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7 days | Departs year round –
Experience the best of Australia’s iconic Red Centre, taking in the spectacular sights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Alice Springs & the West MacDonnell Ranges.
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Your journey begins with a flight to the iconic Red Centre town of Alice Springs. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel before enjoying an evening at leisure.
❱ Hotel stay: Aurora Alice Springs (1 night)
Depart Alice Springs and take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Stop at a Camel Farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. Camels, ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia’s interior, were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. During your stop, you will also have the opportunity to go on a camel ride (own expense).
While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals.
View flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.
This afternoon, travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide points out some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can view Aboriginal arts and crafts.
Late afternoon travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying sparkling wine. After sunset, continue to our exclusive barbecue area. You’ll be served a variety of Australian meats and salads and a tasty dessert with wine, beer or soft drink. After dinner, your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations (weather permitting).
❱ Hotel stay: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2 nights)
Rise early to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations.
This afternoon, return to Kata Tjuta. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with nibbles and sparkling wine.
Spend the morning at leisure. In the early afternoon, travel by luxury coach through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort. Pass through Curtin Springs Cattle Station before viewing Atila (Mt. Conner) from your coach.
After you arrive at Kings Canyon Resort there may be time to view the sunset behind Carmichaels Crag or attend the award winning ‘Under the Desert Moon’ dinner, exclusive to Kings Canyon Resort (own expense).
❱ Hotel stay: Kings Canyon Resort (1 night)
Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’. Or, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon creek bed.
Afterwards, depart for Alice Springs, stopping at Kings Creek Station to purchase lunch (own expense) and take some time to explore this working cattle station. Travel through beautiful desert landscapes en route with informative commentary provided by your Driver Guide. Stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense). Continue on to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, as the sun sets in the west over the rugged plains.
❱ Hotel stay: Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs (2 nights)
This morning you’re headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. First stop is Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Take a walk along the stony watercourse, where spring-fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife and birds. Next, you’ll arrive at Ellery Creek Big Hole, a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek, which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. At the Ochre Pits, you can see the natural ochres in the cliff face that have provided a source of materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years. Ormiston Gorge offers all the spectacular geology and landforms of the Tjoritja/ MacDonnell Ranges.
Enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge with time to visit Glen Helen Gorge. The permanent waterhole here is home to many species of animals, including a variety of water birds and fish. Surrounded by towering cliffs, Simpsons Gap is one of the best-known destinations in the ranges and features a number of walking tracks. Walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks. Enjoy the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges as you return to Alice Springs.
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Alice Springs Airport in time for your flight home.
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