5 Day 4WD Black Cockatoo Dreaming Red Centre Tour

    Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges on our 5 day in-depth adventure in the heart of Australia’s outback.

    Tick off the famous highlights of the region but also get off the beaten track on red dirt roads to see some of the Red Centres lesser-known but most beautiful locations. Sleep at our remote private bush camps to avoid the crowds and really take in the endless stars after dark. Immerse yourself in culture with our Karrke Aboriginal Cultural experience and take a swim at the local ‘beach’ at Ellery Creek Big Hole.

    Hike and explore Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) over 5 days on tour.

    This is an emotive journey into the heart of the Red Centre.

    Per person

    $1,995

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Cultural Centre and Uluru sunset

      Join the tour straight from Alice Springs or at Ayers Rock airport. We then head straight to Uluru for an interpretive walk led by your guide, who will explain the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). You will also learn about the art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people, and visit the acclaimed Cultural Centre where you can explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna unique to this area.

      Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset complete with sparkling wine and nibbles and plenty of photo opportunities. This is a great time to kick back and contemplate the vastness of the desert while getting to know your fellow travellers.

      Afterwards settle in at our 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.

      Meals: Breakfast

      Day 2: Uluru and Kata Tjuta Sunrise, Kata Tjuta walks, Kings Creek Station camp

      Rising early, take a short walk to a lookout close to our campsite to view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta without the hustle and bustle of the public viewing areas before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the spectacular “Valley of the Winds”.

      Then you head to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights’ remote private camp, complete with flushing bush toilets and hot showers. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and gives you a real feel for the outback. Dinner around the campfire makes for a very social time with another night out under the stars. Tonight, listen for the sound of dingoes howling in the distance while watching the desert sky light up above you.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 3: Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, Kings Creek Station remote private camp

      Today you will hike at Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus. You will explore the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’.

      After lunch we enjoy a unique and inspiring Aboriginal cultural experience. Immerse yourself in culture at Karkke, you will experience a “welcome to country”, bush tucker, bush stories and a greater overall appreciation and understanding of the world’s longest surviving culture.

      Your second nights camp is at Kings Creek Cattle Station, sit around the open fire and gaze at the stars glistening above us.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges, including Mt Sonder Lookout, Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole

      An early start today in preparation for a scenic four wheel drive along the famous Mereenie Loop road, firstly to see views of Tnorala (Gosses Bluff Crater) a sacred site which scientists believe to be the remnants of a Comet from space, that crashed to earth around 142.5 million years ago. Following this, it’s time for a short scenic drive to Tylers Pass, which reveals majestic 360 degree views of this stunning landscape.

      Traveling the Mereenie loop road presents a great opportunity to spot native wildlife amongst this vast and amazing scenery. We will visit the Mt Sonder viewing area situated on the Finke River before a convenience stop at Glen Helen, maybe you need a coffee, certainly a well-earned break after several hours driving.

      Ormiston Gorge awaits shortly after, the legs will be stretched as the scenery satisfies, the Gorge is spectacular and the Ghost Gum walk will elevate you enabling majestic views and an appreciation of a unique Central Australian treasure. After lunch the West MacDonnell Ranges continues to amaze, followed by Ellery Creek Big Hole, referred to as “the beach” by Alice Springs locals where you can take a swim. It’s cold, but it’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity!

      We now head on for a night’s bush camp, its remote, its beautiful and it’s the Outback in its most simplistic form. Sleeping under the stars, snug and safe in your swag (bush bed) are moments remembered for a lifetime.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 5: Camel Farm and final overnight camp

      After being woken by the birds, enjoying a hot brew and breaking camp, we now lock in the hubs and 4WD along the Owen Springs Reserve. Once owned by Sydney Kidman the reserve offers a variety of landscapes and history all off the beaten track and all once again, unique to this part of the world.

      The Camel farm awaits and so too the days first facilities. Maybe a camel ride is something you have thought about? Now’s your chance, John and his team are more than happy to have you along for a Camel ride on these once vital “Ships of the Desert”. Don’t forget to purchase an ANZAC biscuit, none better than right here!

      Depart our tour today with a transfer to Alice Springs that will have you back around 2pm. Or fly out of Ayers rock after 4pm.

      Meals:: Breakfast, Lunch

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
      • Hike Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
      • Explore Watarrka (Kings Canyon)
      • Ride a Camel (optional)
      • West MacDonnell Ranges including Mt Sonder Lookout, Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole
      • Mereenie Loop Road
      • Tyler’s Pass and Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve
      • See the Meteorite Crater

      Essential things to pack

      • Torch
      • Wide brimmed hat
      • Sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • Water bottle (1.5 litres)
      • Walking shoes/boots
      • Sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own)
      • Toiletries
      • Swim wear
      • Towel
      • Camera
      • Comfortable casual clothing for three days
      • We place great importance on the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and the surrounding land. the Anangu. You’re invited by us on tour to form a connection with this land and learn about their culture, traditions, art, and language.
      • Safari is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
      • Most tents at our camps are twin-share, however, some triple share tents are available for families with children under 18. These cannot be pre-booked and are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. In the event where a triple tent is unavailable and an odd-numbered family is traveling with children under 18, one parent/guardian will need to share a twin tent with the child and the other guardian share a tent with another passenger of the same sex. Single travelers choosing the camping fare will be paired in a tent with another customer of the same gender.
      • At Real Aussie Adventures, we are all 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 traveling by themselves, couples and groups. On this tour, you will travel in a small group on an air-conditioned 4WD bus with a maximum of 17 guests plus our knowledgeable and fun tour guide. We recommend that you can walk for 6km over slightly rough terrain comfortably to partake in this tour. Our guides are there to help you over more rocky terrain, but you are expected to do the walks unaided.
      How much luggage can I bring?

      You can bring up to 15kg of luggage to be stored in our trailer while traveling, we advise you to bring a day pack for access to day-to-day items.

      How physically fit do I have to be?

      Our tours are active adventures that include a fair amount of walking, hiking and water based activities. Walks can extend to 4 hours duration in warm to hot conditions, so a reasonable level of fitness is required, We don’t expressly set any age restrictions. Our tours are a mix of true outback adventure camping to soft camping. Less demanding treks/walks are available at most locations for those less active. Regardless, good health is important but ultimately, it is an open and positive attitude that matters. It is very important that any pre-existing medical conditions are discussed with our staff at time of booking.

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