4 Day Alice Springs to Uluru Tours – Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, West MacDonnell Ranges

The departure days for this trip are Monday and Saturday throughout the year and Wednesday from June to September.

Embark on an extraordinary journey with our exclusive small group safari adventure tour, immersing yourself in the captivating wonders of the Red Centre’s significant attractions. During our incredible tour, we had the privilege of experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, and the majestic Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges over four unforgettable days. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 due to its geological formations, flora and fauna, and natural beauty. Your tour guide will take you through the Red Centre, providing detailed commentary and sharing ancient stories, myths, secrets, and hidden gems. The tour offers fully accommodated options with comfortable twin-share safari tents or traditional swag experiences.

Highlights

  • Come and see the grandeur of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
  • Visitors can enjoy the sunset lookout at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta cultural centre.
  • Explore the sacred Indigenous Rock Art sites.
  • Visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, Kuniya Piti, and Kantju Gorge for exploration.
  • Visitors can explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and choose to hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge.
  • Witness the sunrise at the Olgas – Kata Tjuta, a majestic sight.
  • The West MacDonnell National Park, known as Tjoritja by the indigenous custodians, is worth exploring.
  • Visitors can explore the 80m high gorge and be captivated by Standley Chasm, also known as ‘Angkerle Atwatye’ in traditional terms.
  • You can enjoy swimming at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of Central Australia’s largest and most picturesque swimming spots.
  • One can visit the UNESCO-listed Ochre Pit mineral rockface and observe the coloured ochre clay still used in traditional ceremonies.

Please be aware that this itinerary may be subject to delightful surprises and enchanting twists. Imagine the Red Centre’s breathtaking landscape, vibrant culture, and wild weather. Our itinerary highlights are glimpses of the incredible adventure that awaits you! Your expert guides will ensure a fantastic experience.

Tour Description

Explore the remarkable attractions of the Red Centre on a small group safari adventure tour. Embark on an unforgettable journey as we explore three mesmerising destinations over three magical days – Uluru, Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 due to its geological formations, flora and fauna, and natural beauty. A tour guide will take you through the Red Centre, providing commentary and sharing stories, myths, secrets, and hidden gems. The tour offers accommodations in comfortable twin-share safari tents or traditional swag experiences.

Pickup times and locations.

Start your unforgettable tour bright and early at 6:00-7:00 am outside the magnificent Aurora Alice Springs Hotel! Join us at 11 Leichhardt Terrace in Alice Springs for an experience you will want to experience!

 From Alice Springs:

Tour Exclusions

From Ayers Rock / Yulara, you can see beautiful landscapes.

Tour Style

Prepare for the unpredictable and intense weather of the Red Centre, where the climate can switch gears in the blink of an eye. In the scorching dry season, temperatures soar to over a blistering 50+ degrees Celsius, plummeting dramatically as the evening shadows dance upon the desert floor. Before your trip, check the average temperatures for your travel time and pack appropriate clothing. Come rain or shine, your tour will continue unless the provider decides otherwise.

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Day 1

We will travel from Alice Springs / Yulara to Uluru on the first day

The tour starts from either Alice Springs or Yulara (Uluru Airport) and includes stops at Ayers Rock (Uluru), Mt Conner lookout (false Uluru or Fool-Uru) for scenic views, and a quick break at Curtin Springs. Guests from Alice Springs will have lunch at the campground, while those from Ayers Rock must arrange their lunch before joining the tour. After indulging in a delicious feast, we ventured into the mesmerising realm of the Red Centre’s indigenous cultural centre. We learned about the national park’s cultural, historical, ecological, and geological significance. We were excited as we arrived at Uluru and were amazed by its size and beauty. We trekked to Mutitjulu waterhole and explored sacred rock art sites. We listened to creation stories and Dreamtime myths as we hiked to Kuniya Piti. We then drove to Kantju Gorge, passing holy sites. We saw the highest waterfall in Central Australia, a stunning sight. After a day of exploration, we watched a breathtaking sunset over Uluru while enjoying dinner.

Day 1 Highlights:

  • Uluru(Ayers Rock)
  • The Indigenous Interpretive Cultural Centre is located in the Red Centre.
  • SacredRock ArtSite
  • Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Kuniya Piti
  • Kantju Gorge
  • Sunset at Uluru lookout

Meals provided: Lunch and dinner. Accommodation at Ayers Rock Coach Campground (Uluru) in Safari Tents or Bush Swags with communal facilities. Driving distance: 350km. Hiking distance: 2-3 km / 2-3 hours. Lunch is only included for those departing from Alice Springs. Those collected from Ayers Rock must find their lunch before joining the tour.

Day 2

On the second day, the itinerary includes visiting Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon

 

We wake up early for a light breakfast. Then we go to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see the sunrise. Kata Tjuta is even more magnificent than Uluru. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge as you embark on an awe-inspiring hike, marvelling at the majestic rock formations surrounding you. After exploring Kata Tjuta, we go to Kings Canyon. We arrive just in time for a beautiful sunset. Finally, we have a delicious meal around the fire at our camp.

Day 2 Highlights:

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • You can hike the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge.
  • The Olgas- Kata Tjuta
  • Glorious Sunrise at Uluru

Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodation is provided at the Kings Creek Station Campground in either Safari Tents or Bush Swags with communal facilities. The driving distance is 406 km and takes approximately 4.5 hours. The hike ranges from 2 to 6 km and takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the weather.

Day 3

We will travel from Kings Canyon to the West MacDonnell Ranges on the third day

 

We start early and explore Kings Canyon, a sacred land of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Bring your hat, water, and good hiking shoes. The canyon has towering cliff faces over 100 meters high. We rest and then head north, passing through Alice Springs. We continue towards the West MacDonnell Ranges for an evening of stargazing at our remote campsite. Highlights of day 3 include travelling through remote Central Australian countryside, taking a guided walking tour of Kings Canyon, and enjoying a meal around the campfire. Experience dazzling stargazing in the Outback. Indulge in a delectable feast with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and experience the ultimate adventure at the captivating West MacDonnell Ranges remote campsite. Unwind in cozy safari tents or rustic bush swags with basic outback facilities. Embark on a thrilling adventure with a scenic drive of 370km (4 hours) and a captivating 2-4 km hike that will take you on a mesmerising journey lasting 2-4 hours.

Day 4

Day 4 includes visiting Standley Chasm, Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges, and Alice Springs

 

We start our fourth day at Standley Chasm, known as ‘Angkerle Atwatye,’ a narrow gorge in the West MacDonnell Range. We explore the area’s natural beauty and watch for wildlife. Then, we head west towards Ellery Creek Bighole, known as ‘Udepata,’ where we cool off and swim, surrounded by cliffs and sandy banks. Our next stop is Ormiston Gorge, where we admire the impressive red walls created by nature. Lastly, we visit Simpsons Gap, a sacred space with a permanent waterhole and native wildlife. After a day of exploring these iconic destinations, we will return you to Alice Springs for the evening. The meals provided are breakfast and lunch, with no accommodation provided. The driving distance is 250km, which will take approximately 3 hours. The walking distance is about 3km to 4km.

Weather

The weather in the Red Centre can be intense and change quickly. It can get boiling over 50 degrees Celsius in the dry season. But remember, it can also cool down often in the evening. So, before you go on your journey, check the average temperatures for that time of year and pack accordingly. And hey, even if it rains or the weather gets harsh, don’t worry! Your tour will only happen if the provider tells you otherwise.

Covind Safety Measures

The weather in the Red Centre can change quickly and get intense. It can get super hot, like over 50 degrees Celsius, during the dry season. But then it can suddenly cool down a lot in the evening. So, before your trip, check the average temperatures for that time of year and pack the right clothes. Even if it’s raining or the weather is rough, don’t worry! Your tour will only happen if the provider says otherwise.

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