Map of Uluru & Kings Canyon Family Adventure including Australia

Experience the best of the Red Centre on a fun-filled family adventure

Gather the troops and venture into Australia’s heart for a four-day family adventure. The shifting colours of Uluru at sunrise and sunset will amaze the whole family, and you’ll soon see why this is Australia’s most sacred site. Learn about the culture of the Luritja people and their connection to the land, take in views of Kata Tjuta and look out for super cute wallabies on the Walpa Gorge walk, and hike past the soaring cliffs and tranquil gardens of Kings Canyon. Your leader will let you in on local secrets and show you what they love about this truly remarkable part of the world.


Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Yulara, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer, Family
Code
POFR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 18

Why you'll love this trip

  • The family will be amazed by the ever-changing colours of Uluru, Australia’s most spiritually significant site, as you view the epic sandstone monolith at both sunrise and sunset.

  • Travel to the edge of Watarrka National Park to meet with local First Nations guides and learn about the food, art, medicine and languages of the Luritja peoples.

  • Embark on the Walpa Gorge Walk, looking out for hopping wallabies and taking in unforgettable views of Kata Tjuta, a towering collection of 36 domed rock formations.

  • Venture to Kings Canyon, home to some of the country’s most magnificent scenery, where you’ll set off on a walk past soaring cliffs, sandstone domes and tranquil gardens.

  • With nearly all meals included on this family adventure, you can spend more time admiring the incredible landscapes and less time worrying about cooking!

Is this trip right for you?

  • This isn't a basic camping experience, as you'll be treated to creature comforts in our permanent tented camps, with proper beds, electricity and cooling fans. Please bring along your sleeping bag.

  • 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.

  • While the minimum age for this trip is 5, please be aware that his 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 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. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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! Your family adventure kicks off in Yulara – set in the heart of the outback, this tiny town is your gateway to the wonders of Uluru and Kings Canyon. Meet your local leader and the other families joining you on your adventure at 1.30pm, then it’s time to head to Kings Canyon (approximately 4 hours). Settle into camp on arrival, then gather for a meeting to find out what lies ahead on your journey, as well as a 'Welcome to Country' ceremony honouring the Luritja people. Later enjoy an included dinner around the campfire under the starlit sky.
Accommodation
  • Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon - Welcome to Country Ceremony
Optional Activities
  • Alice Springs - Pre-Trip Transfer Alice Springs to Yulara - AUD120
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's first meeting will take place in the reception area at the Desert Gardens Hotel in Yulara. It’s very important that you are on time today as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time, and then head out to Kings Canyon right away. If you are expecting to arrive on the flight from Sydney at 1:40pm please let your travel agent know as we can arrange for a 2pm pickup at the airport before continuing on our way to Kings Canyon. If you can't find a flight that arrives before 1:40pm into Yulara we recommend you arrive a day earlier. We can also book you onto a transfer from Alice Springs to Yulara this morning at an additional cost (departure at 6am)
After breakfast this morning, head out to soak in the remarkable scenery of Kings Canyon (Watarrka) during a walk along Kings Creek (approximately 1-2 hours). With soaring cliffs on both sides and ethereal rock formations, the sights here are sure to amaze the whole family. After your walk, travel to the edge of Watarrka National Park to learn more about the First Nations culture of the region. Meet with local guides who will provide insight into the food, art, medicine and languages of the Luritja peoples, leaving your family with a greater understanding of their way of life. Return to Yulara, then make your way to Australia’s most spiritually significant and iconic site, Uluru. From a prime viewing location, enjoy the view as the sun sets over the epic sandstone monolith – watching the incredible landscape shift in colour is a sight you won’t soon forget! This evening, tuck into an included barbecue dinner, and if weather permits you can then swap stories around a campfire under the stars.
Accommodation
  • Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru - Sunset Viewing Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Kings Creek Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 4 hours. The Rim Walk at Kings Canyon takes approximately 1-2 hours. Sturdy shoes are required. If you would like to opt out the leader can suggest an alternative and easier walk for you.
This morning, head out to Kata Tjuta (also known as 'The Olgas'), a towering collection of 36 domed rock formations – these rust-coloured beauties are truly one of Australia’s most impressive sights! The best way to explore the otherworldly landscape is on foot, so set off on the Walpa Gorge Walk. Sandstone cliffs rise high above as you continue through the gorge, shrouded by shadows and full of First Nations history. Be sure to keep an eye out for super cute wallabies hopping about as you walk! Return to Uluru and join an Anangu guide for a walk to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of rock. Your guide will explain what makes this waterhole sacred while sharing stories of the incredible landscape and its connection to the Anangu people. Afterwards, stop by the cultural centre to learn about the spiritual and cultural importance of Uluru and its surrounds. This evening you’ll have the option to visit the Field of Light, an enormous art installation that illuminates the landscape with 50,000 stems of light.
Accommodation
  • Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru - Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk with Local Anangu Guide
  • Uluru - Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta - Walpa Gorge Walk
Optional Activities
  • Yulara - Field of Lights - AUD98
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 2 hours. The Walpa Gorge Walk at Kata Tjuta takes approximately 3 hours. Please note that tickets to the Field of Light art installation must be booked ahead of time to ensure availability. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking this experience prior to travel, please speak to your booking agent.
Start the day early in one of the best ways imaginable – watching a spectacular sunrise over Uluru. Set off on the 10km walk around the base of Uluru with your local leader as the sun climbs over the landscape. Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Included Activities
  • Uluru - Sunrise Base Walk
Optional Activities
  • Yulara - Post Trip Transfer Yulara to Alice Springs - AUD120
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The 10km walk around the base of Uluru takes approximately 3 hours to complete. 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

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Kings Canyon - Welcome to Country Ceremony
  • Uluru - Sunset Viewing Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Kings Creek Walk
  • Uluru - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru - Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk with Local Anangu Guide
  • Uluru - Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta - Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Uluru - Sunrise Base Walk

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

FAMILY TRIPS
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

ROOMING & 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. A triple rooming configuration is also available upon request, and consists of the two single beds in the tent, plus a swag rolled out between the beds. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Please note that all tents have single beds. No double beds are available.

MINIMUM AGE
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. However, please read the trip notes carefully to decide whether the strenuous nature of this trip is suitable for your family.

DISCOUNT
A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel.

LONG TRAVELLING DAYS
This trip involves long travelling days. Please see the daily itinerary for more information. Take into consideration the weather when you are thinking of travelling and ensure you and your family are well hydrated in the desert heat.

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