This adventure offers a value for money Red Centre experience for travellers who are short on time - the safari commences in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock (Uluru) airport or resort and finishes at Ayers Rock Resort. Travel in an air-conditioned four-wheel-drive and absorb the fascinating information of the area and its people provided by your professional guide – all of this while travelling with other active travellers from all over the world.
All about the 5 Day 4WD Kangaroo Dreaming Red Centre Tour
Our Kangaroo Dreaming Safari is the ultimate 5 Day 4WD adventure safari. We'll tour Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Watarrka, the West MacDonnell Ranges and experience the outback in an authentic way - camping at remote private bush camps and visiting the *Oak Valley Aboriginal community.
Our main piece of advice would to be bring a fly net with you for the Uluru and Kings Canyon portion of the tour, as you will be more comfortable during the hikes if your face is covered. You can easily buy one of these at a roadhouse on one of our stops along the way.
Real Aussie Adventures is about adventure and getting involved. We don't define by age but our trips are quite active. We get travellers from all over the world, people travelling by themselves, couples and groups.
On our tour walking and hiking in Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon needs a good level of fitness.
Uluru: Moderate level of fitness required. The base walk is on flat ground.
Kata Tjuta: Good level of fitness required. Walking on uneven surface required to complete the Valley of the winds walk, Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for four hour walk around the canyon rim.
5 Day 4WD Kangaroo Dreaming Red Centre Tour Itinerary - 5 days
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)
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)
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)
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)
Owen Springs to Alice Springs
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)
|Tour code: W05|
Twin- share permanent tent (3nts) Bush swag camp (1nt)
National park fee local payment
Departs Alice Springs accommodation and Ayers Rock Resort and Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays except 1 January
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- Please be dressed in comfortable walking clothing and footwear, have a water bottle, hat and sunscreen in easy reach.
- Customers beginning their tour in Alice Springs are permitted to bring 10kg of luggage in a soft bag, with the remainder stored at their Alice Springs accommodation. Customers beginning at Ayers Rock have a luggage limit of 23kg per person + a small carry-on day pack. Please no hard-shell or plastic suitcases. Please pack the items you will need for the trip in the day pack to avoid having to access your main bag frequently.
- The first three nights will be spent in private campsites featuring permanent tents, swags and shared toilet and shower facilities. The fourth night will be spent completely 'in the bush' with no electricity, toilet and shower facilities or tents and customers will sleep in swags by the fire and under the stars - a beautiful experience.
- Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense.
- Single travellers choosing the standard adult fare will be paired in a tent with another customer of the same gender.
- Travel insurance is compulsory and evidence of cover is required to be sighted on morning of departure.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
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