Enjoy sunrise and sunset over iconic Uluru, explore breathtaking Kings Canyon, hike the impressive Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, sleep under the stars of the Outback sky.
Tour description provided by G Adventures
A great little add-on to a longer Australian adventure, this short-and-sweet journey to the famed Red Centre brings you close to the continent’s vast heart. Watch the sun rise over iconic Uluru, explore the curious domed rock formations of Kata Tjuta and gaze up in astonished awe at the 100-metre-high walls of majestic Kings Canyon while the locals share the secrets of indigenous Australian culture. If you’ve come all the way to Australia, it’d be a shame to go home without coming here first. Regret nothing.
Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (1L,1D)
Pick up provided from one of our approved pick-up points from 5:25am and travel to the Red Centre. See Joining Hotel in the trip details or your voucher for the approved pick-up points. Pre-accommodation is available at the meeting location; please speak to your sales agent to book.
Pass by Erldunda, Lake Amadeus and Mt Connor en route, then stop at Curtain Springs cattle station for a quick break. Stop in the small town of Yulara for a homemade lunch, then stop off at the Uluru cultural centre to gain some more knowledge of the flora, fauna and Aboriginal people of the area.
Stop the base of Uluru for a guided Mala Walk, which includes a more in depth explanation of the area and Uluru. From there, continue onto the sunset viewing point to watch the sun dip behind the impressive Uluru and enjoy a glass of bubbly and snacks.
At night, experience the Red Centre the most unique way possible by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. Enjoy a dinner cooked on the barbeque then enjoy the stars in the outback sky.
Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.
The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat.
*NOTE: This tour begins very early on Day 1. We recommend booking a pre-departure night in Alice Springs.
Day 2 Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station (1B,1L,1D)
Awake before dawn to view the invariably stunning sunrise over Uluru before digging into breakfast. Travel to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the beautiful red rock formations of the Valley of the Winds. Return to Yulara for lunch, then continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire.
Opt to take a helicopter ride over the area or get off road on a quad bike.
Day 3 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs (1B,1L)
After breakfast, set off on a 4km hike through Kings Canyon, including the natural Amphitheatre, the North and South Walls and the Garden of Eden.
En route back to Alice Springs, visit a camel farm where there is an option to ride one of the camels. The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening at approximately 6pm. Opt to join the group for a night out in Alice Springs. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today.