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  • Location: Alice Springs, Australia
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Spend your days hiking, swimming and exploring, and sleep under the southern stars on a four-day Australian outback camping tour. Traveling by off-road 4WD vehicle, see all the icons of central Australia, including Uluru (the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Sleep around the campfire in a traditional Australian bedroll known as a swag and stargaze under the southern stars – or choose the comfort of a permanent tent. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience with your guide. You can begin the tour in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock, concluding in Alice Springs.

Highlights

  • 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

4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

A glimpse of Kings Canyon

Day 1: Alice Springs -- Uluru (L, D)
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Wonderful tour, our guide Filippo really went out of his way to make the tour as enjoyable as possible. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This trip was Amazing. We had a particularly excellent tour leader, driver, cook, info guide extraordinaire! I have both led and assisted in leading groups in other continents and traveled in many settings ways so know what it takes.
We slept under the stars, if preferred, I did, stayed in a bush camp, just our group. I think we lucked-out with a good group and perhaps, as another in the group said - it pays not to take the cheapest tour! In booking, I was looking for a way to get from Uluru [where I stayed 3 nights beforehand at Sails including xmas day, hired a car and did stacks of walking [and swimming] and this subsequent 4WD trip lived up to my expectations and more. I didn't want to do hotel stays and couldn't have done the back roads, which I love to do, in regular hire vehicle. I also wanted to get local info, a bit of other company yet smaller group, so this was a perfect way to feel 'outback' and maximise walk experiences - returning to walks I had done at Uluru and Kata Tjuta at other times of the day before joining this trip. The Red Centre is truly magical and so old and we given lots of wide-ranging information lots Brilliant, thank you, XJ

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