Red Centre & The Alice
24 - 29 September 2021
Take an unforgettable journey through the centre of Australia. Witness the incredible sights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Kings Canyon, the West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Alice Springs and more. Includes return flights ex Sydney, quality accommodation, luxury coach travel, incredible tours & talks plus most meals.
6 Days for only
$3,699 pp t/s
Single Suppliment $752
Day 1 Welcome to Alice Springs
Your tour starts at Sydney Airport where you meet your Tour Hostess who will accompany you on your 6 day adventure into Central Australia. Our Qantas flight departs Sydney at 9:25am, arriving in Alice Springs at 12:10pm local time.* On arrival at Alice Springs Airport, we are met by our Driver Guide who will take us to visit The School of the Air, a vital educational service for students who are in remote and rural regions in Australia. Before we check in to our hotel, we stop off at Anzac Hill Lookout to admire spectacular views across the town of Alice. Tonight, we venture out for a fun filled evening of entertainment and outback cuisine in a picture perfect setting in the remote and isolated East MacDonnell Ranges. Relax around a cosy campfire in the style of an old-time cattle camp, tuck into a mouth-watering meal and enjoy a cold beer or wine from the Aussie Bush bar. Get to know the local people who will share with you the epic story of their life and survival in this harsh land. Underneath a chandelier of stars an authentic bush balladeer delights and captivates us with timeless Australian songs.
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs. D
Day 2 West MacDonnell Ranges
The West MacDonnell Ranges is the ideal place to experience the geology, landforms and variety of native flora and fauna. You’ll take a walk to Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There will be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people for medicinal and magical purposes. This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs. BLD
Day 3 Alice Springs – Kings Canyon
This morning we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback before making our way to Kings Canyon. On arrival in Kings Canyon we leisurely take in the sights then explore the boulder-strewn creek bed – an easy shady walk following the trail between the two sheer walls of the canyon. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon. BD
Day 4 Kings Canyon – Uluru
This mornings activity is optional, for those with a good level of fitness. Make the climb to the rim of the Canyon, where you will be rewarded with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Continue the 3 hour walk around the canyon with your Guide as you hear and learn about the geology and history of this amazing formation. Take a rest and a moment to enjoy the tranquillity of the ‘Garden of Eden’. We will then return back to the resort to collect the remaining guests before making our way onto Uluru. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). You’ll be amazed at the site of Atila, often mistaken for Uluṟu. Atila is a very distinctive, flat-topped mountain that rises 300 metres above the desert sand. Tonight we head into the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. The scenery along the way will amaze you and with luck, you may even see some of the local wildlife such as dromedary camels and kangaroos. View sunset and the changing colours of Uluru while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. We continue on to our exclusive venue to enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner followed by some spectacular stargazing (weather permitting).
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock. BD
Day 5 Uluru – Kata Tjuta
This morning our driver guide will share with us fascinating stories of the geology, history and culture of Uluru, which is deeply sacred to the local Anangu people. Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. After sunrise join your Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Then travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see locally-made arts and crafts. This afternoon on arrival at Kata Tjuta you’ll commence the walk to the Valley of the Winds, heading first to the Karu lookout. With views across the many domes of Kata Tjuta and out into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of this natural wonder. Next stop is the Karingana lookout. This walk can be a little challenging, but well worth the effort. (If the group is unable to complete the 2nd lookout walk, alternatively we will visit Walpa Gorge). Tonight, enjoy chilled Australian wines and canapés as we enjoy the wonder of a Kata Tjuta sunset. Each passing minute brings something new as the domes continue to change colour with the setting sun. We then return to your hotel where you will enjoy your last dinner in the Red Centre.
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock. BD
Day 6 Farewell Ayers Rock
This morning there is some free time to enjoy some optional extra activities like the Field of Lights Sunrise Tour, a scenic helicopter flight for a birds eye view of the spectacular landscape, a camel ride with Uluru forming an incredible backdrop, a thrilling Harley ride around the base of Ayers Rock or some souvenir shopping. The choice is yours! We are then transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for our Jetstar flight arriving back in Sydney at 5:45pm.*
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* Flight details are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to tour departure. Complementary food and beverages may be served on the flights in accordance with each airline. Additional items can also be purchased during the flight.
PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary has been put together to take in the best of the region and its attractions. Details are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed due to availability and other circumstances. Any exclusions from the standard itinerary are stated in the brochure. The tour price is based on per person twin share. Single supplement for this tour is $752. Tour price does not include Travel Insurance [Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all travellers]; personal expenses for drinks, laundry and personal requirements; optional extra touring; meals other than specified; tips or gratuities. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.