5-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) And Kata Tjuta 4WD Camping Tour - Alice Springs

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Overview

Experience the real Australian outback on this 5-day, small-group camping from Alice Springs. Travel by 4WD vehicle on- and off-road along bush tracks to Uluru (the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. On this once-in-a-lifetime tour, you'll sleep under the stars in private bush camps, swim in rock holes, and see ancient cave paintings and carvings come to life through storytelling by Aboriginal guides. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience with your guide.

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Prepare for an unforgettable experience of the Australian Outback's vast blue skies, rugged deserts and stunning scenery combined with its cultural and spiritual history. Travel in 4-wheel-drive vehicles specially built for the rugged terrain and off-road bush tracks of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta area, and spend all four nights camping at private bush camps, enjoying dinner cooked over the campfire and hearing the stories of how 'Dreaming' and 'Creation' began. Fall asleep in your swag (a water-resistant camp bed) after staring in awe at the magnificent desert sky with its myriad of stars.

Inclusions for 5-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) And Kata Tjuta 4WD Camping Tour

  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Drinking water (please bring your own bottle)
  • Local guide
  • Overnight camping accommodation
  • Transport by 4WD vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Towels included

Exclusions for 5-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) And Kata Tjuta 4WD Camping Tour

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

Itinerary:

Day 1 Alice Springs – Uluru (L,D)
Departing Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime (For those commencing the tour at Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport). Our journey begins heading south through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for a Camel ride if wish (own expense). We visit 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 travel to the base of Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, hearing of the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). Continuing on, 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 will followed a hands-on dot painting session where you will take your artwork as a memento of your experience. We conclude at the Cultural Centre, where you may explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna of this unique area.

Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, away from the crowds, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It is 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.

Overnight: Campsite in Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park

Day 2 Uluru – Kata Tjuta – Kings Creek Station- Kings Canyon (B,L,D)
After watching the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite, it's breakfast and then off to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike through the magnificent "Valley of the Winds". After a leisurely lunch we travel to Kings Creek Station for our second night’s remote outback campsite. Our private campsite at Kings Creek is miles from the crowds, which is where the feeling of ‘wayoutback’ really starts to take hold. After a campfire dinner, it’s time to kick back and be mesmerised by the evening sky.

Overnight: Campsite in Kings Canyon

Day 3 Kings Canyon – 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 where you will be shaken and not stirred! Look 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 Glen Helen

Day 4 Glen Helen - West MacDonnell Ranges (B,L,D)
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 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 known to them as Udepata.

Late in the afternoon we will 4WD into our remote bush camp. Tonight it is just the group and the wild, providing a great opportunity to star gaze away from the city lights from the comfort of your swag.

Overnight: Campsite in West MacDonnell Ranges

Day 5 West MacDonnell Ranges – Rainbow Valley – Alice Springs (B,L)
After a hearty breakfast we cross the famous Owen Springs Reserve, our destination the inspirational *Rainbow Valley Aboriginal Community. Spend time with the Traditional owners exploring the land, try your hand at Boomerang throwing, see ancient rock art paintings and carvings and gain a personal experience of the profound understanding the owners have of this pristine remote environment.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Camping on the last night will be in swags

Not suitable for children 5 years old and under

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

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)

What to bring:
A hands-free headlight/torch is highly recommended for after-dark activities
Wide-brimmed hat
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Any required medication
Water bottle at least 3-4 litres
Comfortable walking shoes/boots
Warm clothing (in winter)
Toiletries
Swimsuit and towel
Camera

Please note:
You will sleep in enclosed swags; a mattress, pillow, sheets and woolen blankets are provided. Please note: You will be required to carry your own day pack on the walks and assist with putting up and taking down the tents. 

Respecting indigenous culture:
Visits to indigenous sites may change at short notice, due to the cultural and ceremonial obligations of your indigenous hosts and guide.Uluru is sacred to the local Anangu Aboriginal people, and it is preferred that you do not climb it.

Rainbow Valley Aboriginal Community may be substituted for Rainbow Valley, which also offers an authentic indigenous experience.

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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  • Saw so much on this tour and the experience of camping under the stars in this environment was awesome. Our guide was very good not only in leading the tour but in preparing meals. Some of the 'walks' advertised were much more strenuous than anticipated so you need to check in with guide ahead of time to ensure you should be doing them. I managed and it was well worth it. The best day was spent with a language group chief who shared her culture.

  • The tour was excellent. I liked the small group and the choice of places we visited. Our guide, Danny was super. I thought that the lunches could be better, the sheets made into sleeping sacks for easier insertion into the sleeping bags, and slightly more cleanliness in the dishware. However, we were camping and the group we were with was SUPER!

  • This trip is a must for anyone visiting the Aussie Bush! Our tour guide Adz and his assistant K were perfect. They both had a great knowledge of the Bush and the Aboriginal people and made the trip even more fun. The trip is fast paced but that is unavoidable.

  • Great experience, impressive landscapes and Aboriginal sites adventurous to sleep in tents and swags again, well informed guide: on culture, history and geology - also an excellent cook and highly efficient.

  • A great trip from start to finish. A small group of 16, myself 24, one other English traveler 28, two younger couples 28-30 and then everyone else in couples 40-65. Mostly Eastern European's Swiss, German, French. The group really bonded and by the end of the 5 days it was sad to say goodbye. The sights are great, but the group dynamics made the trip equally fantastic.
    So many fantastic sights, Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta The Olges, Kings Canyon, Ormiston Gorge, all equally fantastic. Everyone knows about Ayers Rock, but the other sights are equally fantastic and not to be missed, this trip takes you to all. Final day, the opportunity to meet an local Aboriginal and have a guided tour of their land, very interesting and informative.
    Nick, the guide, had excellent knowledge, was extremely friendly and with limited cooking resources, prepared some fantastic and delicious evening meals.
    Accommodation is, for the first three nights, the option of permanently erected tents and the last night is a swag under the stars. There is basic shower facilities at campsites, which do the job required.
    Some early starts to allow you to complete the walks in the cooler part of the day, but the early start is more than worth it for the fantastic parts of land that you walk on and views that you see.
    All in all, a brilliant trip from start to finish, and is well worth going on to see the centre of Australia!

  • I really enjoyed this tour and would happily recommend it. Our tour guide was wonderful and kept everyone happy with his enthusiasm, consideration, knowledge of the sites we visited, pleasant disposition, plus his organisational skills generally.
    We helped with food prep, clean up, firewood collection but nothing too onerous. We stayed at simple but well maintained private camp sites. 3 of the 4 had permanently erected tents, while on the last night we slept in swags under the amazing night sky.
    The group was made up of mixed nationalities and ages, and this worked well - I was a little concerned that I would not be fit enough (in my fifties in a sedentary job) but I managed the walks OK and I enjoyed the company too.

  • This trip was over the top....GREAT! It couldn't have been any better. Our guide, Jenner (sorry dude if I mispelled your name!), was exceptionally knowledgeable about history, geology, indigenous cultures, dream stories, plants, animals and birds. He is also an exceptional cook, cooking our healthy and fresh dinners over a nightly campfire. Jenner truely loves being a guide, cook, safe driver, and sharing his love and knowledage of the outdoors and of this particular part of the world....the Australian Outback, with fellow travellers. Jenner has a keen respect and knowledge of the aboriginal cultures. There were 13 fellow participants on this trip and we all felt the same way....it was a super special experience and Jenner had a lot to do with making that happen. Options were always provided for participants regarding length of hikes; accomodating everyone and being safe too. I just can't say enough about this trip, the tour company (Way Outback Adventures...I met the owner and told him how fortunate he is to have such a superb guide/driver), our guide Jenner, the accomodations (swags or tents), the quality of the food, and the itinerary. THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS AN ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC TRIP!

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