Not sure whether to book a Top End tour or a Red Centre tour? Well, enjoy both iconic Australian travel experiences on this 7 day Red Centre and Top End tour. A combination of Wayoutback’s 3 day 4WD drive Red Centre Safari tour and the 3 day Alice Springs to Darwin Cicada Dreaming Safari, this tour includes an additional 2 nights in between to see Alice Springs. Experience the colours and magic of the Australian desert by driving on dirt roads, staying in private campsites, eating quality food cooked over a campfire and sleeping under the clearest southern stars you can imagine before departing North, destination Darwin. This tour includes all the Outback travel icons – see Uluru, visit Kings Canyon, tour Katherine Gorge, and marvel at the Devil’s Marbles. You’ll also stop at camel farms, roadhouses, and cattle stations to get a flavour for Outback life. This classic tour showcases Central Australia and the Top End in all its glory – an authentic Outback travel experience to cherish.
Tour Price Includes:
Professional tour guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for 3 days & minibus for 3 days, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, pillow, sleeping bag hire, reference books, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
What you need to bring:
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- Safari is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
- This 7 day package is a combination of two safari products and the guide and passengers may differ on each safari. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation between each of the safaris.
- ^Single passengers will be provided with a single hotel room in Alice Springs however will be required to share a tent with another same sex passenger whilst on safari.
- We recommend guests arrive on the Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights into Ayers Rock. Although we collect guests arriving on the later Qantas service please note guests will not receive a full experience at Uluru should they choose this service.
- Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense.
- Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) during business hours at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg).
In order to maximise your touring experience of Uluru, we recommend that you arrive into Ayers Rock Airport or before 1:05pm. The first pick up from Ayers Rock airport is 1:30pm. It is however possible to start this tour with a pick-up from Ayers Rock Airport on later flights (up to and including the Qantas SYD-AYQ service, which arrives at 2.50pm), Passengers being collected from Ayers Rock Airport at 3.10 pm (2.50 pm flight) will miss the Cultural Centre and due to time restrictions will take a shorter Uluru walk. They will still be able to do a base walk, just not the entire base of Uluru. Passengers being collected from the Ayers Rock Airport earlier than the above will not miss any of the sights except they will not be provided with lunch and will had to have eaten prior to pick up.
Day 1 (Lunch / Dinner)
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early at approximately 6.00am, our Outback tour begins by hitting the road for an adventure of a lifetime. For those commencing the tour at Uluru we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport.
We start by travelling south to Erldunda, then through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for refreshments and a camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal art. On the way to Uluru we stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation we’ll see on this Outback tour.
After a stop for lunch and we travel to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where we head to the cultural centre to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa) before a short, guided walk at the base of Uluru. Those choosing to climb will have the opportunity to do so, weather permitting. Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it.
Of course no Uluru tour would be complete without experiencing the famous changing colours of an Uluru sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
From a lookout close to our campsite, see an Uluru sunrise before travelling to Kata Tjuta for a leisurely 7km walk through the "Valley of the Winds". After a stop at the resort for fuel and refreshments, travel to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights' private bush camp, complete with bush toilet and shower. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges offering a truly memorable Outback travel experience. Dinner around the campfire is a great way to get to know the tour group and spot some more stars in the bright night sky.
Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch)
A leisurely start to the day before we travel to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka. We'll visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’.
Later we travel back to Alice Springs, driving on a typical outback dirt road. Two nights’ accommodation in Alice Springs is included (hotel room with ensuite). Dinner is at own expense tonight.
Today is a free day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense, however accommodation in Alice Springs is included (hotel room with ensuite). Choose to see Alice Springs in your own way – peruse Aboriginal art at a local gallery, pop into one of Alice’s museums or rest up in preparation for the rest of the tour.
Day 5 (Lunch / Dinner)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am when our tour through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Finish the day by travelling north of Tennant Creek to historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
Day 6 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees before travelling to Katherine and our overnight camp.
Day 7 (Breakfast / Lunch)
Your tour guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin where its friendly locals, vibrant nightlife and restaurants for all tastes await! This is the final night of the tour, so after a week of Outback travel why not head out and relax in Darwin?