Short Breaks

Red Centre Experience

4 days | Alice Springs Return

Tour the sights of 'The Alice'. Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Experience Uluru Sunset & Sunrise. Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole at Uluru, Walpa Gorge Walk at Kata Tjuta, and Rim Walk at Kings Canyon.


Departs

Sep-Nov2022: Tue/Wed/Fri
Dec2022-Feb 2023: Fri
Mar2023: Tue/Wed/Fri
(subject to availability)

Departs 1:50pm from Alice Springs


Returns

Evening of Day 4
Apr-Sep: 7.30pm
Oct-Mar: 7.00pm
to Alice Springs

Prices From Code: A4L

$1475

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

$995

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

$2050

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, Standard Accommodation

$1549

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

$1065

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

$2199

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: 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 enter Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park for an afternoon of discovery. 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. You’ll arrive back at Ayers Rock Resort 30 minutes after sunset.

  Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel or Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort.

The Red Centre is all about spectacular sunrises and sunsets. This morning you’ll experience sunrise from Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, a purpose-built viewing area, with tiered platforms so you’re able to get the perfect view as the sun peaks over the horizon.

Kata Tjuta is very different to Uluru. It’s made up of a series of giant textured domes that rise out of the desert like 36 heads. After sunrise you’ll take a self-guided walk through Walpa Gorge, a 1.3km track that follows the natural creek bed between two of Kata Tjuta’s largest domes. After the hike, sit back and enjoy your ride back to Ayers Rock Resort where you’ll arrive in time for lunch.

Travel through 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 - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

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.

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Day 2 - Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort.

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.

Desert Gardens Hotel
Day 3 - Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms

The comfortable Standard Rooms offer spacious Kings Canyon accommodation with a separate en suite bathroom with shower/bath. Rooms feature either two double beds or one queen bed. Interconnecting rooms are also available.

Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms
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.

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 3 - 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

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

What to Bring

  • • 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
  • • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • • 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 4: We would recommend a post night accommodation in Alice Springs

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