Alice Springs to Uluru / Ayers Rock
Departing from Alice Springs, we head towards Ayers Rock stopping off at Mt Connor (false Uluru) lookout for a view of this mighty red mountain and Curtin Springs for a toilet stop before arriving at our campground for lunch. After lunch, we head to the Red Centre’s Aboriginal interpretive cultural centre. We have a chance to learn about the cultural, ecological, historical, and geological significance of this very special national park. With the anticipation and excitement growing we make a short drive towards the base of Uluru as we begin to comprehend the sheer size and magnificence of the giant monolith, getting up close and personal to explore further. Walking to Mutitjulu waterhole we discover sacred rock art sites in family caves and hear the creation stories of Kuniya and Liru as we continue our base walk towards Kuniya Piti. From here we drive around sacred sites towards Kantju Gorge where we envisage the highest waterfall in Central Australia, (truly a spectacle to behold, even more so when raining) an elders’ cave, and the world’s oldest pantry. After exploring the world’s most impressive rock up close and personal, we retreat for panoramic views to witness one of the most incredible sunsets on the planet, all whilst having dinner cooked for you, to feed those hungry eyes.
Day 1 Highlights:
- Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Red Centres Aboriginal interpretive cultural centre
- Sacred Rock Art Site
- Mutitjulu Waterhole
- Kuniya Piti
- Kantju Gorge
- Sunset at Uluru lookout
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Uluru to Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
It’s an early rise and light breakfast as we head off for a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You thought Uluru was special and just when you think it couldn’t get any more majestic we approach the stunning silhouette of Kata Tjuta. Here we set off on a hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge marvelling at the mighty conglomerate rock formations. After exploring Kata Tjuta we make our way towards Kings Canyon region just in time to experience a glorious outback sunset followed by a hearty meal around the campfire.
Day 2 Highlights:
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Hike the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge
- The Olgas- Kata Tjuta
- Spectacular Sunrise at Uluru
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock/Yulara or Alice Springs
We head off early to explore the mighty Kings Canyon (Watarrka) venturing into the ancient landscape and sacred grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Arriving at the jewel in the crown at the centre of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) we find ourselves surrounded by towering 100-meter cliff faces, views of sandstone chasms, and jaw-dropping backdrops that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Grab your water, hat, and sturdy shoes as we set off on foot to explore (the most seasonally applicable part of) the canyon in more detail. After a well-earned rest, you can now enjoy some downtime as the bus meanders its way to your final destination. This evening you are welcome to conclude your exploration in Yulara, or in Alice Springs – your journey will be seamless whichever option you choose.
Day 3 Highlights:
- Outback Scenery – Travel through the remote central Australian countryside from Kings Canyon on route back to your final destination in either Yulara/Uluru or Alice Springs
- Kings Canyon Watarrka National Park – Engage in guided walks and learn about the flora, fauna and geology of this very special place
- Conclude your journey in either Yulara/Uluru or Alice Springs for your onward travels
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.