Travel to the heart of Australia

Soak up the spirit of the land on this three-day journey into the Red Centre. Admire the incredible formations of Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), watch the sun set over Uluru, and learn about the local indigenous traditions from your Leader. This is a journey boasting magical landscapes, incredible natural beauty, ancient culture and unforgettable experiences.


Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Yulara, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
PBORY
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 24

Why we love this trip

  • Fly in and out of Yulara, saving you hundreds of KM driving between Alice Springs and Yulara

  • 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 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a 'no frills' Basix trip. Camping is in permenant tents with swags and sleeping bags

  • Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.

  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

  • Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.

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

PICK UP: Desert Gardens Hotel, 1:45pm*
This afternoon we make our way to Watarrka National Park home to Kings Canyon. Along the way we’ll enjoy a variety of outback scenery, including vibrant red dune country, and the craggy ranges of Central Australia. When we reach our secluded campsite near Kings Canyon, relax and unwind under the millions of stars.

Note: *Pick up times vary at different times of the year as flight schedules change. Please confirm your meeting time and location with our Reservations team. Total driving time is around three and a half hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
Meals Included
  • Dinner
The full 6km Kings Canyon rim walk requires an early start. Take your time to admire the sandstone domes of the Lost City, the cliff top views along the North and South Walls and the beauty of the Garden of Eden; all whilst learning about the flora, fauna, history and culture of this area from your knowledgeable guide. Our journey to Uluru passes Atila (Mt Conner) with its unique flat top and we’ll stop for a break at Curtin Springs Station Roadhouse. Lunch is enjoyed en-route and we will also take in the magnificent red domes of Kata Tjuta as we enjoy the Walpa Gorge walk. As the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, take out your camera and capture the Rock change colours as the sun sets slowly behind it. We head back to camp for a well earned dinner, and settle into our swags this evening. Tomorrow, we're up early to take in the magic of sunrise at Uluru.

Total driving time today is about three and a half hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
It’s an early start this morning, but you won’t be disappointed after you witness a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh, enjoy an unguided walk around the base of the Rock. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the history of Uluru as your Leader enlightens you about Indigenous culture. It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. The tour will finish at Ayers Rock Resort or Yulara Airport before lunch.

Note: Total driving time is about one hour. A compulsory transfer fee will apply for any flights booked to depart before 12:30pm. If the levy isn’t paid in advance then you’ll have to make payment directly to your leader.
Included Activities
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru Base Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru Base Walk

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Important notes

1. Default pick up point is Desert Gardens Hotel at 13:45 on Day 1. Pick up times may vary at different times of the year
2. Tour finishes at Desert Gardens hotel at approximately 12:00 on Day 3. Any flights booked to depart before 12:30 will require a compulsory transfer fee.
3. This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us at time of booking.

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