Spend 5 days on a truly unforgettable outback safari visiting Oak Valley, Ayers Rock (Uluru), The Olgas (Kata Tjuta), West MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge, Kings Canyon (Watarrka), Curtain Springs, Kings Creek, 2 cattle stations and an Aboriginal community via 4WD long bush tracks.
Day 1: An early start from your accommodation allows you to meet your fellow travellers as you head to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park stopping along the way for refreshments, a camel ride or the opportunity to pick up some Aboriginal artefacts. The afternoon is then spent exploring beautiful Uluru including a base walk, Aboriginal guided walk and Dot paining workshop . You can also visit the Cultural Centre for an insight into Aboriginal law and culture. As the sun sets, toast this amazing monolith with a glass of bubbles as the colours of the rock change before heading back to camp. End the day back at the private camp site and enjoy an Endless Star dining experience before bed.
Day 2: See the sun rise over Ayers Rock and The Olgas from the campsite's nearby lookout then enjoy breakfast before setting off to Kata Tjuta for a 7km trek through the Valley of the Winds. Stop at the resort for fuel, supplies and a leisurely lunch before heading to Kings Creek Station where you'll camp for the night. The secluded campsite offers a traditional campfire bush dinner for a night under the stars.
Day 3: Enjoy a slow start to the day before setting off for Kings Canyon (Watarrka) where you'll walk through the 6km of crevices, vertical walls and plateaus and visit amazing natural attractions like the Amphitheatre, Lost City and Garden of Eden where you can take a cool dip in the rock pools. Then it's back into the 4WD to drive the famous Mereenie Loop Road while spotting the wildlife before arriving at Glen Helen, the camp site for the night.
Day 4: A hearty sunrise breakfast prepares you for exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at Ormiston Gorge to spot Perentie Lizards lazing on the banks of the water holes, and hike the Ghost Gum Walk. Four wheel drive through to Ellery Creek Big Hole where you can enjoy a refreshing dip and maybe a walk. Tonight the tour rests at Hugh River, spending the night out under the stars, complete with campfire and a hearty meal.
Day 5: After breakfast you 4WD through the Owen Springs Reserve, following the footsteps of the European explorers along the Hugh River lined with shady river gums. Experience the culture and history of Rainbow Valley which is rich in archaeological sites and Aboriginal artefacts. The tour ends back at Alice Springs where you will arive at your Alice Springs accommodation. Feel free to catch up with your fellow travellers later in the evening for a night on the town.
Operates: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
Departs: 6.00 am from Alice Springs or 1.00 pm from Ayers Rock Resort. Pick-ups are also available from Ayers Rock Airport for flights arriving prior to 2.00pm (excludes lunch on first day for guests joining tour at Ayers Rock).
Returns: Approximately 5.30 pm to Alice Springs only
Tour does not operate 1 January
Children: Under the age of 5 years are not permitted on this tour.
What to Bring: Space is limited so only 1 small bag per person. Torch, hat (wide brimmed best), sunscreen, insect repellent, a fly head net (summer), any required medication, water bottle (at least 1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, warm clothing (winter), sleeping bag (if you prefer your own), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, Travel Voucher/Ticket, BYO wine or beer. Please restrict luggage to 1x day pack and 1x soft overnight bag/backpack maximum 10kg.
Fitness: A moderate level of fitness is required.
Travel Insurance: Highly recommended
Excludes: Optional tours and activities.
Operated By: Wayoutback Desert Safaris