Spend four days exploring the highlights of the Red Centre - Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in a comfortable 16 seat 4WD vehicle. Get off the beaten track and travel along the less travelled Mereenie Loop road in the majestic Western MacDonnell ranges.
|4WD RED CENTRE SAFARI|
|TOUR CODE: PAR4 / PAR4Y
:: ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
:: KATA TJUTA (OLGAS)
:: KINGS CANYON
:: MEREENIE LOOP TRACK
:: GOSSE BLUFF
:: GLEN HELEN
:: PALM VALLEY
:: WESTERN MACDONNELL RANGES
:: ABORIGINAL CULTURE
DAY 1 :: ALICE SPRINGS TO KATA TJUTA & ULURU
Welcome to the Outback! Our first stop is the Outback Camel Farm where you can see the world from the top of a camel if you choose to take a ride (at own expense). Next it’s to Uluru, in the heart of the Red Centre. After lunch, we explore fascinating Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a guided interpretive walk through the Valley of the Winds. We make it back to camp in time for an enthralling desert sunset over Uluru. After dinner, curl up in your swag (Aussie bedroll) and watch the stars come out to play in the darkening sky. (LD)
DAY 2 :: ULURU TO KINGS CANYON
Sunrise over UIuru is magical! It’s an early start to catch it. While the morning’s fresh (and your legs are too!) take a walk around Uluru’s base, or climb to the top if you choose – however, the Anangu traditional owners prefer if you don’t. Gain a further insight into the land, its stories and the people who inhabit it at the Cultural Centre, where you’ll also have the opportunity to invest in original arts and crafts by Indigenous artists. We’ll have some lunch before heading over to Kings Canyon. Tonight’s dinner is cooked in a camp oven and the result is delicious! We spend the night at our permanent campsite at Kings Canyon Resort. (BLD)
|DAY 3 :: KINGS CANYON TO GLEN HELEN|
There’s a lot to explore at Kings Canyon and we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we travel along the well-known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way) where we check out the 140 million year old meteorite crater, Gosse Bluff. We pass by the home of acclaimed Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira as we travel towards Glen Helen, where we spend the night in our permanent campsite nestled in the western end of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. (BLD)
DAY 4 :: GLEN HELEN TO ALICE SPRINGS
Discover the spectacular geological features of Ormiston Gorge, before we jump back into the vehicle for some 4WD action through the ancient track of the Finke River. Most of today is spent at Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. The spectacular Western MacDonnell Ranges will continue to impress you all the way back to Alice Springs. (BL)
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, towel & toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera & film, pillow, sleeping bag (can be hired for AUD$20).
Experienced tour guide, meals as indicated, accommodation transfers, permanent campsites including twin share tents, camping fees & equipment
*Flight must arrive before 1:25pm to connect with Yulara Airport Shuttle to Desert Gardens.
|Adult $795 ($AUD)
Valid between 01/04/14 - 31/03/15
Includes $25 park entry fee
Year Round: Mon Wed Thu Sun
Tour PAR4 = Alice Springs accommodation 5:45am
Tour PAR4Y = Ayers Rock Resort 1:45pm from Desert Gardens Hotel
Alice Springs accommodation early evening Day 4
MAX PEOPLE - 16
Valid till 31 March 2015
|Hikes up to 6-8kms per day.|
|16 - 24 forward facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle.
Maximum 24 front facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle.
|Permanently erected tents (multi-share), permanent cooking facilities and purpose-built fire pits, screened eating areas, share showers and toilets.|
|Safaris must be reconfirmed by 4.00pm the day before travel. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal & extreme weather conditions, Traditional Owner and national park requirements. Luggage limit of 15 kg applies - backpack or soft bag.|