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ATE21 - Alice Springs & Kings Canyon Highlights


Alice Springs and Kings Canyon - 4 Nights, 5 Days

Familiarisation Description

Start your Red Centre adventure in Alice Springs – one of Australia’s famous outback towns.  Known for its stunning natural wonders, pioneering history and adventure activities such as mountain biking, hiking and hot-air ballooning.  
After exploring ‘The Alice’ we hit the road to Watarrka National Park, home to Kings Canyon where we tackle the spectacular Rim Walk and watch the sun light up the dramatic 100-metre high walls of the canyon. Enjoy dinner under the stars, before retiring to your glamping tents for the evening. 
Return to Alice Springs the following day where you will be able to get up close with the iconic Red Kangaroo at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, before making your way to Sydney.

Below is a day by day breakdown of your "Alice Springs & Kings Canyon" itinerary.

All meals and snacks are included as part of this itinerary, at no extra cost.

Arrival Day: Wednesday 2 June

•    Arrive into Alice Springs and make your way to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel to check into your room. 
Check in opens from 3pm, earlier arrivals will be able to securely store luggage with the hotel. Optional touring and lunch arrangements will be made for early arrivals. 
•    Meet your Tourism NT Host and familiarisation delegates for dinner this evening in Alice Springs. 
•    Overnight: Alice Springs - Double Tree by Hilton.

Kings Canyon: Thursday 3 June

•    Depart Alice Springs and make your way to Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park. 
•    Enjoy a picnic lunch along the journey. 
•    Arrive at Watarrka National Park in the early afternoon, ready to embark on the spectacular Kings Canyon Rim Walk. This 6km walk requires a moderate level of fitness and should take approximately 3.5hrs to complete. 
Getting to the top of the canyon is the most difficult part of the walk, take your time and enjoy the views of the sun lighting up the surrounding cliffs. After the initial climb, the walk is an easy path through the most magnificent surroundings, with striking sheer escarpments and changing rock formations dotted with ancient cycad palms. 
•    After the walk you will travel a short distance to Kings Creek Station to settle in at the Mort Conway Camp – Glamping Tent accommodation. 
•    Enjoy a BBQ dinner under a canopy of stars before retiring to your glamping tent. 
•    Overnight: Kings Creek Station – Mort Conway Camp
Glamping Tents with ensuite bathrooms. 

Friday 4 June: Alice Springs

•    After breakfast at the Mort Conway Camp, you will make your way to Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Tours. 
Immerse yourself in a one hour Aboriginal Cultural Tour. Experience spear and boomerang displays, learn about bush tucker and bush medicine, learn local languages and have a chance to purchase local art and crafts direct from the artists.
•    Take the journey back to Alice Springs.
•    On arrival you will have time to relax and refresh before dinner this evening. 
•    Overnight: Alice Springs - Double Tree by Hilton.

Saturday 5 June: West MacDonnell Ranges National Park

•    Enjoy buffet breakfast at your hotel. 
•    Today you will experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges on a fascinating tour with Emu Run. 
Marvel at towering fiery red walls set aglow by the desert sun as you drive along the ranges. We tour through these amazing ranges all day and stop at beautiful gorges and waterholes. 
•    Return to your hotel to refresh in the afternoon. 
•    In the late afternoon you will make your way to the Kangaroo Sanctuary.
First established as the Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre in Alice Springs in 2005, the Kangaroo Sanctuary is now a 188 acre wildlife sanctuary where you can get up close to rescued and orphaned Red Kangaroos. You may even have the chance to cuddle a baby kangaroo. 
•    After the Kangaroo Sanctuary we will have dinner in Alice Springs. 
•    Overnight: Alice Springs – Double Tree by Hilton.

Departure Day: Sunday 6 June

•    This morning you will watch the sun rise and light up the Spinifex covered landscape on a scenic balloon flight over the MacDonnell Ranges, with Outback Ballooning.  
•    Return to your hotel for breakfast, with time to relax and refresh before heading out to the airport for your flight to Sydney.


Below are several flight options arriving into and departing from Alice Springs following this familiarisation.

Flights into Alice Springs – Wednesday 2 June 2021

Perth to Alice Springs
VA 712 / VA1741 0700 – 1410 (5H40M) VIA ADL

Adelaide to Alice Springs
QF1954 0615 – 0825 DIRECT FLIGHT
VA1741 1200 – 1410 DIRECT FLIGHT
QF1956 1325 – 1535 DIRECT FLIGHT 
Melbourne to Alice Springs
QF796 1130 – 1355 (2H55M) DIRECT FLIGHT
VA219 / VA1741 1010 – 1410 (4H30M) VIA ADL  

Brisbane to Alice Springs
QF505 / QF790 0710 – 1205 (5H25M) VIA SYD
VA1388 / VA1741 0845 - 1410 (5H55M) VIA ADL
QF663 / QF1956 1010 – 1535 (5H55M) VIA ADL

Sydney to Alice 
QF790 0925 – 1205 (3H10M) DIRECT FLIGHT
VA412 / VA1741 0915 – 1410 (5H25M) VIA ADL

Flights from Alice Springs – Sunday 6 June

Alice Springs to Sydney
QF791 1300 – 1610 (2H40M) DIRECT FLIGHT 

Page last updated on 11 May 2021