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Outback Contrasts – A Journey to the Centre

5 Day Inspiring Journey | Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Outback Contrasts: A Journey to the Centre

5 Day Inspiring Journey | Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 30 Sep 2020

Outback Contrasts: A Journey to the Centre

5 Day Inspiring Journey

Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Witnessing the rugged splendour of Australia’s Red Centre is a life-changing experience. On this journey, the majesty of Uluru, Kings Canyon and the soaring West MacDonnell Ranges combine with unique dining experiences under the stars and the outback vibe of Alice Springs.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Learn about the history of the local Anangu People
  • Hike to the top of awe-inspiring Kings Canyon
  • Taste local ingredients unique to the Australian Outback
  • Witness the iconic Uluru sunset and sunrise

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Discover

Experience outback town life in Alice Springs, and journey through the magnificent, sprawling West MacDonnell Ranges.

Explore

Venture into Kings Canyon on the six-kilometre guided Rim Walk, and the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta.

Immerse

Learn about ancient Indigenous rock art at Uluru, and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air.

Relax

Enjoy a unique open-air barbecue dinner in Alice Springs, and toast an unforgettable Uluru sunset with sparkling wine.

This afternoon you’ll meet your Journey Director who will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town like Alice Springs. We’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in outback Australia. Then a visit to the School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. Tonight, you will enjoy a Local Dining Experience with your hosts at an open-air barbecue dinner with campfires as the Milky Way lights up the wide Australian sky.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights

Included Meals: Local Dining Experience

This morning you will visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn about the overland telegraph line and why Alice Springs is in this location. Then you will drive to Simpsons Gap and Angkerle (Standley Chasm), which was created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the lush green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. This afternoon you have some free time to relax by the pool or choose to explore more of Alice Springs on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Today we drive further through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Kings Canyon. Along the way there'll be time to see the cool waters at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Travelling off-road along the Mereenie Loop Road we will travel past Tylers Lookout and Gosses Bluff. This evening you’re treated to the unique Local Dining Experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés followed by a fourcourse dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian Outback.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Local Dining Experience

This morning, you're off on a six-kilometre Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. Now you will journey to Uluru. Your first stop is Curtin Springs which has been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle. Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. This afternoon we enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and make our way to the domes of Kata Tjuta. Here you’ll join your Journey Director for a guided walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuta are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. As the sun sets, you’ll see spectacular changing colours over Uluru from the prime sunset viewing area. This evening share a few laughs with your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the sunrise viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu People. Having lived in and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (Traditional Owners), have a strong connection with this land. At the base of Uluru hear timeless stories, view spectacular rock art, and visit the culturally-significant Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the late morning, when your Inspiring Journey comes to an end, you’ll be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

    Features

  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini Bar
  • 26” LCD flat screen with Austar
  • In-house movies
  • In-room safe
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Set in a prime location and nestled in amongst a rugged bush setting, these rooms offer deluxe accommodation with a spacious spa bath and feature a window providing scenic views. Each Deluxe Spa Room also features a private balcony offering a magnificent outlook onto a rocky escarpment that is tastefully lit at night.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Phone
  • Ensuite
  • Insect screens
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Spa bath
  • Private balcony
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, the hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a luxurious outback holiday experience.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites.

Please Note: There will be refurbishments between 25 Jan - 26 Jun 2019, and 4 Nov 2019 - 30 Jun 2020. Sails in the Desert will be working to ensure there is minimal disturbance and impact to its operation and guests.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Private balcony, terrace or veranda
  • Mini Bar
  • LCD HD TV
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-room safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • High speed cable internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobe
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Good level of fitness required for theKings Canyon Rim Walk. Low to moderate level of fitness for the Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk

Dining

  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Dinner with wine
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Alice Springs Airport
  • Day 5 – Flights to depart after 1.00pm from Ayers Rock Airport

Outback Contrasts – A Journey to the Centre

5 Day Inspiring Journey | Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2019 – 27 Sep 2019

Outback Contrasts – A Journey to the Centre

5 Day Inspiring Journey

Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Witnessing the rugged splendour of Australia’s Red Centre is a life-changing experience. On this journey, the majesty of Uluru, Kings Canyon and the soaring West MacDonnell Ranges combine with unique dining experiences under the stars and the outback vibe of Alice Springs.

image map
Discover
  • The sprawling West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Wander through Simpsons Gap
  • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Explore
  • Fascinating Angkerle (Standley Chasm)
  • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Immerse
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Learn about Uluru sacred sites
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge
Relax
  • Unwind in your Deluxe Spa Room at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine

Your outback Inspiring Journey begins on arrival in Alice Springs. Meet your Journey Director for a visit to the lifesaving outback institution of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote Australia. Nearby, visit the School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and Local Dining Experience barbecue dinner around a campfire with your Alice Spring hosts, as the Milky Way lights up the sky.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights

Included Meals: Local Dining Experience

This morning visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station, site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, and learn how it relayed messages between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years. Then the stunning landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges take centre stage as you embark on a walk through Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle, which was created over millions of years. The deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. Later, back in Alice Springs, you’ll have free time to relax by the pool or choose to explore more, at your own pace.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Today we drive further through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Kings Canyon. Travelling off-road along the Mereenie Loop road we will travel past Tylers Lookout and Gosses Bluff. This evening you're treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four-course dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian Outback.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

Now you’re bound for Uluru. On your way visit Curtin Springs Station, a million-acre property, where you’ll gain insights into the cattle rearing heritage of the Severin family, before kicking back in true Aussie-style at a delicious barbecue lunch. This afternoon enter Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, experiencing the magnificence of the 36 red conglomerate domes that form Kata Tjuta, and joining your Journey Director for a walk through Walpa Gorge. Later, witness the spectacular changing colours as the sun sets over Uluru, while sipping sparkling wine. This evening toast your holiday with your fellow travellers at a Celebration Dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Celebration Dinner

Experience a majestic sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing platform. From here it’s off to the Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for breakfast and an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Take a walk around to the base of Uluru, hearing timeless stories, viewing spectacular rock art, and visiting the culturallysignificant Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the late morning, when your Inspiring Journey comes to an end, you’ll be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

    Features

  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini Bar
  • 26” LCD flat screen with Austar
  • In-house movies
  • In-room safe
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Set in a prime location and nestled in amongst a rugged bush setting, these rooms offer deluxe accommodation with a spacious spa bath and feature a window providing scenic views. Each Deluxe Spa Room also features a private balcony offering a magnificent outlook onto a rocky escarpment that is tastefully lit at night.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Phone
  • Ensuite
  • Insect screens
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Spa bath
  • Private balcony
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, the hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a luxurious outback holiday experience.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites.

Please Note: There will be refurbishments between 25 Jan - 26 Jun 2019, and 4 Nov 2019 - 30 Jun 2020. Sails in the Desert will be working to ensure there is minimal disturbance and impact to its operation and guests.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Private balcony, terrace or veranda
  • Mini Bar
  • LCD HD TV
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-room safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • High speed cable internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobe
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Good level of fitness required for theKings Canyon Rim Walk. Low to moderate level of fitness for the Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk

Dining

  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner with wine
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1: flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Alice Springs Airport
  • Day 5: flights to depart after 1.00pm from Ayers Rock Airport.

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