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

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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
  • See more of the Red Centre on a 4-day camping trip 
  • Travel between landmarks with ease in a 4WD vehicle 
  • Tick off less-known and therefore less-crowded attractions
  • See Ayers Rock (Uluru) at sunrise and sunset 
What to Expect
This 4-day tour covers the highlights of Australia’s Red Centre at a relaxed pace. In an intimate group limited to 16, you’ll tick off natural wonders such as Ayers Rock (Uluru)—which you’ll see at both sunrise and sunset—and The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn about Aboriginal folklore and tradition, discover the West MacDonnell Ranges and Ellery Creek, and embark on guided hikes through The Outback.
Plus, all meals are included, along with camping gear, drinking water (bring your own bottle), transportation by 4WD, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Itinerary
Day 1 Alice Springs - Uluru (L,D)

You journey starts early from Alice Springs (if joining from Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport). We head south through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for an optional Camel ride (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse to see or purchase Aboriginal artefacts followed by a stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of the trip.

After a stop for lunch we will head to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, to hear about Aboriginal law and religion. You will then meet your Aboriginal Guide to have an authentic Indigenous cultural experience with an interpretive walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole to hear the stories of the unique culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people. We conclude at the Cultural Centre to learn of the flora and fauna of the area.

Watch the stunning colors of Uluru at sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles away from the crowds. Then settle at your remote private camp with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under night sky or the comfort of your safari tent.

Overnight: campsite in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

DAY 2 Uluru – Kata Tjuta – Kings Creek Station (B, L, D)
Rising early, watch the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite and away from the public viewing area. Afterwards depart for Kata Tjuta and a hike through the "Valley of the Winds". Enjoy lunch before heading to Kings Creek Station and our private campsite, miles from the crowds for a ‘wayoutback’ experience. After a campfire dinner, kick back and be mesmerised by the evening sky.

Overnight: campsite in Kings Creek Station

DAY 3 Watarrka – Mereenie Loop Road – Glen Helen (B, L, D)
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After Watarrka we 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road looking out for wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent.

Overnight: campsite in Watarrka National Park

Day 4 West MacDonnell Ranges – Alice Springs (B, L)
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travelling to Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.

We journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
Afterwards, we travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole was carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.

Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5:30pm. After a hot shower, join your fellow travelers for a farewell meal, some laughs and a few cold ales.
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

It may not be suitable unless you are used to camping where restroom facilities are a 10 min walk in the dark or too few for the number of campers. You arrive and depart campgrounds after dark. Prepare to rise very early, minimal continental breakfast,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank RainbowTraveller_11
StaceyH_Feedback, Wayoutback Australian Safaris at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Dear RainbowTraveller_11, Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback following your recent Wayoutback Tour. I am sorry to see that some aspects of your tour have not met your expectations and I welcome you to contact me at feedback@wayoutback.com.au if you would like to discuss...More

Reviewed May 19, 2019

Then book the 4 day camping trip from Uluru to Alice Springs and ask for Rhett. Experience the Spirit and Soul of Central Australia from a passionate Tour Guide who will walk you through the beautiful lands. Start the day with music by an open...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 6, 2019

The tour guides are not properly trained. When you provide feedback, the company gives you the runaround or outright ignores you. When people leave a bad review the company misrepresents itself saying they have been in contact with you and are sorry for your poor...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OhEmGeeSarah
StaceyH_Feedback, , at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2019

Hi Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. I am sorry that you feel we have not assisted you with your concerns, we do take all feedback seriously and aim to achieve a satisfactory resolution in all cases. Please feel free...More

Reviewed April 27, 2019

We had a lovely 4 day tour. Gus, our tour leader was very knowledgeable on Australia’s geography, flora, fauna, stories, you name it. We had the option of walking a lot or not. Liked the camping. Gus thinks of everything and knows what he s...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Amazing888
Reviewed April 24, 2019

Both the guide and the group were fantastic! So much fun all around. Could have used some better buses though.

Date of experience: April 2019
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