Uluru Experience

Aboriginal art and ancient landscapes in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Group Size: Min 6 / Max 21

Trip code: RATA

Duration: 3 days

Participation camping
Private 4WD transport
Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Discover yourself on the vast red plains of Central Australia on this once-in-a-lifetime group trip. Designed for the adventurous traveller, this 3-day tour involves rugged 4WD vehicles, remote bush campsites, and participation style camping. You’ll soak up epic desert views, trek through rocky valleys, see sacred Aboriginal spaces, and watch the sun rise and set over THAT rock. Round off your days at the campfire with your mates before falling asleep under a starry Outback sky.

Trip Highlights

  • Tick a big one off your bucket list as you watch the sun come up over the mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Marvel at the remarkable domed rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Strap on your walking boots for a full day of hiking through the vast scenic landscapes of Kings Canyon
  • Get an insight into the rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance of Uluru through Mutitjulu waterhole’s ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Take a hike through the rugged Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge
  • Bed down under the stars in a traditional swag or our cosy safari tents
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What's included
  • 2 nights’ camping
  • 2 breakfasts, 3* lunches & 2 dinners
  • Onboard drinking water
  • Pick up in Alice Springs or Uluru
  • Accredited outback driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned 4WD off-road bus travel
  • Bed linen, mattress & pillow
  • National park entry fees
  • Mt Connor (Alice Springs pick up only)
  • Red Centre’s Aboriginal interpretive cultural centre
  • Uluru walk
  • Mutitjulu waterhole rock art
  • Kuniya Piti (seasonal)
  • Kantju Gorge
  • Elders’ cave
  • World’s oldest pantry
  • Uluru Sunset
  • Sunrise at Uluru
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge hike
  • Kings Canyon hike
  • Return transfer to Alice Springs town
  • 24-hour emergency support

*2 lunches if you’re joining the trip from Ayers Rock Airport.

What's not included
  • Flights
  • Airport pick up from Alice Springs
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Some meals
  • Snacks
  • Return airport transfers
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Please note: All the dates on our site feature a 4WD overland style vehicle. The trip may run on other days of the week but these will be in a 23 seat minibus. Ask your travel advisor for more information if our listed dates don’t work for you and you’re happy to travel by minibus.

Day 1: Uluru (Ayers Rock). If you’re joining from Alice Springs, we’ll pick you up in our 4WD and head to our first campground with a stop at Mt Connor (AKA ‘False Uluru’) lookout. Travellers arriving via Ayers Rock will join the group after lunch, after which we’ll head to the Red Centre’s Aboriginal cultural centre to learn about the region’s indigenous peoples and natural environment. Then it’s time for the short drive towards the base of Uluru!

Walk round the base of the vast red rock, soaking up its sacred atmosphere. Check out the ancient rock art at Mutitjulu waterhole before heading to Kantju Gorge, where we’ll see the highest waterfall in Central Australia as well as an elders’ cave and ‘the world’s oldest pantry’. Then head back to our camp in time to watch the sun set over Uluru before bedding down in your safari tent, or go full Outback with a night in a traditional swag.

Day 2: Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. We’ll head to the iconic rock in time for sunrise today – it’s one of the world’s great travel experiences! Next up it’s Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), 36 remarkable domed rock formations soaring higher above the surrounding plains than Uluru. Experience the natural beauty of the area with a hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge. Then climb back into our 4WD and head towards the Kings Canyon region in time for another stunning Outback sunset.

Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. Our destination today is the natural wonder that is Kings Canyon with its dramatic cliffs and gorges. We’ll be exploring on foot today so you’ll want your water, hat, and walking shoes! After the most amazing day, we’ll climb back into our 4WD and journey back to Alice Springs, arriving in town around 5:30-6:00pm. 

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Arrival information

You can arrive into either Alice Springs (ASP) or Uluru Airport (AYQ). If you fly into Alice Springs pick up is at 6am. Because of the early start we’d recommend that you arrive the day before and book yourself a night of pre-trip accommodation in Alice Springs. Once you’ve booked your Alice Springs accommodation let us know where you’re staying and we’ll arrange where to pick you up from.

If you’re arriving into Uluru, we’ll pick you up either from Ayers Rock Airport (1pm) or Yulara (Ayers Rock Campground) (1.30pm). Please note, if your flight arrives into Ayers Rock Airport after 1.50pm you cannot start your trip on the same day.

The trip ends in Alice Springs town at around 5:30pm on day 3. We’d recommend that you book an additional night of post-trip accommodation to allow for any delays. Transfers to the airport are not included.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

Two nights of accommodation are included on this trip. We’ll stay in permanent safari-style campsites in pristine bush settings. Campsites have shared toilets, and shower facilities, and spacious twin safari tents with single beds and bed linen supplied.

If you’d like to really connect with your stunning natural settings, there’s an option to sleep under the stars in a traditional swag. You don’t have to commit to sleeping in a swag before your trip - you can decide while you’re away. 

This is a participation camping style trip, which means that our travellers get stuck into the preparation of meals, clearing up, and unpacking and loading the vehicle. Most of our travellers really enjoy the participation element of our trips and find it a great way to bond with the rest of the group.

Please note: While pillows, mattresses, and bed linen are included, you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bags. Alternatively they’re available for hire on the trip if you’d rather not pack your own.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners are included on this trip. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. While we can cater for different dietary requirements, snacking options are limited in the Outback and we’d recommend you bring some snacks to supplement your meals. Drinking water is included but you’ll need to bring your own bottle. If you arrive at Ayers Rock Airport you may not receive lunch depending on the time of arrival. 

Minimum age & eligibility

This fantastic trip is an open-aged experience that caters for a mix of younger and older travellers. This means that you may travel with people who are outside your own age group. Such a mix of ages creates a great group dynamic and enhances the travel experience, as you get to know a range of people with different stories to tell!

You’ll need a moderate to good level of physical fitness as we’ll take on hikes of between 2 and 4km a day (with one hike of 9 – 11km included) over sometimes steep, rugged terrain.

All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out there you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa.

Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling. 

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