Experience the best of the Red Centre with AAT Kings on this 4 Day Kata Tjuta, Uluru & Kings Canyon Tour. Relax on the viewing platform in the afternoon, with a glass of wine and nibblies and experience the beauty of the sun setting over the western horizon. The next morning you get to see the sun rise over Uluru before a tour around the base of 'the rock'. View Aboriginal rock art, visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and learn about the culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Enjoy a walk through The Olgas to the Valley of the Winds Lookout and spend a morning on a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon.
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: Travelling south, stop at a lookout to view Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) where your AAT Kings Guide will explain the geological history of these giant domes. Marvel at the unique flora and fauna that has survived in this harsh environment. When you reach the Valley of the Winds Lookout, take some time to gaze out over the central valley of Kata Tjuta. Then take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Day 2 Kata Tjuta: Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. Make your way to the viewing platform to see many kilometres into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. The travel to Kata Tjuta and continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. Return to Ayers Rock Resort.
This afternoon travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. This waterhole provides a key source of water for the Aboriginal people in the area and has been in use for many thousands of years. See Aboriginal rock art and hear about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. It houses an amazing collection of original ceramics, paintings and punu (woodwork) that provide an insight into the unique and spiritual culture of the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Then travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying complimentary wine.
After sunset, travel to your exclusive barbecue site. The site is within the Uluru National Park, adjacent to Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights to provide a clear view of the stars in the southern sky (weather permitting). Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served and your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 3 Ayers Rock - Kings Canyon: The morning is at your leisure to relax or join an optional tour. This afternoon travel to Kings Canyon. There may be time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag. In the evening you might like to view the stars in the outback sky.
Day 4 Kings Canyon - Ayers Rock: This morning join a guided climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. It is a 3 hour walk and is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor (an easier, shady walk). Stop at Kings Canyon Resort to purchase lunch (own expense) before travelling on to Alice Springs.
Departs: Daily 7.00am from Alice Springs.
Returns: Tour concludes Alice Springs only. 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 Kings Canyon rim walk. Low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon floor walk.
Note: On day 4, 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. In this drier desert climate 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 their clients AAT Kings offer 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.
Tour Code: AK48
Operated By: AAT Kings