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Alice's Secret Travellers Inn

4 Day AUTOPIA Uluru, Kings Canyon & Kata Tjuta & Tjoritja West MacDonnell Safari Tour – AUD $1150 currently, from April 2024 – $1320 !!!!!)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

BTW 😉 As a “Thank you” for booking with us,  we will include a FREE return night in a private room (subject to availability),

 FREE sleeping bag and flynet rental, also FREE luggage storage 

 

This small group adventure encompasses the very best the Red Centre has to offer.
Four days, exploring four iconic locations (Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Tjoritja West MacDonnell
Ranges) all wrapped up in one tour.

There is a very good reason why Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is included on the UNESCO World Heritage
List. The park was first added to the list in 1987, when the international community recognised its
spectacular geological formations, rare plants and animals, and outstanding natural beauty. Your expert
local guide will uncover some of the incredible secrets the Red Centre has to offer with guided
-commentary, stories and hidden gems that really bring this place to life.

We have comfortable twin safari tents providing a little more comfort, privacy and security, or you can try
out a traditional swag experience (canvas covered bed roll).

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru / Ayers Rock

Departing from either Alice Springs or Yulara (Uluru Airport) we head towards Uluru (Ayers Rock) stopping off
at Mt Connor (false Uluru) lookout for a view of this mighty red mountain and Curtin Springs for a toilet stop
before arriving at our campground for lunch.

After lunch, we head to the Red Centre’s indigenous
interpretive cultural centre where we have a chance to learn about the cultural, ecological, historical and
geological significance of this very special national park. With the anticipation and excitement growing we
make a short drive towards the base of Uluru as we begin to comprehend the sheer size and magnificence
of the giant monolith, getting up close and personal to explore further.

Walking to Mutitjulu waterhole we
discover sacred rock art sites in family caves and hear the creation stories of Kuniya and Liru as we continue
our base walk towards Kuniya Piti. From here we drive around sacred sites towards Kantju Gorge where we
envisage the highest waterfall in Central Australia, (truly a spectacle to behold, even more so when raining)
an elders cave and the world’s oldest pantry. After exploring the world’s most impressive rock up close and
personal, we retreat for panoramic views to witness one of the most incredible sunsets on the planet, all
whilst having dinner cooked for you, to feed those hungry eyes and allow you to get to know your fellow
travellers.

Day 1 Highlights:

● Uluru (Ayers Rock)
● Red Centre’s cultural centre
● Sacred Rock Art Site
● Mutitjulu Waterhole
● Kuniya Piti
● Kantju Gorge
● Sunset at Uluru lookout

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accom: Uluru Coach Campground – Permanent Safari Tents or Bush Swags (communal facilities)
Driving Distance: 350km
Hike Distance: 2-3 km / 2-3 hours

Day 2: Uluru to Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon

We wake early for a light breakfast and head off for a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
You thought Uluru was special and just when you think it couldn’t get any more majestic we approach the
stunning silhouette of Kata Tjuta. Here we set off on a hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge
marvelling at the mighty conglomerate rock formations. After exploring Kata Tjuta we make our way
towards Kings Canyon region just in time to experience a glorious outback sunset followed by a hearty meal
around the campfire.
Day 2 Highlights:

● Spectacular Sunrise at Uluru
● The Olgas – Kata Tjuta
● Hike the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge● Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accom: Kings Canyon Campground – Permanent Safari Tents or Bush Swags (private outback facilites)
Driving Distance: 406 km (4.5 Hours)
Hike Distance: 2-6 km / 2-4 hours (*weather dependent)

Day 3: Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell Ranges

We head off early to explore the mighty Kings Canyon (Watarrka) venturing into the ancient landscape
and sacred grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Arriving at the jewel in the crown at the centre of
Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) we find ourselves surrounded by towering 100-metre cliff faces,
views of sandstone chasms and jaw-dropping backdrops that will make the hairs stand up on the back of
your neck. Grab your water, hat and sturdy shoes as we set off on foot to explore (the most seasonally
applicable part of) the canyon in more detail. Rest up in the bus as we head back up north, passing
through Alice Springs and heading out towards the West MacDonnell Ranges for an evening of stargazing
at our bush camp.

Day 3 Highlights:

● Outback Scenery – Travel through the remote central Australian countryside from Kings Canyon on
route north through Alice Springs towards our campsite for the evening at Standley Chasm
● Kings Canyon Watarrka National Park- Engage in a guided walk and learn about the flora, fauna
and geology of this very special place
● Enjoy a hearty dinner and unwind with your new mates
● Spectacular Stargazing in remote outback Australia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accom: West MacDonnell Campground – Permanent Safari Tents or Bush Swags (communal facilities)
Driving Distance: 370km (4 hours)
Hike Distance: 2-4 km / 2-4 hours

Day 4: Standley Chasm and Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs

Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning “Gap of Water”, Standley Chasm is a 3-metre-wide,
80-metre-high gorge amongst the West MacDonnell Ranges. At dawn, we hope to spot the native wildlife
as we enjoy breakfast and look forward to the day ahead. Tracking west you are welcome to enjoy a dip in
Ellery Creek Bighole, known traditionally as Udepata, surrounded by tall red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek.
Onwards to where massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge. Spend time
here admiring nature and its finest before we begin our leisurely journey back towards Alice Springs, with our
final stop at another amazing feature of the Tjoritja West MacDonnell region, Simpsons Gap, where several
dreaming trails and stories cross. Featuring a permanent waterhole this is also a great place to spot resident
wildlife. Now we’ve had our fix of the best of central Australia’s natural icons, we deliver you back to Alice
Springs to your chosen accommodation and evening plans as you reminisce your four days of exploration
and new friends made.

Day 4 Highlights:
● Tjoritja West MacDonnell
● Standley Chasm
● Ellery Creek Bighole
● Ormiston Gorge
● Simpsons Gap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accom: N/A
Driving Distance: 250km (3 hours)
Walking Distance: ~3km / 4km

INCLUSIONS
● 3 Nights Permanent Safari Tent Campsites (Uluru, Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell)
● Includes: 3 x breakfasts, 4 x lunches, 3 x dinners
● Guided bush walks (~12km, subject to fitness level)
● Onboard drinking water (bring your own bottle)
● All National Park pass entry fees
● Fitted sheet & pillow case
● Accredited outback driver guide & host
● Comprehensive tour commentary
● Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
● Selected pick-up Alice Springs or Ayers Rock points / drop-off Alice Springs only

EXCLUSIONS
● 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

WHAT TO BRING
● 3L Refillable water bottle
● Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
● Swimwear, beach towel & toiletries
● Comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (tread closed-toe shoes)
● All-weather clothing (extreme conditions inc wind, heat, cold, day/night)
● 15kg soft bag & small day pack
● Tropical strength insect repellent
● Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
● Flashlight, headlamp or torch
● Money for snack and meals
● Bring your own sleeping bag & pillow (optional – if staying in a swag)
● Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras)
● Camera

*Autopia Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations
and/or during park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies.