3 Nights Uluru & Kings CanyonTour

 

OPERATES

March – November (excluding Good Friday)

ACCOMMODATION

Kings Canyon Resort
Standard Double Room

Ayers Rock Resort
Standard Double Room

DEPARTS

Early morning from your Alice Springs accommodation

2020 RATES

From $3525.00 pp

  • Hermannsburg
  • Palm Valley
  • Mereenie Loop
  • Kings Canyon
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Mount Connor Lookout
  • Uluru Sunset Drinks & nibbles
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru or Kata Tjuta Sunrise Breakfast

Palm Valley – Kings Canyon Resort
Pick up from your Alice Springs Accommodation.

Traveling through the West MacDonnell Ranges we make our way to the Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg with time to explore the historic buildings and Art Gallery featuring works of the famous Aboriginal Artist Albert Namatjira.

It’s then a 4WD journey along the ancient Finke Riverbed to Palm Valley for morning tea before wandering amongst the relict palms and cycads of Cycad Gorge. Continuing from here drive into Palm Valley and explore the ancient palms of this unique area.

We then return to Kalaranga Lookout to discover the beauty of the Amphitheatre. Late afternoon we tackle the meanest dirt track in all of Central Australia. The Mereenie Loop Road is notorious for its deep sandy corrugations but lucky we have the vehicle to tackle it in.

The track meanders through spectacular range country before opening onto desert spinifex plains. We arrive to Kings Canyon Resort late in the afternoon in time for the sunset and a drink at the resort sunset platform overlooking the George Gill Range as it transforms colours.

Kings Canyon – Uluru

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.  We will spend the afternoon at the cultural centre. Here you will get a taste of the history of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Last but not least is your Uluru Sunset. Get seated in as we provide you with the best sunset platter and drinks that will have everyone in awe of your tour! Sit Back, Relax and let Uluru do its magic!

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.

A picnic lunch is provided in the national park today.

We head back to Uluru for you to spend time with a local on a private tour of the sacred sites around the base of Uluru.

By the completion of the day we drop you back at your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation.

  • Experienced, local guide
  • Sunset viewing at Uluru with nibbles & beverages
  • Pick up at all Alice Springs accommodation
  • Drop off at your Ayers Rocks Resort accommodation
  • Delicious morning & afternoon teas
  • Picnic lunches
  • National Park entry fees
  • Breakfast at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Breakfast at Ayers Rock Resort
  • Accommodation at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort
  • Unlimited bottled water

NOT INCLUDED

  • Dinner at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Dinner at Ayers Rock Resort
  • Add-ons

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
  • Field of Lights Tours
  • Free airport shuttle from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

 

Should you wish to return to Alice Springs with us…

  • Return travel to Alice Springs
    Departing early from your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation we make the return journey to Alice Springs. With a short stop along the way we will get you and your baggage to Alice Springs accommodation before saying farewell to this magical destination.