Your Camping Adventure
Travel by four-wheel drive with a maximum of 16 guests, spend a day in the Western MacDonnell Ranges where you will hike, swim and explore the ancient landscape in this peaceful and relaxed part of the Australian Outback. For those that love their creature comforts spend your nights in our permanent remote campsites, away from the masses, complete with permanent safari tents, hot showers and a comfortable bed with pillows and linen. For those that seek adventure, sleep out under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag with million star views of the southern skies.
Day 1 - Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
On our way to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park with a few stops along the way for refreshments, a camel ride (own expense) or a chance to purchase some Aboriginal paintings or artifacts. We then pick up our fellow travellers who are starting their tour at Ayers Rock. Stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip.
After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we travel to the base of Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, hearing of the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). Continuing on, we meet our local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime authentic Indigenous cultural experience sharing stories and passing on their traditional methods of painting that plays an important part in the sustainability of Aboriginal Culture. Starting with a walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole, at the base of Uluru, be guided by the Anangu hearing stories of this unique landscape and the connection between the art, culture and the connection to the land. We conclude at the Cultural Centre, where you may explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna of this unique area.
It's time to tick an item off your bucket list! Time to view the magnificent sunset over Uluru accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine before returning to the campsite for our signature Endless Star dining experience and time to sit back to contemplate the night sky.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 - Ayers Rock to Kings Creek Station
After watching the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite, it's breakfast and then off to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike through the magnificent "Valley of the Winds". After a leisurely lunch we head to Curtin Springs Cattle Station with plenty of time to get a close look at a typical working cattle station before we travel to Kings Creek Station for our second nights bush camp. Our private campsite at Kings Creek is miles from the crowds, which is where the feeling of ‘wayoutback’ really starts to take hold. After a campfire dinner it's time to kick back and be mesmerised by the millions of stars on display.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 - Kings Creek Station to Glen Helen
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After Watarrka we 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road where you will be shaken and not stirred! Look out for wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the Traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - Glen Helen to Alice Springs
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travel off road to Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. We journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
Afterwards, we travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata. Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. After a hot shower, join your fellow travellers for a farewell meal, some laughs and a few cold ales.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
4 Day Camping Adventure - from £594
All prices are per person, and include meals where shown - (B)reakfast, (L)unch (D)inner. Tour departs Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday except 01Jan. Park fees payable locally. Accommodation is based on permanent tents with twin bedding, linen, towels and pillow. Luggage should be restricted to 10kg in a soft bag or backpack plus a day pack. Seasonal variations may apply - call 0333 234 2889 or enquire now for more details**