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$2,695

Red Centre – Auswalk

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  • Hike Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and parts of the Larapinta Trail in 7 days
  • Sip champagne as the sun sets over Uluru
  • Stay in remote working outback cattle stations

The guides were extremely capable, professional but warm and friendly; nothing was too much trouble… – Deb W. on TripAdvisor

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THE DETAILS

$2,695 per person (plus $595 single supplement)

Spend seven days exploring the best short walks that the Red Centre has to offer. You’ll visit Alice Springs Desert Park, hike the Kings Canyon rim, Kata Tjuta, the base of Uluru, and then sections of the Larapinta Trail. You’ll even have the chance to sip champagne as you watch the spectacle that is sunset over Uluru. Each night you’ll sleep in comfort at a unique outback cattle station, some so remote that they have to generate their own electricity and supply their own water.

INCLUSIONS

  • Two friendly and knowledgeable guides
  • All transport from Alice Springs
  • 6 nights accommodation (at a range of accommodations that reflect the special character of the outback – not sterile resort properties)
  • Meals – 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Champagne sunset viewing
  • Entry to Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Nocturnal tour at the Desert Park
  • National Park fees
  • Insulated lunch bag
  • Maps & map case
  • Memento DVD containing photos of your trip

WHAT TO BRING

  • You will provided with a comprehensive gear list upon booking your trip

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Walking time: 3 – 8 hours per day
  • Walking distance: 3 – 16 kilometres per day
  • Difficulty: This trip requires a good level of fitness. While having two guides allows for easier walks to be provided on some days, there is a 10km, moderately challenging walk that can’t be avoided.
  • Child friendly: No

COMPARE SIMILAR TOURS

Uluru Trek – SEIT ($149)
  • 1 day instead of 7
  • Only visit Uluru (no Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, or Larapinta Trail)
  • No accommodation included
  • No champagne sunset at Uluru (does start at sunrise)
  • Transfers only from Ayers Rock Resort (not Alice Springs)
  • Includes a picnic breakfast
  • Doesn’t include $25 entry fee to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Larapinta 5-day Trek – Life’s an Adventure ($1,999)
  • 5 days instead of 7
  • No visit to Uluru, Kata Tjuta or Kings Canyon (only the Larapinta Trail)
  • Includes two nights of camping
  • A la carte meals on two nights at Glen Helen’s restaurant
  • Watch the sunrise at Mount Sonder
Classic Larapinta – World Expeditions ($2,295)
  • 6 days instead of 7
  • No visit to Uluru, Kata Tjuta or Kings Canyon (only the Larapinta Trail)
  • Includes camping on all nights (no accommodation)
  • Watch the sunrise at Mount Sonder
Larapinta Experience – World Expeditions ($1,395)
  • 3 days instead of 7
  • No visit to Uluru, Kata Tjuta or Kings Canyon (only the Larapinta Trail)
  • Includes camping on all nights (no accommodation)


ITINERARY

Day One Starts at 9.00am in Alice Springs. A visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park provides and excellent introduction to the unique flora and fauna of the Red Centre. The raptor display will have you on the edge of your seat. Travel to Curtin Springs for the night. This outback cattle station of over a million acres is a real remote experience.

Accommodation: Curtin Springs outback station

Day Two Travel to the Olgas, known as Kata Tjuta to the local Anangu people. Our morning walk will be along the Valley of the Winds trail. The gigantic domes, towering rock walls and an array of fascinating plants just don’t seem real. After lunch at the Cultural Centre it’s on to Uluru. For most people the first glimpse of Uluru is a spiritually uplifting experience that never fades. The massive monolith gradually reveals numerous interesting rock formations, gullies, caves and crevices, each of which plays an important role in Aboriginal stories. You will learn about the special Aboriginal connection with this place as you walk around the base of the rock. Uluru reveals its true self as the sun begins to goes down. Witness a display of colours from gentle, dusky blues and purples to fierce oranges and reds, glowing with the last remnants of the day – with champagne in hand of course.

Accommodation: Curtin Springs outback station

Day Three Travel to Kings Canyon, one of nature’s finest creations. The track meanders through this inspirational landscape, skirting the rim of the canyon then descending into the lush Garden of Eden. During the afternoon, travel to remote Erldunda, another working cattle station.

Accommodation: Erldunda

Day Four Today we leave the tourists behind and travel to the more remote West MacDonnell Ranges. Our first trek will be to Simpsons Gap where we often see rock wallabies. Your guides will provide an insight into the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. We’ll walk at Serpentine Gorge to a lookout high above the valley floor and we’ll visit the Ochre Pits. For the next two nights we’ll stay at our favourite remote outback station. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink watching the setting sun turn the cliffs vivid orange. Surely there could be no better place in the world to view the thousands of stars in the night sky!

Accommodation: Glen Helen

Day Five A major highlight today as we climb Mt Sonder at the western end of the Larapinta Trail. From the summit you can see for hundreds of miles in all directions. This is truly remote and rugged walking through outback wilderness. Note that we will also offer an easier option including Mt Sonder Lookout and the stunningly beautiful Redbank Gorge.

Accommodation: Glen Helen

Day Six Today’s hike is the Ormiston Pound loop on the Larapinta Trail. This dramatic gorge country usually contains deep permanent waterholes. The ochre coloured cliffs of the gorges contrast with the shimmering white of the ghost gums, made famous by Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. In the evening we’ll visit the Desert Park again to observe nocturnal animals in the wild on a private tour and enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner.

Accommodation: Alice Springs

Day Seven The holiday finishes in Alice Springs after breakfast. We highly recommend you extend your holiday and enjoy the many sights that Alice has to offer.

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