Beginning in Alice Springs, this 3 Day Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery Tour from AAT Kings takes you on an outback adventure through the Red Centre in air-conditioned comfort! Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges, explore Walpa Gorge before enjoying nibbles and wine while watching the sun set over Uluru. After seeing the sun rise over the Red Centre, enjoy a drive around the base of Uluru then travel to Mutijulu Waterhole. Your last day is spent on a guided climb to the rim of the Canyon or an easier walk along the canyon floor, before having lunch at Kings Canyon Resort.
Budget accommodation: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Kings Canyon Resort
Standard accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel & Kings Canyon Resort
Superior accommodation: Sails in the Desert & Kings Canyon Resort
Day 1 Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock): Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
This afternoon visit Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Later travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip' and relax with a glass of wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned.
Please Note: As you are arriving via a Red Centre Connection, you may not have time to check into your hotel room before your afternoon tour departure time. Please have a day pack ready to go which includes the following items - Appropriate walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, warm jacket during the cooler months and a minimum of 1 litre of water.
Day 2 Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon: Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Return to Ayers Rock Resort.
In the early afternoon, travel by luxury coach through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort. Pass through Curtin Springs cattle station before viewing Atila (Mt. Conner) from the coach. After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto the Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. After you arrive at Kings Canyon Resort there may be time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag, or attend the award winning ‘Under the Desert Moon’ dinner, exclusive to Kings Canyon Resort (own expense).
Day 3 Kings Canyon – Alice Springs: This morning join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The rim walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor.
Stop at Kings Creek Station to purchase lunch (own expense) and take some time to explore this working cattle station. Travel through beautiful desert landscapes on your way to Alice Springs. Informative commentary is provided by your Driver/Guide. Stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense). Continue on to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, as the sun sets in the west over the rugged plains.
Please note: On day 3, during the hotter months of the year where temperatures can reach and exceed 36° C or 97° F, the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb. Heat exhaustion, over these hotter months, is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients there is a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as an alternative. It is essential for all rim walkers during the hotter months to have 3 litres of water – iced water is available to top up bottles on board the coach
Departs: 7.00am daily from Alice Springs
Returns: 7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)
Children: 15 years and under are charged at the child rate
What to Bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, covered walking shoes and camera
Fitness requirement: Low level of fitness required for Uluru base walk. Base walk is a one hour (approximately) gentle walk on flat ground. Good level of fitness required for the Kings Canyon rim walk. Low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon floor walk
Tour Code: AK43 / A3A
Operated By: AAT Kings