4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta And Kings Canyon
OverviewSpend 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.
Know More about this tourSpend 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, 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. 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.
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
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