Tour ID: 10061025
Our 'Kangaroo Dreaming' Safari is the ultimate 5 Day 4 Wheel Drive Central Australia adventure tour. As would be expected, we'll tour Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Watarrka (Kings Canyon), Ormiston Gorge and the West MacDonnell Ranges. More importantly, we'll also get to truly experience the outback in an authentic way by really going 'wayoutback'; bush camping at remote private campsites, driving a bush track through an old outback cattle station affording sensational views of the West MacDonnell Ranges and, visiting the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community*.
(Want to take this tour before 1 April 2016? See tour ID 10050211)
Day 1 (Lunch^ / Dinner)
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road for five fantastic days of adventure and fun. (For those commencing at Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport after lunch)
On our way to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park with a few stops along the way for refreshments, a camel ride (own expense) or a chance to purchase some Aboriginal paintings or artifacts. The afternoon is devoted to enjoying the sites of Uluru, including a visit to the Cultural Centre where you can learn about the Tjukurpa (Aboriginal law/religion), a full base walk or a chance to climb (weather permitting) should you choose. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it.
It's then time to view the magnificent sunset on Uluru accompanied with a glass or two of sparkling wine before returning to our remote campsite complete with safari tents, enjoy a delicious meal, a couple of drinks and time to sit back to contemplate the day's events.
• Stuarts Well • Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse • View Mt Connor (Atila) • Ayers Rock Resort • Cultural Centre • Uluru • Base Walk/Climb • Sunset at Uluru
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After watching the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite, it's breakfast and then off to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike through the magnificent "Valley of the Winds". After a leisurely lunch we head to Curtin Springs Cattle Station with plenty of time to get a close look at a typical working cattle station before we travel to Kings Creek Station for our second night’s remote outback campsite. Our private campsite at Kings Creek is miles from the crowds, which is where the feeling of ‘wayoutback’ really starts to take hold. After a campfire dinner it's time to kick back and be mesmerised by the millions of stars on display.
• Uluru / Kata Tjuta Sunrise • Kata Tjuta • Ayers Rock Resort • Curtin Springs Station • Kings Creek Station
Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After Watarrka we 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road where you will be shaken and not stirred! Look out for wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the Traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent.
• Watarrka (Kings Canyon) • 4 x 4 Driving • Mereenie Loop Road • Glen Helen
Day 4 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travel off road to Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk” before four wheel driving through the Owen Springs Reserve following the footsteps of the first European explorers. Tonight we rest at Owen Springs, spending a night 'Wayoutback' under the southern stars, complete with campfire, a hearty meal and imagining what it was like for our first explorers discovering this raw and remote part of the Outback.
• Ormiston Gorge • Owen Springs Reserve • Ghost Gum Walk • Bush camp
Day 5 (Breakfast / Lunch)
After a hearty breakfast we cross the famous Hugh River Stock with our destination the inspirational *Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. Spend time with the Traditional owners exploring the land, try your hand at Boomerang throwing, see ancient rock art paintings and carvings and gain a personal experience of the profound understanding the owners have of this pristine remote environment.
Travelling back to Alice Springs via the Old South Road, stop in at the Erwinga Art site before returning to your accommodation approximately 5.30pm. After returning to civilisation, a hot shower awaits before joining your fellow travellers for a farewell meal, laugh and few cold ales.
• *Oak Valley Aboriginal Community • Ewaninga Art Site • Alice Springs
* The Oak Valley Aboriginal Community may be substituted with an alternative indigenous experience due to cultural reasons and accessibility issues.
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, meals (as indicated), camping equipment and fees including permanent tent with beds and mattress. All linen including pillow and pillowcase, fitted sheet, sleeping bag, towel and swag.
5 Days/4 Nights
6:00 AM Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
Day 5 @ 5.30pm in Alice Springs.
Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Alice Springs
We collect and return guests from all Alice Springs hostel and hotel accommodation. Pick ups commence from 6.00am.
This tour can also commence from Ayers Rock (Uluru) at the Outback Pioneer Hotel at 1.00pm or from Ayers Rock Airport where we meet all afternoon flights. Please advise flight information when booking if an airport collection is required. We recommend guests arrive on the Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights into Ayers Rock. Although we collect guests arriving on the later Qantas service please note that these guests will not receive a full experience at Uluru should they choose this service.
The tour concludes in Alice Springs only.
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing for 5 days. Note: Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg). Excess luggage should be stored at your Alice Springs accommodation.
Not suitable for children under 5 years. Child Rate applicable for 5-15 years
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
^ Passengers joining the tour in Ayers Rock will not receive lunch on Day 1.
Please note that the $25 per person National Park Entry fee is paid direct at the beginning of your tour.
Tour commentary is in English only, however multilingual translations for Italian, German and French are available onboard.
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Mt Conner, West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, Curtin Springs and Glen Helen
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