Become acquainted with the sensational landscapes and intriguing cultural heritage of Australia's iconic Red Centre on this spectacular 4x4 camping adventure. Catch a majestic Uluru sunset, wander the weaving trails and gullies intersecting Kata Tjuta, discover the hidden treasures of Kings Canyon and take part in a traditional dot painting class at Wallace Rockhole. Combining staggering natural landscapes with plenty of local cultural immersion, this trip is the perfect introduction to what makes Australia's outback so special.

Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Countries
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

Welcome to Alice Springs, the Red Centre's dusty, character-filled heart. Make tracks for Uluru, stopping by a camel farm en route for an optional ride on one of these intriguing creatures. Arrive in our permanent campsite at Yulara and check out the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds hike. Watch the colour of the rocks change, glass of sparkling in hand, as the Outback works one of its magical sunsets, then return to a home-cooked dinner at camp.
Wake early for the opportunity to witness a truly unforgettable sunrise over Uluru. View the rock from different vantage points and learn about one of the world's oldest living cultures on an interpretive walk led by a local indigenous guide. Browse Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre, then travel on to our exclusive campsite located within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) for another night camped under sparkling night skies.
Hike between sheer cliffs and discover diverse plant species at Kings Canyon. The Garden of Eden rock pool and Lost City are particularly stunning areas to come across. After lunch, travel along the Mereenie Loop Track to the Outback oasis of Glen Helen. Cool off in a local waterhole or visit a traditional pub for an icy cold beer.
Explore the rich earthy beauty of Ormiston Gorge on a hike through the Western MacDonnell Ranges before a 4WD adventure to Palm Valley. Then make tracks back to Alice Springs – it’s a long drive but the landscape’s got plenty of character. Perhaps spend a few extra days in this fascinating town, which has lots to offer despite its isolated location.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation
Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
  • 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.

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Central Explorer, November 2012

Central Explorer, November 2012