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

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Alice Springs, Australia
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icon18 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Experience the best of the outback and Australia’s Red Center on this all-inclusive tour
  • 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
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This extended day trip visits both Kata Tjuta and Uluru without having to stay overnight.
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Experienced and accredited tour guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
BBQ at sunset with sparkling wine
Accommodation pick-up & drop-off
Uluru Park entrance fee ($25pp)
Fruit & snacks throughout the day
Buffet breakfast (Alice Springs start only)
Freshly made packed lunch (Alice Springs start only)
Drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please call to confirm pickup time prior to tour date. Kindly allow 15 mins for the bus to arrive.

Departure Time

6:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Erldunda Roadhouse
First stop of the day will be at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ayers Rock Resort Shopping Centre
A quick stop to pick up other passengers if there are any.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Walpa Gorge
We travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) for the first walk of the day into Walpa Gorge. Embrace the domes of Kata-Tjuta on your first walk of the day, while taking in the views of the open plains on the return walk.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
We then visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy some souvenirs. The Cultural Centre was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people. It is built on a sacred site and has very special meaning to the local Anangu people.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kata Tjuta - The Olgas
We then head to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is next to the entrance to the Uluru climb. From here one of the two guides will take you on a guided Mala Walk. The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where there are many fine examples of Anangu rock art, and you can experience the wonder of the sheer vertical walls. The guide will tell Dreamtime stories of the Anangu People. We drive from the front of Uluru around to the Kuniya car park, which is at the back of Uluru. From here we start our second Uluru guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. The guide will take you along a short track to the Mutitjulu Waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. The guide will share stories of local traditions and explain how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today. The scene has been set, the highlight of the day, the breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly(or BYO beer) and a delicious Aussie BBQ. A spectacular day never to be forgotten. After sunset, we set off to Alice Springs. Or if you’re ending the tour at Ayers Rock Resort you’ll be dropped off at Outback Pioneer after sunset.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Please bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and 1.5 liter water bottle
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Emu Run Experience

If you cancel at least 31 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 4 and 30 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "A lot of flies, they do not bite but are annoying so bring a mosquito net for your hat." See review
  • "Fair amount of walking on this tour and a lot of it in red sand so recommend not wearing shoes you want to keep clean." See review
  • "Fly nets ,sun cream and good walking shoes are necessary." See review

Reviews

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275 Reviews
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star-5
An amazing tour for everyone
Vanny01
, Mar 2020
Its a great tour lots of stops along the way great food and drinks. We are both in our 70s we find that any age group is suitable to do this tour. They are full of cultural information and of the scared sure and of the area from Alice Springs to Uluru. The highlight was the Sunset BBQ looking at this big red rock amazing view
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Spiritual
Linda
, Mar 2020
The trip was long....but amazing....I would suggest buying a face net...as this year is suppose to be the worst ever seen for flies...they dont bite...but are annoying.. ....the staff were great...overall would recommend.
star-5
Brilliant experience
Verna_M
, Mar 2020
Great value. Breakfast and BBQ couldn’t be faulted. Wonderful tour guides. Good sense of humour and very knowledgeable.
star-5
Great day out to the big rocks
Nutters
, Feb 2020
Full on day, but worth every penny. Early pick up to possibly the best buffet breakfast in aus. Driver was funny, knowledgeable and knew when to let people just relax and sleep. Got to see all that was available in the area without being rushed. Dinner at sunset was the highlight though, if you love a good bbq with plenty of wine!! Highly recommend it. Thanks (staysafe with) Lath and (are you ready for) Eddie!!
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susanrita_r
, Feb 2020
Perfect service, from pick Up to drop off, the tour guides both leif and Eddy have so much knowledge about everything offered on the tour, thankyou for a very enjoyable and very full day out. We Will definatly recommend.
star-3
Lord of the Flies
Brian_S
, Feb 2020
Nice tour. The flies made it unbearable. Make sure you bring a fly net for your face. Lightweight pants and lightweight long sleeved shirt is recommended. The tour company does not supply this information. No toilet paper in the bus bathroom.
star-3
Great minus the flies
Kelly_A
, Feb 2020
This is a cool trip in that you get to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The guides are great and you do not have to spend 3 nights in Uluru to do so. However, I would warn fellow travelers that it is incredibly hot and that the flies are unbelievable in February. There were literally 50-100+ flies on us all day long. We had purchased the fly masks to wear (thank goodness!) but that did not keep them off of our arms, legs, shirts, etc. There were so many on my mask that I would have to wave them off just to see. It was so gross that it really diminished the trip. I guess they are bad during the summer season, so something to keep in mind.
star-5
Uluru and Kata Tjuta day trip
lydiamacaulay
, Feb 2020
Excellent guides, Leif and Eddie. Very informative and good bbq. Just wish they had emphasized purchasing head nets for all the flies. The flies were awful!! Buy a head net!!!
star-5
Amazing!
Lauren G
, Dec 2019
This tour was incredible! Yes it’s a very long day starting out at 6am and getting back at 12:30am but it’s so worth it. Our driver Darja and tour guide Eddie were fantastic and so knowledgeable. Loved the bbq at sunset! If you’re thinking about traveling to Alice Springs and Uluru, you must do this tour, there’s nothing else like it.
star-5
Best excursion in six weeks of travel in AU and NZ!
goneawas
, Nov 2019
Emu's bus driver, Micheal, to and from Ayer's Rock from Alice Springs, and Freddy, our guide at the Rock, were both terrific. A long day but so worth it. Great BBQ dinner, with champagne and wine, and wonderful sunset views of the Rock as it changed hues from red to orange. A memorable experience.

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