Red Centre Plus Deluxe - from Alice Springs

Travel by four-wheel drive with a maximum of 16 guests, spend a day in the Western MacDonnell Ranges where you will hike, swim and explore the ancient landscape in this peaceful and relaxed part of the Australian Outback. For those that love their creature comforts spend your nights in our permanent remote campsites, away from the masses, complete with permanent safari tents, hot showers and a comfortable bed with pillows and linen. For those that seek adventure, sleep out under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag with a million star view of the southern skies.

Highlights

  • Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
  • Big windows for better viewing from 4WD vehicle
  • Guided walk at the base of Uluru
  • Travel along the dirt Mereenie Loop Road through the West MacDonnell Ranges

Day 1 
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime. Our journey begins heading south through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for a Camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artefacts. Stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip. After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, we head to the Cultural Centre for the opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). We then head to the base of Uluru where we meet our local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime authentic Indigenous cultural experience with an interpretive walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will hear the stories of the unique landscapes, art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people. This experience is followed by a hands-on dot painting session where you will take your artwork as a memento of your experience. View the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, away from the crowds, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert. Afterwards settle in at our remote private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds. (LD)

Day 2
Rising early, watch the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite well away from the hustle and bustle of the public viewing area. Afterwards depart for Kata Tjuta and a hike through the "Valley of the Winds". Enjoy lunch before heading to Kings Creek Station and our private campsite, miles from the crowds where the feeling of ‘wayoutback’ starts to take hold. After a campfire dinner, kick back and be mesmerised by the millions of stars on display. (BLD)

Day 3
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After Watarrka we 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road looking out for wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent. (BLD)

Day 4
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travelling to Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.

We journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.

Afterwards, we travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata. (BL)

4 day Camping Adventure - from £645

All prices are per person, and include meals where shown - (B)reakfast, (L)unch (D)inner. Tour departs Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday except 01Jan. Park fees payable locally. Accommodation is based on permanent tents with twin bedding, linen, towels and pillow. Luggage should be restricted to 10kg in a soft bag or backpack plus a day pack. Seasonal variations may apply - call 0333 234 2889 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing before 1st April 2017.

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