Days
5
Price from
$1,090AUD

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the Outback in a small group

All new and exclusive to Adventure Tours, this 5-day small group tour is your chance to meet the outback on your own terms. No set itinerary, no rushing around to pre-established time frames – just you, your small group, and a well-versed local leader exploring the Red Centre at your own pace. Get to all the big name attractions – Uluru/Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, the Western MacDonnell Ranges – and perhaps visit lesser-known sites like Rainbow Valley, Owen Springs, Ruby Gap and the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges.


Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Code
PAR5

Why we love this trip

  • Meet the curious inhabitants of the Outback Camel Farm

  • Marvel at the outback sky above during our 1000 Star Dinner at Uluru

  • Admire the breathtaking formations of Kata Tjuta

  • Enjoy a morning walk around Uluru (Ayers Rock)

  • Check out the rarely travelled Eastern MacDonnell Ranges

Is this trip right for you?

  • All four nights are camping, and one may be bush camping depending on what the group feels like and how we are tracking

  • The Red Centre can be very hot during the summer time and in the winter, below freezing at night. Ensure you have prepared for the weather

  • The idea of this 5 day itinerary is to be flexible whilst still seeing the major highlights of the Red Centre

Itinerary

Get a new perspective of the Australian Outback atop a 'ship of the desert' during a visit to an Outback Camel Farm. Make tracks across sunburnt plains to the captivating domes of Kata Tjuta, then head to Australia’s most iconic landmark and watch the colour of the rock change during a magical desert sunset over ancient Uluru – a fitting end to a memorable day. When night falls, choose to bunker down in a cosy swag (Aussie bedroll), where you can literally fall asleep under the stars, or in a permanent tent.

The following itinerary is therefore only an example of the form your trip could take.

Starting off in either Alice Springs or Yulara, set off to experience a working camel farm, perhaps even enjoying a ride. Make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes of Kata Tjuta. 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. Head back to camp for a hearty dinner, and ponder what the following day may hold.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some Indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. 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.
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.

Note: Total driving time is about 45 minutes.
Total walking time will be up to 10km
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we’ll be exploring one of the Outback’s best kept secrets – the Eastern Macdonnell ranges. Learn about the ‘Caterpillar Dreaming’ on a short walk at Emily Gap, then travel on to Trephina Gorge for a 1-hour guided walk through this area of beautiful rock formations and myriad birdlife. For lunch we’ll be calling in at the historical Ross River Homestead, an iconic building established in the 1890’s as a regional supply centre to the goldfields. Back on the dirt track, next stop is the ‘Ghost Town’ of Arltunga, which serves as a magnificent example of early European settlement. Learn about the case of mistaken gemstone that led to a mining rush here, and which also precipitated its abandonment. After exploring the best of the Eastern Macdonnell Ranges, it’s back to Alice Springs for a late afternoon arrival.

Note: Total driving time will be about three hours
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights) Bush camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Alice Springs at approximately 6:00am and finishes in Alice Springs at approximately 6pm on day 5. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. You can also start this trip in Yulara (Ayers Rock) see code PAR5Y
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag.

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