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A compact Red Centre adventure for travellers on a budget

Need to start in Alice Springs but finish at Yulara (near Uluru)? Well here’s a great solution for you! This trip provides a smart way check out all three Red Centre icons, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in 3.5 days. See one of Australia’s great icons, discover the giant domes of Kata Tjuta and experience the diversity of Kings Canyon.

Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs, Australia
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback
Physical rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 24

Why you'll love this trip

  • Feel the power of Uluru during a walk around the base of the sacred monolith or on a shorter stroll to a nearby watering hole, the choice is yours.

  • Enjoy a guided hike along the rim of Kings Canyon and take in the surprisingly diverse Outback landscape, from deep canyons to the shaded pools of the Garden of Eden.

  • Get closer to nature with your very own swag, a cross between a bedroll and a tent that allows you to admire the stars as you fall asleep.

  • A three-day tour with daily departures, you can fit this adventure into a long weekend or book on a whim when domestic flights are on sale.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is designed to appeal to travellers who want to see the most without spending the most. Food is basic but plentiful and all meals are participatory, meaning everyone pitches in to help prepare, cook, and clean up after meals. Accommodation is in campsites and multishare dorms and you’ll have your very own swag (a sheltered bedroll) for a comfortable sleep in the great outdoors.

  • The best was to discover the beauty of the Outback is on foot. This tour packs a lot of walking into three days, so please read the itinerary carefully for walking time estimates.


It’s an early start as we head South out of Alice Springs along the legendary Stuart Highway. After a bit of ‘breaky’ (ATA speak for breakfast) we keep driving, until your guide turns right onto the Lasseter Highway. Woohoo! There’s not many opportunities to turn in the outback! En-route you see one of the Red Centre’s three tors, Mt Connor, before sighting the mighty Uluru. After a tasty lunch we’re off to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), which is the local aboriginal word for ‘many heads’. There’s 36 domes (or heads) in total, so you’ll have the chance to walk between them and get a sense of their immense size of the domes.

To cap off a wonderful day, we take the time to watch the setting outback sun change the colour of one of Australia’s great icons. After the Uluru sunset we drive to camp for a hot shower and dinner. Who wants 5 star accommodation, when you can experience 1,000 star accommodation … enjoy your first night sleeping under the stars in a swag (Aussie bedroll), or in one our permanently erected tents.
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is about 5.5 hours (approximately 450 km)
Total walking time will be approximately 2–3 hours, depending on which option you choose in the afternoon.
The Uluru sunrise can be as equally spectacular as sunset, so an early start this this morning can’t be missed. Absorb the sheer size with a base walk around Uluru. The let your guide explain ‘Tjukurpa’ the Anangu word that describes the law and creation, and fascination insights during an interpretive Mala walk.

You will then visit the Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre to view the world-famous dot-art designs from the Central desert region before leaving the park and driving along the Luritja Highway to ATA’s exclusive camp near Kings Canyon. After a hearty Aussie meal the permanent tents are there for you to use, however why not ‘swag-it’ under the star tonight.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Special information Total driving time today is around 4 hours (approximately 300kms).
Total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours.
After some breakfast and filling our water bottles, we head into the Watarrka National Park. Take a breath and a moment to enjoy the stunning views on the steep walk up Kings Canyon. Once up on the plateau you’ll have time to enjoy more amazing views; the rim walk offers a variety of geological features including the lost city, natural amphitheatres, rock chasms and of course the sheer faces of the North and South walls of the Canyon. The plant life is extra-ordinary with a cycad species that have survived from a prehistoric era, and beautiful waterhole which is appropriately named the ‘Garden of Eden’. A rewarding lunch can be enjoyed, and with a full bellies, relax as you guide drives you back to Alice Springs.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 6 hours (approximately 500 km).
Total walking time is approximately 3 hours.
This morning is about getting you to Yulara or the Ayers Rock Airport (near Uluru). Need to catch up on a little sleep? In between some information from your guide, have a snooze (ATA speak for a sleep) or allow the endless outback landscape pass you by. There’s a couple of stops to take a stretch.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving time today is about 5.5 hours (approximately 450 km)


2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle


Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Multishare (1 night)

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Important notes

1. You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on Day 1; see tour code PRTC3YY
2. This Basix trip requires a sleeping bag.
3. Trip commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6:05am and finishes at Ayers Rock Airport approximately on day 4 at approx. 12pm. Please do not book flights departing before 1pm.

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