Experience the highlights of the Red Centre in just 3 nights.
With just the right amount of time to see all of the major highlights of the Red Centre, visit the majestic Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon too. In the evening enjoy an authentic camping experience … with a soft landing. Save time and money by starting in Yulara, which is only minutes away from the Ayers Rock Airport and Uluru.
- Yulara, 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
- Save time and accommodation before and after your trip by flying directly to Uluru/Ayers Rock Airport (very close to Yulara) and only minutes away from Uluru. By starting and finishing your tour at Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort), you’ll save eight (8) hours of driving time compared to a tour that starts and finishes in Alice Springs. By starting and finishing your tour at Yulara, you will also save two nights of Alice Springs accommodation.
- 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 and finishing your tour in Yulara? If so, this is the trip for you! The ‘3 night Uluru Adventure (Yulara to Yulara)’ starts and finishes in the resort town of Yulara, which is only minutes away from the Ayers Rock Airport and Uluru. This tour also saves time by allowing you to fly in and out of Ayers Rock Airport (from most major Australian airports) so you can arrive on day 1 and leave on day 4 of your tour.
- 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 Alice Springs,
- Start in Yulara and finish in Alice Springs
- Start in Alice Springs and finish in Yulara.
- 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. Between June 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 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 the desert’s very sparse, remote areas. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes 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 kinds of tasks that bring a group closer together.
Uluru is the heart of Australia and represents so much about this country; its size, its beauty and its culture. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. Walk off your lunch at Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s), only a short drive from its counterpart. 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 is awaiting 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)
The total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2-hour.
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 surrounding 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. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art, crafted by First Peoples of Australia from the Central and Western Deserts regions at the Cultural Centre. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.
Powered camp (with shared facilities)
- Uluru Cultural Centre
- Maruku Arts cultural experience (only included when travelling before 31st March 2024)
The total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. 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 – the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre, and ofcourse the 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 camp (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.
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- Trip commences in Yulara and finishes in Yulara approx 9am on day 4.
- Your pick up may be from the Yulara Airport or the Desert Gardens Hotel, this will depend on your time of travel. Please advise flight arrival details
- 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.
- You can also join this trip in Alice Springs from 6am on Day 1; see tour code AR4AY
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