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.

    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 camping adventure– Uluru/Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, the Western MacDonnell Ranges – and perhaps 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, while other highlights include the MacDonnell Ranges (both East and West: Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek, Simpsons Gap and Rainbow Valley), Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Armed with a flexible itinerary and a knowledgeable local leader, this itinerary allows you to discover the Red Centre at your own pace. Local First Nations guides will provide ample insight into their 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. Spend the evenings camping in stunning Outback Australia.

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


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      Day 1: Yulara

      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’ 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 (D)
      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

      Accommodation – Permanent Tented Camp (shared facilities)

      Included Activities

      • Uluru Cultural Centre & Maruku Arts cultural experience

      Total driving time: about 3.5 hours. Today walking time: about 2 hours (B, L and D)

      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.


      Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities)


      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.

      Today driving time: about 5 hours. Today walking time: about 3 hours. (B, L and D)

      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.

      Accommodation – Bush Camping (basic facilities)

      Total driving time: about 45 minutes. Total walking distance: up to 10 kilometres/6.2 miles. (B, L and D)

      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. (B and L)

      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      • 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

      • 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.
      • Travellers are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19

      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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