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Outback Australia - The Colour of Red (ASP-AYQ)

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Tour code: CRAU

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Discovering the iconic Red Centre is a must-do for most travellers and something that most people only experience once. So we’ve made it easy for you by including all the must-see sights and must-do experiences of the Red Centre in one awesome trip. You’ll explore the ancient Uluru, wander the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), meet the locals at Alice Springs and hike along the top of Kings Canyon for incredible views of the outback landscape. Your guides will immerse you into the culture and traditions of the Anangu and Arrente people, the traditional land owners of the region, and you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so special and unique. 

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Alice Springs
Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs

This afternoon you’ll meet your Travel Director 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 School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. 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 food. 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.

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 Simpsons Gap and dramatic 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. This afternoon you'll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

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. Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this afternoon 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 or a walk along the Creek Bed. 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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 4
Kings Canyon – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today we drive towards Uluru – Kata Tjuta 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! Experience a fascinating hands-on papermaking tour and sit down to enjoy a BBQ lunch 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. Having lived in and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (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 Tjuta (the Olgas) where you’ll join your Travel 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, Dinner with wine

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

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for breakfast an insight into the history of the local Anangu People. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluru (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 Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu 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 Uluru (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 sparkling wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru
  • Learn about Uluru's sacred sights
  • Dine 'Under a Desert Moon' at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Visit Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve
  • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice Springs
  • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Explore fascinating Standley Chasm
  • Wander into Simpsons Gap
  • Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Luxury small group experience
  • Small vehicle with no more than 20 guests
  • Experienced Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • 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 Airport
Day 5   Flights to depart after 1.00pm
from Ayers Rock Airport

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

Departures from 1 April 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $220
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $165
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $110
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $330
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $275
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $220
 
Kings Club    Save up to $110

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:

  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
    93 Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT, 0870

    2 nights

    • Front Exterior Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Front Exterior Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Pool at night at Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Superior Room at Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs

    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
  • Kings Canyon Resort
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872

    • Kings Canyon Resort - Exterior
    • Kings Canyon Resort - Exterior
    • Kings Canyon Resort - Aerial

    Retreat to the luxury of Kings Canyon Resort after an active day of hiking through the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park. The sensitively designed property is located in Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon. Naturally, the Kings Canyon Resort has been built to blend in harmoniously with the surround.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Air-conditioning
    • Wi-Fi
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Insect screens
    • Hairdryer
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Blankets
    • Refrigerator
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Sails in the Desert Hotel
    174 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT 0872

    • 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 2017 - 31 March 2018

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights (Ayers Rock)

Adult Price: From AUD 150.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre. Choose from a number of flight options for a birds eye view of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and more!

  • 15 Minute Ayers Rock Flight
    – AUD$150 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 30 Minute Ayers Rock and Olgas Flight
    – AUD$285 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 36 Minute Ayers Rock Grand View
    – AUD$320 per adult (min 2 passengers)

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel 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 2017. 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.