Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Depart from Alice Springs and travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges with stops at a camel farm, where you have the chance to ride a camel (own expense) and a great vantage point to see the majestic Mt Conner. Later in the afternoon, travel to Uluru and tour around the base with your guide. Next, travel to Mutitjulu waterhole, where you will take a guided walk, see ancient rock art and hear Aboriginal legends. Afterward, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where you can learn more about the indigenous history and culture, and see traditional arts and crafts on display. Then travel to sunset strip where you will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you admire the spectacular display of light and color as you watch an Uluru sunset.
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.
Day 2: Uluru Sunrise, Mutitjulu Waterhole
Rise early in the morning and travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area to witness the sunrise over Uluru. In the stillness and quiet, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and feel the spiritual heart of the Australian Outback. Then be mesmerized by the changing hues of Uluru in the morning light. After watching the sunrise, visit the 36 immense rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Enjoy a guided walk into Walpa Gorge and marvel at the sheer walls that flank you as you enter the gorge.
In the afternoon you will be transferred back to your Alice Springs hotel.
Please note: There is no opportunity to purchase food while on tour. Please arrange with your hotel to have breakfast earlier or to provide a breakfast box to take with you.
Outback Pioneer Lodge and Hotel (Budget)
The Outback Pioneer Lodge has a true outback, pioneering atmosphere that gives our 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, hotels 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
Tour departs from Alice Springs hotels.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time