Encounter the Northern Territory's superb landscapes and sites, including Uluru

The remote town of Yulara is a convenient start point for visitors setting off to the explore the sensational range of natural wonders the Red Centre has to offer.
The ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) create an amazing landscape of spectacular domes and canyons.
An iconic image of outback Australia and a sacred site for the local Aboriginal people, Uluru's remarkable colour changes are a wonder to behold. Visit the lesser-explored region of the West MacDonnell Ranges and compare the ever changing landscapes of the Red Centre.

Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Explorer, Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Code
PAR4Y
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand
  • Wander through the Valley of the Winds to the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru
  • Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback
  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon
  • Traverse the immense landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges and keep an eye out for an abundance of wildlife
  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal communities on guided nature walks - exclusive to Intrepid

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

This afternoon, make your way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes of Kata Tjuta. We then head to Australia's most iconic landmark - Uluru (Ayres Rock). As the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately one hour. Total walking time is around an hour.

An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. This is a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on Earth. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some Indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you 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 you make your way back to Alice Springs, where you will check into your accommodation for the night.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

*Trips departing after 01 September 2016 will have an itinerary change on this day, please see 'itinerary disclaimer' in the important information section of the trip notes*
This morning we will pick you up from your accommodation at approximately 7:00sm and journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. An optional, hour-long sunset camel ride is also available. Head back to Alice Springs, where your trip comes to an end.

The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km.

The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Hostel (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • 1000 Star Dinner
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

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