Discover the natural wonders of Central Australia over three memorable days, including accommodation and hotel pick-up from Alice Springs. Watch the changing colors of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise, and view ancient Aboriginal rock art on a base walk. Keep your camera to hand as you get close to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), hike through the Walpa Gorge, then indulge in a ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner and stargazing experience.
Sounds of Silence Dinner
See the heart of Australia on a three-day tour from Alice Springs. Experience the awe of sunrise at Uluru,discover the mysteries of Kata Tjuta and its 36 rocky domes. Dine out under the stars for a truly memorable experience and see history come to life through ancient cave paintings.
Day 1: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Stop at the Camel Farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. Camels, ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia’s interior, were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. You have the opportunity to ride a camel (own expense). While traveling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. There is time for stop at Mt Ebenezer road house for a quick break. View flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide points out some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts.
In the late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying canapés and a complimentary glass of wine. Overnight: Choice of budget, standard or superior accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) (D)
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Return to Ayers Rock Resort.
In the evening dine under a million stars at the award winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and relax as a Star Talker takes you on a tour of the Southern Night skies (conditions permitting). Overnight: Choice of budget, standard or superior accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 3: Ayers Rock Resort
Spend the morning relaxing before transferring to your onward flight.
Outback Pioneer Hotel (Budget): The Outback Pioneer Hotel has a true outback, pioneering atmosphere that gives guests a real taste of traditional Australian hospitality. Cook up some outback delights on the barbecue or come and share a few yarns about your adventures in the Red Centre over a beer and some hearty bush tucker in the Bough House Restaurant.
Desert Gardens Hotel (Standard): 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.
Sails In The Desert (Superior): 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.
Alice Springs Hotel Pickups:
06:15 - A Good Rest B&B
06:55 - Alice in the Territory
06:15 - Alice Lodge Backpackers
06:35 - Alice Motor Inn
06:40 - 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 - Wintersun Caravan Park
06:15 - Vatu Sanctuary