Uluru at sunset (left), and poolside dining at Sails in the Desert
Uluru at sunset (left), and poolside dining at Sails in the Desert
Kings Canyon rim walk (left), and Kings Canyon Resort pool (right)
Kings Canyon rim walk (left), and Kings Canyon Resort pool (right)
Glen Helen Gorge (left), downtown Alice Springs (middle), and Ormiston Gorge (right)
Glen Helen Gorge (left), downtown Alice Springs (middle), and Ormiston Gorge (right)

Outback Australia – The Colour Red

4 nights from £1,759 per person

Overview

Immerse yourself in the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of the Red Centre with this five-day escorted tour, 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 - CRUA)

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

Whats included?
  • Sights and excursions
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Tour guide throughout
  • Internal travel
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Day 1

Uluru

In the afternoon, meet with your driver guide and fellow travellers, 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. Then get to know your fellow travellers a little better over a delicious meal at your hotel.

Overnight: Sails in the Desert Hotel. Dinner with wine included

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 Centre where you can learn more about the history of the Anangu people through fascinating displays. Take a scenic walk around the base of Uluru to really see this amazing monolith for yourself, along with rock art and the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Later on, sit down for a BBQ lunch and meet the locals, hearing their tales. 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.

Later travel to Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve - formed by a meteor hitting Earths surface 4,700 years ago. From here continue onto Alice Springs.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine 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 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. Your 3-course dinner will be prepared in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal while you dine under the Milky Way.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5

Alice Springs

Begin today by visiting the School of the Air - learn how children living in the far reaches of the Outback receive an education over the air waves. Learn from your driver guide more about life in an isolated Australia town, and about Alice Springs’ interesting heritage; here, you’ll visit the Overland Telegraph Station a once school for Aboriginal children. In the afternoon, your tour comes to an end.

(Breakfast included)

 

 

  • Hotels (4 nights)
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners (3 with wine) included
  • Internal travel
  • 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

Local 2019 Departure Dates: 28 May, 11 Jun, 25 Jun, 23 Jul, 6 Aug, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 15 Oct

 

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