This all inclusive camping safari is for those who want to experience the colours and nature of the REAL Australian Outback. It is a fantastic adventure over 4 days that will take you well beyond the famous sites and allow you to experience the unique local aboriginal culture.
|Vehicle||Purpose built All Terrain Vehicle|
|Start||Ayers Rock @ 1.00 pm|
|Finish||Alice Springs @ Alice Springs|
Meet and greet upon arrival in Yulara. It's then onto our permanent campsite for lunch. The afternoon is spent exploring Uluru. Join your knowledgeable guide for a base tour of Uluru, exploring ancient caves where Aboriginal paintings can be seen, learning about the oldest culture in the world. At sunset, you will appreciate the spectacular colour changes of Uluru. Later we return to camp for a traditional Aussie meal.
Camp: Ayers Rock, Permanent Campsite
Meals: L, D
It's an early rise for an exciting morning with breathtaking views of sunrise at Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Go for a walk to appreciate the beauty of the 36 magical domes and learn about unique fauna, flora and fire management of the national park. This afternoon, travel through red sand dune & desert oak country to Kings Creek Cattle Station where optional activities are abundant. Tonight, try a traditional "camp oven" dinner, cooked in the coals of the fire.
Camp: Kings Creek Permanent Campsite
Meals: B, L, D
This morning we visit breathtaking Watarrka National Park, home of Kings Canyon. There's no rush as we hike around the canyon rim viewing sites like the "Lost City" and the "Garden of Eden". After a picnic lunch, we head off on the famous Mereenie Loop Road towards the MacDonnell Ranges. In the afternoon, we stop at Hermannsburg - one of the most famous aboriginal missions and also home to well known artist Albert Namatjira. There will be time to visit the Heritage Museum to learn a bit more about the history of this community. We then drive to Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal Community, our overnight camp.
Camp: Wallace Rockhole Permanent Camp site
Meals: B, L, D
This morning we join our local guide and visit the Rockhole to view Aboriginal rock art and to learn about the Aboriginal culture (seasonal). You'll also participate in an exclusive Aboriginal Dot Painting class, learning and practising some of the traditional techniques used in the arts and crafts.
Today we'll also explore some of the Western MacDonnell ranges' highlights: Standley Chasm and Simpson Gap; enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surroundings, and do some hiking where we may see rock wallabies. Later we'll continue on to Alice Springs, arriving approximately 5.00pm (finishing time may be earlier during Summer months).
Meals: B, LWhat You Need To Know
Your Vehicle: You will be travelling vehicle specifically designed and built for Australian outback conditions. Vehicles are air-conditioned for your comfort, have CD players and/or Ipod connections and large panoramic windows for uninterrupted sightseeing. Smoking is prohibited on the coach.
Your Road Crew: On most of our tours, your crew will consist of a Driver/Guide. Some tours have drivers and interpreter guides. Our crew are chosen for their driving skills, their knowledge of the outback, their personality and of course their leadership abilities. They are also trained to prepare tasty wholesome meals and will do their utmost to ensure you have a great holiday. Assistance with camp chores is appreciated and forms part of the group camping experience and travel in the Aussie Outback.
Your Meals: Your tour includes meals as indicated. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your driver/guide will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour with your assistance with the catering supplied by the local indigenous company, Kungka's Can Cook. Please make sure you advise us of any special dietary requirements well prior to travelling. Complementary wine is also served with dinner on our Red Centre trips.
Participation On Tour: All tours are activity and participation based. During your travels you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
Tours are also relatively active. Whilst most hikes/walks can be tailored to suit individual fitness levels, please keep in mind that extreme temperatures during summer can add an extra degree of difficulty. During summer months itineraries may be altered to to ensure the more strenuous walks are carried out during the cooler hours of the day. Passenger safety and enjoyment is our priority. To avoid dehydrations, we recommend drinking 1 litre of water per hour when hiking.
Camping Facilities On Tour: Camp sites in the Red Centre are comfortable without compromising the unique natural setting. All of the tents are twin share, have hard floors and real beds. Being permanent sites, there's no pitching of tents and all campsites have hot/cold running water with toilets and shower blocks close by. Sleeping bags and sheep sheets are provides at no extra cost. A travel pillow and towel will be provided for you to use and keep for your future travels! Camp stretchers are also provided for adventurous travellers who want to sleep out under the stars! Environmental Dyno lanterns are also provided within the tents. Power boards are available to recharge your cameras' and videos' battery packs in all our camps.