Uluru & Kata Tjuta
2 days | Alice Springs Return
Discover the heart of the Red Centre on a return trip from Alice Springs. Explore the natural wonders of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and be amazed by the stunning Uluru sunrise and sunset.
May-Aug 2023: Daily
(subject to availability)
Departs 7.00am from Alice Springs
Day 2, 7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep) at Alice Springs
Prices From Code: A2L
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: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Desert Gardens Hotel or Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
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) before travelling back to Alice Springs.
Depart Ayers Rock Resort in the early afternoon and once again pass through Curtin Springs Station and see Atila (Mt. Conner). Stop at Erldunda, located at the junction of the Stuart Highway and Lasseter Highway, where you can purchase afternoon tea. Travel along the Stuart Highway before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs.
As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodation 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.
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.
Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
The Outback Pioneer Hotel provides comfortable, clean accommodation for the traveller who is simply looking for somewhere to rest between their outback adventures.
Standard Rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature one queen and one single bed. All rooms have private en suite, television and movies on demand.
Note: Outback Pioneer Hotel is closed due to operational reasons from 01 November 2022 to 31 March 2023
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.
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.
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.
- • Accommodation
- • Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park Ticket
- • Experienced Driver Guide
- • Comprehensive commentary
- • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to Bring
- • Water bottle to hold 1.5 litres
- • Consider packing a light breakfast or bring snacks
- • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- • 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)
- • Cash if purchasing Aboriginal artwork
- • - Grade 3, moderate
• Short guided walk at Uluru - Mutitjulu Waterhole - Low level of fitness required
Approximately 1 hour gentle walk
• Walpa Gorge Walk - Grade 3, moderate
Uneven surfaces to complete Walpa Gorge walk. Guests can return to the coach at any time if needed. Moderate level of fitness required to complete the Walpa Gorge Walk
- • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime in Alice Springs
- • Day 2: Flights to depart Alice Springs the day after
- • Airport transfers in Alice Springs are an additional cost.