Aboriginal Studies Sustainability, Ecology, History & Geography

Alice Springs - Uluru – Kings Canyon - Alice Springs 3 days -   (AA SS 05 03 16 V1)

Alice Springs – Uluru – Kings Canyon – Alice Springs 3 days

Tour Code: AA SS 05 03 16 V1

Highlights:

  • Curtin Springs Cattle Station
  • Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • Watarrka (Kings Canyon)
  • Wallace Rockhole

Alice Springs – Overland to Uluru Day 1

7.00am Pick up from Yipirinya School and depart Alice Springs to begin the overland journey to Uluru. Sit back and relax as you travel through this spectacular scenery. Stop at Jims Place for refreshments and to see wildlife. Stop for lunch and photograph Atilla (Mt Connor) and Lake Amadeus, a large salt lake. Next visit is Curtin Springs cattle station to view the bird aviaries and see the station layout.

Travel to Uluru and set up our overnight camp. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Cultural Centre to learn more about this fascinating world heritage area including an informative talk by a National Park Ranger. View Uluru at sunset and return to the campground for dinner. Take a walk to the shopping centre via the star watch viewing site.

Highlights:

  • Curtin Springs Cattle Station
: Curtin Springs is a 416,400 hectares (1,028,947 acres) working cattle station and roadhouse facility located on the Lasseter Highway, 85 kilometres (53 mi) east of Yulara and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The land was originally known as Mt Conner Station in the 1930s when it was first operated by Paddy DeConnley. Abraham Andrews leased Mt Conner Station, together with vacant crown land, which became known as Curtin Spring Station around 1940. Curtin Springs was built in 1943 and is now owned and operated by the Severin family who took over the pastoral lease in 1956.
  • Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park: Welcome to Anangu See Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park through Anangu eyes. Watch as the sunsets over our Red Centre landscape, hear the echo of the beginning of time, Tjukurpa (law) whispering the story of creation to you. Come, learn from our land and from us, the oldest living culture on earth.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
: The Cultural Centre is a good starting point for visitors to the park as it offers information about activities and park info as well as an introduction into Anangu culture. Because of the deep spiritual nature of the area and what is contained within the Cultural Centre, visitors are asked not to photograph or video inside the building or precinct. This is to respect the wishes of the traditional owners, and protect Anangu’s cultural and intellectual property. This building truly represents us Anangu people, it is for all people to visit.
  • Ayers Rock Resort Campground
: The campground is an ideal base from which to experience the beauty of the living cultural landscape in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A well-equipped campground with modern amenities – perfectly suited to families, independent travellers and groups.
Meals:
Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Camping – Ayers Rock Camp Ground - Tent

Uluru to Kings Canyon Day 2

Rise early and travel to Uluru to view the sunrise. After breakfast travel to Kata Tjuta and walk into Walpa Gorge – return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon travel to Kings Canyon. Overnight at Kings Canyon Resort Campground – evening entertainment for students is available at the resort venue.

Highlights:

  • Watarrka (Kings Canyon): contains the western end of the George Gill Range. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rock holes and gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals, making the Park an important conservation area and major attraction of central Australia. The Rim Walk begins with a strenuous steep climb. The walk ascends to the top of the canyon and follows the rim around before descending to the car park. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, a beautiful area of cool waterholes and river vegetation.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Camping – Kings Canyon Resort Campground - Tent

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Day 3

This morning take the self-guided walk of the rim of Kings Canyon. Travel the Mereenie Loop road through Aboriginal land, stop to photograph a comet crater Gosses Bluff then travel to Wallace Rockhole Community to see and learn about the ancient Aboriginal rock carvings with an Indigenous guide. Visit spectacular Standley Chasm and onto Alice Springs to conclude your tour with Austour dropping you off at Yipirinya School at approximately 6pm.

Highlights:

  • Wallace Rockhole
Wallace Rockhole is a Western Aranda Aboriginal Community located 120kms west of Alice Springs along the James Range. In 1877 the Lutheran Mission opened up Hermannsburg Mission and ran a large cattle station to support the mission and the Aboriginals up to 1983 when the station was divided in to 5 blocks and handed back to the Aranda people. Wallace Rockhole is on the Urana Land Trust 25kms along the James Range and 40kms to the West MacDonnell Ranges. The community was founded by the Abbott family in 1973 as an outstation of the Hermannsburg Mission. Here you will see ancient rock carvings and hear about the bush medicine and history of the Aranda people.
Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation:
Nil

Tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a suitable touring vehicle to fit the needs and size of the group. The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • The provision of a Tour Manager responsible for tour operations and catering safari style
  • The provision of all accommodation on a multi-share 4, 5 or 6 students per room, or twin-share pyramid tents with inbuilt vinyl floors and comfortable mattresses, teachers twin-share. Single supplement additional cost.
  • The provision of all catering equipment.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary excluding Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park entry fee (where applicable), school to apply for exemption.

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Bring your own individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate – (no paper plates/cups or soft plastic plates/cups)
  • Linen, (bring your own sleeping bag, liner and small pillow).
  • Towels and items of a personal nature.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park entry fee, school to apply for exemption.
  • Kakadu National Park entry fee, school to apply for exemption (if applicable).

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