If your dream is to take the road less travelled and uncover the spiritual and cultural significance of the Red Centre as you traverse its natural wonders, this is your ultimate experience.
|Start||Alice Springs @ 6.00 am|
|Finish||Darwin @ 6.00 pm|
On arrival into the Red Centre, pick up your hire car at Alice Springs airport and prepare for a journey you'll never forget.
OVERNIGHT, 2 night Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Resort
There is much to see and do in and around Alice Springs. Head to the dramatic West MacDonnell Ranges framing the "capital of the outback" for a walk at scenic Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm, or perhaps visit Ormiston Gorge, stopping for afternoon tea at Ellery Creek - one of the Territory's favourite swimming waterholes. (B)
The choice is yours, rise early or sleep in before hitting the road to Uluru. Travel at your own pace today, the drive from Alice Springs to Uluru is on completely sealed roads and takes approximately four and a half hours. Make your way to Longitude 131Â°, your luxury basecamp to explore the spiritual heart of Australia.
This evening, experience the changing colours reflected across Uluru as the sun slips below the horizon, chilled glass and canape in hand. There, you'll have the opportunity to see Bruce Munro's internationally-acclaimed art phenomenon, Field of Light: created from 50,000 stems and crowned with radiant spheres, the interactive light installation blooms and appears to sway as darkness descends. Arrive at dusk and wander the field before enjoying the cool night skies at Table 131Â°.
Dine out and discover the wonders of the outback night sky at an exclusive venue among the dunes. Enjoy the sense of natural theatre over four courses complemented with fine Australian wines. Later, the Longitude 131Â° lodge guide will regale with tales of the southerly constellations.
OVERNIGHT, 3 nights Longitude 131Â°(B,D)
Explore the impressive formation of Kata Tjuta on a walk through Walpa Gorge, and discover how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created today's landscape. Then, visit the Cultural Centre for insight into the spiritual and cultural meanings of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
In the afternoon, join the lodge guide for a gentle walk along Uluru's base and learn about the history of the Mala people, viewing cave paintings and other sites important to both Anangu and the early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the rock walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun, then revel in the silence and solitude with sunset drinks and canapes.
Dinner is at Dune House with its daily changing menu, featuring the flavours and textures of the bush for a uniquely local dining experience. (B,L,D)
Discover peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as the sun rises over the outback. Listen as the lodge guide shares the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru, adding greater depth to Uluru's striking features.
Spend the remainder of your day indulging in the relaxing facilities of Longitude 131Â°, or explore more of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at your own pace with your hire car. (B,L,D)
Soak in the last morning rays at Uluru or Kata Tjuta before making your way back to Alice Springs. On the return drive, contemplate the last few days of intimate encounters with the region's iconic natural attractions, and the memories that will last a lifetime. Check in to your overnight accommodation.
OVERNIGHT, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Resort
Make the most of your hire car and take in any last minute sights, before following in the footsteps of history as you board The Ghan to Darwin. You'll be mingling with fellow travellers in Platinum Club or the Outback Explorer Lounge before enjoying a sumptuous three course dinner accompanied by fine wine. (B,D)
Just after breakfast, The Ghan arrives at the place where the outback meets the tropics. Katherine offers a range of fascinating Off Train Excursions, with the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge one of the highlights of your journey. After an exhilarating cruise and ancient rock art discovery, you will arrive in Darwin, completing your life changing adventure. (B,L)
3 nights accommodation in Alice Springs including breakfast daily
3 nights accommodation at Longitude 131° including chef prepared meals, open bar, signature experiences and guided Uluru base walk
7 days car hire (intermediate SUV)
2 days / 1 night aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin, in Platinum Service including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursion in Katherine
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners