3 Day Uluru Tour (Yulara to Alice Springs)

    Hike, explore, and have a blast discovering Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon. Let’s make this adventure unforgettable!

    Have an Australian adventure to remember with our most popular 3 day Uluru, Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta small group tour.

    Hike and explore Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon on this Red Centre tour to remember – a truly unique way to travel Australia. Day one and you will road trip straight into the outback from Alice Springs or we can pick you up at Yulara airport (Ayers Rock Airport) Spend the day taking the base walk around Uluru, getting up close and personal to this geological and cultural wonder of Australia. The first night you will spend under the outback stars within viewing distance of Ayers Rock (Uluru). Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the outback and experience the famous sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).

    The next morning it’s up early for your sunrise selfie! Seeing the sunrise up over a sacred site like Uluru is a once-in-a-lifetime breathtaking moment. Today you will hike Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds walk, before driving onwards to Kings Canyon. On day 3 you will hike and explore Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) Walk along the red rock cliffs and take in views of the forest of palms below.

    The best 3 day Uluru tour is aimed at adventure travellers who want to visit Uluru, Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta. Real Aussie Adventures is about adventure and getting involved. This 3 day Uluru trip is perfect for travellers from all over the world, people travelling by themselves, couples and groups.

    This 3-day small-group tour is your chance to meet the outback on your own terms. No rushing around – just you, your small group, and a well-versed local leader exploring the Red Centre at your own pace. Get to all the big-name attractions – Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon.

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    Uluru Adventure (Yulara to Alice Springs)

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      Day 1: Uluru

      Fly in and start from Yulara, where your Australian Outback adventure begins.

      This afternoon we set out to boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Wandering through the site’s gullies and crevices, you’ll learn a little about the area’s geological and ecological significance from your guide. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.

      Today’s driving time is approximately 1 hour or 4.5hrs for Alice Springs pick up.

      Today’s Walking is approximately 1 hour.

      Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities including hot showers and flushing toilets)

      Included Activities: Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance

      Meals Included: Dinner

      Day 2: Uluru Sunrise

      Wake early to catch an unforgettable Uluru sunrise, then get a closer look at this massive sandstone monolith on an unguided walk around its base. After your stroll, walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you will be met by an Anangu guide. Your guide will shed insight into the ancient rock etchings and the stories they tell, as well as the traditions of the land’s Traditional Owners.

      Next, visit the nearby Cultural Central to browse its extensive collection of Aboriginal arts and crafts. After a local lunch, set off on a three-hour drive to your exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park. (Kings Canyon). Get acquainted with your surroundings, enjoy an on-site dinner and settle in for the night.

      Today’s driving time: about 3.5 hours
      Today’s walking time: about 2 hours (or up to 4 hours if you do the full 8.5km / 5.3mi base walk.)

      Accommodation: Permanent Tented Camp (with shared facilities including hot showers and flushing toilets)

      Included Activities: Uluru Cultural Centre & Maruku Arts cultural experience

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 3: Kings Canyon

      After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before you make your way back to Alice Springs. On arrival, you’re free to leave and carry on your travels.

      Today’s driving time: about 5 hours
      Today’s walking time: about 3 hours

      Included Activities: Kings Canyon Rim Walk. For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      • Guided walk around the base of Uluru
      • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru
      • Hike through natural amphitheaters, rocky chasms, and lush oases in Kings Canyon
      • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local First Nations communities on guided nature walks
      • Maruku Arts cultural experience

      Essential things to pack

      • 3L Refillable water bottle,
      • hat,
      • sunglasses & sunscreen,
      • towel & toiletries,
      • bathers or swimwear,
      • comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (closed shoes),
      • all-weather clothing (extreme conditions day/night),
      • 15kg overnight bag & small day pack,
      • insect repellent,
      • mosquito or fly net (summer months),
      • flashlight,
      • headlamp or torch,
      • bring your own sleep bag (optional – if staying in a swag),
      • recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras),
      • money for snack and meals,
      • camera.

      Important Booking Info

      • For the more adventurous traveler, we have the traditional outback camping experience. Guests will enjoy sleeping under the stars in a canvas-covered bedroll, known as an “Australian Swag”
      • The trip commences in Ayers Rock on day 1 and finishes in Alice Springs day 3 at approx 6 pm. Whilst we aim to be back in Alice Springs around 6 pm, due to the distances covered onward flights from Alice Springs must be booked for the day after the tour.
      • For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 liters of water with you. Please bring your own refillable water bottles.
      • Itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year to reflect the current situation in each destination. Contributing factors such as weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors may lead to the order and timing of included activities to vary, this will ensure the best possible experience for all travelers. 
      • The tour is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
      • Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack, with a maximum of 15kg. 
      • Travel Insurance and flexible flight tickets are highly recommended. 
      Where does the tour start?

      This tour starts in Ayers Rock. Your pick up may be from the Yulara Airport or the Desert Gardens Hotel, this will depend on your time of travel.

      Where does the tour finish?

      This tour finishes on arrival in Alice Springs at around 6pm. Finishing times may be earlier during the summer months. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward travel out of Alice Springs. We cannot guarantee arriving in time to board the Ghan or any flight on this day. You will need to book an extra night of accommodation to extend your stay here, please contact our sales staff if you would like to arrange accommodation in Alice Springs after your tour.

      Do you cater for dietary needs?

      On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

      Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

      All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.

      Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking.
      You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.

      The below dietary needs can be easily catered for.

      Gluten Free
      Dairy Free (soy available )
      Pork Free

      Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.

      * Religious and more specific dietary requirements are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

      NOTE: For those passengers commencing their trip in Yulara, lunch will not be provided on day one.

      How hot will it be at Uluru?

      Central Australia, which includes Alice Springs and the Uluru/Kata-Tjuta region, has a semi-arid climate. The area experiences Australia’s four typical seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring, with large variations in temperature from season to season.

      In summer (December–February), average temperatures range between 20C (68F) and 35C (95F). In winter (June–August), the average temperature range is 3–20C (37–68F). Spring and autumn in Central Australia see warm days and cool evenings.

      Temperatures in Central Australia can be extreme and can drop below 0C (32F) overnight in winter, and rise above 40C (104F) in summer.

      Please check the weather conditions in the days leading up to your trip.

      Please note that some of our planned activities are contingent on seasonal conditions. We will arrange alternative activities if this is the case. This is a flexible itinerary and may be altered to allow for better times to view certain inclusions depending on sunset/sunrise and weather conditions.

      Where will I sleep on tour?

      This isn’t a basic camping experience, as you’ll be treated to creature comforts such as proper beds, linen, electricity and cooling fans.

      Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)

      What time will my pick up be at Ayers Rock?

      If you want to join us in Ayers Rock at the airport let us know.

      Pick-up will be at the airport or Desert Gardens or Outback Pioneer

      WINTER SCHEDULE – No lunch included. Pick up between 1.45-2.15pm from Desert Gardens, Outback Pioneer and Airport. Please advise flight details at time of booking and we will advise the best pick-up location for you.
      Please do not book any flights arriving after 2.00 pm as you will not be able to join the trip. It is essential you advise us of your flight times.

      SUMMER SCHEDULE – Lunch included Pick up between 1-1.30pm from Desert Gardens, Outback Pioneer and Airport. Please advise flight details at time of booking and we will advise the best pick up location for you.
      Please do not book any flights arriving after 1.15pm as you will not be able to join trip. It is essential you advise us of your flight times.

      What luggage can i bring on tour?

      We recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.
      Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly.
      Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps.
      You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.


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