You will be picked up at your Alice Springs accommodation on Day 1 for a stunning scenic drive to world-famous Uluru, arriving in time for a base tour. Watch the sunset before enjoying dinner around the campfire and sleeping under the stars. Rise early on Day 2 to see the sunrise over Uluru and drive to Kata Tjuta where you can see the Olgas, a group of unique rock formations. Hike through the valley of the winds before camping out for the night. On Day 3 discover Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park before returning to Alice Springs.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru
Today you will be picked up at your Alice Springs accommodation to make your way to Central Australia with its red soil, ancient geology and ghost gums. Australian pioneers originally used camels for transport and cartage and you now have the opportunity to check out the view from atop a camel at the Outback Camel Farm at Stuarts Well (own expense). The first monolith you will see is Mount Connor (Atila), an imposing mesa located on a flat salt pan - not to be confused with Uluru which is some 100km further along the track. After we arrive at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park your guide will take you on an interpretive tour of the base of Uluru. The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before arriving at the sunset viewing area to watch the ever changing colours of an Uluru sunset. After dinner cooked over the open fire, some campfire stories and star gazing at our campsite, it’s time for a good night’s rest for another active day tomorrow.
Day 2: Uluru to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Your guide will wake you bright and early before departing camp to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), an aboriginal word for "many heads", to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. We take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, we travel to Kings Creek Station and our private campsite located in the heart of the station where we camp for the night.
Day 3: Kings Canyon Visit & Return to Alice Springs
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk and you will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. After our final meal together we begin our journey back to Alice Springs arriving in the late afternoon.
WHAT TO BRING: Torch, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes, sleeping bag, toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing
Alice Springs Accommodation Pick-Up & Drop-Off
All Transportation in Mini Coach
Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park fee ($25)
(can be rented for a $30 AUD local payment. Must be pre-booked. Tents also available on request ($60 AUD) but not recommended, as sleeping in a traditional swag under the stars is part of the experience)
Park Entry Fees
Optional Camel Tour