Australia's Red Heart

The essence of Australia's Red Centre is revealed on this extraordinary journey into Australia's heartland.

Journey Overview

Explore the spirit of the Red Centre on this inspiring adventure. Delve into the rugged heart of the West MacDonnell Ranges with your private guide. Admire ancient landscapes from the rim of Kings Canyon before descending into the Garden of Eden, a natural spring waterhole surrounded by ancient and exotic plant life. Be awe-inspired by the size and majesty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Journey Highlights

  • Self-drive Red Centre adventure to Kings Canyon and Uluru
  • Witness the ever-changing colours of Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Wander amongst the epic Field of Light
  • Set sail on a ‘ship of the desert’ with a sunrise camel ride

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Alice Springs

Meet your local guide for a tour of “Alice”. Spend time at the School of the Air and the world-first Royal Flying Doctor Service for a fascinating insight into education and health care in the remote Outback.

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Day 2: Alice Springs

Journey through the dramatic West McDonnell Ranges to Simpsons Gap and majestic Standley Chasm for a picnic lunch and billy tea. Visit the World Class Advanced Ecotourism Accredited Desert Park with rare and endangered animals. Enjoy interactive guide presentations and witness free flying birds at the nature theatre presentation.

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Day 3: Kings Canyon

Collect your 4WD Land Cruiser* and embark on a self-drive adventure to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop through the spectacular Central Desert landscape. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort, an oasis in the red desert plain.

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Day 4: Kings Canyon

Choose your own adventure today. Venture into the heart of Watarrka National Park to the majestic Kings Canyon. Opt for the easy 2km Kings Creek Walk or the more challenging 6km Rim Walk. Stroll around 400-year-old cycads to find striped stone domes and the Garden of Eden, a lush green valley that leads to a permanent waterhole. Afterwards, retreat to the resort pool.

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Day 5: Uluru

Drive to Uluru, stopping en route at Curtin Springs, a legendary outback cattle station. Return your vehicle at Ayers Rock town centre before a private transfer to your accommodation. This evening, marvel at the epic Field of Light art installation inspired by wildflowers.

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Day 6: Uluru

Early this morning meet your driver-guide for a private tour of the massive rock domes of Kata Tjuta (“The Olgas”). Explore the ancient rock formations that spread over some 20 kilometres in this spiritual place while watching the sun's morning glow as the desert comes alive. With your guide, make your way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast.

This afternoon, enjoy a private tour of Uluru and be amazed at the sheer size of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semipermanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. Adjourn to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will witness a spectacular sunset and absorb the majesty of this powerful place.

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Day 7: Depart Uluru

Rise early to set sail on a ship of the desert – the camel. Breathe in the cool morning air as you ride your friendly camel through the desert landscape as dawn breaks over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Watch the desert come to life and learn about the flora and fauna along the trail from your knowledgeable cameleer, before your private transfer to the airport.



*Vehicle hire not included.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs

Australia's Red Heart

Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges whilst staying at the DoubleTree by Hi... Read more

King Canyon Resort, Northern Territory

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Kings Canyon Resort is located in Australia's Northern Territory and is accessible via a loop off the main highway running between Uluru ... Read more

Sails In The Desert, Yulara

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Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, Sails in the Desert is Ayers Rock Resort's premier hotel. The hotel's interiors ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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