9 Nights – 9 Days
Central Australian Loop

 

OPERATES

May 16th – May 25th 2020

ACCOMMODATION

Mercure Alice Springs – 3 nights in a Standard Single Room

Devils Marbles Hotel – 1 night in a Standard Single Room

Standley Chasm – 1 night Swag under a million star

Kings Canyon Resort – 1 night Swag under a million star

Ayers Rock Resort – 3 nights Swag under a million star

DEPARTS

May 16th 2020 3pm

FINISHES

May 25th 2020 10am

 

 

2020 RATES

EARLY BIRD UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST 2019
$5830.00 pp all inclusive

FROM JANUARY 1ST 2020
$6330.00 pp all inclusive

  • Alice Springs Anzac Hill
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Aileron
  • Barrow Creek
  • Devils Marbles & Stars
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Standley Chasm & Stars
  • Stuart Well or Mereenie Loop
  • Kings Canyon
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Mount Connor Lookout
  • Curtin Springs
  • Uluru Sunset & Sunrise
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Field of Lights Uluru
  • Kata Tjuta Sunrise
  • Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds Walk

SATURDAY MAY 16th 2020
ALICE SPRINGS MEET & GREET

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
1pm-3pm
Meet & Greet

We will meet directly at Mercure Alice Springs Resort in between 1pm and 3pm depending on the time of arrival of your inbound flight. From the airport, outside in front of the arrivals, you can either take the shuttle bus to Alice springs or grab a taxi directly to your accommodation.

Your room will be ready and paid for, you will only have to go through the usual check-in process. You will have time to wind down and refresh a bit before we meet at 4.30pm to walk to Anzac Hill for a sunset viewing over the township of Alice Springs.

Tonight we share a dinner downtown.

ALICE SPRINGS
6.30 pm
Diner

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
Overnight in Standard Room
Queen size bed

MEALS INCLUDED
Dinner

SUNDAY MAY 17th 2020
Journey to the Devils Marbles

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
7.30am-10am
Breakfast

ALICE SPRINGS
9.30am-11.30am
Free time

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
12pm
Light Lunch

DEVILS MARBLES (Karlu Karlu)
1pm Journey departure

We officially start the trip north today. Travel in comfort through the vivid colours of the outback as we head north of Alice Springs. Travelling through the MacDonnell Ranges and past the Tanami Desert, we will visit cultural and historic sites to Central Australia throughout the day.

The Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) are one of Australia’s geological wonders, situated in a wide and shallow desert valley. Take the time to wander between these boulders and be on the lookout for amazing local wildlife.

  • WWII Historic frontier site during the bombing of Darwin
  • Aileron Man, A large aboriginal man looking out over his country
  • Barrow Creek Pub
  • Stunning Scenery along the North Stuart Highway
  • The incredible Devils Marbles strewn across the horizon
  • Sunset at the Devils Marbles
  • Night time Photography at the Devils Marbles
  • Barkly Tablelands
  • Sunrise viewing at the Devils Marbles

 

DEVILS MARBLES HOTEL
Overnight in Standard Single Room

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

 

MONDAY MAY 18th 2020
DEVILS MARBLES

DEVILS MARBLES
5.30am
Sunrise

DEVILS MARBLES HOTEL
7.30am
Breakfast

JOURNEY TO ALICE SPRINGS
8.45am
Departure

Lunch in an iconic Outback Pub
11.45am

TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

ALICE SPRINGS TELEGRAPH STATION
2.30pm – 5pm
Afternoon Tea & guided Visit

ALICE SPRINGS
6.30pm
Dinner

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
1 night in Standard Room
Queen size bed

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

TUESDAY MAY 19TH 2020

DESERT PARK
WEST MACDONNELL RANGES

STANDLEY CHASM & STARS

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
7.00am-8.00am
Breakfast

DESERT PARK & SIMPSONS GAP
8.15am – 2pm

This guided tour visits spectacular scenery unique to Central Australia.

There’s much more to the central deserts that meets the eye.  With 3 hours at the Alice Springs Desert Park, you’ll be guided  through the desert zones and be treated to the amazing free flying bird show.

WEST MACDONNELL RANGES
We pick you up and head deep into Simpsons Gap where you can test out your newly learned skills. Spot the local wildlife, hear more stories of local culture and be amazed at the power of nature.

Stroll through the shady creek bed and take in the cool air of Simpsons Gap with the rare black footed rock wallaby grazing on the rocky slopes. Enjoy your light lunch.

ORMINSTON GORGE
OCRE PITS
2.00pm – 4.30pm
Guided Visit

STANDLEY CHASM
5.00pm

Have you ever wanted to sleep out beneath the milky way, next to a glowing campfire with great food and walk deep into the MacDonnell Ranges by starlight?

Our Standley Chasm & Stars is a private soft camping experience exclusive to Sandrifter Safaris.

We arrive at Standley Chasm in time for you to take in the rest of the afternoon light. Explore at your pace.

STANDLEY CHASM & STARS
Be treated to a 2-course dinner by the fireplace and then we take you on the most amazing night walk back into the chasm.

  • Unparalleled views of the Milky Way
  • Private campsite
  • 2-course dinner
  • Bushman’s breakfast
  • Starlight walk into Standley Chasm
  • Private guided tour
  • Cultural talks
  • Campfire stories

Overnight under a million stars
SWAGS by the camp fire

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH 2020
JOURNEY TO KINGS CANYON

STANDLEY CHASM
Bushmann’s Breakfast
7.00am

Departure for
KINGS CANYON (Watarrka National Park)
8.30am

STUART WELL
11.45am
Light lunch

or

MEREENIE LOOP*
Light lunch

KINGS CREEK STATION
4.00pm
Afternoon Tea

KINGS CANYON RESORT
5.00pm
Set up swags and camp

5.45pm
Sunset over Kings Canyon
Cold drinks & nibbles

6.30pm
Simple Pub dinner

8.30pm
Swag under a million stars

MEALS INCLUDED
Bushmann’s breakfast, morning tea, light lunch, afternoon tea, simple pub dinner

*The Mereenie Loop to Kings Canyon from Standley Chasm (off-road 4WD track) is weather condition dependant.

THURSDAY MAY 21ST 2020
KINGS CANYON TO ULURU

KINGS CANYON RESORT
6.30am
Breakfast

KINGS CANYON
An early start to drive on into Kings Canyon by 8:00am. There is a choice of walks to do here. The spectacular Rim Walk we allow 4 hours to complete. This is a tough terrain walk and is subject to weather forecast. Or enjoy some short walks into the creek bed at the bottom of the canyon.

The Rim Walk, Kings Canyon
Of all the possible hiking you could do, the Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the most famous and most spectacular. The Rim Walk is six kilometres in length, and suitable for relatively fit walkers who are able to take on an initial climb up about a thousand (1000) steps to the top of the Canyon. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk can be completed in about three to four hours depending on how often you stop to admire the extraordinary scenery. Even though I’ve done this walk hundreds of times, it’s still one of my very favourites.

What to Expect on the Rim Walk?
As we begin to climb upwards you get a sense of what a very special experience you are about to have. That first look into the Canyon inspires you to keep going even though you’re not at the top yet. The first part of the walk is an ascent of 1000 steps, with several places to stop and rest (and pinch yourself at the amazing scenery along the way)!

There is no denying that many people will find the climb very tough. However, if you take it slow and easy, you’ll find that the rest of the walk is a pretty easy going once you’ve got to the top!

It’s not long before we go through Priscilla’s Crack made famous by the 1994 movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Once through here, you come to the first lookout and an awesome view across the north wall to the south wall of the canyon. You may have heard of the Lost City. Here at the canyon it is best described as a series of sandstone domes which somewhat resembles the structure you might have found in an ancient city.

No matter what you think or imagine you’ll find the views magical. I guarantee they will leave you spellbound. From the Lost City you continue to wander through the domes and can choose to follow the path out to Cotterill’s Lookout, so named after the first tour operator to the area or continue to the Garden of Eden via one of the most striking staircases you’ll see in the outback.

This is an interesting side-track which wends its way along the steep sandstone banks of Kings creek to a permanent waterhole from which the overflow spills out into the floor of the canyon.

On your return from the waterhole you’ll climb up out of the Garden of Eden using almost a mirror image of the staircase used on your way down and continue your way around the mouth of the canyon until you get to the south wall. Once we leave the south wall you are past halfway and heading back towards the car park but wait! There are still plenty of sights to see along the way.

You’ll be surprised at how many plants are growing out of what seems like stone, and if you read our signs you will find a wealth of information to help you understand just how this can happen. It’s well all downhill from here but you’ll still see some great scenery until at the end of a ridge line you will start the final descent towards the carpark.

KINGS CANYON TO ULURU
We depart after a hard-earned lunch and drive 330km to Uluru. We stop at Mt Connor en route to learn more of the significance of this area to the locals. Travelling on soon we have our first glimpse of the monolith that is Uluru.

ULURU SUNSET
Last but not least is your Uluru Sunset. Get seated in as we provide you with the best sunset platter and cold drinks! Sit Back, Relax and let Uluru do its magic!

YULARA
7.00pm
Diner at Bough House

AYERS ROCK CAMPGROUND
8.30pm
Sleep under a million stars
SWAGS

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

FRIDAY MAY 22ND 2020
ULURU & FIELD OF LIGHTS

ULURU SUNRISE
7am
Early wake up and departure
Sunrise viewing over Uluru

CULTURAL CENTRE ULURU
8am
Breakfast

CULTURAL CENTRE & MARUKU ARTS
8.45am -9.45am
Visit

ULURU BASE WALK
10am-1pm
Uluru Base walk fully guided

CULTURAL CENTRE
1pm – 3.30pm
Lunch
Free time at Cultural centre
Aboriginal art shopping

3.30pm
Return to Yulara

YULARA
4pm-6pm
Free time in Yulara

FIELDS OF LIGHTS
6.00pm

OUTBACK PIONEER
7.30pm
Diner

AYERS ROCK CAMPGROUND
9pm
Sleep under a million stars
SWAGS

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

SATURDAY MAY 23RD 2020
ULURU KATA TJUTA

A very early start as we head out for a Kata Tjuta or Uluru sunrise breakfast and our visit to Kata Tjuta. Here there is a choice of 2 walks.

WALPA GORGE
AND / OR VALLEY OF THE WINDS

A short walk into Walpa Gorge and / or the beautiful “Valley of the Winds”. Valley of the winds takes 4 hours to complete. This is a tough terrain walk and is subject to weather forecast.

12.30pm
A picnic lunch is provided in the national park

YULARA
1.30pm-5.30pm
Free afternoon in Yulara

YULARA
5.30pm
Departure for Dune Sunset viewing Uluru

BOUGH HOUSE
7.30pm
Diner

AYERS ROCK CAMPGROUND
9pm
Sleep under a million stars
SWAGS

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, dinner

SUNDAY MAY 24TH 2020
ULURU TO ALICE SPRINGS

Return travel to Alice Springs
Departing early from your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation we make the return journey to Alice Springs.

YULARA
6.30am
Breakfast

JOURNEY TO ALICE SPRINGS
8am
Departure

CURTIN SPRINGS
9am
Coffee stop

MOUNT CONNOR LOOK OUT
10am
Walk to Salt Lake

ERLDUNDA
12pm
Light lunch

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
3.30pm
ETA Check-in to your rooms

4pm-6.30pm
Free time in Alice Springs

ALICE SPRINGS
7pm
Diner

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
8.30pm
1 night in Standard Room
Queen size bed

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch

MEAL NOT INCLUDED
Diner is at your own expense tonight

MONDAY MAY 25TH 2020

MERCURE ALICE SPRINGS RESORT
7.30am-9am
Breakfast

COMPLIMENTARY
AIRPORT DROP OFF
10.00am
UNIQUE Airport transfer for ALL Participants

MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfast

  • Experienced, local guides
  • All travel
  • Delicious morning & afternoon teas
  • Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner as stated
  • Private accredited guide at Uluru
  • Private accredited guide at Kings Canyon
  • Sunset viewing at Uluru with nibbles & cold drinks
  • Sunset viewing at Karlu Karlu with nibbles & cold drinks
  • Field of Lights Star Pass at Uluru
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Desert Park entry fee
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • Complimentary Airport drop off on May 25th 2020

 

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights at Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  • 1 night at Devils Marbles Hotel
  • 1 night Swags at Standley Chasm
  • Swags at Kings Canyon Resort
  • 3 nights Swags at Ayers Rock Campground

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Add-ons
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Diner on May 24th in Alice Springs

We can arrange any of the following activities for you at the time of your booking. The itinerary is fully flexible to allow time for these.

  • Sunset, sunrise or express camel ride at Uluru Camel Tours
  • Helicopter flights at Kings Canyon or Uluru
  • Bike ride the base of Uluru
  • Segway tours
  • Free airport shuttle from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

 

Should you wish to leave the journey in YULARA and not come back to Alice Springs.

  • Inform us ASAP as we will take care of booking an extra night accommodation in a standard room in one of Yulara Hotel.

    This extra night at Ayers Rock Resort will NOT BE COVERED by our all inclusive price. We will advise you of the price and do  the booking on your behalf. We do require an upfront payement prior of booking .

    PLEASE NOTE that NO REFUND will be made on your overall journey if you decide to stay at Yulara.

  • A Free shuttle bus will take you to Yulara airport on May 25th.