Enjoy a glass of champagne while you view the spectacular sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Take a guided cultural walk through Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. Explore the history of Alice Springs and much more.
|Start||Ayers Rock @ Daily 75 minutes prior to sunset|
|Finish||Alice Springs @ Morning|
On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm). This evening watch the sunset at Uluru while enjoying nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine before continuing on to enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting).
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Lodge (Budget), Outback Pioneer Hotel (Standard), Desert Gardens Hotel (Superior) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (First Class), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Dinner
Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. After sunrise join your Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Then travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see locally-made arts and crafts. This afternoon tour to Kata Tjuta for a guided walk to the Valley of the Winds Lookout. View a majestic outback sunset while enjoying a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
This morning is at your leisure to continue with touring or activities (own expense) in and around the National Park and Resort. In the afternoon travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You may have time to view the sunset behind Carmichael's Crag to finish off the day.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Lodge (Budget), Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms (Standard or Superior), Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge* (Standard + Wilderness or Superior + Wilderness) or Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms (First Class)
Included Meals: *Wilderness lodge includes dinner
This morning make the climb to the rim of the Canyon, where you will be rewarded with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). Continue the 3 hour walk around the canyon with your Guide as you hear and learn about the geology and history of this amazing formation. Take a rest and a moment to enjoy the tranquillity of the 'Garden of Eden'. Alternatively, take the more leisurely 1½ hour walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor. Travel to Kings Creek Station for lunch (own expense). There is time for a scenic helicopter flight (own expense) to view Kings Canyon from the air. Travel through beautiful desert landscapes from Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs. Stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea, before arriving in Alice Springs.
Hotel: Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis (Budget), Aurora Alice Springs (Standard), Chifley Alice Springs Resort (First Class) or Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs (Superior), Alice Springs.
Included Meals: *Wilderness lodge includes breakfast
Your Short Break concludes this morning in Alice Springs. If you wish to stay longer, there are a number of sightseeing tours (own expense) available, such as the Palm Valley 4WD Safari. It will take you through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg**, an Aboriginal precinct which is renowned for its art collection and the works of Albert Namatjira. You'll travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of the oldest watercourses in the world, into Palm Valley. See spectacular rock forms and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees and enjoy a picnic lunch in Finke Gorge National Park.
**Hermannsburg is closed to tourists Christmas week.