Red Centre: Outback Wanderings - A Small Group Journey (2022-23)

Be dazzled by all that the Red Centre has to offer on this inspiring adventure.

Journey Overview

Be dazzled by all that the Red Centre has to offer on this inspiring adventure. Delve into the highlights of Alice Springs and the rugged heart of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Witness extraordinary Kings Canyon and its Garden of Eden. Finally, be left in awe of the red jewel in Australia’s crown, Uluru, with a stay at celebrated luxury camp, Longitude 131°, on this journey sure to leave you spellbound.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover the beauty of the outback from dazzling heights on a morning hot air balloon ride in Alice Springs
  • Marvel at jaw-dropping views of majestic Uluru and the surrounding landscape from your luxury accommodation at Longitude 131°
  • Walk the base of majestic Uluru, and be immersed in the internationally-renowned installation Field of Light
  • Dine under starry southern skies with an astronomer pointing out the sparkling constellations
  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch at a family-owned ranch in Curtin Springs
  • Hike the extraordinary scenic rim of Kings Canyon
  • Typically features a small group size of 10-12 guests

Note: This Small Group Journey can be combined with the 'Traditions of the Top End' Small Group Journey. Please click here to view information on 'Traditions of the Top End'.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Arrive into Alice Springs where a warm A&K welcome awaits. You are privately transferred to your hotel before an afternoon town tour with your fellow travellers. Your tour takes you first to ‘Anzac Hill’ from where you can enjoy spectacular views of ‘the Alice’ and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges before continuing to the iconic School of the Air and the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you will hear how essential medical aid reaches those who live in the remote outback. You’ll also visit the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up-close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes of Central Australia’s semi-arid desert.

Tonight join your group for a welcome dinner, feast on modern Australian fare with a hint of the outback.

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters | Meals: D

Day 2: Kings Canyon | Rugged Red Landscapes

Rise early this morning and experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the outback in a hot air balloon, as the morning light begins to illuminate the MacDonnell Ranges. Finish with light refreshments and sparkling wine.

Continue your journey west to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, with a stop for a picnic lunch en-route. Sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, Kings Canyon is approximately midway between Alice Springs and Uluru. This ancient formation of tall red rock faces that soar above dense palm forests is an important conservation area and refuge for more than 600 species of native plants and animals, many unique to the area.

Upon arrival into Kings Canyon, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Kings Canyon Resort | Meals: BL

Day 3: Kings Canyon | Towering Rock Domes and a Garden of Eden

Head out this morning on a guided scenic rim walk of Kings Canyon, an ancient rock formation which towers over a dense palm forest below. The six-kilometre hike offers spectacular views of the gorge and surrounding landscapes with options of strolling around the top of the canyon or taking the stairs down to the picturesque Garden of Eden filled with lush greenery. If you’d prefer a more relaxed pace, you can also choose an optional 2km creek-bed walk.

Return to the lodge with the afternoon at leisure to cool off in the pool, enjoy a game of tennis, or just relax amidst the surrounding natural beauty. This evening, savour a five-course feast under the southern stars, enjoying locally sourced produce with paired wines.

Kings Canyon Resort | Meals: BD

Day 4: Uluru-Kata Tjuta | Spirit of the Outback

After a leisurely morning, depart Kings Canyon and transfer to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and your luxurious tented lodgings at Longitude 131°.

On the way, lunch is at Curtin Springs Station, home to the Severin family since 1956. Kick back in true Aussie-style at a barbecue lunch before enjoying a 1 hour tour to learn about the wonders and history of the station, the surrounding landscape, connection to the land, and how they harvest native grasses to produce a diverse range of papers.

Later stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner), often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at your accommodation to a warm signature welcome. Settle into the relaxed luxury of the surrounds and savour the magnificent views from your balcony as the light shifts and changes over Uluru.

Dinner tonight is in the picturesque Dune House with ever-changing views of the monolith as your backdrop.

Longitude 131° | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Uluru | Australia’s Red Heart

Today’s adventure reveals the very best of the Red Centre. Activities include a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where informative and interactive displays showcase the spiritual and cultural meanings of the impressive ochre-coloured rock formations. You will also enjoy the opportunity to admire Uluru up close as you walk around the base with your guide. See areas which are surprisingly green and lush, providing plenty of wildlife and bush tucker spotting opportunities, while other parks feel vast and open, with little shade. Wander through acacia woodlands and grassed claypans and encounter bloodwoods, native grasses, and many waterways and waterholes.

Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk, the rock walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Experience the renowned Field of Light, before a 4-course dinner and listen to Longitude’s resident astronomer as the southerly constellations are illuminated.

Longitude 131° | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Depart Uluru

Rise early and discover Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as the sun lights up the ancient monolith. After breakfast, transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Inclusions:

All accommodation as detailed on a double/twin share basis with private facilities; Meals as specified; Bottled water during transfers and touring; Wine and beer with all included dinners; Airport welcome; Assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; Services of Local Guide(s) in select locations; All entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

King Canyon Resort, Northern Territory

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Oct 17, 2022 - Oct 22, 2022
Price AU$7,355pp Single Supplement AU$3,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
May 8, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Price AU$7,435pp Single Supplement AU$3,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
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