4 Day Rock the Centre Tour (Yulara to Yulara)

    Short on time and budget? Embark on our 4-day journey through Uluru, Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta, immersing yourself in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre.

    If you’re short on time and budget, our 3 Night Rock the Centre tour is your ticket to exploring the Outback’s top attractions without breaking the bank. Starting and ending at Yulara (near Ayers Rock Airport), this whirlwind adventure ensures you don’t miss a thing.

    In just three nights, get up-close with Uluru, traverse the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta, and uncover the Garden of Eden during the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. We’ve made the Outback more accessible than ever.

    Key Highlights:

    Time-Saving Start: Fly directly to Ayers Rock Airport, just minutes from Yulara. You’ll save eight hours of driving compared to tours starting and ending in Alice Springs, plus two nights of accommodation.
    Unforgettable Landscapes: Wander the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, marvel at the sacred Uluru, and hike through natural amphitheaters, rocky chasms, and lush oases in Kings Canyon.
    Permanent Camping: Experience the true magic of the Red Centre as you dine under the stars and camp on privately owned sites.

    Is This Trip for You?

    Extreme Temperatures: Prepare for varying temperatures, from scorching days to chilly desert nights. Dress appropriately and stay hydrated.
    Moderate Fitness: Expect lots of walking, so bring comfortable shoes and clothing.
    Remote Landscapes: Enjoy hours of driving through remote desert areas, taking in landscapes only accessible on this adventure.
    Group Participation: Get involved in meal prep and clean-up, a great way to bond with your fellow travelers.
    Don’t miss the chance to uncover the Outback’s wonders, even with limited time.

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    Uluru Adventure (Yulara to Yulara)

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Uluru

      Uluru is the heart of Australia and represents so much about this country; its size, its beauty and its culture. Shortly after you arrive, the unmistakable Uluru will emerge from the earth as one giant boulder. Walk off your lunch at Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s), only a short drive from its counterpart. With its 36 various-sized domes, it provides quite a contrast to Uluru. You’ll get to know the landscape pretty well on an afternoon hike between the domes. As the evening unfolds, enjoy a light snack as the sun slowly sets, casting a variety of earthy tones across Uluru. 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.

      Accommodation
      Powered camp (with shared facilities)

      Included Activities
      Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Fee
      Uluru Base Walk
      Meals Included
      Dinner
      Special Information
      The total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2-hour.

      Day 2: Uluru sunrise, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

      An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise as the sun hits the icon like a beacon, before the light floods the surrounding landscape. Your guide will take you to one of the significant cultural sights of Uluru, outlining Anangu rock art and passing on one of the creation stories of the site. While the morning is fresh, the time is yours to enjoy the self-guided, full base walk of Uluru, taking in all of the textures and valleys up-close, which isn’t evident from afar. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art at the Cultural Centre, hand-crafted by local First Nation Peoples of the Western and Central Deserts. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will have dinner and enjoy the stars.

      Western Deserts regions at the Cultural Centre. Travel onto our exclusive campsite near the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

      Accommodation
      Powered camp (with shared facilities)

      Included Activities
      Uluru Cultural Centre
      Meals Included
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Dinner
      Special Information
      The total driving time today is around 3.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately 2.5 hours (or up to 3.5 if you do the full 10km base walk).

      Day 3: Kings Canyon Rim Walk

      The main attraction of Watarrka National Park is undoubtedly Kings Canyon – a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls many meters high. With its porous sandstone, deep gullies and hidden rock pools, it provides shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous locations – the Lost City, the Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre, and ofcourse the North & South Walls of the canyon. After lunch, we hit the road again for a three-hour drive to Yulara. This evening, you have choice to enjoy one of the following optional activities; a Sunset Camel Cruise, the Field of Lights, Sounds of Silence, the Wintjiri Wiru Drone display; or if you’d like to experience the Uluru sunset from a different perspective (and free of charge), tonight is the opportunity to do it! After dinner, relax at your camp for a night under the stars.

      Accommodation
      Powered camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

      Included Activities
      Kings Canyon Rim Walk
      Ewings Lookout, sunset viewing area
      Meals Included
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Dinner
      Special Information
      Total driving time today is around 3 hours. Total walking time is approximately 3.5 hours. For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of three litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles. If you would like to do one of the optional activities we highly recommend booking this directly with the supplier and well in advance of your tour.

      Day 4: Yulara

      After a short sleep-in, enjoy a hearty breakfast at our exclusive camp. Depending on your departure time, choose to take our free 10-minute transfer direct to Yulara’s Desert Gardens Hotel, or Uluru Airport (Ayers Rock Airport, airport code: AYQ). If you have plenty of spare time before your flight, so you have the opportunity to leave your luggage at the Desert Gardens Hotel, and spend some time in Yulara Resort shopping at your leisure. Please note: There’s regular free airport shuttles from the Desert Gardens Hotel to the Ayers Rock Airport.

      Meals included
      Breakfast
      Special Information
      The total driving time today is around 15 minutes.

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Uluru Sunrise Spectacle: Witness the magical Uluru sunrise as the first light bathes the sacred rock, a breathtaking start to your outback adventure.
      • Kings Canyon Exploration: Traverse the colossal Kings Canyon, visiting iconic sites like the Lost City, Garden of Eden, and the breathtaking North & South Walls.
      • Swag Camping Experience: Camp under the starry Outback sky in a traditional swag, immersing yourself in the unique beauty of the Red Centre.
      • Cultural Discovery: Immerse yourself in the culture and art of Australia’s First Peoples at the Uluru Cultural Centre, adding a rich cultural dimension to your journey.
      • Sturdy walking shoes
      • Hat and sunscreen
      • Water bottle (at least 2 litres)
      • Towel and toiletries
      • Camera/phone and batteries or charger
      • Power pack for charging without electricity (optional if desired)
      • Money for meals not included
      • Money for optional activities
      • Trip commences in Yulara and finishes in Yulara approx 9am on day 4.
      • Your pick up may be from the Yulara Airport or the Desert Gardens Hotel, this will depend on your time of travel. Please advise flight arrival details
      • 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.
      • Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be more than 40 degrees Celsius in the shade (the Australian sun is very strong), so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection, and drink plenty of water. Between June and August the evening temperatures can drop below zero degrees Celsius, so bring some thick socks, layers and a warm jacket.
      • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
      • On most days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very remote areas of the desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
      • Group participation is important on this trip, so you’ll be required to help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.
      Where do i join this tour?

      Joining point: Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort or Airport (dependent on flight arrival time, confirm at time of booking)

      WINTER SCHEDULE – No lunch included (7th April 2024 – 5th October 2024)

      If your flight arrives BEFORE 1:00pm your guide will meet you at the front of the Desert Gardens hotel at 1:45pm (Outback Pioneer @ 1:50pm). The Free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the regular shuttle in front of the airport once you have collected your luggage.

      If your flight arrives between 1:00pm – 1:35 pm please meet your Adventure Tours guide at Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport) @ 14:00pm

      Please do not book any flights arriving after 1:35pm as you will not be able to join trip.

      SUMMER SCHEDULE – Lunch included (1st October 2023 – 6th April 2024)

      If your flight arrives BEFORE 11:00am your guide will meet you at the front of the Desert Gardens hotel at 1:15pm (Outback Pioneer @ 1:20pm). The Free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the regular shuttle in front of the airport once you have collected your luggage.

      If your flight arrives between 11:00am – 12:45pm please meet your Adventure Tours guide at Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport) @ 1:00pm.

      Please do not book any flights arriving after 12:45pm as you will not be able to join trip.

      Finishing point: Desert Gardens Hotel or Ayers Rock Airport around 9am

      What will I eat on tour?

      Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure you inform us of this afteer booking. Food for the trip is purchased before commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the substitutes below; please bring your staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

      No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
      No Dairy (soy milk provided)
      Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
      Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
      Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
      *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce cannot be catered for.

      Is This Trip for You?

      Extreme Temperatures: Prepare for varying temperatures, from scorching days to chilly desert nights. Dress appropriately and stay hydrated.
      Moderate Fitness: Expect lots of walking, so bring comfortable shoes and clothing.
      Remote Landscapes: Enjoy hours of driving through remote desert areas, taking in landscapes only accessible on this adventure.
      Group Participation: Get involved in meal prep and clean-up, a great way to bond with your fellow travelers.

      How much luggage can i bring on tour?

      15kg in soft bag plus carry on day pack. No hard cases please.
      A sleeping bag is required for this tour. You can bring your own or hire one for AUD $35

      Can children join the tour?

      Not suitable for children 7yrs and under

      Where will I sleep on tour?

      At night you will sleep in our permanent safari tents. This isn’t a basic camping experience, as you’ll be treated to creature comforts such as comfy mattresses, linen, power and a fan.

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