Uluru (Ayers Rock), The Olgas (Kata-Tjuta), Kings Canyon (Watarrka), Palm Valley, gaps, gorges and chasms of the Macdonnell Ranges. History, art, culture and desert surrounds of Central Australia’s frontier town, Alice Springs or “The Alice” – your complete Central Australia holiday. 11 days, departs Alice Springs or Yulara
Single Supplement AUD$ TBA. Special Discounts apply to this tour. See Clause 4 of the Terms and Conditions. Early Bird price reverts to the Regular Price 6 months prior to each tour departure date. Minimum number of guests for this tour is 7.
2018 prices available and bookings received from mid 2017. Meanwhile register your interest for pre-release advice.
Take the time to explore an evocative and sublimely beautiful landscape with a geological history dating back a billion years.
300 to 400 million years ago
These most ancient of lands, are of World Heritage and cultural significance
Witness the Rugged Red Heart of creation,
Take a walk around the base of Uluru, in the valleys of Kata Tjuta, through Ormiston Gorge, Rainbow Valley at sunset, along the rim of Kings Canyon (Watarrka), the ancient Finke River in Palm Valley, gaps and chasms of the Macdonnell Ranges, and the informative Desert Park
Gain a finer appreciation of the First Australians
The tour includes quality accommodation and meals provided in remote locations, special entries, side tours and services.
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Pre departure administration, meet ‘n greet function and tour briefing the afternoon before the tour in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara as direction of tour and guest arrivals determine.
Commence your tour with visits to the smaller gaps/gorges and features of the East MacDonnell Ranges, including a short circuit walk in beautiful Trephina Gorge with its rich rust red walls, clean sandy river bed and magnificent River Red Gums. Then return to Alice Springs to visit a selection of local features including the historic Overland Telegraph Station, museum or Aboriginal art gallery, before a late afternoon drive to Rainbow Valley to absorb this magnificent icon in its full sunset glory.
Accommodation : Alice Springs Resort 1 night
You spend a few hours at the world class Desert Park for a comprehensive introduction to the evolution of Central Australia, the landform, plants and wildlife and the indigenous people’s occupation. Perhaps some inspirational time with an Aboriginal Ranger as he takes you back into an ancient but accomplished way of life, surviving in the desert. You then enjoy short leisurely walks to the iconic Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap before heading to the Glen Helen Gorge and resort.
Accommodation: Glen Helen Homestead Lodge 3 nights
An outstanding walk awaits you into the Ormiston Pound and down the Gorge surrounded by countless millions of years of geological upheaval, brilliant colours, delightful beaches and waterholes. Later a visit to Serpentine Gorge and the Aboriginal Ochre Pits from which centuries of overland trade by the Aborigines originated.
Enjoy a comfortable day walk over a select section of the celebrated 223kms Larapinta Trail snaking its way through the ancient and contorted landscape of the West MacDonnell National Park. You might like to complete the day relaxing in the soothing beauty of Ellery Creek Big Hole.
Today you’ll depart early along 4WD back roads to Gosse Bluff reflecting on the event which rocked the world, causing global climate change, 140 million years ago. The journey takes you through Tyler Pass with its rolling hills of spinifex and a diversion to Hermannsburg, the historic site of a remote indigenous mission and community before travelling through Aboriginal lands to the Kings Canyon Resort. Time and road conditions permitting, a drive down the most ancient of river beds to the botanical paradise of Palm Valley might be possible.
Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort 2 nights
Today you can complete a walk around the rim of the spectacular Kings Canyon (Watarrka) with its unusual geological formations and precipitous cliffs inflamed by the morning sun. Further walking deep inside the Canyon and to other remote features of the range country is possible.
A relaxed travel day takes you from Kings Canyon resort to two remote stations, one boasting a million acres and a legendary bushman ready to acquaint us of the realities of running a cattle property in this arid desert environment. Then it is on to Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara.
Accommodation: Ayers Rock Resort 4 nights
An easy but extended base walk around Uluru followed by time at the Cultural Centre for insightful interpretations of local connection to country, its Peoples, and their lore. Later a visit to nearby displays of desert creatures and a stroll in native gardens of the resort make for a relaxed and informative day.
Today is dedicated to a sunrise and sunset viewing of Uluru together with walks in nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) followed by a revisit to the Cultural Centre and perhaps an opportunity to join indigenous artists at their work or a tour. Late in the day we prepare for an life enriching celebratory dinner \”Sounds of Silence\”, under the stars.
Today you’ll travel south with a partnering operator on desert back tracks to the South Australian border for exclusive entry into the Anangu Pitjantjatjara homelands. Meet your indigenous hosts, the traditional custodians of the land and listen to their dreamtime stories passed down by descendants of the ancient peoples. You’ll visit Cave Hill, a magnificent rock art site filled with the finest of ancient cave paintings.
This morning you complete the holiday over a hearty breakfast before heading to the airport and departing on mid-day flights
Reverse itinerary may apply – Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara to Alice Springs.
Note access to Aboriginal lands and cultural features are subject to indigenous community acceptance at all times. The itinerary may be subject to change given events beyond our control, which may occur with limited notice at any time.
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