Immerse yourself in the ancient Aboriginal culture and amazing Australian outback with this 4 day tour taking in Ayers Rock (Uluru), Yulara, The Olgas (Kata Tjuta), Kings Creek Cattle Station, Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, the MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm, Simpson Gap and Wallace Rockhole.
Day 1 - Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock): Starting in Alice Springs, set off to experience the wonder of the iconic Uluru. Make a stop at an authentic outback camel farm and for those that are keen there is the option to go for a short ride on the back of one of these desert animals (at your own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara for lunch before embarking to explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. As the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the Rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines, and soak up the vastness of outback skies during a hosted dinner you’ll never forget.
Day 2 - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)/Kings Canyon: An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal people. After your stroll, walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. This afternoon travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.
Day 3 - Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Alice Springs: Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before heading back to Alice Springs.
Day 4 - Alice Springs/Western MacDonnell Ranges: Leave Alice Springs this morning and journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. An optional, hour-long sunset camel ride is also available. Head back to Alice Springs, where your trip comes to an end.
Departs: 6.00am Monday & Thursday from Aurora Alice Springs, Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs
Returns: 6.00pm to Alice Springs
Children: Tour is not suitable for children 8 years and under
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, shorts, t-shirts, long pants and long sleeved shirt (for mosquito protection and extra warmth at night), swimmers, hat, towel, sunscreen, necessary medication, change of clothes, camera and torch
Luggage: Personal luggage is limited to an overnight bag and a daypack. Most Alice Springs accommodations will be happy to store any excess luggage you may have, some do charge a small fee
Fitness Requirement: A good level of fitness is required
Operated By: Intrepid Travel & Adventure Tours