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ATE21 - Best of the Red Centre

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Best of the Red Centre - 4 Nights, 5 Days

Your journey starts in the spiritual heart of Australia, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Marvel at one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, as we tour around the base of Uluru and hear the stories that’ve been passed down by generations. You will also get to explore magnificent Kata Tjuta, meaning ‘many heads’ in the local language. Sleep overnight in permanent tented accommodation or under a blanket of millions of stars, if you choose. 
Travel on to another Red Centre wonder, Kings Canyon - Watarrka National Park. Take in the spectacular cheer cliffs and ancient cycad palms on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, before retiring to your glamping tented accommodation at Kings Creek Station. 
You final stop will be the pioneering outback town of Alice Springs where you will have the opportunity to get close to the iconic Red Kangaroos at the Kangaroo Sanctuary and take a balloon flight over the outback!  

Below is a day by day breakdown of your "Best of the Red Centre" itinerary.

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

Arrival Day: Wednesday 2 June

•    Arrive into Uluru (Ayers Rock Airport) and meet your group and your Wayoutback Australian Safaris Tour Guide to travel the short distance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. 
•    The afternoon is dedicated to exploring this extraordinary monolith starting with an interpretive walk led by your guide, who will explain the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). 
•    Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset complete with sparkling wine and nibbles and plenty of photo opportunities. 
•    Afterwards settle in at our private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds.
•    Overnight: Uluru – Wayoutback Permanent Campsite.
Your accommodation will be a permanent tent with shared bathroom facilities. 

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Day 2: Thursday 3 June

•    Rising early, take a short walk to a lookout close to our campsite to view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta without the hustle and bustle of the public viewing areas before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the "Valley of the Winds".
•    Returning to your campsite to refresh. 
•    You will be collected to make your way to Bruce Munroe’s Field of Light. Tonight you will view the sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta with drinks and canapes. Once darkness falls, the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres gently sparkle to life and you will be invited to walk amongst this amazing art installation. 
•    Return to your Wayoutback campsite for dinner this evening. 
•    Overnight: Uluru – Wayoutback Permanent Campsite. 

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Your accommodation will be a permanent tent with shared bathroom facilities.

Day 3: Friday 4 June

•    Today we head off to Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park. 
•    Enjoy a picnic lunch along the journey. 
•    Arrive at Watarrka National Park, 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. 

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Day 4: Saturday 5 June

•    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.
•    Continue on your journey to Alice Springs.
•    On arrival in Alice Springs you will have time to relax and refresh. 
•    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.

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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. 

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

Flights into Uluru – Wednesday 2 June

Perth to Uluru
No connections 

Adelaide to Uluru
JQ761 / JQ660 0620 – 1340 (7H20M) VIA SYD

Melbourne to Uluru 
JQ664 0850 – 1125 (3H5M) DIRECT FLIGHT

Brisbane to Uluru
JQ815 / JQ660 0635 – 1340 (7H35M) VIA SYD

Sydney to Uluru
JQ660 1035 – 1340 (3H35M) DIRECT FLIGHT

Flights from Alice Springs - Sunday 6 June

QF791 1300 – 1610 DIRECT FLIGHT

Page last updated on 11 May 2021