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4 Day Red Centre to West MacDonnell Tour from Alice Springs

On this bucket-list trip you'll get a taste of the Red Centre, featuring Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, & the West MacDonnell Ranges Tjoritja

Alice Springs, Australia
DurationDuration4 Days 3 Nights
Max Group SizeMax Group Size21
Minimum AgeMinimum Age8+
Fitness LevelFitness LevelModerate to Advanced
MealsMealsIncludedi
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationAlice Springsi

What's Included

  • Get up to $115 cash back per person when you book with us

  • A 4-day Red Centre Safari Tour from Alice Springs, with Outback bush camping

  • All accommodation: Tent (3 Nights) or Swag (3 Nights)

  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta cultural centre to learn about the site's significance

  • Join a number of guided bushwalks around Uluru, seeing sacred Indigenous sites
  • Marvel at a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  • Hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge 

  • Experience a glorious outback sunset at Uluru & Kings Canyon

  • Explore the mighty Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) 

  • Visit West MacDonnell Ranges Tjoritj, near Alice Springs

  • Discover Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, & Ellery Creek Big Hole 

  • All National Park pass entry fees

  • Services of an outback driver-guide, & transport onboard an air-conditioned mini-coach 

What to Expect

This small group adventure encompasses the very best the Red Centre has to offer. Take four days to explore four iconic locationsUluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjut, and West MacDonnell Ranges Tjoritja – all wrapped up in one convenient tour. 

 

There is an excellent reason why Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park was first added to the list in 1987 when the international community recognised its spectacular geological formations, rare plants and animals, and outstanding natural beauty.

 

Your expert local guide will uncover some of the incredible secrets the Red Centre offers with guided commentary, stories and hidden gems that really bring this place to life. 

 

You'll also have the choice of a couple of different sleeping options. For the more adventurous traveller, there is the traditional grassroots basic "swag" experience – sleeping under the stars in a canvas-covered bedroll. However, if you're after a more comfortable, private camping experience, you can book permanent safari tents with mattresses.

 

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru 

 

Departing from Alice Springs, head towards Uluru, stopping off at Mt Connor lookout for a view of this mighty red mountain. After a quick bathroom break at Curtin Springs, you'll arrive at the campground for lunch.

 

After lunch, head to the Red Centre's indigenous interpretive cultural centre. You'll learn about this extraordinary national park's cultural, ecological, historical, and geological significance.

 

Then, with the anticipation and excitement growing, make a short drive towards the base of Uluru as you begin to comprehend the sheer size and magnificence of the giant monolith, getting up close and personal to explore further. Walking to Mutitjulu waterhole, you'll discover sacred rock art sites in family caves and hear the creation stories of Kuniya and Liru as you continue the base walk towards Kuniya Piti.

 

From here, drive around sacred sites towards Kantju Gorge, where you'll see the highest waterfall in Central Australia, an elder's cave and the world's oldest pantry. After exploring the world's most impressive rock up close and personal, you'll retreat for panoramic views to witness one of the most incredible sunsets on the planet, all while having dinner cooked for you. 

 

Transport: Private vehicle with approx 5 hrs driving time. Hiking of 2-3 km, taking 2-3 hrs.
Accommodation: Swag or safari tent

 

Day 2: Uluru to Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon

 

Wake early for a light breakfast and head off for a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You thought Uluru was special, but just when you think it couldn't get any more majestic, you'll approach the stunning silhouette of Kata Tjuta. Here you'll set off on a hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge, marvelling at the mighty conglomerate rock formations.

 

After exploring Kata Tjuta, make your way towards Kings Canyon region just in time to experience a glorious outback sunset followed by a hearty meal around the campfire. 

 

Transport: Private vehicle with approx 4 hrs 30 min driving time. Hiking of 2-6 km, taking 2-4 hrs.
Accommodation: Swag or safari tent

 

Day 3: Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell Ranges

 

Head off early to explore the mighty Kings Canyon (Watarrka), venturing into the ancient landscape and sacred grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Arriving at the jewel in the crown at the centre of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), find yourself surrounded by towering 100-metre cliff faces, views of sandstone chasms and jaw-dropping backdrops that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

 

Grab your water, hat and sturdy shoes and set off on foot to explore (the most seasonally applicable part of) the canyon in more detail.

 

Rest up in the bus as you head back up north, passing through Alice Springs and heading out towards the West MacDonnell Ranges for an evening of stargazing at the bush camp. 

 

Transport: Private vehicle with approx 4 hrs driving time. Hiking of 2-4 km, taking 2-4 hrs.
Accommodation: Swag or safari tent

 

Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs 

 

Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning "Gap of Water", Standley Chasm is a 3-metre-wide, 80-metre-high gorge amongst the West MacDonnell Ranges. At dawn, you might be lucky to spot the native wildlife as you enjoy breakfast and look forward to the day ahead.

 

Tracking west, you are welcome to enjoy a dip in Ellery Creek Bighole, known traditionally as Udepata. It's surrounded by tall red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek.

 

Continue onwards to where massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge. Spend time here admiring nature at its finest before you begin the leisurely journey back towards Alice Springs, with a final stop at another amazing feature of the Tjoritja West MacDonnell region  Simpsons Gap, where several dreaming trails and stories cross. Featuring a permanent waterhole, this is also a great place to spot resident wildlife.

 

Now that you've had your fix of the best of central Australia's natural icons, your guide/driver will deliver you back to Alice Springs to your chosen accommodation and evening plans as you reminisce about your four days of exploration and new friends made.

 

Transport: Private vehicle with approx 3 hrs driving time. 

 

Departure info

Tour departs from Aurora Alice Springs Hotel, 11 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs, at 7:00 am.

Frequently Asked Questions

2-3L Refillable water bottle, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, beach towel & toiletries, bathers or swimwear, comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (closed shoes), all-weather clothing (extreme conditions day/night), camera, flashlight, headlamp or torch, tropical strength insect repellent, mosquito or fly net (summer months), 15kg overnight bag & small day pack, bring your own sleeping bag & pillow (optional - if staying in a swag), recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras) and money for snack and meals.

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The weather in the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season, and the temperature drops dramatically in the evening. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are travelling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the provider.

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A minimum moderate to advanced level of fitness is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be between 2km to 4km each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. An approximate 9.5km walk is included in this tour. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests. Therefore a medium/high fitness level is required, and a doctor’s certificate is required for people over 70 years (30-days before travel). 

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Basic Single Swag – This Basic Single Swag fare price is (Per Person) for Adults or Children. For guests who wish to sleep under the stars on the ground in a self-contained canvas-covered bush bed roll with a camp mattress. 

Safari Tent Twin Share – This Safari Pop-up Tent fare price is (Per Person) for Adults or Children. For guests wishing to sleep in the outback but remain protected from the elements, The Operator provides portable dome tents with inflatable mattresses, bed linen, and lanterns.

 

Sleeping bags can be hired from The Operator for $40 AUD, this includes cleaning costs. You are more than welcome to bring your own.

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Children aged between 8 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times and must stay in private twin rooms. The tour is not suitable for infants or children seven years and under.

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With limited storage space on the vehicle, baggage is kept to 1 x 15kg travel bag and 1 x 5kg day bag. This tour is unsuitable for mobility-impaired travellers, wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.

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The Operator will try to cater for most dietary needs and/or food allergies – passengers MUST notify the tour operator of any special dietary requirements or medical conditions at the time of booking.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:
  • The minimum age is 8 years, & all travellers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian

  • A minimum moderate to advanced level of fitness is required to complete the walks

  • Maximum baggage allowance per person is 15kg, preferably a soft travelling pack

  • Guests are asked to participate in the preparation of meals, clean up, and vehicle unpacking/loading, so everyone can relax together after a long day of touring

  • Passengers MUST notify the tour operator of any special dietary requirements or medical conditions at the time of booking

  • This itinerary may vary to adapt to seasonal changes & occasionally, spots in the parks close or do not allow swimming. As safety is The Operator's top priority, they plan accordingly to ensure guests have the most fun and best experience possible while on tour

Cancellation Policy:
  • Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 30-days prior to departure; or

  • 14 to 30-days prior to departure:

    • The Operator will hold 100% of monies paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3 years from the date of purchase

    • any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by The Operator within Australia; or

  • 31-days or more prior to departure,

    • The Operator will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking, less any unrecoverable costs; or

  • Failure to board on tour or cancelled within 14-days will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or

  • Cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms” supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of the monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.

  • Any credit travel voucher resulting from cancellation under (Cancellation by the Traveller) has an expiry date of 3 years and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is transferable but not redeemable for cash

Pickup Locations

  • Alice Motor Inn - 25-27 Undoolya Rd East Alice Springs
  • Alice on Todd Apartments - 1 Strehlow St The Gap
  • Alice Springs YHA - Cnr Parsons St Leichhardt Terrace
  • Aurora Alice Springs Hotel - 11 Leichhardt Terrace
  • Best Western Elkira Court Motel - 65 Bath St Alice Springs
  • Crowne Plaza Lasseters - 93 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • Desert Palms Alice Springs - 74 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs -82 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • Gday Mate Tourist Park - 23 Palm Circuit Ross Alice Springs
  • Haven Backpacker Resort - 3 Larapinta Dr Alice Springs
  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort -34 Stott Terrace Alice Springs
  • Quest Alice Springs - 10 South Terrace Alice Springs
  • Swagmans Rest Apartments The - 67 Gap Rd Alice Springs
  • To Be Advised - Please call 48hrs prior to reconfirm

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