provided)
    Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
    Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
    Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
    *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.
    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, however 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.
    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 Resort)
    Joining point instructions
    Please note pick up times from Ayers Rock Resort vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. Please see the list of pick up times and instructions below. The free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available 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.
    5th April 2015 - 3rd October 2015
    Lunch will not be included on Day 1 for all passengers.

    Qantas QF1851, 0950am from CNS: MEET 13:45 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
    Jetstar JQ664, 1220pm from MLB (Sun/Tue/Wed/Fri only) MEET: 13:45 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
    Virgin VA1627, 1320pm from SYD MEET: 13:45 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
    Jetstar JQ660, 1340pm from SYD MEET: 14:00* Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle).
    *This 1400 airport pick up will not be available for any other flights, and so may not operate all days.
    Qantas QF1941, 1450pm from ASP NA no pick up available

    4th October 2015 - 2nd April 2016
    Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.

    Qantas QF1851, 0940/0950am from CNS MEET: 13:10 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
    Jetstar JQ664, 11:20am from MLB MEET: 13:10 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
    Virgin VA1627, 1215pm from SYD MEET: 13:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
    Jetstar JQ660, 1235/1240pm from SYD MEET: 13:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
    Qantas QF1941, 1450pm from ASP NA: no pick up available
    It is your responsibility to contact us with your flight details so we can ensure that we meet you at the correct location, and on time. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of your arrival details.
    Finish point
    Select Alice Springs accommodation
    Alice Springs
    Alice Springs
    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. If you are calling outside of opening hours, please ensure you listen to the options and select your departure city on the telephone keypad.
    What to take
    Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures in the Red Centre and South of the country can reach below zero. Please ensure you pack appropriately. Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Depending on the region you are visiting, particularly the South, you may also need to pack waterproof trousers and a jacket. Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. In the Top End 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.
    From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme 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 keeping hydrated.
    Please come prepared for all extremes.
    Comfortable foam sleeping mats are provided. Please bring a travel pillow and sleeping bag or pre-purchase as sleeping bag for $30. If you do not wish to keep your sleeping bag these are donated to local charities at the end of your tour.
    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.
    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. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
    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.
    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.