Day 1 - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Cultural Centre and Uluru sunset
For those electing to start in Alice Springs, you will be collected from your accommodation (or nearest pick up point) for the drive to one of Australia’s most famous icons – Uluru.
Guests starting at Ayers Rock Resort will join the group and we all then travel the short distance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The afternoon is dedicated to exploring this extraordinary monolith starting with an interpretive walk led by your guide, who will explain the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). You will also learn about the art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people, and visit the acclaimed Cultural Centre where you can explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna unique to this area.
Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset complete with sparkling wine and nibbles and plenty of photo opportunities. This is a great time to kick back and contemplate the vastness of the desert while getting to know your fellow travellers.
Afterwards settle in at our private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY oNE Dinner
Day 2 - Uluru and Kata Tjuta Sunrise, Kata Tjuta walks, Kings Creek Station camp
Rising early, take a short walk to a lookout close to our campsite to view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta without the hustle and bustle of the public viewing areas before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the spectacular "Valley of the Winds".
Afterwards, we're off to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights' remote private camp, complete with flushing bush toilets and hot showers. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and gives you a real feel for the outback. Dinner around the campfire makes for a very social time with another night out under the stars. Tonight, listen for the sound of dingoes howling in the distance while watching the desert sky light up above you.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY TWO Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, Kings Creek Station remote private camp
Today we head off to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka. We will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. Afterward we travel a short distance to enjoy a well-earned lunch followed by a short 30 minute drive to a unique and inspiring Aboriginal cultural experience.
After nearly 5 years of operation Karkke has fast become a must do cultural immersion including a "welcome to country", bush tucker, bush stories and a greater overall appreciation and understanding of the world’s longest surviving culture.
Later we return for our second nights camp at Kings Creek Cattle Station, once again an open fire to keep us warm, all the while the stars glistening above keeping us company and curious, the sheer magnitude of the Central Australian night sky has to be seen and contemplated.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY THREE Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - West MacDonnell Ranges, including Mt Sonder Lookout, Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole
An early start today in preparation for a scenic four wheel drive along the famous Mereenie Loop road, firstly to see views of Tnorala (Gosses Bluff Crater) a sacred site which scientists believe to be the remnants of a Comet from space, that crashed to earth around 142.5 million years ago. Following this, it’s time for a short scenic drive to Tylers Pass, which reveals majestic 360 degree views of this stunning landscape.
Traveling the Mereenie loop road presents a great opportunity to spot native wildlife amongst this vast and amazing scenery. We will visit the Mt Sonder viewing area situated on the Finke River before a convenience stop at Glen Helen, maybe you need a coffee, certainly a well-earned break after several hours driving.
Ormiston Gorge awaits shortly after, the legs will be stretched as the scenery satisfies, the Gorge is spectacular and the Ghost Gum walk will elevate you enabling majestic views and an appreciation of a unique Central Australian treasure. After lunch the West MacDonnell Ranges continues to amaze, followed by Ellery Creek Big Hole, referred to as "the beach" by Alice Springs locals where you can take a swim. It’s cold, but it’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity!
We now head on for a night’s bush camp, its remote, its beautiful and it’s the Outback in its most simplistic form. Sleeping under the stars, snug and safe in your swag (bush bed) are moments remembered for a lifetime.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY FOUR Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Camel Farm and final overnight camp at Yulara
After being woken by the birds, enjoying a hot brew and breaking camp, we now lock in the hubs and 4WD along the Owen Springs Reserve. Once owned by Sydney Kidman the reserve offers a variety of landscapes and history all off the beaten track and all once again, unique to this part of the world.
The Camel farm awaits and so too the days first facilities. Maybe a camel ride is something you have thought about? Now's your chance, John and his team are more than happy to have you along for a Camel ride on these once vital “Ships of the Desert”. Don’t forget to purchase an ANZAC biscuit, none better than right here!
We now head to Uluru for our final night in the outback. Viewing Atila along the way and stopping at Curtin Springs cattle station for a comfort stop, you’ll arrive at dusk to our comfortable camp for a nice hot shower. Due to the short winters days’, viewing sunset on Uluru may not be achievable this evening. Settle in for our last dinner together around the campfire and marvel again at some of the clearest skies you can imagine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY FIVE Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Sunrise view of Uluru, depart Ayers Rock Resort or continue to Alice Springs
Enjoy your final breakfast in the Outback and witness sunrise over Uluru before a quick trip into the resort township. Here you will have free time to explore some of the Resort facilities before boarding the airport shuttle to meet your outgoing flight.
Those that want to return to Alice Springs can do so with the guide.
Accommodation is not included this night. If you are staying an extra night at Ayers Rock Resort you may wish to participate in a range of free activities from Museum Tours to Bush Yarns.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY SIX Breakfast