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  • West MacDonnell Ranges

    West MacDonnell Ranges

  • Kings Canyon

    Kings Canyon

  • Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

  • Wine & Canapés while watching Uluṟu Sunset

    Wine & Canapés while watching Uluṟu Sunset


Tour code: CRAU

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Explore the highlights and mind blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre on a small group journey. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and special. Get all of this and first class dining experiences along the way.

Itinerary

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1-2
Arrive Alice Springs - West MacDonnell Ranges
Day 1: Arrive Alice Springs

Welcome to Alice Springs! This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide who will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town. Take our town tour of Alice Springs. We’ll visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a crucial service which provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities. This evening experience a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony and taste traditional bush foods for dinner.

Day 2: West MacDonnell Ranges

The West MacDonnell Ranges is the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. You'll take a walk to Angkerle (Standley Chasm). 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. There'll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal tribes for medicinal and magical purposes. Tonight you'll enjoy an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some traditional bush foods. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3
Alice Springs - Kings Canyon

First up we escape the beaten path and stop at Rainbow Valley, famous for its sandstone bluffs and cliff faces that form part of the James Range. The coloured layers in the sandstone cliffs are particularly attractive in the morning and afternoon light. Afterwards you’ll travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. The meteorite pieces, which reached speeds of 40,000 km per hour, created twelve craters that are still visible today. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. 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 a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4
Kings Canyon – Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this morning at sunrise  you're off on a 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt for a walk along the Creek Bed. Today we drive towards Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park stopping en route at Kings Creek Station. Continuing along the Luritja Road, you’ll take in views of the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner) and later, a drive along Lasseter Highway provides excellent photo opportunities of the enormous mountain. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. Curtin Springs 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 Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Having lived in and looked after the Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa region for tens of thousands of years, the Aṉangu (or traditional owners), have a strong connection with this land. We’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the Aboriginal people and their ancestors. We’re then off to the domes of Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) where you’ll join your Driver Guide for a guided-walk to the first lookout of Valley of the Winds (seasonal) then through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuṯa are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people. As the sun sets, you’ll see spectacular changing colours over Uluṟu 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, Ayers Rock Resort.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5
Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) – Farewell from Ayers Rock

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) and Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuṯa dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre for breakfast an insight into the history of the local Aṉangu People. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) with an Indigenous guide and a translator from the local Mutitjulu Community as your private guide (subject to availability). Take a walk around the base of Uluṟu and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutiṯjulu Waterhole, an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. In the late morning your Colour of Red inspiring journey comes to and end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Tour departs from Alice Springs and returns to Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

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Guest and camel at Kings Creek Station

Conway’s Kids Trust Fund

Ian and Lyn Conway established Kings Creek Station in 1981 and run a successful cattle enterprise; in fact they’re Australia’s largest exporters of camels! When they saw the poverty and deprivation on their own doorstep they were determined to do something about it, so they set up the Conway’s Kids Trust Fund, a non-profit organisation to ensure ‘cultural’ Aboriginal children from remote homelands around Kings Canyon have the same educational opportunities as the children of wider Australia. Meet the Conway’s at the station and experience their warmth, passion and hospitality for yourself.

Highlights

  • Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru
  • Learn about Uluru’s sacred sights with an Aboriginal Guide
  • Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Get off-road and visit Henbury Meteorite conservation Reserve
  • Visit Rainbow Valley
  • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Explore fascinating Standley Chasm
  • Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice Springs
  • Experience an exclusive dinner under the stars with Bob Taylor
  • Small group experience

Inclusions

  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury small group 4WD vehicle with up to 20 guests
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (4) 
  • Lunches (3) 
  • Dinners (4)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

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

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Level

Moderate: The Kings Canyon Rim Walk may not be suitable for all guests due to its difficult nature coupled with weather conditions in the Red Centre. An easier creek bed is available as an alternative.

Ways to Save

Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $230
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $115
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $345
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $230
 
Kings Club     Save up to $115

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870

    2 nights.

    • Barra on Todd Restaurant at Chifley Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Superior Room at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Reception area at Chifley Alice Springs Resort

    Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Chifley® Hotel Alice Springs offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Hair Dryer
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Internet Access
    • Phone
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair dryer
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872

    • Kings Canyon Resort at sunset
    • Spa with scenic views at Kings Canyon Resort
    • Spa in the Deluxe Spa Room at Kings Canyon Resort
    • Deluxe Spa Room at Kings Canyon Resort

    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
  • Sails in the Desert Hotel
    174 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT 0872

    Ayers Rock Resort.

    • Swimming Pool at Sails in the Desert
    • Superior Room at Sails in the Desert
    • Mulgara Gallery at Sails in the Desert
    • Reception at Sails in the Desert

    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.

    • 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

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Uluru Barbecue Dinner (Ayers Rock)

$136 adult

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy a unique and exclusive dining experience with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. There’s sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic barbecue of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns, as well as a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s even time for stargazing.

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights (Kings Canyon)

Prices starting from $95 for 8min Helicopter Flight

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Tour Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2016. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.