Red Centre Explorer

6 Days

Spend six days exploring the best of Australia’s Red Centre on a culturally rich and naturally wonderful small group adventure. From Yulara, admire Uluru at a number of times during the day, seeing the colour of this sacred rock change as day turns to night. Explore the depths of Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta National Park and the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping by gorges and pristine waterholes for a walk and swim. With First Nations experiences, comfortable accommodation, a knowledgeable leader and a number of inclusions as standard, this Red Centre adventure is the whole package.

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Overview

Spend six days exploring the best of Australia’s Red Centre on a culturally rich and naturally wonderful small group adventure. From Yulara, admire Uluru at a number of times during the day, seeing the colour of this sacred rock change as day turns to night. Explore the depths of Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta National Park and the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping by gorges and pristine waterholes for a walk and swim. With First Nations experiences, comfortable accommodation, a knowledgeable leader and a number of inclusions as standard, this Red Centre adventure is the whole package.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Take part in a traditional Welcome or Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of your adventure to recognise the land of the Anangu communities – the First Nations owners of this area.
  • See the sacred wonder of Uluru at multiple angles and at different points of the day. Embark on a walk around its base, and enjoy a spread of locally sourced produce at sunset, watching the rock change as dusk breaks.
  • Gaze up at the constellations on a special stargazing experience and bush tucker dinner. The night sky comes alive in the Red Centre, with no pollution to impede your view.
  • Tour a wide range of landscapes around the Red Centre, including the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon, with the option of flying sky high on an unforgettable helicopter experience.
  • Hike through the otherworldly Valley of the Winds for spectacular views of Kata-Tjuta, the towering domes that form something akin to a forest of rounded rocks.

Is this trip right for you?

  • For the first two nights of this trip you will stay in a permanent tented camp with shared facilities, including toilets and shower blocks which are a short walk from the campsite. The tents are furnished with proper beds with bedding and linen and have electricity and cooling fans.
  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
  • Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so bring base layers and warm clothing.
  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie.
  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia.
  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

Highlights

  • Uluru - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru - Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru - Maruku Arts Cultural Experience
  • Kings Canyon - Rim Walk

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Yulara
Welcome to Yulara, located on Anangu land in the red centre of Australia. You are welcome to arrive at any time today before an important welcome meeting at 5 pm, where you will meet your local leader and fellow travellers. Although being deep in the outback, Yulara is surprisingly accessible, with flights arriving from major Australian cities and transfers available from Alice Springs, approximately 4.5 hours away. Once you’ve had your all-important briefing, join with your leader and possibly a First Nations guide as they lead you on a Welcome or Acknowledgement of Country. This practice occurs all across Australia to understand and recognise the land that you find yourself on – land of immense significance to First Nations communities. Reconvene with the crew for a memorable sunset viewing Uluru. Take the time to understand the importance of this sacred rock to the local Anangu people. Later, spend the night enjoying an Outback barbecue dinner under the stars, then maybe swap stories sitting around the campfire. You do have the option to sleep under the stars in a swag, or otherwise, enjoy a comfortable tented room with a fully-made bed and electricity. Accommodation Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Included Activities Uluru - Uluru Sunset with Snacks Uluru - Outback BBQ Dinner Meals Included Dinner Special Information It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting in the hotel lobby today as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. Please see the Essential Trip Information for details. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent know. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking the Field of Lights experience prior to travel, please speak to your booking agent.
Rise and shine nice and early for some spectacular sunrise viewing as you make your way to Kata Tjuta, where you’ll embark on a walk to the Walpa Gorge. Sandstone cliffs rise high above as you continue through the gorge, shrouded by shadows and full of First Nations history. If you’ve got the energy you can choose to tackle the legendary Valley of the Winds. This six-kilometre walk can be challenging, but you’re rewarded with a spectacular perspective on mind-blowing rock formations. Return to camp for lunch where you and the group can decide where you would like to eat, with a number of options available in Yulara. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon – perhaps book yourself on an Outback ride with a bike or a camel as your mode of transport. Tonight, enjoy your own dinner at one of the on-site restaurants then retire to your accommodation, or take the option to witness the Field of Lights before heading off to bed. Accommodation Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Included Activities Kata Tjuta - Walpa Gorge Walk Uluru - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Optional Activities Uluru - Uluru Bike Ride - AUD50 Uluru - Uluru Segway Tour - AUD180 Yulara - Field of Lights - AUD98 Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Special Information Today's total driving time is approximately 3 hours. The Walpa Gorge Walk at Kata Tjuta takes up to 3 hours. Sturdy shoes are required.
Get up with the sun and embark on a walk around Uluru at sunrise, watching as the colours of the rock shift as night turns to day. No two angles of the sacred monolith are the same and its sheer size will leave you marvelling. Join an Anangu guide for a walk to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of rock. Your guide will explain what makes this waterhole sacred while sharing stories of the incredible landscape and its connection to the Anangu people. Afterwards, stop by the cultural centre to learn about the spiritual and cultural importance of Uluru and its surrounds. Continue on to Kings Canyon – where you will spend the night. Snack on a packed lunch on the way and enjoy a walk and talk to discover the bush tucker and bush medicines used for spiritual and healing purposes by the Luritja people. When you arrive in Kings Canyon this afternoon, soak up the views and the last of the day light with the group at the perfectly positioned sunset viewing platform, before choosing your dinner tonight. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Kings Canyon - Kings Canyon Sunset Uluru - Base Walk Kings Canyon - Karkke Cultural Experience Uluru - Uluru Sunrise Uluru - Uluru Cultural Centre Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Special Information Today's total driving time is approximately 5 hours. The 10km walk around the base of Uluru this morning takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
Get ready for another day of sun-soaked scenery in Australia’s outback. Join your group on a morning walk along the rim of Kings Canyon. Admire the marbled red cliffs as they plummet to the forest floor from up above, making sure you capture all the scenery with some epic panorama images. Discover its Amphitheatre, Lost City, North and South Walls and the surprisingly lush Garden of Eden, which owes its cycads and plant life to a permanent waterhole down in the canyon. If you’re feeling like an easier walk you can also take the Kings Creek Walk by yourself – it’s shorter but won’t miss the spectacular views of the canyon. Make your way to Alice Springs and later perhaps join your travel pals for dinner at a local pub. A great chance to celebrate your outback Australia adventure with a drink or two – your group leader knows of all the best watering holes to go to. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Kings Canyon - Rim Walk Meals Included Breakfast Special Information The Rim Walk at Kings Canyon takes approximately 3-4 hours. If you would like to opt out the leader can suggest an alternative and easier walk for you. Please note that this afternoon's drive from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs is around 500 km which will take approximately 5.5 hours. Sit back, relax and watch the desert scenery roll by your window.
Spend today exploring the Outback scenery of the West Macdonnell Ranges. Head to Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge for a swim (or just a toe dip in winter - the water can be freezing cold) and relax on the beaches by the waterholes, or perhaps take a hike to check out more of the area. These two stops are part of the West MacDonnell Ranges and are traveller's favourites – not only for the swimming options available, but the incredible outback scenery that greets you at every turn. In the afternoon, make your way back to Alice Springs, and after freshening up at your accommodation, enjoy a memorable bush tucker and stargazing experience. Under a blanket of stars, follow the constellations above as you listen to expert guides tell the stories of the ground beneath your feet and the heavens above. Afterwards head back to your accommodation in town. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities West Macdonnell Ranges - Ellery Creek Big Hole West Macdonnell Ranges - Ormiston Gorge Alice Springs - Earth Sanctuary Dinner & Star Talk Meals Included Lunch Dinner Special Information Today's total driving time is approximately 4 hours. There are a number of shorter walks today, adding up to approximately 3 hours in total.
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time. That doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time in Alice Springs and explore more of the Red Centre, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Meals Included There are no meals included on this day.

Package Inclusions

Includes

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle
  • Accommodation: Permanent furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
  • Included activities:
  • Uluru - Uluru Sunset with Snacks
  • Uluru - Outback BBQ Dinner
  • Kata Tjuta - Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Uluru - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Kings Canyon - Kings Canyon Sunset
  • Uluru - Base Walk
  • Kings Canyon - Karkke Cultural Experience
  • Uluru - Uluru Sunrise
  • Uluru - Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon - Rim Walk
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • West Macdonnell Ranges - Ormiston Gorge
  • Alice Springs - Earth Sanctuary Dinner & Star Talk

Excludes

  • Additional costs such as meals not included on itinerary, drinks and souvenirs
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • Flights

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights) Bush camp (2 nights).

Transport

Private vehicle.

While every care has been taken to ensure the prices and availability of this tour is locked in, we do sometimes experience fluctuations and changes from our suppliers and ground operators. While every effort will be made to ensure this has no impact on the overall cost of your trip, if this cannot be done, you will be notified immediately with options.

Please note that we are working in remote destinations and sometimes changes to the itinerary are unavoidable. While we endeavour to ensure we stick to the set itinerary, changes may occur prior to travel and while on location. Also, note that wildlife is never guaranteed nor predictable. We are travelling during times of high probability of wildlife experiences; however, this is never 100% guaranteed. 

FLIGHTS

Flights are NOT included with this package unless otherwise stated. Please discuss with us the timing requirements for arrival and departure if you are organising your flights. If you wish us to book flights, we can arrange this also.

PRICING

All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars. Typically, prices are based on two passengers travelling together. Solo traveller supplements may be applicable. Special offer pricing has already been applied to the website pricing displayed, unless it is stated otherwise.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

Passports must have a validity of at least 6 months or longer than your intended stay overseas. Visas to some countries are required for Australian Passport holders. Visas can be purchased on arrival in most countries, but please note, for entry into certain countries a visa must be applied for online before travel. Some visa fees are payable in US Dollars cash only. Some countries have a requirement making it necessary to have a certain number of blank pages in your passport. Please check with us regarding visa requirements.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

Travelling with children under 18 years of age through certain countries may require further documentation in addition to their valid passport. As requirements can change, please check with us.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Please consult your GP or Travel Doctor for up-to-date medical advice. A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate in a Where Wild Things Roam Travel tour. In addition, some tours may require you to disclose your body weight. Please check with us to ensure that you can meet the relevant requirements. COVID19 declarations must be completed before travelling and conditions of these must be met, otherwise your travel will be cancelled.

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

Luggage restrictions may apply to your tour where safari vehicles or light aircraft are utilised. Please check your trip dossier for detail on this and what is suggested to pack. 

BOOKING

A non-refundable deposit of 25% per person is required within seven days of booking confirmation along with a signed Booking Form. Some tours and arrangements may impose a higher non-refundable deposit – please check at the time of booking. Payment of deposit and a signed Booking Form represents acceptance of Where Wild Things Roam Travel Terms & Conditions by the client. The final balance of payment must be received no later than 60 days before departure.

LATE BOOKINGS

Bookings made within 30 days of travel from Australia will require full payment immediately.

AMENDMENT FEE

An amendment fee of AU$50 will be levied to cover communication and administration costs for any changes to bookings. This is in addition to any airline and operator fees.

ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

We can organise additional arrangements such as hotels and car hire not forming part of a package. Just ask us at the time of booking.

CANCELLATIONS

While we appreciate that circumstances change and travel regulations may vary, we will always try to be flexible with changes to your booking. Cancellations must be received in writing and will take effect from the date received by Where Wild Things Roam Travel. The following cancellation charges will apply to the tour costs.

  • More than 60 days before departure: Deposit only
  • 60-49 days before departure: 40%
  • 48-31 days before departure: 60%
  • 30-0 days before departure: 100%

These charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers as some do impose higher cancellation fees on certain tours. The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of the deposit will not exempt clients from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out at the time of booking to cover cancellation fees.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that a comprehensive travel insurance policy be taken out at the time of paying the deposit. Where Wild Things Roam Travel will NOT accept responsibility for loss of deposit/full payment, loss or damage to baggage and personal items, personal illness or injury, medical expenses, cancellation or curtailment of your trip.

TRAVEL SAFETY

For the latest government advice on travel safety and security, please visit and register your holiday on www.smartraveller.gov.au 

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING PRICES

Much care has gone into the composition of itineraries and prices, however, circumstances beyond our control such as currency devaluation, fuel or airfare surcharges, imposition of new or amended Government charges (i.e VAT) may necessitate an increase in cost. Where Wild Things Roam Travel cannot be held responsible for these changes. Should this occur at any time until the departure date, you will be notified as soon as possible, and regardless of deposit or total payment having been made, any increase is to be paid by the client. If such an increase is unacceptable, the client may cancel the booking, though, in so doing, is still liable to pay any cancellation charges imposed by our suppliers. While every effort has been made to ensure prices are accurate, please use the brochure as a guideline only, as rates are subject to change.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Where Wild Things Roam Travel uses local ground operators in the country of travel. The standards of accommodation and other services are based on various factors, which are generally accepted as indicated by a certain class. However, we do not represent or guarantee that standard, class or fitness for purpose of the accommodation or service. Where Wild Things Roam Travel does not accept any liability of whatever nature for the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of those airlines, local operators, shipping companies, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with your tour under a contract between them and yourselves and over whom we have no direct and exclusive control. We do not accept liability for any injury, damage, loss, delay, change of itinerary when required, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by events which are beyond our control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part including, but not limited to war, civil disturbances, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities, accidents to, or failure of, machinery or equipment, or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such actions may be settled by acceding to demands of a labour group).

Intrepid Travel Terms & Conditions can be found here for flexipledge and booking conditions.

Intrepid Travel Trip Notes can be found here.

From $2,715.00
/ Adult

Trip Facts

  • 6 days
  • Explore Australia’s Red Centre