6 Day Outback Contrasts
Witness the rugged landscape of the Red Centre and marvel at the ancient cultures that have cared for this land for generations. Experience the majesty of Uluru, Kings Canyon and view rock art dating back thousands of years, witness striking landscapes and be immersed in the stories of the Dreamtime.
Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs
Immerse yourself in the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station precinct and learn about the overland telegraph line as you discover its historic buildings. Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a walk through the dramatic Simpsons Gap. Relish spectacular views across Alice Springs from Anzac Hill before some free time to explore the town or relax by your resort pool. Join your fellow guests at the Tali restaurant for a Welcome Dinner.
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs
Day 2: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon
Now we’re off the beaten track exploring along the 4WD Giles Track crossing driver riverbeds and outback landscapes to Kings Canyon Resort. The flickering glow of this evening’s fire under the canopy of a starry southern hemisphere sky is the perfect accompaniment to your Under a Desert Moon highlight dinner. This degustation dinner with matching wines is the perfect indulgent end to the day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort
Day 3: Kings Canyon – Uluru
Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on a sunrise 6km rim walk past the domed ‘Lost City’ and down into the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. Immerse yourself while visiting the Wanmarra Community with local Aboriginal people and learn about the Luritja and Pertame people’s spiritual connection to the land. Discover bush food and bush medicine used for spirituality and healing. Wandering across desert landscapes leaving Kings Canyon behind and arriving for lunch at Curtin Springs Station, a vast farming property. Feel the stirring of something bigger than you as you arrive in Ayers Rock Resort, your launchpad to Australia’s fiery heart in the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon, travelling to Uluru as the day fades, the outback sun bids a fiery farewell. This is the perfect backdrop for included sparkling sundowners while overlooking Uluru.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel:Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2 Nights)
Day 4: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before exploring and learning about the spiritual connection the local Anangu caretakers have with the land. Skirt the red walls of Uluru, hear ancient tales and see rock art, and then visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. Relax by the resort pool or take to the skies to see Uluru from above before an afternoon visit to Kata Tjuta for a walk through Walpa Gorge. The evening enjoy dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 5: Field of Light – Uluru – Alice Springs
Observe the shifting lights of Bruce Munro’s impressive Field of Light art installation as the desert awakens and the sunrise lights up across Uluru. Traverse the vast and fascinating outback, before arriving in Alice Springs. Enjoy free time to wander around the town. The Todd Street Mall has cafés and Aboriginal art galleries to explore. This evening, immerse yourself against the backdrop of the outback at our open-air bush BBQ Celebration Dinner. Located off the beaten track in the heart of the East MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll enjoy drinks as a bush balladeer sings classic Australian songs and shares stories of outback living, under the Southern Hemisphere’s Milky Way.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs
Day 6: Farewell from Alice Springs
Relax this morning as your journey comes to an end. You might choose to take an optional hot air balloon ride to experience the scenic landscapes of the outback before your journey comes to an end.
- 12 meals included (5 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 Dinners with wine (including Be My Guest Dinner Farewell Dinner) – Plus Uluru Sunset drinks
- Specialist highly experienced Driver Guide with specialist accreditation at Uluru National Park and Watarrka National Park
- Local Specialists (Guides)
- Mixture of boutique, unique and 5 star hotels
What to Bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Warm layers in cooler months and for evenings
- A sense of adventure
- A maximum of one piece of luggage per passenger (medium sized), as the stowing capacity of the coach has limited space
Fitness Requirements – High level of fitness required
Flights are not included in holiday price.
Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 12pm to Alice Springs airport
Day 6: Flights to depart anytime from Alice Springs airport