Days
3
Price from
$590AUD
Map of Uluru Adventure (Basix) including Australia

Go camping in the Australian outback on this three-day stay in Uluru (Ayers Rock) and surrounds

Want to see the Red Centre's greatest natural attractions in under three 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).


Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Destinations
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Short Breaks
Code
PAR3-B
Physical rating
Trip rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 24

Why you'll love this trip

  • Join an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Guide on a walk around the base of Uluru

  • 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 amphitheaters, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon

  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local First Nations communities on guided nature walks

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.

  • 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. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

Itinerary

Melbourne might have the arts scene and Sydney the beaches, but Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand Australia proper. Approximately 70% of the Australian continent is classed as arid or semi-arid – and little old Alice Springs sits right in the middle of it all. First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you’ll have the chance to lope through the outback on a ‘ship of the desert’. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes – you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. As evening begins, enjoy a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over Uluru casting incredible colours. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food and wine with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.

Today, driving time is approximately 4.5 hours. Walking is approximately one hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru sunset drinks
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 Uluru, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala 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 which will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some 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 (or up to 4 hours if you do the full 8.5km / 5.3mi base walk.)

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
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 we were among the first tour operators to stop climbing Uluru. The Intrepid Group are proud to be involved with local communities in Uluru and to have an ongoing commitment to providing employment for the Anangu people.

You show respect when you choose not to climb Uluru, but walk with Anangu throughout the area and share their stories instead.
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, before you make your way back to Alice Springs. On arrival, you're free to leave and carry on your travels.

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
Special Information
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.


Whilst we aim to be back in Alice Springs around 6pm, due to the distances covered. Onward flights from Alice Springs must be booked for the day after the tour.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

All-terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Reviews

Our Uluru Adventure (Basix) trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Uluru Adventure , April 2018

TBC Horgan

Uluru Adventure (Basix), June 2017

Fiona Hill

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Important notes

1. Trip commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6:00am and finishes in Alice Springs day 3 at approx 6pm.
    Onward travel should be booked the following day.
2. This Basix style trip requires a sleeping bag
3. 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.
4. 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 PAR3Y-B 
5. This trip is also available as an Original style holiday. Please search for trip code PAR3-O.  

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