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  • Location: Alice Springs, Australia
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
See central Australia’s most famous sights on a three-day tour from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru). You’ll visit the sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas), and watch a stunning sunrise and sunset over Uluru. Get closer to Uluru’s history and mystery on a guided base tour of Ayers Rock, and learn about the rock’s importance to the Australian Aborigines at the Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. To experience the magic of the outback at night, enjoy an unforgettable evening of fine food and entertainment under the stars at the Sounds of Silence dinner. Choose from budget, standard, superior or first-class accommodation to suit your preference.

Highlights

  • 3-day tour from Alice Springs to Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Witness the changing hues of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise and sunset
  • Wander the magnificent domes of Kata Tjuta
  • See ancient Aboriginal rock art at Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Enjoy the famous Sounds of Silence dinner as you dine under the stars
  • Choice of accommodation to suit all budgets

What You Can Expect

3-Day Best of Australia's Red Center: Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta and Sounds of Silence Dinner

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Day 1: Alice Springs -- Ayers Rock Resort
Leaving Alice Springs, travel through the classic outback landscapes of the West MacDonnell and James ranges en route to Ayers Rock. On the way, stop at a desert camel farm for a camel ride (own expense) and take in panoramic views of majestic Atila (Mt Conner).

In the afternoon, visit the magical domes of Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas) and take a guided walk along a former creek bed winding between the towering domes at Walpa Gorge. As the sun sinks toward the horizon, travel to the sunset viewing area to enjoy nibbles and wine while you watch Uluru’s changing colors.

Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel (budget and standard accommodation), Desert Gardens Hotel (superior) or Sails in the Desert (first-class), Ayers Rock

Day 2: Ayers Rock Resort -- Uluru -- Ayers Rock Resort (D)
Wake early to watch Uluru come to life as the sun rises over the desert, and then take a guided coach tour around the base of Uluru. See important Aboriginal sites and hear the traditional legends behind the creation of Uluru, and then visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole to see ancient Aboriginal rock art and hear about the local flora and fauna depicted over the millennia. Next, learn more about the Aboriginal legends and lifestyle at the Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can also see locally made arts and crafts.

In the evening, enjoy one of the highlights of your visit to Ayers Rock, the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner. Dine under the stars on gourmet Australian fare with canapés, a BBQ buffet and dessert. Enjoy the accompanying cultural entertainment, and then join an expert stargazer on a tour of the constellations twinkling above in the desert night sky.

Overnight: your choice of accommodation, Ayers Rock

Day 3: Ayers Rock Resort -- Ayers Rock Airport
Your tour ends with a transfer to Ayers Rock Airport to catch your onward flight.

Itinerary

Respecting Indigenous Culture
Visits to Indigenous sites may change at short notice, due to the cultural and ceremonial obligations. The Anangu (Aboriginal landowners) regard Uluru as a sacred site and strongly discourage climbing the rock.

Accommodation Options:

BUDGET & STANDARD:

Outback Pioneer Hotel: The Outback Pioneer Hotel has a true outback, pioneering atmosphere that gives guests a real taste of traditional Australian hospitality. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or cook up some outback delights on the barbecue, or meet new friends over a beer and some hearty bush tucker in the Bough House Restaurant. Choice of budget dormitory style accommodation with shared bathroom or standard room with own bathroom facilities.

SUPERIOR:

Desert Gardens Hotel: Enjoy the charm of the Desert Gardens Hotel where magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs provide a distinct botanical theme. Set amidst the landscaped gardens, the hotel features a swimming pool and is close to the resort's shops and Visitors Centre. The hotel offers a range of stylish accommodation. Desert Gardens is the superior hotel at Ayers Rock Resort and is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities.

FIRST CLASS:

Sails In The Desert: Sails in the Desert is the premier hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, with spacious, airy and exquisitely furnished rooms set in lush park-like grounds. Deriving its name from the distinctive sail-like structures, which provide shade and a touch of elegance to its design, Sails in the Desert is the ultimate in luxury in the Red Centre. Rooms are spacious and exquisitely furnished, all with private balcony or verandah. The hotel features a swimming pool, tennis court, mini golf and three restaurants.

Please note: Due to operational requirements, hotel lists are subject to change by the tour operator without notice.


Hotel Pickup List:

06:15 - A Good Rest B&B
06:50 - Alice in the Territory
06:35 - Alice Lodge Backpackers
06:40 - Alice Motor Inn
06:20 - Alice on Todd
06.35 - Aurora Alice Springs
06.25 - Chifley Alice Springs Resort
06:45 - Desert Palms Resort
06:35 - Desert Rose Inn
06:30 - Diplomat Motel
06:50 - DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs
06:30 - Elkira Motel
06:55 - G’Day Mate Caravan Park
06:20 - Haven Backpackers
06:55 - Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge
06:55 - Heritage Caravan Park
06:40 - Ibis Styles Oasis
06:55 - Lasseters Casino Hotel
06:55 - MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park
06:15 - Mount Nancy Motel
07:00 - Pathdorf Bed & Breakfast
06:40 - Quest Apartments
06:15 - Stuart Caravan Park
06:40 - Swagmans Rest Motel
06:35 - Todd Tavern
06:40 - Toddy’s Resort
06:40 - White Gum Apartments
06:15 - Wintersun Caravan Park
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