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A compact Red Centre adventure for travellers on a budget

Pushed for time? Strapped for cash? This trip reveal’s the Outback’s biggest drawcards in minimum time, at a minimum cost. See the region’s best-known attractions in just three days, beginning in Alice Springs. Get to know Uluru guided or on your own, navigate the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta on a walk through the Valley of the Winds and discover lost cities and a Garden of Eden on the hike around Kings Canyon. The Outback’s never been so accessible.

Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs, Australia
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Trip rating
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Min 8
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.
  • Hike the iconic Valley of the Winds and discover the red-tinged rock formations of Kata-Tjuta from many different angles.
  • 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 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.


Meet your group and guide in bright and early and hit the road for Australia’s legendary Outback. Stop at an Outback roadhouse for an optional breakfast (at your own expense), then it’s back on the road for the drive to Yulara, stopping off along the way for views of Mt Connor and various salt lakes. After lunch, jump back in the vehicle and travel into Uluru National Park. Grab a coffee and check out the Cultural Centre, then walk over to the main attraction – Uluru. Depending on how active you’re feeling, you can choose to do an optional ten-kilometre walk around the base of Uluru. No two angles of the sacred monolith are the same and its sheer size will leave you gobsmacked. If you’d rather do a shorter walk, follow the ‘Mala Walk’ signs for a stroll to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the evening, watch a spectacular Uluru sunset while enjoying some tasty snacks. Once the sun has gone down, drive to tonight’s campsite for a hot shower and hearty dinner. Roll out your swag (protected bedroll) and get comfortable under the stars.
Included Activities
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

You must be packed and ready to go from the Alice Springs joining point at 5.45 am this morning. Please see the ‘Joining point’ section of the Essential Trip Information for details.

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.

Rise early for an included breakfast and memorable Uluru sunrise. Next head to Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) for a guided six-kilometre walk through the legendary Valley of the Winds. The walk can be challenging, but you’re rewarded with a spectacular perspective on mind-blowing rock formations. Return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, drive to a remote bush camp in Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and freshen up with a hot shower. Tonight’s dinner will be an authentic Outback barbecue.
Included Activities
  • Valley of the Winds walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

Total driving time today is around 4 hours (approximately 300 km).
Total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours.

After breakfast, drive to Kings Canyon for a guided six-kilometre hike along the Canyon Rim. This varied landscape of chasms, canyons and cliffs is one of the most spectacular and surprising in the Outback. Enter a natural amphitheatre, discover the Lost City, cool off under the shade of the Garden of Eden’s leafy palm trees and admire panoramic views from the North and South Walls. After lunch, make tracks back to Alice Springs with a few leg-stretches on the way, before pulling into Alice in the early evening.
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information

Total driving time today is around 6 hours (approximately 500 km).
Total walking time is approximately 3 hours.

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Important notes

1. You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on Day 1; see tour code PRTC3Y.
2. This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us at time of booking.
3. Trip commences in Alice Springs on Day 1 at 06:05am and finishes in Alice Springs  on Day 3 at approximately 6 pm. Onward travel is to be booked the following day.

Essential trip information

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