Days
4
Price from
$880AUD

Explore Australia's Red Centre, taking in Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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.


Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback
Style
Basix
Theme
Indigenous Culture, Overland, Short Breaks - Group Adventures, Walking & Trekking
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Code
PAR4Y-B

Why we love this trip

  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand

  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru

  • Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback

  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon

  • Traverse the immense landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges and keep an eye out for an abundance of wildlife

  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal communities on guided nature walks - exclusive to Intrepid

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

  • Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together. Group sizes can also be pretty big, so be prepared to share this experience with a bigger group than what you might be familiar with.

  • Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.

  • 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.

  • On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

After you land in this Red Centre of the country, it’s on to the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Wandering through the site’s gullies and crevices, you’ll learn a little about the area’s geological and ecological significance from your guide. It's all about the sunset this evening, as we head to the viewing area and watch the sun go down behind Uluru, with a glass of sparkling wine and many 'selfies'. Make back to camp as the sun starts to set, arriving in time for our very special 1,000 Star Dinner.

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 Fee
Meals Included
  • Dinner
There’s no better way to start today than an early morning walk around the world’s biggest rock. With the cool night air still lingering and day-trippers not yet arrived, this is Uluru at its most atmospheric. It might be hard to believe when gazing up this 600 million year old monolith from the ground, but the bulk of this rock is believed to lie below the surface. A local indigenous guide will explain a little about the creation-time stories surrounding the area during a guided interpretive cultural walk. There’ll be time to see the traditional arts and crafts on display at the nearby Cultural Centre before travelling to our campsite in Watarrka National Park.

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
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Base Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
While Kings Canyon is only one of the many attractions within Watarrka National Park, Kings is so impressive that more people know it than the park. After a quick breakfast, we’ll venture into the canyon and start the Rim Walk. Beginning in the vast natural Amphitheatre (where you’re free to test out the acoustics), we’ll enter upon the Lost City and descend down into the fern-shaded rock pools of the Garden of Eden. A visit to the imposing North and South Walls is another must before lunch. Then we drive on to the Western MacDonnell Ranges, where you will be staying at our campsite in Glen Helen for the evening.

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

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges.We’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. Camel ride to top off the trip take your fancy? An optional sunset camel trek is available in late afternoon, you can book it in advance if you like.

The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km.
Optional Activities
  • Sunset Camel Ride (Child) - AUD40
  • Sunset Camel Ride (Adult) - AUD70
Included Activities
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • 1000 Star Dinner
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges

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Important notes

1. Trip commences in Yulara on day 1 at approximately 12pm and finishes in Alice Springs day 4 at approx 6pm.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
3. You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on Day 1; see tour code PAR4-B.
4. This trip is available in Original and Basix styles.
5. Please arrange Sunset Camel Ride in advance (day 4 of trip)

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