About this tour: Enter a land of great natural beauty and profound spiritual significance on this 4 Day adventure tour into Australia’s Red Centre visiting Uluru. Search for native wildlife while hiking the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Learn about the geological forces that gave rise to the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Hear of indigenous connections to Uluru during a Mala cultural interpretative walk and explore the creeks, gorges and gullies of the West McDonnell Ranges.
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Alice Springs and the red center is really where you need to go to understand Australia. Approximately 70% of the Australian continent is classed as arid or semi-arid – and small Alice Springs sits right in the middle of it all.
First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you’ll have the chance to lope through the outback on a ‘ship of the desert’. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes – you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sky cast glorious colors over The Rock and then as evening begins, it’s time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour. (LD)
Day 2: Uluru Sunrise
It’s an early rise today but seeing Australia is what you came for, right? After watching a fiery outback sun rear up over the world’s biggest rock get a real sense of the rock’s scale on an unguided walk around its base. Then learn about the cultural significance of this iconic land form on a cultural interpretative walk with an indigenous guide. In their creation time stories, the Anangu’s ancestral beings the Mala settled here after being chased to the region by an evil dog-like creature called kurpany. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse.
Tonight we spend the night in an exclusive campsite in Watarrka National Park.
Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours. (BLD)
Day 3: Kings Canyon Rim Walk
The centerpiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humongous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of meters high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site’s deep gullies and hidden rock pools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous sites – the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls.
Then it’s lunch, rest, and back to Alice for the night where we will drop you at your accommodation, Alice Lodge Backpackers.
Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours. (BLD)
Day 4: Alice Springs to the Western McDonnell Ranges
Leave Alice Springs at 7 am from your accommodation; watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Reaching this national park, we’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-colored rock walls and white-trunked eucalyptus trees. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep your eyes open.
Next up is Ellery Creek; where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. If it takes your fancy, see the colors of the ranges change during sunset from atop a camel on an optional sunset ride.
Note: The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5 km. (L)
- B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
- 3 nights Permanent Tented Campsites with shared bathroom facilities
- Not available on this tour
- All Terrain Vehicles
- 3 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 3 Dinners
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure you let us know at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself.
Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits for Tour Vehicles, travelers can carry a maximum of 15 kilogram’s
Moderate – to get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. a reasonable fitness is needed for this trip.
What to bring
On all tours we recommend you bring…
A broad-brimmed sun hat
Good walking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking over rocky terrain
Fitted shoes for walking in water
Torch / Flashlight (a head torch is ideal)
Swimmers & towel
Personal water bottle (1 Liter recommended)
On short breaks and extended adventures we recommend you also bring…
Long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection) and loose-fitting pants (warmth and insect protection for evenings)
Towels – shower and swimming
Personal toiletries* & medication
Ear Plugs – you never know when you might need these!
Sleeping bag (available for purchase $35 from office prior to tour – can be kept or donated to local communities after your tour)
A pillow (if you have your favorite)
*Please choose environmentally-friendly toiletries so as to minimize chemical residue in waterways!
- Camel Ride $70
This is a camping trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback.
Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you’ll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together. Group sizes can also be pretty big, so be prepared to share this experience with a bigger group than what you might be familiar with.
Temperatures in the Red Center can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
Travel insurance is recommended for all tours reserved through Travel Forever. As we are travelling in a remote area, you should ensure you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation at a minimum. We recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Finally, to ensure you are covered in the event of nonseasonal weather and conditions that may cause road and national park closures, please make sure your policy considers costs incurred by any unforeseeable tour cancellations.
Travel Forever can assist you with the purchase of Travel Insurance if you are already in Australia, or if you are coming from abroad, we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through an Insurance Company in your home country prior to departure.