Witnessing Uluru at sunset is truly an unforgettable moment. Have your camera ready to capture the changing colours of this sacred rock formation.. You’ll hear Dreamtime stories and learn about ancient rock paintings from local guides, gaining insight into the importance of the land in First Nations histories and ways of being.. Spend two days exploring the sites of the MacDonnell Ranges, both East and West. Walk through Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek, Simpsons Gap and Rainbow Valley.. After days admiring the formations of Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, spend evenings camping under the stars, getting a feel for the real outback of Australia.
This five-day small group Australian adventure is your chance to discover the outback and learn about the significance of these lands. From Alice Springs, join a knowledgeable local leader and a small group of eager travellers, travelling on roads to endless horizons, discovering rugged landscapes and hiking through gorges and ranges before camping under the stars. See Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges, and have the opportunity to visit lesser-visited sites with an itinerary that’s flexible to your small group’s desires. Gain an insight into First Nations histories and cultures as you travel to Australia’s heart – the Red Centre.
Breakfast Included: 4 Lunches Included: 5 Dinner Included: 4
Alice Springs – Uluru
Kick off your Australian Outback adventure bright and early in Alice Springs, driving towards the Red Centre. Make tracks across the sunburnt plains to the captivating domes of Kata Tjuta in the afternoon. These massive red rock formations are believed to be 500 million years old! Continue to Australia’s most iconic and culturally significant site of Uluru, arriving in time to witness a magical sunset. Afterwards, continue to your camp, where a hearty dinner awaits.
Uluru – Watarrka National Park
Wake early to catch an unforgettable Uluru sunrise, then get a closer look at this massive sandstone monolith on an unguided walk around its base. After your stroll, walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you will be met by an Anangu guide. Your guide will provide insight into the ancient rock etchings and the stories they tell, as well as the traditions of the First Nations people of this land. After this, visit the nearby Cultural Central to browse its extensive collection of Aboriginal arts and crafts. Enjoy a local lunch then set off on a 3-hour drive to your exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Get acquainted with your surroundings, enjoy dinner onsite and settle in for the night.
After breakfast, lace up your hiking shoes and set off to explore Kings Canyon. Plunging 270 metres to the canyon floor, walking its rim reveals incredibly beautiful sandstone formations carved by wind and water. Discover its Amphitheatre, Lost City, North and South Walls and the surprisingly lush Garden of Eden, which owes its cycads and plant life to a permanent waterhole down in the canyon. After lunch, there’s time to relax for a before heading along one of the Red Centre's renowned dirt tracks towards the Western McDonnell Ranges.
West MacDonnell Ranges
Spend the day exploring the outback scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Visit one of the most photographed places in the Red Centre – Ormiston Gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies while admiring the colourful, rugged walls surrounding its waterhole. Continue to Ellery Creek Big Hole – a popular spot for a refreshing dip. After a satisfying day spent exploring the MacDonnell Ranges, your group leader will find a suitable place to set up your bush camp for the night.
East MacDonnell Ranges – Alice Springs
Often overlooked for its western counterpart, the East MacDonnell Ranges just might be one of the Red Centre’s best-kept secrets. This is the home of the Arrernte people – the Traditional Owners of the land. Learn about their caterpillar Dreamtime stories on a short walk to Emily Gap – an important spiritual site to Arrernte communities, containing galleries of ancient rock paintings. Drive onwards to Trephina Gorge, where you’ll set off on a one-hour guided walk to see quartzite cliffs and the region's birdlife. Afterwards, grab some lunch at the historical Ross River Homestead before continuing to the ‘Ghost Town’ of Arltunga. This town had an unexpected mining rush in the 19th century all because of a mistaken gemstone. After exploring the best of the East MacDonnell Ranges, it’s on to Alice Springs where your adventure ends upon arrival in the late afternoon.