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.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.