Days
4
Price from
745AUD
RTC4YY_ATA_2023

Pushed for time? Strapped for cash? This trip starts and finishes at Uluru, getting you to the Outback’s biggest drawcards in minimum time, at a minimum cost.

The Outback and its attractions may be big, but that doesn’t mean you need heaps of time to see them. This trip, which  starting and finishing at Yulara (near the Ayers Rock Airport), makes it possible to see the region’s best-known attractions in a short amount of time. See Uluru up-close, navigate the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta, and discover the Garden of Eden on the Rim Walk through Kings Canyon. The Outback’s never been so accessible.

Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon – in only three nights.


Start
Yulara, Australia
Finish
Yulara, Australia
Destinations
Northern Territory,The Outback,Uluru
Style
Swag Camping
Theme
New trips
Code
RTC4YY
Physical rating
Trip rating
1 reviews
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 8, Max 23

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Save time and accommodation before and after your trip by flying directly to Ayers Rock Airport (very close to Yulara), and only minutes away from Uluru. By starting and finishing your tour at Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort), you’ll save eight (8) hours of driving-time, compared to a tour that starts and finishes in Alice Springs. By starting and finishing your tour at Yulara you will also save two nights of Alice Springs accommodation.  
  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru and hike through natural amphitheaters, rocky chasms, and lush oasis in Kings Canyon. 
  • Eat under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the Outback and experience the true magic of the Red Centre.  

Is this trip right for you?

  • Witnessing an Uluru sunset is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Have your camera ready when taking in this spectacular sight.  
  • This is a basic camping experience sleeping in a swag. A swag in an Australian invention. It’s a bed roll with a thinner mattress and a canvas cover. You hop inside with your sleeping bag then zip yourself up, only allowing enough space to view the amazing stars above you. 
  • Camping out in the open may not appeal to some people, so if you’re joining this tour you need to be sleeping in a swag, in the open and under the stars. 
  • Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be more than 40 degrees Celsius in the shade (the Australian sun is very strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection, and drink plenty of water. During the months of June, July and August the evening temperatures can drop below zero degrees Celsius, so bring some thick socks, layers and a warm jacket.  
  • 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 most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very remote areas of the desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.  
  • Group participation is important on this trip, so you’ll be required to help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.  

Itinerary

Uluru is the heart of Australia and represents so much about this country; its size, its beauty and its culture. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. After a short drive, walk off your lunch at Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s). With its 36 various-sized domes, it provides quite a contrast to Uluru. You’ll get to know the landscape pretty well on an afternoon hike between the domes. As the evening unfolds, enjoy a light snack as the sun slowly sets casting a variety of earthy tones across Uluru. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.  

Accommodation

Swag camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)  

Included Activities

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Fee

Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2 hours 

An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise as the sun hits the icon like a beacon, before the light floods the surrounding landscape. Your guide will take you to one of the significant cultural sights of Uluru, outlining Anangu rock art and passing on one of the creation stories of the site. While the morning is fresh, the time is yours to enjoy the self-guided, full base walk of Uluru, taking in all of the textures and valleys up-close, which isn’t evident from afar. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art at the Cultural Centre, hand-crafted by local First Nation Peoples of the Western and Central Deserts. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will have dinner and enjoy the stars. 

Accommodation

Swag camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)  

Included Activities
  • Uluru Cultural Centre  
  • Uluru Base Walk  
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours (or up to 3.5 if you do the full 10km base walk).  

Uluru is considered a living cultural landscape and home to the spirits of the ancestors making it a sacred place for the Anangu peoples. The Anangu people have dissuaded visitors from climbing Uluru for decades; as traditional owners of the land they feel a deep responsibility for everyone who travels to the area. In 1998, Adventure Tours Australia were among the first tour operators to stop climbing Uluru. We are proud to be involved with local communities in Uluru, and to have an ongoing commitment in contributing to employment for the Anangu people.   

The main attraction of Watarrka National Park is undoubtedly Kings Canyon – a huge gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls many meters high. With its porous sandstone, deep gullies and hidden rock pools, it provides shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous locations such as the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre, and ofcourse North & South Walls of the canyon. After lunch, we hit the road again for a three-hour drive to Yulara in the late afternoon. This evening, you have choice to enjoy one of the following optional activities; a Sunset Camel Cruise, the Field of Lights, Sounds of Silence, the Wintjiri Wiru Drone display; or if you’d like to experience the Uluru sunset from a different perspective (and free of charge), tonight is the opportunity to do it! After dinner, relax at your camp for a night under the stars.  

Accommodation

Swag camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk  
  • Ewings Lookout, sunset viewing area  
Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner 
Special Information  

The total driving time today is around 3 hours. Total walking time is approximately 3.5 hours. For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of three litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles. If you would like to do one of the optional activities we highly recommend booking this directly in advance.    

After a short sleep-in, enjoy a hearty breakfast at our exclusive camp. Depending on your departure time, choose to take our free 10-minute transfer direct to Yulara’s Desert Gardens Hotel, or Uluru Airport (Ayers Rock Airport, airport code: AYQ). If you have plenty of spare time before your flight, you have the opportunity to leave your luggage at the Desert Gardens Hotel, and spend some time in Yulara Resort shopping at your leisure. Please note: There’s regular free airport shuttles from the Desert Gardens Hotel to the Ayers Rock Airport.  

Meals included
  • Breakfast
Special Information  

The total driving time today is around 15 minutes.   

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Important notes

  1. Trip commences Yulara at the Ayers Rock resort and finishes in Yulara on day 4 at approx 9am.
  2. You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on Day 1; see tour code RTC4AY

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