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5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Yulara - Adventure Tours Australia

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Highlights:

  • Spend five days experiencing the very best that the Red Centre has to offer, including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and two days exploring the sites of the MacDonnell Ranges, both East and West:
  • Witnessing an Uluru sunset is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Have your camera ready when taking in this spectacular sight.
  • Discover ancient cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole as a local Anangu guide explains the culture and stories behind the art and its connection to the land.
  • A combination of both powered camps and swag camping to experience the true magic of the Red Centre.
  • Armed with a flexible itinerary and a knowledgeable guide, this itinerary allows you to discover the Red Centre at a more relaxed pace.

Included:

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Meals as indicated: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: Powered camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Bush camp (2 nights)
  • Travel in all-terrain vehicle
  • Activities as detailed in itinerary
  • National park entry fees
  • Breakfast : Some
  • Lunch : Some
  • Dinner : Some

Itinerary

Day 1 : Yulara

Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand the heart and soul of Australia. Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the Alice Springs pick-up point this morning and set off to explore the Red Centre. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. Only a short drive away walk off your lunch is Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s). With its 36 various-sized domes, it provides quite a contrast to Uluru, and much larger too with the highest point almost 200 meters higher than its counterpart. You’ll get to know Kata Tjuta’s rock formations and landscape pretty well in the afternoon hiking between the massive domes. As the evening unfolds, enjoy a light snack as the sun slowly sets, casting a variety of earthy tones across Uluru. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars. Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Total walking time is approximately 2 hours. Total driving time today is around 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Uluru Sunrise

An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise as the sun hits the icon like a beacon, before the light floods the surrounding landscape. While the morning is fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru taking in all of the textures and valleys of Uluru up-close, which isn’t evident from afar. Join a First Nation Cultural Experience at the Mutitjulu waterhole where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the ‘Tjukurpa’ the law and creation stories of the Anangu. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art at the Cultural Centre, hand-crafted by local First Nation Peoples of the Western and Central Deserts. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will have dinner and enjoy the stars. Accommodation: Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours (or up to 3.5 if you do the full 10km base walk).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Kings Canyon

The main attraction of Watarrka National Park is undoubtedly Kings Canyon – a huge gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls many meters high. With its porous sandstone, deep gullies and hidden rock pools, it provides shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point may of these out on a trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous locations such as the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre, and of course North & South Walls of Kings Canyon. We enjoy lunch before driving during much of the afternoon to our overnight camp in the East MacDonnell Ranges. Accommodation: Bush Camping (basic facilities) (1 night) Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : East MacDonnell Ranges

Leaving Launceston, a short drive takes us through Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’ and then onto Tasmania’s most famous alpine national park, Cradle Mountain. Cradle is home to an abundance of wildlife such as wombats and echidnas. Choose from a variety of incredible walks; the Dove Lake circuit is likely the best short walk in Tasmania, while the challenging walk to the summit of Marion’s Lookout offers unmatched views of the glacial carved wilderness. Easier options today include a stroll along Ronny Creek or down to the Boatshed. Departing Cradle, we travel to the harbourside village of Strahan on the West Coast, our accommodation for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : West MacDonnell Ranges

Spend the afternoon exploring the Outback scenery of the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Visit one of the most photographed places in the Red Centre; Ormiston Gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies while admiring the colourful, sweeping walls surrounding its waterhole. Continue to Redbank Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole, a popular spot for a refreshing dip. After a satisfying day spent exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges, we head back to Alice Springs where our epic five-day adventure ends. Total walking distance: up to 10 kms. Total driving time: about 3 hours

Meals: None


Pickups / Departures

Departure Days: Select Sundays April to November in 2023 and May to October in 2024

Joining point:  Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort or Airport (dependent on flight arrival time, confirm at time of booking) - It is essential you advise Adventure Tours Australia or your booking agent of your flight times.

WINTER SCHEDULE – No lunch included
(2nd April 2023 - 30th September 2023 and 7th April 2024 - 5th October 2024)

If your flight arrives BEFORE 1:00pm your guide will meet you at the front of the Desert Gardens hotel at 1:45pm (Outback Pioneer @ 1:50pm). The Free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel.
No bookings are required, just look for the regular shuttle in front of the airport once you have collected your luggage.

If your flight arrives between 1:00pm – 1:35 pm please meet your Adventure Tours guide at Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport) @ 14:00pm

Please do not book any flights arriving after 1:35pm as you will not be able to join trip.

SUMMER SCHEDULE – Lunch included
(1st October 2023 – 6th April 2024 and 6th October 2024 - 5th April 2025)

If your flight arrives BEFORE 11:00am your guide will meet you at the front of the Desert Gardens hotel at 1:15pm (Outback Pioneer @ 1:20pm). The Free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel.
No bookings are required, just look for the regular shuttle in front of the airport once you have collected your luggage.

If your flight arrives between 11:00am – 12:45pm please meet your Adventure Tours guide at Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport) @ 1:00pm.

Please do not book any flights arriving after 12:45pm as you will not be able to join trip.

Finishing point: Central Alice Springs accommodation


Extras

What to Bring:

Water bottle (at least 1.5 litres)
Sturdy walking shoes
Hat and sunscreen
Towel and toiletries
Camera/phone and batteries or charger
Headlight or torch
Insect repellent/flynet
Power pack for charging without electricity
A sleeping bag is required - bring your own or pre-purchase at time of booking.
Towel for swimming

Luggage Limit:

15kg in soft bag plus carry on day pack. No hard cases please.

Dietary Requirements:

Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking.

Extra Costs:

Sleeping bag is required for this trip. Bring your own, or pre-purchase from us.


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Elizabeth G. 30 Aug 2022
The tour was perfect, Matt and Bella were great guides and made the trip so special.

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