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4 Day 3 Night Red Centre to West MacDonnell Ranges Tour From $1320pp

Experience the untamed beauty and cultural richness of Australia’s Red Centre on an exclusive four-day adventure tour. Discover the essence of this iconic region as you journey through the storied landscapes of Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, and the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Led by seasoned local guides, this immersive exploration unveils the secrets of the Red Centre, blending captivating commentary with hidden gems that bring the outback to life. From the awe-inspiring spectacle of Uluru at sunset to the rugged grandeur of Kings Canyon, each day is filled to the brim with unforgettable moments. Wake up to the crimson hues of sunrise casting a golden glow over the ancient monolith, then traverse the winding trails of Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and the West MacDonnell ranges, where sandstone domes rise majestically against the desert sky and hidden desert oasis’ calls you in for the most refreshing dip. As night falls, camp beneath a blanket of stars, sharing stories around the campfire and connecting with the nature surrounding you.

With a carefully crafted itinerary that balances exploration and relaxation, this tour offers a glimpse into the soul of the Red Centre. Whether hiking through breathtaking gorges or cooling off in pristine waterholes, every experience is infused with the spirit of this extraordinary land. Concluding in Alice Springs, this journey leaves an incredible imprint, inviting you to carry the essence of the Red Centre with you long after the adventure ends.

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4 Day Red Centre to West MacDonnell Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru/Ayers Rock

Depart Alice Springs bright and early in the morning.
Visit Mt Connor Lookout for stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Venture through Curtin Springs for a quick stop.
Visit the Red Centre’s Aboriginal Interpretive Cultural Centre to learn about the cultural, ecological, historical, and geological significance of the national park.
Arrive at the base of Uluru to get up close and personal with this iconic landmark.
Hike to Mutitjulu Waterhole, a sacred site that is home to some of the oldest rock art in Australia.
Learn about the creation stories of Kuniya and Lira, the ancestral serpents who are said to have created Uluru.
Drive around the sacred sites towards Kantju Gorge, the highest waterfall in central Australia, an incredible sight especially when it rains.
Visit the Elders Cave and the World’s Oldest Pantry.
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Uluru at sunset before dinner and camp at Ayers Rock Coach Campground.

Day 2: Uluru to Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon

Wake up early for a light breakfast.
Watch the incredible sunrise over Uluru.
Travel to Kata Tjuta for a sight of the stunning silhouettes of the sandstone domes.
Hike through the Valley of the Winds’ narrow gorges and towering cliffs, or Walpa Gorge, another stunning walk.
Drive to Kings Canyon for a glorious outback sunset.
Dinner around the campfire, camp at Kings Creek Station campground.

Day 3: Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell Ranges

Today, explore the mighty Kings Canyon (Watarrka), an ancient landscape and cultural grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people.
Arrive in the centre of the canyon, surrounded by 100 metre tall towering red cliff faces, views of the sandstone chasms.
Set off on foot to explore the canyon in more detail.
Enjoy some rest on the bus as you travel back up north, heading off the beaten track via the Mereenie Loop Tourist Drive and then towards the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Camp out in the bush under breathtaking starry skies.

Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs

This morning, head out early to explore the mighty red walls of Ormiston Gorge and enjoy breakfast nestled into the towering cliffs.
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife waking up with the sunrise.
Enjoy a cooling dip in the Ellery Creek Bighole surrounded by dramatic rock formations and a sandy oasis in the middle of the desert.
Head to Standley Chasm, an 80 metre high gorge with the perfect backdrop for exploring.
See Simpsons Gap, a permanent waterhole where several dreaming trails and stories cross.
Finally, make your way back to Alice Springs after an incredible adventure journey through the unforgettable Outback.

Inclusions & Extras

Included

  • 3 Nights Permanent Outback Campsites (Uluru, Kings Creek, West MacDonnell)
  • Includes: 3 x breakfasts, 4 x lunches, 3 x dinners
  • Guided bush walks
  • Onboard drinking water (bring your own bottle)
  • All National Park pass entry fees
  • Accredited outback driver guide
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Air-conditioned 4×4 off-road bus travel
  • Australian bush swag – canvas-covered bush bed roll (Bush Swag option)
  • Selected pick-up Alice Springs / drop-off Alice Springs only

Excluded

  • Sleeping bags can be hired onboard for $40 AUD
  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a nominated pickup point
  • Personal expenses

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

4D/3N Red Centre to West MacDonnell Ranges Departing Alice Springs - Basic Swag

Guided Tour with Basic Swag Alice Springs Pick Up

$1,320.00

4D/3N Red Centre to West MacDonnell Ranges Departing Alice Springs - Safari Style Tent

Guided Tour with Permanent Safari Tent Alice Springs Pick Up

$1,530.00

4D/3N Red Centre to West MacDonnell Ranges Departing Ayers Rock - Basic Swag

Guided Tour with Basic Swag Ayers Rock Pick Up

$1,320.00

4D/3N Red Centre to West MacDonnell Ranges Departing Ayers Rock - Safari Style Tent

Guided Tour with Permanent Safari Tent Ayers Rock Pick Up

$1,530.00

What to bring

  • 2-3L Refillable water bottle
  • A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Beach towel & toiletries
  • Bathers or swimwear
  • Comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (closed shoes)
  • All-weather clothing (extreme conditions day/night)
  • Camera
  • Flashlight, headlamp or torch
  • Tropical strength insect repellent
  • Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
  • 15kg overnight bag & small day pack
  • Bring your own sleeping bag & pillow (optional – if staying in a swag)
  • Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras)
  • Money for snacks

Pick Ups & Departures

Alice Motor Inn, 25 – 27 Undoolya Rd
Alice on Todd Apartments, 1 Strehlow St
YHA Alice Springs, Cnr Parsons St and Leichhardt Terrace
Alice’s Secret Travellers Inn, 6 Khalick St
A Good Rest B & B, 51 Dixon Rd
Alice Springs Tourist Park, 70 Larapinta Dr
Best Western Elkira Court Motel, 65 Bath St
Crowne Plaza Lasseters, 93 Barrett Dr
Desert Palms Alice Springs, 74 Barrett Dr
DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs, 82 Barrett Dr
Discovery Parks Alice Springs, 25 Palm Place
G’day Mate Tourist Park, 23 Palm Circuit Ross
Haven Backpackers Resort, 3 Larapinta Sr
Heritage Caravan Park, 40 Ragonesi Rd
Jump Inn Alice Budget Accommodation, 4 Traeger Ave
Lemon Gum Apartments, 11 Gap Rd
Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace
Quest Alice Springs, 10 South Terrace
Stay at Alice Springs Hotel Aurora, 11 Leichhardt Terrace
Swagmans Rest Apartments The, 67 Gap Rd
The Diplomat Motel, 20 Gregory Terrace
Wintersun Cabin & Caravan Park, 1 Stuart Hwy

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Autopia Terms & Conditions

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames.
Cancellations within 1 Day of the start date incur a 100.00% fee.
Between 1 Day and 3 Days incur a 50.00% fee.
Between 3 Days and 28 Days incur a 25.00% fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Twin Share Safari Tent (sleeps 2) – For guests wishing to sleep in the outback but remain protected from the elements, there will be permanent tented campsites, twin single beds with mattresses, bed linen supplied, and lantern. (Solo travellers booking separately in a Twin Share Safari Tent will be paired with another solo passenger, where possible of the same gender but not guaranteed.)

The permanent tented campsites have access to communal campground showers and toilets. These sites generally have limited solar power or are unpowered. Therefore, guests are asked to bring rechargeable power banks (limited power access to charge phones or cameras).

Can I get a pick-up from Alice Springs on the day of the tour?

Given the tour departs early from Alice Springs (between 6:00-6:30am), guests must arrive the day prior to the tour and stay 1-night. Once your Alice Springs accommodation is booked, please let the supplier know and they can arrange a pickup on the day of the tour. Airport to accommodation transfer pre and post tour is not included.

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

A minimum moderate to advanced level of fitness is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be between 2km to 6km each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. An approximate 12-15km walk is included in this tour. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests. Therefore a medium/high level of fitness is required and a doctor’s certificate is required for people over 70 years (30 days prior to travel).

How much luggage can I bring on tour?

Please only bring small soft overnight bags and hand luggage only as there is limited storage onboard the vehicles. Large suitcases and oversized luggage can be left at your hotel whilst you are on tour. This tour is not suitable for anyone who requires the use of a mobility aid, wheelchair, walker, and or stroller.

What type of food do we eat on tour?

Most of the meals are prepared by your tour guides with basic camping-style food options and on occasions, they will be provided by your accommodation providers onsite. Guests are asked to participate in the preparation of meals, clean-up, and vehicle unpacking/loading as it’s a great way to get to know and connect with your fellow travellers.

What kind of vehicle do we travel in for this Uluru Camping Tour?

You will be travelling in an all-terrain 4×4 range eco-tour bus, uniquely designed to handle the harshest of terrains and off-road tracks. The maximum number of passengers on these tours is 15-21 people, with a minimum requirement of 8 people to guarantee the departure.

What is the temperature like in the Northern Territory?

The weather in the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season and in the evening the temperature drops dramatically. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are travelling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

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