Go camping in the Australian outback on this 3 night stay visiting Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
Want to see the Red Centre’s greatest natural attractions in less than 4 days? Easy. Jump on this trip, and you’ll get to admire Uluru by sunrise and sunset, explore the natural wonders of Watarrka National Park/Kings Canyon – the Lost City, Amphitheatre, Garden of Eden and North and South Walls – and weave through the gigantic boulders and gullies of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).
The ‘Uluru Adventure, Alice Springs to Yulara’ has just the right amount of time to see everything you’ll explore the highlights of the area, having you start from Alice Springs and finishing at Yulara, which is only minutes away from both the Ayers Rock Airport and Uluru.
- Alice Springs, Australia
- Yulara, Australia
- Northern Territory,The Outback,Uluru
- Powered Camps
- Explorer,New trips
- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 8, Max 23
Why you’ll love this trip
- Visit the Outback town of Alice Springs before your trip, then save time and accommodation after your trip by flying out of Yulara Ayers Rock Airport (very close to Yulara), which is only minutes away from Uluru. By finishing your tour at Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort), you’ll save five (5) hours of driving time compared to a tour that finishes in Alice Springs. By finishing your tour at Yulara, you will also save one night accommodation at Alice Springs.
- Discover ancient cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole as a local Anangu guide explains the culture and stories behind the art and its connection to the land (only included when travelling before 31st March 2024).
- Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru and hike through natural amphitheaters, rocky chasms, and lush oasis in Kings Canyon.
- Eat under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the Outback and experience the true magic of the Red Centre.
Is this trip right for you?
- Are you starting your tour in Alice Springs and finishing your tour in Yulara? If so, this is the trip for you! The ‘3 night Uluru Adventure (Alice Springs to Yulara)’ tour allows you to extend your stay before or after this tour to enjoy the many optional activities in both locations.
- Please note: If the start and finish locations do not suit your plans, please select one of Adventure Tours Australia’s other three options, which allows you to;
- Start and finish in Yulara
- Start and finish in Alice Springs
- Start in Yulara and finish in Alice Springs.
- To see these options, please visit here.
- Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day, the weather can be more than 40 degrees Celsius in the shade (the Australian sun is very strong), so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection, and drink plenty of water. For the months of June, July and August, the evening temperatures can drop below zero degrees Celsius, so bring some thick socks, layers and a warm jacket.
- This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get amongst it. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
- On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very remote areas of the desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
- Camping out in the open may not appeal to some people, although a comfortable mattress, linen and power for your devices are provided.
- Group participation is important on this trip, so you’ll be required to help prepare meals and clean up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.
Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand the heart and soul of Australia. Meet your leader and fellow travelers at the Alice Springs pick-up point this morning and set off to explore the Red Centre. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. Only a short drive away, you’ll have the chance to walk off your lunch at Kata Tjuta. With its 36 various-sized domes, it provides quite a contrast to Uluru. You’ll get to know the landscape pretty well on an afternoon hike between the domes. As the evening unfolds, enjoy a light snack as the sun slowly sets, casting a variety of earthy tones across Uluru. The perfect end to a remarkable day awaits you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.
Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Fee
The total driving time today is around 7 hours. The total walking time is approximately 2 hours.
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise as the sun hits the icon like a beacon before it floods across the undulating landscape. While the morning is fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru, taking in all of the textures and valleys of Uluru, which isn’t evident from afar. Join a First Nation Cultural Experience at the Mutitjulu waterhole where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the ‘Tjukurpa’ the creation stories of the Anangu. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art, crafted by local First Nation Peoples from the Central and Western Desert regions at the Cultural Centre. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and take in the stars for the night.
Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
- Cultural Centre
- Maruku Arts cultural experience (only included when travelling before 31st March 2024)
The total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. The total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours (or up to 3.5 if you do the full 10km base walk).
Uluru is considered a living cultural landscape and home to the spirits of the ancestors, making it a sacred place for the Anangu peoples. The Anangu people have dissuaded visitors from climbing Uluru for decades; as traditional owners of the land, they feel a deep responsibility for everyone who travels to the area. In 1998, Adventure Tours Australia were among the first tour operators to stop climbing Uluru. We are proud to be involved with local communities in Uluru and to have an ongoing commitment in contributing to employment for the Anangu people.
The main attraction of Watarrka National Park is undoubtedly Kings Canyon – a huge gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls many meters high. With its porous sandstone, deep gullies and hidden rock pools, it provides shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous locations such as the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre, and of course North & South Walls of the canyon. After lunch, we hit the road again for a three-hour drive to Yulara. This evening, you have choice to enjoy one of the following optional activities; a Sunset Camel Cruise, the Field of Lights, Sounds of Silence, the Wintjiri Wiru Drone display; or if you’d like to experience the Uluru sunset from a different perspective (and free of charge), tonight is the opportunity to do it! After dinner, relax at your camp for a night under the stars.
Powered camps (with shared facilities) (1 night)
- Kings Canyon Rim Walk
- Ewings Lookout, sunset viewing area
The total driving time today is around 3 hours. The total walking time is approximately 3.5 hours. For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of three litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles. If you would like to do one of the optional activities we highly recommend booking this directly in advance.
After a short sleep-in, enjoy a hearty breakfast at our exclusive camp. Depending on your departure time, choose to take our free 10-minute transfer direct to Yulara’s Desert Gardens Hotel, or Uluru Airport (Ayers Rock Airport, airport code: AYQ). If you have plenty of spare time before your flight, you have the opportunity to leave your luggage at the Desert Gardens Hotel, and spend some time in Yulara Resort shopping at your leisure. Please note: There’s regular free airport shuttles from the Desert Gardens Hotel to the Ayers Rock Airport.
The total driving time today is around 15 minutes. The total walking time is approximately 3.5 hours.
For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of three litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles. If you would like to do one of the optional activities we highly recommend booking this directly with the supplier and well in advance of your tour.
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- Trip commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6:00am and finishes in Yulara day 4 at approx 9am.
- For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles.
- If you want to cut out the long drive between Alice Springs and Yulara, you can join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on Day 1; see tour code AR4YY
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