- 4-day Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon camping tour from Alice Springs or Ayers Rock
- Watch Uluru (Ayers Rock) change color at sunset, and see the sun rise over Kata Tjuta
- Take guided walks around Uluru, Valley of the Winds, Watarrka and Ghost Gum Walk, and learn about Aboriginal traditions from your guide and hosts
- Experience life on a traditional outback cattle station
- Swim in rock pools in the MacDonnell Ranges
- Enjoy campfire dinners and sleep under the stars at outback campsites
- Small-group tour with maximum 16 people provides a more intimate experience
What You Can Expect
Enjoy pickup from your Alice Springs or Ayers Rock (Uluru) accommodation (or Ayers Rock Airport if flying directly into Uluru), then spend the afternoon visiting the Uluru Cultural Centre to learn about the traditional legends and culture of Uluru's Aboriginal people. Take a guided base walk around Ayers Rock to learn more about the spiritual significance of Uluru. It's possible to climb Uluru (weather permitting), but as it's a sacred site, the Anangu, Uluru's indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb the rock. At sunset, sip sparkling wine while enjoying the magnificent sight of the sun setting over Uluru. Complete your first night in the outback with a delicious meal shared around the campfire, then sleep under the stars in your bedroll swag or in one of the campsite's permanent tents.
Overnight: campsite in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Day 2: Uluru -- Kata Tjuta – Kings Creek (B, L, D)
Wake up early to travel to a lookout near your campsite and begin the day with the majestic sight of the sun rising over Uluru and the red rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Enjoy breakfast at the campsite, then head off to Kata Tjuta for a 4.5-mile (7-kilometer) hike through the Valley of the Winds. After lunch, travel to Curtin Springs Cattle Station to experience life on a traditional working cattle station. Then soak up the outback serenity of your private campsite at Kings Creek Station, and enjoy dinner around the campfire under the clear southern skies.
Overnight: campsite in Kings Creek Station
Day 3: Kings Creek -- Watarrka National Park (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your campsite, take a guided walk around Kings Canyon (also known by its Aboriginal name, Watarrka). Admire the natural rock formations, including the Amphitheater and Lost City, then take a bumpy 4WD ride into Aboriginal country along the unsealed Mereenie Loop Road, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way. Spend the night at the Glen Helen campsite, near a waterhole that the traditional landowners believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent. Enjoy another meal around the campfire and a night under the stars.
Overnight: campsite in Watarrka National Park
Day 4: Watarrka National Park -- Alice Springs (B, L)
Travel off-road after breakfast at your campsite, heading for the West MacDonnell Ranges. Look for massive perentie goanna lizards at Ormiston Gorge, and cool off with a swim in the rock pools. Enjoy a 20-minute 'Ghost Gum Walk' to capture the sights and perfumes of the outback, then relax on the trip back to Alice Springs, arriving in the city in the late afternoon.
This was our first experience of Viator and Wayoutback. The trip was chosen by my husband as a Ruby wedding anniversary trip. I had no expectation but the description and itinerary was certainly accurate. The advice on what to take proved invaluable so we were pretty well prepared. Early morning starts are clearly the norm and essential. In May it's dark so don't forget the torch as there's no light in the tent. Likewise its dark when you arrive at the next campsite. I'd done caravanning and glamping but this was very different. The party size was ideal at 16. We had been to Australia many times but not been in the outback. Life was very different for the whole 4 days. We are fit 60's and this trip involves long days and includes a good deal of walking but the scenery was worth the effort we had to put in. Dan our guide worked really hard and gave us a terrific time. We were living and working in the outback for the 4 days. Relaxation is restricted to the 4WD transfers. I slept in the tent on a bed in a sleeping bag and a good thick blanket all provided of course. Meanwhile my husband took Dan's advice and slept by the campfire in a swag under the night sky which is an amazing sight. If you want a different type of holiday this is it. The experience of our lifetime. We haven't stopped talking about it as we enjoyed ourselves so much. This was largely due to Dan our team leader, guide and mentor. Obviously he is very experienced, extremely enthusiastic and loves the life which he wants everyone to share. He showed us some amazing scenery, was very knowledgeable about the social history, flora, geology and wildlife. If you do nothing else you must do this tour.
Terrific way to see all of the major sites in the red center.