3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour
Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru aboard a luxury coach. Stop at the Camel Farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. You have the opportunity to ride a camel (own expense). While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. There is time for stop at Mt Ebenezer road house for a quick break. View flat-topped...
Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru aboard a luxury coach. Stop at the Camel Farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. You have the opportunity to ride a camel (own expense). While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. There is time for stop at Mt Ebenezer road house for a quick break. View flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.
This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide points out some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts.
In the late afternoon travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying canapés and a complimentary glass of wine.
Optional Aussie BBQ Dinner
After sunset, a guide will transfer you to the exclusive barbecue site. You will be served a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change).
Day 2: Uluru - Kings Canyon
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. Spend some time exploring Walpa Gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.
In the early afternoon, travel by luxury coach through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort. Pass through Curtin Springs cattle station before viewing Atila (Mt. Conner) from the coach.
Day 3: Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk - Alice Springs
Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvelous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. The rim walk takes approximately 3-hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor.
Stop at Kings Creek Station to purchase lunch (own expense) before continuing through beautiful desert landscapes on your way to Alice Springs.
Depart Alice Springs and travel through the remote Outback landscapes past the West MacDonnell Ranges. This ancient, twisted range is thought to be the oldest in Australia. Stop to visit the Outback Camel Farm, where you'll have the opportunity to try riding one (own expense). Stop to view the flat-topped Mt Conner before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Take a tour to the base of Uluru with your guide. Travel to Mutitjulu waterhole, where you can see cave paintings and hear the legends of Python Dreaming. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre... Read More
Depart Alice Springs and travel through the remote Outback landscapes past the West MacDonnell Ranges. This ancient, twisted range is thought to be the oldest in Australia. Stop to visit the Outback Camel Farm, where you'll have the opportunity to try riding one (own expense). Stop to view the flat-topped Mt Conner before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Take a tour to the base of Uluru with your guide. Travel to Mutitjulu waterhole, where you can see cave paintings and hear the legends of Python Dreaming. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn more about the indigenous history and culture, and see traditional arts and crafts on display. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and watch the golden rays of the setting sun strike Uluru.
Optional Aussie BBQ Dinner
After sunset, a guide will transfer you to the exclusive barbecue site. The site is within the Uluru National Park, outside the Uluru & Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights so that there is a clear view of the stars in the southern sky. Once at the site, you will be served a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, you will be served tea, coffee and dessert and your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). Your guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort.
Overnight: Ayers Rock
Day 2: Uluru Sunrise - Mutitjulu Waterhole - Uluru Climb - Kings Canyon
Rise early and witness the day's first light striking Uluru. Warm up with a coffee or tea as you take in the quiet of the Australian Outback. Join a tour to Kata Tjuta and walk into Walpa Gorge, where you may spot ancient stone carvings. In the early afternoon, travel by luxury coach through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort. Pass through Curtin Springs cattle station before viewing Atila (Mt. Conner) from the coach.
Overnight: Kings Canyon
Day 3: Kings Canyon Guided Rim Walk - Alice Springs
Enjoy a guided walk along the rim of Kings Canyon and through the 'Lost City' and 'Garden of Eden' (requires a good degree of fitness). See the towering walls and unique plant life. An alternative easy walk along the canyon floor is also available. In the afternoon, travel through the vast cattle properties of Central Australia, stopping at Kings Creek Station before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs.
Accommodation Options: Ayers Rock Resort
Tour Only - No accommodation included at Ayers Rock or Kings Canyon. You therefore have the flexibility to book your own accommodation.
Outback Pioneer Hotel (Budget) - The Outback Pioneer Lodge has a true outback, pioneering atmosphere that gives guests a real taste of traditional Australian hospitality. Cook up some Outback delights on the barbecue or come and share a few yarns about your adventures in the Red Centre over a beer and some hearty bush tucker in the Bough House Restaurant.
Desert Gardens Hotel (Standard) - Set amidst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs, the recently refurbished Desert Gardens hotel offers a range of stylish accommodation. Desert Gardens is the superior hotel at Ayers Rock Resort and is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities.
Sails In The Desert (Superior) - Sails in the Desert is the premier hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, with spacious, airy and exquisitely furnished rooms set in lush park-like grounds. Deriving its name from the distinctive sail-like structures, which provide shade and a touch of elegance to its design, Sails in the Desert is the ultimate in luxury in the Red Centre.
Due to operational requirements, hotel options are subject to change by the tour operator without notice.
6:15am A Good Rest B&B
6:55am Alice in the Territory
6:35am Alice Motor Inn
6:40am Alice on Todd
6:35am Aurora Alice Springs
6:25am Chifley Alice Springs Resort
6:45am Desert Palms Resort
6:35am Desert Rose Inn
6:30am Diplomat Motel
6:50am DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs
6:30am Elkira Motel
6:55am G’Day Mate Caravan Park
6:20am Haven Backpackers
6:55am Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge
6:55am Heritage Caravan Park
6:40am Ibis Styles Oasis
6:55am Lasseters Casino Hotel
6:55am MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park
7:00am Pathdorf Bed & Breakfast
6:40am Quest Apartments
6:15am Stuart Caravan Park
6:40am Swagmans Rest Motel
6:35am Todd Tavern
6:40am Toddy’s Resort
6:15am Wintersun Caravan Park
6:15am Vatu Sanctuary
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point at approximately 6:15pm on Day 3
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Maximum of 3 passengers per room. If you are traveling with 4 travelers or more, you must make 2 separate bookings.
- Children must share a room with 2 or more adults, and utilize existing bedding
- Infant are free provided they do not occupy a seat
- Passengers requiring special assistance, must provide written notice to allow for appropriate planning. Requests for disabled rooms will be passed on to hotels, but cannot be guaranteed.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
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This tour was so well coordinated and organized. Our hotel at Uluru was really good but the one at Kings Cross was much more rustic with even ants and lizards in the room. The side tours that we took early in the morning were all very prompt and just as advertised. A great insight into this area and we would highly recommend.
This tour is a great value. Everything was very well organize and on time. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The bus trip was comfortable and enjoyable. Plenty of stops for breaks and refreshment. The trips out to Uluru were great, but unfortunately we had cloudy weather both for the sunrise and sunset- so no spectacular views of the big rock. The additional walks were not too strenuous, unless you wanted them to be. Just enough of the Outback to get a good feel for what the center of Australia is all about. One suggestion is to be prepared for the flies in some areas. They get a bit chummy. You can purchase a fly net to wear over your hat just about anywhere in the Outback and that is probably a good idea depending on when you go. Also, the weather report we checked before we went said extremely hot weather, but it actually rained for a couple of the days- which if it hadn't been raining when we left Sydney wearing rain gear, could have been a little uncomfortable. We did the superior accommodations with the BBQ. Hotels were very nice, clean and comfy. The BBQ was okay, but could probably be skipped if you are doing the sunrise trip to Uluru. If you do the BBQ you end up with a very short 3-4 hour overnight for sleep as you don't get back to the hotel until after 10 and are up before dawn for the time we went in December.
Overall, very good value, extremely well organized, clean and comfy accommodations and nice and knowledgeable guides and drivers. Highly recommended!
The tour was excellent. Here is some information your future travelers. First do not worry about getting coffee or breakfast before crazy early bus pickups as the tour will soon go to a road travel stop or will provide you with free coffee and snack bars. Second do bring many large bottles of water as all the hotels sell bottled water at 3x the cost in a convenience store. Third realize that some of the timing of bus arrivals and departures are at odds with the hotel schedules: e.g. normal checking and checkout times. Ignore the checkout issue as the hotels will not care even if you are more than an hour late in checkout. The checkin can be an issue ... and is an issue the tour bus company should improve. Finally note that this is a very very busy tour. My recommendation to the bus tour company would be to offer a gentle afternoon option at Uiuru, to leave the hotels at not 2:30pm but rather 4pm with a short visit to the Uluru visitor center and the rock itself in time for the great sunset viewing party. Else have fun!
I thought that the inclusion of Kings Canyon was not worthwhile. The distances are great and required a lot of bus riding. An extra night in Uluru Eyres Rock would have been wonderful. Not enough time there. Sails in the Desert resort was first rate. I would suggest taking trips out of Uluru and omitting Kings Canyon. The bus company is very well organized and drivers excellent but just too much time spent on bus.
Amazing - lots of walking but some stunning views and very knowledgable people. I will remember this experience for life and highly recommend anyone to do this. Some say 'why go to see a rock in the middle?' but we're so pleased we did.