- 2 professional, accredited tour guides
- Travel in luxury coach with onboard toilet
- BBQ dinner, buffet breakfast (Alice Springs start only)
- Cooked breakfast (day 2)
- Freshly made packed lunch and fruit and snacks throughout the day
- Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
- Uluru park entrance fee ($25pp)
- Dorm accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort
WHERE WE VISIT
- Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King's Canyon
- Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Mount Connor Lookout (Alice Springs start only)
- Kings Creek Station
- Kings Canyon Rim Walk
- Mutitjulu Waterhole
Why do we love this
We love how jam-packed with action this tour is! From hikes to sunset dinners, it has it all.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This trip takes you through the heart of the Red Centre and shows you all the highlights along the way.
Day 1 – Operated by Emu Run
Your professional tour guides will show you the real outback they love and enjoy so much!
After collecting you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am, they'll begin the fun, heading to your first stop at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.
You'll also get a freshly made packed lunch to eat on the drive to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta, National Park.
It's here at Kata Tjuta (Olgas) that you'll embark on the first walk of the day into Walpa Gorge. Embrace the domes of Kata Tjuta, while taking in the views of the open plains on the return walk.
You'll then visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy some souvenirs. The Cultural Centre was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people. It is built on a sacred site and has very special meaning to the local Anangu people.
Afterwards, it's time for another walk around the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). From here one of the two guides will take you on a guided Mala Walk. The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where there are many fine examples of Anangu rock art, and you can experience the wonder of the sheer vertical walls. Your guide will tell Dreamtime stories of the Anangu People.
Later, head from the front of Uluru around to the Kuniya car park. From here, start your second Uluru guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
Your guide will take you along a short track to the Mutitjulu Waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. They'll share stories of local traditions and explain how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today.
Once evening falls, it's time for today's highlight, the breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly and a delicious Aussie BBQ. A spectacular day never to be forgotten!
After the sunset BBQ, you'll be dropped off at the Outback Pioneer Lodge where you will spend the evening in a 4 share dorm room.
Day 2 – Operated by AAT Kings
AAT Kings pick you up from Outback Pioneer at approximately 4.00 am (Oct-Mar) or 5.00 am (Apr-Sep).
Today, say hello to Kings Canyon!
You’ll get a sense of the remoteness of outback Australia as you travel to Kings Creek Station. Watch as the local wildlife wakes for the day – dromedary camels, kangaroos, Brumbies and dingoes.
This cattle and camel station covers 1,800 square kilometres. After the drive, relax in the café where you’ll be treated to a cooked breakfast. Their coffee is said to be the best in the Territory!
Once you've refuelled, it's onto King's Canyon.
Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people.
Here you'll embark on the six-kilometre Rim Walk, a once in a lifetime experience. Climb up a 100-metre cliff face and walk around the rim of the canyon. Marvel at impressive views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs.
You'll also visit the Garden of Eden, hidden deep down between sandstone cliffs. A natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns, creates a truly unique landscape here.
Later, head off on the Creek Bed Walk, ideal if you’re interested in something more relaxing. After leisurely taking in the sights, set off on a two-kilometre stroll along the creek bed that leads to views of the impressive canyon rim.
Later, it's off to Kings Canyon Resort – an oasis in the outback! Treat yourself to lunch (own expense). To see Kings Canyon from above, take an optional scenic helicopter flight (creek bed walkers only), or bring your swimmers if you’d like to take a dip in the resort’s pool.
At the end of the day, enjoy a scenic return journey back to Alice Springs.
AAT Kings then drop you at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 7.30 pm.