Short Breaks

Outback Discovery

5 days | Alice Springs Return

Travel Period

Visit the sights of Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Marvel at the panoramic views of MacDonnell Ranges, Kata Tjuta, Uluru, Watarrka National Park. At AAT Kings’ exclusive barbecue site, enjoy Australian meats and salads, accompanied by wine, beer or orange juice.

*Child age 9-15 years. A minimum age of 9 is required.


Departs

Apr-Nov & Mar: Daily
Dec-Feb: Mon, Thu, Sat 
1:50pm from Alice Springs


Returns

Apr-Sep: 7.30pm
Oct-Mar: 7.00pm
at Alice Springs

Prices From Code: A5L

$2075

Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only.

$1455

Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement

$3000

Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).
Prices above are in USD, for selected departures, Superior Accommodation
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Itinerary

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Today tour the sights of 'The Alice'. Visit School of the Air and learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio. You may be lucky enough to observe lessons in progress. You’ll also visit the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Afterwards visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote 'outback' and Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can get up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes that are native to Central Australia's semi-arid desert, such as the Perentie Lizard and the Thorny Devil. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

  Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters or Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury vehicle. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver Guide will provide informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie, the Thorny Devil and the Red Kangaroo. Stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break and comfort stop then see Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance as you travel through Curtin Springs Station before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort, rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive to Kata Tjuta for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia. Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset and relax with canapés and Australian wines. Return to your hotel approximately 1 hour after sunset.

  Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Desert Gardens Hotel or Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, the Uluru Sunrise Viewing Area. Watch the first rays of sun light up the desert while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. After sunrise travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way, enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta at a dune viewing platform before arriving at Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The 1.3km walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Return to Ayers Rock Resort in time for lunch (own expense) and relax for a few hours before exploring Uluru this afternoon.

After being collected from your hotel, get ready to discover Uluru. Visit the Cultural Centre where you’ll have time to explore the galleries and you may be lucky enough to see local Aboriginal Artists at work. Travel to the base of Uluru where you’ll be amazed as your local guide shares the Aboriginal Tjukurpa (creation) stories that breathe life into this giant formation. Feel the spirit of the land as your guide takes you on a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, interpreting the meaning of the ancient Rock Art and sacred sites you’ll see along the way.

With plenty of time, travel to the Uluru Sunset Viewing Area where you can relax with a sparkling wine or two while you enjoy a famous Uluru sunset. Witness the incredible changing colours as the sun sets below the horizon.

After sunset, an AAT Kings Guide will transfer you to the AAT Kings’ exclusive barbecue site. The site is within the Uluru National Park set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough from the resort lights to provide you a clear view of the stars in the southern sky (weather permitting). Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served. Your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort. Special dietary requests must be advised before 2pm on the day of joining the tour.

  Included Meals: Dinner

The morning is at your leisure to relax. You may like to organise to have breakfast at your hotel, spend a few hours by the pool or even take a helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta for a different perspective.

In the early afternoon depart Ayers Rock Resort and travel through the spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon. Pass through Curtin Springs Station and view Atila (Mt. Conner). Along the way your Driver Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations on the way to Kings Canyon Resort. Keep a look out for wild horses and camel along the way. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort where you may have time to view the stunning sunset behind Carmichaels Crag to finish off the day.

  Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms or Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park at sunrise. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor.

Following the hike, travel by luxury vehicle through beautiful desert landscapes. Stop at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle and camel station for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the opportunity to try their famous camel burger! Stop at Erldunda, a roadhouse located at the junction of the Stuart Highway and Lasseter Highway, where you can purchase afternoon tea. Travel along the Stuart Highway before arriving in Alice Springs.

As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.


Accommodation

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Day 1 - Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs

Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff.

Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs
Day 2 - Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

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.

Sails in the Desert Hotel
Day 4 - Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

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.

Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms
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. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Australian Outback BBQ Dinner
  • • Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Ticket
  • • Entry to the School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Telegraph Station & The Alice Springs Reptile Centre (Day 1)
  • • Local Kings Canyon guide (Day 5)
  • • Experienced Driver Guide
  • • Comprehensive commentary
  • • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to Bring

  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Flynet in summer months (optional)
  • • Sturdy walking shoes (Shoes with heels, sandals, flip-flops or open toe shoes are not permitted)
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle to hold 3 litres for the Rim Walk or 1.5 litres for the Creek Bed Walk

Fitness Requirements

  • • Mai Uluru La Ila - Uluru BBQ Dinner is restricted to children over 9 years old
  • • Short guided walk at Uluru - Mutitjulu Waterhole - Low level of fitness required
    Approximately 1 hour gentle walk
  • • Kings Canyon Creek Bed Walk (alternative option) - Low level of fitness required
    You may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide
  • • Kings Canyon Rim Walk - High level of fitness required
    This 6km hike will not be suitable for all guests. The first 30-minute incline is considered “Difficult”. The Tour Director will offer guest an easier alternative along the creek walk for those that are unable.
  • • Walpa Gorge Walk - Moderate level of fitness required
    Uneven surfaces to complete Walpa Gorge walk. Guests can return to the coach at any time if needed.

Flight Information

  • • Day Prior: Flights to arrive into Alice Springs prior to 12.00pm
  • • Day 5: We would recommend a post night accommodation in Alice Springs

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