Map of Premium Red Centre including Australia

Experience ancient culture and magical moments in Australia’s outback

Sacred sites, vast landscapes and 600 million years of history – it could only be Australia’s Red Centre. Join an experienced local leader and group of likeminded travellers on a six-day Premium adventure through the outback, discovering the wonders of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs and Kings Canyon. Learn about the connection between the land and Aboriginal peoples and take part in fantastic dining experiences utilising native bush ingredients. But getting up close and personal with rugged and remote parts of Australia doesn’t mean you have to rough it – enjoy comfortable and well-appointed hotels each night. Come and see what makes this sun-soaked piece of the planet so unforgettable.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Yulara, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Premium
Code
POPR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

premium accommodation

Our best accommodation and highest level of service.

premium experiences

Unusual, exceptional and authentic on-trip experiences.

premium knowledge

Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

  • Experience the allure of Uluru from your feature stay hotel, offering modern amenities, fantastic service and stunning views of the rock and Kata Tjuta.

  • Taste the best of the outback during unique dining experiences, enjoying multicourse dinners under the stars and creative meals made with locally sourced, native ingredients.

  • Get to know the awe-inspiring landscapes of Kings Canyon as your local leader introduces you to a world of sandstone formations, rare plants and native wildlife.

  • Understand the connection between the landscapes and the Luritja and Anangu people during a cultural experience in Karrke.

  • Marvel at the Field of Lights by sunset, an outdoor art installation made up of more than 50,000 artificial lights illuminating the landscape.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

  • On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie.

  • This trip includes walks and hikes around the major landmarks of this area. Please read the daily itinerary carefully for details. Walking is the best way to explore these stunning geological features in this otherwise flat landscape, so make sure you bring along comfortable walking shoes.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia.

Itinerary

Welcome to Australia’s Red Centre! On arrival at Alice Springs Airport, you'll be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. A welcome meeting will take place at 2pm today where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers. Commence with a Welcome to Country acknowledgement. After your meeting, your leader will introduce you to the sights of Alice Springs. Start with a visit to the Araluen Arts Centre, then head out to the historical Telegraph Station, the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Pay a visit to the grave of First Nations artist Albert Namatjira, finishing with a deeper understanding of the town and its history. In the evening, head out for a dinner celebrating local bush foods.
Accommodation
  • Double Tree by Hilton or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alice Springs - Town Tour
  • Alice Springs - Old Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please advise your travel agent of your flight details at the time of booking so we can organise the arrival transfer for you. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast, drive up to Anzac Hill and take in panoramic views of Alice Springs and the surrounding landscape. Continue to the Aboriginal settlement of Hermannsburg, where Albert Namatjira once lived. Learn a little more about his life while taking a look around the historic site – you’ll be seeing much of the landscape that inspired him over the coming days. Hit the road once more and enjoy splendid views of the Western MacDonnell Ranges before eventually stopping at Ormiston Gorge. With a beautiful waterhole as its centrepiece, the gorge is the perfect place to stop for a relaxing lunch. Savour a meal of unusual, delicious, ethically sourced and organic bush foods enjoyed for over 60,000 years by the local Aboriginal communities in the area. Take a short walk to a lookout point to appreciate the landscape from a different perspective, then drive on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, where rugged cliffs plunge into a water-filled gorge below. There will be time for a swim here if you’d like to cool off (or just dip your toes if the water is too cold), then pay a visit to the Standley Chasm, a dramatic geological formation that is culturally significant to the Arrernte people. Return to Alice Springs for an optional dinner at the Northern Territory institution, Hanuman.
Accommodation
  • Double Tree by Hilton or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
  • Alice Springs - Anzac Hill
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Standley Chasm
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Ormiston Gorge & Bush Foods Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 4.5 hours. There are a number of shorter walks today, adding up to approximately 3 hours in total.
Rise bright and early to begin the journey south towards Kings Canyon, one of the Northern Territory’s most spectacular sights. On arrival, get to know the incredible landscape on foot as your leader takes you on the iconic Kings Canyon rim walk, taking approximately 3-4 hours. First, climb the stairs to the top of the canyon (there’s plenty of places to stop for photos or to catch your breath!) then things get a bit easier. Walk through Priscilla’s Crack, made famous after featuring in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a classic Australian film. Continue to the sandstone domes of the Lost City, resembling the remains of ancient civilisation. From here you can continue to explore the top of the canyon, or descend into the Garden of Eden, where a waterhole gives life to abundant flora and fauna. In fact, Kings Canyon is home to over 600 unique species of native plants and animals – your leader will point out some interesting examples as you walk. Return to your accommodation in the afternoon to get ready for dinner this evening – you’re in for a real treat! Dine under the stars for a true outback experience, and tuck into a fabulous five course meal made with seasonal and locally sourced products paired with complimentary wines.
Accommodation
  • Kings Canyon Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon - Dining Under a Desert Moon Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 5.5 hours. Please note that the rim walk at Kings Canyon is graded 4 in terms of difficulty. The 6km loop takes about 3-4 hours to complete.
Say goodbye to Kings Canyon and make the short drive to Karrke on the edge of Watarrka National Park. Here you’ll gain a unique insight into First Nations culture as you join a guide to learn about the landscapes, bush tucker, bush medicines and how they are used for healing and their spiritual significance to the Luritja people. Then, carry on to Mt Conner and stop at a viewpoint where you can admire the flat-top mountain’s unusual shape. Stop off at an ancient salt lake then carry on to Yulara, your gateway to the enormous sandstone monolith of Uluru. Tonight’s feature stay accommodation is really something special. Modern, bright and airy, the hotel combines first-class service with a relaxed atmosphere, providing a perfect base for your explorations. After settling in, get out to experience the big rock for yourself – your leader will guide you on a 10km walk around its base, explaining the cultural significance of the landscape as you go. Seeing this iconic formation for the first time is a memory that will stay with you. Enjoy a restful afternoon, then make the most of your first night near Uluru. Sample canapes and sparkling wine, while watching the sun set over the majestic Field of Lights. Seeing the colours of the landscape change as day turns into night is really something else. The Field of Lights is an art installation of more than 50,000 artificial lights which illuminate the landscape as far as the eye can see.
Accommodation
  • Sails in the Desert or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon - Karkke Cultural Experience
  • Uluru - Base Walk
  • Uluru - Sunset & Field of Lights
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours. The base walk around Uluru is flat, approximately 10km in length and will take about 2-3 hours to complete. Please note that there is no shade for the duration of the walk.
This morning, drive to Kata Tjuta, an impressive series of massive red domes. Here you’ll embark on a fascinating 2-hour walk into the Walpa Gorge, alive with pink flowers and native wildlife. Your leader will be on hand to point out rare plants, and if you’re lucky, you may see wallaroos hopping around the rocks! Head back to your accommodation to relax and get ready for a dinner experience like no other, the Sounds of Silence. Sit down to a fantastic meal created with native bush ingredients. Set beneath a sky full of stars and to the sounds of the didgeridoo, this is the perfect finale to your Premium Red Centre adventure.
Accommodation
  • Sails in the Desert or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kata Tjuta - Morning Excursion & Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Uluru - Sounds of Silence Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 1.5 hours. Today's walk into Walpa Gorge is an easy 3km return hike.
Before your tour concludes, perhaps take the opportunity to join your leader on a sunrise walk around Uluru, for one last experience of this impressive sandstone formation. Return to your accommodation, at which point your Red Centre adventure comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Uluru - Sunrise Base Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
For those departing from Yulara Airport today, your leader can drop you at Yulara Airport before 12pm. If you’d like to arrange a transfer to Alice Springs (approximately 5 hours) please get in touch ahead of time as we can book this for you (at an additional cost).

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), resort (1 night)

Included activities

  • Alice Springs - Town Tour
  • Alice Springs - Old Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
  • Alice Springs - Anzac Hill
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Standley Chasm
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Ormiston Gorge & Bush Foods Lunch
  • Kings Canyon - Dining Under a Desert Moon Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Rim Walk
  • Kings Canyon - Karkke Cultural Experience
  • Uluru - Base Walk
  • Uluru - Sunset & Field of Lights
  • Kata Tjuta - Morning Excursion & Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Uluru - Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Uluru - Sunrise Base Walk

Premium Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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