A Cultural & Sightseeing Experience

Alice Springs - Kings Canyon - Uluru Kata Tjuta - Alice Springs -   (SMOTAG1316V6)

A great 3 day itinerary for International and Exchange Students and Colleges

Alice Springs to King’s Canyon Day 1

Depart Alice Springs at 6.30am and begin your journey via the Stuart and Lasseter Highways to Kings Canyon. On the way stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for a brief break then travel west towards Uluru. Turn north along the Luritja Highway stopping at Kings Creek Station for lunch and then travel to Kings Canyon to walk around the spectacular rim of the canyon. You are now in aboriginal land – Watarrka National Park. A brief visit to the Kings Canyon Resort complex with a refreshment and comfort stop before the return journey to your overnight camp in tents at Kings Creek Station, a working camel and cattle station. Then an evening talk from the station’s indigenous owner, Ian Conway. Ian himself may talk to you tonight about the Conway Kids, or you can watch a video from the ABC TV ‘Australian Story’ program telling how Ian is sending Aboriginal children to Adelaide to immerse themselves in southern schools to obtain a wider education. Enjoy a campfire supper before the end of your first interesting day.

Highlights

  • Kings Creek Walk: This walk meanders along Kings Creek, ending at a viewing platform with stunning views of the sheer Canyon walls. Follow the same track to return to the carpark. Sturdy footwear is essential as the track can be rough underfoot.
  • Kings Creek Station: was established in 1982 by Ian and Lyn Conway. The station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks. The Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel. The station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia and sells camels for live export, live domestic sales and meat.
Meals:
Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Creek Station – Tents

Kings Canyon to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Day 2

Depart camp at 7.30am after a hearty breakfast. Our stops this morning will include the Desert Oak Forest and Artilla (Mt. Connor) an unusual mountain formation in one of the three great Tors of Central Australia. Also a short walk to the top of a sand dune and you will see a salt pan, part of the Lake Amadeus Basin. Stop at Curtin Springs Station, a large working cattle station. We pass through Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park with our indigenous colleagues from the Mutitjula community. Our destination is Ayers Rock Campground. Meet Sammy Uluru (one of the senior elders) and his friends, or one of his colleagues as we learn more about the aboriginal tribes of their area, their stories, song lines, mythology and the indigenous and recent history.

After your visit to the Cultural Centre and a short walk to visit a sacred site, we will view Uluru at sunset to watch the magnificent forever colours changing, then dinner and an evening chat around the campfire.

Highlights

  • Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park
This is Anangu land and you are welcome. Come share our story. See Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park through Anangu 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.
  • Mala Walk to Kantju Gorge: This is where the Mala people camped when they first arrived at Uluru back in the beginning. There are many fine examples of Anangu rock art along this walk, marvel at the sheer vertical walls and profound peacefulness of Kantju Gorge.
  • Kuniya walk From the Kuniya car park, walk the short track to Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. In the special times of rain, experience the magical waterfalls, while in the warmer months watch for noisy finches and Australian hobbies rocketing through the serene landscape to catch small birds. For the keen bird watcher, you may spot nesting black-breasted buzzards or tawny frogmouths. Following the signs, learn more about the Tjukurpa of Kuniya in this area.
  • 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. Kanyangatja mulapa wali nganampa – Anangu marutju takum, Anangu uwankaraku | This building truly represents us Anangu people, it is for all people to visit.
  • Walpa Gorge Walk – Walpa (windy) Gorge is a desert refuge for plants and animals. The rocky track winds gently to an ephemeral stream, passing rare plants and reaching a grove of spearwood. Walk within the sheer walls to experience the vast landscape.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Campground - Tents

Discovering Uluru and Kata Tjuta Day 3

Up early pre dawn to travel into the National Park to view and photograph the sunrise from a viewing platform ideally located between Uluru and Kata Tjuta while you enjoy breakfast.

Then it’s off to commence a 2 hour plus walk through the Valley of the Winds, you will also travel to the western side of Kata Tjuta to walk into Walpa Gorge, where you will identify the conglomerate format of this the third Tor of Central Australia. Then its back to the town centre, for lunch before you depart for return journey to Alice Springs, scheduling your arrival between 6 and 7pm.

Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation:
Nil

Inclusions:

  • The provision of a suitable modern touring vehicle to fit the needs and size of the group.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • Provision of catering manager to prepare meals
  • The provision of camping accommodation –twin share tents.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts, lunches and two course evening meals as per itinerary
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment
  • Coordination of indigenous studies content, payment of associated costs as per itinerary

Exclusions

  • Single accommodation – on application at additional cost
  • Items of a personal nature
  • National Park entry fee – school must apply for exemption
  • Air Flights to and from Alice Springs
  • Morning & afternoon tea and supper
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended- contact Austour for details)

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