Days
4
Price from
€610EUR
Map of Red Centre Adventure  including Australia

Encounter the Northern Territory's superb landscapes and sites, including Uluru

The outback town of Alice Springs is a travel hub for visitors setting off to the explore the sensational range of natural wonders the Red Centre has to offer.
The ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) create an amazing landscape of spectacular domes and canyons.
An iconic image of outback Australia and a sacred site for the local Aboriginal people, Uluru's remarkable colour changes are a wonder to behold.


Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Destinations
Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland, Short Breaks
Code
PAR4-B
Physical rating
Trip rating
1 review
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 24

Why you'll love this trip

  • Join an Indigenous Guide on a cultural experience at Mutijulu waterhole, an experience exclusive to Intrepid Travel

  • This trips provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand

  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru

  • Dine under the stars and camp within privately owned sites on the red earth of the outback

  • Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more

  • Hike through natural amphitheatres, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon

  • Traverse the immense landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges and keep an eye out for an abundance of wildlife

  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal people

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a camping trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback.

  • Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together. Group sizes can also be pretty big, so be prepared to share this experience with a bigger group than what you might be familiar with.

  • 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 most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

  • This is a combination trip and as such the make up of your group may change in the evening of day 3

Itinerary

Melbourne might have the arts scene and Sydney the beaches, but Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand Australia proper. Approximately 70% of the Australian continent is classed as arid or semi-arid – and little old Alice Springs sits right in the middle of it all. First stop for the day is a working outback camel farm, where you’ll have the chance to lope through the outback on a ‘ship of the desert’. Whereas Uluru emerges from the earth as one giant boulder form, Kata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes – you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hike following lunch. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sky cast glorious colours over Uluru. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food and wine with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal people. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse.

This afternoon travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
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 we were among the first tour operators to stop climbing Uluru. The Intrepid Group are proud to be involved with local communities in Uluru and to have an ongoing commitment to providing employment for the Anangu people.

You show respect when you choose not to climb Uluru, but walk with Anangu throughout the area and share their stories instead.

After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, and after you’ve relaxed for a little while we'll head back to Alice Springs where we will stay tonight before heading out to the West Macdonnell Ranges in the morning

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.


Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles.

Flights must be booked to depart Alice Springs the day after the trip finishes.
Watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive through the West MacDonnell Ranges. We’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings.

The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km.
Included Activities
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges

Reviews

Our Red Centre Adventure trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

Red Centre Adventure (Basix), May 2017

Richard Kenny

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Important notes

1. Trip commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6:00am and finishes in Alice Springs day 4 at approx 6pm.
2. For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
4. You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on Day 1; see tour code PAR4Y-B.
5. This trip is available in Original and Basix styles.

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