5 Day Outback Australia – The Colours of Red
Arrive Ayers Rock
Welcome to the Red Centre! This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers and then take a drive to Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Having lived in the region for tens of thousands of years, Traditional Owners, the Anangu, have a strong connection with this land. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors. Travelling to the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuṯa, you’ll take a guided walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the largest domes. Kata Tjuta has great cultural significance for the Anangu people, specifically for Anangu men.Later enjoy gourmet canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel.
Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Included Meals: Dinner
Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon
You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) and Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuṯa dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre for breakfast an insight into the history of the local Aṉangu People. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) with an Indigenous guide and a translator from the local Mutitjulu Community as your private guide (subject to availability). Take a walk around the base of Uluṟu and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutiṯjulu Waterhole, once an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. Curtin Springs has been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. Next head up the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and view the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner) then make a quick stop at Kings Creek Station. Established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway, the station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Travel a short distance to Kings Canyon Resort. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting).
The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs – West MacDonnell
Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today you’re off on a sunrise 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt for a walk along the Creek Bed. Afterwards we’re off the beaten track, travelling to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve. The 12 fascinating craters were formed when a meteor hit the earth’s surface 4,700 years ago. Next up we stop at Rainbow Valley, famous for its sandstone bluffs and cliff faces that form part of the James Range. The coloured layers in the sandstone cliffs are particularly attractive in the afternoon light. Continue to Alice Springs and enjoy a special dinner featuring traditional bush foods at your resort.
Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges
The West MacDonnell Ranges is the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. You’ll take a walk to Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. There’ll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole and to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people for medicinal and magical purposes. This afternoon you’ll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia. Tonight you’ll enjoy an incredible dinner experience in a bush setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and features some traditional bush food. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way.
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner both days
Farewell from Alice Springs
Before your trip comes to an end, visit the School of The Air to learn how children living in the far reaches of the Outback receive an education over the air waves. You’ll also visit the Overland Telegraph Station, once a school for Aboriginal children once known as The Bungalow. Your Colour of Red Inspiring Journey comes to an end in the late morning.
Included Meals: Breakfast