This small-group tour includes the very best of what the Red Centre has to offer. In one tour, four iconic locations (Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, and Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges) are explored over four days.
Departing from Alice Springs, we head towards Uluru (Ayers Rock). Stopping off at the 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 Center’s indigenous interpretive cultural center, where we have a chance to learn about the cultural, ecological, historical, and geological significance of this very special national park.
With 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, we get 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 elder’s 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 while having dinner cooked for you to feed those hungry eyes and allow you to get to know your fellow travelers.
Meals: lunch and dinner. Accom: Ayers Rock Coach Campground: Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal facilities) Driving Distance: 350km Hike Distance: 2-3 km/2-4 hours
. After exploring the world’s most impressive rock up close and personal, we retreat for panoramic views to witness at Ayers Rock Coach Campground, Permanent Tents, or Bush Swags (communal facilities). Driving Distance: 350km. Hike Distance: 2-3 km/2-4 hours
We wake up early for a light breakfast and head off for a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You thought Uluru was special, and just when you thought 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 the Kings Canyon region just in time to experience a glorious outback sunset, followed by a hearty meal around the campfire.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and 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 center 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. Rest up in the bus as we head back up north, passing through Alice Springs and heading out towards the West MacDonnell Ranges for an evening of stargazing at our bush camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner. Accom: West MacDonnell Ranges: Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (private portable facilities). Driving Distance: 370km (4 hours). Hike Distance: 2-4 km/2-4 hours
Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning “Gap of Water”, Standley Chasm is a 3-meter-wide, 80-meter-high gorge amongst the West MacDonnell Ranges. At dawn, we hope to spot the native wildlife as we enjoy breakfast and look forward to the day ahead. Tracking west, you are welcome to enjoy a dip in Ellery Creek Bighole, known traditionally as Udepata, surrounded by tall red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek. Onward to where massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge. Spend time here admiring nature and its finest before we begin our leisurely journey back towards Alice Springs, with our final stop at another amazing feature of the Tjoritja West MacDonnell region, Simpsons Gap, where several dreaming trails and stories cross.
Featuring a permanent waterhole, this is also a great place to spot resident wildlife. Now that we’ve had our fix of the best of central Australia’s natural icons, we deliver you back to Alice Springs to your chosen accommodation and evening plans as you reminisce about your four days of exploration and the new friends you made.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Accom: N/A. Driving Distance: 250km (3 hours). Walking Distance: 3 km or 4km
*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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