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Fly into Ayers Rock airport, explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and experience local indigenous culture. Visit the magnificent Kings Canyon on your way to the iconic outback city of Alice Springs before immersing yourself in some of central Australia’s most spectacular landscapes and desert oasis. Return home on a flight from Alice Springs airport...
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"We've arrived back safely after a thoroughly enjoyable trip where all the arrangements ran like clockwork, for which we want to thank you and your team, especially Sonya and Skye. We'd have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who asks. Kind regards and thanks again." Irene and Blake S. Read more reviews
Perhaps it will touch you when you first lay eyes on Uluru. Or during the Field of Light experience when you find yourself enveloped by silence. In such moments lies the mysterious call of the outback.
You'll experience the magic of the sunrise over Uluru, the equally magical Field of Light dinner and many more sights and sounds that will leave you with a unique sense of having experienced the true heart of Australia.
This holiday has been prepared from first-hand experience to make sure you take in all of the highlights. A part self-guided, part tour-guided travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.
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This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Add comprehensive, best-in-class, travel insurance for just $99 per person* valued at over $300 per couple.
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You will receive this guide to to help you gain the most out of your holiday. Recommendation: Take the time to read suggestions for things to see and do before you leave home. Take your Lonely Planet guide with you in your luggage.
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Before your plane even lands you will be impressed with the rugged yet breathtaking landscapes. We recommend that you select a seat on the left of the plane to get a glimpse of Ayers Rock as you come in to land...
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
Arrive at Ayers Rock Airport be picked up by the complimentary transfer service who will take you to the resort. Once you have checked into your comfortable room you might wish to explore some of the free time activities mentioned below:
If wildlife animates the Australian outback, it is the Indigenous population of the Northern Territory (NT) that gives it soul. These are a people whose lives remain inextricably tied to a land that their people have inhabited for millennia. And, unlike elsewhere in Australia, in the NT it's relatively easy to cross the cultural frontier and meet Indigenous Australians on their terms: it could happen on an intimate exploration of country led by an Indigenous guide, in quiet conversation with artists at work in one of the NT's many art centres, or in the timeless rituals and ceremonies of a festival.
This afternoon you can relax by the pool or avail yourself of some of the free cultural activities happening around the resort. Perhaps you could visit the camel farm or book a camel tour. You might also wish to venture to the small shopping village of Yulara where you will often find indigenous paintings being sold (we recommend buying them directly rather than from the overpriced art galleries) as well as a small take-away shop, gift store and supermarket.
Uluru sunrise tour:
Wake up early and be collected by your local tour guide before the sun is even in the sky. On your way to the highlight of this destination you will stop at a viewing location to see the sunrise and watch the changing colours of Uluru, the surrounding landscapes and the incredible desert skies that stretch from horizon to horizon. Then continue to Uluru and explore the rock itself. This is an experience like no other and cannot be put into words (you’ll see what we mean when you get there).
Upgrade to Uluru base walk for $49 per person.
Field of Light performance and dinner:
Once you have returned to your hotel, you might wish to relax for the afternoon or again explore some of the free time activities. Then tonight you'll be whisked off to a once in a lifetime dining experience at the Field of Light. With Uluru as the backdrop you will enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets.
As darkness gradually falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life you'll enjoy a local indigenous performance, before joining your fellow travellers at the dinner table for a sumptuous, three-course, bush tucker-inspired buffet menu.
Kata Tjuta afternoon tour:
You have a chance to sleep in today and take in some relaxed, free-time activities before you head off to Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds. Some say this is equally as impressive as Uluru. Learn about the history and walk through the rocks before heading to a viewing location to again watch the incredible effect the sun has on the scenery and rocks around you as it sets into the distance. We recommend that you get plenty of rest for tomorrow.
Tour and transfer to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon:
Today you will depart Ayers Rock Resort on a coach to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon. You will have plenty of time to take in the outback landscapes along the way. Stop off at Kings Canyon where you will have the option to make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views or take an easier walk to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor and get lunch at the resort before continuing to Alice Springs and checking-in to your Alice Springs accommodation.
Afternoon city tour:
Enjoy a relaxing, slow-paced morning before being collected from your hotel for your afternoon city tour where you will get first hand local knowledge on this unique outback city and its history. This is also a good way to get your bearings. We recommend that you take note of any shops, restaurants and galleries that you might wish to come back to later to explore.
West MacDonnell Ranges tour:
Today you will be collected from your hotel early in the morning for an unimaginable day exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges with its exquisite landscapes. Immerse yourself in the scenery of red rocky ranges that reach up to the sky, gorges and bottomless waterholes that will blow your mind before being returned to your Alice Springs Accommodation.
With your full day tour yesterday and another tomorrow, we recommend that you get enough rest so that you don’t find yourself needing a holiday from your holiday. If you feel as though you are well rested or just want to get the most out of your time here then you can always head into town to explore the local galleries, restaurants, gift shops and other attractions like the Desert Park.Tip: There is a wonderful Vietnamese Restaurant called TINH & LAN just out of town. It would be about a 15min taxi trip, and it is only open on selected days of the week, but it's worth the drive if you like Vietnamese food.
Palm Valley tour:
Today you will be picked-up from your hotel early in the morning for a day of 4x4 adventuring into the desert. Admire the Aboriginal art collection at Hermannsburg, see spectacular rock formations by the Finke River, and check out prehistoric relic plants in the desert oasis of Palm Valley on this full-day tour before being returned to your Alice Springs Accommodation.
You will be flying home tomorrow so again we recommend that (a) you are well rested, (b) you haven’t missed anything in Alice Springs and (c) you have plenty of souvenirs for friends and family for when you get home. Refer to your Lonly Planet guide for additional things to see and do.
By this time you'll have experienced the best of Central Australia. Now it’s time to say goodbye to Alice and be collected by your airport shuttle transport before flying home. If you get a chance, look out the window as you take off and you will see the East MacDonnell ranges. The view from the air makes it easy to see why the indigenous people refer to the ranges as the “caterpillars” moving across the land.
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