We'll take you to the heart of the Red Centre on this four day tour camping in the outback. Starting at Alice Springs, this tour checks off all the must-see sites in the area, including: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas),Mala cultural intrepretive walk, Uluru Cultural Centre, Kings Canyon,, Ormistorn Gorge, Western MacDonnell Ranges, Simpsons Gap and of course Uluru itself. You'll also experience an Uluru cultural experience and see the sun rise over the great rock. This tour has the lot!
Every Monday and Saturday All year round
|Vehicle||All Terrain vehicle,Private vehicle|
|Start||Alice Springs @ 06.00 am|
|Finish||Alice Springs @ 05.30 pm|
DEFAULT PICK UP: Alice Lodge Backpackers at 6:00am
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. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sky cast glorious colours over The Rock and then as evening begins, it's time to tuck into our famous 1,000 Star Dinner: an outdoor candlelit feast of delicious food and wines.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee, 1000 Star Dinner
Meals Included - Lunch & Dinner
It's an early rise today but seeing Australia is what you came for, right? After watching a fiery outback sun rear up over the world's biggest rock get a real sense of the rock's scale on an unguided walk around its base. Then learn about the cultural significance of this iconic landform on a cultural interpretative walk with an indigenous guide. In their creation time stories, the Anangu's ancestral beings the Mala settled here after being chased to the region by an evil dog-like creature called kurpany. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. Tonight we spend the night in an exclusive campsite in Watarrka National Park.
Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
** Included Activities
Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Uluru Cultural Centre
*** Meals Included
The centrepiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site's deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon's most famous sites - the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls. Then it's lunch, rest, and back to Alice for the night where we will drop you at your accommodation, Alice Lodge Backpackers.
Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
Hostel (1 night)
** Included Activities
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
*** Meals Included
Flights must be booked to depart Alice Springs the day after the trip finishes.
Leave Alice Springs at 7am from your accommodation, watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Reaching this national park, we'll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge - a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there's the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it's on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. If it takes your fancy, see the colours of the ranges change during sunset from atop a camel on an optional sunset ride.
The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km.
* Optional Activities
Sunset Camel Ride (Adult) - AUD70
Sunset Camel Ride (Child) - AUD40
** Meals Included
Book your own accommodation to night
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.
Hotel (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Both Basix and Original level camping accommodation are available on this trip. Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. Alice Springs accommodation is at Alice Lodge Backpackers in multishare mixed gender accommodation. Families with children under 18 will be staying in private rooms. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish.
Original camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. Alice Springs accommodation is twin share motel rooms at the Alice Motor Inn, if you are a single traveller you will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is available at Original level. Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.
AD-PAR4B - Basix Trip start Alice Springs
AD-PAR4YB - Basix Trip start Yulara
AD-PAR4O - Original Trip start Alice Springs
AD-PAR4YO - Original Trip start Yulara
Night 1: Yulara - Simple permanent tents (Basix) Tents with furnishings (Original)
Night 2: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents (Basix) Tents with furnishings (Original)
Night 3: Alice Springs - Alice Lodge Backpackers (Basix) Alice Motor Inn (Original)
For BASIX travellers, when not camping the standard accommodation is multishare, and may be in mixed-sex dorms. Families traveling with children under the age of 18 will sleep in private rooms, as children cannot stay in mixed dormitory's. Please ask our Reservations team for more information.
Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.
To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
All our travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
Your tour includes meals as indicated in our brochure and online. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour, however our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us 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.