• Location: Alice Springs, Australia
  • Duration: 18 hours (approx.)
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Travel from Alice Springs to World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Considered the spiritual of the Red Centre, these two sacred sites feature stunning scenery and significant cultural importance. Discover the highlights with your guides, who take you to Mutitjulu Waterhole, Mala walk and the Cultural Centre. Learn about local Aboriginal history and traditions during this all-inclusive tour. Includes a buffet breakfast, lunch, snacks and an Aussie barbecue during the sunset at Uluru.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, from Alice Springs
  • Experience the best of the outback and Australia’s Red Center on this all-inclusive tour
  • Walk into the Walpa Gorge to view Kata-Tjuta (aka Olgas)
  • Peruse informative displays about local Aboriginal cultures at the Cultural Centre
  • Follow your guide on the Mala Walk around Uluru, the iconic rock formation that stands about 1,142 feet (348 meters) high
  • Walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole, a vital water source in the arid environment and a sacred Aboriginal site
  • Enjoy the sunset at Uluru while munching on Aussie barbecue and sipping a glass of bubbly
  • Includes three meals, all transportation, entrance tickets and experienced guides

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner

Ayers Rock

Your full-day tour starts early with morning pickup from Alice Springs by comfortable air-conditioned coach.

Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges heading towards your first stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for a buffet breakfast. You'll take rest stops during the 6-hour drive and your guide provides a packed lunch to eat during the final 10 miles (18 km) that lead to World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Upon arrival in the national park, head to Walpa Gorge for your first walk. View the dome-shaped rock formations of Kata Tjuta from a close vantage point as you walk about 1.5 miles (2.6km). Then learn more about the Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people and Central Australia at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Next, go to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) for the Mala Walk, which features fine examples of Aboriginal rock art, plus sheer rock walls and important sites for the Aboriginal people. Then drive to the other side of Uluru for a short walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. As you marvel at the shimmering water and red rock, learn from your guide about the legend of the ancestral water snake named Wanampi.

Before sundown, go to the Uluru sunset viewing area for the highlight of the day: watching the sun set over Uluru. Sip a glass of bubbly and appetizers as the sky changes color, then feast on a classic Australian barbecue dinner buffet.

When night falls, start the drive back to to Alice Springs where your tour ends with hotel drop-off late at night.

Customer Reviews

Tony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

All the hotels close to Uluru were fully booked by the time we made up out minds about visiting the Red Center. Fortunately, this one-day tour was a truly viable alternative. Ayers Rock is far from Alice Springs, but the tour company was well prepared for a long, stressful day for the staff. With three driver-tour guides, one was always resting, while the other two were either driving or keeping us tourists entertained with information and friendly banter. Once we arrived at Ayers Rock, we were able to see the beautiful gorge at Kata Tjuta in the late morning. The guide books recommend a late afternoon visit, but considering the time constraints, some compromise had to be made. We saw just enough of the area around Ayers Rock to get a balanced impression of the culturally important aspects of the site. We saw rock overhangs with paintings and bas-relief carvings and a pool which has ritual significance, and we were able to get up close to the rock itself. I was not impressed by the sunset meal, but the other members of our tour group seemed to enjoy it. All told, this is truly a wonderful option to the very high prices for hotel rooms close to Uluru, and we had the added advantage of being able to do some shopping in Alice Springs and to visit the wonderful museums there.

Krzysztof S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic Tour
The Tour Guides, Real Professionals
Bit tiresome, but totally worth it.
I would do it again.

Tina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Had an amazing time on this trip it was very well organized, but also a very long day. It was definitely worth doing with a tour especially if you don't plan on renting a car because of the distance. I really enjoyed the sunset dinner and champagne while watching the different colour/hue changes of the Rock.

Jordan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Long day, but great time. Our guides were awesome. Really enjoyed the short walks around Uluru.

Stuart F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A truly fantastic adventure. An early pick up at 6.10am followed by a 2 hour drive and then breakfast. This was typical roadside fare, Aussie style, and pretty filling. Arrived at Kata Tjuta and walked up the rock trail to have a closer look. But this is a massive rock formation and is better viewed from a distance. At Uluru there is a short walk through the cultural centre to learn a bit of local history. We then walked round the base of Uluru, saw rock paintings and heard more about the dreamtime. The BBQ was very good, so was the bubbly!
At sunset the colours of Uluru change from orange to brown and back. But truthfully, the sunset itself was much better.

Sorry I don't have pictures to show yet.

mreid7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It is a long day. The drivers were delightful. The breakfast was great. The rock is very interesting. The seats were comfortable. I would recommend this tour.

Rose G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We were well fed and watered the whole trip! All you need to bring is a 500 ml. bottle as they provided the water. Fly nets ,sun cream and good walking shoes are necessary. We saw all the sites as listed although I would have preferred a little more time at the cultural centre at Uluru.
The guides were informative and helpful, this was a English speaking tour and a lot of people could not understand the commentary as English was not their first language this resulted in these people talking to each other in their own language at one point I had to ask them to stop as I couldnt hear the guide.

liambomck

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is the ultimate Red Centre day trip..
We drove for 4 hours through the red desert to Kata Tjuta and Uluru.
Even saw wild Emus and Camels!
The two lads who took the tour were brilliant and made sure we stayed hydrated the whole day. The bbq as the sun set over Uluru was the highlight.

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Not enough words to say how awesome this trip is. It is a trip not to be missed!!

Joanne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fantastic tour. The whole experience was enjoyable, the trip, the tour guides, the food and the one and only spectacular Uluru.

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