Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs: 3 Days 2 Nights

Explore the best of the Red Centre on a backpacker budget and sleep under the stars at Uluru!

Ayers Rock, Australia
Duration
3 days 2 nights
Start time
12:30 pm onwards
Group size
21
Pick up & Drop off
Included
Fitness level
Medium
Meals
Included
AUD $349
ValueAUD $395SAVE AUD $46
Child (under 16 yrs): AUD $349
Park fees $25 included
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Highlights

  • Start in Ayers Rock on the day you arrive and finish in Alice Springs on day 3 at 5.00 pm
  • 3 Day/2 Night Camping Tour
  • 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
  • Swags (individual tents)
  • Sleeping bag hire for $20 (or bring your own)

WHAT TO EXPECT

This tour is the first choice for budget conscious travellers & international backpackers looking for a high-quality tour & cultural experience at an affordable price. 

Day 1: Uluru Sunset
You will be picked at the front of Uluru (Ayers Rock Airport) or the Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara depending on your flight times starting from 12:30 pm. (Pick up at 12.30pm if you are flying from Melbourne and Pick up at 1.45pm if you are flying from Sydney). First destination Uluru. Take in the breath taking the sight of Uluru the World's Largest Rock. You then have time to complete an Uluru Base Walk around Uluru. You will see beautiful sites such as the Mala Walk, Mutijulu Waterhole and Aboriginal Cave Paintings. We spend this night at the Ayers Rock Campground with toilets and showers after having dinner watching the sunset over Uluru. 

 

Day 2: Kata Tjuta & Uluru Sunrise
Feel the spiritual significance on a guided walk through to the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta. Be shown bush tucker along the hike before heading to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you can listen to tales from the 'Tjukurpa' Dreamtime. We spend this night at the historic Kings Creek Station with toilets and showers, 20km from Kings Canyon.

 

Day 3: Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon. Enjoy a 3 hour guided hike through the sandstone domes of the Lost City. Visit the many Amphitheatres, North & South Wallsand the beautiful Garden of Eden. We stop on the way home for an optional Camel Ride at the Camel Farm (3 to 5 minutes for $7) and head back to Alice Springs and civilisation. Get cleaned up, and we meet later with your Guide for dinner and a couple of beers in The Rock Bar.

 
 
What do I need to bring?
Bring a small day pack and you can store your large pack / luggage in the trailer attached to the tour bus. All you need are shorts, t-shirts and good shoes during the day & a jumper / warm clothes for night time. 
 
During the winter you can still wear shorts and a shirt during the day, but you will need to bring warm clothes because it does get cold at night! Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie to keep your head warm and gloves are advisable. 
 
Regardless of the time of year that you are travelling, you will need to bring a hat & sunscreen. Other things to bring include a towel, bathers, sunglasses, torch and toiletries.

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Yes, you can start the day in Alice Springs. We offer 2 tours with this option; one tour that finishes in Alice Springs and another one that finishes in Ayers Rock. Both tours are 3 days/2nights. To start the Tour in Alice Springs you need to arrive one day before the tour starts because you will leave at 5 am on Day 1. If you choose to finish in Alice Springs, you will arrive at 5 pm on day 3, if you choose to finish in Ayers Rock at 11 am.

We highly recommend spending a minimum of 5 days in the Red Centre. Day 1 - arrive in Ayers Rock. Day 2, 3 and 4 to do the tour and return to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock on night 4! If you arrive in Alice Springs you can enjoy dinner with your tour guide and hang out in the city. For both tours, we recommend that you spend at least an extra night so that you can recover for this amazing 3-day tour!

Itinerary # 1 - Alice Springs to Alice Springs (3 Day Uluru) - BEST ITINERARY!

Arrive in Alice Springs on Day 1. Depart the next day from Alice Springs on Day 2 at 5:30 am and return to Alice Springs on Day 4 at 5:00 pm. You will need one night's accommodation in Alice Springs before (Day 1) and one night after (Day 4) the Tour!

 

Itinerary # 2 - Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) (3 Day Uluru) (Rock Drop Off) - FOR THOSE IN A HURRY!

Arrive in Alice Springs on Day 1. Depart the next day from Alice Springs on Day 2 at 5:30 am and depart our tour on Day 4 at the Ayers Rock Airport (i.e. fly from Ayers Rock (Uluru) to Sydney) any time after 10:00 am. The only part of the tour you miss is the 6-hour bus trip home from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs. You will need one night's accommodation in Alice Springs before the tour (Day 1).

 

Itinerary # 3 - Ayers Rock (Uluru) to Alice Springs (3 Day Uluru) (Rock Pick Up). FOR THOSE THAT BOOKED A FLIGHT INTO AYERS ROCK!

Arrive at Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport on Day 1 and our bus will drive directly to Ayers Rock (Uluru) on Day 1. We will arrive at the Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport and pick you up at 12:30pm. You return to Alice Springs on Day 3 at 5:30pm. Itinerary #4 - Start the tour at Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport and End the tour at Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport (4 Day Uluru). For an extra $120 you still travel 1,500kms round trip and is an option if you have cheap return Jetstar flights.

You will need 2 x large 1.5 Litre bottles to take on the tour. You will need at least 3 litres of water for the Kings Canyon hike and will more than likely drink 4 to 5 litres of water on this day. You will need the same amount of water for the Olgas hike on Day 2 and Ayers Rock hike on Day 3. Our buses carry 60 litres of water on board and your guide will most definitely guarantee you will not dehydrate on the hikes. There are several points during the tour to fill up your water bottles. All meals are included on tour. Please note you do not need to carry empty water bottles that you can fill at the hostel in morning before the tour and you will be provided with water during the trip.

We are located on the main street in Alice Springs, 78 Todd Street. When you arrive into Alice Springs call into our Travel Shop to re-confirm your pick up point and for 30 minutes free internet before the tour and 30 minutes free internet after the tour!

Effective 01/11/2013 Wataarka National Park close the clock wise hike if the temperature exceeds 36 degrees. The alternative hike is the anti-clockwise hike that does not include the Garden of Eden and a swim in the water hole. The Rangers at Wataarka National Park prefer you do not swim for safety reasons. The level of water in the Garden of Eden water hole may vary from season to season depending on rainfall.

Summer (Nov-Mar) it is quite warm at night, around 15-25 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees plus during the day. Winter (May-Sept) it is a lot colder, usually around 1 degree Celsius at night and 15 to 20 degrees during the day. June and July can get very cold at night, often below zero

Summer (Nov-Mar) average over 30 degrees Celsius. During the peak of summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius or more. Winter daytime temperatures are pleasant, usually around 20-25 degrees Celsius.

Winter nights are often below zero degrees (May-Sept) so you will need a good sleeping bag. If you don’t have one of your own, you can hire one from us for $15.00. Ours are washed after every tour and are minus 10 degrees rated…nice and warm

Bring a small pack and leave your large pack at your Hostel if you are starting and finishing the tour in Alice Springs. If you are starting or finishing your tour in Ayers Rock (Uluru) you can store your luggage in our trailor during the tour. Shorts, T-shirts and good shoes during the day & a jumper for night time. Winter you can still wear shorts and a shirt during the day. However, you will need to bring warm clothes because it does get cold at night. Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie to keep your head warm and gloves are advisable. Regardless of the time of year that you are travelling you will need to bring a hat & sunscreen. Other things to bring include a towel, bathers, sunglasses, torch and toiletries.

A swag is made out of heavy duty canvas, sewn into a cocoon-like bag providing warmth, comfort and security - the ultimate of all bush beds! They have a 2 inch thick comfy mattress. You sleep inside your sleeping bag inside your swag so your body heat is trapped inside your sleeping bag and swag. A lot warmer than a tent!

We do have tents (without bedding) on the 2nd night at Ayers Rock Campground. Most campers choose to sleep in their swag under the stars as you do on the 1st night. We offer you a real Aussie outback experience sleeping in a swag under the stars. You simply put your sleeping bag inside & get cozy around the camp fire sleeping under a million stars.

If returning to Alice Springs, keep your larger luggage in your accommodation in Alice Springs & just bring a small bag on tour. If leaving our tour on Day 3 at Ayers Rock Airport, take all of your luggage with you. If being picked up on Day 1 at Ayers Rock Airport, you will have all of your luggage with you anyway.

Most people on our tours are between 18 to 45 years of age and International travellers. If you are young at heart & reasonably fit you will fit right in. If you travelling with kids - minimum age for kids is 9 years.

We often cater for Vegetarians. Please advise any special food allergies, gluten free diet or dietary requirements when booking.

All our Toyota Coaster buses are air-conditioned & carry a maximum of 21 people.

The town of Yulara is 445 kilometres from Alice Springs. This is an average bus journey of 5 1/2 hours. Ayers Rock is 20 kms from Yulara Kata Tjuta is 53 kms from Yulara Kings Canyon is 300kms from Yulara

Day 1 - Lunch@ Kings Canyon

8" muti grain
Pain de camp w Territory Ham
Bega Cheese
Salad & Aioli
Red Gala Apple
Riverland Navel Orange
Chocochip Museli Bar
Snack Shapes

 

Night 1 - Outback Dinner @ Bush Camp

Chilli Con Carne with 5 Bean Mix
Mixed Herbs & Paprika
Seasonal Vegetables
Par Boiled Rice
Territory Beef cooked in Camp Ovens.

 

Day 2 - Outback Breakfast @ Bush Camp

Territory Continental w selection of cereals Corn Flakes
Weet Bix w/Natural Yoghurt
Oats w/Golden Syrup
Fruit
Multi Grain or White Toast w Apricot or Strawberry spread
Tea & Coffee.

 

Day 2 - Lunch @ The Olgas Viewing Area

10” Flour Tortilla Wraps w Territory Ham
German Salami
Tuna
Shredded Bega Cheese
A selection of salads - Lettuce, corn, tomato, capsicum, beetroot.
Add Sweet Chilli Thai Sauce & French Mayonnaise
Snack Shapes & Biscuits.

 

Night 2 - Dinner @ Uluru Sunset 

Ginger, Lime, Lemon Grass Stir Fry w Seasonal Vegetables & Japanese Hokkien Noodles.
Add Chicken and Sweet Chilli Thai Sauce.

 

Day 3 - Breakfast @ Uluru Sunrise

Territory Continental w selection of cereal Corns Flakes
Weet Bix w/Natural Yoghurt 
Oats w/Golden Syrup
Fruit
Multi Grain or White Toast w Apricot or Strawberry spread
Tea & Coffee
Fruit Cake for Morning Tea.

 

Day 3 - Lunch @ Mt Ebenezer

10” Flour Tortilla Wraps w Chicken
Tuna 
Shredded Bega Cheese
A selection of salads - Lettuce, corn, tomato, capsicum, beetroot.
Add Thai Chilli Sauce & French Mayonnaise w snacks.

 

Night 3 - Dinner. Meet your Guide & Group @ The Rock Bar 7 pm (own expense).

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AUD $349
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Child (under 16 yrs): AUD $349
Park fees $25 included
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