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Outback Australia: The Colour of Red

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    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

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    Simpsons Gap


Tour code: CRUA

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(Ayers Rock to Alice Springs)

Both the iconic sights and the hidden treasures of Australia’s legendary Red Centre are revealed on this enthralling journey through never-ending red plains and sprawling cattle-stations. From world-renowned Uluru and Kata Tjuta to a little-known site where an immense meteorite struck the Earth more than 5000 years ago, each day will provide genuine opportunities to experience the life, culture and traditions of the Outback.

 

Itinerary

1 April 2018 - 31 October 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Ayers Rock

Your inspiring Outback journey begins this afternoon when you meet your Driver Guide and take the short drive to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. The Park is the setting for the majestic sandstone monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) formation. The Traditional Owners of this land, the Anangu, have lived in the region for tens of thousands of years and have a deep connection with the land. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa: the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors.

First stop is Kata Tjuta, where you’ll walk amidst the sheer rock-walls of Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the largest domes. This evening return to Uluru to see the sun set over the western horizon and witness the remarkable light that floods the monolith, changing it from red to vibrant orange and finally deep purple. Later, get to know your travelling companions over a relaxed meal at Ilkari Restaurant.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

Your day begins with an iconic sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta at the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. Move closer to Uluru this morning and explore the base of the rock. Aboriginal cultureSeveral rock shelters house Anangu paintings dating back thousands of years. Your guide will explain their significance and relate timeless stories of the land. Visit beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole, once a vital water source for the local inhabitants, before travelling on to remote Curtin Springs Station.

Tour the property’s boutique paper-making facility, and discover the processes involved in its production. Chat with one of the locals over a barbecue lunch, and learn about life on the million-acre cattle property that’s been home to the Severin family since 1956. After lunch, follow the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and view Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia. Pause brie y at Kings Creek Station, established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway and now Australia’s largest exporter of wild camels. Continue to nearby King’s Canyon Resort, where you can relax and unwind before enjoying a unique evening dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the silent wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). Enjoy canapés and a glass of sparkling wine followed by a delicious four-course meal incorporating fresh produce and unique ingredients native to the Australian Outback.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and highlight dinner

Day 3
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Kings Canyon is a deep, narrow valley cut into the Earth over millennia by running water. Its ancient red rock walls soar 100 metres above Kings Creek to a plateau of rocky domes. Wake early this morning to explore the spectacular Canyon at sunrise, the best time for observing the changing colours of the landscape. The 6-kilometre Canyon Rim Walk, considered one of the best and most varied walks in central Australia, begins with a strenuous climb but soon evens out once you reach the rim. As you follow the path, you’ll find yourself among the weathered sandstone domes known as The Lost City.

There’s also an opportunity to descend into The Garden of Eden, a lush, sheltered valley with a permanent waterhole. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls. Travel off the beaten track later today to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. Here, nearly 5,000 years ago, a dozen fascinating craters were formed when a meteor struck the Earth’s surface with immense force. Explore the craters, the largest of which measures 15 metres in depth, before driving on to Alice Springs, where you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 4
West MacDonnell Ranges

The town of Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre, is located at a gap in the MacDonnell Ranges. After breakfast this morning, travel the short distance to the West MacDonnell Ranges, an ideal location to experience the geology, flora and fauna of this unique region. Visit Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). This formation was created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone walls of the Chasm contrasting dramatically with the carpet of lush green ferns and towering gum trees on the valley floor. Before you leave, there’ll be time to take a cooling swim in Ellery Creek Big Hole.

Returning to Alice Springs, you’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility has provided emergency medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia since 1928. Be my guest dining experienceAn exceptional Be My Guest dining experience in a natural bush setting awaits you this evening. Enjoy a drink, explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host cooks a delicious 3-course meal in a bush oven. Dine under the Milky Way as he shares his knowledge of traditional Indigenous bush foods and stories of the land.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Be My Guest dinner

Day 5
Farewell from Alice Springs

At School of the Air this morning learn how children living in an area extending over 1.3 million square kilometres receive education via radio and internet. You’ll also visit the Overland Telegraph Station. One of the great engineering feats of 19th-century Australia, it allowed communication between the Outback and the rest of the world. Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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5 Day Inspiring Journey

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

Highlights

Discover
  • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in the Red Centre
  • Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve
  • Wander into Simpsons Gap
Explore
  • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Fascinating Standley Chasm
Learn/Do
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru
  • Learn about Uluru’s sacred sightsAboriginal culture
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Relax
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
  • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
Taste
  • Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice SpringsBe my guest dining experience

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 Be my Guest dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Highlight Dinner

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 Ayers Rock Airport
Day 5   Flights to depart after 12.30pm from Alice Springs Airport

What to bring

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

Fitness Level

Moderate: You’ll travel in 4WD vehicles. 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 2018
Early Payment Discount – 10% saving

when you pay in full by 31 January 2018

Pay by 31 Jan 2018   10% saving
Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
 
Kings Club   5% saving
 
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
 
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.

 

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Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

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

    • 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