Tour ID: 10005146
We'll take you to the heart of the Red Centre on this four day tour camping in the outback. This tour checks off all the must-see sites in the area, including: Glen Helen, Gosse Bluff, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Giles Track, Ormistorn Gorge, Western MacDonnell Ranges and of course Uluru itself. You'll also experience an Uluru cultural experience and see the sun rise over the great rock. This tour has the lot!
* Glen Helen
* Gosse Bluff
* Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
* Kings Canyon
* Ormistorn Gorge
* Uluru (Ayers Rock)
* Western MacDonnell Ranges
Day 1 – Kata Tjuta and Uluru
DEFAULT PICK UP : The Desert Gardens Hotel 13:45
This afternoon explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation, and as the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines. (D)
Day 2 – Uluru to Kings Canyon
It's an early start to catch the sunrise over Uluru, but it's worth definitely worth the effort. While the morning's fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter)^. It's a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kings Canyon and the Giles Track
There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we head back to Alice Springs via the Giles track where we settle in for the evening at our campsite. You may like to enjoy dinner in Alice Springs with your group tonight (own expense). Accommodation tonight is at Haven Backpackers Alice Springs. (BL)
Day 4 – Alice Springs to Western MacDonnell National Park
The Red Centre's best kept secret, the Western MacDonnell Ranges will leave you awed at unsuspecting beauty that this part of the country holds. Start the morning fresh with a morning walk through the rainbow coloured walls of Ormiston Gorge and be awed by the contrasting colours the morning light casts on the cliff faces. Discover the breathtaking geological features of this hidden treasure, keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Embrace the panoramic views of Ellery Creek and perhaps take a dip in the still waters of this magnificent hidden gem.
Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, a prominent place in Aboriginal communities around the area where dreamtime stories cross paths. To finish off your outback experience, what better cherry on top than enjoying the breathtaking colours of the Western Macdonnell Ranges transform under the setting sun on an optional hour-long sunset camel ride (own expense). (L)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Experienced tour guide
National Park entry
Meals as indicated
1 night hostel accommodation
Permanent campsites including twin share tents, camping fees and equipment
Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk
Sleeping Bag $45 available for purchase directly from the tour operator.
1:45 PM Mon, Thu, Sat
Tour returns to Alice Springs in the early evening of Day 4.
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Departs on Mondays and Thursdays, plus some selected Saturdays from July to October.
Leaves from Ayers Rock from the Desert Gardens Hotel at 1.45pm.
Tour ends in Alice Springs.
Sturdy walking shoes, swimming gear, hat & sunscreen, water bottle, towel & toiletries, torch, warm clothing in winter months, flynet, camera & film, sleeping bag (can be purchased for $45), pillow.
Minimum age for this tour is 8 years.
Our Basix trips are amazing experiences at a great price. Each trip has an expert local leader, and plenty of free time for optional extras. We camp at permanent campsites with swags and sleeping bags and nearby shared bathroom facilities. Tents may be permanently erected twin or quad share, you may need to erect your own pop up tent or roll out a swag (Aussie bedroll) to sleep under the stars. We provide simple camp mattresses and recommend either BYO travel pillow or use rolled up towel or clothing. We travel in a range of private vehicles from 4WD trucks in the Top End, to comfortable overland vehicles through the Red Centre. The perfect option for a ‘no frills’ trip.
Depending on the tour/campground there will be a sheltered BBQ area for preparing meals and you must be prepared to assist with food preparation, dish washing, collecting firewood etc - plus helping keep the campsite clean and tidy for the next group of travellers. The interactive nature of these tours is a key component to getting more in touch with nature and the Australian culture – the more you put in the more you get out! These tours tend to appeal to active travellers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
· Please note during summer the itinerary can change due to high temperatures.
· Itineraries may also vary and/or attractions substituted due to other seasonal conditions, Traditional owner and national park requirements.
· A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies in a soft bag or backpack
· Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
· Tour must be reconfirmed 48hrs prior to departure
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon and Palm Valley
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