Days
3
Price from
695AUD
Map of Rock the Centre including Australia

Strapped for cash? This Red Centre adventure is perfect for travellers on a budget.

The Outback and its attractions may be big, but that doesn’t mean you need heaps of time to see them. This trip makes it possible to see the region’s best-known attractions in a short amount of time. Get to know Uluru guided or on your own, navigate the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds Walk and discover lost cities and a Garden of Eden on the Rim Walk through Kings Canyon. The Outback’s never been so accessible.


Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Destinations
Northern Territory,Uluru
Style
Swag Camping
Theme
Code
RTC3
Physical rating
Trip rating
1 reviews
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 6, Max 24

Why you’ll love this trip.  

  • Witnessing an Uluru sunset is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Have your camera ready when taking in this spectacular sight.
  • Sleep under the stars in an authentic way, in an Australian swag.  
  • 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?  

  • Are you starting and finishing for tour in Alice Springs? If so, this is the trip for you! The ‘Rock The Centre’ allows you to extend your stay before or after this tour to enjoy the many optional activities and experiences this historic outback town of Alice Springs has to offer.    
  • Please note: If the start and finish locations do not suit your plans, please select one of Adventure Tours Australia’s other three options, which allows you to;  
    • Start and finish in Yulara
    • Start in Yulara and finish in Alice Springs 
    • Start in Alice Springs and finish in Yulara
    • To see these options please visit here
  • 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.  
  • Camping out in the open may not appeal to some people, although a comfortable mattress, linen and power for your devices are provided.  
  • 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

Alice Springs is really where you need to go to understand the heart and soul of Australia. Meet your tour guide and fellow travelers at the Alice Springs pick-up point this morning and set off to explore the Red Centre. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. Walk off your lunch at Kata Tjuta which is only a short drive away. 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

Total driving time today is around 7 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

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).  

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 of course North & South Walls of the canyon. After lunch we drive back to Alice Springs to say our farewells. 
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information

Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 3 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. 

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Important notes

1. You can also join this trip in Yulara (Uluru) on Day 1; see tour code RTC3Y.
2. 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.

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