Join this 5 Day 4WD Central Australia adventure tour for the ultimate Outback travel experience. Tour Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Watarrka and the West MacDonnell Ranges and experience the Australian Outback in an authentic way - camping at remote private bush camps, driving on bush tracks and visiting the *Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. Oak Valley is an inspirational community boasting an olive plantation, Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings and an ancient fossil field. See Red Centre travel icons like Uluru and Kings Canyon, but also travel to places that many other Outback tours don’t visit on this adventurous, enriching Central Australia tour.
Tour Price Includes:
Professional tour guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment and fees, pillow, sleeping bag hire, reference books, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and park entry fee.
What you need to 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, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing for 5 days.
- *Oak Valley Aboriginal Community may be substituted with an alternative indigenous experience due to cultural reasons and accessibility issues.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- Tour is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
- We recommend guests arrive on the Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights into Ayers Rock. Although we collect guests arriving on the later Qantas service please note guests will not receive a full experience at Uluru should they choose this service.
- Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense.
- Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) during business hours at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
- Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg). Excess luggage should be stored at your Alice Springs accommodation.
In order to maximise your touring experience of Uluru, we recommend that you arrive into Ayers Rock Airport or before 1:05pm. The first pick up from Ayers Rock airport is 1:30pm. It is however possible to start this tour with a pick-up from Ayers Rock Airport on later flights (up to and including the Qantas SYD-AYQ service, which arrives at 2.50pm), Passengers being collected from Ayers Rock Airport at 3.10 pm (2.50 pm flight) will miss the Cultural Centre and due to time restrictions will take a shorter Uluru walk. They will still be able to do a base walk, just not the entire base of Uluru. Passengers being collected from the Ayers Rock Airport earlier than the above will not miss any of the sights except they will not be provided with lunch and will had to have eaten prior to pick up.
Day 1 (Lunch / Dinner)
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road for five fantastic days of Outback adventure travel. (For those commencing at Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport)
Travel to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park with a few stops along the way for refreshments, a camel ride (own expense) and a chance to purchase Aboriginal paintings. Spend the afternoon at Uluru, which includes a visit to the Cultural Centre to learn about the Tjukurpa (Aboriginal law/religion), a full, guided base walk or a chance to climb (weather permitting) should you choose. Note: Uluru is a sacred site and Anangu, the indigenous custodians, respectfully ask visitors not to climb it.
View a magnificent Uluru sunset accompanied with a glass or two of sparkling wine before travelling to our remote campsite complete with safari tents. Enjoy a delicious meal, a couple of drinks and time to sit back to reflect on what you’ve seen on the first day of this Outback tour.
Day 2 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Witness an impressive Uluru sunrise from a lookout close to our campsite. Enjoy breakfast, then travel to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike through the magnificent "Valley of the Winds". After a leisurely lunch we travel to Curtin Springs Cattle Station where there’s plenty of time to get a close look at a typical working cattle station before we travel to Kings Creek Station for our second night at a 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 millions of stars on display. Star gazing in Central Australia is what Outback travel is about.
Day 3 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
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! Spot wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, near the stunning waterhole that the traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent.
Day 4 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travel off road 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” before four wheel driving through the Owen Springs Reserve following the footsteps of the first European explorers. Tonight we rest at Owen Springs, spending a night 'Wayoutback' under the southern stars, complete with campfire and a hearty meal. Imagine what it was like for our first explorers discovering this raw and remote part of Central Australia – that’s Outback travel at its most adventurous!
Day 5 (Breakfast / Lunch)
After a hearty breakfast we cross the famous Hugh River Stock to travel to the inspirational Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. Spend time with the traditional owners exploring the land where you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, see ancient rock art paintings, and learn about the profound understanding the owners have of this pristine, remote place.
Travelling back to Alice Springs via the Old South Road, stop in at the Erwinga Art site before returning to your accommodation at approximately 5.30pm. After returning to civilisation, a hot shower awaits before joining the rest of the tour group for a farewell meal and few cold ales. You’ve just completed a rugged, Outback travel experience, so enjoy a night of fun, rest and reflection.