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Alice Springs To Uluru Tour

Our small group safari adventure tour offers a comprehensive experience of the top attractions in the Red Centre.
During our four-day tour, we will visit the iconic locations of Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, and Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 for its geological formations, flora and fauna, and natural beauty.
An experienced tour guide will provide comprehensive commentary as they take you through the Red Centre, sharing ancient stories, myths, secrets, and hidden gems.
The tour offers comfortable twin-share safari tents or traditional swag experiences for accommodations.

 

Uluru tours from Alice Springs offer highlights

  • Discover the breathtaking beauty of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
  • Visitors can enjoy the sunset lookout at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and immerse themselves in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta cultural centre.
  • Explore Indigenous Rock Art sites of cultural significance.
  • Visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, Kuniya Piti, and Kantju Gorge.
  • Visitors can explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge.
  • Witness the beauty of the sunrise at the Olgas – Kata Tjuta.
  • The West MacDonnell National Park, known as Tjoritja by the indigenous custodians, is a place to explore and discover.
  • Visitors can explore the impressive Standley Chasm, known as ‘Angkerle Atwatye’, with its 80m high gorge.
  • Visitors can swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of Central Australia’s largest and most picturesque swimming spots.
  • One can visit the UNESCO-listed Ochre Pit mineral rockface and observe the coloured ochre clay still used in traditional ceremonies.

This itinerary may change due to seasonal conditions and access restrictions. The Red Centre’s diverse landscape, culture, and weather conditions require flexibility and adaptability. The itinerary highlights are only a rough guideline. Expert guides will ensure a fantastic adventure for everyone.

The itinerary for the Uluru to Alice Springs tour

Starting from either Alice Springs or Yulara (Uluru Airport), the journey begins towards Ayers Rock (Uluru). Along the way, we stop at the Mt Conner lookout, sometimes referred to as the false Uluru or Fool-Uru. Here, you can take in the stunning views of the majestic red mountain. We also have a quick restroom break at Curtin Springs before reaching our campground for lunch. Please note that this lunch arrangement only applies to Alice Springs guests. Guests from Ayers Rock will need to arrange their own lunch before joining the tour.
We went to the Red Centre’s cultural centre after lunch. Here, we learned about the park’s cultural, historical, ecological, and geological significance. Then, we stood at the base of Uluru, amazed by its magnificence and grandiosity. We walked towards the Mutitjulu waterhole, discovering rock art and hearing ancient creation stories. Next, we drove to Kantju Gorge, passing sacred sites. We saw the highest waterfall in Central Australia and enjoyed a spectacular sunset over Uluru.
Highlights:
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
The Indigenous Interpretive Cultural Centre can be found in the Red Centre.
Sacred Rock Art Site
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Kuniya Piti
Kantju Gorge
Sunset at Uluru lookout
Meals for the tour include lunch and dinner. Accommodations will be at Ayers Rock Coach Campground, where guests can choose between Safari Tents or Bush Swags. The campground offers communal facilities. The driving distance for the tour is 350km. The hike distance is 2-3km, typically taking 2-3 hours to complete. It is important to note that lunch is only provided for those departing from Alice Springs. Those collected from Ayers Rock must find their lunch before joining the tour.

We wake up early and have a light breakfast. Then, we go to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see the sunrise. Kata Tjuta is even more magnificent than Uluru. We hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge and see massive rock formations. After exploring Kata Tjuta, we visit Kings Canyon for another beautiful sunset. We end the day by enjoying a meal around the fire at our camp.

Highlights:

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • You can hike either the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge.
  • The Olgas- Kata Tjuta
  • Glorious Sunrise at Uluru

Meals consist of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodations are provided at Kings Creek Station Campground in either Safari Tents or Bush Swags. Communal facilities are available at the campground. The driving distance is 406 km, which takes approximately 4.5 hours. The hike ranges from 2 to 6 km and takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the weather.

We start early and explore Kings Canyon, a sacred traditional land. Wear a hat, bring water, and wear good hiking shoes. We walked through cliff faces over 100 meters high and admired the unique sandstone chasms. After resting, we head north, passing through Alice Springs and continuing towards the West MacDonnell Ranges. We enjoy stargazing at our remote campsite. Highlights include traversing the remote Central Australian countryside, a guided walking tour at Kings Canyon, and experiencing a dazzling stargazing experience in the outback.

Meals provided will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodation options include remote campsite safari tents or bush swags with basic outback facilities. The driving distance for this trip is 370km, which takes approximately 4 hours. Additionally, the hike distance ranges from 2-4 km and can take 2-4 hours to complete.

On our fourth day together, we visit Standley Chasm, also known as ‘Angkerle Atwatye’, a narrow gorge in the West MacDonnell Range. We explored the area and hoped to spot some wildlife. Then we head west towards Ellery Creek Bighole, or ‘Udepata’, where we can swim and cool off surrounded by red cliffs and sandy banks. Our next stop is Ormiston Gorge, where we marvel at the impressive red walls created by natural forces. Finally, we visit Simpsons Gap, a sacred waterhole with native wildlife. After a day of adventure, we return and drop you off at your accommodation in Alice Springs.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.Accommodation: Not applicable.Driving distance: 250 kilometres, approximately 3 hours.Walking distance: Approximately 3 to 4 kilometers.

Details​​​

  • 3 Nights Outback bush camping (Ayers Rock, Kings Creek Station, West MacDonnell Ranges)
  • Includes: 3 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 3 x dinner
  • Guided bushwalking tours (~12km, subject to fitness level)
  • Onboard drinking water (BYO refillable bottle)
  • All National Park permit entry fees
  • Entry fees to Standley Chasm
  • Australian native wildlife sightings
  • Fitted sheet, pillow & case (tent option only)
  • Accredited outback driver-guide
  • Travel in air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Comprehensive commentary on the tour
  • Pickup/ drop-off from selected inner-city Alice Springs point
  • Refillable water bottle (at least 3 Litres)
  • Sun protection – wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Beach towels, swimwear & toiletries
  • Sturdy & comfortable shoes for hiking (tread closed toe)
  • Clothing suitable for all weather (extreme conditions inc, wind, rain, heat, cold, day/night)
  • Soft luggage (max 15kg) & small day pack
  • Insect repellent (tropical strength)
  • Mosquito or fly net (summer)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Cash for extra snacks and meals
  • Rechargeable power bank (access to power for charging phones or cameras will be limited)
  • Camera
  • BYO sleeping bag & pillow (optional – if staying in a swag)
  • Any meals not previously indicated in the itinerary
  • We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance
  • Pre/post-tour hotel transfers
  • Additional personal expenses
Fare TypeRetailAllocationRelease
Basic Single Swag – Adult/ChildAUD 950 ppFS45 Days
Safari Tent Twin Share – Adult/ChildAUD 1,095 ppFS45 Days
NightPricing OptionsFacilitiesIncludes
1st 2ndSingle Swag
(under the stars)
pp
Unpowered outback campsite, hot showers, toilets and shared facilities.Self-contained canvas-covered bush bed roll with mattress to sleep on the ground outdoors
1st
2nd
Safari Tents
Twin Share (sleeps 2)
pp
Unpowered outback campsite, hot showers, toilets and shared facilities.
Permanent tented campsite, inflatable mattress, bed linen supplied, lantern, protected from the elements

Our main meeting point for this tour will be outside the front of Aurora Alice Springs Hotel – 11 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs from 6:00 to 7:00 am.

From Alice Springs:

  • 6:00 am – To Be Advised – Please call 48 hours before reconfirming
  • 7:00 am – Alice Motor Inn – 25-27 Undoolya Rd East Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Alice on Todd Apartments – 1 Strehlow St The Gap
  • 7:00am – Alice Springs YHA – Cnr Parsons St Leichhardt Terrace
  • 7:00 am – Alices Secret Travellers Inn – 6 Khalick St East Side NT
  • 7:00 am – A Good Rest B and B – 51 Dixon Rd Alice Springs NT
  • 7:00 am – Alice Springs Tourist Park – 70 Larapinta Dr Araluen NT
  • 7:00 am – Best Western Elkira Court Motel – 65 Bath St Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Crowne Plaza Lasseters – 93 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Desert Palms Alice Springs – 74 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs -82 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Discovery Parks – Alice Springs 25 Palm Place Ross NT
  • 7:00 am – Gday Mate Tourist Park – 23 Palm Circuit Ross Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Gap View Hotel – 123 Gap Rd The Gap NT
  • 7:00 am – Haven Backpacker Resort – 3 Larapinta Dr Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Heritage Caravan Park – 40 Ragonesi Rd Alice Springs, NT
  • 7:00 am – Jump Inn Alice Budget Accommodation 4 Traeger Ave The Gap NT
  • 7:00 am – Lemon Gum Apartments – 11 Gap Rd The Gap NT
  • 7:00 am – Mercure Alice Springs Resort -34 Stott Terrace Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Quest Alice Springs – 10 South Terrace Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Stay at Alice Springs Hotel Aurora – 11 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Swagmans Rest Apartments The – 67 Gap Rd Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – The Diplomat Motel – 20 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Wintersun Cabin n Caravan Park – 1 Stuart Hwy Alice Springs

From Ayers Rock / Yulara:

  • 1:50 pm – Ayers Rock Airport [AYQ] – Coote Rd Yulara NT
  • 1:50 pm – Ayers Rock Campground – 173 Yulara Dr Yulara NT

Drop-Off Time & Location

From Alice Springs:

  • 5:30 pm – at select Alice Springs Accommodation in the central part of town

From Ayers Rock / Yulara:

  • This tour finishes in Alice Springs; we do not offer Ayers Rock/Yulara drop-offs only on the 3-day touring option.

These are approximate drop-off times, and we recommend guests not to book a flight out on the final day of the tour. You must book an additional night’s accommodation in Alice Springs and fly out the following day.

Weather

The weather conditions in the Red Centre can fluctuate rapidly and sometimes be quite intense. Temperatures can soar to over 50+ degrees Celsius in the dry season and drop dramatically in the evening before your journey; we recommend checking the average temperatures for the time of year you’re travelling and unpacking suitable clothing. In the case of rain or harsh weather, expect your tour to go ahead unless otherwise advised by the provider.

  • Mandatory passenger details required when booking include date of birth, dietary requirements and phone number.
  • We do our best to cater for most dietary needs and food allergies. However, passengers MUST notify the tour operator of any special requirements or medical conditions when booking.
  • Hiking included in this tour requires a moderate/ advanced level of fitness, ss and a doctor’s certificate for people over 70 years (30 days before and before travel). The walks vary from 2km to 4km each, often over steep rocky areas and in direct sunlight with high humidity. An approximate 9-11 km walk is included throughout the three-day tour.
  • Hiking is always embarked on at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of passengers.
  • Children between the ages of 8 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian and stay in private twin rooms. This tour is not suitable for infants or children seven years and under.
  • Private rooms are available on request and subject to availability.
  • Our vehicles have limited storage space. Therefore, baggage must be kept to 1 x 15kg travel bag and 1 x 5kg day bag.
  • This terrain is unsuitable for mobility-impaired travellers with wheelchairs, walkers, prams or strollers.
  • This itinerary is interchangeable and may vary to accommodate seasonal weather conditions and fluctuations or park closures due to ceremonies or events held by traditional custodians.
  • Occasionally, sites within the parks close or do not allow swimming for safety purposes. We plan accordingly to make sure our guests always have the best experience possible on tour.
  • Guests are asked to participate in preparing meals, packing, and loading/unpacking the vehicle.
  • All tours MUST be reconfirmed with the tour operator within seven days of departure on 03 9393 1300.
  • Private charter tours are available upon request.

Booking​

FAQs

Roughly 5-6 hours covering approximately 450 kilometres.
No, as it offends the sensibilities of the Anangu, it is prohibited.
Expect encounters with kangaroos, emus, and a variety of bird species. Always observe from a safe distance.
Yes, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park offers amenities like restrooms, a café, and a cultural centre.
No, avoid nocturnal travel due to potential wildlife encounters on the roads.
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