A comprehensive visit to the red centre of Australia with visits to the icons of the outback. Uluru (Ayers rock) and the Olga's provide vivid photographic opportunities as the sun rise and sets in an incredible display of colour and drama. Hike and marvel at Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park. Travel to the town called Alice and get lost in the majestic of the Western MacDonnell ranges.
2020 Departures & Costs
Daily departures based on join in coach touring
Tour cost $ 1,580 CAD per person based on twin share (seasonal surcharges may apply)
Add-ons: Consider adding the Ghan train journey to Adelaide. Departs each Thursday from $ 1,390 CAD per person gold service
Day 1: Arrive Ayers Rock
Flight to Ayers Rock can be added.
A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set among magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended. Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.Your room may not be ready for check-in however you will be able to leave your luggage at the front desk, use the facilities and explore.
Ayers Rock/Uluru rises 348 metres from the desert and has a girth of 9.4 kilometres. These statistics alone assure its star role as the world’s most famous monolith, yet it is estimated that at least two-thirds of the Rock lies beneath the surface. This afternoon join a group tour sacred sites and sunset including a BBQ (7 hours).
Travel into the harsh outback on a visit to the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Photographic stops are made on the way to the awesome Olga Gorge. The walking trail through Olga Gorge follows the natural creek between the two domes of Kata Tjuta. The rock face shows the conglomerate formation, different to that of Ayers Rock. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual rock formations. In the late afternoon, arrive at the sunset viewing area to witness the colour changes as the sun sets on Ayers Rock.
After sunset, you will be transferred to an exclusive barbecue site. The site is within the Uluru National Park, adjacent to Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights to provide a clear view of the stars in the southern sky (weather permitting). Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served. Your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort.
A Uluru National Park Entrance Fee (or pass) of $25 is applicable for all passengers. Entry fee is mandatory and payable on the day of the tour. The pass is then valid for the next day .
Inclusions: Wine and canape at sunset, Aussie BBQ Dinner including wine, beer, soft drink and star talk.
Accommodation: AYERS DESERT GARDEN (2 nights)
Day 2: Ayers Rock
Optional Sunrise at Uluru. Let us know in advance if you wish to add this. Space is limited. This would include a morning pick up at your to the exclusive Field of Light location. With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Monroe, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 globes of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing platform.
Once at the platform, you will be served tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can enjoy your beverage as the sun starts to creep light throughout the sky and then watch in awe as it pops up in the distance behind Uluru, flooding the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you, with light. As the natural light brightens the landscape, the Field of Light will dim for the day. Enjoy some amazing photos from this unique raised location that allows you to view both Kata Tjuta and Uluru in all their natural glory.Trips return by 9 am. Lunch on your own.
In the late afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia. Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. 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 canapés and Australian wine. Tour returns to Ayers Rock Resort approximately 60 minutes after sunset.
Day 3: Ayers Rock - Kings Canyon
Morning at leisure. Optional sunrise at Uluru could also be on this day. In the afternoon a coach tour / transfer to Kings Canyon. Travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort by luxury coach. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You may have time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag to finish off the day.
Kings Canyon Resort is an oasis in the outback for travellers looking to explore the Red Centre from a well-appointed base, complete with pampering amenities and activities for everyone to enjoy. After exciting, fun-filled days hiking and sightseeing in the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park, enjoy outstanding hotel facilities and relax in the comfort and convenience of your Kings Canyon hotel room.
Accommodation: KINGS CANYON RESORT (1 night)
KINGS CANYON RESORT (2 nights) Kings Canyon Resort is an oasis in the outback for travellers looking to explore the Red Centre from a well-appointed base, complete with pampering amenities and activities for everyone to enjoy. After exciting, fun-filled days hiking and sightseeing in the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park, enjoy outstanding hotel facilities and relax in the comfort and convenience of your Kings Canyon hotel room.
Day 4: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs (B)
With over 600 species of plant, Kings Canyon is botanically the richest region in all of arid Australia. Your guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the canyon are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at lookout points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep in parts. It is for those with an excellent level of fitness.
Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide. A walking stick is recommended for walks in the area. This walk is done early in the morning before the desert heats makes the trip unbearable.
11:45 transfer by coach to Alice Springs (5 – 7 hours depending on stop time). Stop at Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense). Take a wander through the Aboriginal Art Gallery to see some locally made craft. Continue on to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, as the sun sets in the west over the rugged plains.
Accommodation: MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS 2 nights Evening optional camel Safari. Should be booked in advance.
Day 5: Western MacDonald Ranges - Ormiston Gorge (B,L)
Morning at leisure. Optional walks are available. In the afternoon transfer by coach to Alice Springs (5 hours). Stop at Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense). Take a wander through the Aboriginal Art Gallery to see some locally made craft. Continue on to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, as the sun sets in the west over the rugged plains. Accommodation: MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS 2 nights. Evening optional camel Safari. Should be booked in advance.
Spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as we travel along the magnificent West. MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits and Ormiston Gorge for lunch. Our next stop is at Glen Helen, then on our way back to Alice Springs we stop for afternoon time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months! The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Overnight.
Day 6: Alice Springs Departure (B)