Short Breaks

Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery

3 days | Alice Springs Return

Travel Period

Visit Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Short-guided walk at Uluru. Visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. See Aboriginal Rock Art. Experience Uluru Sunset & Sunrise. Walk through Walpa Gorge (Kata Tjuta). Hike at Kings Canyon.


Departs

Daily 7.00am (Apr-Mar) from Alice Springs


Returns

7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep) to Alice Springs

Prices From Code: A3A

$1345

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

$925

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

$1910

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
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Itinerary

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As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

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

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 (own expense).

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 - 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 1 - 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.

Outback Pioneer Hotel
Day 1 - 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 2 - 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 2 - 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

  • • Accommodation
  • • Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park Ticket
  • • Experienced Driver Guide
  • • Comprehensive commentary
  • • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Short guided walk at Uluru - Mutitjulu Waterhole - Low level of fitness required
    Approximately 1 hour gentle walk
  • • Kuniya Walk - A low level of fitness is required to complete the walk
  • • 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.
  • • 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.

Flight Information

  • • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Alice Springs Airport
  • • Day 3: We recommend guests to fly out the day after the tour finishes in Alice Springs

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