Admire ancient Aboriginal artwork in the spectacular Red Centre where Uluru takes pride of place. Discover Aboriginal culture and learn the history of the area and the native people from your guide. This tour will let you experience and hike the Valley of the Winds, Western MacDonnell Ranges and the Mereenie Loop Track. You'll sleep in permanent tents and have a true Aussie experience watching the Uluru sunrise.
Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
|Start||Alice Springs @ 5.45 am|
|Finish||Alice Springs @ Early evening|
DEFAULT PICK UP (begin Alice Springs): Aurora Alice Springs, 06:05am
It also departs from Ayers Rock at 01.30 Pm
From busy Alice Springs, set off to experience the wonder of ancient Uluru. Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm and for those who are keen, there is the option to go for a short ride on one of these desert animals (at own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara and enjoy a tasty lunch before exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. You'll get up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Finally, as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, grab a glass of sparkling wine and watch Uluru's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your camp host will have a lovely dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp.
An early start is rewarded with a beautiful Uluru sunrise. While the morning's fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night.
There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we travel along the well-known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way), travelling through the sands of the Red Centre to our camp at Glen Helen in the Western MacDonnell National Park. Unwind with a beer in the outback bar overlooking the Finke River or take a dip in the permanent nearby waterhole.
Look out for wallabies and other wildlife during a morning hike and discover the spectacular geological features of Ormiston Gorge. Then we visit Hermannsburg - a mission and Aboriginal community famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Here we learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira. Feeling adventurous? It's time to hit the 4WD tracks of the Finke River to access the remarkable scenery of Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. While the going is slow, this is 4-wheel driving at its best (and bumpiest). Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the West MacDonnell Range as we make our way back to Alice Springs.