Central Australia is a rugged land of Dreamtime legends, endless vistas and immense beauty. Our exploration of this part of the Northern Territory takes in Indigenous history and culture topped with a large dose of wonder. Discover the legends of the multi-hued monolith Uluru, Australia's most recognisable natural landmark, and marvel at the pristine beauty of Kings Canyon. Along the way, experience camping in the Australian outback in spacious, outback safari tents. The heritage and splendour of this ancient land will live on in your dreams long after the trip has ended.

Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Short Breaks - Group Adventures
Code
PISC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Carbon offset
670kg pp per trip

Escape on an Australian outback odyssey through the Northern Territory.


Highlights

  • Discover rich diversity in Alice Springs
  • Learn the facts about Uluru
  • Discover outback ways of life from an Indigenous host
  • Follow the best hiking trails through the bush
  • Embark on a 4x4 expedition across the Australian Outback
  • Swim in the Garden of Eden rock pool
  • Try some tasty bush tucker
  • Hike through magnificent Kings Canyon

Itinerary

Flanked by rugged hills and ridges, Alice Springs is the gateway to Central Australia and the outback. Spectacular Uluru awaits with its ever-changing hues. Explore its vast base and discover ancient Aboriginal art and waterholes that bring life to the surrounding desert. Take some time to learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world, and their relationship to Uluru, with a visit to a local cultural centre. In the evening, enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the magnificent monolithic rock.
View a spectacular sunrise over the Red Centre at Kata Tjuta. Hike through winding gorges and past sandstone domes in the Valley of the Winds. Enjoy a traditional camp oven dinner cooked in the hot coals of the fire at Kings Creek Station. Swap stories and be mesmerised by thousands of stars sparkling from the clear desert night sky.
Hike between sheer cliffs and diverse plant species at King's Canyon, a gem of the Northern Territory, then walk down to explore the Garden of Eden rock pool. After a picnic lunch, head to Hermannsburg - a mission famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira and view his unique artwork at the gallery. After a drive through the sands of the red centre, arrive at the Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal community for an unforgettable evening of tasty bush tucker cooked on the barbecue. Take this opportunity to indulge in some of Australia's more unusual culinary delights - kangaroo, emu and camel.
On the way to Alice Springs, visit Wallace Rockhole's ancient rock paintings and carvings with a knowledgeable local guide. There's also a chance to learn the special techniques behind traditional dot painting during a class. After getting creative, continue on to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Explore the rich earthy beauty of Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. Enjoy a peaceful picnic in the beautiful surroundings and perhaps take a hike to spot local rock wallabies that inhabit the area. Say goodbye to new friends back in the outback town of Alice Springs, perhaps over a cold Aussie beer or delicious kangaroo steak.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Aboriginal Rock Art tour (weather permitting)
  • Dot Painting Class
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Valley of the Winds walk

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Notes

1. The tour commences on day 1 at 6am. Please take this into consideration when booking any flights and accommodation. We recommend you book accommodation in advance for the night prior to the tour commencing.
2. This tour finishes on arrival in Alice Springs on day 4 at around 5pm. Please take this into consideration when booking any flights out of Alice Springs. We recommend you book accommodation in advance to extend your stay here.
3. You can join this trip in Uluru on day 1 no later than 1 pm. Please see trip code PISCY for details. Please note that from April 2013 this trip will depart Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun. It will no longer run daily.

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Reviews

Our Central Explorer trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Central Explorer, November 2012

Central Explorer, November 2012