This tour package starts at Alice Springs or Ayers Rock and ends in Alice Springs on day 2. If you want to end your tour in Ayers Rock, please click here.
Day 1 – Operated by Emu Run
Our professional tour guides show you the real outback they love and enjoy so much.
We collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6am and head to our first stop at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.
We arrive at Yulara at approximately 11:45am, and after a quick stop we provide you with a freshly made packed lunch to eat on the drive to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
We travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) for the first walk of the day into Walpa Gorge. Embrace the domes of Kata Tjuta on your first walk of the day, while taking in the views of the open plains on the return walk.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre
We then visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy some souvenirs. The Cultural Centre was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people. It is built on a sacred site and has very special meaning to the local Anangu people.
Uluru – Mala Walk
We then head to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is next to the entrance to the Uluru climb. From here one of the two guides will take you on a guided Mala Walk. The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where there are many fine examples of Anangu rock art, and you can experience the wonder of the sheer vertical walls. The guide will tell dreamtime stories of the Anangu People.
Uluru – Mutitjulu Waterhole
We drive from the front of Uluru around to the Kuniya car park, which is at the back of Uluru. From here we start our second Uluru guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. The guide will take you along a short track to the Mutitjulu Waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. The guide will share stories of local traditions and explain how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today.
The Sunset BBQ
The scene has been set, the highlight of the day, the breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly and a delicious Aussie BBQ. A spectacular day never to be forgotten.
After the sunset BBQ, you will be dropped off at the Outback Pioneer Lodge where you will spend the evening in a 4 share dorm room (accommodation upgrades are available).
Day 2 – Operated by AAT Kings
AAT Kings pick you up from Outback Pioneer at approximately 4am (Oct-Mar) or 5am (Apr-Sep).
Welcome to Kings Canyon
You’ll get a sense of the remoteness of outback Australia as you travel to Kings Creek Station. Watch as the local wildlife wakes for the day – dromedary camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes.
Kings Creek Station
This cattle and camel station covers 1,800 square kilometres. Relax in the café where you’ll be treated to a cooked breakfast. Their coffee is said to be the best in the Territory!
Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people.
The six kilometre Rim Walk is a once in a lifetime experience. Climb up a 100 metre cliff face and walk around the rim of the canyon. Marvel at impressive views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs.
The Garden of Eden
Deep down between sandstone cliffs, is the Garden of Eden – a true oasis. Here is a natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns, creating a truly unique landscape.
Creek Bed Walk
The Creek Bed Walk is ideal if you’re interested in something more relaxing. After leisurely taking in the sights, set off on a two kilometre stroll along the creek bed that leads to views of the impressive canyon rim.
Kings Canyon Resort
Now we’re off to Kings Canyon Resort – an oasis in the outback! Treat yourself to lunch (own expense). To see Kings Canyon from above, take an optional scenic helicopter flight (creek bed walkers only), or bring your swimmers if you’d like to take a dip in the resort’s pool.
Scenic Return Journey
Enjoy amazing outback scenery as we head back to Alice Springs.
AAT Kings then drop you at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 7:30pm.
What are the departure and arrival times?
Day 1 – pick up from your accommodation in Alice Springs is at approximately 6am, pick up from the Outback Pioneer is at approximately 11:45am. Drop off at the Outback Pioneer Hotel is after the sunset BBQ.
Day 2 – pick up from Outback Pioneer is at approximately 4am (Oct-Mar) or 5am (Apr-Sep). Drop off at your accommodation in Alice Springs is at approximately 7:30pm.
What accommodation is included?
Included in the cost of the package is one bed in a 4 share mixed-sex dormitory room at the Outback Pioneer Lodge. If you would like to upgrade to a private room, you have the option to do this when you book – this is at an extra cost.
Are all meals included?
Emu Run will provide all meals and snacks on the first day, including a BBQ dinner with sparkling wine. AAT Kings will provide a cooked breakfast at Kings Creek Station on the second day of the tour, but all other meals this day are at your own expense. AAT Kings will stop at Kings Canyon Resort where you can purchase lunch.
What should I bring on tour?
Travel voucher, water bottle (2 x 1.5 litre), strong non-slip walking shoes, hat (wide brimmed is best), flynet, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, casual and comfortable clothing (cool, light clothing is best in summer and warm clothing for winter), travel pillow, cash for purchasing dot painting directly from artists at sunset, USB chargers (there are USB ports on the luxury coach).
How many people are on each tour?
We have a maximum of 54 people on the tour bus. You will travel in a comfortable air conditioned coach with a toilet on board.
Can I bring my family?
This package is designed for adults due to the accommodation being in a shared dorm room. If you would like to bring children along, please get in touch and we can create a custom package for your family upon request.
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Prices are valid to 31 March 2017. From 1 April 2017, price will be $545/adult.