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From Alice Springs: Day Trip to Uluru with BBQ Dinner

1. From Alice Springs: Day Trip to Uluru with BBQ Dinner

Witness the splendor of Uluru on this day trip from Alice Springs. Visit a cultural centre, see rock art on a guided walk, hear some traditional stories, and top It all off with wine and dinner as the sun sets. Depart Alice Springs early to get a taste of the Australian Outback with a stop at Erldunda. ***Effective immediately to all bookings travelling from 01 April 2024 onwards, a visit to Kata Tjuta will no longer be included in the itinerary Then, go to the base of Uluru for a guided walk to see the Anangu rock art. Head to Mutitjulu Waterhole for a short hike to the home of the ancestral Wanampi water snake and share some traditional "dreamtime" stories. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset over Uluru, and end the day with a barbeque dinner before the return journey to Alice Springs.

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

2. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation at 7:45 AM and set off on a day of adventure and exploration! Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Stop at Standley Chasm for morning tea and a leisurely stroll. At Ochre Pits, discover rock walls covered by natural colored ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Aboriginal people. Ormiston Gorge is up next: a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. By now, you will have certainly worked up an appetite for lunch. The next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colors with the light.  On the way back to Alice Springs, witness the famous and enchanting Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months. Visit Flynns Memorial and from October to March, you may decide to partake in an incredible Sunset Camel Ride at the Camel farm (optional, at your own expense). The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 5:30 PM.

Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

3. Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

Your ballooning adventure begins in the cool pre-dawn darkness as you are picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs. During the drive to the desert launch site you will get to know the crew as they make final weather checks and explain the routine for the morning. At the launch site gas burners are used to inflate the balloons just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Once floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as the balloon floats above spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations. After landing, enjoy a program designed to allow you a unique opportunity to experience the Australia bush. Most landings are in the desert, kilometers away from the nearest road. There is no traffic, no other people and no noise. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of sparkling Australian wine or if you prefer some tropical apple and guava juice. Perhaps mix the two for a delightful morning cocktail. Drinks are accompanied by a variety of muffins, biscuits, slices of cheese and fresh fruit. It's the perfect mix to enjoy before reboarding your bus to return to “town”.

Alice Springs: Guided Outback Camel Ride

4. Alice Springs: Guided Outback Camel Ride

Embark on a guided journey through the stunning landscapes close to the MacDonnell Ranges. Travel by camel and choose between an afternoon, midday, or sunset tour, catering to your sense of adventure and desire to immerse yourself in the unexpected serenity of the Australian desert. Start your ride at Pyndan Camel Tracks and allow your guide to lead you into White Gums Station to enjoy panoramic vistas across the MacDonnell Ranges. Discover the majesty of the outback, bond with your camel, explore the rugged terrain, and encounter native wildlife like kangaroos and eagles. Visit the Camel Lounge to learn about these creatures and shop for souvenirs. Chat with your guide about camels in Central Australia, camel farm life, and sustainable tourism practices. Enjoy light refreshments with the sunset tour, then be dropped off at your desired Alice Springs location.

Alice Springs: Coach Transfer to Ayers Rock Resort

5. Alice Springs: Coach Transfer to Ayers Rock Resort

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Enjoy the rugged desert landscapes and the scenic views as you pass through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. On this 6-hour transfer you’ll stop at a camel farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. Camels, ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia’s interior, were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. You’ll have a chance to ride a camel during your visit (not included in the tour price). While travelling through this remote country, your driver/guide will provide informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the region’s natural and geological history, and about the unique Australian desert flora and fauna. The Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil, and the red kangaroo make their home here. You’ll also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of local Aboriginals. There will be time for a stop at the Erldunda road house for a quick break. Take in the views of flat-topped Atila (Mt. Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed, and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage Site of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Uluru Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon 3 Day Camping Adventure Tour

6. Uluru Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon 3 Day Camping Adventure Tour

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru / Ayers Rock Departing from either Alice Springs or Yulara (Uluru Airport) we head towards 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, those arriving via Ayers Rock Airport will join the group before we head to the Red Centre’s Aboriginal interpretive cultural centre. (guests boarding in Ayers Rock will need to eat lunch before joining the group) 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 it rains) 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. Day 2: Uluru to Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon It's an early rise and light breakfast as we 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 marveling 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 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs 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-meter 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. After a well-earned rest, you can now enjoy some downtime as the bus meanders through the spectacular route home via the Mereenie Loop Tourist Drive (or similar) through the West Macdonell Ranges to your final destination of Alice Springs.

Uluru to Alice Springs or Alice to Uluru 1-Way Luxe Transfer

7. Uluru to Alice Springs or Alice to Uluru 1-Way Luxe Transfer

Enjoy a transfer service departing either Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Resort. Travel in a modern, with a toilet onboard, and drop-down televisions. Alice Springs Departures You'll be picked up outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 06:00 AM. Arrive at Yulara at approximately 11:45 AM. Be dropped off at Ayers Rock Resort. Ayers Rock Departures You'll be picked up at specific accommodations in Ayers Rock Resort just after sunset. Be transferred to your Alice Springs accommodation, arriving around midnight. Note that Ayers Rock pick-up times vary depending on which month you travel. 

From Ayers Rock Resort: Alice Springs One-Way Coach Transfer

8. From Ayers Rock Resort: Alice Springs One-Way Coach Transfer

Travel through the desert scenery between Ayers Rock Resort and Alice Springs on this transfer between the two locations. Your experienced driver/guide will provide comprehensive commentary as you pass through the beautiful rugged scenery of the outback. You will pass by Atila (Mount Conner) and stop at a local roadhouse for some afternoon tea. The driver guide will drop you off at your Alice Springs hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

9. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary with their immensity and array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples. View spectacular outback scenery and take photos as you travel along through magnificent Outback Country, making stops at the many historic locations. Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, resting place of Reverend Flynn, founder of The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as the home of giant goanna ancestors. Take a walk to sport black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. Lastly, you will visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place, sacred to womens’ dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 0.75 mile (1.2km) walk to access the dramatic 262 foot (80 metre) tall rock-face. On the way there or back, note the unusual features of the natural landscape here, the unique micro climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient Cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old, washed down from miles upstream. After your walk enjoy Morning Tea at local cafe. Then make your way back to Alice Springs where you will have the afternoon free to explore.

From Alice Spring: West MacDonnell Ranges Half-Day Tour

10. From Alice Spring: West MacDonnell Ranges Half-Day Tour

Experience the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this tour from Alice Springs. Head to locations like Anzac Hill, Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve, Honeymoon Gap, Simpsons Gap, and Standley Chasm. Marvel at natural wonders and stop at some local memorials. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Alice Springs. Sit back and relax in the comfortable bus to Anzac Hill. Stop for panoramic views over Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell ranges. Learn about the war memorial at Anzac Hill and have a history discussion about the historical civilization in Central Australia. You can take photos in panoramic views over the town of Alice Springs. You may be able to capture one photo to cover the entire town. Anzac Hill is a memorial dedicated to those who served in Australia’s defense forces during all international wars. Your tour then continues towards Honeymoon Gap. Honeymoon Gap/ Temple Bar Gap is a small gap south of Larapinta Drive opposite Simpsons Gap, 14km west of Alice Springs. The gap is of great significance to the Arrernte people, the traditional owners of the land. The name Temple Bar Gap fell out of favor following the site becoming the honeymoon location for Robert (Bob) and Victoria (Vicky) Darken, who married at the Alice Springs Methodist Church on 25 June 1942. Bob Darken was given a week's leave from the army, and the couple planned to camp for a week at the gap and borrowed a car and a tent. The couple had repeated issues with the car and it rained for most of the week, so, concerned for their safety, friends decided to visit them regularly; they said they were "going to see the honeymooners" or "going to honeymoon gap." It was not until 1981 that the name of the pass was officially changed to Honeymoon Gap and, in 2004, the NT Place Names Committee agreed that the official name of the gap should remain Temple Bar Gap. Continue to the towering cliffs of Simpsons Gap. Discover why this area is vital to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people. Stroll along a dry creek bed to a dramatic gap in the MacDonnell Ranges. Try to spot some local wildlife, like black-footed rock wallabies at the watering hole. Head to the dramatic Standley Chasm geological formation. The next stop on your exploration of the West MacDonnell is a picturesque walk at Standley Chasm. After Mrs Ida Standley, who in 1914 became the first school teacher in Alice Springs, this place was named Standley Chasm. Standley Chasm is operated by Arrernte Aboriginal family members who are direct descendants of the Aboriginal people who have lived in the area for thousands of years. Experience the unique landscapes created by the micro-climate in this valley. Travel to John Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve, where the Reverend Flynn was resting. Hear about Flynn, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Enjoy the changing colors of the West MacDonnell Ranges from this location and get some photos.

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Excellent guide that was flexible. Because of the rain deluge, he had to modify the tour. We saw very interesting sights and we are happy with the itinerary he did.

Really enjoyed balloon flight over the outback at sunset. It is a great experience for anyone and would recommend outback ballooning if your in Alice Springs.

Great coach transfer from Ayer’s rock. The driver made few stops and allowed people to take pictures of the scenery along the way.

The activity was great and Mr Marshmallow very friendly and helpful.

great driver, easy and well organised transportation