Outback Australia - The Colour of Red

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs & Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

5 Day Guided Holiday

(Tour Code FTAATTCR)

 

 

Explore the highlights and mind blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre on a small group journey. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and special. Get all of this and first class dining experiences along the way.

Day 1-2: Arrive Alice Springs - West MacDonnell Ranges

Day 1: Arrive Alice Springs Welcome to Alice Springs! This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide who will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town. Take our town tour of Alice Springs. We’ll visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a crucial service which provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities. This evening experience a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony and taste traditional bush foods for dinner.

Day 2: West MacDonnell Ranges The West MacDonnell Ranges is the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. You'll take a walk to Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There'll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal tribes for medicinal and magical purposes. Tonight you'll enjoy an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some traditional bush foods. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon

First up we escape the beaten path and stop at Rainbow Valley, famous for its sandstone bluffs and cliff faces that form part of the James Range. The coloured layers in the sandstone cliffs are particularly attractive in the morning and afternoon light. Afterwards you’ll travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. The meteorite pieces, which reached speeds of 40,000 km per hour, created twelve craters that are still visible today. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 4: Kings Canyon – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this morning at sunrise you're off on a 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt for a walk along the Creek Bed. Today we drive towards Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park stopping en route at Kings Creek Station. Continuing along the Luritja Road, you’ll take in views of the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner) and later, a drive along Lasseter Highway provides excellent photo opportunities of the enormous mountain. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. Curtin Springs has been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. This afternoon we enter Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Having lived in and looked after the Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa region for tens of thousands of years, the Aṉangu (or traditional owners), have a strong connection with this land. We’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the Aboriginal people and their ancestors. We’re then off to the domes of Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) where you’ll join your Driver Guide for a guided-walk to the first lookout of Valley of the Winds (seasonal) then through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuṯa are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people. As the sun sets, you’ll see spectacular changing colours over Uluṟu from the prime sunset viewing area. This evening share a few laughs with your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Farewell from Ayers Rock

The West MacDonnell Ranges is the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. You'll  take a walk to Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There'll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people for medicinal and magical purposes. This afternoon you'll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia. Tonight you'll enjoy an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and features some traditional bush food. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way. 

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner both days

Day 5: Farewell from Alice Springs

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) and Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuṯa dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre for breakfast an insight into the history of the local Aṉangu People. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) with an Indigenous guide and a translator from the local Mutitjulu Community as your private guide (subject to availability). Take a walk around the base of Uluṟu and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutiṯjulu Waterhole, an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. In the late morning your Colour of Red inspiring journey comes to and end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Alice Springs to Uluru

From 01 April 2017 From 01 July 2017
Price Twin Share  $2395 Price Twin Share $2495
Price Single  $3005 Price Single $3195
Dates
12 May - 16 May 
26 May - 30 May
09 Jun - 13 Jun 
23 Jun - 27 Jun
Dates 07 Jul - 11 Jul
21 Jul - 25 Jul
04 Aug - 08 Aug
18 Aug - 22 Aug
15 Sep - 19 Sep
29 Sep - 03 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 01 April 2018 From 01 July 2018
Price Twin Share  $2475 Price Twin Share $2575
Price Single  $3095 Price Single $3285
Dates
11 May - 15 May
25 May - 29 May 
08 Jun - 12 Jun 
22 Jun - 26 Jun
Dates 06 Jul - 10 Jul
20 Jul - 24 Jul
03 Aug - 07 Aug
17 Aug - 21 Aug
14 Sep - 18 Sep
28 Sep - 02 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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