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Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Accommodation: Permanent furnished tented camp with shared facilities (3 Nights)
Transport: Private Vehicle
Kings Canyon - Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Rim Walk
A breathtaking Uluru Sunset Viewing Experience
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Included
Valley of the Winds Walk in Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk with Local Anangu Guide in Uluru
Uluru Cultural Centre Visit
Incredible Sunrise Base Walk at Uluru
Dedicated local leader to guide you throughout the tour
What to Expect
You don’t get a name like the Red Centre by accident – from the shifting shades of Uluru at sunrise and sunset to the otherworldly rust-coloured formations of Kata Tjuta, the spectacular colour palette of Australia’s heart has to be seen to be believed.
On this epic 4 Day Tour, marvel at Uluru, Australia’s most sacred site, and learn about the importance of the area to Australia’s Anangu people.
The Valley of the Winds walk will reveal unrivalled views of Kata Tjuta, and a hike through the soaring cliffs and tranquil gardens of Kings Canyon will show off striking scenery at every step. In four days, uncover landscapes that will stick with you for a lifetime.
Where we visit
Day 1: Yulara / Kings Canyon
Welcome to Australia’s Red Centre! Your adventure kicks off in Yulara (or in Alice Springs if pre-booked ahead of time for an additional fee).
Set in the heart of the outback, this tiny town is your gateway to the wonders of Uluru and Kings Canyon. Although being deep in the outback, Yulara is surprisingly accessible, with flights arriving from major Australian cities, plus there's optional transfers from Alice Springs that coincide with the start of the trip in Yulara. Meet your fellow travellers and local leader for a 1:30pm meeting at the Desert Gardens Hotel in Yulara. Then, it’s time to head to Kings Canyon (approximately 4 hours). Settle into camp on arrival, then get to know your leader during a welcome meeting accompanied by an 'Acknowledgement of Country' honouring the Luritja people. Later enjoy an included dinner around the campfire under the starlit sky.
Please note: Today's first meeting will take place in the reception area at the Desert Gardens Hotel in Yulara at 1:30pm. It’s very important that you are on time today as tour leaders will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time, and then head out to Kings Canyon right away. Due to restrictions on driving in darkness, this tour is not able to delay its departure from Yulara past 2pm. This includes waiting for delayed flights. For this reason, we strongly recommend you arrive a day earlier.
Day 2: Kings Canyon / Uluru / Yulara
After breakfast on Day 2, the group will head out to soak in the remarkable scenery of Kings Canyon (Watarrka) during a walk around the rim (approximately 3-4 hours).
With soaring cliffs and ethereal rock formations, you’d be hard pressed to find a more magical place. Climb to the top of the canyon and take in unrivalled views before descending through the Lost City, a series of natural sandstone domes resembling ancient ruins, the remnants of eons of weathering.
Continue down to the Garden of Eden, named for its lush greenery that stands in contrast to the rest of the arid landscape.
After your walk, travel to the edge of Watarrka National Park to learn more about the First Nations culture of the region and meet with local guides who will provide insight into the food, art, medicine and languages of the Luritja peoples.
You'll then return to Yulara, before making your way to Australia’s most spiritually significant and iconic site - Uluru. From a prime viewing location, enjoy the view as the sun sets over the epic sandstone monolith – watching the incredible landscape shift in colour is a sight you won’t soon forget! This evening, tuck into an included barbecue dinner, and if weather permits you can then swap stories around a campfire under the stars.
Please note: Today's total driving time is approximately 4 hours. The Rim Walk at Kings Canyon takes approximately 3-4 hours. Sturdy shoes are required. If you would like to opt out the leader can suggest an alternative and easier walk for you.
Day 3: Kata Tjuta / Uluru / Yulara
This morning, head out to Kata Tjuta (also known as 'The Olgas'), a towering collection of 36 domed rock formations – these rust-coloured beauties are truly one of Australia’s most impressive sights!
The best way to explore the otherworldly landscape is on foot, so set off on the Valley of the Winds walk, stopping off at several awe-inspiring lookout points along the way. The walk can be a bit steep with loose rocks on the paths in places so sturdy footwear is a must!
Then, return to Uluru and join an Anangu guide for a walk to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of rock. Your guide will explain what makes this waterhole sacred while sharing stories of the incredible landscape and its connection to the Anangu people.
Afterwards, stop by the cultural centre to learn about the spiritual and cultural importance of Uluru and its surrounds. This evening you’ll have the option to visit the Field of Light, an enormous art installation that illuminates the landscape with 50,000 stems of light!
Please note: Today's total driving time is approximately 2 hours. The Valley of the Winds Walk at Kata Tjuta takes approximately 3 hours. Please note that tickets to the Field of Light art installation must be booked ahead of time to ensure availability. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking this experience prior to travel, as it can sell out well in advance
Day 4: Uluru / Yulara
Start your final day early in one of the best ways imaginable – watching a spectacular sunrise over Uluru! Set off on the 10km walk around the base of Uluru with your local leader as the sun climbs over the landscape. Return to camp for breakfast, after which your adventure comes to an end.
Please note: The 10km walk around the base of Uluru takes approximately 3 hours to complete. We recommend you book your departure flight for after 12:30pm today so you can fully participate in this morning's activity. If you’d like to arrange a transfer to Alice Springs (approximately 5 hours) on the last day of the trip please get in touch ahead of time as we can book this for you (at an additional cost).
Frequently Asked Questions
Your accommodation on this trip is in permanent tented camps. However this isn't a basic camping experience, as you'll be treated to creature comforts, with proper beds with bedding and linen, electricity, and cooling fans inside your tent. Please note that facilities are shared, including toilets and shower blocks, which are a short walk from the campsite.
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability.
Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.
Daytime temperatures across Australia can be extreme from October to March with temperatures over 40C/104F. Even for travellers familiar with these temperatures, it’s easy to become dehydrated. The key point to remember is not to wait until you’re thirsty, but to drink water regularly. Adding an electrolyte solution can aid in replenishing the salts/electrolytes lost when travelling at this time of year.
Desert Gardens Hotel
1 Yulara Drive
Joining point instructions
This trip's default start location is at the Desert Gardens Hotel in Yulara, where you will meet your group and your leader. If you are flying into Ayers Rock Airport you can take advantage of the free shuttle bus service to Yulara Resort. This service does not need to be pre-booked. Store your luggage and return in time for the group meeting.
If you are flying into Alice Springs you can opt to start your trip there instead with a pick-up in Alice Springs in the morning of day 1 of the trip. This is available as an optional service at an additional cost. Your departure from Alice Springs will be at 6:30am at Stay at Alice Springs Hotel (formerly Aurora Alice Springs).
All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/
All meals are included on this trip and are prepared by your leader onsite. Breakfast is continental and will be taken in camp before setting off for the day. Lunches are picnic style and will be taken in a scenic location enroute. Dinners are a simple affair around the camp fire in the evenings. If you have any dietary requirements please advise your booking agents at the time you make your booking. Please also advise your leader at the time of the group meeting.
Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.
Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. You can also bring a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, sunscreen, etc when you’re exploring during the day.
Below are some essential and recommended items for this trip.
- Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
- Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and will act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting.
- Sun protection. Wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.
- A spare pair of shoes that can get wet, along with two towels.
- A pair of slip on shoes/sandals that you can carry in your day pack for riding the bus and casual wear.
- A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night.
- Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season you may wish to pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
- Ear plugs.
- Binoculars for spotting wildlife.
Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
Most trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. There are some days where there is no power at the campsites at all so carry an extra battery for your phone/camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity for guests to recharge personal items.
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
In remote areas of Australia travelling even a small distance from populated areas will see phone coverage drop off dramatically. The extent of coverage will depend on your phone provider. If you are spending longer in Australia it might be a good idea to purchase a local SIM card. Telstra and Optus deliver better coverage in rural and regional areas, while Vodafone can be very patchy. Wifi is common at accommodations in urban areas of Australia, but many of the more remote properties may not offer this service, and some properties may charge a fee for usage.
Due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.
Due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable from time to time. Some cultural experiences may be seasonal and only available at certain times of year. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable, activities will be replaced with a suitable alternative. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
Please visit the Intrepid Booking Conditions page for more information.
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