4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta And Kings Canyon

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Spend your days hiking, swimming and exploring, and sleep under the southern stars on a four-day Australian outback camping tour. Traveling by off-road 4WD vehicle, see all the icons of central Australia, including Uluru (the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Sleep around the campfire in a traditional Australian bedroll known as a swag and stargaze under the southern stars or choose the comfort of a permanent tent. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience with your guide. You can begin the tour in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock, concluding in Alice Springs.

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Spend your days hiking, swimming and exploring, and your nights under the southern stars on your four-day camping tour in Australia's spectacular Red Centre. After pickup in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock (Uluru), travel to UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites including Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Learn about Aboriginal culture, take guided hikes in the Outback, create your own dot painting , look for wildlife and swim in natural rock pools. Your experienced guide shares fascinating stories about the places you visit and assists with any questions throughout the trip.

Sleep in your choice of a swag (a compact bedroll with mattress and bedding) or in one of the campsite's permanent tents and share meals around the campfire at night. All meals are included, along with camping gear, drinking water, transportation by 4WD, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Inclusions for 4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta And Kings Canyon

  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
  • Local guide
  • Overnight camping accommodation (including sleeping bag)
  • Transport by 4WD vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Airport pickup (if flying directly into Uluru)
  • Towels included

Exclusions for 4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta And Kings Canyon

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Water bottle

Itinerary:

Day 1 Alice Springs - Uluru (L,D)

You journey starts early from Alice Springs (if joining from Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport). We head south through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for an optional Camel ride (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse to see or purchase Aboriginal artefacts followed by a stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of the trip.

After a stop for lunch we will head to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, to hear about Aboriginal law and religion. You will then meet your Aboriginal Guide to have an authentic Indigenous cultural experience with an interpretive walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole to hear the stories of the unique culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people. This is followed by a hands-on dot painting session and you even get to keep you artwork. We conclude at the Cultural Centre to learn of the flora and fauna of the area.

Watch the stunning colors of Uluru at sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles away from the crowds. Then settle at your remote private camp with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under night sky or the comfort of your safari tent.

Overnight: campsite in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

DAY 2 Uluru – Kata Tjuta – Kings Creek Station (B, L, D)
Rising early, watch the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite and away from 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 for a ‘wayoutback’ experience. After a campfire dinner, kick back and be mesmerised by the evening sky.

Overnight: campsite in Kings Creek Station

DAY 3 Watarrka – Mereenie Loop Road – Glen Helen (B, L, D)
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.

Overnight: campsite in Watarrka National Park

Day 4 West MacDonnell Ranges – Alice Springs (B, L)
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.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.

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 was 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.

Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5:30pm. After a hot shower, join your fellow travelers for a farewell meal, some laughs and a few cold ales.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved. Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

A maximum of 16 people per group

This tour is not suitable for children aged 5 and under

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 2.2lbs/10kg)

Please bring: torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own), toiletries, swim wear, camera, comfortable and casual clothing for 4 days

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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24 reviews by the users

  • This is a camping tour so be prepared to rough it. Our tour guide Karla did a wonderful job with a huge amount of responsibility looking after 21 people, driving the 4WD, cooking meals and visiting all the sights that was promised. There is a lot a hiking involved mostly over uneven surfaces and steep canyons Kings canyon, Ormiston gorge. Watching the sunset at Uluru Ayres Rock sipping champagne with crackers and dip was really special. The shower and toilet facilities ranged from pleasant at Uluru to primitive on the 2nd night on a cattle property with hot water achieved by collecting firewood and no shower curtain. Be prepared to have to collect firewood and endure dusty campsites. The air-conditioner in the bus was not working properly therefore sitting in the back seat in 35 degree temperatures on the way to Uluru was not pleasant at all. This tour is quite an adventure and I would strongly recommend booking into a good hotel with a big, comfortable bed, hot showers and a good restaurant at tour's end.

  • It was a great experience, the best Guide ever had: Deon!
    The only concern, the sleeping bags - not good enough against the cold nights.

  • The itinerary was perfect, and our guide was incredible. From the pickup to the drop-off, these folks were friendly and all was comfortable. In terms of going into a hot desert, it's hot! It's a desert! Understand your not in Shangrila. It was accommodating, comfortable, and very educational. We loved the many water holes to swim and cool off. I highly recommend WayOutback as your tourism guides.

  • An excellent outback experience as promised, and all round. The whole experience, not just Uluru, KataTjuuta and Kings Canyon, was beyond expectations. Just returned from last trip of the year before the temperatures really hit tops, and although it was already hot, Joe, our guide made sure the walks were done before the heat cranked up. Wonderful walking, great long drives in the 4wd, wonderful bird life, and the camping experience was truly outback. Our group was mixed in age range but Joe made sure walking and climbing abilities matched the options. A great guide.
    I was hoping for down to earth outback everything, and that's what Wayoutback delivered. Great praise from me and I'd certainly recommend this 4 day trip. Kings Canyon and its walks was especially fascinating, perhaps more so than Uluru, and the final day was
    heaven swimming in the gorges and just gradually coming back down to earth.
    This is a truly magical experience on a number of levels. Fully recommended. Didn't want to leave the Red Desert. It has a way of getting into you. I'd just like more time to absorb it all.

  • An excellent outback experience as promised, and all round. The whole experience, not just Uluru, KataTjuuta and Kings Canyon, was beyond expectations. Just returned from last trip of the year before the temperatures really hit tops, and although it was already hot, Joe, our guide made sure the walks were done before the heat cranked up. Wonderful walking, great long drives in the 4wd, wonderful bird life, and the camping experience was truly outback. Our group was mixed in age range but Joe made sure walking and climbing abilities matched the options. A great guide.
    I was hoping for down to earth outback everything, and that's what Wayoutback delivered. Great praise from me and I'd certainly recommend this 4 day trip. Kings Canyon and its walks was especially fascinating, perhaps more so than Uluru, and the final day was
    heaven swimming in the gorges and just gradually coming back down to earth.
    This is a truly magical experience on a number of levels. Fully recommended. Didn't want to leave the Red Desert. It has a way of getting into you. I'd just like more time to absorb it all.

  • What a GREAT trip! If you are visiting Australia dont miss going to the Red Centre! It was an out of this world experience.

    There are many highlights on this trip the hikes in the areas of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon are spectacular. A moderate to good level of fitness will be beneficial for the hikes, but there are many opportunities for less strenuous hikes that . Most days we would hike for three to five hours, have a nice lunch, drive in 4WD style to the next camp site. The drive was enjoyable while we listened to Outback history and stories, looked for animals in the wild horses, camels, dingos, kangaroos, birds, etc. and stopped to forage for firewood. The guide Nat Marshall was outstanding and made Aborigine history and culture, geographical highlights, and Australia history come to life.

    One of the best parts of the trip for me was camping out in a swag an Australian bedroll under the bedazzling stars. That experience has a way of putting everything in perspective no matter who you are. I also loved the Dutch Oven dinners and eating by the camp fire. You will meet some great people on this tour as well! I hope to have visitors to the USA from Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, and England soon!

  • So much fun sleeping in a swag, under the stars, in the Australian outback!

  • It was an amazing experience to take part of this tour! A must see when you visit Australia. We have seen so many beautiful landschapes. It was like walking trough a postcard. I would recommend this tour.

  • I went to the red centre of Australia at the wrong time right in the middle of summer with sweltering heat and flies getting into every orifice. Despite that, I had a great time and most of it due to the tour.

    The guide was excellent. He cooked good food despite being in the middle of the outback, drove safely and always on time. The highlight of the trip was that we got to sleep outside underneath the moonlight in our swags.

  • Annabelle is the best guide ever! Her knowledge and skills were greatly appreciated and she did her absolute best to ensure we had a fabulous time. Trainee Natalie was great, as well. We heartily recommend this trip if you really want to experience Uluru and the Outback. Thank you, Annabelle!

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