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Mount Connor, Oak Valley Aboriginal Community , Uluru dot painting workshop , Western MacDonnell Ranges, Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) , Ghost Gum Walk , 4 x 4 Driving in the outback
Day 1 – Alice Springs to Uluru
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime (For those commencing the tour at Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport). Our journey begins heading south through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for a Camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artefacts. Stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip. After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, we head to the Cultural Centre for the opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). We then head to the base of Uluru where we meet our local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime authentic Indigenous cultural experience with an interpretive walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will hear the stories of the unique landscapes, art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people. This experience is followed by a hands-on dot painting session where you will take your artwork as a memento of your experience. Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, away from the crowds, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert. Afterwards settle in at our remote private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds (L*D)
Day 2 – Uluru & Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
After watching the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite, it's breakfast and then off to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike through the magnificent "Valley of the Winds". After a leisurely lunch we travel to Kings Creek Station for our second night’s remote outback campsite. Our private campsite at Kings Creek is miles from the crowds, which is where the feeling of ‘wayoutback’ really starts to take hold. After a campfire dinner it's time to kick back and be mesmerised by the millions of stars on display. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kings Canyon to Glen Helen
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After Watarrka we 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road where you will be shaken and not stirred! Look out for wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the Traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent. (BLD)
Day 4 – Glen Helen to Owen Springs
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travelling to Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.
We journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
You will then travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.
Late in the afternoon we 4WD into our remote campsite located at Hugh River. Tonight, it is just us and the wilds, providing a great opportunity for star gazing without the interference of artificial light. Spend the night around the campfire, in this scenically stunning part of the outback. (BLD)
Day 5 - Owen Springs to Alice Springs via Oak Valley
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast giving us the opportunity to relax in the remote outback before four wheel driving through the Owen Springs Reserve, following the footsteps of the first European explorers. This 1570 square kilometre reserve was formally owned by Sir Sidney Kidman and is rich in Australian Pastoral history.
The 4WD route boasts amazing scenery as it follows the Hugh River, lined with shady River Red Gums. Stop and check out the homestead ruins, the site of the first homestead build in Central Australia. Boasting an array of bird life keep a look out for Red Tailed Black Cockatoos and Major Mitchell’s.
At the end of the track we cross over the Stuart Highway and continue to 4WD into Rainbow Valley, rich in important archaeological sites and artefacts that are evidence of ancient Aboriginal connections to this area. Boasting scenic sandstone bluffs that change colour in the changing light of day, spend some time exploring the area including the short claypan walk with several viewing platforms providing magnificent views of the area. Afterwards, we make the journey back to Alice Springs and your chosen accommodation approximately 5.30pm. After returning to civilisation, a hot shower awaits before joining your fellow travellers for a farewell meal, laugh and few cold ales (BL)
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
*Lunch on day 1 is only included for passengers starting in Alice Springs
Medium 4WD Vehicle
4 Breakfasts, 5* Lunches, 4 Dinners
It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours. The areas in which we operate vary greatly in terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C). By law it is required that customers advise Real Aussie Adventures or our travel partners in Australia of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver. Travellers are requested to contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org in relation to all medical or dietary issues.