Outback Contrasts – A Journey to the Centre

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

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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)

(Alice Springs to Ayers Rock)

Explore the highlights and mind-blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre on our 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 inspiring. Get all of this and first class dining experiences along the way.

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

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.

This afternoon travel to Simpson Gap, where you’ll be joined by a Local Guide. They’ll show you some bush tucker and also provide an insight into how the locals have lived on the land for thousands of years.

Be my guest dining experienceTonight, an exceptional Be My Guest experience in a natural bush setting awaits you. Enjoy a drink, explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host, Bob, cooks a delicious three-course meal in a bush oven. He’ll share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush food while you dine under the Milky Way.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights

Included Meals: Be My Guest dinner

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 at 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. Later, there'll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole. 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

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Travelling off-road along Ernest Giles Road, you’ll visit the Henbury Meteorites 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 enjoy a relaxed walk along the creek bed of Kings Canyon.

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and highlight dinner

This morning 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’. Your next 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 family and the logistics of running a million-acre cattle property.

This afternoon we enter Uluu – Kata Tjuta National Park and make our way to the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Here 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, Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the 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. Aboriginal cultureTake a walk around the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, once 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 an end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for your 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

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

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
 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
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

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. 

Dining

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

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)

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.

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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

En route to Kings Canyon you’ll travel off-road along the 4WD Mereenie Loop Road, passing Tylers Lookout and Gosses Bluff. On arrival, gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on a 6km rim walk, past the domed ‘Lost City’ and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. 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. The flickering glow of the fire is the perfect accompaniment to sparkling wine and canapés followed by 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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