3 Day Kings Canyon tour to West MacDonnell Ranges 4WD

*Fare prices are per person for Adults or Children. Solo passengers who book the Safari Twin Share Tent fare option will be paired in a room with another traveller, where possible, with the same gender, but this is not guaranteed

Take part in a 3-day 4WD adventure that offers unforgettable sights and campsites. Explore the Red Centre, Uluru, and Kings Canyon in a new way by following the Mereenie Loop Red Centre Way.
Experience an unforgettable 3-day 4WD adventure on the Mereenie Loop Red Centre Way. This trail will allow you to explore the stunning sights of the Red Centre, including Uluru and Kings Canyon, in a new way.
During your tour of the Red Centre, your knowledgeable local guide will share intriguing secrets and stories, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the area. Accommodation options include twin safari tents for increased privacy, comfort, security, or sleeping in a traditional canvas-covered swag.

Highlights

  • Our 4WD vehicles offer access to the magnificent sights of the Red Centre, which are typically inaccessible.
  • By following the Mereenie Loop, you can maximize your time to enjoy the mesmerizing sights without spending too much time on the road.
  • Our exclusive campsites offer a tranquil atmosphere and unforgettable camping experiences under the starlit outback sky.
  • Experience the beauty of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, with its ancient rock formations, lush oasis, and breathtaking cliffs.
  • Explore West MacDonnell Ranges National Park’s diverse landscapes and natural wonders, including rugged landscapes, tranquil waterholes, and pristine gorges.
  • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, and Ellery Creek Big Hole as you experience the incredible power of nature’s artistry.
  • This tour starts in Ayers Rock Yulara and finishes in Alice Springs only.

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights Permanent Safari Style Tented Campsites (Kings Creek, West MacDonnell)
  • Includes: 2 x breakfasts, 2 x lunches, 2 x dinners
  • Guided bush walks (~12km, subject to fitness level)
  • Onboard drinking water (bring your bottle)
  • All National Park pass entry fees
  • Accredited Outback driver guide
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Air-conditioned 4×4 off-road bus travel
  • Australian bush swag – canvas-covered bush bed roll (Bush Swag option)
  • Fitted & top sheet, mattress, pillow & case provided (Safari Tent option)
  • Selected pickup Yulara or Ayers Rock points/drop-off Alice Springs only

*Guests joining the Ayers Rock/Yulara tour must arrange their lunch before boarding at the airport on Day 1.

Tour Exclusions
  • Sleeping bags can be hired from us onboard for AUD 40; this includes cleaning costs. You are more than welcome to bring your own. Payment is made directly to the tour operator.
  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary. For those with special dietaries, we recommend you bring snacks as options are limited in the outback.
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a nominated pickup point.
  • Personal travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expenses
Options
  • Sleeping bags can be hired from us onboard for AUD 40; this includes cleaning costs. You are more than welcome to bring your own. Payment is made directly to the tour operator. Please advise us when booking if you require a sleeping bag.
What to bring
  • 3L Refillable water bottle
  • Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Swimwear, beach towels & toiletries
  • Comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes (tread closed-toe shoes)
  • All-weather clothing (extreme conditions inc wind, heat, cold, day/night)
  • 15kg soft bag & small day pack
  • Tropical strength insect repellent
  • Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
  • Flashlight, headlamp or torch, and camera
  • Money for snacks and meals
  • Bring your sleeping bag & pillow (optional – if staying in a swag)
  • Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phones or cameras)
Where to meet

Our main meeting point for this tour will be outside the front of Ayers Rock Resort at noon.

  • Noon – Ayers Rock Campground – 173 Yulara Dr Yulara NT (bus stop near campground entrance)
  • Noon – Desert Gardens Hotel – Ayers Rock Resort 1 Yulara Dr Yulara
  • Noon – Outback Hotel Lodge – 2 Yulara Dr Yulara NT
  • 12:00pm – Sails in the Desert – 163 Yulara Dr Yulara NT
  • 12:00pm – The Lost Camel Hotel – Ayers Rock Yulara Dr Yulara NT

*Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your nominated pickup time so as not to delay or miss your tour.

Campsite amenities

NIGHT

PRICING OPTIONS

FACILITIES

INCLUDES



1st

Bush Single Swag (sleeps 1)

Kings Creek Station – Campground, shared showers & toilet facilities, unpowered site.

Self-contained canvas-covered bush bed roll with mattress to sleep on the ground outdoors under the stars.

Safari Tent Twin Share (sleeps 2)

Kings Creek Station – Campground, shared showers & toilet facilities, unpowered site.

Permanent tents, twin single beds, mattress, pillow & case, fitted sheets, protected from the elements



2nd

Bush Single Swag (sleeps 1)

West MacDonnell Ranges / Mount Sounder – Exclusive remote campsite, portable toilets, unpowered site

Self-contained canvas-covered bush bed roll with mattress to sleep on the ground outdoors under the stars.

Safari Tent Twin Share (sleeps 2)

West MacDonnell Ranges / Mount Sounder – Exclusive remote campsite, portable toilets, unpowered site

Permanent tents, twin single beds, mattress, pillow & case, fitted sheets, protected from the elements

Day 1

Ayers Rock - Kings Canyon

We invite you to join us on a journey through the Kings Canyon region and experience the Australian outback. After lunch, the tour starts from Yulara / Ayer’s Rock, allowing you to witness the stunning landscapes in the afternoon sun. Kings Canyon is a hidden gem surrounded by vast wilderness. Gather around the campfire to enjoy a delicious meal and connect with fellow travellers. As night falls, gaze up at the starry sky and feel a deep connection with the untamed wilderness.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Experience the stunning landscapes of the Kings Canyon region, which will leave you in awe.
  • Experience the tranquillity of the outback at our remote campsite, which provides an intimate and serene setting for an unforgettable adventure.
  • In a location far from city lights, you can witness a truly breathtaking celestial display.

Meals: Dinner (*dinner not included for guests picked up at Yulara airport).
Accommodation: Kings Creek Station – permanent safari tents or bush wagis (shared camping facilities).
Distance by car: 406 km (4.5 hours).
Distance: 2-6 kilometres / 2-4 hours (weather dependent).

 

Day 2

Kings Canyon - West McDonnell

Join us on an expedition to Kings Canyon (Watarrka) for an unforgettable experience. We will explore the ancient landscape and sacred grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. The majestic wonder of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) awaits, with its towering cliffs and sandstone chasms. Prepare to be amazed by breathtaking backdrops that evoke wonder. Lace up your shoes, grab your water and hat, and join us on foot to explore the canyon in detail. Enjoy the scenic Mereenie Loop, which offers less driving time and more sightseeing opportunities. End the day with stargazing at our cozy safari camp in the enchanting West MacDonnell Ranges.

Day 2 Highlights

  • We will travel through the central Australian countryside from Kings Canyon on the Mereenie Loop Red Centre Way towards our campsite in the West MacDonnell Ranges.
  • Visitors can participate in a guided walk at Kings Canyon Watarrka National Park and learn about this unique location’s flora, fauna, and geology.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: Western McDonnell Ranges – permanent tents or bushwagons (private portable structures).
Distance by car: 370 km (4 hours).
Trekking distance: 4-6 kilometres / 3-4 hours.

Day 3

McDonnell Western Ranges - Alice Springs

Standley Chasm, or Angkerle Atwatye, is located in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It is a popular tourist destination where visitors can admire the beautiful landscape and spot native wildlife. Ormiston Gorge is another attraction in the area, known for its towering red walls formed by geological forces. Ellery Creek Bighole is a refreshing waterhole surrounded by cliffs and sandy shores. The tour then returns to Alice Springs, finally stopping at Simpsons Gap. This area is known for its permanent waterhole and abundant wildlife. The tour concludes in Alice Springs, allowing visitors to continue their evening plans at their chosen accommodation.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Tjoritja West MacDonnell
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Ellery Creek Bighole
  • Standley Chasm
  • Simpsons Gap

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Accommodation: NO/NO.
Distance by car: 250 km (3 hours).
Walking distance: ~3 km / 4 km.

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