- Professional guide
- Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Aboriginal Guided walk at Uluru
- Meals (x3 breakfast, x4 lunch, x3 dinner)
- Camping equipment, including a permanent tent with beds and mattress
- All linen (pillow and pillowcase, fitted sheet, towel)
- Sleeping bag hire
WHERE WE VISIT
- Kata Tjuta
- Kings Canyon
- Garden of Eden
- Western MacDonnell Ranges
- Glen Helen
- Alice Springs
- Ellery Creek Big Hole
- Ochre Pits
- Ormiston Gorge
- Kings Creek Station
- Field of Light experience at Uluru $42. Pre-booking this experience is recommended.
Why do we love this
We love that this trip takes to past Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge. They're places off the typical 'Red Centre trail' that really are worth a visit. There's some great hikes and spotting Perentie Lizards is always fun!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru (lunch, dinner)
*Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore is not included. Please ensure you have had lunch prior to your collection.
Your day starts bright and early, with pick up from your accommodation in Alice Springs at 6.00 am. Hit the road for the adventure of a lifetime.
For those commencing the tour at Uluru, you'll be collected from the Outback Pioneer Hotel at around 1.00 pm. If you're arriving on a flight into Uluru before 2.00 pm, pick up from the airport is available.
Once all travellers are aboard, the real adventure begins. Head south to Erldunda travelling through the Waterhouse and James Ranges. Make a stop at the Camel Farm for refreshments and a Camel ride along the way. (please note camel rides are at your own expense)
Stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artifacts. Then, on the way to Uluru, take a break to catch stunning views of stop to view Atila (Mount Connor). Like a mini Uluru, this is the first significant rock formation of the trip.
Later, after a stop for lunch, you'll arrive at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Travel to the base of Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk. You'll learn about the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa).
You'll continue to learn about the area, as later you meet with your local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime Indigenous cultural experience. They'll share stories with you and teach you about the traditional methods of painting that play an important part in the sustainability of Aboriginal culture. Start the experience with a walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole, at the base of Uluru. Hear stories of this unique landscape and discover the connection between the art, culture and the land. Your tour finishes at the Cultural Centre, where you can explore the displays and learn about the flora and fauna of this unique area.
As evening falls, it's time for a special sunset viewing over Uluru. Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day.
After being wowed by the light show, head to your remote private camp. Enjoy an Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky. You can also upgrade to a or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds.
If you can't get enough of Uluru, you can choose to view the Fields of Light art installation after dinner tonight. This is an optional and additional expense. For those interested, you'll be collected from a location close to your campsite and transferred to the Field of Light. Enjoy a walk through this incredible light display before being transferred back to the campsite.
Day 2: Uluru to Kings Creek Station (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Rise early to watch the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From a lookout close to the campsite, you'll catch some amazing views, and avoid the crowds at the public viewing area!
Afterwards, depart for Kata Tjuta where you'll embark on a hike through the 'Valley of the Winds'. Wander through the many domes and discover the cultural significance this area holds to the Aboriginal people.
After working up an appetite, enjoy a tasty lunch. With your belly's full, head to Kings Creek Station, your private campsite for the night. Miles from the crowds, this is where the feeling of ‘way out back’ starts to take hold.
After a campfire dinner, kick back and be mesmerised by the millions of stars on display.
Day 3: Kings Creek Station to Glen Helen (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Wake up to another desert sunrise this morning, before embarking on a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’.
After Watarrka, 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road, looking out for wildlife along the way. It's 93km of off-road fun!
Your campsite tonight is at Glen Helen, close to a stunning waterhole that the traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent.
It's another night under the desert stars with your new friends tonight.
Day 4: Glen Helen to Alice Springs (breakfast, lunch)
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travel to Ormiston Gorge first, making sure to keep your eyes peeled for Perentie lizards along the way! You'll spot these guys lazing along the banks at the gorge too.
Once you arrive, take a swim in the rock holes to cool off before heading off on the 'Ghost Gum Walk'. This is 1.5-hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before descending along the rocky floor and past Ormiston Waterhole.
Next, journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site. This spot offers the experience to view the Ochre deposit that is still used to this day by the Traditional owners of the area. You'll be able to see the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
Afterwards, travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods. It's an internationally significant geological site and the permanent water here makes it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people. It's known to them as Udepata.
Later in the afternoon, it's time to leave the water behind as you start the journey back to Alice Springs. You'll arrive at approximately 5.30pm. After a hot shower, join your fellow travellers for a farewell meal, some laughs and a few cold beers.
This is a 4-day tour starting and finishing in Alice Springs. You can also start the tour in Uluru.