Uluru (Ayers Rock)
In the afternoon you'll be able to meet your fellow travelers and head to the entry of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Here, we’ll learn all about the Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, and legends of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for tens of thousands of years.
Traveling to the domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll join in a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds. This 3 hour expedition gives you a different angle on Kata Tjuta (weather permitting). The unusual formations of Kata Tjuta are an amazing sight and are of great cultural significance for the local Anangu people. View the beautiful sunset and choose from a range of restaurants in Yulara or experience Tali Wiru.
One Nights Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Experience ‘Tali Wiru’; the beautiful dune. Enjoy a dining experience like no other as you enjoy champagne and canapés while the sun sets. Relax with an intimate four-course dinner paired with Australian premium wines. Be captivated by the stories of the locals while listening to the sounds of a didgeridoo in the background.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to Kings Canyon
We rise very early this morning and head to the Cultural Centre for breakfast and an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Then we will take a drive around the ancient monolith of Ayers Rock, followed by a walk around the base of the landmark. Hear stories of the land and visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, where animals and the local Aboriginal people source their water. We end the morning with the Mala Walk.
Later today we head to Kings Canyon and take in views of the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner). We’ll make a stop at Kings Creek Station and learn about life on an outback station. Tonight we settle into our accommodation at Kings Canyon Resort and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience called ‘Under the Desert Moon’. Relax under the stars of the southern night sky and indulge in a 6 course meal with matched Australian wines. Reflect on the day's adventures with only the light of the moon and fire.
One Nights Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort
Kings Canyon to Glen Helen
Today we’re off on a 6km walk along the rim of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As we make our way around we'll take frequent stops and tour highlights including a break at Cotterill’s Lookout and the ‘Garden of Eden’. There is also the option of the Creek Walk which is more of a relaxed and easy option. From this stroll, we head off the beaten track, traveling along the Mereenie Loop. We'll make a stop at the Jump-up Lookout, before our picnic lunch at Gosse Bluff. Don't forget your camera! Pass by the Tnorala Conservation Reserve which holds great cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. Our accommodation tonight is at Glen Helen, on the edge of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges.
One Nights Accommodation: Glen Helen Resort
West MacDonnell Ranges
Within the West MacDonnell Ranges is the fascinating Ormiston Gorge - a great place to experience the geology and native flora and fauna of the Ranges. Today we will hike into areas that are only accessible by foot (3 hours). There’s time to explore the ancient Ochre Pits, which were used by Aboriginal tribes for medicinal and magical practices. Then it’s time for a refreshing swim at Ellery Creek or relax and enjoy lunch in the shade of the River Red and Ghost Gums. This afternoon we make our way to the dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gums on the valley floor. This afternoon we make our way to Alice Springs, stopping at Simpson’s Gap for a short walk before checking in to our overnight accommodation.
One Nights Accommodation: Chifley Alice Springs Resort
On your last day, learn about the interesting heritage of Alice Springs and hear about life in such an isolated town. Today you also have the option to take a tour of the town which visits the Overland Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and more (own expense). Alternatively, take a self-guided walk around the Alice Springs Desert Park and learn about the wildlife in the park. This afternoon your Red Center exploration comes to an end in Alice Springs.