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  • Location:Ayers Rock, concludes Alice Springs, Australia
  • Duration:3 days / 2 nights

3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

Discover the highlights of Australia's Red Centre on a 3-day tour that takes in Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. View the sunset and sunrise in Uluru, explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Walpa Gorge and Kings Canyon on guided hikes, and travel through the Australian Outback to Alice Springs via a huge cattle station. Learn about Aboriginal culture, see sacred sites and marvel at the natural beauty of the vast central desert.

Highlights

  • 3-day tour to Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs
  • Watch the sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Walk around the base of majestic Uluru with your guide
  • Enjoy guided walks at Mala and Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Learning about the Aboriginal Tjukurpa (Dreaming) and rock art
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon
  • Drive through the vast Australian Outback

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

Uluru Sunset

Make your own arrangements to fly into Uluru (Ayers Rock) where your 3-day tour starts with airport pickup. Experience an Uluru sunset and sunrise, and visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Walpa Gorge before traveling by coach to Kings Canyon. Stay overnight in Kings Canyon and explore the incredible scenery during a guided hike, then continue to the remote town of Alice Springs, stopping at a huge cattle station en route. All ground transportation is included and your guide provides informative commentary throughout your tour.

Your tour includes two nights of accommodation with a choice of room according to your needs and budget. In Uluru, the choices include either Sails In The Desert — the premier hotel in Ayers Rock; or Desert Gardens Hotel; or Outback Pioneer. In Kings Canyon, there are a range of room options at Kings Canyon Resort. Meals are not included, leaving you free to choose what and where to eat.

Please note: 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ayers Rock
Plan to arrive before 1pm at Ayers Rock Airport; your driver meets you and transfer you to your Ayers Rock hotel. That afternoon, visit the 36 immense rock domes of Kata Tjuta (once known as the Olgas). Enjoy a guided walk into Walpa Gorge, strolling between sheer walls as you enter the gorge. Some of the plants found here only grown around these distinctive sandstone formations. Finally, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area where you sip a complimentary glass of wine as you admire the spectacular colors of the sunset over Uluru.

Overnight: choice of accommodation, Ayers Rock

Day 2: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon
Rise early to see Uluru at sunrise from the viewing area of Talinguru Nyakunytjaku. In the stillness and quiet, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and experience the spiritual heart of the Australian Outback. After watching the sun rise, travel to Uluru to tour around the base with your guide. Then join a guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole, see ancient rock art and hear stories of Aboriginal legends. Delve into the region's history and culture during a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. In the afternoon, journey on a comfortable air-conditioned coach about four hours to Watarrka National Park, the home of Kings Canyon. Please note: it is recommended to have an early breakfast before departing your hotel to see the sunrise or arrange a breakfast box to take with you.

Overnight: choice of accommodation, Kings Canyon

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
See Kings Canyon in the morning on a guided walk. Have the choice of a more vigorous 4-hour walk that goes up to the rim of Kings Canyon, where you get spectacular views of the canyon. Then continue through the Lost City and Garden of Eden to a waterhole. This walk requires a good level of fitness. A gentler alternative is also available: it travels along the canyon floor to a waterhole that is hidden deep in the canyon between the towering rock walls. After exploring Kings Canyon, travel to Kings Creek Station for lunch (own expense). Then continue on to Alice Springs, arriving in the evening to end your tour.

Please note:
As of April 2016, the order of touring will vary. Uluru base tour will be done in combination with sunset on the afternoon of day 1 and Kata Tjuta tour will be done in combination with Uluru Sunrise on the morning of day 2.

Customer Reviews

zorro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was great. Ayers Rock/Uluru was great, but as expected the area was very crowded and the flies were pretty bad, but we still had a great experience and we are very glad we visited Uluru. The most amazing part of the tour was Kings Canyon Resort which was beautiful, peaceful, and quite. We did a three hour and half hike 6.5 Kilometeres to the top of Kings Canyon and walked through the rim of the mountain which had spectacular views.
This tour is expensive but worth every penny. I couldn't imagine visiting Australia without visiting the outback.

JAMES W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Everything was fantastic and we had a great time. The coach drivers were particularly helpful and knowledgeable. Couldn't find fault with anything

Carole M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very well organised trip. All guides and drivers excellent, friendly and informative.

Jonathan M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour itself is great. The tour operator (one of the few in the area) was great. It seems Viator changed their description between booking time and tour time. It was also my mistake that I did not check the tour operator's website for more information after I received my confirmation.

I went on this tour with the expectation that I would board a bus day 1 and be on that same bus through day 3.

This tour is really a series of tours. You must call and confirm before your arrival. Have a pen and paper ready to write down the details. Not everyone in your group is on this tour. You will also need 3 liters of water per person for the Kings Canyon tour; a Camelbak is recommended. Also wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking.

The scenery is very nice and I would go on it again. I highly recommend.

Miss H M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our Flight was late in arriving so we missed part of our first tour to the Olga's but the sunset and sunrise experience at Uluru were absolutely phenomenal. King's Canyon was amazing although I didn't know if I could climb the 500 steps but once at the top I was so glad I had. The guides, drivers etc were all amazing and so knowledgeable and made it very interesting. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Kylie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A wonderful trip. I read the reviews before and was open minded. This is a great way to see Kings Canyon, the drive is long but the driver was good with updates and I investigated the times before. Everything worked smoothly and was on time, our driver John, helped me arrange an additional helicopter trip and was very accommodating, thanks. A great way to see Oz in comfort and not having to do the driving yourself. The Resort was similar to Ayers Rock with food prices and the trip is clear about inclusions. Yes no live bugs in the room and given that we are in the Outback I was impressed with how clean the room was, on the same standard to Ayers Rock. Very quiet and I felt safe.
I did not realise that Viator were an Agent until afterwards, the trip was the same price as booking direct and I will be using again for other trips.

Daniel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This was my first time into the central Australian desert, and I could not have hoped for a better introduction. Since I have a slight disability, I was worried whether I would be able to do the walking but in fact it was the walking I enjoyed most, and the distances, grades and times allowed were just right. Also, for someone who likes a drink (but not too much), the sunset drinks at Uluru were just what I needed. Apart from the walking, the detour to King's Canyon in your huge bus expertly driven by Jenny, together with Jenny's expert guided tour up the canyon, were again perfect. I felt a new man afterwards!

Thierry L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very good organized tour, timing well respected. Comfortable busses. Interresting journey. But as french speaking people we did not understand all the explanations that were given by our guides. Would it be possible that AAT Kings provide a summary of the different points of interest - in french for example ? May be also in other languages .? .. Or videos with subtitels or headphones ? Best regards.

Garry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Brilliant drivers and guides and amazing hotels, Maria the driver was the best! Could do with a bit of a longer base waslk around uluru though. Commentary was great and we learnt loads and saw wildlife.

john c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour was everything we wanted and gave us the opportunity to see Uluru at sunset and sunrise, The Kings canyon (The rim edge walk is a must!) and get to Alice Springs in time for a sunset on Anzac Hill and the Royal Flying Doctor Museum the following day (not included in tour price). The tours guides are great and provided just enough info upfront with opportunity to ask for more later. The only comment I would make is that the tour ended in Alice on the evening of the 3rd day but bizarrely did not include a hotel that night. No problem for us but perhaps puts people off this otherwise excellent tour

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