This small group tour showcases all that the Red Centre has to offer. Three days, three world-famous destinations (Uluru, Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta) explored in one tour.
Red Centre 3 day tour Departing from Alice Springs will head towards Ayers Rock stopping off at Mt Connor (false Uluru) lookout for a view of this mighty red mountain and Curtin Springs for a toilet stop before arriving at our campground for lunch.
After lunch, we head to the Red Centre’s Aboriginal interpretive cultural centre. We have a chance to learn about the cultural, ecological, historical, and geological significance of this very special national park. With the anticipation and excitement growing we make a short drive towards the base of Uluru as we begin to comprehend the sheer size and magnificence of the giant monolith, getting up close and personal to explore further.
Walking to Mutitjulu waterhole we discover sacred rock art sites in family caves and hear the creation stories of Kuniya and Liru as we continue our base walk towards Kuniya Piti. From here we drive around sacred sites towards Kantju Gorge where we envisage the highest waterfall in Central Australia, (truly a spectacle to behold, even more so when raining) an elders’ cave, and the world’s oldest pantry. After exploring the world’s most impressive rock up close and personal, we retreat for panoramic views to witness one of the most incredible sunsets on the planet, all whilst having dinner cooked for you, to feed those hungry eyes.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner. Accom: Ayers Rock Coach Campground – Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal facilities). Driving Distance: 350km. Hike Distance: 2-3 km / 2-3 hours.
It’s an early rise and light breakfast on this red centre adventure as we head off for a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You thought Uluru was special and just when you think it couldn’t get any more majestic we approach the stunning silhouette of Kata Tjuta. Here we set off on a hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge marveling at the mighty conglomerate rock formations. After exploring Kata Tjuta we make our way towards Kings Canyon region just in time to experience a glorious outback sunset followed by a hearty meal around the campfire.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accom: Kings Creek Station – Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal campground facilities). Driving Distance: 406 km (4.5 Hours). Hike Distance: 2-6 km / 2-4 hours (*weather dependent).
We head off early to explore the mighty Kings Canyon (Watarrka) venturing into the ancient landscape and sacred grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Arriving at the jewel in the crown at the centre of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) we find ourselves surrounded by towering 100-meter cliff faces, views of sandstone chasms, and jaw-dropping backdrops that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Grab your water, hat, and sturdy shoes as we set off on foot to explore (the most seasonally applicable part of) the canyon in more detail. After a well-earned rest, you can now enjoy some downtime as the bus meanders its way to your final destination. This evening you are welcome to conclude your exploration in Yulara, or in Alice Springs – your journey will be seamless whichever option you choose.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Driving Distance: 250km (2.5 hours). Hike Distance: 2-4 km / 2-4 hours.
*Autopia Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies.
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