Tour ID: 10005146

Take a 4 day camping tour of all that the Red Centre of Australia has to offer. Start in Ayers Rock and journey to Alice Springs seeing Uluru, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and the West MacDonnell Ranges along the way. Experience the amazing sights and ancient indigenous culture of this land on this unforgettable experience.

  • Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
  • Journey into the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Visit Ormiston Gorge
  • Experience and learn about Aboriginal Culture, Food and Heritage.

Enter a land of great natural beauty and profound spiritual significance on this 4 Day adventure into Australia's Red Centre. Search for native wildlife while hiking the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Learn about the geological forces that gave rise to the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Hear of indigenous connections to Uluru during a Mala cultural interpretative walk and explore the the creeks, gorges and gullies of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Day 1: Yulara and Uluru

This afternoon, make your way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes of Kata Tjuta. We then head to Australia's most iconic landmark - Uluru (Ayres Rock). 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.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately one hour. Total walking time is around an hour.

Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities: Uluru sunset drinks, 1000 Star Dinner, Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Uluru sunrise

An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal people. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse.
This afternoon travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities: Uluru Cultural Centre, Uluru Base Walk, Maruku Arts Interactive Indigenous experience
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kings Canyon Rim Walk

After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, and after you’ve relaxed for a little while we head along an iconic Red Centre dirt track to the Western McDonnell Ranges where we stay overnight at our permanent campsite at Glen Helen.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities: Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Western MacDonnell Ranges

This morning we journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. Head back to Alice Springs, where your trip comes to an end.

Note: The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km.

Included Activities: Western MacDonnell Ranges
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Experienced tour guide, National Park entry, 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Accommodation transfers in Alice Springs, Permanent Tent Budget Accommodation with shared bathroom facilities, camping fees & equipment.
    Activities included are: Uluru sunset drinks, 1000 Star Dinner, Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance, Uluru Cultural Centre, Uluru Base Walk, Maruku Arts interactive Indigenous experience, Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Western MacDonnell Ranges.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Sleeping Bag $45 available for purchase directly from the tour operator if required.

  • Duration:

    4 Days

  • Departure:

    1:45 PM Mon, Thu, Sat

  • Return:

    Tour returns to Alice Springs at 6pm on Day 4.

  • Departure points:

    Ayers Rock (Uluru)

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Departs on Mondays and Thursdays.
    Leaves from Ayers Rock from the Desert Gardens Hotel at 1.45pm.
    Tour ends in Alice Springs.

  • What to bring:

    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.
    This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    Children 7 years and under are not permitted on this tour. Children 8-12 years may travel at the child price.

  • Additional Information:

    This is a camping trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback.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. Be sure to appropriately. Warm clothing in winter, and even something warm in summer as temperatures drop overnight.
    · Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.

  • Destinations:

    Ayers Rock (Uluru), Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon and Palm Valley

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