3 Day Kings Canyon & Uluru Explorer
Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm for an optional camel ride on these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense) and later stop to view majestic Atila (Mt Conner), before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) where your AAT Kings Guide will explain the geological history of these giant domes. Your Guide will then escort you on a 2-3 hour walk in the valley between the massive red conglomerate rocks. The walking path is rocky and requires a good level of fitness. Marvel at the unique flora and fauna that has survived in this harsh environment. When you reach the Valley of the Winds Lookout, take some time to gaze out over the central valley of Kata Tjuta. Then take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Budget Rooms (budget), Outback Pioneer Hotel (standard), Desert Gardens Hotel (superior) or Sails in the Desert (first class), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.
Day 2: Kings Canyon
An early start this morning to drive through sand hill country to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station (own expense) along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon to be rewarded with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. The climb may take up to 3 hours and is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor, a more leisurely walk. After lunch (own expense) we make our way back to Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 3: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. After watching the sunrise you will join your AAT Kings Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts, before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. On days when the Uluru Climb is open, those with a good level of fitness will have the opportunity to climb Uluru as an alternative to the Uluru Base Tour. Depart Ayers Rock.
Departs: 7.30am daily from Alice Springs (pre night hotel in Alice Springs may be required at extra cost)
From €855 per person sharing based on Standard Room in Low Season (1DEC13-31MAR141APR13-30JUN13 & 1APR14-30JUN14)