Central Australia Outback Explorer

Explore Kings Canyon (Watarrka), admire Uluru and Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas), Learn about Aboriginal arts and culture : 3 Days comfortable camping

Departure City: ex. Alice Springs
Physical Rating: Moderate - walking and sightseeing tour
Come along and experience Central Australia’s most iconic landmarks and scenery. Over the course of 3 full days, explore Kings Canyon (Watarrka), admire Uluru and Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) on this adventure packed tour of the Red Centre. We will learn about Aboriginal arts and culture on the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Tour and admire the colours painted onto the rocks and landscape by the sunrise and sunsets. Travel in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy fantastic guided walks along the way.

Central Australia Tour Inclusions

  • Watarrka (Kings Canyon), Uluru and Kata-Tjuta
  • Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Glorious sunsets from various locations
  • Sunrise at Uluru
  • All transport in an air-conditioned tour coach
  • Friendly and knowledgable Guides
  • Small Group max 12 guests
  • National Park entrance fees

Meals:

  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Accommodation:

  • 1 night camping at a private site in Kings Canyon
  • 1 night camping at a private site in Yulara

Operated by:

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Pricing:
From $1,149.00 AUD per person
Tour Length:
3 Days
Distance walked:
Sightseeing and short walks
Difficulty:
Easy ; See FAQ
Dates:

1 - 3. Apr 2023
8 - 10. Apr 2023
15 - 17. Apr 2023
22 - 24. Apr 2023
29. Apr - 1. May 2023
6 - 8. May 2023
10 - 12. May 2023
13 - 15. May 2023
17 - 19. May 2023
20 - 22. May 2023
24 - 26. May 2023
27 - 29. May 2023
31. May - 2. Jun 2023
3 - 5. Jun 2023
7 - 9. Jun 2023
10 - 12. Jun 2023
14 - 16. Jun 2023
17 - 19. Jun 2023
21 - 23. Jun 2023
24 - 26. Jun 2023
28 - 30. Jun 2023
1 - 3. Jul 2023
5 - 7. Jul 2023
8 - 10. Jul 2023
12 - 14. Jul 2023
15 - 17. Jul 2023
19 - 21. Jul 2023
22 - 24. Jul 2023
26 - 28. Jul 2023
29 - 31. Jul 2023
2 - 4. Aug 2023
5 - 7. Aug 2023
9 - 11. Aug 2023
12 - 14. Aug 2023
16 - 18. Aug 2023
19 - 21. Aug 2023
23 - 25. Aug 2023
26 - 28. Aug 2023
30. Aug - 1. Sep 2023
2 - 4. Sep 2023
6 - 8. Sep 2023
9 - 11. Sep 2023
13 - 15. Sep 2023
16 - 18. Sep 2023
20 - 22. Sep 2023
23 - 25. Sep 2023
27 - 29. Sep 2023
30. Sep - 2. Oct 2023
4 - 6. Oct 2023
7 - 9. Oct 2023
11 - 13. Oct 2023
14 - 16. Oct 2023
18 - 20. Oct 2023
21 - 23. Oct 2023
25 - 27. Oct 2023
28 - 30. Oct 2023
1 - 3. Nov 2023
4 - 6. Nov 2023
8 - 10. Nov 2023
11 - 13. Nov 2023
15 - 17. Nov 2023
18 - 20. Nov 2023
22 - 24. Nov 2023
25 - 27. Nov 2023
2 - 4. Dec 2023
9 - 11. Dec 2023
16 - 18. Dec 2023
23 - 25. Dec 2023
30. Dec 2023 - 1. Jan 2024
6 - 8. Jan 2024
13 - 15. Jan 2024
27 - 29. Jan 2024
10 - 12. Feb 2024
24 - 26. Feb 2024
2 - 4. Mar 2024
9 - 11. Mar 2024
16 - 18. Mar 2024
23 - 25. Mar 2024
27 - 29. Mar 2024
30. Mar - 1. Apr 2024

Highlights of this tour

Tour Itinerary

The itinerary may alter depending on extreme weather conditions and heat.

Day 1: Alice Springs to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and the Karrke Aboriginal Experience

Day 1: Alice Springs to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and the Karrke Aboriginal Experience

Our adventure starts early morning as we depart Alice Springs. Erlunda, known as the Centre of the Centre is the first stop where we can stretch our legs before continuing our journey to Kings Canyon for a Karrke experience.

Learn about the importance of bush tucker (Aboriginal bush foods) and bush medicines – many of which are still consumed and used today. What do the patterns and symbols in an Aboriginal Dot painting mean? The Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Tour is a 1-hour guided tour that talks about Aboriginal art, culture and more!

This evening, after settling in our own tents at our private campsite, we will enjoy the sunset on Carmichael Crag before a sumptuous BBQ dinner at the Resort.

*Please note: due to varying sunset times throughout the year, dinner may happen before or after sunset viewing times.

Accommodation: Private, semi-permanent campsite at Kings Canyon Resort

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Rim walk at Kings Canyon. Walpa Gorge walk at Kata-Tjuta.

Day 2: Rim walk at Kings Canyon. Walpa Gorge walk at Kata-Tjuta.

Enjoy awakening to the sounds of the Australian Bush before we take on the difficult but extremely rewarding Kings Canyon Rim Walk.

Today’s walk includes some challenging terrain – the steep climb to the top is demanding but along the way, we are graced with stunning views and gorgeous backdrops of the iconic Australian outback. One of the first looks out to the south wall of the Canyon comes after journeying through a narrow gap between two massive twin rocks. This passage is made famous by the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert and is named Priscilla’s Crack.

The next amazing geological formation you will come across is The Lost City, a series of sandstone domes that resemble an ancient city and often referred to as a mini-Purnululu (Western Australia). From here we will make our way down a series of wooden steps to the canyon floor. The Garden of Eden is a small remnant of a tropical oasis and is a permanent and important water source of the region.

After stopping in at Curtin Springs for lunch, we will make our way to Uluru and Kata-Tjuta National Park for a gentle walk through Walpa Gorge aka ‘Windy Gully’. If you thought the day couldn’t possibly get any better, we’ll round up the days activities by watching the sun set over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from near our campsite.

*Please note: due to varying sunset and sunrise times throughout the year, the order of the activities within Uluru and Kata-Tjuta National Park may vary. Your guide will ensure all activities are covered over Day 2&3.

Accommodation: Private, semi-permanent campsite at Yulara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sunrise at Uluru. Travel Yulara to Alice Springs

Day 3: Sunrise at Uluru. Travel Yulara to Alice Springs

Get ready for an early morning as we will leave the Resort while it’s still dark to witness a magical sunrise over the mighty monolith that is Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta in the distance.

We will enjoy a short and gentle walk at the base of Uluru. During our walk, we’ll learn about the creation myths and the geology of this magical place.

For those returning to Alice Springs, we commence our journey back around lunch time, stopping at Erldunda to stretch your legs and/or pick up a late lunch (not included). We will return you to your hotel at approximately 5 to 5.30pm after three days of some of the best adventures the Red Centre can offer.

For those extending their stay in Yulara or travelling from Connellan airport, we will return to Kings Canyon Resort by 11.30am before commencing the journey back to Alice Springs with the rest of the group.

*Please note: due to varying sunset and sunrise times throughout the year, the order of the activities within Uluru and Kata-Tjuta National Park may vary. Your guide will ensure all activities are covered over Day 2 & 3.

Meals: Breakfast

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

  • 1 night camping at a private site in Kings Canyon
  • 1 night camping at a private site in Yulara

 

 

What to bring

A full packing list will be provided to you upon booking.

Food

  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Transport

Transport is by an air-conditioned tour coach, designed for comfort in outback conditions. Vehicles are regularly serviced to ensure their safety and reliability. They contain remote communications technology and recovery gear in case of emergency.

In the case of breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances affecting the vehicle or guide, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles and guides other than those specified, to ensure the operation of a tour.

Seat Allocation: Seats on tour vehicle are not pre allocated. To ensure all participants get to enjoy window seats we encourage a daily seat rotation system.

This tour includes

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Continental breakfast at your accommodation

Start the day on the right foot with a simple, healthy breakfast

Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 22 years experience.

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Healthy packed lunches

Pack a healthy salad or roll in the morning to enjoy for lunch each day out on the trail.

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Home made morning tea each day

Enjoy a slice of home-baked cake and a hot cuppa each morning on the track - we'll even carry the thermos for you!

National Park entrance fees

Transport built for outback conditions

Transport is by an air-conditioned custom built 4WD tour coach, designed for comfort in outback conditions. Regularly serviced to ensure safety and reliability. Fitted with communication and recovery gear in case of emergency.

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We'll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don't have to worry about a thing

Enjoy the benefits of travelling in a small group!

Pricing

From $1,149.00 AUD per person

Secure your seat with a $350pp deposit

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We can't guarantee the weather, bush fires or events beyond our control, but we do guarantee that:
– your guides are professional, friendly and hard working.
– your itinerary is well organised and thought out.
– the particulars of your tour (accommodation, transport, food etc), are as described on the website and in the tour notes.
We stand behind our guarantees. If you come on a tour with Inspiration Outdoors and we do not fulfil these promises, we will give you your money back.

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Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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Can I cancel my booking?

If you need to cancel your tour;

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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