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Outback Australia – The Colour Red

4 nights from $2,449 per person

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
  • Sights and excursions
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Tour guide throughout
  • Internal travel
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of the Red center with this five-day trip, beginning in Uluru and ending in Alice Springs. You’ll be treated to a host of fantastic and unforgettable experiences, from watching the sun set over Uluru and Kata Tjuta to hiking along the rim of Kings Canyon and swimming at Ellery Creek. This is a great tour for anyone looking to learn more about this fascinating portion of Australia, with plenty of informative walks and cultural excursions along the way. (AA)

Highlights:

  • Spend time exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon
  • Explore the rustic outback at Glen Helen
  • Learn about the heritage and culture in Alice Springs

Details

Day 1

Uluru

In the afternoon, meet with your driver guide and fellow travelers, and make your way to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to learn all about the land, as well as the history, religion and law of the Aboriginal people from the Anangu (traditional owners). Afterwards, travel to the domes of Kata Tjuta with your guide for an informative guided walk through the Walpa Gorge. Watch the sunset at Uluru with a glass of sparkling wine and gourmet canapés.

Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 2

Kings Canyon

Begin the day watching the sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area – be sure to keep your camera ready, the views from this area are incredible. Enjoy breakfast at Ininti Café at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Center where you can learn more about the history of the Anangu people through fascinating displays. Take a drive around the base of Uluru then follow up with a scenic walk to really see this amazing monolith for yourself, along with rock art and the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Later on, head up the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and Atila (Mt Conner). Stop en-route at Kings Creek Station, originally established in 1982 and now a working cattle station. Travel a short distance to the resort then enjoy a unique dining experience in the evening, where you’ll dine beneath a star-studded sky in the wilderness.

Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

Glen Helen

Start today with a 6km rim walk of the striking Kings Canyon where you’ll have the chance to observe the varying colours of the landscape. You’ll be accompanied by a guide who will highlight the various points of interest along the way including the domed ‘Lost City’, Cotterill’s Lookout and the ‘Garden of Eden’. There’s also an optional creek-bed walk for anyone looking for a more relaxed pace.

Afterwards, travel along the Mereenie Loop Road and stop off at the Jump-Up Lookout where you can overlook the George Hill grange before enjoying a picnic lunch at Gosse Bluff. Then learn more about the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people with a visit to the Tnorala Conservation Reserve.

Overnight: Glen Helen Homestead Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4

Alice Springs

Head to Ormiston Gorge today which is situated in the West MacDonnell Ranges and serves as the ideal spot to learn more about the geology, flora and fauna of this area. You’ll hike into areas that are only accessible on foot, exploring the Ochre Pits and learning about the significance of ochre to the Aboriginal people. Take a dip at Ellery Creek Big Hole or relax in the shade by the river, then take a walk to the striking Angkerle (Standley Chasm) which has been created over millions of years.  In the afternoon, take a scenic drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges into Alice Springs where you can stop along the way at Simpsons Gap for a short walk.

Upon arrival into Alice Springs, you’ll make your way to the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn about how children in the remote areas of Australia are taught and how medical support is provided to people living in remote Australian communities.

Overnight: Chifley Alice Springs Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5

Alice Springs

Begin today by learning from your driver guide about life in an isolated Australia town, and about Alice Springs’ interesting heritage; here, you’ll take a tour of the town and visit the Overland Telegraph Station. In the afternoon, your tour comes to an end.

(Breakfast included)

 

What’s Included

  • Hotels (4 nights)
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • Visit Kata Tjuta and Uluru at sunset; Hike through Walpa Gorge; Unique dining experience in the wilderness at Kings Canyon Resort; 4WD route through Mereenie Loop; Visit to Ormiston Gorge; Hike Simpsons Gap; Visit School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Tour guide throughout, including local guides
  • Small group experience

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