5 Day Red Centre Outback Camping Tour


    Spend five days exploring the most breathtaking sites of Australia’s Red Centre on our outback camping tour. Uluru/Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the Western MacDonnell Ranges.

    Spend 5 days exploring the Red Centre. Enjoy the freedom of camping in outback Australia and being in the great outdoors. Just you, your small group, and a well-versed local leader exploring the Red Centre over 5 days on this small-group adventure tour.

    Get to all the big-name attractions on this 5 day Uluru tour camping adventure. Uluru/Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Plus visit lesser-known sites like Trephina Gorge, Owen Springs, Ruby Gap and the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges. A great introduction to Central Australian Outback.

    Witnessing an Uluru sunset is a once-in-a-lifetime experience on this 5 day Red Centre Tour.  Other highlights include the MacDonnell Ranges, both East and West: Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek, Simpsons Gap and Rainbow Valley. Plus of course the iconic attractions Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.

    With a knowledgeable local leader, this 5 day Uluru tour itinerary allows you to discover the Red Centre without rushing. You will sleep in permanently fixed tents at our campsites each night on tour. With one night at a bush camp in a true Aussie Swag (bedroll)

    Our guide will provide you ample insight into the First Nations’ culture, history and relationship to the land. Gain insight into the ancient rock painting near the Mutitjulu Waterhole by Uluru and learn about the Arrernte people’s caterpillar Dreamtime story at Emily Gap.

    Admire the breathtaking formations of Kata Tjuta, which are believed to be about 500 million years old. You will spend the evenings camping in stunning outback Australia.

    Prepare for an adventure on this 5 Day outback camping tour while seeing the highlights and hidden gems of the Red Centre.

     

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Yulara to Uluru

      Fly in and start from Yulara, where your Australian Outback adventure begins. A small town at the southern end of the Northern Territory, Yulara is your gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

      Make tracks across sunburnt plains to the captivating domes of Kata Tjuta, large red rock formations believed to be about 500 million years old. Continue to Australia’s most iconic landmark – Uluru. Arrive in time to witness a magical sunset. Watch Uluru change colours as the sun sets below the horizon, then continue to your camp where a hearty dinner awaits. Choose to bunker down Aussie-style and sleep in a cosy swag (bedroll) beneath the star-studded sky, or catch some shut-eye in a permanent tent.

      Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities)

      Included Activities: Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
      Meals Included: Lunch*, Dinner
      *Alice Springs pick up only

      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, pull on your hiking shoes and set off to explore Kings Canyon. Plunging 270 metres/885 feet to the canyon floor, walking its rim reveals incredibly beautiful sandstone formations carved by wind and water. Discover its Amphitheatre, Lost City, North and South Walls and the surprisingly lush Garden of Eden, which owes its cycads and plant life to a permanent waterhole down in the canyon. After lunch, there’s time to relax for a bit before heading along an iconic Red Centre dirt track to the Western McDonnell Ranges.

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

      Accommodation: Bush Camp (basic facilities)

      Included Activities: Kings Canyon Rim Walk

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 4: Western MacDonnell Ranges

      Spend the afternoon exploring the Outback scenery of the Western Macdonnell Ranges. Visit one of the most photographed places in the Red Centre – Ormiston Gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies while admiring the colourful, sweeping walls surrounding its waterhole. Continue to Ellery Creek Big Hole, a popular spot for a refreshing dip.

      After a satisfying day spent exploring the MacDonnell Ranges, your tour leader will find a suitable place to set up your bush camp for the night.

      Today’s driving time: about 45 minutes
      Today’s walking distance: up to 10 kilometres/6.2 miles

      Accommodation: Bush Camp (basic facilities)

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 5: Eastern MacDonnell Ranges

      Often overlooked for its western counterpart, the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges just might be one of the Outback’s best kept secrets. This is the home of the Arrernte people, the Traditional Owners of the land. Learn about their caterpillar dreamtime story on a short walk to Emily Gap, an important spiritual site to the Arrernte people containing galleries of ancient rock paintings.

      Drive to Trephina Gorge, where you’ll set off on a one-hour guided walk to see its quartzite cliffs and rich birdlife. Afterwards, it’s time for lunch; grab a bite at the historical Ross River Homestead before continuing to the ‘Ghost Town’ of Arltunga where you’ll learn about the mistaken gemstone that lead to a mining rush here in 1887, and also precipitated its abandonment. After exploring the best of the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, it’s on to Alice Springs where your Outback adventure ends upon arrival in the late afternoon.

      Total driving time: about 3 hours

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Booking Info
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      • Uluru Cultural Centre
      • Maruku Arts cultural experience
      • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
      • The Macdonnell Ranges
      • A mixture of lightweight clothing and layers.
      • Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun.
      • Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
      • Comfortable closed-in shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.
      • Water bottle at least a 1.5litre capacity
      • Headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night
      • Beach/swimming towel.
      • This trip requires a sleeping bag – can be purchased for AUD$50.00 or supply your own
      • Whilst we aim to be back in Alice Springs around 6pm, due to the distances covered onward flights from Alice Springs must be booked for the day after the tour.
      • If joining the tour from Alice Springs, please meet your guide at Aurora Alice Springs this morning. You will be picked up at 6.05 am so please make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes early.
      • 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 travellers.
      • 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.
      What will the weather be like at Uluru?

      The Red Centre can be very hot during the summertime and in the winter, below freezing at night. Ensure you have prepared for the weather.

      Where will I sleep on tour?

      All four nights are camping, and one may be bush camping depending on what the group feels like and how we are tracking.

      Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights) Bush camp (1 nights)

      Does this tour start at Alice Springs or Ayers Rock?

      Kick off your Australian Outback adventure in either Alice Springs or Yulara.

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